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Autumn Adventures – Update #2

Autumn Adventures – Update #2

Is it just me, or has time been moving at warp speed lately?!?  Wow!  We’re two months into autumn, and it’s time to share how I’m doing on my Autumn Adventures list.  My original list is here, and my October update is here.

I’ve had some AMAZING adventures over the last month, and I’m excited to tell you about them!  I’m going to give short recaps here today, and then over the next few days (when I’m spending many hours on the road) I’ll write more about all the fun I’ve had lately!  Here we go!

 

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Check out that reflection! So cool!
An unplanned bike ride ended up being SO romantic! (Other than when I nearly had a heat stroke and nearly fell off my bike!) Ah, memories!

1.  ✔Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.  We didn’t have a picnic in Forsyth Park, but we DID have a picnic at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina!  We made a last minute trip to Asheville and then made an unplanned visit to Biltmore!  We rented bikes and rode up the (enormous) hill to the back side of the house, looked around for a bit, then had a lovely little picnic under the trees just down the hill from the house.  What a view!  Don’t you love how unplanned, super simple things end up being your favorite memories?!?  Crazy!  In any case, I’m going to call this one done.  Maybe we’ll make it to Forsyth Park next month.  If so, I’ll give myself bonus points!

2.  ✔Go to the beach at least once. 

 

3.  ✔Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival DONE!  I took the “Southern Dishes with a French Accent” class.  It was taught by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, and I had a great time!  She taught us how to make three different dishes.  We were then able to taste each dish!  I’d like to take more classes next year.  I learned a lot and had a really lovely afternoon.

4.  ✔Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.  Happening now!

5.  Χ Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)  I have done SOME shopping and some thinking, but I failed to do MOST of my shopping before Thanksgiving.  Ah well.

6.  Focus on Advent.  Coming soon!

 

7.  ✔Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.  YES!!!  Watch for a post in the next few days about our camping trip to Asheville!  Photos and restaurant recommendations will be included!

8.  Write one letter a week to a friend.  Still not making progress on this one!  Goodness gracious.

9.  ✔Eat from a food truck.

10.  ✔Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, Bookseller

11.  Χ Make an autumn art project.  This one did not happen.

12.  Make a winter/Christmas art project.  Not yet.

13.  Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.  Not yet!

 

14.  Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.  YES!  I did my first #bakealong last week!  I made Cinnamon Star Bread and still can’t believe how beautiful it was!  I’m eager to see what December’s baking challenge will be!  A post with the recipe and more photos is coming soon!

15.  ✔Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  YES!!! I’ve had two especially fun time with friends over the last few weeks!  I’ll share more in the next few days!  (Hints:  Poe, camping, and IKEA!)

So.  Much.  Fun!!!  Like I said on the front end, I’ll have lots of time to blog on our road trip to Missouri this week, so come back soon and often to get all the details about my adventures!

I’m linking up with some other bloggers to see how THEIR autumn lists are going.  I love seeing what everybody is up to!  I’m getting a lot of great ideas for things *I* want to do!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have YOU baked anything new lately?  Hiked a beautiful trail?  Spent some time with a friend?  Please leave a comment so I can celebrate with you!

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Autumn Adventures – Update #1

Autumn Adventures – Update #1

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future!

Which is to say we’re a month into autumn already, and it’s time to revisit my Autumn Adventures List and see how I’m doing!

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1.  Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.  Not yet, but I HAVE been planning my food strategy for this one!  I’m thinking Smith Brothers will be involved!

2.  Go to the beach at least once.  YES!  Gene and I went to Tybee Island for a while last weekend!  The temperature was around 78 which was PERFECT for watching the waves without getting all sweaty.  I took a book but never even opened it.  It was nice to just BE, you know?

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3.  Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine FestivalI bought my ticket!  I’m signed up for “Southern Dishes with a French Accent” taught by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement!

4.  Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.  Coming soon!

5.  Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)  I have started my shopping!  What fun!

6.  Focus on Advent.  Coming soon!  I need to go ahead and round up my Advent wreath stuff.

7.  Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.  Trip planned and coming really soon! 

8.  Write one letter a week to a friend.  Seriously?!?  Why is that so hard?!?  No letters yet.

9.  Eat from a food truck.  (Hoping for The Big Cheese truck!)  DONE!  Gene and I caught the last few hours of the Savannah Jazz Festival in Forsyth Park, and I snagged a grilled cheese from The Big Cheese food truck! 

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Photo is from The Big Cheese’s Facebook page.  I wasn’t able to take my own picture at the jazz festival because it was too dark.

10.  Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, BooksellerDONE!  I attended a book signing and reading with Daren Wang for his book The Hidden Light of Northern Fires.  Watch for a blog post soon to tell you all about it!

11.  Make an autumn art project.  Nothing on this yet.

12.  Make a winter/Christmas art project.  Not yet.

13.  Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.  We’ve at least discussed it!  I need to make reservations.

14.  Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.  While I *have* baked, I haven’t done an official bakealong yet.

15.  Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  (A favorite from my summertime list!)  One done!  I met a special friend for dinner earlier this week!  She has a house of busy teenagers and a busy life in general, so I really appreciated her making the time to hang out with me for a while.  We enjoyed getting caught up and sharing victories and concerns with each other.

Hooray!  We’ve had a lot of fun over the last month, and there’s more on the horizon!  Temperatures here in Coastal Georgia are finally, finally feeling a little more like autumn, so that’s an extra bonus!  And as an extra extra bonus, there are currently NO hurricanes to watch out for!

Here’s to all of us living intentionally!  We all have to roll with the punches, but with some effort and a little creativity we can make sure we have some special moments of fun in there too!  Have a great weekend, y’all!  Check out the links below to get more ideas for YOUR autumn adventures!

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Summertime Fun List – Final Update

Summertime Fun List – Final Update

Autumn is finally here!  Hooray!  Yesterday I shared my Autumn Adventures list, a list of fun stuff I’m looking forward to doing this autumn.  Today I want to backtrack just a little bit and give a final update on my Summertime Fun List.  I shared my progress on the list here and here, but HERE is the original list and a super quick recap.

    • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.  Done!
    • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage.  Made a lot of progress on boxes INSIDE the house, and I got my two guest rooms fully up to speed!  I still have a few bags of things in the garage to deal with, but I’m going to call this one a success!
    • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.  I sent a few notes, but still want to do better.
    • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.  YES!  Finally!  Scroll down to see where we went!  Done!
    • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide. Done!
    • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)  Done!
    • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.  Total fail on this one.
    • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.  Making some progress but still want to do better, especially since I know how much I like to hear from MY kids!  When did making phone calls get so difficult?

 

We finally made it into Savannah to try two new places!  How exciting!

The first restaurant we tried was actually a food truck that I’ve been wanting to catch for a long time.  It’s Big Bon Pizza.  A food truck with a wood fired pizza oven.  I’m serious, y’all!

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They set up at Smith Brothers Butcher Shop, a lovely place that did, indeed, have fresh meat AND a massive wine selection, a tasty bakery counter, and wonderful ingredients for all kinds of cooking.  I could’ve spent hours in there looking around!

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And one of my favorite things:  a lending library of cookbooks!  I kid you not!  How cool is this?!?

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Our pizza was great as was our time spent hanging out with new friends!  I definitely plan to catch Big Bon Pizza again, and I’m going to steal away for a couple of hours of shopping time (and a sandwich) at Smith Brothers soon!

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Gene got the Spicy Chicken Bulgogi (on the left half), and I got the Brussels Sprouts and Bacon (on the right).  Delicious!
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Our friends got the Big Bon Original.

 

The other place we went is a Savannah classic that was recommended to us by several people, the Crystal Beer Parlor.  My husband and daughter and I ate here, and it wasn’t quite what I expected.  Gene and Cassandra got burgers, and they said they were good.  I got a bowl of crab stew and half a shrimp salad sandwich.  It was good, but I won’t order it again.   I was expecting a different (more modern) atmosphere, and I think my expectations got the best of me on this one.  I’m sure we’ll go back again, and I’ll enjoy it more!

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So that’s a wrap for the Summertime Fun List!  Now to get to work having fun with my Autumn Adventures!

What are YOU up too?  Tried any new food trucks lately?  Any special adventures coming up this autumn?!?

Autumn Adventures 2017

Autumn Adventures 2017

Ahhhh!  The first day of autumn!  We saw the first glimpses of autumn color a couple of weeks ago when we were in Asheville, North Carolina, and today here in Savannah we have a predicted high temperature of only 89 degrees!  Yes!  We’re headed in the right direction!

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It’s time to plan fun adventures for the new season, y’all!  I did this for spring and for summer, along with some bloggy friends of mine, and it’s been a lot of fun!  I’ll post a final update on my Summertime Fun List tomorrow, but for today, here is my Autumn Adventures list!

  1. Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.
  2. Go to the beach at least once.
  3. Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.
  4. Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.
  5. Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)
  6. Focus on Advent.
  7. Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.
  8. Write one letter a week to a friend.
  9. Eat from a food truck.  (Hoping for The Big Cheese truck!)
  10. Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, Bookseller!
  11. Make an autumn art project.
  12. Make a winter/Christmas art project.
  13. Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.
  14. Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.
  15. Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  (A favorite from my summertime list!)

What adventures do YOU have planned for the new season?!?  Let me know in the comment section below!  I love to chat with my readers!

And click below to see what my friends are planning for autumn/spring, depending on their side of the equator!

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Savannah Bananas!

Savannah Bananas!

Last night we went with some good friends to see our first Savannah Bananas baseball game and had a blast! I’m not really a fan of baseball, but I rapidly became a Bananas fan!

The Savannah Bananas?!? I can hear you rolling your eyes! It’s a horrible name, right?!? Alas. This is what happens with the public is allowed to vote on the name of the team. (Whose idea was it to trust “the people” with such an important decision?!? LOL!)

Unfortunate name aside, this team knows how to throw a good party!

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Springtime Fun List – Update #1

Springtime Fun List – Update #1

Hello!  It’s time for an update on my Springtime Fun List!

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A few weeks ago I shared a list of the things I want to do this spring.  Here’s the list:

  • Go to the beach at least twice.
  • Try two new restaurants in downtown Savannah.
  • Go to Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Take a trip to Alaska.
  • Buy a new Easter dress.
  • Get a new, official (professional) picture of Gene and me.
  • Focus on Easter by observing Lent.
  • Make and put up some springtime decorations in the house.
  • Go kayaking in a new location.
  • Write at least one REAL letter or note to a friend each week.

Thanks to a little head start (since spring starts EARLY here in Coastal Georgia), I’ve actually made a lot of headway!

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Five Things Friday – All the Happy Happy Things

Five Things Friday – All the Happy Happy Things

My happy meter is pretty much pegged out these days, and I thought I would share a few happy things with you guys today!

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1.  We’re camping this weekend!  It’s our first time out this year, and we were READY!  We stayed pretty close to home and don’t have a lot of stuff planned. Maybe a short hike tomorrow. Lots of relaaaaaxing is the primary goal!

 

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2. I recently purchased this awesome, custom necklace from my local Plunder consultant!  I just love it!  It makes me really happy!

 

3.  Gene and I are going to the insanely crazy  St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah next week!  Yikes!  I’m equally excited and terrified!  We purchased tickets from the Savannah Theatre, so we’ll have reserved seats, security, bathrooms, and lots of food.  Hopefully it’ll be a fun experience. Stay tuned!

 

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4.  I’m gearing up for my first homeschool convention of the season!  I’ll be representing Sonlight Curriculum at the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) Convention next month. My team and I are excited to get back in our NEW, BEAUTIFUL booth and talk to families about homeschooling with Sonlight!

5.  We’re getting details nailed down for our trip to Alaska in May!  I’ll be working at three homeschool conventions there and then we’ll get to see our son!  He’s stationed there with the Air Force, and I just can’t wait to see him and explore Alaska together!

Add to this list a visit from my oldest niece (#gabfest #shopping), the new Beauty and the Beast movie, flowers blooming everywhere, gorgeous weather, all kinds of great stuff happening at our church, getting to know new friends, a great Bible study for Lent…the list goes on and on!  I thank God for these opportunities!

What’s something happy going on with YOU today?!?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I’ll be happy to be happy with you!

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries

Have you heard about Little Free Libraries?!? I hadn’t until recently. A friend of mine spent an afternoon finding some of the Little Free Libraries in her city, and I thought the whole thing sounded just amazing!

Little Free Libraries are “take a book, leave a book” book exchanges. Most of the libraries are small wooden boxes of some sort, and they hold a variety of books. Visitors may take a book and/or leave a book. Pretty cool, right? Little. Free. Libraries!

I spent an hour or so finding some of the Little Free Libraries around Savannah and took some pictures to share here!

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Currently…

Currently…

Wishing:  That I could nip away to the Caribbean for a week of reading on the beach.  Oh, wouldn’t that be loverly?

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Craving:  Brioche French Toast at The Collins Quarter here in Savannah.  They make their brioche in house then top it with Drunken Fruit Compote (coconut vodka, y’all!  Who knew?!?), Candied Pecans and Bourbon-Maple Syrup.  I seriously need this again.  Soon!  (Note:  The vodka cooks out.  It’s all good!)

Going:  To the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina next week.  I’m a curriculum representative for Sonlight Curriculum and will be in the booth all weekend meeting, encouraging, and advising homeschool families.  I heart homeschool families!  (We used Sonlight for 14 years in my house!  Homeschooled the kids all the way through with it!  It’s incredible!)

Wearing:  My new “Unstructured” flats from Clark’s.  These are some seriously comfortable shoes!

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Learning:  How to pull my hair back and not look like a third grader.  *sigh*  My bangs have never been this long, and I’m experimenting with ways to pull them back.  I’m slowly getting better at braiding them while looking in the mirror, but I’m still nowhere close to getting a look that I can wear outside the house!

What are YOU wishing, craving, going, wearing, and learning these days?!?  Please share below!

 

Credit for this fun blogging prompt comes from a blog I always enjoy reading, in residence.  Check Anne out there, and visit Jenna at Gold & Bloom!