Wednesday, December 26

Of all the states...

...why South Carolina?!

"I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because some people out there, in our nation, don't have maps..."

Tuesday, December 18

wedding progress

I am working on a website for our wedding guests. Check out our site. Keep in mind we are still in the early stages of planning. There's not much to post right now.

Sunday, December 16

no longer a spinster

We went out geocaching last Wednesday down by the beach. Well, unbeknownst to me, The Pope got the help of his friend Matt to set the whole thing up. (geocaching is like a scavenger hunt with GPS) The Pope told me there was a cache (treasure you hunt) at this gazebo that he had already found and told me to look for it. While I searched for a box under the gazebo, Jon's friend Matt hid behind a bush taking pictures and video of the whole thing. I finally found the box and sat down to log my find. I opened the plastic box and there was a ring box inside. I opened up the ring box and started crying. The Pope got down on one knee and said, "Is that a yes?" And I said, "You haven't asked me a question yet." The Pope said, "You are my best friend. I can't imagine being without you. I was wondering, if you aren't busy, would you spend the rest of your life with me?" Surfers started whistling and clapping for us when we kissed.
We are going to hold off on planning and just enjoy being engaged through the end of the year. We'll probably have the ceremony here in Wilmington in May or June.

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Saturday, December 8

what do you serve with coffee?

I have really gotten into coffee lately...making it at home. Jon bought a french press that we use everyday, and I've been using my cappuccino machine a lot, too.
I really like those $.99 muffin mixes and the scones at Starbucks. I wonder what everyone else serves with their coffee. Please forward recipes, too. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 28

list of current favorites

Christmas songs by Elvis
Danish Wedding cookies
Project Runway
The Office
living green (trying)
coffee and green tea
nice dinners with a glass of white wine
everything Christmas
taking random pictures

Christmas time survey

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
I prefer coffee or apple cider.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Does Santa know I've moved to NC?
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
white lights
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
I would if I had some to hang
5. When do you put your decorations up?
Well I've never had my own decorations to put up. This year Jon and I put our decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving. I already have presents wrapped under the tree. For some reason I am very in to Christmas this year.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
hmm, sweet potatoes
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
waking up early with Samantha to see what Santa left us
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I asked Momma when I was like 11.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
yes, that's when our family opens all of our gifts
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
this year Jon and I decorated our tree with very colorful ornaments and a few of his old ornaments. There were these Elvis ornaments, at Walmart of all places, that I loved but I didn't get 'em.
11. Snow, love it or hate it?
I like it for like 30 mintues, just enough to play in it. But then I'm cold and want it to melt nd turn warm again.
12. Can you ice skate?
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
One Christmas I asked Santa for a single rose...I got it!
14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
spending it with family
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Maw's hot pecan pie with chocolate chips in it
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
decorating and wrapping presents
17. What tops your tree?
a star
18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
I REALLY enjoy giving but I also really like receiving!
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I'll Be Home for Christmas by Elvis
20. Candy canes?
not so much
21. Favorite Christmas movie?
Elf, so freakin' hilarious
22. What do you leave for Santa?
I used to leave cookies for Santa and apples for his reindeer.
23. Do you attend Annual Christmas parties?
not so much
24. Does your family send out Christmas cards?
25. Do you agree with changing "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays"?
Heck no, it's CHRISTmas for a reason.

Sunday, November 18

Clemson Tigers

My friend was sweet enough to call me yesterday and offer an extra ticket to the Clemson vs Boston College game. So I went up with she and her husband early to tailgate (which I love). We had cheese, wine, crackers, veggies, and dip. Yum!
We sat in the top deck section, snuggled up in our coats and blankets, and cheered for our team. I had an amazing time.
Thanks Suzanne!

Monday, November 12

Dangerous Foods For Dogs

macadamia nuts
Easter Lilies

This is a list I found on a forum I belong to. Here's the link.

K9 Peanut Butter Cookies

Feylan and Charlie LOVE these.

1 cup millk
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder

This dough isn't like other rolling dough , it works if you squish it with your hands and then roll it out. Roll out to about 1/4 in. thick and cut with dogbone cookie cutter. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 20 min. at 375. Makes about 2 doz. biscuits.
Watch them carefully so they don't burn.

I used soymilk instead of regular milk because that's what I had on hand. Maybe I should check to see if soy is bad for dogs. It didn't seem to affect our puppies. I'll get back to you....

Sunday, November 11

I like shoes; I love bags!

I LOVE these shoes. Sanuk Vegabond Sidewalk Surfer in chocolate I tried on a pair of the girls and then the guys. The men's feel more comfortable and fit better. The girl's come in bright colors and stripes. Jon thinks they look like hobo shoes. What do you think?

While shopping at the local outdoor store, I saw these super cute Keens. Isabella in syrup What do you think about these?

So I was out with Jon one day and saw a chick carrying this bag. I complimented her and asked if I could check it out. She flipped up a huge flap to reveal TONS of pockets! I didn't hear anything else she said because I was mesmerized by the organization! Then, I found this bag for my laptop.

While searching for above Sanuk's online I found this bag. so cute; very Stephy!

Btw, I've added all of these to my Christmas list...which is getting pretty long.

Friday, November 9

List of Books

This is a list of books I've added to my Christmas list.

How To Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
The Coffee Companion by Jon Thorn
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Student Vegetarian Cookbook by Carole Raymond
The Only Wine Book You’ll Ever Need by Danny May
Seashells of North Carolina by Hugh J Porter
North Carolina Beaches by Glenn Morris
How to Read a North Carolina Beach by Orin Porkin
You Can Make ‘Em Dog Biscuits Cookbook by Janine Adams
Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick

Homemade K9 Biscuits

I made these the other night for Charlie. I think he knew I was making something for him because he laid on the kitchen floor with Jon's dog Feylan (Border Collie). The biscuits were cheap and easy to make. And I like knowing what is in what I'm feeding him.

LEO'S COOKIES (an original recipe from Pilar Passmore)
1/2 brick regular or low-fat cream cheese
2 cups whole-wheat flour
6 ounces carrot baby food
3 ounces olive oil
splash of vanilla

Mix the ingredients; mash, knead and flatten. If you don't have a bone-shaped cookie cutter, use the baby food jar to make round cookies. Place cookies on a baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven, and leave the cookies inside until the oven cools.
Yield: about 21/2 dozen cookies. A batch generally keeps for about two weeks.

Becoming green...

I was looking for some new cloth grocery bags and found this site. They have grocery bags, grocery baskets, even roll-y grocery bags. Another thing I love on the site...they have cloth produce bags so you don't have to use the ones at the grocery store.
I am very excited! I have added several things from to my Christmas list (produce bags and basket).
Please let me know if y'all purchase anything from them. I would love to know what you got and how it worked out.