Monday, September 19, 2011

Inspiration Monday!

It finally feels like fall! At least until it gets back up into the 80's this week, but it was nice playing pretend, wearing boots and a coat this weekend! I'm super stoked for apple picking (I hope I can make it happen this fall!) and pumpkins and all those wonderful fall activities, like bonfires! Its going to be a good change to cooler weather and here's what's inspiring me this week!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts... YUM!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Exciting Last Few Weeks...

School is really throwing off my (blogging) groove! And on top of that, I just got my internet hooked up on Monday! Its been a busy couple of weeks, so here are some of my highlights from Labor Day weekend. It feels like it was so long ago, but it really wasn't!

Well, I went home on a Thursday night because I am lucky enough to not have any classes on Friday so Friday was spent walking around Charleston and spending way too much money, but we also went to the high school football game purely to hear the band play. My little brother plays the tuba and the band is pretty phenomenal- 5 years of state championships back to back!

Saturday, I spent the afternoon tasting vodkas and wine with my parents at the Lowcountry's own vineyard, Irvin House Vinyard. They also produce the Firefly Vodka brand, so we did some of that tasting. But it is just such a gorgeous setting- live oaks on Wadmalaw Island, picnic tables and the vineyard is RIGHT there by the distillery! They only grow Muscadine grapes, so all the wines were relatively sweet but not too overpowering.  I highly recommend stopping by if you come to Charleston.

The vodka tasting was really terrific- they produce several vodkas, three rums and a sweet tea bourbon. But all the tasting equals one shot or less, so no need to worry!

And Sunday, after church and some time at the pool, the whole family headed to Boone Hall Plantation for the annual Bluegrass and BBQ festival. Even though it rained. But we can handle rain in Charleston and it cleared out before the evening so it was a great time.

And I rounded out Labor Day weekend by going back downtown to Charleston, where I drank some really great espresso at Hope and Union.

I also was really surprised.

Come the end of May, I will have a new last name. My man proposed!

Well, thats kind of all that's been happening so far, but I've been working on some home projects and I will get those up ASAP! In the meantime, have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Inspiration Monday

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are spending the day relaxing, eating and crafting! I know I am!

Source: via Tiffany on Pinterest

Source: via Julie on Pinterest

Thursday, September 1, 2011


I don't know if I've shared this yet, but breakfast is my FAVORITE meal. Maybe because things can be a little sweeter, or its mostly baked, or that growing up, real breakfasts always brought the family together like a special occasion.

Now that I'm living on my own and having a really strange schedule due to classes, I have time to make my breakfasts some mornings and have NO time at all other mornings. So I'm looking through all of my recipes to find the best breakfasts and working towards a fail-proof list of recipes to cook through.

I also have the Super Natural Every Day (and I love Heidi Swanson, like tons of other people), I decided to cook up some Lemon Zested Bulgur Wheat from her breakfast section.

Buy the book, make this recipe. Its PHENOMENAL. The bulgur gives it a nice, not mushy texture and the coconut milk makes it slightly sweet with the honey.

It make enough for 4 breakfasts, so I have been enjoying it all week! And yo will too (even though everyone usually thinks of bulgur in tabbouleh or a side dish. It works for breakfast, trust Heidi!)