Monday, October 24, 2011
The upholstered bench adds weight to the entry display -- and also gives Leigh additional storage (for such important items as wrapping supplies).
rendering of the church where they were married. (Conveniently, they can now see the church steeple out their window!)
This weekend, Leigh claimed that of all the decorating she has done in her new home -- the entryway (with the buck!) was her favorite. Isn't it funny how that happens? Sometimes you just need an outsider's perspective.
Stay tuned for posts on the living room, kitchen & dining room, master bedroom & bath, and guest bedroom & bath.
What's your favorite part of this room?
Sunday, October 23, 2011
First up on our agenda? The Chiaha Harvest Fair ("a toe-tappin', cider sippin', fun-for-everyone Arts Festival") to enjoy the beautiful weather and local art.
After the art festival, we poked around several great shops in downtown Rome and enjoyed gelato from Honeymoon Bakery. Most exciting, though, was visiting Leigh's dental office, the Rome Center for Pediatric Dentistry. We are so proud of our Leigh-Leigh!
That evening, we enjoyed delicious venison chili made by our wonderful hosts, drinks on the rooftop terrace of their building, and some dancing at a nearby watering hole.
We wrapped up the weekend in my favorite fashion -- girl talk over coffee in the rooftop sunroom and walking to Sunday brunch at Harvest Moon Cafe.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Everett's shower was inspired by his soon-to-be black, white, and yellow giraffe nursery. Paige picked out some killer fabrics for my mom to sew into bedding, curtains, and cushion covers for the rocker.
Guests were welcomed to the shower at Josie's gorgeous home with this door sign created by my mom. She was inspired by a picture she had seen on Etsy and my brother's love of books. She picked up some inexpensive books from the thrift store, a canvas, and a jar of decopage. I love how it turned out.
For the tablecloth, we used some of the fabric that was destined to be used for curtains. (We were able to capitalize on EV's early arrival!) Patty, Kim, Josie, and myself were able to put together a delicious menu of lunch foods...if I do say so myself.
I am normally against silly baby shower games, but I loved this idea from Josie. She wrapped a box and filled it with 20 small "diaper bag items". I created submission sheets on card stock to distribute to guests upon their arrival. Guests filled out the sheet with their guesses throughout the party. Prior to opening gifts, Josie pulled out the items one-by-one from the box. The guest with the highest number right won a $10 Starbucks card. Who doesn't love a good prize?
For decor, we simply hung a clothesline with onesies and giraffe print outs. Patty and Kim made tissue paper puffs in yellow, black, and white to hang from the light fixtures.
The hostesses and Paige -- celebrating a successful shower just days after Everett's surprise arrival!
For a party favor, I made giraffe-shaped sugar cookies using a cookie cutter I found for $1 at Sur la Table. (Love that store.) My mom and grandma helped me ice and package them the night before!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The original source for the recipe is the lovely blog Sugar Derby. I adapted some of her directions (ever so slightly) and made these tasty treats for the Georgia v. Coastal Carolina tailgate.
- Strawberry Stem Remover: This thing makes life so easy. (Again, thank you, Aunt Lynne!) However, you can use a knife if you want. I like my Chef'n Strawberry Huller. (Available at Williams-Sonoma for $7.95)
- Sandwich Size Ziploc Bag
- Electric Mixer
1/2 tsp. vanilla
- Wash strawberries and remove stem and core with either the corer or a knife.
- With the electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
- Scoop cream cheese mixture into the ziploc bag and seal-- making sure that all air is removed.
- Use scissors to cut the bottom corner of the ziploc bag to create a piping bag. You will only need to cut a tiny opening.
- Squeeze the cream cheese filling through the opening to fill each strawberry.
I stopped there, because I was transporting the strawberries on an hour car ride and wanted them to look their best upon arrival-- no smears, uneven distribution, etc. However, you can go on to the next steps if you wish:
- Crush graham crackers in another ziploc bag. Dip the filled end of the each strawberry in the crushed graham crackers.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth upon stirring. Use the spoon to drizzle chocolate over the finished strawberries.
- Place in refridgerator until chocolate is hardened.
The final step is always the same-- serve and enjoy!
What's your favorite easy tailgate recipe?