Friday, April 14, 2017

Charleston Tea Plantation

We've been going to Charleston at least once a year for several years now, and one placeI've had on the list to see has been The Charleston Tea Plantation. It's the only tea plantation still in the United States and it's an easy drive from Charleston proper to Waccamaw Island where the plantation is located.




It is free to tour the factory...and while you're there you can sample their teas unlimited. Hot, cold, fruity or not...we also sipped while we took a trolley tour of the grounds (you do pay for the trolley but it's a great way to see everything and is really affordable...especially while drinking complimentary tea).





So glad we finally made it out there..checkout the link above to read all about their story,and how the yummy tea we drink is grown and produced.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Together Again


After 7 years my brother, sister and I were all home at the same time to be with my mom for her hip surgery. We spent time hanging out at the hospital...being loud and laughing while we mortified my mother who works there. It was a crazy whirlwind, with new stories added to family lore...oh,and I started a pair of socks!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Little Bit of Germany in Georgia

After all the hiking at Amicalola Falls we were all tired and ready for a cold drink. Our hosts had some more fun up their sleeves when we drove through some mountain roads to the town of Helen, GA.

I hadn't heard of Helen before our visit, but having been their once I know we'll have to go back! It is a town that is completely German-themed! The buildings, the foods, the crafts,the music...it was so beautiful and fun!






I was so excited to see Warsteiner beer in Helen. It is the beer from the little town I lived in in Germany. It's a very popular beer in Germany, but is not as easily found here in the US. I made sure to have some to enjoy with my schnitzel lunch!


After our mountain hike and German lunch it felt like a very German day. In Germany, people love to walk outside and then spend the afternoon with friends eating and drinking. Helen is truly a beautiful, special town.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Amicalola Falls


While visiting our friends we had a great hiking/waterfall day out. We drove about an hour and a half away to Amicalola Falls where we tackled over 600 steps to see the gorgeous view at the top of the tallest cascading waterfall in the South.




The adults were definitely feeling the burn by the time we had gone up and down all of the stairs!!!




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Smith Plantation

While visiting friends in Georgia we went with them to see the Smith Plantation, a historical home close to where they live. In one of the bedrooms I loved this wedding bouquet that was pressed and made into a piece of art to display. Even the ribbon looks beautiful pressed with the flowers behind glass!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ho Ho Hat!


Little Man received this fun hat as a gift and then he didn't want to take it off! It was crochet...and he loved the built-in beard...I love it was handmade!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Day of the Dead Themed Birthday Card


My bestie's 40th birthday quickly came right after mine and so I decided to make her a card I really thought she'd appreciate. She loves the skulls used to celebrate the Day of the Dead, so I saw a perfect sticker set to make her something completely unique, just like her!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Italian Night with an Italian Friend

I used to work with my friend, and we have a lot of fun together when we can get our schedules together. She texted me a week ago and asked about us making pasta...well that sounded like a great way to spend a Saturday evening!

I put together an antipasti plate to nibble on while we made tagliatelle and drank wine.


She had never made pasta before, so she learned something new while we talked and caught up.



Here we both are...and I'm wearing my apron from my mom....it has a Cajun cooking print...LOVE IT! I'm really drawn to Cajun/Creole cooking and the culture, so the apron is perfect for me.

We finished our evening by...EATING our freshly made pasta with an easy mushroom cream sauce.

What a great time we had!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hubby's Apron


For Christmas, Hubby and I both received aprons from my mom that she found at a craft fair. Here he is wearing his Carolina Panthers aprons!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snow Day and Surprise Date Night


It's always exciting when we have a snow day where we have enough for it to be fun and not just a mess.  Last year was the first time I ever tried sledding...so I admit I was excited to get out there too this year. There's a great hill on the golf course that families actually drive to...but we can walk there in 5 minutes! We took turns using the sled...and the moms even took a turn going down the hill together.


After snow fun Little Man and his friend came over and had hot chocolate and played. Then, his friend offered to have Little Man over for the night...and suddenly there we were unexpectedly alone. 




We sat and had dinner alone (with a candle...SO FANCY) and talked, and hardly knew how to act without Little Man there being his usual goofy self. It was nice to enjoy our spaghetti dinner without him being picky about the sauce.

It was a different kind of day in many ways.