Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm Back! & With Pictures

Can I just tell you how much-needed my week-long vacation was??? I may have gone crazy without it. At 5:00pm last Friday it was like a weight had been lifted. I drove home so anxious to get started on our staycation. We spent a lot of time relaxing, but more on our staycation later.

I've had these pictures ready to post since right before I began my staycation. I was so busy on my last day at work before my week off that I didn't have time to post it. So, I am posting it now and will fill you in on our staycation later this week.

Now onto the photos. These are some of the engagement pictures I took for my SIL. I couldn't post them all because then this post would never end! I apologize that the quality isn't fabulous, but I had to significantly decrease the resolution to decrease the file size in order to get them up on blogger. You should be able to click on the photos to make them bigger if you want a better look at them.

It's good to be back. I did miss all of you lovelies and I hope I can get caught up on all of your blogs soon!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wedding Wednesday

Sorry I was MIA for Wedding Wednesday last week. Summer is insane for me. I've been a busy bee!

This week I wanted to share some pictures of my family on our wedding day. First up we have my mom and stepdad, then my dady & stepmom.

Next are my adorable brothers. They have grown considerably since then though. And the middle shot is of all the parents and grandparents with us.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesdays At The Table

For this week's Tuesdays At The Table, as hosted by the lovely Cole, I am sharing a recipe by the adorable Rachael Ray that I adapted for my flounder last week. Oh, and might I add that my cutie pie of a husband caught said flounder for me the previous weekend. There's nothing better than freshly caught flounder!

Parmesan-Crusted Flounder
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tbs chopped flat-leaf parsley (I used fresh parsley from my herb garden)
- 4 flounder filets
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 400°. In a shallow dish, combine the cheese with the paprika and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the fish with olive oil and dredge in the cheese mixture. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until the fish is opaque in the thickest part, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve the fish with the lemon wedges.

Now, mosey on over to Cole's blog and see what everyone else is cooking.


Also, a question was asked of me in my formspring box (in the right sidebar) by an anonymous questioner. This person asked: "Was "The Beach House" any good? I saw it at the store the other day and looked it over but didn't buy it."

To answer your question anonymous, I thought "The Beach House" by Mary Alice Monroe was a very good book. I read it a few months ago (I am so bad about updating my books in my sidebar) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is set at the Isle of Palms, which for those of you who don't know, is in South Carolina. It's a hop, skip, and a short jump away from downtown Charleston. It is also the beach that I visit just about every weekend. We are very fond of IOP beach. I love reading books set in the South, especially those set in South Carolina. The books are most often about places here that are near and dear to my heart and that fact makes them so much more enjoyable.

So, yes, if you are looking for an easy beach read, I absolutely recommed this book to you. Happy reading!

Any more questions? If so, feel free to ask away in the comments or in the formspring box in my right sidebar.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Long Weekends are the BEST!

I can't even begin to tell you how much-needed this long weekend was. I have been getting so burnt out and I needed a few days to rest and have fun with no obligations whatsoever.

Friday night we started off the weekend right by going to Red's for happy hour. We sat outside and it was such perfect weather! It was unseasonably not HOT HOT HOT but the perfect temperature with a fabulous breeze. I, of course, had a margarita (yummo!) and a basket of fresh fried shrimp & chips. Hey, it's the weekend so I'm allowed to eat stuff that is SOOO bad for me. My body, my rules. :)

Saturday was beach day. We went to IOP to our normal spot. We knew that the holiday weekend meant super crowded beaches so our usual spot (away from the touristy areas) would be perfect. It was. The wind was INSANE at the beach on Saturday though. Within 10 minutes of being there I was pretty much completely covered in sand. We always go to the beach really early to beat the crowds. We were on the beach all set and ready for some hardcore sun-worshipping by 9:00am. Our friends joined us somewhere around 11 or so. Dru was introduced to bocce and I just caught up with the girls. We left around 1:30pm and I was so OVER all the wind and being stung by the sand. Oh did I mention I got bit by a fire ant while laying in my lounge chair? I discovered a new bizarre allergy with that bite. Yay...or not.

After a shower in which lots and lots of scrubbing was utilized to get rid of all the sand, I then spent about an hour trying to get all of the sand out of my ears (and I was still finding sand the next day!). I spent some time cleaning house and then Dru's brother came to go fishing with him and to go out with us downtown. We had dinner at Wild Wing and then off to our friend's house to meet up with everyone. I had a blast watching everyone play Civil War. It was very funny and action-packed. Meanwhile I tested my friend's new low-cal margarita invention and it was yummy! I will definitely have to get that recipe from her.

Our first stop downtown was a big ole flop. Techo. Yuck. So we moved on. The second place wasn't so bad. We mainly watched the boys (hubby and BIL not included) get hammered and act crazy while the girls drank water and talked. There was a band but I wasn't that crazy about them. We left early and were perfectly content to go to bed. I know, we are such party animals! Ha ha.

Sunday we were invited by our sweet friends to hang out at the pool. When we left our house around 1:15pm or so, traffic on the IOP connector was backed up to Hwy 17! That is insane. At that point I was very happy we had decided not to go to the beach. Hanging out by the pool was so nice. The water felt amazing and we were in really great company. I watched many a ladder golf game and enjoyed the sun (with SPF 30 of course). We had hotdogs and hamburgers, along with a yummy homemade pasta salad, my homemade dill potato salad, and a bunch of other munchies.

By 6:00pm I was exhausted. We headed home and decided not to fight the traffic and go to IOP to watch the fireworks. We decided to stay home and watch movies. It was nice.

Monday, hubby and BIL went fishing. I think my body was rebelling at all the sun I exposed it to b/c I was super exhausted when I got up Sunday morning (and no, I did not burn. I've never been sunburnt and I never intend to get sunburnt). I think maybe I was a little dehydrated. I just rested and waited for the boys to get back. Then we had lunch, BIL went home, and hubby and I relaxed the rest of the day.

Now, I am back at work and it wasn't as painful coming in today as it normally is. Probably because I actually got some rest this weekend. My fire ant bite is finally starting to get better. It has been getting worse since it happened and it has been super swollen, hard, and very hot to the touch. The swelling has gone down considerably and it, thankfully, doesn't itch anymore. It's just one more crazy allergy, alon with mosquito bites, that I can add to my list.

I did not take any pictures at all this weekend and it was nice for a change. As much as I love photography, I needed some time to relax and enjoy myself without worrying about capturing everything. It was quite enjoyable!

I'm still working on SIL's engagement photos but I will post some as soon as I'm finished. I promise! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!