Thursday, September 29, 2011

If I ever have a Beach House...

How cute are these signs from Sippin' Southern? These will go great in the beach house I've been dreaming up. I love the one that says yes ma'am. If I ever have a house full of children you better believe they will say yes ma'am!

Editor's Note: I showed these to M and he made it clear that the Marlin Fish Ocean Wood sign is not a Marlin, it's actually a Sailfish. Very different. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bourbon Milk Punch

I got married in April and did a makeup trial at Palmetto Bluff a couple weeks before my wedding. Besides the incredible make up artist, the best part was the little drink they gave me to sip on. The Bourbon Milk Punch was divine! It's one of those drinks that is so nice to sip but you don't want to have more than a couple. This week Palmetto Bluff was kind enough to share the recipe on their facebook page. You should give it a try as the weather gets cooler. 

Bourbon Milk Punch

½ oz. Makers Mark Bourbon
1 oz Half & Half 
1 oz Heavy Cream 
a splash Vanilla Extract
 1 ½ oz Simple Syrup 
and a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon 

Shake well, strain into a snifter 1/2 filled with ice, and garnish with nutmeg.

I have a hard time drinking bourbon when it's warm out. Do you switch to a different drink when the weather changes?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thanks. Thanks. Thanks.

How can you not love a blog like this? She writes a thank you note everyday, mostly to things that can't talk back.
I love this one. Card writing is a lost art. Have fun reading through all her posts!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Take note of this

Can we talk about how cute these are? I bought them the other day and can't wait for the mail to get here! I think I am going to get a gold monogram on them too. Head over to Jack and Lulu to see all of the stationery in the Gold Collection.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Are you ready for some football?

Whew, it's been a whirlwind couple days. In the South, our lifestyle transforms in the fall. From what we cook, wear and talk about our weekend revolves around footaball. Last weekend we went to Athens for the South Carolina vs. Georgia game. The drive to Athens was as intense as the game. M likes to be one of the first people at the tailgate. We have been starting the day in style with steak, eggs and champagne. This weekend we made grits too. 
There was a chill in the air and the grits were the perfect warm up.

Have you ever put pomegranate juice in your mimosas? You should it's amazing. 

Drinking out of mason jars proved to be a good conversation starter. The champagne mixed with oj and pomegranate looks like the color of moonshine. We tried some cinnamon apple moonshine from one of our new friends. Yum! 

In Athens, our neighbors were nice enough to let me put my South Carolina chair under their Georgia tent. 

In South Carolina the party was rocking. I might have been dancing on the truck box when I took this photo.

Of course you want to bring good food to eat, but it is always good to impress your neighbors too. If you bring enough food you can trade for a plate for what they are cooking. It's a lot easier to check the score of games that are on the TV of someones tailgate set up when you bring a tasty snack for them to try.

Your day revolves around football, but the game is only a small portion of it. Luckily the gamecocks have won all of their games so far. It looks like it's going to be a good year. Go gamecocks!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Shrimp Season Starts Today

Shrimp Baiting season starts at high noon today. It's a complicated process but it ends with a plate full of these little guys! M has been going with his father and every season for the last 15+ years. They might as well be professionals. 
One person drives the boat while the other stands on the bow to cast the net.

Check out the diagram below. This is what the Department of Natural Resources prints in their guide to show people the rules. Looks Confusing huh? Well, to make it more difficult you do this all in the dark. Last year I went with them and I was in charge of the flashlight. The season is only 60 days long, but I would suggest going more in the beginning of the season. Water splashing and the wind on your face is pretty chilly in early November. The whole thing gives me flashbacks to episodes of the deadliest catch. A little dramatic, I know.

I will spend most nights of the shrimping season catching up on Grey's Anatomy while drinking a glass of wine. If it gets cold, I'll start a fire the wood burning stove. When M gets home with his catch I will head the shrimp and saute a couple for a late night snack. It's my part of the agreement because I am not as good on the boat as his dad. I want to help but I don't make the cut on the two man boat.

If you aren't able to go shrimping this year you should definitely flip through Nets and Doors by Jack Leigh. He was such an amazing photographer! In this book he perfectly captures the harsh beauty of commercial shrimping. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

These boots were made for walking...


I'm looking for some good boots... I've been obsessing over these and can't decide which ones I like better. I love the red tones! I'm hoping the ones on the left don't look too clunky, but I think it may be a little tough to get jeans in the ones on the right. Frye makes both pair. Which pair would you choose? Do you know of a pair that you like better?

Folly Fun

I guess it's safe to say M has turned into a bonafide storm chaser. We were supposed to get a little breeze from a storm in the Gulf so we headed out to the beach early. We started the day with mimosas and boiled shrimp. FYI -Shrimp Shells, just like any food on the beach attract crazy birds. Hope you had a happy Labor Day! Did you do anything exciting?