Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My very favorite Halloween cartoon

The Great Pumpkin being on last night got me thinking about my favorite Halloween cartoon.

So normally I'm not a Garfield fan. A cat that spends all day trying to eat lasagna? Come on. Actually thinking about it from an adult standpoint it's kinda hilarious. In any case my favorite Halloween flick of all time has always been "Garfield's Halloween Adventure".

Now in addition to being addicted to lasagna, Garfield is also a huge fan of candy and this ends up getting him in trouble. But the adventures that ensue are worth a look: pirates, buried treasure and lots of great Garfield quips. Check it out on

What's your favorite Halloween cartoon?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Love breeds love!

So Sydney and Walker got married this past weekend! For those of you that don't know a spark was ignited at our wedding between Sydney and Walker. They had known one another since they'd been kids and all it took was seeing each other at our wedding (and some pushing from Beau) to get them out on their first date and as they say "the rest is history".

Their wedding was an absolute fairy tale! Sydney looked like she was born to be a bride and she and Walker smiled so much at one another that their cheeks were hurting by the end of the day. The decor was beautiful, Sage Hill String Band rocked and everyone was having such an amazing time that no one wanted to leave.

Here are some pictures from the weekend, enjoy!

Some of our favorite St. Augustine things...

So Beau and I had a great time in St. Augustine as you already know. A few months before our anniversary Southern Living published an article about some great things to do and see in St. Augustine. And thank goodness they did, that article led us to a wonderful little St. Augustine side street called Aviles. This street is a bit off the beaten path and was definitely our favorite spot in all of St. Augustine.

One of the highlights was Moultrie Creek Studios. This art gallery had tons of original pieces and lots of beautiful silver but he coolest part was the honey. One of the owners of the shop is a beekeeper. Beau and I couldn't resist picking up a jar. She told us all about how she became a beekeeper after years of unsuccessfully growing fruit trees. Originally she tried to hire out a beekeeper but that can be a pretty expensive service. So instead she took up the hobby herself and has turned the honey production into quite a successful and fun side business.

The second great spot was my favorite: Gaufre's and Goods. This quaint little Polish restaurant had so many delicious options it was almost too hard to choose. I eventually settled on one of their delicious spinach pies and Beau settled on a Nutella and strawberry covered waffle. It was literally the best meal we ate all weekend. Gaufre's is a must visit if you are ever in St. Augustine.

Not quite on Aviles but just around the corner was Santa Maria Restaurant. Now the reviews on this place were not great but Beau and I loved the look, the people and the best part of all the ability to feed the fish from our table! The waiter brought us a basket of bread and directed us to the small little cupboard-looking doors at the base of each window. Beau and I had a blast throwing bread out to the (mostly catfish) fish and watching them all scamper after it.

All in all, we had a wonderful time on our first anniversary. I still can't believe it's been one year. We've been so blessed this year and I look forward to all the memories we have yet to make. I'm so lucky to have married my best friend!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Anniversary bliss and wedding fun yet to come!

So this past Sunday Beau and I celebrated our one year anniversary! We have been so blessed over the past year. We had a wonderful weekend. In lieu of any major gifts we decided instead to take a trip. We left on Friday for Savannah and then spent the remainder of the weekend in St. Augustine. It was a beautiful but cold weekend. More on that letter but here are a couple fun shots from the weekend.

Beau and I have several friends getting married in the next couple of weeks. First up are Sydney and Walker (an absolutely amazing couple) and I was so sad to see that rain is predicted for this their wedding weekend. I thought back to my own wedding and complete lack of rain plan. I had a plan if the cake fell over (dozens of Krispy Kreme doughnuts stacked together) but no plan for rain even after we were all completely drenched at the rehearsal dinner. I thought that a little research on the topic was in order.

The first thing I found was this great website. These photographers had a zillion great ideas about how to make wedding day rain work for you. Not only do they provide idea but also links to great shops where you can purchase the cute items they mention. Reading over her ideas reminded me of some of the great wedding shots I'd seen while planning my own wedding. Tons of cute brides in rain boots and umbrellas. Shots so cute you almost hoped for rain on your big day!

How cute is this shot from Veil Tales?

Sweet Smile also has a ton of great shots from this rainy wedding!

One last shot from a photo website that lists some great tips and photos like this one.

On top of all that I found out that rain on a wedding day can not only lead to some adorable pictures but is also considered very good luck. Why you might ask? Since marriage is referred to as "tying the knot" and wet knots are harder to untie, the idea of rain on a wedding day leads to a strong, tough, and long-lasting union. Thank goodness Beau and I already celebrated the one year mark or else I might have started to get worried that it didn't pour on our wedding day.

Congrats again to all of our friends getting ready to tie the knot! Rain or shine we know that God is blessing your unions as He has blessed ours!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Polyvore fun...falling for grey boots

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Apples pt. 2

Well I made a delicious apple cake with caramel icing but I was so busy gobbling it up that I completely forgot to take pictures of it.

As a result, Apple pt. 2 became "I made leaf garland". You guys know I love felt and I hadn't made anything felty in awhile so some fun, fall, leaf garland was in order.

Happy Fall!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

You're the apple of my eye...part one!

Today Beau and I did something a little naughty. After sleeping in to the very late hour of 8am we decided to skip church. Skipping church for us means lingering over coffee as we watch Charles Stanley on TV and cuddle with our pal Frankie.

Today, believe it or not, we had a good reason, we woke up to a beautiful morning and decided to head up to the mountains. An important side note here is that Beau and I tried to head up to the mountains to go camping on Friday but alas after we packed the car and made it all the way to Red Top, we found that the last camp site had already been taken. We wandered around a bit trying to find another suitable campground but most of the area surrounding Lake Allatoona had been flooded and so no other campsites were open for business.

Today though camping was not our goal. Today we decided to head up to an apple orchard to go apple-picking.

After scoping out a few spots on the web we hopped in the car and took the 45 minute or so trip up to Ellijay. The drive itself would have been worth the trip. The leaves are not quite changing and the views are amazing. On top of the dozens of apple orchards there are a number of festivals going on at this time of year.

Our destination was the BJ Reece Apple House. Beau and I stopped first for lunch and a cup of hot apple cider each (the day started off surprisingly cool, fall is definitely here). Once we were full of yummy apple cider we headed out to the orchard to pick a 1/2 peck of apples which basically is around a dozen (or was in our case). Beau did most of the picking as he was taller and the good apples were closer to the top. Mostly it was just fun to be out on such a beautiful day and walking around.

Once our bag was full of apple goodness we headed back inside which is really a farmer's market of sorts. Beau got a muscadine slushy...I know, gross right? And we picked out some green beans and okra. Beau had a craving for some fried okra.

We headed in to downtown Ellijay to get a cup of coffee and walk around some more in the beautiful weather. We stopped in at a little store called "Trevor's General Store". Trevor, as it turns out, was the beautiful dog that was lounging around on the hardwood floor. We found what looked to be some delicious treats: five pepper hot sauce and vegetable soup starter.

We made our purchases and could not wait to get home to get cooking. Our original plan was to make cornbread, soup, fried okra and apple turnovers but once we got to cooking we decided our plans were much bigger than our stomachs and skipped the turnovers. We'll leave those for another day. In the meantime, our stomachs our full of delicious food and our heads are swimming with wonderful visions of this beautiful state in which we live. We are so blessed to have so many amazing destinations within only a few hours drive.

Part two: Apple turnovers coming soon!