Thursday, July 29, 2010


I preface by saying I know very little about the writer, Anne Rice. What I do know is not more than pop culture references. I find this quote interesting. Can you live a life as a Christ follower apart from a church or group of believers? I am sure it is possible, but I relate to Christianity as the community of believers.

Anne Rice's Facebook:

My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become


Have you ever lost something that was priceless?

My mom wrote letters to members of our family that she hid away. After she died, my dad found them and gave them to us. I lost my letter. I read it only ONE time, put it away somewhere special--it's been five years. I don't remember the location of that special place. I tell myself, maybe it's supposed to be that way. I keep wondering though, would read it differently if I had it?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Territories

I traveled to somewhere new, San Antonio, Texas. Josh and I went for a long weekend. We ate a lot of really amazing food there. I especially loved a smokey salsa from Rosario's. We managed to eat there twice during our stay.

We wandered, shopped, toured, and ate our way through The River Walk, San Jose Mission, and The Alamo. We stayed at a charming, unique place--The Riverwalk Vista.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I hope it's good.

I am currently making this, more details to follow.

It's Spicy, if you make it less cayenne may be better. It may become chili starter if I doesn't mellow a bit.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Blackberry Breakfast Bars

Blackberry Breakfast Bars

2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted

For filling, in a medium saucepan combine berries, sugar, water, lemon juice
and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for
about 8 minutes or till slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from
heat. In a mixing bowl stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon
cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in melted butter till thoroughly combined. Set
aside 1 cup of the oat mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture into an
ungreased 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
Carefully spread filling on top of baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved oat
mixture. Lightly press oat mixture into filling. Bake in a 350F oven for 20 to
25 minutes more or till topping is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into
Makes 18 bars.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Very NOLA Bathroom

Last Fall, we started our half bath re do, Josh gutted the whole thing. It has been finished for a long time, minus the trim and art work. In the past few days all the finishing touches were completed. It looks amazing.

I bought this watercolor in Jackson Square. The artist told me about his life growing up in the French Quarter. He asked me where I was from, he proceeded to spell "Huntsville" and told me he was always good at spelling. He had struggled with arithmetic, he said it held him back in school. He talked about his first job unloading bananas on the docks of the Mississippi River. I stood and talked to him a long time. He talked a lot about his family members and how most of them are gone now. He was 89.

This is a roof slate that had been on a building on Royal St. I found it at a thrift store during my visit to Cape Girardeau this summer. I has info about the artist on the back. I found the fleur de lis hook at Hobby Lobby.

I'm in love with the pedestal sink. Josh also put in the new tile floors and white trim.

Don't you want to come over and see my NOLA bathroom?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

When it rains, it pours...

We made a trip to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens with some friends. We had a rather fun, soggy ending to our visit.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Less, a lot less

Could you imagine only having 50 things.? I love one of his 50 are a pair of Frye boots!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Beware of a Spotless Cookbook

Oh I have plenty of clean, perfect looking cookbooks. They don't get used. A few old trusted books are easy to spot. They have some wrinkling of the pages from steam and drips. They have some spots of spices and such.

This cookbook is my favorite. My mother in a law gave it to my for Christmas the first year Josh and I were married.

This Banana Bread is the best I have ever eaten. You can tell I have had this page open a few times.

I have brought this Jambalaya to many families with newborns! Countless people have had it for dinner at my house or church potlucks.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Updated Reading List

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsoon

Couples by John Updike

36 Arguments for the Existence of God-a work of fiction, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

The First Christmas by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ( may save this for near Christmas)

The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark

The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's a boy for my friend Quincy!

I am so happy for my friend Quincy and her family. I can't wait to see the newest member of her family! I love them all. Meeting them is one of the reasons I love my job so much. I have met the greatest people teaching there. They are truly each unique special people.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

When the Coast is Clear

Here is a link to Jimmy Buffett singing an updated When the Coast is Clear at the Gulf Shores Concert to Support the Gulf. I know it will seem dramatic, but the lyrics actually make me teary eyed. I love the Gulf Coast. I have a goal of owning land in Baldwin County. I have spent so many wonderful days there.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

I bought three pairs of shoes in Arkansas.

A pair of vintage from the 50s maybe early 60s suede with a black ribbon tie--beautiful in great condition. Hand lasted the insole says--amazing how great they look and for only $7 at Savers. They have the original store sticker that is Pfeifers of Arkansas. Pfeifers was bought by Dillards in 1963. They had stores in Little Rock and Hot Springs, so this pair didn't travel far in those years, or perhaps they found their way home.

New Tula by Birkenstock black one strap sandals for $5 at Goodwill

Tatami Birkenstock blue and Purple marbled looking sandals for $29 at 1/2 of 1/2 which seemed like a steal until I found the others for $5.