Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day

Mama and I got busy Wednesday planning our Memorial Day Supper
(yes, supper) that we actually had Saturday night.  My nephew, Will, had a
baseball game Monday night, so they needed
 to leave early Monday to go back to Tennessee.

After swimming Saturday afternoon, we had a Kansas City Style Rib Dinner.
These ribs were really good!  Find the recipe for the rub here.
We followed Meathead's directions found here and had a superb meal.

You just can't eat ribs without making a mess...

...or anything else for that matter...

And while we played - we remembered that the freedom for us to gather and to play
is a very expensive gift.  We are thankful for those who bought it for us.

Friday, May 27, 2011

School's Out

I think I mentioned earlier that I am realizing that my children are growing up...
Because Julia is leaving elementary school behind
and because I wanted one more shot 
at little girl cutesie, we had a "School's Out, Pool's In" Party
after the last day of school.

We decorated flip flops...

Thank goodness Mama came to help.  She brought her cousin, Harriett -
which was super as she is very crafty.  The flip flops were purchased
 at Dollar Tree and decorated with ribbon and doo dads from Hobby Lobby. 
Each girl took her flip flops home in a sand pail,
also from Dollar Tree, that had been monogrammed using a Cricut cartridge called
Plantin Schoolbook and vinyl.  I've had lots of fun using vinyl on plastic.  It is an easy, cute way to dress up Dollar Tree
and Wal Mart finds.

Some little feet, proudly showcasing their new beach wear.

For supper, (The girls wanted to know if I really meant dinner...) we had
lemonade, fruit, chips and little pizzas. The recipe for the little pizzas came from
a wonderful blog, "A Little Loveliness".  Here is the recipe.

Little Pizzas
1 package hamburger buns
Parmesan cheese
Meat Sauce:
1 pound ground beef
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
3/4 teaspoons garlic salt
Cheese Sauce:
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup instant dry milk
3/4 cup water
1 cup Velveeta cheese
For meat sauce, brown meat, drain and mix with above ingredients. Meanwhile, for cheese sauce, mix flour and instant dry milk. Gradually add 3/4 cup water, then stir in 1 cup Velveeta cheese cut into cubes. Stir until Velveeta melts and cheese sauce thickens. Place open hamburger buns on a cookie sheet. Spoon cheese sauce on, then meat sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees 8 to 10 minutes. (Makes approximately 10 to 15). 
The girls really enjoyed the pizzas and they were a snap to make.

I think it is safe to say that we all had a great time!


Saturday, May 21, 2011


What are the odds that you could play middle school football and Little League baseball in your 7th grade year and never lose a game?  Not one. 
Nothing in the loss column. 
Nothing at all.

 What are the odds that you'll still be talking about this year when you are 35?

Congratulations to Coaches McEnaney, Blizzard and Nelms
and to a team of 13 and 14 year olds who are quite amazing.
One broken ankle (in three places), one surgery, two broken fingers
(not John, but his team mates)
and lots of dirty white baseball pants later - you're still number 1!

Look at the way that jaw is set. 
 I just hope he takes that same determination to
math class.

Friday, May 20, 2011

U 12 Champions

A great group of girls,
awesome coaches,
hoarse parents
OCPRD U 12 Champions!

And this soccer mom loved every minute!

Honors Day II

A Celebration of Learning took place at North Oconee High School Auditorium
for Rocky Branch Elementary School 5th graders
May 19, 2011.
What this means is that Julia has graduated from elementary school.
I cried for a minute and then remembered that's what children do.  They grow up.

Julia received an award for being an Honor Roll student
and here she is receiving her certificate of promotion to the
6th grade from Rocky Branch's Prinicipal,
Mrs. Evelyn Wages.

Mom, Jules and Nanny

Mom, Jules and Dad

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Honors Day

The "Go Far Club" (See Run with the Horseman by Ferrol Sams)
Malcom Bridge Middle School Honors Day was May 12, 2011 for 7th graders.  John was honored for being a participant in the Duke University Talent Search and for Honor Roll.  We are very proud.

John and a terrific third baseman - just on the wrong team - Jacob.

I'm so proud of such a good kid.
(... And a tall kid - I have on sandals with a 1 and 1/2 inch heel in this pic!)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ode to "Aint" Bee

This week's tablescape is a salute to one of the pillars of Mayberry: Aunt Bee.

Yes, Andy got all the credit, Barney got all the laughs and Opie got all the lessons.
The truth is, without Aunt Bee they would've gotten nothing.

Aunt Bee was perfectly coiffed at all times and with pearls and apron donned
 could get right down to pickling.

I do love Aunt Bee's pearls, pickles (kerosene cucumbers) and aprons... but I especially love her china!
I'll be using Johnson Brothers Blue Willow (amazingly similar to Aunt Bee's) for supper Thursday night.
It's a special night.  We'll be celebrating Honors Day at John's school.  We've invited some special  guests... but not Clara...
no matter how good her pickles are.

Clara Edwards
Graduate Sweetbrier Normal School
Expert Pickler

Blue Willow can stand alone.
It's timeless.  It's classic.
It's so Aunt Bee.

Then I remembered a fun little set that I just got at Goodwill:

This salad plate adds some pizzaz, it jazzes things up.
It's so Aunt Bee... the later years.
You remember when Aunt Bee decided to be independent and she bought a restaurant.
No?  You need more TV Land.

... It was a Chinese Restaurant ...

In addition to Aunt Bee's Johnson Brothers Blue Willow,
I am using Sweet Swirl stemware by Noritake
and Old Atlanta sterling by Wallace.
Permastone Sahara Blue is the second salad plate.
The coffee pot is Johnson Brothers,
tablecloth from ebay,
napkins from Steinmart
and napkin rings from Belk.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Mother Daughter Tea

At my church, Central Presbyterian, in Athens, Georgia, there is a most talented and sweet lady, Jan Rhodes.  When she and her daughters invited every single female in our church to bring a guest to a Mother Daughter tea, I never expected that we would get the royal treatment!

My Grandmama was of the opinion that even if a girl became a nuclear physicist or a missionary to China, she wasn't worth squat if she didn't "know how to do". (After a small amount of consideration, I decided that Granny would definitely give the missionary a pass no matter what.)  As a really little girl, I was terrified that I would be one of "those girls" who didn't know how to do.  Surely, that would be a fate worse than death.  Make no mistake, "Miss" Jan is in the know!  This event was proof enough.

We had a great time and hope to do it again next year!

Thanks, Jan!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Mothers' Day

This Mothers' Day, Mama is going to visit my brother and his family in Tennessee. (This gives me an opportunity to go take any of her china or crystal that I want.)
  I hope that she has a great time, but she will miss quite a Sunday dinner.  See, I already have the table set.

I've used a buttery yellow tablecloth from Bed Bath and Beyond with a china pattern from Tabletops Limited called New England Toile.  The yellow napkins are also from Bed Bath and Beyond. The white napkins are from an estate sale.  Napkin rings came from Pier 1.

The flatware is Golden Ribbon Edge by Gorham and the stemware is Laurin Gold by Gorham.

I love every scene in this collection.  Each season is represented in the dinner and salad plate scenes, making them perfect for almost any occasion.

The pitcher was from another estate sale.  I love using it as a vase.

Mama will probably hurry home when she sees that I got her something big!  (I used Cricut cartridge, Celebrate with Flourish to cut message for wrapping.)