Chicken and Wild Rice Soup for the Soul


We are officially one month away from the first day of Fall!   Fall is my most favorite season of the year, and each year I celebrate it by making a big pot of chicken soup.   And not just any chicken soup….Cream Of Chicken And Wild Rice Soup. Yes, every letter deserves to be capitalized. It’s That Good. I’ve been making this soup for approximately 16 years now.  When I was in college I worked in Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham, where Crepe Myrtle's Cafe (now in the Little Professor … [Read more...]


Have a Coke and a Smile


Ever since we started the Whole30 Challenge a few months ago my husband and I have made a pact to stop drinking soft drinks. Cold turkey.  Just sat them down and never looked back.  Considering we both used to guzzle cokes like a dried up cactus, it has been a little bit of a challenge to keep that promise.  But, so far so good!  We are trying to maintain our good eating habits but with all the end of summer parties and back to school stress, we’ve let some junk slip back into our diets.  But … [Read more...]

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DIY Thrift Store Wooden Bowl Planters


Sorry to leave you hanging on the status of these wooden bowls in my junky planter post from a few weeks back.  I’m back today to show you how I turned them into little succulent containers. Of course you know me and my succulent fetish.  It just seemed right to add more to these bowls to go with the ones inside the eyeball glass in my sunroom. Here are the bowls when last you saw them.  I found these bowls in a thrift store all taped together in a stack.  Of course I didn’t know what I’d do … [Read more...]

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Epic Outlander Premier Party!

Amazing Outlander Theme Party Ideas

My Outlander Premier party was a raving success last weekend.  Since this is going to be a very picture-heavy post chock full of all the Outlander theme ideas I created based on the amazing book series, I'm going to let the photos do most of the talking for me!  If you have never read or heard of Outlander, then these decorations probably won't make a lick of sense to you.  I'll try my best to sum it up for you. Claire Randall is on her 2nd honeymoon in Scotland after WWII when she gets … [Read more...]

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Seashells, Succulents and Antique Eyeballs

Succulents and seashells

Well, it’s official.  I’m still a sucker for succulents.  Apparently I cannot get enough of them. I am also a sucker for cobalt blue glass bottles and jars, which led me to pick up these little guys at an estate sale last week.  As I was checking out the lady informed me that this particular little jar was actually an “eye glass”, aka an antique glass eye cup.  Um.  WHERT?  Excuse me?  At first I didn’t believe her, but then I went over to ebay and sure enough.  There it is.  A whole … [Read more...]

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Ye are invited to an Outlander Premier party


<deep breath> Ok, here goes.  I’m coming out of the closet with a few things today.  First off, I’m ripping off that weird blogger Band-aid of privacy and inviting you, my dear readers, into my home for a FUN Girl’s Night Out.  Ready? Here goes... I’m hosting an Outlander premier party! Here is the backstory… years ago my friends Dusty and Allison introduced me to to the Outlander book series. I paid them no mind until I got sick with the para-flu last year, and suddenly found myself … [Read more...]

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Shopping for blog Props


Alright. Gotta be honest. My garage is like my prop closet where I keep all sorts of junky old stuff lying around.  If I see something cool while I’m out thrift shopping, I snag it and put it in the garage. Some folks might call it hoarding. Some folks might call me Fred Sanford. I call it blog propping.  You can see the difference, right?  :wink I always feel kind of guilty when I post a really cool project using vintage junk, because there is NO guarantees that you guys will be able to … [Read more...]

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Whatcha gonna do with all that junk


In case y’all haven’t noticed.  I love junk.  Any kind of rusty old junk. I’m on it.  And chippy, peeling doors.  And vintage anything.  So, when I combine all of those elements together with some beautiful container gardens it kinda makes my head want to explode with joy.   I might as well get it over with and change my name to Tow-Mater, because I am in LOVE with these rusty aqua sideboards from an old Ford truck (or Chevy? What the heck are these things… I have no idea.)  I spotted them at … [Read more...]

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State themed Projects are all over the map!


In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little bit obsessed with state shaped items.  I love the shape of my home state of Alabama.  There are a few states in our Union that have easily recognizable shapes, and I feel like Alabama is one of them.  It's a mirror image of Mississippi, so I guess that could be confusing to some.  But for someone born and raised in the Great State of Alabama I am a big fan of decorating my house with Bama pride. You might have noticed this cutting board in yesterday’s … [Read more...]

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The Greatest Haven Photos That were Never made


I’m home from Haven 2014, without very much to show for it except the memories and a hangover.  I never even pulled out my big camera, so I have VERY few actual photos that turned out from the weekend.  All of my iphone selfies taken at the ballroom parties look all dark and downright embarrassing.  Plus, I totally forgot to actually take ANY photos AT ALL with most of my bloggy BFFs (both old and new).  So, instead of showing you the grainy assortment of pitiful photos that I actually have on … [Read more...]

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