Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Words of Wisdom

"Nothing is as changeable as a young man's heart. Take hope and warning from that."
- Ms. Patmore, Downtown Abbey

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Bucket List: 101 Aspirations

There are so many things I want to do before I die; some of them are doable, but some aren't. I recently sat down and came up with a list of the things I aspire to do in my lifetime. Here goes nothing:

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Attend the Kentucky Derby
Pay a stranger's bar tab
Learn to sail
Organize a large event
Buy a house
Attend a low country boil
Travel to Europe
Go fly fishing
Cook a meal for 5+ people
Drive across the country
Write a book
Get a book published
Pay off my credit card debt
Visit a castle
Start my own blog
Read all of Faulkner’s work
Plant a vegetable garden
Learn to play poker
Fly in a helicopter
Watch the changing of the guards
Ride in a limo
Drink milk from a fresh coconut
Attend a jazz festival
Learn to ski
Get a tarot card reading
Take up horseback riding again
Watch an Ole Miss game from the alumni box
Sing karaoke in public
Go mountain biking
Jump off a diving board
Start a petition
Open my own restaurant or cafe
Have a hot stone massage
Watch the 10 Greatest Movies of All Time
Ride on a motorcycle
Learn to speak Italian
Go snorkeling
Eat at a restaurant alone
Throw a surprise party
Watch a solar eclipse
Learn to bartend
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Hike (part of) the Appalachian Trail
Leave a 100% tip for a server
Change a flat tire by myself
Enter a writing contest
Drive over the Brooklyn Bridge
Learn to knit
Go to a drive-in movie
Watch the duck walk at the Peabody
Get hypnotized
Take an art class
Order room service
Be an extra in a film
Do my own taxes
Ride a cable car in San Francisco
Drink expensive champagne
Name a star
Invest in the stock market
Travel by riverboat
Be a tourist in my own city
Go grape stomping
Have a mud fight
Spend the day at a spa
Rope swing into water
Watch the sun set over the mountains
Drive a Zamboni
Own my own beach house
Meet someone famous
Volunteer at the soup kitchen
Go deep sea fishing
Fly first class
Move somewhere knowing no one
Serve on a jury
“Unplug” for 48 hours
Build a house with Habitat for Humanity
Get acupuncture
Catch, cook and eat a fish
Learn to salsa dance
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah
Go to a vodka lounge
Pan for gold
Sleep on a beach
Try a Cuban Cigar
Find a pen pal from another country
Ride a camel
Give a speech at a wedding
Refinish an old piece of furniture
Jump off a cliff into the water
Get ordained
Visit every state in the U.S.
Be a bridesmaid
Swim with dolphins
Fly in a hot air balloon
Complete a 10-day fast
Organize my own cookbook
Train my dog
Climb a mountain
Take a spontaneous vacation
Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Can y'all think of anything I left out? I'm always open to suggestions!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Grub!

I'll admit it.. Thanksgiving isn't exactly my holiday. But for some reason, this year, I'm all about it. And with the big day creeping up in two weeks, I've plotted invading my mom's traditional Thanksgiving dinner with some of my own side dishes and deserts. So far, I'm overwhelmed with how many delicious recipes I've stumbled upon. And in order for me to document them all in one place (read: remove them from my "favorites" bar) and to share with all you kind folks, I'm showing you the best ones I've found so far.
Corn Pudding. I don't know if I've ever even had corn pudding, but this picture makes me want it. Big time. This might be one of the ones I actually pull the trigger on.
Creamed Pearl Onions. Simple? Check. Delicious? They certainly look that way.
Autumn Chopped Salad. Personally, I'm not eating salad on Thanksgiving. I just refuse to do so. But for you healthy people out there, here's something green.
Baked Brie with Salted Apples and Caramel. I mean, c'mon. This looks like heaven.
Baked Brie with Apples and Salted Caramel Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com
Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes. Everyone does garlic potatoes for Thanksgiving.. it's time to mix it up with a classic!
Creamy Spinach Casserole. This one is similar to my mom's recipe that I love so much. As good as this one looks, I do hope my mom makes hers this year.
Creamy Spinach and Cheese Casserole Recipe

Pull-Apart Stuffing Rolls. J brought this one to my attention a few days ago and he hasn't stopped talking about it since. He's decided to try making it himself (unfortunately he's going home to Burlington for Turkey Day and I won't get to see the final result).
Pull-Apart Stuffing Rolls

Cranberry Crown Cheesecake. Sign me up for a slice of that. Gotta reach my fruit quota for the day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Roll the Bones

Y'all.. this song is absolutely amazing. I discovered a few months back and probably posted it to Facebook or wrote about it on here or did something else to further encourage people to hear this song. This singer is wildly talented, and his live music is unbelievable. Check out this song and tell me you don't end up with chills..

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ole Miss versus Auburn

Y'all know what a huge Ole Miss Rebel fan I am, and as always I have to make at least one trip down to Oxford for a football game each year. This year, my friends and I chose the Auburn game, because it worked with all our schedules and was slated to be a BIG ONE. And boy, was it. As you probably know by now, my Rebels lost by 4 points to Auburn after our star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught the ball and landed just barely outside of our endzone with about two minutes left in the fourth quarter. As luck would have it, that tackle left Treadwell with a fractured fibula and a dislocated ankle. The sports world has dubbed this loss as one of the most "gut-wrenching" losses in college football history. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my trip to my alma mater and as always was blessed to be reunited with so many of my college friends. Let's take a look at the (few) pictures I did manage to take.

Who doesn't love a nice cotton field on the drive in?

The rental house was much nicer than expected, and we had plenty of sleeping room for the 7 of us who ended up staying there.

Since Friday was Halloween, we had to pose for a picture in front of one of the most decadently decorated houses on the main strip. I can't imagine how long it took the owners to get this thing up and running.

A "before" picture as we stopped by City Grocery for our first drink of the weekend.

And obviously I had to take a picture of my favorite sushi roll of all time.. the baked salmon roll from Kabuki, my favorite restaurant in Oxford.

Erin was the only brave one to partake in a vodka shot (they use the vodka primarily to clean the grills in the main dining room).

And then, we were off to the bars of course. Here's a look at The Library, Oxford's largest bar (which consists of a sports bar, a dance club, and an outdoor patio).

In the morning, our friend Sarah showed up bright and early to wake us up and get us ready for tailgating in the Grove.

It took us until 1:30 for everyone to get ready, but at last we were on our way, walking from the house to the Grove.

This is what a typical tent in the Grove looks like.. in other words, utter chaos.

This was our tent.

Although College Gameday didn't come to Oxford for this game, they did have one small tent set up to correspond with the network and broadcast other games to the tailgaters.

Here we are about mid-way through the day (we got to the grove around 2:00, and the game started at 6:00, so it was obviously a long day of drinking).

Elvis made an appearance in the tent next to ours.

Lauren and I managed to score tickets 10 rows up on the 50 yard line for only $100!! Score!

Most importantly, we were able to sneak whiskey bottles into the stadium with us. And as you can see in the picture below, we took advantage of our "toddies" during the game. Also, the "neighbor"'s stash of whiskey made its way to us on several occasions. Now that's Southern courtesy!

When Laquon Treadwell was being examined on the field, the stadium became silent as everyone on the field struggled to see what needed to be done and what calls needed to be made.

After the loss, we headed right back to the Library to say our goodbyes and celebrate the wonderful time we had with each other. As always, we made plans to do it all over again next year.