Sunday, June 23, 2013

Let The Wedding Plans Begin

 
   Let the wedding plans begin...Yes, you read that right. We are planning a new house and planning a wedding.
 
My daughter Britt is getting married.


 
 
 Britt and Nick will be getting married in the fall and our family could not be happier for them.
 
I am so looking forward to all the things in the coming months.
Its amazing how full the weekends will be with dress shopping, ordering invitations, helping her decide what shoes to wear.  
I am not going to lie, I had a few stressful moments wondering, "Oh how will I ever get all this done!"
and then I realized, I only have one daughter.
I can help make this the happiest time of her life.
This is a time when a mother & daughter can create lasting memories.  I want her to cherish each and everything that her and I do together for this occasion.
 
 


I think just about every Southern mother dreams of giving her little girl a tea party or a special  brunch at some point in her life.
 
 

 What a beautiful location for a tea or brunch...
Nottoway Plantation, located in White Castle, LA



Nottoway took extra care to fulfill the vision
 I had for her special brunch. 



 
We were joined by an exceptional group of ladies...
Her bridal party and closest friends and family


 
Shrimp & Grits,  my new favorite way to enjoy shrimp.
The food was fantastic...we enjoyed a four course brunch.
 
 
 What a relaxing way to walk off brunch taking pictures in the gardens and taking a tour of the home.


 
As I start the adventure of building a new home and helping my daughter plan a new life,
 I read this little saying...
 
It's not the load that breaks you down,
 It's the way you carry it.
 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

House Plans - Making It Our Own

 
Searching for the perfect house plan can become overwhelming.
We had a couple plans that we found in magazines...
we liked one thing on one plan and something else on another...
 
Then as you know we found the perfect piece of property.
The agent informed us that the owner said if we bought the property he would give us
the custom house plans he had designed.
 
 
Can I tell you it was one of those "meant to be" moments...
when she rolled out the plan ...
I was in love!
BUT...at 5698 total sq. feet,  it was NOT the "down size" we
were looking for.
 

 
We are making it our own. (Plan above)
We have used the basic plan, but have made modifications.
Ours will not have a fourth garage, nor the bonus room above the garage.
The office is going to be bigger and turned into my son's room.
 
 
 
I know it's really popular, but I just did not really care for the brick around the stove. 
 I am a messy cook and to me this looked like a cave. 
We actually had the plan finished, but when I took it to
the cabinet person I mention that I was not loving the kitchen layout and he showed me
that if I moved a wall and switched the fridge and double ovens it would create more room and I would have a walk thru butlers pantry...so back to the drawing board we went.
 

 
I can't wait to see how the changes are going to turn out.
The new plans should be ready this week.
The dirt work is complete and we passed the compaction test.
It's going to be exciting to share what the before & afters
of the kitchen with you,  I'd love to have your feedback.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Mighty Macaroon at Sucre

 
 
All Week ... I ride the bike, I walk, drink the freakin
 green healthy spinach smoothies...
 
 

 Then the weekend comes along...
and we head down the road - south to 
New Orleans.  We always end up stoppin
at a little place tucked away on
Magazine Street called
Surce
 
 
What a beautiful cake...
I can resist..


I got this ... I did not lift those weights every evening after work for nothing.
Not gonna let some little fluffy cupcake break me down!
 
THEN IT HAPPENED
I TRIED TO LOOK AWAY



I must not have worked hard enough during the week being good -
Where is the will power
BAM! 
Felt like a big swamp mosquito sucked it right outta me
Yes... I lost my will power to the
Mighty Macaroon
 
 

Look at those colors ...
and the menu, drawing me in ...
 
 


 Ok ... before ya fuss,
Look at that menu,
Yeah... right there ... Almond
Hey ... Almonds lower your cholesterol !
Work with me here,
I had three cups of spinach and half an apple for breakfast.



 They even wrap them up with a pretty little bow.
Well maybe next week, I will have a little more will power..
or  NOT!
 
Have you ever been to Sucre ? 
Did you lose the will power to the Mighty Macaroon?
It's ok ... Your secret is safe with me. LOL


Sunday, May 19, 2013

There Goes The Neighborhood !


I am over the top excited ya'll .... We are finally building a new house! 

And I'd love for you do come along and help me on this process.
Although, I will have a new neighbor that has a little experience in
decorating.


Can you guess where this little path in the swamp goes?
Over to my neighbors ...

YES !! 
 I know can you believe it ?  
 My neighbor over the little bridge and thru the swamp is
my sister, 
 
I have been wanting to move by her for years and the land by her came for sale this fall.
Two and a half acres and a POND !
 


 
Of course it's in a swampy area -  we have to bring in loads & loads of dirt.




And More loads of dirt --- Heck you get the idea. 
We have even named it Mount Sanchez!

This is a view of the back...we have a long way to go. 


What a cutie... I don't know her name, she belongs to the other neighbor. 
 She is so sweet, I hope that we have a long neighborly friendship!
 
 
Can I just tell you, I am so happy to sit here and type this post.
Thank you to those of you who emailed me or asked Susie about me...I have missed ya'll!
 
 











Monday, July 9, 2012

Another Adventure Of Miss & Sue Part 2

Alrighty now... on with the rest of our adventure...
We shopped at the Country Living Fair for two fun filled days.
 

Loved this bird house...but a little bit too big to
strap to the top of the car.



I know it looks a bit windy. The weather was actually perfect.
Aren't those the cutest flags. I am going to make some like that
 for our Little House In The Big Woods. 
I just saw some colorful bandannas at Hobby Lobby for cheap.


What a great mix of old chenille blankets and new minky fabric.
Have you ever seen something and later wish you would have bought it?
I wish now that I would have bought this to put up for a baby gift.



Look at those bowls...I need to pull mine out the cabinets.


Ya know me (animal freak) I can't walk past an animal and not pet it. One day I am waiting to have my hand bitten off from this bad habit.  Well actually if it is showing its teeth and hissing I usually back up a bit. LOL


Well we could not go to Austin and
not venture out and get lost downtown!


It took us one hour to go four times around the state capitol building and three times asking for directions.

But hey, I do believe this dude is lost too!!
And people think we are insane, who rides a mule on a busy down town street?


Humm, maybe he was still drunk from the night before.


Hey Cupcake was screaming our name. It was hard waiting for the light to change.


Right across was this cool little shop.
 Can't remember the name of it.

No words for this it was just color overload.



I must leave you with this one last photo of our trip...
Wonder why we got lost so many times this trip?
Susie ate the whole time while driving!  No I am not kidding.
We were very sad (I told you in the last post you would laugh and cry) this will be our last 'Road Trip" for awhile.  The day before we left I found out that I was hired for a new job.  It was a career opportunity that I could not pass up right now.  I am certainly missing ya'll and her right now.  I hope that soon I can have a schedule to work and blog.  If you have any time management tips PLEASE share, I need all the help that I can get.

Love and Miss Ya'll,

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Another Adventure of Miss & Sue

Ready to laugh and cry? ...Grab some coffee, tea, wine or heck I'm sitting here drinking a beer.  Yes don't judge, its one of those baby beers and the bottle is cute. 
Heck, I made it healthy, I put a lime in it.
 So I am getting a little hit of vit. C!  This is going to be a long visit.. we have alot of catching up to do!  
 Might have to be two or three post...

 Ya all know Susie is the "go getter". On her blog that girl can tell you a story with a few words and pictures.  Ya learn stuff from her.  
Me..  I am well... the one that over thinks and by then my brain has moved on to other things. I guess you could say over the years, instead of just doing I think it over till its too late.
 I write a blog post and then hit DELETE, because mine is like a flippin mini novel. I am the kinda person that has to tell the whole story. Guess I like to type.
LOL NOT!

In this post I will try to wrap up a trip that lets just say was one of the "OK done that, been there trips"...and let you in on whats been going on in my part of the world.

If you have been around here a bit, you know sista and I love our 'ROAD TRIPS'

We share lots of laughs, 
but really this part is not funny!

 Who the hell stops at the BLUE BELL ICE CREAM FACTORY and does not even sample taste the ice cream????
  Maybe us two girls!

 One that thinks she has a lactose problem and did not want to be on the open road without TP.


And the other (me) that decided to do a "Clean Diet" two days before a road trip. Not pleasant being in the car with a chick who had not had a coke for 72 hours and counting every second that very slooowly ticked by!
 (THANKS SUE FOR BEING SO SUPPORTIVE)


Sista would not try the ice cream,  but we HAD to stop at the Golden Arches to grap the gurl a happy meal.... HA HA .  
 We had never seen the SUPER SMALL fries! 
 She wanted to go back and get the rest of her fries...she felt so cheated!!

Then an hour past that stop, we notice a sign to Dallas! 
STOP!!  Austin is the other way!
(oh but those goats in that trailer are so cute)
U-TuRn in the highway...
How in God's green earth did that happen?

Guess we were laughing so hard at me spilling
salad dressing on the front of my boobs
and
 trying to get a picture of the stupid small fries ~
 Musta took the wrong turn. 

But its all good, we will get there sooner or later. Nothing was going to keep us from seeing our Country Living Peeps.




What a trip " Huge Highlight"  seeing my friend Brent from the Beekman Boys.  I could not wait for Susie to meet him. 
OMG.. he hugged us like we were family!
 A few people asked me if he was my brother. Gosh I wish! 
I am so happy for them. 
 They are now going to be on the Cooking Channel.


  Even made a few new friends.  Life Lesson...no matter where you travel, try to make at least one new friend! 
Isn't that what life's about???


These Jelly Queens were sweeties,  super duper friendly! 
  their jellies ...brought some home.  YUM 

After all the visiting we did get some shopping done.
Two days of shopping.



FABRIC.. this is the stuff I RUN too...oh, I think that I remember a song like...oh heck there I go over thinking.....never mind.



No... sista gurl, I told you already that is not your color! 
If you must, get the pink. :)


    Look at those buttons...bet that jar weighs a ton.



Sista snagged her some really old chippie boards ... can't wait to see what she is gonna so with those.
I am sure it will be something fabulous.

Well this concludes this post, no kidding I have been working on it for three days...don't worry, I only had the one beer at the beginning of this post.  My daughter is after me to go somewhere with her and has given me ten min. to get out the door.
Don't worry I have lots more to share.
Enjoy your day, make it count!