Monday, July 24, 2017

Can't Part With That Favorite Armorie ?

Do you have a piece of furniture that has been passed down, you worked very hard to pay for it, or that piece that no one will give you what you think it is worth ?  You get the picture
My armoire is that piece of furniture .... 
It was a Bernhart that I went all the way to New Orleans 20 yrs ago to pick up.   It lived in my bedroom with the matching bed for years & years ... thank goodness it couldn't talk... it witnessed many laughs and tears.

  When we built the new house I really did not give much thought as to where it would go.  It was really too big for the guest room. 
When I first saw this piece ... it was the pull knobs that I could not live without !

Turns out in the new house this wall was perfect for it --- It fit and actually looks great there.

   For our first dinner party,  Brett went to get makings for some adult beverages. He had them all over the kitchen bar.

    After a little thought we decided to use the armoire as a bar area.  It worked out perfect.  Its all nicely tucked behind closed doors.   The drawers in the bottom are perfect storage for the placemats for the dining room table.

  Can't remember were I got these little drink stirrers, but aren't they just the cutest ?

Hope you enjoyed seeing a how I repurposed my piece of furniture without actually changing it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Quick & Easy Pepper Jelly Spread

Father's day is upon us and are you needing a quick and easy spread for crackers ? 
This one is sooo easy, I often forget about it.

All you need is a jar of Tabasco Pepper Jelly,  a block of softened

cream cheese and of course crackers.  
  1. Pour the pepper jelly over the cream cheese arrange the crackers.
  2. Arrange the crackers around the platter.

I found the pepper jelly in the jelly section at one store, but you may have to ask at your store.

 Ta Da .... That is it and everyone loves it ! 

Hope everyone has a great Father's Day

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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Running to the grocery ?  Girls road trip to a vintage market ?  Ballpark ?
 Unique birthday gift ? 

 Let everyone know you are "Blessed"  with this super cute and comfy t-shirt.  

Brittany is wearing a medium

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Happy Cinco De Mayo 
Brittany and I whipped up a super easy guacamole dip to share with you today.

This is one of those dips that you just add stuff till it taste the way you like it.

2 ripe avocados mashed
2 tablespoons of red onion
a bunch of fresh chopped cilantro
juice of one lemon and one lime
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
seasoning to taste - we used Slap Ya Momma

Mix together and eat with corn chips

A New Adventure

It's been a while..... I'm back and I'm so excited to introduce my daughter Brittany. She has decided to join me in the social media world.  You may remember Brittany, the last post we were planning her wedding.

Wedding was beautiful, she is still happily married and has two beautiful, energetic boys.

We have recently created a mother/daughter team on Instagram. Please come follow us on Instagram at  madeinthesouthblog where we are simply enjoying our southern life.

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! 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 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.