Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gah- Roosss

Have you ever drained and rinsed a can of black beans?  What is that stuff?  And why does it get foamy when you rinse them?  Am I buying the wrong kind of black beans?


Fun fact of the day:  Ben Franklin's formal education ended at ten years old.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas List

Here are a few of the things I wouldn't mind Santa leaving under my tree this year:

  • Yonanas Ice Cream Treat Maker - Bed Bath & Beyond.  This thing makes fro-yo out of frozen bananas.  Wow!

  • A new rug - Pottery Barn.

  • This cute jacket from Gap.

  • A lovely red leather cross-body bag.  This one is Fossil.

  • One of these ceramic iPod speakers from West Elm.  I like the fox, but there is an owl too.

Fun fact of the day:  One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Maddie and Me

This is one of my favorite things.  http://maddieonthings.com/

I love Maddie's tiny feet and how 90% of the time she looks like she is asleep.  I think this is just the most brilliant thing.  And now she has her own book.  I want.

I like to think Maddie and I are similar creatures.  Anything look similar to you?

Yep, two peas in a pod, or in a giant watermelon on the side of the highway in Mississippi :)

Fun fact of the day:  The Salem Witch trials did not start in Salem, MA. They started in Salem Village, now known as Danvers.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Have Fine Taste

Last week at Sheffield's Antique Mall, I bought these for $15.

Today on One Kings Lane I find these for $395, retail price of $650!  https://www.onekingslane.com/product/16832/972438

Okay, so mine aren't Royal Dalton, but they are a dead ringer.  Actually, I like mine better.  Good find if I do say so myself:)

Fun fact of the day:  The hood ornament of a Rolls Royce is named "The Spirit of Ecstasy."

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Downtown Dining Week Night #1: Eighty3

Downtown Dining Week is here!  Second only to Christmas, it is such a magical time of year for me!

If you know me, you know I like to eat.  And, getting my fine-dining on is one of my favorite past times.  I got some of the girls together and made reservations about a month ago.  There are a ton of restaurants participating this year and all pre-fix menus cost $20.12.  I love a bargain:)  Hurry up and make your reservations, the fun is over on Nov 11.  http://www.downtowndiningweek.com/

Night #1 - Eighty3
Rating - **** (4 out of 5 stars)

The food was really delicious, but Eighty3 lost one star due to the wacky service and melted ice cream.  Here are some photos from our experience:

Menu - they didn't have the salted caramel ice cream.  Our waitress told us the ice cream was store-bought, but not "the cheap stuff".  Good to know.  We all had the fried green tomato slider as our appetizer, it was really good.  The chef offered to send us the recipe for the jalapeno ketchup:)

To add to the wackiness there was a table of Japanese food critics who were taking pictures of french fries.  This was my attempt at nonchalantly snapping a pic of them.
Main course shrimp and grits were amazing!

For dessert blueberry bread pudding and vanilla ice cream. I would rather have had my ice cream still frozen,  but that's just me.

Fun fact of the day:  When lightning strikes the ground, it will sometimes fuse the soil into hollow, glass-lined tubes called a "fulgurite." This is especially common if lightning strikes a sandy area such as a beach.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mother's Day Weekend

So it isn't May, who cares!  My Mom visited me in Memphis this weekend, we had a great time and the weather was amazing.  We shopped, and ate, and shopped, and ate and then she gave me cleaning tips.  This happens every time I tell you, never clean enough for your mother:)

We started out Saturday in Collierville.  Mom has never been, so we visited the square, had lunch, went to baby boutiques and took on the challenge that is Sheffield's Antique Mall.

I got these little beauties for $15!

Love this paint scheme, but I don't have room for another dresser.

Linda really liked the square:)
We enjoyed an extra hour of sleep and then headed back out on Sunday to hit up the few shops we didn't get to on Saturday.  It was an East Memphis kind of day.  We started out with lunch at Gus's where we sat next to Penny Hardaway, we played it cool and didn't even sneak a picture of him.  Then hit up the EM regulars, Target and Pottery Barn Outlet, before heading to Saddle Creek to finish out the shopping extravaganza.
Weekend synopsis:  I gained 5 lbs, burned up a tank of gas, and am going to have the best dressed nephew east of the Mississippi (and probably west of it too).
Fun fact of the day:  Jupiter has 63 moons.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Five Things For Friday

1.  I had dessert at lunch today.  I really don't understand why I keep gaining weight?  Oh hey there Kristen, you're my BFF (best foodie friend).

2.  Two weeks ago I took ten items to Sugar Plum Consignments.  As of today nine of my items have sold and I get to pick up a check:)  I'm pretty excited about it.  So, I'm dropping off some more items this weekend.  I haven't had any luck with purchasing anything there yet, but I'm sure the time will come.  http://www.sugarplumconsign.com/

3.  Bargain alert!  I got this dress from the Fossil store for $39.  Original price is $175.  I'm totally going to make this face when I wear it.  I think I can get away with wearing it this weekend with a cardi since it is going to be 80 degrees tomorrow:(

4.  I have already purchased four Christmas presents!  I can't say what they are because the recipients might read this, but I am really proud of them and think my lucky friends and family are really going to love them:)  I'm getting a head start this year, I usually don't even think about Christmas until mid-November.  I hate when stores put out the Christmas wares in late summer, it cheapens to whole thing to me.

5.  Fun fact of the day:  According to the 2000 census, there are at least 2,376,206 people named Smith in the United States, making it the most common surname by a wide margin.