Start with Moonshine, End with Quiche

Family dinner nights always make for a good time and great blog post.

After a long day of work, I got to my grandmother’s (Mema) house for “make your own quiche night.”

The first thing Mema says is “I made Tennessee Mountain Tea… with Moonshine! Let’s take jiggers!”  For those of you who don’t know what a jigger is, it’s a shot.

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She pours her moonshine concoction and we all take shots to start our quiche crafting dinner party. You know it will be a good/long night when you start with moonshine. Gotta love the enthusiasm!

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On to the quiche — glad I learned how to make this easy dish! We picked out our toppings, poked our pie crusts and sauteed our veggies.

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We whipped up the half and half and eggs until it was thick (almost peaking) and poured it over our toppings.

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Topped with cheese, in the oven for 40 minutes at 375 and that’s it! Jiggle it after 40 minutes to see if its firm and you are good to go!

Final product below: I went with mushrooms, broccoli and ham. What is your favorite combination?

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Happy Birthday Mema

How do you say happy birthday to the best grandmother in the world? Well, I’m still trying to work on that. For a start, here’s to the woman…

• Who taught me how to chop when I was 6 months old.

Chop• Who dances on tables

dancing• Who loves her a liquid marijuana shot

• Who is looking pretty damn good for an 80-something, I mean 60-something year old

333926_10101435267339593_5226811_74384848_2123753566_o•Who can school frat boys in beer pong

• Who loves her family and friends unconditionally

I am so blessed to have Mema in my life and the lessons she has taught me. What would I do without this party animal??

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Don’t Knock It Till You TRI It

My friends and I decided a few months back that we would TRI a new challenge, the Tri The Rez triathlon.
It’s quite comical because we all have our own strengths of the three parts of the race. My worst is definitely swimming. To make training more enjoyable, we goofed off, a lot…

We went into the race wanting to have fun and enjoy a nice Saturday morning activity, but we would be lying if we said we weren’t nervous standing there by the water before the whistle went off.

I think the key to enjoying Triathlons is a good support system and not taking yourself too seriously.

Libby and I laughed and joked the whole time on the bike and she may, or may not have,  had to pull me in the swim — what a great friend!

One thing we all loved was the triathlon community, everyone was cheering us on and encouraging us the entire way. Entering the last mile of the run, I was just pumped to finish and have a beer. I definitely couldn’t have finished without my two “shred sisters.”

Officially Triathletes

From triathlons to tailgates, we had our Saturday covered. Hopefully this won’t be a one time event, but a new lifestyle.

With Our Favorite Den Mother

Life’s Moments Captured

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I think a painting may be more.

One of my best friends, Joe, was recently in town and surprised me with a gift.

After quickly unwrapping, I saw the beautiful painting. This photo means so much to me, not only is it one of my favorites, but we took this the day my grandfather passed away.  Mema told me we needed to be happy even through the tough times. She said that he is in a better place, and we that we are blessed to have each other to lean on.

When I saw the painting, it took me right back to that moment two and a half years ago.

It means the world to me that Joe had this painted for me, but also because our friend P.J. painted it.  He is extremely talented and I’m sure put extra love into it.
I am obsessed with the details on Mema’s face and the way he made the photo come to life.

To view the whole progress of the painting, click the image below (Thank you PJ!):

Mema’s Take 9.18.12

It’s time for another “Mema’s Take” where she imparts her knowledge upon us.

Red or White Wine?

I don’t know, but I do know different personality types choose different ones. Like me, I like to party and fun a good time and I like white!

What did you think of the Spice Girls Reunion at the Olympics?

I like my spices where I can see them everyday — in my kitchen cabinet.

How do you feel about Florida State being ranked #4?

It doesn’t matter where we are as long as we are ahead of Steve Spurrier’s team and that other team from Gainesville.

What do you think of the crop top fad?

I’ve always said ‘it pays to advertise!’

** If you have questions for Mema, just comment and she will answer them on the next “Mema’s Take” blog post**

Burning Down The House [corn flake style]

Watch out… you might get what you’re after!

To kick off football season, my roommates and I decided to throw a gameday brunch… little did we know we would endanger our lives. This is what happens when we don’t have my grandmother,  Mema’s, guidance.

We knew we had a large amount of people coming over so we decided to make three breakfast casseroles, pigs-in-a-blanket, fruit and bagels and donuts.  We were proud of ourselves for staying in on a Friday night to prepare all of this food.

As we were getting ready, the casseroles were cooking in the oven.  All of the sudden, one my roommates was screaming from the kitchen. I ran down the hall way to be greeted by smoke billowing out of the oven.

Of course, this was my doing. Who turns the BROIL on and leaves it?! FOR 10 MINUTES — WITH CORN FLAKES ON TOP!?  Mema, might just disown me.

Thank God one of my roommates thought to scrape off the cornflakes, and it was my bright idea to add MORE cheese and MORE corn flakes.  I’m actually pretty proud of that move… In my opinion, cheese makes everything better.

Here was our re-purposed casseroles that got devoured at the brunch.

Crispy Casserole

The Set Up

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At the end of the day crispy (charred?) casserole goes pretty well with a mimosa, or two 😉 Cheers to football season!

The Game Day Crew

Why We Love College Football

College football kicks off THIS week! In honor of my favorite time of year, here are a few reasons WHY we love college football.

  1. Tradition

It doesn’t matter what school/team you cheer for. One of the things that keeps you coming back is tradition.  Seeing your team run out on the field, the spear planted in the center and screaming your head off with friends and fans all around you.

  1. It’s American

What’s more American than football?  The hard working qualities that all of the players possess courage, dedication, teamwork… all American qualities that have made our country what it is today.

  1. Tailgating

I may not be marketable, but if marketability was judged solely on tailgating skills, I may just lead the pack. Tailgating is the perfect time to catch up with old friends and new ones, play games and get excited for the impending game. And how could I not mention – great food and drinks??

  1. Rivalries

College football rivalries cut straight to the bone. It’s personal, it splits families on game day and it’s just plain ugly.  ANYTHING can happen in a rivalry game.

  1. Drama

One of your starting players gets hurt and you have to replace him last minute with someone who has received none/to barely any playing time, and he prevails. You win by a kick… all of these moments leaving you on the edge of your seat and high fiving strangers who have become friends in your section when you win.