Happy One Month Noles

It has been a month and a day since we won the national championship and I cannot wait to celebrate for the next eleven.

I have done the most terrible job blogging, but wanted to share photos of the championship game. Mema, my grandmother, made us all Jameis Winston headbands to wear to the game. She distributed them to the family before we jumped on the plane. I’m pretty sure the rest of the airport was jealous.

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The game was terrifying and exciting all at the same time with the Noles coming out on top in the last few minutes. I love this photo and the fact that Mema is still wearing her headband — she is a trooper.

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Go Noles! >>—>>

Chandler Chicks in the Big City

The Chandler Chicks (my grandmother, aunt and I) decided it was time for a girls trip!

My dear friend Joe moved to NYC a year ago, so we figured it was time to visit him. We picked a weekend, packed our bags and headed north.

We saw a show, walked in Central Park and, of course, met strangers that are now friends — many thanks to Mema.

Here are a few snapshots of our trip 🙂

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This is one of my ALL time favorite photos of Mema below. She sat on the subway and was laughing about something and then we all realized the sign behind her — how perfect?!

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Spreading the Christmas (cookie) Cheer

Christmas is a wonderful time to be with family. There’s extra time to try new things, like baking cookies from scratch!

Like any wise chef, I googled “sugar cookies” and took the first thing that popped up.

They were a huge success with my little cousins and it was great to spend time with my mom in the kitchen.

I would love to say things went off without a hitch, BUT I did leave a whole batch in the oven and ran an errand to the store. I forgot they were in there and got a frantic text that the cookies were basically on fire in the oven. SORRY MOM!

Here are the photos from the process of baking the cookies and making the icing from scratch. Sadly enough, there’s no burnt cookie shots since my mom got them out of the house ASAP.

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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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Feels So Close

Football Season… only 50 days away.

Photo courtesy of FSU Heritage Protocol

This is also Mema and I’s favorite season.  I can already hear the warchant, feel the energy of Doak Campbell stadium and smell the mixture of delicious food and whiskey drinks.

Cheering for the ‘Noles @ Georgia Tech

What are your favorite football traditions? Beerpong? Tailgating? Cornhole?

Thank you, Dad!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s out there, but especially to mine.

It took me awhile to realize just how awesome my dad is.  I thought everyone’s dad spent lots of time with them and took interest in their lives.

My dad always made it a point to make time for me. Starting when I was 12 – years – old he took me on a trip very year — just us two.  Some of my favorite memories are from those trips… Starting with Disney World (standard 12-year-old move) to surprising me with Donna Summer tickets in Boston.  These trips are priceless.

Right after seeing Donna Summer perform!

Snowboarding in Telluride, Co.

One of the things that came out of these trips was realizing his unconditional love for both me and my brother. I know I can call him in the middle of the night and he will be there for me. I cannot thank him enough.

Gib, Dad and I in Chile

He pushed me hard, but encouraged me even harder. I couldn’t have done it without you, Dad!

What are your favorite memories with your dad?

Beers in Utah

Football Season – Go ‘Noles!

Dad visiting me in DC

Graduate School Graduation