Wedding #3

My friend Trey got married this weekend. It was such a wonderful event. And, naturally, my friends and I danced (and drank) the night away. Here are a few pics to recap. Hope y’all had a good weekend.

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Pics are compliments of VS and AC


Wedding Season…

I had one of the best weekends this weekend! It was full of so much fun. I went to my second wedding this month and it was the most beautiful service that I have ever been to. A friend of mine invited me to go with him and we got there an hour early so we just pigtrailed through Springville and Ashville, AL . The happy couple got married at Micah’s Meadow at Mathews Manor.

Here’s a pic I borrowed from their website so that you can get a better idea of where we were.

Micah's Manor

Here’s a photograph of the groom right before he walked to meet his beautiful bride. He was a little fidgety.

The groom, Brian.

They did something really unique and I think (although I don’t really know these people), something that I believe describes their personalities. They chose to do a reading called the “One Another’s” and they had roughly 30-40 people each read 1 verse. So you would hear their closest friends saying these verses all around you. It was so beautiful and really very special.

The Gospels

  • 1.  “…Be at peace with each other” (Mark 9:50)
  • 2.  “…Wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14)
  • 3.  “…Love one another…” (John 13:34-35; John 15:12, 17)

Paul’s Letters – Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians

  • 4.  “Love one another”(Romans 13:8)
  • 5.  “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love…” (Romans 12:10)
  • 6.  “Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10)
  • 7.  “Live in harmony with one another…” (Romans 12:16)
  • 8.  “…Stop passing judgment on one another” (Romans 14:13)
  • 9.  “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you…” (Romans 15:7)
  • 10.  “…instruct one another” (Romans 15:4)
  • 11.  “Greet one another with a holy kiss…” (Romans 16:16; I Corinthians 16:20, II Corinthians
  • 13:12; I Thessalonians 5:26)
  • 12.  “…When you come together to eat, wait for each other”  (I Corinthians 11:33)
  • 13.  “…Have equal concern for each other” (I Corinthians 12:25)
  • 14.  “…Serve one another in love” (II Corinthians 13:12)

Galatians, Ephesians

  • 15.  “Carry each other’s burdens…” (Galatians 6:2)
  • 16.  “If you keep on biting and devouring each other…you will be destroyed by each other” (Galatians 5:15)
  • 17.  “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other” (Galatians 5:26)
  • 18.  “…Be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2)
  • 19.  “Be kind and compassionate to one another…” (Ephesians 4:32)
  • 20.  “…forgiving each other…” (Ephesians 4:32)
  • 21.  “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19)
  • 22.  “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21)

Philippians, Colossians

  • 23.  “…in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3)
  • 24.  “Do not lie to each other…” (Colossians 3:9)
  • 25.  “Bear with each other…” (Colossians 3:13)
  • 26.  “…Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another” (Colossians 3:13)
  • 27.  “Teach…[one another]”  (Colossians 3:16)
  • 28.  “…admonish one another” (Colossians 3:16)

I Thessalonians, Hebrews

  • 29.  “…make your love increase and overflow for each other” (I Thessalonians 3:12)
  • 30.  “Encourage one another” (I Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11; Hebrews 10:25)
  • 31.  “…Build each other up…” (I Thessalonians 5:11)
  • 32.  “Encourage one another daily…” (Hebrews 3:13)
  • 33.  “Spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24)

Other Letters

  • James, I Peter, I John, II John
  • 34.  “…Do not slander one another” (James 4:11)
  • 35.  “Don’t grumble against each other” (James 5:9)
  • 36.  “Confess your sins to each other…” (James 5:16)
  • 37.  “…Pray for each other” (James 5:16)
  • 38.  “…Love one another deeply, from the heart” (I Peter 1:22, 4:8)
  • 39.  “…Live in harmony with one another…” (I Peter 3:8)
  • 40.  “Greet one another with a kiss of love” (I Peter 5:14)
  • 41.  “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (I Peter 4:9)
  • 42.  “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others…” (I Peter 4:10)
  • 43.  “…Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another…” (I Peter 5:15)
  • 44.  “Love one another” (I John 3:11, 23, 4:7,11,12;  II John 5)

And then they did something that I usually can’t stand at weddings. They wrote their own vows. But these weren’t like those silly sappy things where people say “I’ll keep the air conditioning at 73″… these were special. They promised each other to live a life that wasn’t ordinary and a life full of adventure. I’ll have to remember to add these to my own … whenever that day comes…

The Happy Couple.

Side Note: They gave us fans as we entered and those were the program. I genius idea for anyone having an outdoor wedding in the middle of June.


I wish I had pictures but I was having too damn good of a time to be taking pictures. Oh, but they had a Southern Style Buffet, complete with Deviled Eggs, Pimiento Cheese and Crackers, Corn on the Cob, BBQ Chicken, everyone’s personal favorite — the Corn Muffins — and their wedding cake was a Strawberry Shortcake — GENIUS.

BTW, they had the best band EVER. They are called II da Maxx. Find out more, here! I have never heard “Strokin'” at a wedding reception. And it. was. awesome!!! They sang so many good songs and all you want to do is dance the night away! They’ve got my vote.

I wish them the absolute best and a lifetime of happiness — I don’t even know them, but I can’t wait till I do!

Round 2: A Successful Cheese Muffin :)

The Cheese Muffin!

So my families go-to place for recipes has always been Southern Living Cookbooks. And instead of going straight to an internet blog for a recipe, I did it old school and looked for a good recipe in a whoo-bangin’ (awesome) cookbook.

So here is the recipe from the 1983 Southern Living Cookbook. (btw, this is one of the best years — If you were to only pick up one, pick up this one)


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted


Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add cheese, and mix well. Make a well in [the] center of [the] mixture. Combine egg, milk, and butter; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Spoon into crease muffin pans, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Yield: 1 dozen.”


So naturally, I made 3 dozen again. And these were good.

I’ve learned that cooking is fun when you’re in good company. My baby monster dog, Porcini, had a play-date that night with his new friend, Gabby. And she is a well-behaved young lady and he, of course, is a hellian with hormones. Yeah, us.

Porcini The Wise


After: When Porcini Attacks!

Such a good time with friends and pups!

Cooking Tragedy: Jim ‘n Nicks Cheese Biscuits …

The Muffins

Today I didn’t eat lunch at work. And after a 9 hour day, I was pretty hungry. I half heartedly expected there to be food in our break room; however, (to my utter disappointment) there was no birthday this week and no left overs from all-nighters or take-out from the previous day.

I wanted something savory, delicious, and a finger food. So, it popped into my head that I was going to attempt to make Jim ‘n Nicks Cheese Biscuits. Ohhhhh Yummy Yummy. So I did just that.

I borrowed the recipe from gas•tron•o•my (My husband likes astronomy, I prefer gastronomy). You can find the recipe here. Or below. But she has better pics on her blog.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar >> I substituted this for splenda baking “sugar”
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten well
  • 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Directions:

    Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan.

    Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside. Whisk egg, milk, butter, and vanilla together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend.

    If you should decide to make these wonderful little morsels here are some tips that others added to the gastronomy blog… (and maybe I should’ve read those before I already poured the batter into the muffin pans.)

    Incorporate shredded cheese into batter. Do not over mix.

    Divide batter evenly among greased muffin tins. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. When fully baked, the tops of the biscuits will be golden and springy to the touch and a thin knife inserted into the center of the biscuits will come out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each biscuit from its mold.

    Makes 10 to 12 biscuits.” (I doubled the ingredients and it made 36 mini muffins)

    Seemingly Innocent Muffin... I think not.


    Something went horribly wrong!!!

    My muffins look beautiful but they have the consistency of something gummy. I’m having a hard time putting it into words. Its like the ingredients never bonded together and it has an overcooked cheese look to the center but the consistency of a hard paste or gross playground foam. GROSS. Just Look…

    Nasty Playground Foam or... Cheese Biscuit !?!


    • Maybe try using Buttermilk instead of regular milk.
    • Somewhere in there Corn Meal needs to be used. One person suggested using 1/2 flour and 1/2 Self Rising Corn Meal.
    • Possibly reduce the sugar to 1/2 c.
    • It needs some salt
    • And probably REAL SUGAR. Silly me. **I’m still learning!!!!

    Any Suggestions? … Help. Me.


    Have you ever been driving down the interstate on a really long drive and see a road sign that makes you want to stop and check out what’s really going on there? Ha ha, I do. So, whenever I drive to see my favorite people in Mississippi,  I always pass by a town called TOOMSUBA. I text one of my besties everytime I pass it … and this last time, I just had to check it out. I had to see what was going on there. Here are some photos of a town inside Meridian and the hunt for Toomsuba’s one and only attraction — its lake. Oh yeah, we were coming back from a wedding 🙂

    This is a building around the corner from where my friend got married.

    Causeyville Whynot?

    The beginning of Toomsuba.

    Photo taken by V.S.

    Still in search of the Lake...

    This looks like a woman on a mission... for a lake!!!

    Photo taken by V.S.

    I had to see what was behind the gate...

    Photo taken by V.S.

    The Field.

    I think we found it...

    We were planning to go for a dip... but then we read the sign.

    I knew it existed!!

    Fictional Characters Full Names

    I saw this on and thought it was funny…

    Barbie and Ken have full names?

    1. Did you know the Comic Book Guy on “The Simpsons” has a name? It’s Jeff Albertson. But that wasn’t the decision of creator Matt Groening.

    “I was out of the room when [the writers] named him,” he told MTV in 2007. “In my mind, ‘Louis Lane’ was his name, and he was obsessed and tormented by Lois Lane.”

    2. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. (Ken’s last name is Carson.)

    3. Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch. His ship is the S.S. Guppy.

    4. In the Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt

    5. Snuffleupagus has a first name — Aloysius. Want more Snuffleupagus trivia? In a Sesame Street scene that never aired, Snuffy’s parents announced they were separating. But in testing, children were too devastated by the news, so the idea was scrapped.

    6. The Wizard of Oz rolls off the tongue a lot easier than the man behind the curtain’s full name, Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. From Frank Baum’s Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz:

    “It was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name. When I grew up I just called myself O.Z., because the other initials were P-I-N-H-E-A-D; and that spelled ‘pinhead,’ which was a reflection on my intelligence.”

    7. Mr. Clean has a seldom-used first name — “Veritably.” The name came from a “Give Mr. Clean a First Name” promotion in 1962.

    8. In a deleted scene in the 2006 Curious George movie, The Man With the Yellow Hat’s full name was revealed as Ted Shackleford. (Since the scene was deleted, perhaps the last name doesn’t count.)

    9. The real name of Monopoly mascot Rich Uncle Pennybags is Milburn Pennybags.

    10. The policeman in Monopoly has a name, too. You can thank Officer Edgar Mallory the next time he sends you to jail.

    11. On Night Court, Nostradamus Shannon was better known asBull.

    12. On Entourage, Turtle’s real name is Salvatore Assante.

    13. Sesame Street’s resident game show host Guy Smiley was using a pseudonym all these years. He was born Bernie Liederkrantz.

    14. The Michelin Man’s name is Bibendum.

    15. On Gilligan’s Island, Jonas Grumby was simply called The Skipper.

    16. The Professor was Roy Hinkley.

    17. The unkempt Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame has a rather proper real name — Norville Rogers.

    18. The Pillsbury Doughboy’s name is Poppin’ Fresh. He has a wife, Poppie Fresh, and two kids, Popper and Bun Bun.

    19. The patient in the classic game Operation is Cavity Sam.

    20. The true identity of The Lone Ranger was John Reid.

    21. MacGyver’s first name? Angus.

    22 & 23. OK, these last two aren’t fictional, but just in case it comes up, Bono was born Paul David Hewson, and The Edge’s name is David Howell Evans.

    Land of the Free and Home of the Brave…

    Turner Field

    So, I am only slightly ashamed to admit that a few weeks ago I went to Turner Field for the very first time. And… it was really cool. I really enjoy the atmosphere of a baseball park. The last time I went to a baseball game — It was at the Hoover met (bore) and the Barons were playing (double bore)… so those 9 innings went on FOR-EV-ER. Something really cool that my friends and I discovered (although I discovered it a little later than everyone else), the organist that plays for the braves incorporates the last name of the players on the opposing team into their intro music that he plays as they go up to bat. Isn’t that fun?! He even has a twitter page! His name is Matthew Kaminski. Check out an article on him here.

    While I was in Atlanta it was loads of fun and I didn’t want it to end! And they didn’t even win. But now I believe that the Braves are doing really well. I’m not going to pretend like I k now what I’m talking about… so if you want all the stats, check with ESPN right here. You know what else I love, you can go to the Varsity right after the game is over and load up on chili dogs — YUMMMMMM.

    At the Game 🙂

    Play Ball!

    Summer Reading List

    Soooo… long long ago, I used to hate if not despise reading. Since college, I have gained a new appreciation for getting lost in a book that’s not associated with school work. Lately,  I rarely have time to read when I am in school so now I figure that since it is summer I must put together a list and see if I can get through them all. Some are a bit ambitious (and have been on my list for quite a while) and others are good trashy summer reads. As I finish them I’ll try and give a synopsis and a smiley rating 🙂

    Sara Gruen : Water for Elephants

    This book came as a recommendation from my best friend. She has excellent literary taste. I have no doubt that this book will be wonderful – she never let’s me down. So far the introduction is quite interesting!

    Gregory Maguire : Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    Another fun read. Ever since I saw the play with my best friend in London, not only do I love the music, but I want to know the back story to how the play came about. I hear that the book is great and I can’t wait to read it.

    Harper Lee : To Kill a Mockingbird

    This is my absolute favorite book in the whole wide world. It’s been too long since I’ve reread it. I can’t wait to sit down and rediscover my old friends: Scout, Jem, Atticus, and Mister Boo Radley 🙂 Love. Love. Love this book. (Would you expect any less from this Alabama girl?)

    Maeve Binchy : Quentins

    This is another book that came at a high recommendation from my mother. It should be good.

    Robert Irwin : Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin

    My professors from undergrad gave all of the graduates this book. I think its high time I read it.

    Dave Eggers : The Wild Things

    This should definitely be a fun read. Although my friend who gave it to me told me that it was horribly disappointing. I think that I will have to find out for myself. I always liked the picture book when I was younger. How bad could it be?

    Kate Mosse : Labyrinth

    This book is suppose to be an adventure mystery … I think it’ll be something similar to a Dan Brown book. It’ll be a fun read.

    Haha… this ambitious read number 1. I’ve been trying to sit down with this for 6 years now. Maybe this year will be the year…. maybe…

    John Steinbeck : East of Eden

    Ambitious Read # 2. This one has been on my shelf since I was in high school. Certainly, I’m ready for it now… we’ll see.

    Elizabeth Gilbert : Eat Pray Love

    I’m not completely sure why I want to read this one. But I do. I think it’ll be a good quick read.

    Linda Berdoll : Night and Days at Pemberly

    Alright, let’s talk about this one. I read the prequel, that being, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife … it was nothing but sex, romance, questions of parentage, more sex, and more Mr. Darcy — and you know what?? I can’t ask for much more. It was 5oo pages of wonderfulness. Damnit, where’s my Mr. Darcy (that may be another post entirely)?? With that being said, I cannot wait to read this book. Linda Berdoll will not let me down 🙂

    Kurt Vonnegut : Slaughter-House-Five

    I am ashamed to even mention that I have not yet read this book. I think its important to not only read classics but gain an appreciation for what this classic has brought to pop culture and the references that have been made from this book. I cannot wait to pick this one up!

    Do you have any good recommendations for a good Summer Reading Book?