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)

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.”

Yummmmm...

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

Before...

After: When Porcini Attacks!

Such a good time with friends and pups!

Scott’s Variety Store & BBQ

Vegan’s Beware! This post is not for you!

Scott's Variety Store

So today was our final field trip for the semester. A lot of the places that we have been to have been all about the experience of a space and not simply about the architecture. Today, we went to a place for the experience.  That place is Scott’s BBQ. They have mastered BBQ. I’m going to let my pictures describe my experience … and… if you get the chance… and you are in the “middle of no-where South Carolina”… you have to go to Scott’s BBQ. It has my seal of approval!! To receive a full description of these masters and their work check out THIS article from the NY Times… I’m tellin’ you… this shit’s legit!

Mista Rodney Scott -- Pitt Master

Old fuel drum used to burn down all of their personally hand cut wood to make the coals that go under their BBQ

Mista Rodney Doin' What He Does Best!

Vat O' Goodness -- Notice that that long handle is NOT to a ladle, but to a MOP. That's right, no brushes here... they lay it on thick with a MOP!!!

Oh yeah!!

What more can a girl ask for?

White Bread? CHECK , Sauce? CHECK, Orange Drink? CHECK…. BBQ (1 lb)? CHECK CHECK!!

Close Up, Beauty Shot!

Close Up, Beauty Shot 🙂

I love this menu! It might just be my favorite!

The Whole Graduate Architecture Crew (+/- a few)

Field Trip: McLeod Plantation

I’m taking a class called Indigenous Drawing. Basically we go around and look at really cool old places in South Carolina, mostly located in the Low Country. Yesterday we went to McLeod Plantation on James Island in Charleston. Located on the site are the most beautiful Oak trees–they were HUGE!

McLeod Plantation

Slave Quarters

My favorite tree.

My Attempt Sketching the Tree