my day in 11 photos

I was free as a bird today with a little bird in tow. We had a really fun time out and about. Breakfast was a pumpkin latte and pumpkin muffin (cheerios too) in a little coffee shop decorated with watercolors and colorful characters. 

We spent a while reading books at the library. Alice discovered the board books section and had a grand time sorting through all of the ones within her reach. I was very pleased to discover they have a teenager room with more young adult fiction than you can shake a stick at. Post apocalyptic teen romance novels might be my most favorite genre ever. (I just finished Divergent and Insurgent!! EEK! SO good! I checked out Crossed and just started The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It's post apocalyptic AND Zombies!!!) I know I'm 31, don't judge. 

After a lovely lunch and a flu shot for Alice we chilled in the nursery while The Gaslight Anthem album Handwritten soaked into my soul. Their nostalgic sound is so comforting to me. I think Alice likes it too. 

We sat out on the stoop with Mrs. Poses while we waited for Byron to get home from work. Some storm clouds and light rain closed out the afternoon. Now Alice is tucked in bed, asleep, and I get a few quiet moments to myself. It has been a good day. 

vin rouge

This weekend we decided we deserved to treat ourselves to some really good food. We chose Vin Rouge. We had a wonderful and relaxed evening on the patio of the bistro as the sun was setting. We are sometimes a bit nervous taking Alice to such a nice restaurant. We don't want to be "those people" with the screaming baby disrupting everyone's paté course. Luckily, Alice is very sociable and really seems to enjoy being out on the town. The staff of Vin Rouge was superb, walking by and talking to her, keeping her entertained with a spoon and making us feel relaxed and worry free. We will defiantly be returning soon!

Alice was being so good we even had time to get dessert, Byron's favorite- Crème Bruleé.


On our drive home from the beach Byron surprised me with an impromptu visit to the battleship! I have always wanted to go and never seemed to get a chance. Wow! It was so much fun. There are thousands of buttons to press and valves to turn! I probably had more fun than someone my age should on such an excursion. I had no idea battleships were so awesome! In its heyday, this one even had a working ice cream machine! 

I know Alice is small, but she was super tiny next to the anchor chain. I affectionately call this pic 'Alice and Chain.'

If I were on a battleship I would probably be in the lab or in the kitchen baking cupcakes!

trick and treat: The Vanishing

We watched the original Dutch (French language, english sub-titles) version of The Vanishing as recommended by Eli Roth on his horror movie marathon guide. It was creepy, not bloody at all, more psychological. It felt a little too avant-garde for my tastes but the end was justifiably shocking.
scare factor: not much, I have better decision making skills than the characters did.
treat: french breast of chicken baked with a sweet vermouth reduction.

beach dinner

There is something about being near the sea that makes me want to eat lots of seafood. Since we are staying in a house with 8+ people we thought it would be nice to make Byron's favorite meal, a Low Country Boil.  We made an outrageous amount of food and it was awesome. 

All you do is boil all of the ingredients in the biggest pot that you can find. Start with the potatoes, sausage and Old Bay for approxamatly 15 minutes. Add the corn for and boil for an additional 10 minutes. Finally, add the shrimp and boil for another 5 minutes. Strain everything and pour onto newspaper right on the table for everyone to enjoy. Serve with cocktail sauce, melted butter and/or ranch dip. So Good! 

 I also seared some scallops as an appetizer. I think Chef Ramsey would have approved.

ice cream

We had another wonderful vacation day. Some beach time, some relaxing time, a good seafood dinner and some delicious ice cream to top it all off, and all with our fun friends. Alice loved tasting some of my birthday cake ice cream. She squealed in delight and kicked her little legs after I gave her a taste. 

We did a little thrift store scavenging today also. We didn't end up buying anything, but I did see these super creepy dolls. Boo!

one sunset

We are really living a dream this week. We are renting a house with some of our friends and living the oceanfront life. Alice had enjoyed the warm surf rolling over her toes and picking up shells to clack together. We have enjoyed getting some absolutely free time to read and relax with no worry of things that need to get done. Our first full day is done and although I know that this week will end as quickly as the sun slips into the ocean at the end of a beautiful day, I know that we will cherish every moment with the water, sand and each other. 

peanut butter cookies

I love to bake and cook. I don't think I've baked a dessert since the 4th of July! Well, I'm on vacation now so I had the time to make some cookies, peanut butter cookies. The recipe is pretty easy, I already had everything I needed. 

1. Cream 1cup butter flavored shortening (I just used fresh butter) with 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup packed brown sugar. 
2. Add 3 eggs (I used 4 med eggs) one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add 1 tsp of vanilla and mix. 

3. In a separate bowl mix 3 cups of flour, 2 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp of salt. 
4. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients while mixing. A stiff dough will form. 

5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and press with a floured fork, in a criss-cross pattern. 
6. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes

7. Eat immediatley! Just kidding, let cool on a wire rack, then eat. 

I had a tiny amount of vanilla ice cream so I made us some ice cream sandwiches for dessert.


We had some homework to do this week, well...Alice had some to do, I guess. I had to make a collage about our family for Alice's school. Luckily I have all kinds of crafty stuff laying around the house. It was really fun trying do describe the person that she is becoming. She likes her bug toys and loves her dog. She screams when she laughs and now likes to stick her tongue out. She is a silly girl, just like her mama. 

trick and treat : V/H/S

Every year Byron and I try to make it through our vast collection of horror movies. We always save our favorites for Halloween night. In the past few years we have discovered that to watch all of them we have to start our Halloween season pretty early, like, the end of August. So this year I thought it might be fun to document all of the ones we watch and have some kind of themed treat each time. 
This year we started out with a new movie, V/H/S. Similar to The Blair Witch Project, V/H/S is a found footage type horror movie that was a breakout at Sundance. Thankfully, the film was available on iTunes so we could watch it in the comfort of our own home. V/H/S is actually six different horror tales tied up into one movie. It would have definitely been scarier on the big screen but the handheld filming was easier to digest on a TV.
Scare factor: I refused to walk through the house in the dark.
Treat: a glass of sparkling rose 

11 songs of summer

My taste in music is kind of hard to pin down. Poor Byron always comes to me with some new band that he thinks I will like... I usually don't. He likes to say I always like the songs that are used in commercials...I do. So, here is a list of my top 11 songs of the Summer. Big thanks to Alt nation on Sirius for being my station of choice and introducing me to so many of my favorite songs. Let me know what you think. What are your favorite songs of the summer?

last friday

Every little corner around here hosts monthly get-togethers for the townsfolk to get out in the summer heat and enjoy some live music, good food and people watching. There are "First Fridays" and "First Thursdays" and for our little haven, "Last Fridays". It was the perfect way to start off our holiday weekend. We ate pizza from Pie Pushers and sat on the steps of a nearby office to watch the kids and dogs run around playing in the blocked off street. Locals were out selling their crafts and the art galleries were open, welcoming folks into their AC with wine and cheese receptions. 

As the Summer draws to a close and takes the oppressive heat with it (please), I am looking forward to outings that involve pumpkins, cider and bundled up babies.