Snowy Day

January 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s been quite the surprising and unexpected couple of days in Birmingham and areas nearby. Much has been made all over the internet about the under-forecast, the unpreparedness of all Southerners, and the perilous situation just a “little bit” of ice and snow can create. For my part, I am so glad to have benefited from the kindness and nearness of friends and their apartments and their boots and layers. My 3-mile trek home from my office with a friend yesterday afternoon was a lark compared to the experience that stranded drivers had yesterday and today. I was able to bear witness to the generosity of spirit that trying times thankfully can bring, even in the midst of the serious disasters and close-calls. I saw all manner of traffic pile-ups and streets of abandoned cars that looked as if some massive-scale practical joke had been pulled. I watched neighbors helping neighbors and strangers aiding strangers. From the safety of my snow boots, I trekked a bit around my small slice of the city and captured a few memories of the (hopefully) short-lived, problem-causing, beautiful snow along the way.

window snow



red mountain view






cold paws



March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment


Cadbury Royal Dark Mini if I didn’t already love the regular Cadbury mini eggs, they go and offer me something richer, more enhanced and in pretty shades, too. They’ve probably been around for awhile, but this was the first year I’d noticed them. Get yourself to Target (where I found them) and partake.

Apple Pie in a Mason Jar

September 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

My dear friend Rachael said “I do” to Jeff this past weekend, and her wedding was one to remember. They clearly cherish each other and their families. The ceremony was reverent and, at times, hilarious, like when the pastor gave Rach almost half the slice of rustic bread during their communion. Watching her decide whether to put down the crust or eat all of it was pretty entertaining, though I did feel a little conviction for giggling during the sacred moment. (The other bridesmaids were doing it too!)  I enjoyed getting to spend the whole weekend with her and celebrating with friends I knew well and friends I’ve come to know through her.

A fellow lover of good food, Rachael planned a spectacular menu for the reception: walnut, pear, and goat cheese salad with roasted beets; roasted vegetables galore; fried okra and fried green tomatoes; a biscuit and ham bar; and a shrimp and grits bar. Her talented and dedicated mom made and assembled (!) her 5-tier blackberry infused wedding cake swathed in white chocolate buttercream. There was a candy table that provided guests with a take-home favor, which I partook of generously. And, I don’t know if these were for swiping, but there were so many left, I just had to take one home.

Instead of a groom’s cake, the couple cut into a gorgeous apple pie and offered guests their own individual pies in the smallest, squattest Mason jars I’ve yet to see. Just enough to whet my appetite for more pie. Now that the air is crisp, it’s time to get to pie-baking.

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