Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peach Freezer Jam


We have peaches.. lots & lots of peaches. We have peach wine, peach cobbler and now peach freezer jam.. (and peach butter in the works).

Ya know, I would consider myself a moderate foodie..  I know a handful or so of things about food, restaurants, preparations, etc. I've worked in the restaurant world in many positions and I have tried lots of food..  but, there is so much more. One of those much more's is canning, I don't know where to begin or what to do and even though peach freezer jam isn't necessarily canning, it was the first time I've ever cut up food and put it in a jar to keep or send away for others to enjoy.

This is how it went:






Monday, July 23, 2012

Meet Abigail


The newest member of our family..  


We found her on the way home from the creek on Saturday..  despite my efforts, it was first decided we would take her back to the spot we found her with food & water.

We tried that and she followed us back, running as hard as she could..  then, again against my efforts, our other dogs were let out to chase her off, she still came back..  I then stormed outside, demanded my dog back inside and went upstairs and broke into tears. She was/is no less than the two dogs here living cushy lives, she was clearly just abandon and needed some help, I couldn't wrap my head around turning my back on her..

Fast forward, a few minds changed and some understandings made..  she is now our dog! :]  I bathed her yesterday, cleaned her skin up, got some flea/tick medicine on her, got her a comfy bed, a collar and a toy! And now..  she has a name, Abigail.

She is the sweetest, most mellow little girl I've ever met..  I hope to provide many, many happy, comfortable years for her ahead..

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kingdom


We went away for the weekend for our anniversary to the little town we met in..  the little town in GA that I used to live.

It was a lazy, simple, wonderful weekend. We rented a cabin, ate, piddled, tried to fish, swam, laughed = perfect.

See:







 fried oreo :D




 fried pickles :D


Friday, July 13, 2012

A Fuller Creek


We went to the creek a couple weeks ago and even though it did have water in it, there was no flowing water and it was a little stale..  since then it has rained hard here and there and currently has rained the last 3 or 4 days all day. We decided to take a drive up to see how it was looking yesterday.

According to TN, it's still not up to the levels it use to be but it was definitely flowing and beautiful. It was raining the whole time there, making walking on some of the slick rock a bit challenging but I actually wore sneakers yesterday as opposed to flip flops.. imagine my smarts! Anyhow, the road there is pretty lovely.. and so is the creek, see for yourself:
 





 As you can see, TN took a couple very beautiful pictures :]

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Really Nice 4th


This was the first time I have ever really celebrated the Fourth of July outside of FL..  we bought our own fireworks, had a cookout, bought more fireworks, traveled to Kingston Park for professionals on the 4th and tried out a wonderful new restaurant..  all in all, a fantastic 4th!

I snapped a few of both our fireworks and the professional ones..  our dog tried chasing ours at home and we saw some really neat ones at the park, including some that were tossed into the lake and then shot up out of the water ~ very cool. 

We tried a (new to us) restaurant in Kingston called Red Bones on the River ~ it's menu is fairly straight forward fare BUT do not pass quick judgement, every bit of their food is delicious. We had fried mushrooms to start, with a wonderfully creamy horseradish sauce (TN opted for bleu cheese, I dug into the horsey sauce). Then we both had a reuben..  it was a large sandwich but not too much or too little of anything, the corned beef was juicy and the russian dressing was delightfully sweet. TN got a loaded potato with his and was literally LOADED with sour cream, cheese, hand shredded bacon & butter. Red Bones is NOT to be missed! I will snap a few pics next time.

After we filled up there, we made our way to the lake and plopped down in the grass for the show.. it was a great night!

The works:

 a sparkler at home, shot with slow shutter

 firework at home, shot with slow shutter



 professional fireworks, shot with slow shutter




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Longest


So..  we've been in TN since the 24th.. and getting here was NO simple or enjoyable task. Lemme whine..  let's rewind back to the 22nd (Friday) - after ending a week at work and getting myself prepped, packed and training someone, I came home and we did a little bit of packing and I hit the sack early, anticipating the long days ahead of me..  conveniently woke up sick on Saturday morning but I could've cared less, TN was on my brain 100%. We spent the day running errand after errand, picking up a few more boxes we need, stopping off at my office to pick up my computer, get the Uhaul trailer and so on..  we started packing way too late in the day for my preference. As the day went on I felt less and less healthy.. the skies also decided to start dumping non-stop steady rain..  which turned out to be a tropical storm that ended up battering a lot of FL (we had no idea there was a tropical storm on it's way..hah)...   after many, many...many trips up and down the stairs in the rain, some dropped & broken furniture we were ALMOST done packing BUT had a few problems still to face..we had almost a half room full of things to pack and a packed-to-the-brim Uhaul trailer., it was raining harder and we were exhausted.
 We decided to break, shower and went out to one of our favorite restaurants since we'd probably never eat there again.. even though I was enjoying myself and happy to be eating some of the best Italian I've ever had, my mind was fully focused on what was left to do at home, my worry getting the best of me and my cough worsening.

After we got home, we decided to clean up the house and get to bed so we would be energized for the next day..   we got up at 3 on Sunday morning.. this time to POURING, blowing in your face rain..  g-r-e-a-t...explicative x 100. It took us almost 3 hours to finish packing up..  we were once again soaked completely to the bone.. and I was feeling even less hot than the day before. At around 6:30, we finally hit the road.. both our vehicles packed to the roof, a packed and then some trailer.. we finally hit the road.
It was still pouring rain as we were making our way thru Tampa, not starting out as a fun drive and I got considerably soaked again on the one trip to my car. About 40 or so miles down the road, I decided a hot coffee and a pee break was necessary..  this is pretty unusual for me to stop so early in the trip but I was already exhausted and we were already behind so.. whatever right? I pulled in before D and had already made it in and was walking back out when he met me at the door and informed me to get comfortable..   Huh? Welp, our Uhaul trailer tire blew..  literally, shredded. 

We hung out with some truckers for the next almost 3 more hours and got soaked to the bone again...

Long story, longer..  we finally made it to TN at midnight on Sunday.. took us 17 hours in total..  should've been about 12. Just short of wrecking, every single thing about our trip here sucked..  and of course we were met with 108 degree temperatures up here..   BUT..  everything is evening out now and things are starting to fall into place and it's been worth it..  it's been a real good time so far..  it'll only get better :]





I'm in love with my new state..  oh and yea, today is me and my honeys' 1 year..   love you, baby :]