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Our family welcomes you and thanks you for stopping by to visit. We are delighted you have taken a few minutes out of your day to spend with us. We are Joe and Jessica. We have two children and one very regal beagle! We post often and it usually includes details of our Christian faith; life here in the South; entertaining our family and friends; tales of our travels; as well as the daily adventures of having two children. Oh, and our passion for Alabama Crimson Tide Football!
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Foodie Friday

Be sure to stop by and see Gollum for more Foodie Fridays!

This week we are making Jambalaya!
My New Orleans Blood is stirring
what with my SAINTS winning and headed to the Super Bowl!
Oh, how excited my Granddaddy would be.
He was a fan when it was paper bags and the 'aints! 
My GiGi must be over the moon as well.
On to the Jambalaya
This is a semi-homemade, fool proof version!

Shopping List:
3 cans French Onion Soup
3 cans Beef consomme
1lb of Minute Rice
1 large onion
2 bunches of scallions
1 large bell pepper (chopped)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
several sprinkles of cayenne pepper
1 pkg smoked sausage
3-4 boiled/ shredded chicken breasts
(optional, sometimes I do sometimes I don't)
Combine soups, onion, scallions, bell pepper and seasoning and cook until veggies are tender. Cut sausage into chunks and add to mixture. If adding chicken do so at this time. Cover and simmer about 15- 20 minutes.  Then add rice stir cover and remove from heat. Let stand covered about 15 minutes. Stir before serving with french bread!

Thanks for dropping by Y'all!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday my other favorite blogging day!
Be sure to stop by and see Gollum for more FF!

Well, as promised, here is the recipe for the Jezebel Sauce
This is truly an old south recipe!

1 Jar pineapple preserves
1 jar apple jelly
1 bottlw fresh horseradish
1 jar coleman's mustard or dry mustard* (to your taste)
(*1/2 container of the 2 oz size is perfectly spicy and wonderful)
salt and pepper dashes

mix all ingredients with an electric mixer.
This will keep indefinitely in fridge.
I serve over cream cheese with crackers,
or beef stick and cheese on a cracker.
In true confession, I even eat it on Frito's!
Really the possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tablescape Thursday!

It is time for Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to stop by
and see more at
I adore this day!
I promised you last week that I would share pictures from the party.

I love to tie ribbons around my stemware, it just dresses it up to me.

 This was a casual affair so I set up on the kitchen bar

Hors d'œuvre plates

Some of the food,
we will share the recipe tomorrow


Jezebel Sauce (Foodie Friday)

See my little Eiffel Tower cocktail napkins?
I adore those!


Everyone has to have a party favor
"No one leaves empty handed"

Yes, ring pops for a favor.
What else would you have for a jewelry party?
Thanks for dropping by Y'all!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pasta Cordon Bleu

Super quick post just to share something fabulous with all of you.
 Sorry no pictures, we are crazy busy.
Since I already had a Foodie Friday post for this week,
I wanted to go on and share this now.
My family loved it!

Pasta Cordon Bleu

1/2-16 oz box pasta

1 bunch scallions

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

1 teaspoon potato starch

2 cups light cream

1 cup grated Swiss cheese

5 oz Black Forest Ham, sliced into thin strips


Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Chop scallions, separating white parts (first 4-5 inches) from green parts. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add chicken, white parts of scallions, salt and pepper. Sauté quickly, until chicken is just opaque.

Whisk potato starch into cream and pour into skillet. Stirring, bring to a simmer. Add cheese and ham. Stirring, gently simmer 3-4 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil Pasta according to directions on box. Drain, rinse quickly and drain again. Add noodles to skillet and toss to combine. Pour into bowl and garnish with reserved green scallions. Serve immediately

Celebrating birthdays Brio style

We recently went to dinner with our precious friends Salah and Michelle,

to celebrate Salah's birthday.

 It was wonderful.
We went to Brio Tuscan Grille which is a favorite among this group.

Joe and Salah are crazy for lamb so they got the lamb chops

Michelle and I got the crab cakes

which let me just tell you melt in your mouth!
I don't remember who got this, but it was too pretty not to share

Salah's birthday cake from Edgar's

We adore our friends and we are so very grateful for them

Here is my hubby Joe

saying,  here's to you Salah!

May we celebrate many more birthdays together dear friend!

Thanks for dropping by Y'all!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Pic nic and a southern belle's must have

The weather is so beautiful today, now that the rain moved out,
 I have to get the children out of the house.
So how about a pic nic?

I opted to use my blue and white basket so I am using these napkins

When I use my red and white basket I use these

Now for some of the goodies
These are perfect for the pic nic basket

Fruit and vegetables go down easily in such a fun pack

These are so fun for the children and
make it easy to make Kool-Aid
on the go

Basket for utensils

Deviled eggs
 the southern belle must have.....
a plastic lidded deviled egg plate!
Perfect for transporting this most southern food!
 ( I normally would have piped the filling in,
 but the children are so eager to get out the door)

Well, the children are waiting!

Thanks for dropping by y'all!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bama Hockey Game

We had so much fun attending the Alabama vs Mississippi State Hockey game!

 We adore going to these games and have been for over three years.
They started in 2007.
Hard work has paid off for them
and earned Alabama the privilege of hosting
the first ever SEC hockey championship!

 If you have never been, I highly encourage you to do so.
It is an amazing experience and the players are wonderful examples of sportsmanship.
I cannot speak about their language on the ice, just because you cannot hear them in the stands, but I have never heard a player use vulgar language or even off color around the fans.
 They come off that ice and drop their gear ready to sign autographs and play with the children.

They pose for pictures and listen for over an hour as the little ones share their dreams of becoming hockey players for the Crimson Tide.
 They are truly a wholesome group of young men.
 I shared this with one of the coaches as he gave my son one of the game pucks.
 I told him that he had a first class program and  I would be a BAMA hockey fan just like I am a BAMA football fan for the rest of my life!


Friday, January 15, 2010


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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Foodie Friday!

It is Foodie Friday!
Be sure to stop by Gollum's
 and see the wonderful dishes everyone is cooking up!

We are making a cake that is sure to please during the cold winter!
It is very easy.

Apple Cider Cake

This is super easy!
 You get a yellow cake mix.
Follow the directions for baking.
 BUT you add two packages of apple cider mix.

Then bake as normal.
After you take it from the oven you top with caramel sauce.
(you should slightly melt before pouring over the cake)
This is amazing!!
I promise you will love it.

Thanks for dropping by y'all

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tablescape Thursday

Be sure to stop by and see Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
for more Tablescape Thursdays!

We are having a birthday celebration!
For an 11 year old princess

everything purple

Purple acrylic bowls to hold food

Thanks for dropping by Y'all!

Thanks for dropping by gifts

My entire life my Mother had what she called, "thanks for dropping by" gifts that stayed by the front door.
These were given to anyone that stopped by.
It has been some what of a disappointment that this was not something I was participating in.
So my New Year's resolution was that no one will ever come by my house and not get a little something.
As mother has always said " no one leaves empty handed."
So I have been putting these boxes together and filling some of them with candy and others with scented tea lights.
I am going to try and keep them seasonally.

So be sure to drop by y'all!
They are waiting on you.

Thanks for dropping by Y'all!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What is your signature?

It is tradition in my family that just prior to the birth of a new belle, a signature color is chosen for her.
Call it conditioning or coincidence but it always becomes the belle's favorite color as well.
My mother is pink, I am red, the Princess is purple.
It was in thinking on the impending birth of a friend of mine that I realized at least in my family we have a lot of "signatures"
For instance, I would be willing to bet the plantation that 9 out of 10 former schoolmates of mine would tell you that they remember I always wore red lipstick. From the 8th grade forward you never saw me without the red lipstick.
 To this day, I wear red lipstick.
 So it got me to thinking...
I hope you will play along and link back to us
so we can find out what your signatures are as well.
OK here it goes:

color~ red: according to wikipedia: In human color psychology, red is associated with bravery, purity, happiness, good luck, heat, energy, and blood, and emotions that "stir the blood", including anger, passion, love, pain, and sacrifice

lipstick~ Coco red Chanel

(can only be bought at the Chanel boutique, not in dept stores)
and my mink pony tail pull


My eyelashes
(these are not mine, there wasn't anyone here to take mine)

Pearls, I always wear pearls
I have them in several lengths.
These were given to me by the hubby
three Christmases ago

My mother is the Bee
The Princess is the ladybug
and My Sister in Law is the butterfly

pashminas and scarves!
Here are just a few
houndstooth I have a lot of houndstooth

Monograms, I monogram everything that sits still long enough

Fleur Di Lis can be found everywhere in our home

These are just a few things that make me... well me.
I also adore capris and designer "flip flops"
after throwing a tantrum like my two year old
over a pair of $325.00 flip flops
my husband has put a REAL curb on them.

I cannot wait to see all of your Signatures

Thanks for dropping by Y'all!