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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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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Layla Grace- online vigil


Today( Saturday) is the online vigil for Layla Grace. 

She is a beautiful 2 year old fighting neuroblastoma. 


According to the doctors, she is in her last days. 

Pray for her.

Pray for her family.

Join her fight!

 Layla Grace


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Friday, February 26, 2010

Wait until you see this!

If you do not have one of these
please excuse the cooking spray on it already
Then you can't make these


Here is the step by step:
FIRST bake your brownies in the pan 
Then after they are cooled:

 Dip completely in the first color
 half way into the next color

Slightly into the third color
wrap with a bow
The Princess made these
dipped into sanding sugar 
and jelly beans added to look
like a basket
 inside view

Decorate with dots or any design you wish.
I have some other really cute ideas to do with these
for Easter so stay tuned!
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Caramel Apple Empanadas

 Caramel Apple Empanadas


1 (12 ounce) package  frozen harvest apples

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 
(I use apple pie spice)

3 1/2 cups baking mix

1 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted


Thaw apples in microwave at half power 6 to 7 minutes; let stand 3 minutes. Stir together apples and flour.

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a medium skillet over medium heat; add apple mixture, brown sugar, and allspice. Cook, stirring constantly for 4 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Coarsely mash apple mixture, and set aside.

Stir together baking mix and 1 cup whipping cream with a fork until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 to 4 times.

Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 12 (5-inch) squares or circles, I like circles.

Divide apple mixture into 12 servings and place 1 serving in center of each square. Fold 1 side of square over, pressing edges with a fork to seal. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush tops evenly with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

Bake at 400F for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Or Deep fry which is what I do.
Serve immediately.
Makes 12
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Event

 Host Committee

What an event! 
I cannot thank everyone enough for coming out.

Here it is in pictures

Shrimp and Grits

Gazpacho soup

 My girls!

Everyone's favorite weather man

The Princess and I with
Much Thanks to the Mayor 
for coming to our event!



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Monday, February 22, 2010

Sneak Peek in to tonight's event!

 Well, this might be a blogging first. 
Well, it is for me. 
As most of you know I adore entertaining. 
Tonight's event I had the opportunity to plan and execute with four great friends!  
of which are bloggers 
you may know from here at the plantation.
Leigh of Tales From Blioggeritaville , Hewy of No Sleep in Helena, and Laura Beth of Ruminations of a Working Mom. We also have another precious friend, Judy on the committee. She owns The Monkey Basket. All of these people are just amazing and truly astound me with their talents.  This is a great group to work with and I know that tonight's event will be fabulous! I cannot wait to show you tomorrow! 
In the mean time here is a sneak peek

(yes I stole this picture from Leigh, she had her camera yesterday when we were working the rest of us didn't)
Leigh will be taking the pictures tonight also.
She is a wonderful photographer! 
Check out her work here

The event is a political fundraiser for Cam Ward
It will be held here

It is Stunning isn't it?
Take a virtual tour of this REAL plantation here

Thoughts of a Bama Belle
now has a 
Be sure to check us out and become a fan.
There are some fantastic prizes to be won over there!

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

A truly British cocktail

     Have you ever had a Pimm's Cup?

Let me just tell you they are wonderful
This is a Napoleon House 
(located in New Orleans, LA)
signature cocktail.
A "Pimm's Cup" 
is also the standard cocktail
at British and American  
polo matches.
This is how I came to have my first 
Pimm's Cup:

 At a fabulous July 4th party, 
given by friends of my family
who are very tied to Britain 
and some of them even live there full time.
So my first Pimm's Cup was the true British version.

I absolutely adored this!
It is so refreshing and truly a summer must have.
This is the original recipe
as given to me by the good people of 

Fill a tall, 12 oz glass
with ice and add

1 ¼ cup of Pimm’s #1
-       Add 3oz Lemonade
-       Top off with Sprite or 7-Up
-       Garnish with  cucumber

While this version is delicious,
I have yet to have one to rival the British version!
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My Prizes Arrived!

I received my prize package 
from Teresa   
this weekend 
and what fun it was!
~ take a look at what was inside.....
It was such fun to get and I thank you ever so much Teresa for a really fun contest.
For thos eo f you that don't know, I was one of the winners
in her "pick the winner of the Superbowl" contest. We mad our picks in EARLY Jan long before the two teams had even been decided. 
And you know I picked The Saints!
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Foodie Friday

Welcome to Foodie Friday!

This week we are making

Grand Marnier French Toast

You will need

Strawberry sauce :

1 (16 oz) bag frozen strawberries thawed
1/4 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Combine sugar and liqueur with strawberries
in a bowl and set aside for an hour
stirring occassionally

French toast:

3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
6 slices of thick cut bread cut in half on the diagnal
1 tub cool whip
In shallow bowl whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and liqueur
Coat each piece of bread on both sides
in egg mixture.
Place on hot oiled griddle or skillet
Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown

To serve: 
top bread with strawberry sauce and cool whip
add another slice of french bread and repeat

 That is it! 
Very simple

 Very delicious!



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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tablescape Thursday!

It is Tablescape Thursday!
This is the table I did over the weekend
to celebrate Valentine's Day
with the loves of my life.
My family.
I hope you enjoy it as well.

Table set for brunch

Chocolates of the world scattered on the table

and in the heart shaped bowl

chocolate rose for the Princess at her place setting

We had Grand Marnier French Toast
(recipe tomorrow for Foodie Friday)

and heart shaped beignets

As well as Shrimp Alfredo on heart shaped pasta

I hope you "loved" this table!
Be sure to stop by and see more tablescapes

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