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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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Friday, October 7, 2011

It has been so very long since last I posted. I have missed all of you so. I seem to be doing a better job posting on the facebook page so be sure you are following us there as well.

Thoughts of a Bama Belle

There you will of course see many pictures of the things we are up to as well as products we HIGHLY recommend! Thanks for reading and don't give up on me.Ii am finding my way back to blogland. In the meantime check out some of our fave  Halloween ideas here

There will be some new ones coming!!!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pirate Tales of Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday

It has been a long time since last I participated in Tablescape Thursday.
 It excites me that I have the opportunity to do so today.

We are sharing a Pirate Theme
my son's 4th birthday to be exact

The place settings are decked out with gold chargers covered in jewels.
Place cards and all the "effects" of a pirate

Treasure Chest cupcakes are bursting with Pirate loot

No Pirate party is complete without a Pirate ship cake

Pirate's Gold (cheese balls)

Cannon Balls (Whoppers)

Fountain of Youth Punch

Lollipops handmade from chocolate

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Salsa recipe contest!

Be sure you start sending your recipes in! We will have our fans vote on their fave.
See our Facebook Page for all the photos and recipe vote tallies!

If you tweet, or link to us OR you are a fan of ours on Facebook you will earn an additional 10 votes.
 Do all three and you get an additional 30 votes!!!

The prize has not been revealed yet,
BUT you do NOT want to miss out on your chance to win it
~ trust me!

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Foodie Friday ~ Kentucky Derby tartlets RUN FOR THE ROSES

 Welcome to Foodie Friday

We are of course celebrating
The Kentucky Derby!
So put on your best hat, polish the julep cups, and pick your favorite horse
 we are making

 Kentucky Derby Tartlets!

Semi sweet morsels
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 TBL butter
1/4 cup bourbon ( I recommend using only about an 1/8)
1 cup chopped pecans
mini pie shells

Mix all ingredients except the morsels in a bowl. 
In each pie shell place several morsels.
Spoon pecan mixture over morsels.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Allow to cool and enjoy with a traditional Mint Julep.

Here is a fantastic recipe from
in Point Clear, AL

This mint julep is named for the legendary Bucky Miller, who worked at the Grand for six decades and who was famous for his mint juleps.

The FAMOUS Bucky Miller's Mint Julep

6 fresh mint leaves
*1/8 teaspoon simple syrup
Crushed ice (never cubed Y'all)
1 3/4 ounce 80 proof bourbon (Bucky used Walker's Deluxe We use Maker's Mark)
1 sprig mint leaf, sprinkled with powdered sugar
1 maraschino cherry

Place mint leaves in a 12-ounce glass with simple syrup and small amount of crushed ice. Muddle the ingredients in bottom of glass.
Add crushed ice until half full. Then add bourbon. Continue to muddle ingredients and add ice until glass is almost full and ice is pale green.
Garnish with powdered mint leaf (sprinkle powdered sugar over dampened leaf) and a maraschino cherry.
Add beverage straw and serve.

*Simple syrup: Simple syrup is a mixture of half hot water and half sugar; dissolve sugar in hot water and cool.

Well, y'all be sure to drop by and see Gollum for more Foodie Friday recipes!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Can it be? BLOGGING!!!!! Foodie Friday Blogging!

I am beyond excited about the fact that I am once again in a place to come back to blogland. How i have missed all of you so. your emails and friend requests on facebook have been so endearing and I adore each and every one of you. It is because of you, that I am once again at home in the blog plantation. So let's get started!
I thought nothing was as wonderful as coming home as coming home to comfort food! That brings Shoney's Strawberry Pie to mind. Y'all my mother has had this recipe circa 1970s It is just as fabulous today as it was back then!


2 pie crust ( you need to prebake)
12 oz 7UP
7 TBL corn starch
2 cups of sugar
2 pts of strawberries (washed, trimmed, and sliced)
1 small pkg of strawberry Jello
one container of Cool Whip

mix sugar, cornstarch, and 7UP in a saucepan and cook until thick. And I mean thick Y'all.
Then mix in the pkg of Jello. Remove from heat. Add strawberries.
When mixture cools, pour into pie shells and chill in refrigerator for a couple of hours (until set)
top with Cool Whip and enjoy!
Y'all be sure to stop by and see Gollum for more Foodie Fridays!

See Y'all soon.

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