pumpkin doughnuts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As my friend Wesley found out, when you request a flavor of doughnut, I may just bake it and deliver it to your door that very evening.  

I had signed up to bring a sweet snack to my small group, and I asked Wesley which type of doughnut I should make next. Even though it's spring, I was happy to make these pumpkin doughnuts. I like pumpkin flavors any time of year, and it's been plenty of time since the takeover of pumpkin flavors around Thanksgiving. These are great to try now or keep in mind for fall.

How do you feel about pumpkin? Is it a fall-only flavor for you? 

Easter outfit 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

You know when you were little, you had to have a new Easter dress each year. Little white gloves and a hat, too. I've matured a bit past having to have a new Easter dress every year. But then, I have a new dress this year! 

If you are into getting new dresses every year, check out Lilly Pulitzer's spring collection. I loved Lilly in high school and college and then was kind of over it until this spring. They came out with a fabulous collection that reminds me of what they were doing ten years ago. In the best way. The shift dresses are so tempting. When Kelly gave me a gift card to Palm Avenue for my birthday, I tried on the shifts in store and settled on this Liz shift in Sweet Tart Yellow Crazy Cat House. 

I'm also wearing one of my favorite accessories from Waccamaw Pearls--this pearl headband! I'm a headband fan, but I usually take them off during the day because I start getting a headache. This strand of real pearls has a stretchy hairband attached so that it stays comfortable for hours. I'm crazy about this headband and think that it is the perfect compliment to any Easter dress. 

Aphrodite's Tears of Joy headband c/o Waccamaw Pearls // Loren Hope Sophia studs (color exclusive to Monkee's of Raleigh) // HMD sweater from Granny // Lilly Pulitzer Liz Shift in Sweet Tart Yellow Crazy Cat House // Moon and Lola Preston charm bracelet // Essie Bottle Service // HMD Givenchy bag from Granny // Jack Rogers Napa Valley Navajo

Charleston Harbor Marina

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Here are a few snapshots I took from the Charleston Harbor Marina last week. I have very limited photography knowledge, but I do enjoy playing with my camera's settings. 

I was walking around, trying to find a spot to sit and work on my computer, when I noticed that I could walk out on a dock, closer to these boats. I ran inside for my camera and tried to capture some photos before it went completely dark.

I couldn't believe how much light I could get in these photos (it looked so much darker in real life), but the experience made me want a tripod more than I did already. That may be my next photography related purchase.

Any suggestions for tripods? What are your best photography tips and tricks?

pink, purple, pearls

Monday, April 7, 2014

I spent a little time in Charleston last week and took advantage of the scenery for outfit shoots. Behind me in these photos are the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (also called the New Cooper River Bridge) and the USS Yorktown

A very stylish friend of mine owns Waccamaw Pearls, the brand behind this beautiful pearl bracelet. After teaching in China for two years, she decided to bring quality pearls back with her, and she sells them at incredibly reasonable price points. 

Part of what makes Waccamaw Pearls special is their signature toggle closure. One side is imprinted with 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "be joyful always, pray continuously, and give thanks in all circumstances." 

I'm very thankful to VC for letting me wear her pearls, and now it's time to start building my own collection. More Waccamaw Pearls to come!

HMD scarf from Mom // Kayce Hughes Willa Ruffle dress // HMD belt from Mom // HMD Dooney & Bourke bag from Mom // Sweet Southern Pearls bracelet on loan from Waccamaw Pearls // Loren Hope small Sarra cuff // Jack Rogers Napa Valley Navajo

hand me down breakfast

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I think that has always been true, though I've just now realized it. As I get older, I've become more of a morning person--maybe it's the coffee. These days I enjoy breakfast at 7 instead of at 11 . . . or at 10 after a pure barre class, cooking, and photographing. Have I mentioned that I can't sit still?

I can't even talk about getting up early for breakfast without acknowledging that my dad wakes up around 5 on Saturdays to go to church and cook for men's breakfast. I'll be eating my breakfast when he gets home after cooking, eating, listening to a talk, and cleaning up. I see where I get my lack of sleeping from . . .

As I made this breakfast, I got to thinking about the hand-me-down influences on what I eat.

Growing up, my mom made pancakes as a Saturday morning treat, especially if I had a friend sleeping over. When I wanted to make breakfast more special than my everyday cereal or smoothie, I tended to make pancakes or waffles.

I've always liked bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits/bagels/sandwiches, but I didn't make them at home until a few years ago. This change was the result of special requests for these kinds of breakfasts. My family, friends, and even old boyfriends and their families (plus my sorority house's chef, thanks Mary!) have helped me branch out and try what have become some of my favorite foods. Now, I can't imagine life without grits, avocados, collards, sushi, etc.

I will never be able to cook eggs with my grandfather's skill. I turn the stove on low and try to be patient, but it's just not going to happen. I like to cook bacon in the oven, at 400 degrees for about 15 or 20 minutes. That's a hand me up technique to which I've converted my parents. These yellow grits are locally grown and rich--generously buttered, salted, and peppered. They tasted even better than they look.

So now, who's coming over for breakfast?

banana chocolate chip doughnuts

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Just when I was feeling the urge to make doughnuts again, my sister in law requested these banana chocolate chip baked doughnuts.

Fortunately, all of the doughnuts I've made so far have turned out edible. I have learned, however, that they are all best FRESH and warm and that their quality quickly declines. 

So bake these and eat them right away. Maybe invite over a handful of friends to help you.

goodbye, winter 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It has been a cold winter with much more snow and ice than we usually see here in North Carolina. 

I didn't hate it. The snow and ice were both beautiful. I still had power, I was able to have some work days, and life slowed down a bit. I usually do way too much, but the possibility of dangerous roads forced me to stay home at times. Even so, everything got done. The Lord knows what we need. 

I'm glad that winter is finally over, and I'm hoping for a glorious spring. 

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