Grandmother's Kitchen: Discovery

While I was traveling on my most recent work trip to south Georgia I had the opportunity to stay with my parents who have a home on Jackson Lake. My mom came out to the kitchen yesterday morning right when I was about to leave to go on what ended up being a seven hour road trip to colleges and said that she wanted to talk to me about my grandmother's recipes.

We have a family reunion on my mom's side coming up in September and during this time we exchange gifts. This year my mom wanted us to do something special. She said that she wants to take all of her mom's old recipes and put them in a book. My grandmother Johnson was an extraordinary cook. Some of my fondest memories from childhood involve being in her little gingerbread colored house helping her make popcorn balls or peanut brittle for the upcoming event. She was one of the sweetest God fearing ladies you will ever meet. Seriously half of her recipes contain bible verses scribbled along with them.

So my task will be to put together a recipe book containing over a hundred recipes before September, it will be a long road but oh so worth it in the end. I will keep you posted on the adventure!

My grandmother wrote her recipes on anything that she had in front of her at the time!



Intimidation, was the first thing that came to mind when I was first introduced to my boyfriends tight friendship group. It is a group of friends that has been a around for a long time, some of them before the college days. They are sweet people, but come on being introduced as a girlfriend into a tight knit group can be hard, really hard. However, the more time that I spend with these lovely people, the more I feel at home. The more I feel like I am becoming a friend instead of just Glenn's girlfriend which means the world to me.

This past weekend, Jenny got married to the man of her dreams and almost all of the friend group was present at this festive celebration (photos from the rehearsal dinner). It confirmed how much I am beginning to care for these amazing people and how accepted they make me feel.

Three cheers for great people!

Oh an just a cute one of me and Glenn from Jenny and Drew's wedding day =)

Thank you Eli for the photos!


Armadillo Iced Coffee

Sometimes you just don't want to do it. You simply don't want to get out of bed in the morning, but you do. I make the journey out of the bed for coffee. I love the way that it smells and tastes with lots of cream and sugar.

However sometimes my housemate makes the coffee and I simply do not have time before I run out the door in the mornings to drink it. So at the end of the day, the poor sad left over coffee sits waiting to be drunk in the pot. It doesn't want to be poured down the drain, it begs to become a delicious iced coffee. So I give in.

Armadillo Iced Coffee

3/4 of the cup (meaning the cup you are drinking it in) with room temperature coffee
A dash or two of amaretto or more depending on your taste
A splash of vanilla flavored milk
Some ice cubes

Stir and sip away!

Armadillo Iced Coffee, is what I decided to name this treat because I can never quite remember the name for Amaretto. So whenever I think of this yummy almond flavored liqueur, I know it will go down smooth but it surprisingly has a hard punch or shell so to speak :)

Ratios hot vs cold. So I know I told you I like my coffee with lots and cream and sugar which is true. However when items are cold they have less flavor to our palette. Therefore if you like your hot coffee to be a peanut butter color, in cold coffee you want it to be much darker.

Enjoy, responsibly!


A hot summer day was cooled down by spring water that washed off our dirty hands. We got the dirt from climbing around on rocks inside of a cave. The cave was discovered during the annual  Cave Spring Art Festival,  with two of my friends. We giggled while looking through all of the crafts that drew us to the festival in this sleepy small town and had our own little adventure.

We had such a blast exploring! Now go on your own local small town adventure today.