Southern Fried Catfish Tacos

When I was a kid, from ages 6 to around 9, my family lived in the middle of NOWHERE. My dad was in seminary to become a pastor and while he was finishing his degree at Candler School of Theology at Emory University he also preached at two small churches in The Rock, Georgia. Yes, that is a real place. Located about 7 miles North of Thomaston, The Rock is a small unincorporated town of Upson County.

We lived two houses down from the church, the only thing between the house and the church parking lot was the cemetery and our neighbor Mr. Johnny’s house. Although there was NOTHING around, as a small child I absolutely loved living in the country with a lot of open fields, tall trees to climb, and the sweet smell of honeysuckle all summer long.

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The Rock house, circa 2002, on a rare snowy day

It was incredible living in the country. I shot my first BB gun while living there, saw a deer get skinned, shucked buckets of corn, and had neighbors who owned multiple goats and a donkey named Marvin (who frequently escaped). Continue reading “Southern Fried Catfish Tacos”

Moving Towards Perfection in Love

Last week, I attended the 152nd Session of the North Georgia Conference in The United Methodist Church. For those who don’t know, Annual Conference is a convening of around 3,000 United Methodists held every year in Athens, Georgia to discuss business, hear reports of the previous year, worship together, and focus on the future of the church.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a PK (preacher’s kid) so I have attended Annual Conference MANY times. When I was younger, Annual Conference was this big church event my dad had to go to while my sister and mom went to the pool at the hotel.

As I got older I wanted to go sit in the sessions with my dad. Then, when I was in high school I decided to become a youth delegate and represent my district during a very important voting year (who knew all this went on behind the scenes of the church right!?).  Continue reading “Moving Towards Perfection in Love”

The 6th Annual Biscuit Festival

One thing that has ALWAYS been important to me is family. I love going to family events, visiting relatives, and enjoying time with loved ones. My family is pretty big too. Bradley always jokes that there’s no one he’ll be able to learn everyone’s name and keep them all straight.

My dad’s side of the family pretty much all lives in Knoxville, Tennessee (CAN I GET A GO VOLS!?!) His parents, sister, numerous aunts, and uncles, and even a few cousins all live in Tennessee. So whenever we go to visit it’s like a big family reunion.

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A Weekend Getaway in Savannah, GA

This past weekend, I traveled to Savannah to visit my best friend, Marta, for her birthday! It’s been WAY too long since I saw her last (I think my bday last year) so I HAD to go see her and celebrate with her!

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I’ve mentioned this before, but Marta has been my best friend since 8th grade. She’s smart, beautiful, funny, sassy, and truly one of the best people I know. She now lives in Savannah and works for Hancock Askew And Company CPA. Even though we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like, our friendship will last a lifetime. I honestly don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have her in my life.

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5 of the Best Donut Shops in Atlanta

DONUT worry, be happy! Because today is National Donuts Day!

If you’re like me, then you have such a sweet tooth and absolutely NO self-control when it comes to donuts. How can anyone resist these things!? 

The Atlanta area has SO many local donut shops that offer some of the best donuts I’ve ever had. So in honor of this glorious day; I’ve listed 5 of the best donut shops in or near Atlanta.

Sarah Donuts 

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Sarah Donuts is a local mom & pop shop that offers traditional cake donuts. If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck THIS is your place. We purchased a dozen assorted donuts for less than $10, you just can’t beat that price.

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Come early because these babies go fast. We got to the shop around 10:30 on a Saturday morning and they were already running out of some of their flavors. The most noteworthy for me is the Blueberry and Original Glazed. They’re moist on the inside and have the perfect amount of glaze on top; simple flavors that don’t disappoint. Continue reading “5 of the Best Donut Shops in Atlanta”

Summer Slushies

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.” – John Mayer

If you’re like me, you love EVERYthing about summer time. The sun, the warm weather, the beach, the pool, cold fruity drinks, catching a tan, the list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy winter activities like skiing and playing in the snow (on the rare occasion it snows in Georgia); but there’s just something about the summer that makes me the happiest. God definitely knew what he was doing when He created Summer.
 
I’m so happy Summer is OFFICIALLY here! So to celebrate, I’m sharing my favorite drinks to sip on while chilling on the beach or sitting poolside and the best part? They’re SLUSHIES. Who doesn’t love slushies right?!
 
The first drink is called a ‘Brandy Slush‘. I first had this drink from my sister’s old roommate, Amanda. It’s a family recipe that Amanda’s family makes for most get-togethers and it actually from a recipe book that the Milwaukee Brewers players’ wives put together as a fundraiser in the 80s.
 

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A Royal Tea Party Fit For a Queen

Raise your hand if you’ve been fangirling over the Royal engagement since December like I have!

If you know me at all, you know I have been obsessed with all things UK/England since
the sixth grade. And when I found out we have English blood on my mom’s mother’s side I was delighted. I cling to the little percentage because I just want to be able to say that’s part of my heritage.

In 2011, when Prince William and Princess Kate got married, my mom and I woke up SUPER early, made homemade scones and had a little ‘English tea party’ as we watched the Royal Wedding. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT! So when Prince Harry got engaged to America’s Princess Megan Markle, I was stoked to have another tea party with my mom. Continue reading “A Royal Tea Party Fit For a Queen”

A Perfect Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Mother-daughter relationships are among the most significant of our lives. Did you know that psychologist conclude that the better a daughter’s relationship is with her mother, the better her relationship will be with her spouse and children?

I found some interesting statistics about moms as well:

  • 88 percent of adults say their mother has had a positive influence on them
  • 92 percent say their current relationship with their mother is positive
  • 88 percent of all mothers say their family appreciates them enough
  • 53 percent of adults say their mother had more influence than their father had

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a great relationship with my mom. Of course, during my teenage years I was a TOTAL brat and fought with my mom often; but even through all that, I’ve always loved and honored my mom. Continue reading “A Perfect Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park”

Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in the 1860’s. (IT’S NOT MEXICO’S INDEPENDENCE DAY)

In 1861, Benito Juárez was elected president of Mexico. The country was in financial distress and was forced to default on debt payments to France, Great Britain, and Spain. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew their forces. France, however, decided to use the opportunity to carve an empire out of Mexican territory.

So, 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. Juárez rounded up a small force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. When the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash. Continue reading “Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana”

The Ultimate Guide to Travel in Israel

Shalom Y’all!

It’s been nearly two months since I was in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, Israel. It has everything you would want in a trip abroad: rich history,  incredible landscape, delicious food, diverse culture, and perfect temperatures. It’s a travel bloggers DREAM! I’m already planning on going back some day.

One of the reasons I had such a wonderful time was because of our tour leader, Jimmy. We LOVED Jimmy. He is from Jerusalem and has been leading tours for Educational Opportunities for decades, and he is SO good at his job. Each location we went to he had history, stories, and insights to the locations that just made each site memorable and impactful.

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Never Underestimate the Magic of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

“Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.”Ina Garten

Comfort food. It can be anything. Pizza, fried chicken, soup, cookies, you name it. Comfort food isn’t about the food itself, but the feeling it gives you while eating it. For a lot of people, comfort food can provide solace just as much as it can fuel.

Did you know that even King Solomon had a favorite comfort food? In Song of Solomon chapter two he writes “Strengthen me with raisins, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.” The idea of comfort food is not a new notion, but one that was been around for centuries.

Being a foodie, food is partly emotional and partly about taste. Growing up, both sides of my family are fantastic chefs and bakers and certain foods always remind me of various loved ones.

Homemade flour tortillas remind me of my Great Mama. Pancakes remind me of my Grandpa because he would always make my sister and me Mickey-Mouse shaped pancakes as children. And pot roast makes me think of my Mom, there were lots of Sunday lunches or dinners that consisted of pot roast, mashed potatoes, and biscuits.

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