June 24, 2008

The Week in Review

Hello? Summer relaxation, where are you? We just returned from a wonderful visit to North Carolina but are already getting ready to leave for Chicago on Friday and then Ohio next Thursday. Now you see why there isn't a lot of time for me to blog these days!

NC was wonderful. I just love the south y'all. I lived in Memphis from the time I was 15 til I was 30, what I call my formative years and so the south is just a part of me. I really get to missin' it & it's so nice to go back occasionally and hear that lovely drawl! Plus they have good garage sales too as you can see from the above picture of my new $2 vintage globe & $1 hand carved personality filled puppy. I think Emma and I might be fightin' over who gets custody of that little guy.
We spent time boating on the lake, going to the Farmer's Market, swimming, laughing, eating, playing, snuggling and celebrating the 4th birthday of my little cutie pie niece. Seriously, could you just eat her up? And let me tell you, she has a personality to match that mischievous look.

Sweet Hubby is one of 4 boys and I just love watching him interact with his brothers. Bonding. There is nothing like it. Sometimes they are working together like in this picture, but just as often they are picking on each other and pushing each other around. So for all of you moms raising boys, I hate to burst your bubble but the way they behave towards each other now is pretty much the way it will always be. We wrapped up our trip by stopping in Knoxville to have a lovely brunch with my Mom and headed home exhausted but happy to have had the chance to spend time with people we love.

By the way, one of the things we did during our visit was go to a church pot luck dinner where one of the dishes I ate was a warm potato dish that had chunks of potatoes, cheese and bacon with a warm sour cream based sauce on it. I'm dying to eat it again. Do any of y'all have a recipe for something similar?


  1. Oh, Yum!!! I don't have a similar recipe but if you find one would you PLEASE share it with all of us? Enjoy your other upcoming trips!!

  2. Sounds utterly fab Jen! thanks for the darling photos! Love the pooch too! Pop over and say hello when you get a chance!
    Sending hugs,


    1/4 c. grated Romano cheese
    6 med. size red potatoes (boiled until tender and diced)
    1 cup cream cheese
    1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 tsp. crumbled bacon
    1/2 tsp. salt

    Combine ingredients in a microwave safe dish. Heat in microwave on high for 2 minutes and serve.



  4. That sound YUM! Love the pic of your husband and brother n law. Fun to picture them trying something like that at 10 years old!
    Vintage Lily

  5. I lived in NC (Pineville outside of Charlotte and practically in SC) for a year and loved it. I was there for a job. I would probably move back in a heartbeat and think I have convinced my hubby to move there.

    Have you been to the Biltmore house in Asheville?

    LOVE the globe (I love maps and globes).

  6. Thanks for keeping us updated! I know you must be wiped with all of this travel. I think I gained 5 lbs reading about your potato dish! [yes we have fabulous garage sales in the south] Love that globe.

  7. What an amazing time you had! I loved the comments about raising boys :) I know that sweet, intense feeling of connection to your formative "home"! That's Lake Superior and Lake Michigan for me. I instantly relax when I'm near them!

  8. trying not to be jealous :) asheville, north carolina is home...and we are living too far away. glad you had a fabulous time...it's a fabulous place!

  9. Sounds like the perfect summer vacation. Love the globe!! Safe journeys as you travel to Chicago and Ohio.

  10. So glad you had fun, and I hope the rest of your summer is fantastic! ~Jann

  11. Oh so lovely. Summer is here! Yippeee!!

  12. What a fun trip, Jenn! You always have the cutest photos. Your husband cracks me up! Enjoy your upcoming travels...be safe, have fun, and share pics of the goodies you find with us!

    PS--I think I have a few pounds of potato salad around my waist right now. Oy! Love that stuff!

  13. Sounds like a perfect holiday! Good food, family, fun...

    Oh, and that little dog is killin` me! Too cute!!



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