Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Merry!

It's been quite the year, I've struggled to deal with all the changes that Rob's new job has brought.  It's not always been easy but I know how fortunate we are.  Today is Rob's birthday and the start of his vacation after spending so much time away from home.  I'm overjoyed to have him home and mostly all to myself (I'll have to fight for lap time with a certain four-legged lady.)  We have so much catching up to do.  I'm going on blog hiatus and cutting my social media usage during this holiday time.    I don't want anything detracting from quality time spent with my husband, which is what I want for Christmas most of all!  

I'll be back in January to chronicle my next Whole 30 and would love it if you would join me in that challenge.  I know you won't but I'll throw it out there anyway.

Wishing you a healthy, safe and joyous holiday season!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Finding the Words

My sister and brother-in-law sent my precious nephews to school this morning with fear in their hearts.  No parent should ever feel that way, nor should any parent have to face losing a child to gun violence as they parents of Sandy Hook Elementary did on Friday and will have to face every day for the rest of their lives.

I'm not going to get on a soapbox and write about guns but rather a different sort of weapon.  Words have the power to hurt and leave lasting ill effects in their wake, so take a moment and think before unleashing this weapon.  But unlike other weapons, words have the power to heal and bring meaningful joy to another person's life.  Heal someone with your words today. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Five More Sleeps

Rob had to stay an extra week, ugh!  It will have been three weeks by the time he returns on Friday.  It's been a long haul and I've had to fight hard not to get too depressed.  I won't lie to you and say there hasn't been more than a little self-medicating with food but I've also been juicing and eating my fruits and veggies every day and out on a good daily (sometimes twice) walk with Tally.

I've decked the halls and trimmed the trees, did the holiday shopping and just finished setting up the luminaries for tonight's annual lighting up of the neighborhood.  But I feel like it's just going through the motions without Rob here to share it with me.  It's also a freakishly warm 70 degrees here, the chill that is so welcome after a long Georgia summer is definitely missed.  

 I've been scanning cookie recipes but I don't even feel like baking.  I'm sure this funk will lift when Rob returns home.  How are your winter holiday preparations going?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Squirrel Jerky

Well, I broke my own rule about nothing Christmas-y until December 1st.  But how could I have resisted perfectly pink poinsettias?  

I couldn't, I bought two!  So where do you stand on the whole you start your Christmas prep and start celebrating the second the Thanksgiving turkey is digested or do you like to wait until December?  

My motivation has been low as far as eating well and exercising goes.  Thank goodness for Tally, she keeps me honest and out walking every day.  I'm just back from the supermarket and the kitchen is fully stocked with fresh juice produce and clean veggies and protein for nutritious and delicious meals.  The emphasis for me this time of year and stay hydrated, healthy and energetic!  

I'm going to make a creamy carrot soup using my cauliflower trick adding in mini-meatballs flavored with lemon and parsley.  The meatballs will play double duty in Italian Wedding Soup with green and yellow string beans, baby zucchini and turnip greens.  I got the fixings for this little gem I found on Pinterest, Man Pleasing Chicken.  Doesn't that sound good?  I will let you know how it turns out.  

I'm missing Rob, he's been away for a week and won't be back until December 7th.  I have to remind myself how fortunate we are in so many ways so I don't get caught up in feeling sorry for myself when he's gone on these long stretches.  I have lots of things lined up to keep me busy, including a copy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn that I borrowed from a friend.  

And of course, I have my girl to keep me company.  She was like a statue at the window so I had to see what caught her attention...

Squirrel having a snack.  Tally wishing that she could have a snack, too, perhaps some squirrel jerky!  My girl is fast, but she has yet to catch one of the little buggers.  

Happy Friday, have a fantastic weekend!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Holiday Weekend Fun

Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone.  I hope your celebrations were awesome!  As far as fun, food, family and friend time and relaxing at home, this one ranks very high on the list.  I really enjoyed every moment of it.

I worked on Thanksgiving Day so Rob was in charge of getting the turkey in the oven.  We did the high roast spatchcock method, here are some details.  Preheat the oven to 450 Fahrenheit, parchment-line a deep roasting pan (a two-piece broiler grill pan works really well for this) then fill the pan with dressing, potatoes or a combination of both and place the rack on top.

Our 13-pound turkey was from Trader Joe's and came brined.  I had cut out the back bone and broke the breast bone of the turkey the day before.  Here's a tutorial.  It's not particularly difficult, just a bit messy.  I placed a trash bag on the kitchen counter topped with a layer of paper towels as my work surface and this makes clean up a snap.  Place the turkey on top of the rack and brush it with melted butter.  

Place in the oven, making sure the bird is right in the middle of the oven.  90 minutes later, you'll have a perfectly cooked, moist and juicy bird with crisp as bacon skin.  

Set the turkey to rest, remove the rack and put the pan back in the oven to brown the top of the potatoes and dressing, about 30 minutes.


Perfecto! I did something different for the vegetable dish, I made a salad.  It added a light, fresh touch to the meal.  I roasted golden beets and served them on a bed baby super greens, added a few spiced pecans and a few bits of Gorgonzola cheese and served it with a maple Dijon lemon dressing.  New tradition!

Of course there was homemade cranberry orange dressing and shallot vermouth gravy.  And wine. The turkey was perhaps the best one to come from our kitchen.

Dessert was clementine chess tart.  This was the surprise hit of the day.  Chess pie contains eggs and dairy but is a bit richer than a custard style pie because you cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy before adding the eggs and dairy.  I flavored it with the zest and juice lemon and clementines.  Next time less sugar, more citrus.

After dinner I put together a gobbler cobbler with the leftovers to have for Sunday dinner and the rest of the turkey meat got shredded and put into the curry sauce to marinate overnight.  Friday brought the annual curry cook-off.  In addition to the turkey tikka masala, I made a contribution to the dessert table, my homage to the Twinkie.  Golden cake topped with a rich frosting similar to the famous cream filling.  Tasty!

Here I am ready to go.  My curry took second place and I was team captain of the winning trivia team.  Team Success Fist!  The winning curry was loaded with chunks of paneer cheese, and you just can't compete with cheese.  It's a fact.  A good time was had by all.

Saturday was just one of those perfect relaxing days.  And as relaxing days go, it's always an epic battle between Tally and me for the best seat in the house.  Mamma, I stole your spot!

We watched Moonrise Kingdom and Prometheus and had the first fire of the season.  Love sitting by a wood fire.  So cozy.

I've got the house cleaners coming in about a week for a deep clean before decking the halls of Shady Dame.  I loved that Thanksgiving fell early this year, it's going be lovely to have a week to just be before the merry winter festivities begin.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

That Time Again!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, are you excited and ready?  I just finished making the shopping list from the menu and I'm heading out tomorrow to the shops so I can do mise en place Tuesday.  I've already got some rich stock and some gorgeously golden schmaltz ready for making the gravy and stuffing.  

What's on your Thanksgiving menu this year?  We're doing high roasted butterflied turkey over a stuffing and golden potatoes with gravy, cranberries and a fall salad of roasted beets and squash with mixed greens and maple syrup Dijon dressing.  For dessert, clementine chess pie. I did the high roasted turkey for family dinner when I was up in Boston and it was amazing.  A 13 pound turkey cooked to juicy perfection in just 90 minutes, I hope I can replicate it for Rob! 

With the leftover turkey, I'll be making my Turkey Curry for the cook off on Friday.  We missed last year's and I'm ready to compete again!

I wish you could smell my kitchen right now.  I have Traditional English Christmas Cake baking in the oven.  Normally I would disavow all knowledge of Christmas until I enjoy Thanksgiving but the cake needs plenty of lead time so it can be fed daily with booze.  Mmmm, drunken fruit!

By the time Christmas rolls around the cake is as rich and boozy as your eccentric Aunt!  And speaking of booze, I've also got this going in the kitchen...

Brandy sweetened with sugar steeping with lots of ginger and orange peel and a plump, fresh vanilla bean.  It's a homemade version of Domaine de Canton.  I found the recipe at Serious Eats.  I brewed it yesterday, fished the vanilla bean out today per instructions and will let it steep one more day before straining and filtering.  I couldn't resist a small tipple (quality control, you know) when I fished the vanilla bean out and wow so tasty!  I'm going to use it for feeding the Christmas Cake.  I will keep you posted on the finished products.

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mmmm Mmmm (better than Campbell's) Good!

I have graduated beyond using canned condensed soup in my cooking years ago but sometimes I still yearn for creamy dishes that seem only achievable with that thick glop of questionable origin.  I've been on a quest to replicate that creamy texture in comforting dishes without having to resort to canned condensed soup and keeping the dish healthy and even better, paleo/grain free friendly.  I've finally perfected the creamy deliciousness with (prepare to have your minds blown) CAULIFLOWER!

Now I know what you're thinking, that I've completely lost it, but stick with me on how this epiphany came about.  I had some leftover roast chicken, scallions and a head of cauliflower in the fridge.  Instead of just serving leftover meat with veg on the side for supper, I decided to try something different.  I transformed the cauliflower with just a few ingredients into this creamy, dreamy soup that tasted in no way like cauliflower. 

Rob had no idea there was cauliflower in the dish.  He said during dinner that the soup would make a great chicken pot pie filling.  And it did, best chicken pot pie ever.  And then I tried it again, adding mushrooms and whipping up the most delicious green bean casserole ever.  I served it at the family dinner at my sister's and no one knew it was made with cauliflower.

It's so easy, you must try it.

Creamy Dreamy Soup Base

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon butter or ghee
1 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
2-4 cups chicken stock

Saute the onion and celery in the butter until the onion is golden, add the cauliflower and saute for a few minutes.  Season to taste.  Add 2 cups of stock, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until all the veggies are soft and tender.  Add contents of pot to a blender and puree until very creamy, adding more stock until you reach the thickness desired (more for soup, less for casseroles.)  Your taste buds will not believe your eyes!

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Despite my best efforts, I returned home with a cold.  My sister was sick as a dog for a goodly portion of my visit so it was inevitable that I would get it.  I'll be brothing it up for the next couple of days as I'm due at work Monday morning and coughing and sneezing on elderly patients is never a good idea.  

I made it home safely but it was tough to leave.  I'm so happy to be with Rob and Tally, though I really look forward to the time when I have *all* my people together in the same place!  

Rob went to the supermarket to pick up a few things, I just don't feel up to it.  Laundry and unpacking can wait until next week.  I'll be here sniffling, trying to stay warm despite the pleasant weather.  I hope you all are enjoying November!  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Post-Super Storm Sandy Post

I hope all of you who were affected by Super Storm Sandy are safe, dry and warm.  I made it to Boston on Sunday afternoon, on time.  The flight was bumpy but the pilot did his best to fly above the storm at 39,000 feet.  After a fantastic Sunday family dinner at my Mother's house (the best Italian sausages ever,) we made it safely home to my sister's.

We hunkered down during the storm ready with a pump, generator, flashlights, and other supplies essential to hurricane preparedness...

We never lost power and remained safe and dry despite the rain and some fairly scary wind gusts.

The rain has left us this morning and the sun just came out and is shining brightly over my sisters house!  I have eggs en cocotte in the oven for our breakfast.  I'm so happy to be here with my sister and look forward to spending the rest of my trip enjoying my family and fall in New England.  

Have a wonderful week and stay safe!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Counting Down

Sorry I haven't had any good food porn lately.  The whole business with my tooth had me dining on mostly soft things for the last couple of weeks.  I got pretty sick of bananas, yogurt and scrambled eggs!  But it's all done now, the crown is in place and my mouth is feeling pretty much back to normal.  I always knew I was destined to wear a crown, har-har!

Just one more shift and a few more days before I take off for points north.  I'm so excited to see my sister and my Mother and Auntie!  I'll be doing trip prep this week.  I've just cooked up batches of Bolognese sauce, chili and creamy tomato soup by request of Rob, so he can have lots of delicious things to eat while I'm away.   They are cooling now, then into the freezer.

Since my mouth started getting back to normal I was able to cook a couple of lovely meals this weekend.  STEAK!  I was so happy that I was able to eat steak again.

Ranch Marinated Steak with Watercress Salad, from Publix Aprons meal ideas. I saw the demo lady make it in the store and the salad was so lovely, I had to make it at home. I didn't use the ranch seasoning packet, I just salted the steak before grilling it.  This salad is amazing!  The spicy watercress went so perfectly with the heart of palm and red grapes.  This is a keeper.

On Sunday I did America's Test Kitchen's High Roast Chicken.  I do a version of roast chicken every week and this one really intrigued me when I read this thread on Chowhound.  I brined the chicken for just over an hour. I didn't do the compound butter, just brushed the skin with softened ghee after patting it dry.

Oh my stars and stripes, this roast chicken was just insane.  A four and a half pound chicken took just under 55 minutes at 500 degrees and it was cooked to perfection. So juicy and flavorful and the skin was potato chip crispy!  I want to try this method with the Thanksgiving turkey this year.  

And now, feast your eyes on these...

Yes, indeed, those are chicken feet on my kitchen counter!  The farm processed some of their old egg-layers and offered them for sale for stewing and stock.  I was so excited because older chickens are much richer in bone-broth goodness.  I bought four chickens along with 20 chicken feet to add to the broth. Chicken feet are very rich in gelatin, collagen, glucosamine chondroitin and trace minerals.  They are creepy but they are going to make amazing bone broth!  I've got one of the stewing hens earmarked for Alton Brown's Coq au Vin recipe for this Saturday.  

I'm off away on Sunday and don't return until November 9th.  I'm not sure how much time I'll have for blogging while I'm away, so in the meantime have a wonderful week and take good care!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Melange

I'm on the mend from my root canal procedure.  It was pretty painful going but I got some good rest, took some pain meds and stuck to mostly soft food.  I have the first of two follow up appointments this afternoon then hopefully my mouth will be good as new.  Best of all, no more tooth pain for my upcoming trip to Boston. 

My recovery wasn't all bad, I managed to get dolled up for a 70's disco-themed party on Saturday night.  It was lots of fun and I just loved dressing up like a foxy disco diva.  Not everyone dressed up but perhaps I'm in the minority who thinks the best part of a costume party is embracing the theme and getting in character.  I loved that wig!  There were people who asked me (totally non-ironically) if that was my real hair.  Hilarious.

It's also my fourth anniversary of writing this blog.  Four years of putting it all out there.  The good and bad, the successes and failures.  I've learned so much about my health and fitness, the most valuable piece of knowledge is that my health is like a bank account. When I fill my bank with good things like rest, movement and health-giving foods, I feel and look great.   And when I don't, my health gets overdrawn and my body lets me now about it.  It's really as simple as that.  

One last bit of news I want to share.  Our move is still happening but the location has changed.  I got my greatest wish and that's to go home.  Instead of Virginia, we're headed to the North Shore of Boston.  All being well with sticking to our timeline and plan, this Yankee is going home!

I hope you all have a great week ahead and that the sun is shining wherever you are.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Is it the Weekend Yet?

My life is pretty sweet and for that I am thankful but the last few days have been a lot to take.  Rob being away makes a rough patch rougher without his hugs to make it better.  

I ran into a neighbor on Saturday while out walking the dog.  She looked great, really fit, and I told her so.  Then she proceeded to make a comment that really made me feel bad about *my* size.  She is apparently misinformed about my blog.  Knowing only the name, she seems to think it's about gluttony and laziness.  You may have seen my facebook post about the incident.  I've spent the better part of the last four years (yes, it's my 4th blogging anniversary this month) working hard to improve every aspect of my health and while I may not look like a 120 pound yoga instructor, I have been quite successful at it.  Not taking fat shaming to heart is easier said then done.  

I had a filling replaced earlier this year and have been having some sensitivity in the area which turned into a full blown toothache waking me out of a dead sleep on Saturday night. Nothing worse than a toothache!  I got an emergency appointment with the dentist this afternoon and found out I have to have root canal procedure.  I got a prescription for some pain pills which has taken the edge off and hopefully will help me get some sleep tonight.

Then my brakes started grinding yesterday.  So most likely new brake pads on Thursday.

And the upstairs toilet is leaking so there was a mess to clean.  Rob is going to have to put on his plumber hat when he arrives home tomorrow.

So it's only Tuesday and I feel like I've been through the ringer.  I'm nervous about seeing the Endodontist, the most dental work I've ever had to have was a filling or two.  Wish me luck and send good vibes for a much better rest of the week!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Closet Stressors

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know how my leg injury impacted me, it left me immobile, inactive and depressed.  I packed on some weight, which is understandable, though I wish I had handled the eating for comfort better.  Since doing the Whole 30 I got my mobility back. I'm back at work, working out, walking the dog and generally being much more active.  But it's not magically going to restore me to my pre-injury clothing size.

I've continued with a Primal lifestyle, (additional crucial reading here) which includes clean primal eating, going to bed early in a completely dark room, getting activity, getting sunlight, and reducing stress.  All the other factors have become my life and I'm loving it but that little bugger stress is still somewhat an issue for me, especially external forces.  For instance, walking into my closet each day and seeing clothes that no longer fit me has really been messing with my head.  

My ultimate plan is to get get my body back to the size it was pre-injury but it won't happen overnight.  It's going to take how long it's going to take but seeing my smallest clothes in that section of the closet is totally stressful.  And stress can and will make it it really difficult for your body lose fat.  

So yesterday I cleaned out the closet.  It needed to be done anyway, but I put the smallest of my things into storage in the guest room.  My closet is now tidy and organized and I know everything in there fits me properly.  This has done much to alleviate the stress about not fitting into certain things. 

I'm going to continue with what I'm doing because it's working for me and whether it takes me six months, a year or two years to achieve my goals of getting into back into those clothes, it will happen but I just cannot stress about it.  The saying goes, "Dress the body you have, not the body you want."  And that's what I intend on doing.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Book Review~Make It Paleo

I was very excited when my review copy of Make it Paleo: Over 200 Grain Free Recipes For Any Occasion arrived a couple of weeks ago.

Make it Paleo is from the couple behind the fabulous recipe site called The Food Lovers Kitchen.  This is a thick tome with 172 breakfast, appetizer, entree, salad, soup, and sauce and dressing recipes and 43 dedicated to cheats and treats and a gorgeous photo for each and every one.  It's also perhaps the most beautifully photographed cookbook in my sizable collection.  This  is food porn at its finest.

The goal of this book is to make sure that you never feel, despite choosing not to eat grains or processed sugars, that nothing is missing from your meals. Haley and Bill achieved their goal.  
Let's get to the recipes.

London Broil with Balsamic Marinade
I love using garlic and balsamic vinegar in marinades.  The addition of finely diced red onion was really good, considering my aversion to them.  It turned out to be a delicious dinner and the leftovers were great to bring to work.

Eggs Paleo

The idea behind this play on Eggs Benedict is a revelation; poached eggs on top of sliced tomato topped with an avocado sauce and crumbled, crispy bacon but no self-respecting wife of an Englishman would serve a raw tomato on a breakfast plate.  I grilled the thick tomato slices in a screaming hot skillet until golden browned. Not sure why the serving size is just one egg and tomato stack but I went ahead made us two eggs each.  It was the perfect portion for us for Sunday brunch.  

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
I used pastured chicken from the farm.  The recipe instructs you to brown the chicken pieces in a separate skillet then roast the chicken in a dutch oven but it should be a one pot dish because you don't want to lose out on the wonderful flavor you build from browning and cooking the chicken in the same pot.  I browned the chicken in ghee then I cooked the garlic in the rendered chicken fat.  Then deglazed with a splash of red vinegar, a good dish always needs a splash of acid.  That being said, it is a delicious dish, simple and flavorful.  I used the soft, sweet roasted garlic cloves in the mashed acorn squash I served with the chicken and it was amazing. It made me wonder why I don't roast garlic more often.

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Tomato Sauce
This was my first time cooking spaghetti squash and we loved it.  The sauce was so good, but that's because I didn't follow the recipe.  I just couldn't once I read it through.  I was learning to make the most delicious Italian sauces from my Mother and Grandmother when the authors were still in diapers.  The recipe instructs to add the mushrooms to the sauce before simmering but mushrooms need to sauteed otherwise they end up flabby and the sauce ends up watery.  I sauteed the mushrooms with the zucchini and made sure all the water was cooked out before adding the crushed tomatoes.  And then there is the cayenne pepper.

Crushed red pepper!

Balsamic and Rosemary Chicken
The recipe called for three chicken breasts for three servings.  I doubled the recipe for leftovers.  And it made really good leftovers.  The recipe called for olive oil drizzled over then to press the garlic and rosemary into the chicken.  I made a paste of finely minced garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and made a compound ghee.  I bathed the chicken breasts in the mixture and let them sit for an hour before popping the pan in the oven.  Then I drizzled on the balsamic over the hot chicken. Oh, my, this is a lovely way to transform the humble chicken breast into something spectacular.

The sauce, dressing and marinade section is a treasure trove. Store-bought condiments tend to be full of questionable ingredients so this section going to be super useful. Other than recipes and photos the book contains a nice overview of the paleo/primal eating style and a fantastic two-page spread on the most essential kitchen gadgets to have in stock, not a useless item in the bunch.  There are several pages dedicated to the many and varied foods to stock in your fridge and pantry.

If you're new to the grain-free way of eating, Make it Paleo would make an excellent first book. I'd also highly recommend it for new cooks, whether Paleo or not. And although I'm neither a stranger to the kitchen nor new to grain-free cooking, I still enjoyed reading and cooking from Make it Paleo. There are some great recipes here that pack in the flavor with very little fuss.

Make it Paleo is on sale for $19.01 right now at Amazon. That is a fantastic price for such a big book of recipes and if you click through this article, you are supporting my blog. (Thanks a million!)

Full disclosure~ I was sent this book by the authors as a review copy.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

There and Back Again~A Birthday Tale

Did you miss me?  What a great week it has been. It all started last Friday with a mani/pedi and massage as a pre-birthday treat.  Never underestimate the power of pampering yourself! 

Saturday was my 43rd birthday, we started off the evening at Jeff and Donna's for a little celebratory drink or two.  My SugarMama spoiled me with a bottle stellar chardonnay and a bottle of even more stellar Champagne.  It was fun not having to choose between them.  

We went on to dinner at Local Three and it did not disappoint.  It was a lovely evening all around.

Sunday brought even more joy.  My sister was in town for the weekend visiting her BFF who just had a baby.  They live about an hour from here so I went down and spent the evening visiting with them.  I wanted to bring a little gift, so I made a Mumkin.  Have you ever actually made any of the crap you've pinned on Pinterest?  I felt so pleased with myself for actually having done something I pinned.  It turned out so cute, I want to fill my front porch steps with them.

On Monday Rob and I headed to Savannah for a few days of fun in the sun.  Savannah is always a pleasure and we had so much fun.  We wanted to stay someplace new and try all new places to eat and drink and we did just that.

We tried Jen's and Friends for some fancy cocktails, such a hit we went back the next night.  Marianne, the bartender, was amazing.  She made fabulous drinks and made us feel like we were regulars.  150 martinis on the menu but I had to try their most popular drink, the Rice Crispy Treat.  I usually go for strong and bitter manly drinks like a Manhattan or Negroni but this was  marshmallow heaven but not nearly as sweet as you would think.  

We stayed at the Bohemian instead of the Mulberry.  The check-in clerk made sure we knew that The Bohemian was "a boutique" hotel and that it is much better than the Mulberry.  I admit, I loved the Goth-Pirate chic decor and the luxurious touches like the Bose wave radio and mood lighting were nice but at 4pm after waking from our afternoon nap, we missed the afternoon tea the Mulberry is famous for.  Nothing can top a hot cup of tea and homemade cookies!  

The rooftop lounge was rather fabulous though and was a nice place to hang out.

We went out to Tybee beach and had a nice long walk on the beach and a nice relaxing sit by the Atlantic.  Nothing like the beach off season, perfect weather and not a soul around.

As far as dining goes, Savannah keeps getting better and better.  We dined at The Crystal Beer Parlor, which was fun with really good food.  We at lunch at the Six Pence Pub, which wasn't exactly authentic but we enjoyed our Lager Shandies.

The biggest surprise was The Olde Pink House.  The cellar pub called Planter's Tavern is 200 years old and steeped in history. We couldn't believe it when we walked in, it was like stepping through a portal in time.  Dark and dimly lit by flickering candles, exposed brick walls and open beam ceiling.  This is no Disney replica, this is the real deal.  We had a great meal and lingered over drinks while the piano player took requests.  It was a really special evening and we cannot wait to go back!

Of course there is one repeat that we had to do before leaving, visit our old friend Florence Martus, Savannah's Waving girl.  

As far as birthday celebrations go, this was a memorable one.  I hope you all had a great week!  Happy Saturday.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Chit-Chat

I took Tally for a nice long walk this morning, here's me in my sweaty, endorphin induced grinning state.  My speed and endurance continue to improve.  I actually wore my girl out, she went back to bed.  I'm going to get some house cleaning done, which has fallen by the wayside since going back to work.

Rob and I are on track with our saving for our move plan and of that I'm very proud. Our timeline is still on schedule but there is a wind of change on the moving front but I'm not ready to divulge just yet. 

I've got a beauty spa day on Friday with a manicure, pedicure and massage lined up so I'm really excited about that!

My birthday is Saturday and we've got dinner plans with friends. We're going to Local Three. It's been 10 weeks since I've had booze in any way, shape or form so I think I might enjoy having a cocktail or two that night. But I'm not sure about wine because I got a severe headache from some sulfites that got past me in pomegranate vinegar and fear drinking wine may incapacitate me. 

My sister is coming to town for the weekend to visit a friend of hers who lives an hour or so south of here so I'm heading down on Sunday to spend some time with them. I'm heading up to Boston next month for two weeks. I'm really looking forward to spending fall in New England, which is better than anything I can conjure.

So that's all the news that is fit to print.  I'm feeling great, I'm rested and I'm going to make Monday my bitch!  What's new with you?