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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Workin' for the weekend

Goodmorning, blogger friends! So sorry I've been remiss from the blog for the past couple of weeks, but not a whole, whole lot has been going on around here other than working, Will's summer school night classes, and trying to keep up the house. Boring, I know, but everybody has to put their work in sometime, right?

Thankfully, all of this hard work is going to pay off for both Will and I when we go to the beach for a week with my family this Saturday! I have never looked forward to a vacation this much in my life! My whole family will be there and this happens very far and in between now-a-days.

I can't wait to put my toes in the sand and float in this beautiful water!
 The thing I am looking forward to the most about this vacation is reading on the beach, relaxing by the pool, laughing and cutting up {"playing grab booty" as my dad calls it} with my siblings, boat-rides on the bay, shrimp boil, the list could go on...Needless to say I can't wait to get away from "life" for a few days.

Before going to the beach, I want to paint my nails this color....what do you think?

I've always been a pink and red nail-polish kind-of girl, but I kinda think the blue is funky and fun. I know it has been a big trend this summer so I think I'm gonna try it too!

Also, I want to get this book to read before the movie comes out August 12th.

How cool is it that part of the movie was filmed in Jackson's downtown Fondren?
 Another fun fact I have about The Help is that I met the twin little girls who play Mae Mobley in the movie. They are just as cute in real life as I know they will be in the movie! Can't wait to see it :)

Also, how could I forget to mention, we will be cheering on my little brother's girlfriend, Stephanie Stanford {Miss Delta Blues} on Saturday night in the Miss Mississippi Pageant from Perdido Key! My mom, sister, and I will be making the trip to Vicksburg on Friday night before going to the beach to watch her in the Talent Prelims. We know she will do wonderfully!

Ben, Stephanie, Will and I last weekend! We love her!
Well, that's all I have! Can't wait for Thursday 4 o'clock to get here so my 11 day vacation can start. Needless to say, "I'm working for the weekend." Have a great day y'all!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Easy-Peasy Blueberry Cobbler

Hello, readers! Hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend. Will and I did! We did absolutely nothing, and I was completely okay with that! It's good to have a little down-time once in a while.

So from the last post you read, Will and I went blueberry pickin', and we have over 4 gallons of blueberries at our home that are just waiting to be eaten! We've enjoyed eating them already by putting them on our cereal in the mornings and making blueberry pancakes.

We also enjoyed eating the blueberries in the Easy-Peasy Blueberry Cobbler I made. My Maw-maw baked this cobbler all growing up and she taught me how to make it in the sixth grade. Yes, it is that easy and very yummy!

2 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries
2/3 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
1 stick of butter
3/4 cup of sugar (different use)
3/4 cup of self-rising flour
3/4 cup milk
Ice cream or whipped cream  or both :)

One of the things I love about this cobbler recipe is that all of the ingredients pretty much live in the kitchen already and the only ingredient I had to buy was the cool whip!

Mix blueberries, 2/3 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of water in saucepan.

In a 9x13 Pyrex, place stick of butter and put in oven on 350 degrees to melt.
In a bowl, mix 3/4 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of self-rising flour, and 3/4 cup of milk. Mix well.
Check on blueberry mixture, and make sure it comes to a good boil.
Pour flour mixture  over melted butter, and then pour blueberry mixture over that. DO NOT STIR. Place in oven on 350 for 35-40 minutes or until brown.
Serve with ice cream or whip cream or both! Enjoy!
Hope you enjoy this sweet treat as much as we do! Let me know if you try it, and if you like it! Also, if you have any other blueberry recipes, please share :)


Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Blueberry Patch

Will and I have had a fun weekend! Very hot, but fun! We loaded up our car when I got off of work on Thursday and headed south to Will's hometown of Laurel for a couple of days. One of our favorite things to do in the summertime is to go to "The Blueberry Patch" at his grandparents' house.

There is over an acre long of big, beautiful blueberry bushes with millions of ripe, delicious berries on them just waiting to be picked. So, Will and I grabbed some buckets and went to town pickin'.

We picked....

and picked....

My favorite thing was to come across a cluster like these and they would just fall right into your hands when touched. They were like grapes!

Did I mention how hot it was though? Well, it was. But that was part of the fun and that sure didn't stop us from getting our blueberry pickin' fix.

We had the best time!

We picked over 4 gallons of beautiful blueberries!

Once we got back to Will's parents' house, we spread all of the blueberries out on a beach towel to sort through the bad {not so firm} ones.

 I'm happy to say that there weren't very many bad ones in the bunch! After sorting through, we bagged the berries up in 16 different quart size zip-lock bags. I am so excited to have these blueberries to use for our cereal, blueberry pancakes, blueberry cobbler, and blueberry pound-cake!

Do any of you have any other ideas or recipes that call for blueberries?! I'm definitely needing some!