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Summer Daze

27 Jun

The end of May and the beginning of June are always crazy months. Even though work has been nuts, the summer has been such a blast. Looking through these photos from the last few weeks has me feeling so grateful for life in BG.

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Ryan and I got to spend some quality time with Nat, our forever roomie, before she left for Cali for the summer. This girl has been such a blessing to me the last few months. She is such a joy to be around, an encouragement to me and really loves the Lord. We were said to see her move out of our guest room (now called Natalie’s room), but we are so happy that her new home is just two blocks away.
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Our porch is one of my very favorite spots in the world. Some of the best days have been spent here with friends who come over unannounced and end up staying all day. A few weeks ago, we had a perfect Saturday. My birthday bike came in, we had a group ride to get snow cones, turned our front yard into a bowling alley and made a scrumptious dinner. Check out this video Loren shot for the highlight of the day: here. One of the best parts of life in this little town is that our friends live so close. We are all live close enough to walk to see each other and have spontaneous adventures. Plus how cute is my bike? Elaina is riding it in the left of the photo below.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetphoto 1My neighbors grow the most beautiful flowers.1401595778.885570.IMG_5198We have been playing lots of softball this summer and having so much fun.

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Other highlights include:

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Color Run

8 Apr

Two weekends ago, Ryan and I did the Color Run with Loren in Nashville. The weather wasn’t near as pretty as last time, but we had a great time!20140405-184207.jpg20140405-184105.jpg 20140405-184121.jpg 20140405-184135.jpg 20140405-184158.jpg After the run, we had a quick brunch at Barista Parlor all decked out in our color. 20140405-184145.jpg

NYC

25 Mar

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The photo above really describes our whole New York City trip – lots of selfies, lipstick and subway rides. More to come, but here are a few photos in the mean time.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset photo 4

Brunching- Eggberts Sunriser

13 Mar

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At least one Saturday a month, we have our friends over for brunch. We usually make traditional things like pancakes or french toast, but this week we decided to try something new.  I saw this recipe on Pioneer Woman’s show – the Eggberts Sunriser. It had quite a few steps, but totally worth it.

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups Frozen Hash Browns
  • 20 whole Frozen Mini Potato Wedges
  • Canola Oil, For Frying
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1/2 whole Red Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Seeded And Diced (optional)
  • 1-1/2 cup Diced Ham
  • 1-1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 8 whole Eggs

Instructions

Fry hash browns and potato wedges in separate skillets according to package directions until golden brown and crisp. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (May bake in the oven if you prefer). Drain on a paper towel and keep warm.

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Throw in veggies and ham; toss around for several seconds. Turn off heat and allow to stay in pan.

In four individual skillets (or one very large one) layer:

Hash browns
Veggie/ ham mixture
Grated cheese

Place into a preheated 300 degree oven for a minute or two, until the cheese is melted. Remove from oven with an oven mitt, as skillet will be hot.

Melt two tablespoons butter in a nonstick skillet and fry eggs to the specifications of your guests.

Place five potato wedges over the top of the melted cheese, then top with two eggs per skillet.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe also had Loren’s perfect banana bread and some yummy Lemon Blackberry Loaf from my Leftover Club partner, Faye.

Check out Loren’s Insta-video for more from brunch. The next three hours were full of Phase 10. My kind of day.

Ryan’s Birthday

12 Mar

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Ryan’s birthday with a delicious steak dinner and the wonkiest cake.
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We got the meat from a local meat shop. I don’t think we will be able to go back to the regular grocery store. The taste was so much better.bday dinner

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Thank you to Loren for snapping some pics!

Snow Day

11 Mar

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIt is hard to imagine that this time last week we had two snow days. It was unexpected because every threat of bad weather this winter hasn’t amounted to anything.

It was nice to be home for a few days with Ryan, Loren and Natalie. We cleaned, ate strange things in order to use things we already had, played lots of nertz and had a winter photo shoot. Check out Loren’s photos here.

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Todd County Project – Completed

5 Feb

I am really proud of this project and thrilled to share it with you.

As I mentioned back in September, Bryan and I were hired to do an art/archive project for the Todd County Justice Center. The thought of a six month to year long project scared me a little, but with some planning and adventure – we finished! We both learned a lot and really enjoyed it. We met some really incredible people along the way and were sad to wrap it up.

We took a little trip to see the photos on the walls and hang the captions with Ryan and Karissa a couple weeks ago.

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These are from the second floor courtroom and waiting area. There is an identical set up on the first floor with a different set of photos.
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All in all there are 19 poster size photos and 3 smaller prints. All of the photos were shot by Bryan. My job and title (which changed daily) was usually art director or production manager. We planned shots based on what people in town told us made Todd County special. While we traveled from place to place, we made frequent stops to photography things that caught our eye. Here are the images that made it into the courthouse:

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September 12, 2013 – Morning fog rolls in over a barn in Allensville on highway 102. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-60

September 12, 2013 – Tobacco leaves hang in a barn off of highway 102 in Allensville. Hanging the burly leaves allows the plant to be cured while moisture escapes.  In 2006, Todd County produced over 1 million pounds of dark, fire-cured tobacco. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-117

September 12, 2013 – Home in Allensville built by merchant Charles W. Haddox (1842-1882) shortly after the Civil War.  Haddox became a Confederate soldier at 17 years old and served under Col. Hutchinson and General Morgan.  He was captured and became a prisoner of war for eighteen months.  Upon his return, he reentered the army remaining out until the close of the war.  He built this brick home so that it would be large enough to entertain all of the Confederate soldiers who came to Allensville.

[History from articles by Mildred C. Standard] The home is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Danny Dew.

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September 12, 2013 – Railroad tracks in Allensville originally laid in 1867. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-174

September 12, 2013 – Morning light shines through the trees on Highway 79 near Allensville. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-206

September 12, 2013 – Robert Penn Warren’s home stands in Guthrie.  Penn Warren became the first Poet Laureate of the United States in 1986.  He won a Pulitzer Prize for All the King’s Men and two more for his poetry. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-574

September 12, 2013 – The Jefferson Davis Monument rises in the September sky in Fairview.  The 351-foot obelisk was built to mark the birthplace of Jefferson Davis. “Kentucky, my own, my native land, God grant that peace and plenty may ever run throughout your borders. God grant that your sons and daughters may ever rise to illustrate that fame of their dead fathers and that wherever the name of Kentucky is mentioned, every hand shall be lifted and every head bowed for all that is grand, all that is glorious, all that is virtuous, and all that is honorable and manly,” said Davis during his salute to Kentucky in November 1886 on his last visit to his birthplace. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-613

September 12, 2013 – The Jefferson Davis Monument rises in the September sky in Fairview. Construction started in 1917, but stopped in 1918 at 175 feet due to the lack of building materials during World War I.  Building resumed in 1922 and was finished in 1924. The total cost was $200,000. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-339

September 18, 2013 – Johnny Yoder repairs a strap from a saddle at the Penchem Tack Store.  The store was established in the 1960s by Yoder’s grandfather. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-491-2

September 18, 2013 – The western face of Pilot Rock. It borders Todd and Christian Counties and is the highest point in both counties. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-550

September 18, 2013 – A tobacco barn in northern Todd County viewed from Pilot Rock. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-561

September 18, 2013 – The Jefferson Davis Monument as seen from Pilot Rock. The distance to the monument is about 8 miles. The solid Kentucky limestone structure was the fifth tallest monument in the United States. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-635

September 18, 2013 – The main intersection in Kirkmansville gives directions to some of Todd County’s other towns. Kirkmansville is in the northwestern corner of Todd County and is home to a local favorite dining spot, Helen’s Place. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-681

September 18, 2013 – The Harvest Moon rises in Clifty. The Harvest Moon signifies the end of harvest season and the yielding of crops. 2013.09.27_ todd county _lemon-433

October 4, 2013 – The old courthouse stands in the center square of Elkton during the Harvest Fest on Friday afternoon. Union forces occupied the courthouse during the Civil War. The cupola, an iconic symbol of Todd County, was added during renovations in 1871. 2013.10.03_ todd county _lemon-119

September 12, 2013 – The Guthrie Feed Mill sits just off the railroad tracks in Guthrie.  Originally a stage coach stop known as Pondy Woods, Guthrie was renamed for John James Guthrie, the President of L&N Railroad, in 1867. Guthrie placed a major switch track in town where five railroad lines met and the area became a boomtown of commerce. 2013.10.03_ todd county _lemon-489-2

October 3, 2013 – Marlyon, a 16-year-old Mennonite farmer, rests with his horses during a corn harvest in Fairview. Mennonites came to the area in 1970s because farm land was readily available. 2013.10.04_ todd county _lemon-319

October 4, 2013 – Clouds move over a field of soybeans outside of Trenton off of Kentucky route 1753.  Planting usually takes place in late April to June and harvest is from late September to November. 2013.10.04_ todd county _lemon-378

October 4, 2013 – The old courthouse in Elkton during Harvest Fest on Friday afternoon. The courthouse was built in 1835-1836 and served Todd County for 140 years.

*All images by Bryan Lemon.

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