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Summing Up the Summer

9 Sep

This summer was such a good one, as BG summers always are. It is hard to sum up what our little town means to me and our group. The best way I have heard it put is that it is a modern day Mayberry. It’s really the best way to say it. Everyone slows down and enjoys the little things: good conversations on the porch, bike rides and everyone’s favorite American pastime, baseball.

My friends Bryan and Karissa captured the summer by taking a Polaroid every day. It became a challenge for them to find the picture of the day. Check out the project here.

I, on the other hand, tried to capture our summer days with my camera of choice, the iPhone. 

Here are some highlights:

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Loren and I shot a wedding together in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. These fun bridesmaids made the day such a blast.

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So much softball! And the runner-up title for the Mid Summer Best of the Rest tournament. On top of that, we got our jerseys just in time for the very last game. 
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Playing softball with Ryan was probably the highlight of the summer. He started playing hesitantly since he hadn’t played since little league, but by the end of the season he was pitching half the time. I can’t believe it! I love being your teammate, Ry!Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset photo 2 photo 1 Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset photo 4 Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset photo 1 Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetBikes to the grocery, bikes to softball then dinner, bikes to snow cones and so much more.
photo 4 Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIt was a summer for the books. Thanks to those who participated in any and all activities that made it so memorable.

Lemon Asparagus and Shrimp Risotto

3 Sep

I plan to be back to be blogging soon! The end of the summer has been so busy and there is lots to catch up on. In the meantime, here is a recipe that should be added to your menu as soon as possible.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIngredients

  • 4 cups fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups (1-inch) sliced asparagus
  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth (I used white wine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.
  2. Cook asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add rice; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 cup broth; cook 5 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/2 cup broth, vermouth (or wine) and salt. Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 25 minutes). Add asparagus and shrimp; cook 4 minutes. Stir in cheese and remaining ingredients.

Derby Pie

4 Jun

I’m not sure when this became a food blog…. but I hope to come back in full swing this summer. In the meantime, I will try to catch up!

I love celebrating Derby and even though we didn’t have a big plan this year, I still wanted to serve Derby Pie to a few friends. I used a recipe from Paula Deen.

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Kentucky Pie

Recipe from Paula Deen


4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups sugar
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
1 cup sifted self-rising flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chopped pecans
2 (9-inch) deep dish unbaked pie shells or 3 (9-inch) unbaked regular pie shells
Ice cream, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine eggs, sugar, and melted chocolate in large bowl. Add flour and mix well, stirring in remaining ingredients except for pie shells. Bake 50 to 60 minutes.

Serve warm with ice cream. Freezes well!!
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Merry Christmas

23 Dec

2013.12.19_ turtles christmas _lemon-116I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with those dearest to you.

We are celebrating Christ’s birth and waiting for His next coming.

“Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, our Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by your drawing nigh,
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Oh, bid our sad divisions cease,
And be yourself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!”


The Cold

12 Dec

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How exactly good it is
to know myself
in the solitude of winter,

my body containing its own
warmth, divided from all
by the cold; and to go

separate and sure
among the trees cleanly
divided, thinking of you

perfect too in your solitude,
your life withdrawn into
your own keeping

–to be clear, poised
in perfect self-suspension
toward you, as though frozen.

And having known fully the
goodness of that, it will be
good also to melt.

– The Cold, Wendall Barry


12 Nov

The week before last, I went to Chicago with a group from Student Publications to represent the yearbook and newspaper at a college media convention. I was so excited to visit my favorite big city! We did lots of touristy things, but also found some great local attractions.

The icing on the cake was winning a Pacemaker Award. Read more here.

When I got home, I was shocked to see that Ryan had painted our bedroom! He completely surprised me!

It was a fun trip and I can’t wait to go back again.

P.S. Stay tuned for the master bathroom reveal coming this week!!!!

27 Jun

International Dinner

12 Apr

Kentucky Heritage Lunch

22 Mar

Arabic Lunch

14 Mar

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