Thankful Thursday

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  • Home-grown tomatoes.
  • My new Dyson Animal Digital Slim.
  • Sitting outside and enjoying the sound of my fountain. 
  • New Pillows. 
  • Spring Time decor. 

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Savannah’s Rosemary Sip

Growing up in the South, I have learned that there are very few things comparable to a nice cold beverage on a warm day. Perhaps, there is nothing better than walking out into your garden and finding fresh ingredients to use in your own homemade ‘sip’. 
{My mom and I sipped on these while watching the Kentucky Derby.}

DrinkSavannah’s Rosemary Sip

Ingredients :

  • 8 Teaspoons Fresh Rosemary (Plus additional to garnish)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 12 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Bacardi Limon (You can change depending on your own desire) 

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Preparation :

  1. Mix rosemary, water & sugar in a saucepan and bring to a light boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain out the rosemary.
  3. Pour the mixture into the other 9 cups of water lemon juice and Bacardi.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Garnish with Rosemary or Mint. (Or both!)

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Thankful Thursday

thankful

  • Fresh Seafood.
  • Parker’s Market Sweet Tea.
  • J is coming in ONE week.
  • Meeting new blog ‘friends’ and sharing this blog-life with them.
  • Neighbor’s who bring back treats from trips they go on to share with me.
What are YOU thankful for?

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Thankful Thursday

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  • The beautiful weather.
  • Sweet neighbors that check up on me.
  • Blooms peeping out on all things that bloom in the Spring!
  • Having a DVR, so I don’t miss out on my favorite shows.
  • Finalizing a big trip planned for J and I.

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Manicure Monday

With this absolutely beautiful weather, I couldn’t help but continue with my spring colors!

Hopefully this warm weather will stay around for a while, as I am over the cold weather.

Sunshine and pretty colors can make anyone happy, so I hope this color makes you as happy as it does me!

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Polish Used : Revlon
85: Minted

I hope that you all are having a wonderful and warm Monday!

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…and let there be HERBs

As I posted yesterday, I am a lover of all things homegrown. Which means I must have my own herbs! When I first started my garden and bought herbs, I was nervous. Nervous I’d kill them, nervous as to what to put them in and nervous that they wouldn’t grow big enough to use them. So, I had my first attempt, which went really well. I studied (yes, seriously…I read) a lot online about how to give each herb the TLC that it needs and which ones to pair with which food. Thankfully, I have now figured out how to dry my own herbs and make my own spices. {EXCITEMENT Squeal}
Today, while I was outside, I decided that I’d share with you all one of my glorious herb pots that I love so much. Yes, Love. It makes my heart smile to see it doing so well. Go ahead…I know you want to laugh. I’ll accept it.

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Ahh, if you don’t already have your own ‘homegrown’ herbs, don’t you want to start now?
This herb pot includes :
Rosemary
Curly Leaf Parsley
Lemon Thyme
German Thymeparsley

 {Beautiful Curly Parsley}

thyme

{German Thyme and on the other side, Lemon Thyme}

rosemary

{Rosemary}

This is probably my most favorite because I use it not only for cooking, but also for flower arrangements and to make my house smell heavenly.

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Venison Steak @ The Fireplace

Growing up in the South, I quickly learned that deer is something most have in their freezer.

If not, you know someone who does.

Since I enjoy most all types of meat, I like to find different ways to prepare them each time.

For these particular deer ‘steaks’, I took the back-straps of the deer to use.

I started by unthawing the deer meat from the freezer 2 days prior to cooking. Then I made the marinade that the meat would soak in and tenderize.

Marinade :

  • 1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 C Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 C Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Franks Hot Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to your liking

Mix all together in a big ziplock bag and add meat. Let the meat soak overnight in the fridge.

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Preparation :

(Please note, my way of cooking this is not how I would usually cook steak, I just wanted trying out new things!)

  • First I cleaned out the fireplace.
  • Gathered 8 bricks to build up the ‘cooking area’ so logs could go underneath.
  • The grill crate from the Big Green Egg was added on top of the bricks.
  • Start the fire and wait for the wood to start burning down into coals.
  • Place the deer steaks on top of the crate.
  • Cook until your liking. (I wanted mine medium-rare * more rare than medium)
  • Finish off each stake with a piece of Rosemary! (My favorite touch. I could put Rosemary on anything!)

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Ready to devour--

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What’s your favorite way to cook venison?

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Hair Me Out

Hair.

One of the most important parts of a girls every day life.

Today I decided I would tell you all about my favorite things that I use to do my hair.

The shampoo I use, I am absolutely obsessed with. No, really. I am.
I don’t travel without it and if I think I’m getting close to being out, I will quickly buy a new supply just so I don’t have to use something else.

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I would’ve never in my life thought that this shampoo would be as wonderful as it is when I first picked it up off of the shelf.

L’OREAL Ever Pure

Sulfate Free : Color Care System (Which doesn’t strip the color out, for those of us who color our hair)
Personally, I use the Volume because I have very thin hair.
Then…The smell…My most favorite part of my shower every morning. 
Rosemary Juniper.
Who could possibly ask for a better smell in the morning when you are trying to wake up, yet don’t want to.
Ahhh….

Next, I use REDKEN Straight Lissage.

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This bottle comes in a pump form, which is awesome because it measures out for you how much to use each time. 
First, I squirt the small amount into my hand and then rub my hands together and put into my hair from the crown down. I try to not put much on the top, so my hair will not turn into grease immediately. 
Then I use a comb and go through all of my hair to make sure it is all de-taingled. I choose to use a comb, because it is not so harsh on the hair and doesn’t pull all of my hair out. (I must keep all that I have since it is so thin!!)
 
Now of course, the most important part comes next and that is the blow dryer.
I’m obsessed with mine. 
I have tried others, and I can always tell a difference in how my hair feels.

So, I use the CHI Pro.

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This blow dryer is honestly the best investment I’ve made.
Yes, its expensive, but so worth it. {$150.00ish}
 
If you are lucky, I will occasionally curl my hair. {Currently, my hair is very, very naturally straight}. So, you better catch me on a special occasion. 
 

 Pro Nano Curling Iron

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This thing is AMAzing. 
It spins while you are curling your hair.
Crazy, I know. I couldn’t understand the first time I tried using it…But, now I’m possibly on the level of a semi-pro.

What do you use to get your ‘hair ready’?

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