Sunday, July 18, 2010

Last visits to Knoxville....

This weekend, my sister, Katie, and her boxer pup, Duncan, came to visit us in Knoxville one last time! I do not know who had more fun... me and Kate or the pups! Friday night, we went out with friends for a Mexican dinner and played a few rounds of darts. Saturday, we lounged around and then took the dogs to the park where they had an absolute blast! We cooked a delish dinner that included shrimp with a peanut sauce, hot and sour soup, and fried rice. We finished the night with a little homemade banana pudding and a game of Gin Rummy. What a fun filled weekend! George thanks you, Kate, for keeping me busy! And I will forgive sweet Duncan for eating inhaling my sandwich and punching me in the face in the middle of the night.... after all, he is a 'Boxer'. :)

I was hoping to post some videos from the park of the boys running around, but I am having some technical difficulties with uploading videos to my blog. I will hopefully get them posted soon! Love you Kate and Dunk, and we cannot wait for you to visit us in Nashville!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Hollywood with a touch of twang...

After several weeks of rental website stalking and three long day trips to Nashville....We FINALLY found our new home! Wahoo! I can only imagine how difficult buying a house is going to be. We were really hoping to rent a single-family home with a yard, etc; however, we fell in love with a new development in an awesome location outside of Nashville thanks to our friends, Kelci and Anthony, that will also be living there. It has a very urban feel that reminds me a bit of Atlanta but is surrounded by the beautiful hills and trees of middle Tennessee... so it has both the city and country feel that George and I desired. Visit to check it out! The community is newly developing with plans for a town center, market, and shops. A new Whole Foods is opening just up the street, which is very exciting! It is also just minutes from the adorable downtown Franklin. Unfortunately, I only got a few ‘before’ pics before my camera died…. More to come!

We couldn't be more excited.... and we hope to have lots of visitors!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy 234th Birthday America!

George and I enjoyed a very relaxing fourth of July this year. We had a wonderful day at the pool...

and then cheered on the Braves and grilled some delicious burgers with friends. I made this special drink from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food....Blackberry and Peach Muddle. I was hoping the blackberries would appear blue and the peaches would appear red to make it patriotic. Did not exactly work, but tasted great! ;)

2 thin slices peach, 3 blackberries, 2 large mint springs, 1 1/2 tsp. honey, 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice ... mix together and mash gently with the back of a spoon until the fruit releases juices. Add 1/4 cup bourbon, 2 thin slices peach, and 3 blackberries. Fill glass with ice and top with seltzer (I used Sprite and added the lemons).

Thanks to Charlie and Angie's wedding gift, I was able to use fresh mint from our herb garden!

We decided to just watch fireworks from our balcony and actually had a pretty good view! Happy Birthday America!