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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Best Squash Casserole--EVER!

As promised, the recipe for my uncle's wife's squash casserole.  To.die.for.


6 medium squash
1 bell (green) pepper
1 small onion (optional)
1/2 stick butter
1 box chicken or cornbread Stove Top stuffing (prepared according to box)
8oz sour cream
1 cup mild shredded cheddar cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.  Fry the squash, bell pepper, and onion with 1/2 stick of butter.  Drain in strainer.  In a bowl, mix together sour cream, shredded cheese and soup.  Add squash mixture and then stuffing.  Mix ingredients all together.  Put in 13x9 casserole dish and top with shredded cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes or until edges start to brown.  

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Weekend Recap

Well hello!!  After a whirlwind trip this weekend, I am sad to be back to reality.  Mr. R and I left late Friday to head to Raleigh to my parents and then left Saturday morning for another 5 hours to my grandparents house on Whays Creek, a little creek off the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.  This is one of my absolute favorite places in the entire world and I was SO happy to spend the weekend with family in the sun and on the water!  
Saturday night my mom's brother and his wife came up for dinner.  Tina (uncle's wife) makes this amazing squash casserole.  More to come on that later.  Sunday we spent the majority of the day on the boat and were treated to homemade crab cakes from my grandmother.  We got a little more fishing in Monday morning and then packed it up and headed back to Raleigh for the night.  Tuesday morning we got up bright and early and came home to Charleston.  Last night we went to dinner at Wild Olive for one of our best friend's b-days!  I got the bolonganese and Mr. R got the penne.  So freaking good.  How about that rain last night?  Beryl sure made her presence known!!
Here are some lots of scene's from the weekend...hope you had a great time wherever you were and with whomever you were with!

view from the chamberlain compound

my grandfather built the house himself!

mr. r and my dad on my dad's boat 'my bonus'

heading out to the bay--we couldn't have asked for better weather

the shoreline is so different from SC but just as beautiful!

quintessential bay farm house--we used to explore this house and its grounds when we were little, CREEPY 

i caught the first fish!!

heather caught a baby crab

mr. r and i, looking out into the bay

momma osprey

momma and my cousin SE chillin in the creek

nannie made us fresh chesapeake bay blue crab cakes and OMG they were good!  recipe to come:)

daddy finally caught a fish monday morning

my #2

momma osprey on monday--she was NOT happy with us getting near her nest

mr. tucker comfortably riding his last of the 10 hours in the car..

Friday, May 25, 2012

Pretty Little Things: Memorial Day Weekend

Mr. R and I are headed north for the holiday weekend (don't worry, still below the Mason-Dixon line) to celebrate with family on the dock of the bay.  Here are some goodies to celebrate the beginning of summer!  Have a wonderful weekend:).


outdoor kitchen ideas



memorial day printables

Memorial day cake

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hump Day Inspiration: 25 Things I Learned In My 20s

Read this last night on Facebook and couldn't resist.  Now granted I still have 2 more years in my 20s I believe this hits home with all late 20, early 30 somethings.  Its SO good on so many levels.  Numbers 2, 3, 8, 17 and 25 are my personal favorites.  Thank you RYAN O'CONNELL for putting my feelings into words!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recent Read

So VERY good and an excellent beach read!  Charleston proper girl moves to NYC and is the next big thing, only to find her roots may be her way to happiness!

southern charm, tinsley mortimer

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monogrammed Monday: Walls

I LOVE this Etsy shop, Say Hay Gifts.  Such a fun way to add the fabrics in your room to your wall, AND personalize it.  How cute for a nursery, kids room or newlyweds master bedroom??


Friday, May 18, 2012

Cannes Day Two


Jessica Chastain in Dolce & Gabbana
Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace


Jane Fonda
Eva Longoria in Emilio Pucci
Freida Pinto in Atelier Versace
marion cotillard rust bone premiere cannes 24
Marion Cotillard in Dior


Jessica Chastain
Diane Kruger
Naomi Watts
Shailene Woodley

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cannes Day One

YESSSSS...more fabulous fashion with the exquisite French Riviera as its backdrop.  Not too shabby.  Time to watch the Cannes season of Entourage on repeat!


Freida Pinto in Michael Angel
Lana del Ray in Alberta Ferretti
Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
Jane Fonda
Eva Longoria in Marchesa


Freida Pinto in Versace
Berenice Bejo in Louis Vuitton
Eva Longoria in Alberta Ferretti

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hump Day Inspiration: 27...or 28??

I died when I read this...laughing that is.  Working downtown I am constantly reminded by the pretty young CofC things that I am definitely NOT in college anymore!  I'm also pretty sure this is legit for about age 27-30ish!

Funny Birthday Ecard: Welcome to 27: Where every other weekend is a wedding, you feel borderline inappropriate shopping in Forever 21, and two drinks equal a hangover.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Trina Turk for Banana Republic

I am SO excited for this line!  Trina Turk's fun colors and prints are perfect for summer---now for a smaller price and in Banana Republic stores June 7!  #1 on my list is the Sonya Patio Dress in Pink Pisces!

Sonya Patio Dress in Pink Pisces $130
Chartreuse Statement Necklace $70
Chartreuse Bracelets $45 each
Coachella Swim Halter in Blue $68
Orange Sateen Short $50
Coachella Scarf in Blue $70
One Shoulder Dress in Blue Coachella $150
Orange Wide Enamel Bangle $50
White Crazy Botanical Sunhat $60
Black & White Zazzy Zebra Printed Tunic Top $90
Black & White Zazzy Zebra Printed Skirt $80
Tomato With Turquoise Stone Box Clutch $98
White Crazy Botanical Twist Strap Dress $130
Orange Pinking Tote $120
Blue Swirl Cowl Neck Dress $130
Blue Pisces Cora Strapless Dress $150
Turquoise Pendant $50

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekend Recap

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that you were either able to see your mommas or atleast have a good phone call!  If you ARE a momma, I hope you were showered with love!

Mr. R and I were supposed to have gone back to Spartanburg for an engagement shower for some good friends K&B (wedding in June, woohoo!) but just couldn't make it work after being there two weeks ago and then leaving again Memorial Day weekend.  We are so sad we missed it AND missed spending Mothers Day with DRB!

Friday night our friends the MacCoys came over and we made homemade pizza and had a rummy tournament.  I lead most of the night and then Mrs. M pulled a fast one and beat me in the end.  

Girl's Pizza from the Oven

Guys Pizza on the Big Green Egg

Saturday we got up and got the oil changed on my car, went to Lowes for some hydrangeas and new window box flowers and then took a trip out to Kiawah with the MacCoys to go kayaking/fishing.  Against Mr. R's strong suggestion to go elsewhere we thought it would be a great idea to kayak against the incoming tide out to Captain Sam's Inlet, hang out, and then kayak back to Mingo Point against the wind and outgoing tide.  Needless to say my fingers even hurt from the paddling on Sunday.  
We also had a little incident on the way back...somehow the fishing lines behind the kayaks got crossed (trolling in kayaks, I mean really...), one of the lines snapped and the other whip-lashed back and the hook caught my shoulder and cheek.  No, thank fully I did not look like a fish with a hook in my mouth but it scared the crap out of me!!!  Now two days, and some Neosporin later, my cheek is looking a whole lot better.

jellyfish mass suicide

Sunday was pretty crappy weather wise but Mr. R and I were up early.  He and the boys (4 legged) gave me the beautiful hydrangeas for the yard and the flowers for the window boxes.  Mr. R was nice enough to plant them for me.  We spent some time wandering around Lowes dreaming of home projects, relaxing on the couch and then I made Sunday dinner--Oven Fried Chicken, Smashed Potatoes & Green Bean Casserole...YUMMMM

2 new hydrangeas & don't mind Rals doing his yoga in the background

updated window boxes: petunias, calibrachoa & potato vine

my gardenias have finally started blooming
sunday dinner