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Augusta’s Creations December 31, 2008

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I l-o-v-e pimiento cheese. However, Casey doesn’t quite harvest those same feelings. This is why I don’t make pimiento cheese at home…because I couldn’t let it go to waste. I would feel obligated to eat it…ALL of it. At this year’s MCES, we stopped by Augusta’s Creations for a sample. This family-owned business is located in Charlotte, NC, and specializes in pimiento cheese, buttermilk pie, and chicken pot pie. I know that sounds like a totally random selection, but if you think about it, these are all wonderful southern comfort foods. We sampled their jalepeño pimiento cheese and instantly fell head over heels.  If you’re not a fan of spicy, then don’t worry because the jalepeño doesn’t add spice, it just enhances the flavor.  As a matter of fact, it enhances the flavor so much so that Casey and I were fighting for the last bite! This snack is rather inexpensive running about $5.99 for a 1/2 pound tub…which won’t last long, at least in our house. The only kicker is the $25 shipping. Why so high, you ask? Well, the pimiento cheese is perishable and must be shipped in a cooler.

As a side note, it can be spelled pimento or pimiento (my personal preference).

Wissie Cakes December 30, 2008

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Wissie Cakes is a family-owned Viginia Beach-based bakery named after the family’s Grandmother Wilson. Their pound cakes are to die for! They are melt-in-your-mouth moist, and my personal picks are the almond pound cake and the coconut pound cake. I am often chastised because of my love of fruitcake, but if there’s a chance that you can be turned…Wissie can do it! We purchased one of each of the three flavors mentioned above and, in our household, they didn’t last for long. For the ridiculously low price of $6.95 per loaf, there’s no reason you shouldn’t indulge. Besides there are still a few days left before you have to follow through on those New Year’s resolutions!

MCES December 29, 2008

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giadaThe one thing that I’ve yet to provide feedback on is the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show that we attended in early November.  I know, I know…I’m such a slacker!  This was the event where we got to see Giada from the Food Network.  Yes, she is just as adorable in person with her bubbly personality and excellent fashion sense.  Not only is she extremely small…like Polly Pocket, she’s also quite the wiggle worm making it almost impossible for me to get a decent shot!

Anywho, this week I plan to talk about a few of my favorite vendors from the show.

Merry Christmas December 26, 2008

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dixie-exhaustedIf you’re wondering why this post is dated December 26th, well, we were experiencing technical difficulties.  Allow me to reiterate that Vista is NOT my friend.

It has been a wonderful day for us and our entire family! Everyone must have been very good this year because Santa dropped the motherload. While opening gifts was fun, we also celebrated the real reason for the season…our Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope everyone had as great a Christmas as we did. Dixie wanted me to pass along the message that she had a blast; however, she’s pooped. For those of you who are regular readers, you understand that this is not a new position for her.

“But My Lips Hurt Real Bad!” December 26, 2008

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I read this article in the Washington Post about two weeks ago and I can’t imagine why Napoleon Dynamite and his Chapstick came to mind. I also must admit that I, myself, do have a “lip balm” addiction. However, when your lips start to look like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is it really an addiction or a necessity?!

Oh, So Enticing December 19, 2008

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enticementsA few weeks back I attended a jewelry party hosted by my friend, Lauren. It was a lot of fun to hang out with the ladies and browse over Alyssa Tice’s beautiful glass jewelry.  I purchased a few pair of earrings for myself and a pair as a gift. You can check out her original designs in her Etsy shop, Enticements. Her jewelry is like eating potato chips…you can’t stop at just one.

Like a Moth to a Flame December 18, 2008

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yankee-candle_coconutI’ve been a frequent patron of Bed, Bath, & Beyond as of late. One of my purchases was this Yankee Candle. The scent is much more refreshing and subtle as compared to their normal line of products. When I light it, I’m transported back to our vacation in Hawaii…I sit back, relax, take a sip of my tropical smoothie, and ask for another serving of Spam. Ahh, that’s the good life.

Hello, Lover December 17, 2008

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my-keurigYou know that scene in Sex in the City when Carrie drools over the Manolo Blahniks? That was me on Friday except I was drooling over my new Keurig single cup coffee maker. One girl’s love of shoes is another girl’s love of coffee. This thing is awesome. It brews a great cup of coffee, cocoa, or tea in warp speed. For all those people out there about to bust on me for not being eco-friendly as I toss out those little k-cups, I got a “my k-cup”. It’s reusable and allows me to brew my own cup of joe from Redding Roasters. Ha! I can have my coffee and drink it too.

P.S. Thanks to Rebecca for putting me on the right track!

Picture Tag December 16, 2008

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army-ten-milerMy sister-in-law Ginny has tagged me for a Picture Tag and the rules are as follows.

The object of the picture tag is to:
1) Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer
2) Select the 4th picture in the folder
3) Explain the picture
4) Tag 4 people to do the same
NO CHEATING! (cropping, editing, etc!)

So, in the spirit, I give you my picture.
This is Casey and I before the Army Ten Miler in 2005. This is the first ten miler that I had ever run. My face clearly captures the essence of my dorkiness and also let’s you know that I had no clue what I was in for.

I am passing the torch on to Sarah, Nicole, Tiffany, and Adrienne.

Pepe Le Pew Meets Madeleine December 10, 2008

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madeleinesEver since my parents got me this madeleine silicone mold, I’ve been dying to put it to use. I was feeling a little french-y (pronounced “fronch” like in the movie Better Off Dead) today and had all of the ingredients on hand, so I figured why not. 

Last year, I attended a cookie swap hosted by one of my neighbors. My favorite cookies brought to the party were madeleines made by one of our French neighbors, Edwige. They were delicious! I used her recipe to make my version substituting amaretto extract for the lemon extract listed in the recipe. I love their shell-shape and the powdered sugar makes me think of snow! They are cake-y and light and offer a nice break from some of the typical Christmas indulgences…like those Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints sitting on my desk.