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Empire of Fur March 8, 2009

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pledge-fabric-sweeperYou know how there are those pesky things in your house that you will try absolutely anything to get rid of?! Pet hair is that pesky thing for us. We have a dog and two cats, and they leave hair “tumbleweeds” floating throughout our house and a not so gorgeous fur coat on our couch. We are vacuum maniacs and big fans of Dyson! When I saw the commercial for the Pledge Fabric Sweeper, I figured why not give it a shot. It’s basically the same concept as those red velvety lint brushes from the 80’s. I thought it might be a quicker alternative to whipping out the vacuum for every stray animal hair. I have to say that it works pretty good…not perfect, but good enough. The only crappy thing about it is that once it’s full you have to toss it; however, it takes a lot to get it full. At the rate we’re going, I figure it could take a good month to get a toupée’s worth of hair.

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Here’s to Luck and Prosperity in 2009 January 1, 2009

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new-years-dinner-09In order to bring luck and prosperity in the New Year, southerners typically eat a meal that consists of black-eyed peas, collards, and cornbread.  Respectively, they represent coins, paper money, and gold.  This is a superstitious tradition that dates back to the Civil War.  These sides are typically served with pork which is also a symbol of prosperity in many cultures.  According to my research, “pigs are considered good luck because they root forward, symbolizing progress.” [source: blogher] The combination makes for one tasty meal where I get to enjoy my most favorite food of all, collards.

hot-fudge-brownie-cakeI also took this opportunity to try out a recipe that I read about in the January 2009 issue of Southern Living, the hot fudge brownie cake. It was delicious and not too overwhelmingly sweet…it just needed something extra.  There’s also a mocha version that I’d be willing to give a shot next go around.  A little coffee, in my book, makes everything better! 

Here’s wishing you a wonderful 2009 from our family to yours!

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.

Gingerbread Houses 2008 December 3, 2008

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gingerbread-08We got together with Casey’s family to decorate gingerbread houses last Friday morning. It is an annual tradition in which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking part. It’s always fun to see everyone’s creativity…and competitive nature. This year was especially nice because instead of decorating our houses after stuffing ourselves like the Thanksgiving turkey, we waited until the following morning when everyone (kids included) was feeling refreshed and the creative juices were flowing. It was the most candy Casey and I have ever used on our house. In contrast to the coffee bean roof of 2007, we used Fruit Stripe gum this year….extremely colorful with a wonderfully fruity fragrance, yet still loses it’s flavor after about 25 seconds. Of course, we sampled the gum. When’s the last time you had a piece of Fruit Stripe?! You can see video footage of the 2008 Gingerbread Collection here and the Moore Cottage here.

A Girl Who Knows What She Wants December 2, 2008

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While home for Thanksgiving, we took this opportunity to ask our two-year-old niece what she wanted for Christmas. I’ve narrated below just in case you can’t hear her on the video…because Uncle Casey and Aunt Susan are so loud and giggly.

Casey and Susan: OletaKate, what do you want for Christmas?
OletaKate: Candy.
Casey and Susan: What kind of candy?
OletaKate: Pink. [a few seconds pass] …and Orange.
Casey and Susan: Do you want a lot of candy?
OletaKate: Yes.

Short and to the point. You gotta love a girl who knows what she wants. Later I asked her what pink candy tastes like and she replied, “Pink.”

Of course, when we asked EmmaClaire what she wanted for Christmas, she said, “Whatever he wants to bring me.” Good thing Marley, the Elf on the Shelf, has been checking up on her and reporting back to Santa.

Teter Designs December 2, 2008

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teter-designsWe get together to celebrate Christmas with my dad’s side of the family the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s fun to see all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, and beyond.  As part of the Christmas fun, we always draw names and exchange gifts. My cousin, Jessica, drew my name for this year. I scored an awesome pair of chainmail earrings from Etsy shop, Teter Designs. At first sight, I thought they might be a little too edgy for me, but then I put them on. Instant crush. They are so fantastic, unique, and fun! Kudos to Jessica for her awesome taste.

Go Daddy! October 27, 2008

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Yesterday was the 33rd annual Marine Corps Marathon. This was my dad’s second time running this race and he finished in 5:19:27. We were all very proud of him!! Click here to see the video we took of him as he approached mile 23.

  

Southern Dictionary: 1/2 and 1/2 September 26, 2008

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I bet you’re thinking, “Susan, coffee creamer is hardly southern.”

And I would come back and say, “I’m not talking about coffee creamer.”

In my great state (South Carolina, for those who don’t know) we have a lot of drive-in restaurants. My personal favorite is the Carolina Drive-In owned by a friend and fellow Wofford grad (Hey, Nick!!). My family and I have been loyal patrons of the Carolina since before solid food was part of my diet. My second favorite is the Palmetto Drive-In (mainly because they serve tater tots and a great Pink Lady), followed by The Beacon in Sparkle City aka Spartanburg, and Pete’s Drive-In over in Easley. These are not fancy restaurants and they are mostly known for great service, fantastic chili cheeseburgers, sweet tea, and 1/2 and 1/2. What is 1/2 and 1/2 you ask? It’s one half french fries and one half onion rings. So simple yet so tasty!! Don’t forget to ask for their ranch dressing…you need that for dipping.

P.S. If you don’t what a Pink Lady is, then I’ll save that for another entry.

Sleep Fairy August 17, 2008

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Sundays are typically lazy days around the Moore household. After going to church and brunch, we sit around reading the paper and drinking coffee. We may do a little laundry and miscellaneous house cleaning. We take Dixie for a long walk, and we make our weekly grocery store run. Today, however, we had a little visitor! The sleep fairy stopped by our house and sprinkled magic dust right on top of Casey and Biscuit which apparently rendered them helpless. At least they had each other, right?!

Wofford Girls July 31, 2008

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Every year, me and seven of my closest girlfriends from college get together for a weekend. We spend this time catching up on what’s going on in each other’s lives, but more importantly we do silly stuff and laugh and laugh and, oh, did I mention the laughing?!

Well, I’m leaving tomorrow to take part in the seventh annual Wofford Girls’ Weekend. I can’t even imagine what sort of shenanigans we’ll get into, but one thing I can count on is that we will most certainly have fun!

Of course, there are some parts of the weekend where we have to adopt the Vegas tagline…What Happens at Girls’ Weekend, Stays at Girls’ Weekend!