Hello Summer!

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May was a strug.

I never thought summer break would come. After our beach trip, I knew time would tick away slowly. The last month of school is full of fun, but also a lot of chaos. The kids have summer fever, the teachers are tired and everything is ready for a break. I had countdowns on my phone, my white board, my desk calendar, and even in the bathroom... You could say I was ready : )

In the midst of the chaos, there were moments of peace. I walked outside one evening to find this sunset, and I had to take a picture. Of course, a photo doesn't do it justice... Does it ever?

Sunday night Supper Club is still going strong. We had a fake low country boil at the beginning of May.. I say fake because we got the crab legs steamed at Kroger and just boiled the potatoes and corn separately. This was so good! And it just signifies summer for me...

   

The most exciting part of the month was (of course) Mack's 3rd Birthday! Mack is officially a "big boy" and he will tell you so... : )

We had BBQ at his party and it was so good! If nothing else, my family knows how to throw a party.

   

Mack's Birthday present was a little gator. He fell in L O V E immediately. He was so cute! The 2nd picture was from the next morning before 7AM... He woke up wanting to ride! I love him more than words can say.

The last day of school! We made it. I'm not being dramatic when I say, there were days I didn't think I'd make it to May 24th... But we did it! Together.

   

A lot of change is coming our way next year... We will no longer be Blandy Hills and will have a new name, as well as be converting to a K-2 school rather than K-5. It will be different, to say the least, but change is not always a bad thing.

    

    

Another change going on is in our youth group! For the summer, we will be having small group Bible study in people's homes rather than meeting as a large group at church. I'm excited to be hosting the High School girls at our house! Week 1 we had a Luau theme... I served "Maui" Onion Dip, Hawaiian punch,  Tropical fruit and Hawaiian pork (cocktail wienies). I love a theme.

    

Week 2, we did a Fiesta themed nacho bar! We also combined with the boys since their regular hosts were out of town. This was so much fun. I wish I could have people over every night!

   

   

   

For Memorial Day, we had a little get together at the house. B smoked a butt (which took FOREVER) but it was sooooo worth the wait! We listened to some classic Patriotic hits and even said the Pledge of Allegiance before we ate supper. It was a great day to be an American.

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken

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Tonight was one of those nights when I had a pack of chicken, but no plans for what to do with it... I had been running errands literally all day, so when I got home I wanted something easy and delicious for dinner. So, I came up with a "semi-homemade" recipe which is perfect for a quick, weeknight meal!

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I used 2 pounds of chicken breast tenderloins, but this recipe works great with boneless pork chops too!

Mix 1 can of diced tomatoes, 6 TBS of your favorite BBQ sauce, 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce, 1-2 TBS hot sauce, and 2 TBS brown sugar.

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Place the chicken in your pan, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Pour the BBQ sauce mixture on top. Bake at 350 for 30-minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through and the sauce is starting to bubble on the edges.

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This step is optional... I remove the chicken from the pan, and use an immersion blender to blend the tomatoes into the sauce. You could also blend this in a blender or food processor. I leave the tomatoes a little more in tact, but you could blend them all the way if you prefer. Using crushed tomatoes in place of the diced would also work!

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Place the chicken back in with the sauce and spoon on top of the chicken.

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I have made this recipe for years, and it is so delicious every time. I served mine with sweet potato chips and some left over Taco Salad.

Using this Recipe on the Grill:

You could use this recipe with grilled (rather than baked) chicken, too! What I have done in the past is mix the sauce ingredients in a small pot, bring the mixture to a boil, and then simmer for 30 minutes... Then blend.

You can baste the chicken with the sauce before and after grilling, or just pour it on top after you've finished grilling! I absolutely love this easy sauce, which just makes bottled sauce a little bit more {special} : )

Graduation Trip Day 4: Road Trip Home

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Sunday morning, we slept as late as we could. I was exhausted, so when I heard check out time was at 11:00, my heart rejoiced.

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We headed back to campus to take a few pictures of me in my cap and gown... It felt so good outside, but the wind was CRAZY. My hair was flying everywhere and I kept thinking my hat was going to fly away. But, we got some good pictures before it was time to go! : )

 

860 We stopped at Biscuitville on the way home for breakfast. I had been to one before in North Carolina, and it was just as good as I remembered! I just got the classic: Bacon, Egg and Cheese.

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The trip home was long, and a little boring to be honest. I kept wanting to tell B to pull over just so I could get out of the car... But I kept my mouth shut because I was r e a d y to be home. We stopped in Augusta to get dinner and stretch our legs. We found this little BBQ place called Southbound Smokehouse. It was pretty good! What I was most impressed with was the restaurant itself. It was rustic and vintage and all the things I love. They had like 8 barbecue sauces to choose from on the table too, which I loved so I could mix and match with each bite! The best thing I ate there was their potato salad. Y'all. It was to die for.

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We finally got home around 9:00, and I was so happy to see my baby boy! He sure was happy to see us too! : )

This was one of my favorite trips/vacations we've ever been on. There was so much cool stuff to do and see; I loved every minute! I hope I get to go back to Lynchburg soon!

A Perfect Fall Afternoon

After we thawed out Saturday morning, we packed up and headed into Dahlonega to do a little shopping and exploring. The weather could not have been more perfect. The sky was so blue, and it felt so good in the sunshine.

 

 

I absolutely love this little mountain town. The square is so cute and fun!

Our first stop was The Fudge Factory, which I absolutely love. We bought some peanut brittle and some homemade peanut butter cups. They were to die for!

After satisfiying our sweet tooth, we headed out to shop. My absolute favorite place in Dahlonega is this little shop called The Humble Candle. They have lots of candles, of course, but they also have gifts and home decor.  The boys checked out the vintage music store, and we all tried some exotic jerky. All in all, I'd call it a successful day!

When we left Dahlonega, we stopped at a park to have a picnic lunch. This was such a nice place!

After we finished our sandwiches and packed everything back up, the boys skipped rocks on the little creek.

And of course we had a mini-photo shoot...

The last leg of our Framping trip was Uncle Shuck's corn maze. This is the 4th year we have gone! The corn was pretty much all dead, which made it kind of creepy... But it was super fun!

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Our last stop on the way home was Jim'N Nick's Bar-B-Que. I hadn't eaten here in years, and it was delicious! The 6 of us got this platter to split, and it was awesome!