Sunday, February 27, 2011

Easy Spoon Bread

OK, here is the recipe for that amazing and EASY cornbread. I made a grocery list today and managed to leave the store with all of the items on it. Phew! I did get in the express lane today with about $150 worth of groceries and didn't realize it until the cashier was asking for my Kroger card. Too late to move after loading alllll those groceries on the belt. The guy behind me was not happy and I can't say that I blame him! Oh well, honest mistake.

My mama opened this door for me, by way of a friend of hers.

You'll need:
  • 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 8 oz creamed corn
  • 8 oz whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 2 eggs

Mix all together. I actually used 3 eggs because these are REAL eggs from my best friend Linsey's beautiful chickens! They are a little smaller than store bought eggs. I have gotten hooked. You can really notice the difference. I wonder if I could figure out a chicken coop in my backyard in Brookhaven?

Pour in a greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Or 40 minutes if you get lost in another task...oops. It should be just fine!

I've made this with all creamed corn too - it doesn't really matter...use whatever you have in your pantry, or whatever you remember to get at the grocery store!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday Morning Project

I find hanging pictures to be very difficult. That is probably the reason that so many walls in our house are empty! I am always afraid that I'll put the nail in the wrong spot and then have an enormous hole staring me in the face. I needed a creative outlet this morning after returning from a 10 day work trip late Thursday night, so I decided to tackle our bedroom wall. After 9 months of being married, I've only ordered a few wedding pictures...and we have AMAZING pictures from Rachel with Millie Holloman Photography, so this will be our wedding wall. Below was my inspiration from Pottery Barn. I love how this looks, but it is a little too funky for me with the different style of frames so I adapted mine a little bit.

Example from Pottery Barn
After moving in with Josh, I focused first on getting the entertainment spaces in our house the way I wanted them...the entry and living room, dining room and kitchen...I haven't done much to the bedroom at all. Our bedroom is teeny tiny. A long, skinny window over our bed makes the configuration of the room a little odd...I like balance. But, not gonna have it in this room so I thought I'd just go with the whole assymmetrical thing in organizing the frames. Like a collage. In an effort to avoid paying top dollar, I went to Target and found some great frames with ivory matting in various sizes, all with the same mahogany finish. While I was there, I thought...why not throw in a few mirrors as accents? I traced the frames on wrapping paper, cut out the shapes and taped them to the wall to decide where each frame should go. It took a few trys to get it right, but this is what I went with.  

And...tada! I think it turned out nicely!

Next up, getting the prints in the frames (I'll show a final picture) and window treatments!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

More Southern Champagne...

We had messy weather for the February 4th event at the World of Coke. As soon as the dismal weather forecast came out, one of my colleagues ran to the Dollar Store and bought out their umbrella supply! Part of what we do is think for our clients, foresee any challenges and cover all of the bases. It didn't pour on us, but it was a persistent mist all night - made for some great pictures from my friend Ross DeLoach at Northlight Photography!

The World of Coke from Pemberton Place

Peter Pan tent in the background - great show, especially for kids!

A lounge grouping in the lower level of the Hub provided alternative seating to the cocktail rounds and highboys. These were dressed with votive candles in funky colors to fit in with the World of Coke look.

Above was one of the double bars - the glacier looking lighted walls are permanent at the World of Coke. This is the polar bear habitat and makes for a great backdrop for a bar or lounge grouping. Brightly colored spandex linens were used on the tables to compliment that whimsical feel of the venue.

One of the centerpieces - simple and inexpensive yet bright and effective. An LED light is placed inside the gel beads to create a glow.

Taste It! Exhibit

This is my favorite part of the World of Coke - called Taste It. Guests can sample all of the different Coca Cola products from around the world in this exhibit. Cocktails rounds with white Valencia chairs were scattered throughout the space.

Another view of Taste It. The Coke products that we are all familiar with are located around the red bottle.

The upper level of the Hub. These white bunny chairs are perfect for this space!

See the polar bear in the picture above? He made an appearance at this event, and as cheesey as it might be - he was the hit of the party.

Starting to fill up with folks! In order to cut back on lines at the food stations, there were 2 station areas, each with the same three items. The chef attendants kept people moving through fairly the polar bear added a distraction and photo opp as the guests got their food.

It was a great event! Nice group of people that did not want to go home...or maybe just didn't want to brave the elements again on the way back to the bus!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

X Marks the Spot

About a year ago today, Josh and I were on the hunt for the perfect spot in the pasture around my parents' home in North Carolina to get married. It is crazy to think how fast the time has flown - that seems like just yesterday and we have already been married for 8 months! It was tough to imagine the pasture being presentable at this point. I panicked maybe just a little bit. It certainly wasn't a hotel ballroom. There were cow pies everywhere, the trees were damaged from an ice storm and we had more trouble than we thought finding a spot flat enough for all of the chairs!

This picture makes me look like a real country girl, doesn't it? Josh obviously thinks so, as his hands are in his pockets!

How pretty is this cow? I love her! Even though she is responsible for those cow pies...

Don't ask what I am wearing. Somehow Josh looks really normal! Living in Atlanta, I don't have those really warm, casual clothes anymore. I'm pretty sure I'm wearing some of my dad's Carhartt pants, my sister's pea coat, a ski hat and these amazingly hippie flower Doc Martens I had in middle school. I loved those boots and used to wear them with shorts to really show 'em off! Eeshh!

Not the final choice but a nice backdrop of woods.

This is sort of the place we picked! Doesn't Josh look nervous??

One of our neighbor's horses. We actually left the ceremony on a horse and buggy! This horse wasn't the lucky one but he sure was pretty and nibbled our hands.

See...all of those vaulting lessons did come in handy, Mom! THIS was our getaway horse, Breaker! One of our neighbors was so generous and gave us the horse and buggy exit as our wedding gift. They worked with Breaker for months and months to train him to pull the buggy. I remember when Breaker was born! He was a precious little thing.

I hadn't been on a horse in a long time. Our neighbor told me to just jump off if Breaker took off...I was a touch nervous to say the least.
And here it is a few months later! No cow pies (well, we did see a few but we strategically placed the chairs over them), warm weather and a few mosquito guests!

My dad built our altar out of old split rail fencing. It was perfectly simple and us. My parents were married at a similar looking cross which made it even more meaningful.

My friend Molly took these great ceremony shots! Thanks, Mo!

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Necessity of Grocery Lists

I try never go to the grocery store without a list. The list is key for me to have a successful shopping trip. Well, tonight I broke my rule because I was given the most beautiful vegetable soup and just HAD to have some cornbread to go with it. I knew I had a box of Jiffy cornbread mix in the pantry and was only missing sour cream to make this amazing spoon bread my mom introduced me to. Of course, I go to the grocery on the way home from work, in the rain, wait in line...I get home...and there is NO JIFFY CORNBREAD MIX IN THE PANTRY!!!!!! Ugh! Luckily, my pantry did have a few other ingredients needed to make "Cornbread Supreme," a la my friend Lynn by way of Gourmet. (I am copying Pioneer Woman's layout!)

You'll need: 2 large eggs, 8 ounces sour cream, 8 ounces creamed corn, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup self rising cornmeal mix (NOT cornbread mix). I added Rotel because I had 1/2 a can in my fridge and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Green chillies are also a good addition.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 9x9 inch square pan with Pam. Whisk eggs, sour cream, corn and oil (plus any additions like Rotel, cheese, green chillies). Add in cornmeal and stir well.

Pour into pan. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown. Cool on a rack a couple minutes before cutting into small squares.

Eat with something amazing like this vegetable soup. Do you see the size of those butter beans? I don't want this soup to be over.
Here's your finished product!

This was the perfect meal for tonight. Hearty & quick! I'll share the spoon bread recipe sometime too. It's even easier and could be doctored up like this one.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Southern Champagne

Last Wednesday, I had an awards dinner at the beauitful and whimsical World of Coke. The guests entered into the Lobby area (shown below) for a cocktail hour before moving into the Hub for a seated and served dinner with awards presentation. I love this venue at night!

The Hub is shown below. We used a clear chivari chair and alternated a solid navy taffeta linen with a patterned navy linen that matched the company logo just about perfectly. I don't have a great picture of the centerpieces, but they were compositions of 3 different containers per table. They also alternated on the two different linen looks. We incorporated the aluminum Coca Cola bottles too!

This pictures below shows the tent set up for Peter Pan between the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium, at Pemberton Place. I plan on going to see the show Thursday night and cannot wait!

Aren't the Coke bottles fun? Coke is the "southern champagne!"

I'll be at World of Coke again this Friday night with a completely different look, so check back on that!

I have to give credit to Ross DeLoach with Northlight Photography for these images. He does a wonderful job!