Sunday, February 27, 2011

Away From Home {in Savannah}

Last weekend we spent a long weekend in Savannah for my brother's wedding.  Let's just say, it was the most beautiful weekend I have ever spent in this Southern city. (Growing up here, we have experienced a lot of hot weather, gnats, you know, the usual Coastal Georgia things). Not this weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect and family from all over the US enjoyed some sun on their face as they helped Bryan and Laura celebrate their nuptials.

We were lucky enough that Bryan and Laura planned out an amazing weekend for everyone.  We stayed at this beautiful historic home in Downtown Savannah.

With five floors, nine rooms and a carriage house, this was definitely a nice place to relax and really feel at home for the weekend. I could definitely get used to living the Downtown lifestyle.  Steps from restaurants and shops, our home away from home even had a perfect little desk, right in our very own room, to set up my computer and camera gear for the weekend. My perfect vacation office.

The balconies, carriage house, and courtyard were perfectly lit by strings of lights and white lanterns.

The property was immaculately renovated, but I think my favorite part was the balcony ceilings. Every house could use a little punch of color! 

Congratulations to my brother and his beautiful bride.  It's a weekend we won't ever forget!  

Oh yea - I will share a few of the wedding photos once I'm done editing :)  

Saturday, February 12, 2011

From Our Kitchen :: Sweets for my Sweet

Alan and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day.  It's just something we've never done.  In my opinion, it's a Hallmark holiday.  Why do I need ONE day out of the year to show the people I love HOW much I love them by giving them cards, candy, and flowers? 

My goal EVERY day of the year is to make sure the people I love know they are loved.  I try to do a good job of that...sometimes I don't always succeed, or get to tell them in person, but I think they all know who they are. 

Sorry Valentine's lovers... I just haven't ever been able to jump on that bandwagon.  I don't know if it's the fact that pink is my least favorite color, or that roses are my least favorite flower, or the fact that I am cheap and don't see the point in buying things just for buying's sake...I don't know what it is.

So, with that anti-Valentine intro, I thought I would share with you something I whipped up in the kitchen today.  I came across this post and thought these cookies were just too pretty.  I had to make some for Alan, since sugar cookies are one of his favorites. 
I love being in the kitchen, and will come up with any excuse to use my beautiful new KitchenAid Mixer that Alan gave me for Christmas.  I followed Jenny's recipe exactly, and the cookies cooked up super quick and easy. And, yes, they are heart-shaped. If I am giving anyone something for Valentine's Day, it's going to be homemade sweets for my sweet.  
But it definitely doesn't have to be a holiday in our house to bake up something sweet.  These will definitely be made again.  The recipe is on it's way to the keeper pile for future use.

Have you done something sweet for the people you love today?  Well, if not, be sure to tomorrow, and the next day, and the next!

Thanks for stopping by our kitchen! We LOVE that you were able to come by!