DIY Summer Vacation Souvenirs!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

We are headed to the beach in one week...Yay! Lots of my friends have already been to the beach, NYC even India on trips this summer.  Instead of buying souvenirs this year, why not make your own? Here are two great ideas from  So pick up an extra city map when you are traveling this summer and make a great jewelry souvenir! (This could also work for school teams, scripture verses and photos, sororities,etc) Click HERE for instructions...Easy instructions of course! ;)

Ridiculously Easy Peach Cobbler

Sunday, July 24, 2011

This is my new favorite ridiculously easy dessert! I have already made it twice in the last month! Click on the link to go to and get the recipe! You won't be sorry!

Sunday Worship: Strong Enough

Banana & Walnut Stuffed French Toast

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I made this recipe today and just changed it a little...instead of egg bread I bought a loaf of french bread. I cut thick slices of the french bread, then cut a pocket into each slice to stuff the banana mixture into. It worked!  A great weekend breakfast recipe! Enjoy!

Banana & Walnut Stuffed French Toast

(Paula Deen)


  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 slices egg bread (I use french bread...sliced thick then cut a "pocket" in it for stuffing)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • Maple syrup or jam, for serving


In a large shallow bowl, using a fork, beat the eggs until lightly frothy. Stir in the milk and set aside. Peel the bananas into a small bowl and mash them with a fork. Stir in the walnuts and the nutmeg.
Spread the banana mixture over the 1/2 of the bread slices,(or stuff in the french bread pocket) leaving a 1/4-inch border uncovered on all edges. Top with the remaining bread slices and press down gently to seal.
Place 2 sandwiches in the egg mixture and press down gently. Turn over and let soak for a moment until evenly saturated on both sides. Repeat with the other 2 remaining sandwiches.
In a frying pan or on a griddle, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Place the sandwiches on griddle and fry until the undersides are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining butter, flip the sandwiches with a spatula and fry until golden brown.
To serve place the toast on plates and dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve with maple syrup or jam.

It was a DIY Graduation Party Complete with Slip 'N Slide!

Lyndsay graduated on June 4th and we celebrated with a party at our house.  The main event was the home-made super sized slip and slide! Lyndsay requested a low country boil so of course we obliged and added in plenty of sweets and the famous Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding! All in all a great day!

Graduation Caps (how cute are they?) 

Chocolate PB Pretzel Cupcakes and DIY Cupcake Toppers

And then it was Slip 'N Slide Time!

Catching Up

Life gets busy...I have been pretty slack in updating the blog so I am going to take this Saturday morning to try to get caught up.  So here ya go...

Lyndsay's graduation on June 4 was a beautiful sunny day and a great day with friends and family. As Senior Class President she was had the honor of giving the prayer graduation.  We are so proud of her.  She not only excelled in academics in school but also athletics.  She will be going on to Montreat College in August on an academic and basketball scholarship and plans to major in Pre-professional Biology. Whew! I can't believe how fast time flew from the time she cried for two weeks in kindergarten until now.  We love you Lynds!

The family at graduation

Lyndsay with her sister Lauren

Lyndsay and I after graduation