Summer Staycation

Summer is better on the beach and everyone knows it.  So, it’s no surprise that some of our favorite peps chose to come here for vaca.  These past few weeks of summer have been filled with vacation memories without ever leaving town.

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I-Shien came from ATL for the 4th of July weekend.  To bad it rained the WHOLE time.  We managed to still host a party in the garage, watch fire works over the sound, hit the gym, make home made crawfish étouffée-#yum, see a couple movies, and best of all reminisce about the good ol’ college days. GO NOLES!

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Matt & Ashley also graced us with a long weekend stay.  They drove from Macon, Ga and got in late at night.  I thought for sure they would let us know they had arrived with a subtle air horn to face while still asleep, but not pranks this time.  We had great weather, watched the not so great air show-#bringbacktheblueangles, ate at Peg Leg’s & Sidelines, got some sun, and they shared some life changing news-good news and more to come later.

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My Cousin, Dawn, and her three kiddos made it down from DC. They stayed with my mom on the beach, they are RAD, and adorable!

And the winner for most distance traveled is of course Michelle.  She was in town for about 6 weeks traveling around a bit during her holiday –#howtheaussiesayvacation.  She didn’t stay with us but with her parent.  We were able to spend tons of time together visiting and enjoying Lachlan, her 8 month old.  Ginny, another highschool bestie, also made it down for Michelle’s last weekend in the US until unknown.  Tillman, Ginny’s 11 month old made the trek with her and what a joy it is to have everyone together. If it isn’t obvious by the pictures these babies are giving me and my ovaries a bit of baby fever. Ok maybe a lot of baby fever!

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I love summer, I love hot weather, I love the beach, I don’t love sunburns but they love me, and I love love love having friends come spend vacation here with us! I miss you all but won’t forget because you let me take face pics every two seconds! I have a long term memory problem🙂

Perfect Summer Bevvy – MOJITO SLUSHIE

Put this recipe in the memory bank because it will be a staple F O R E V E R.  Okay, that might seem a bit much but this a an easy, fresh, fun to make, delicious, cool you down in the heat of summer, Martha Stewart original drink.

A Slushie + A Mojito = Genius

We set up a table with all the ingredients, a blender, ice, and glasses and everyone took turns making these.  It was entertaining and did I mention de-lish!

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Mojito Slushy Recipe

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

*mix these two in the blender to dissolve the sugar

Fill blender 3/4 the way full with ice

1/3 cup lemon juice about 3 lemons

1/3 cup lime juice about 5 limes

1 cup white rum

1 cup fresh mint

Blend until smooth.  *Fresh squeezed lemons and limes in what makes this drink

* Fresh mint in super easy to grow at home but if you don’t have it on hand swing by the farmers market or oriental market for a better selection at a lower price than the local grocery store.

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Reupholster a Dining Chair

Jeff and I were recently blessed with an antique dining room table, 4 chairs, and a china cabinet from my Great Grandmother.  They are beautiful and we are grateful!  Like most antiques it needed a little ‘something’ to help it fit our style.  We decided to reupholster the seat cushions.  Here’s how we did it.

The How To:

Reupholstering a dining room chair can be fairly easily if it is the right chair.  We find it less stressful if you have a seat cushion where you can see the screws or however it is held to the chair, plainly under the seat.  If this is the case with your chair, follow us.

Plan about an hour per chair, have a staple gun for tacking the material, matting (the soft stuff you put under the fabric to make the seat softer – not sure of the proper name), and your new fabric.

All in all the project was done before lunch and we spent less than $50.00 on fabric and matting, and we already had staples and the gun.

Step 1.  Remove the cushion from the chair.

We had on screw in each corner holding the seat cushion onto the chair.

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Step 2. Cover the seat with matting/fluff to give it better ‘cush’. Wrap and staple the fluff on the under side of the cushion.

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Step 3. Wrap and staple fabric. I ironed and scotch guarded the fabric before we got started. (Jeff wanted to take a picture ~ I’m NOT camera ready:( ) Make sure the corners are folded so they don’t look clumpy and keep the fabric pulled tight.

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Step 4. Screw seat’s back to chair frame. The original screws were really old and not in great shape so Jeff used new screws to attach the cushion securely. and Done.

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Dehydrate

Thought that was a typo, hmm.  No hydrating here.  We are dehydrating!  I was up to late one night, on amazon, and somehow ended up ordering a Dehydrator.  I was wanting to make yummy snacks, like beef jerky and fruit chips.  Sounds so fun right!  While the in-laws where in town one day, us ladies made these snacks while the fellas were building something.

This was my first go at it so feel free to leave advise if you have any.  Here is what we did.

1. Slice Fruit. We did apples and peaches.

2. Soak fruit in something acidic for 5 mins.  I have pineapple juice on hand.

3. Arrange fruit in a single layer on provided dehydrator trays.

4. I left the machine in the garage because the fan is a bit loud and it puts off warm air, it’s hot enough in Florida.

5.  6-8 hours later we had fruit snacks.

6.  As an experiment, we made a fruit roll up with some crushed pineapple. The roll up was nice but the pineapple was to tart for me.

All in all it was easy and tasted great. Perfect good for you summer snacks.

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Fruit Roll Up

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The Work Horse.

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BIRTHDAY SNAPPER

June 8th 1980.  The day the Lord created the perfect man for me.  I’m grateful for his birth and for the life he has given me.  To celebrate him 33 years later we did want every man wants… went fishing!  In addition to the cutest little banner I made for him, Jeff wanted to see his family, and catch fish.  Bill and Marilyn were able to make the trip from Homestead along with Aunt Nett from Montgomery.  For the first time we were able to host everyone here at 206 Cordoba!

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The Lord continued to bless us by keeping tropical storm Andrea away and providing gorgeous summer weather.  Our boat isn’t large enough for the extra passengers or off shore trips, which is why we called Jeremy with Buck Wild Fishing Charters.  We met at sunrise and left from Shoreline Park.  And for the record Jeremy speaks snapper, Fluently!  We caught our snapper limits after a few hours then spent some time fishing for other great catches.  It was perfect.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEFF ~ WE LOVE YOU. AND FISHING.

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The Photographer aka Mama Marilyn

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FISHING & CATCHING

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Fishes

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BRAGGING BACK ON SHORE

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THANKS JEREMY!

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