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30A Trip

It is a rainy morning in Birmingham today, so I thought a few snaps from our beach trip might cure the rainy day blues! We needed a vacation in a bad way when this trip came around! So much delicious food, cocktails, and sunshine...it was a perfect trip! 

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We stayed in Rosemary Beach but shopped around Seaside one morning before we headed to the beach!

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We had some amazing meals at The Pearl, Bud and Alley's, Wild Olives, and George's!

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If you love a good Sunset Bud & Alley's is going to be your favorite spot.

Sparkling Rosemary Lemonade

Warm weather is here and that means it is lemonade season! Who doesn't love a good refreshing glass of lemonade? This Sparkling Rosemary Lemonade is the welcome perfect drink for your next dinner party or get-together. 

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Ingredients:

  • Half bottle of Simply Lemonade 
  • 12 ounces of sparkling wine  (about half the bottle)                                                                        
  • Rosemary Simple Syrup (to taste)
  • Sprigs of rosemary for garnish

Directions for Rosemary Simple Syrup: Begin by heating 1 cup of water in a small saucepan, Mix 1 cup of sugar into the water and stir until dissolved. Add a sprig of into mixture. Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes, then add it to the lemonade. The syrup will make the drink sweet so adjust your amounts according to your taste.

Instructions: Combine lemonade, rosemary syrup and with sparkling wine. Stir well. Refrigerate until ready to serve then, garnish with a rosemary sprig.     Enjoy!

Go-to Guacamole

I have a serious love for Mexican food. So much that I think my husband is starting to hate how much I request Mexican for dinner! I saw one of those GIFs recently where the person said "How do you drop 15 lbs without cutting out Mexican food?... Asking for a friend." Um, yes. That is me! If you are planning to celebrate Cince De Mayo I have a great guacamole recipe for you.  Recipe is below, enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Avocados (ripe), seeded, diced and remove from peel with spoon

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion

  • 1 large tomato, remove seeds, and interior pulp, then dice the tomato

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 2 Tsp Cayenne pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine Avocado, tomato, and red onion. Mix together.

  • Squeeze in lime juice and add remaining ingredients to the bowl, mix well. Taste to see if you need to add anything else! Serve!

Derby Day Guide

Make sure you have your gear for Derby Day!! If you didn't see my julep post from earlier this week make sure you check it out. I love everything about the derby, and these are just some of my favorites! 

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Contentment

I have been struggling with patience and contentment lately. I'll be honest, I have always been impatient and rarely content although God has blessed me abundantly. The grass is greener on the other side right? I get so wrapped up in the anxiety of worrying over the future or moving to the next point in life that I forget I am wasting my current moments away and dreaming of the future doesn't bring fulfillment. I am usually thrown off course when I am wanting more or wanting him to speed up HIS timing... anyone else out there struggling with this? CAN I GET A WITNESS!?  I know I am not the only one out there battling patience and contentment, so If you are, know that I am walking alongside you whatever your circumstance! In Philippians 4:11, Paul writes, "Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am in to be content." ... Come on Paul, that is easier said than done. How do you get to this point? How do you totally surrender your worries, attitude, and desires to God? I am still figuring this out, but I think PEACE has a lot to do with it. I read some scripture recently that is reassuring and SO helpful.  We must pursue peace when we feel agitated or unsettled with where we are in life. There are tons of people in a season or waiting or desire, but God is FAITHFUL and He will provide. Until we see His promise fulfilled we need to pursue peace and remember that being patient and content will come if I fix my eyes on Jesus.

John 14: 27,  Peace I leave with you; My perfect peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. 

Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.

Luke 12:15, Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Galatians 5:22, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

Colossians 1:11, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.

 

Photo by:  Lucy Cuneo

Photo by: Lucy Cuneo

Full Pantry Giveaway

Do you ever feel like there isn't enough time in the day to do everything? I sure do. One thing that takes up a lot of time is going to the grocery store. I usually do this on Sunday afternoons and it takes up the majority of my "resting" time that day. That was until I met Madison, the owner of Full Pantry! Full Pantry is a small grocery delivery service in Birmingham, AL. "Because Full Pantry is a small, local, Birmingham business and not a large nationwide company, we can help you with your personal custom needs." Madison is helping to make your life a little less hectic while connecting with people throughout the city. Her ultimate goal is to bring Glory to God while furthering His kingdom in Birmingham.  Not only do I love her mission, I LOVE having groceries delivered! So, today we are giving away 2 FREE grocery deliveries in the Birmingham area. Enter to win on Instagram and Good Luck!

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Food pictures courtesy of Full Pantry. 

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Masters Pimento Cheese

'Tis the season for tee times, azaleas, sweet tea, and pimento cheese! There is nothing like Spring in the South. If you are watching the Masters this weekend, I have the perfect snack for you! My pimento cheese recipe is below, and it will not disappoint.  Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS 

  • 3 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

  • 3/4 Cup of Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  • 1 (4 oz.) Jar of Pimentos (drained)

  • 1 Squirt of Lemon Juice

  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well and refrigerate until you are ready to serve!

Key West and Nassau, Bahamas

We had such a great trip celebrating our 2nd anniversary. We wen't on a cruise to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas. Five days of food, cocktails, and sunshine! I've put together a  list of go-to places from each city. 

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The first thing we did when we arrived in Key West was the Conch Tour. We saw things we wouldn't have seen on our own, and it helped us navigate later in the day!

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We went to lunch at Blue Heaven! Y'all, this place was out of a dream. Get the bloody mary, shrimp melt, and key lime pie. Such a wonderful atmosphere.

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I would love to tell you we had key lime pie once...but sorry, we had it twice in one day. Kermit's Key Lime Shop right near the water go in and grab a slice. We took ours down to the dock!

Bahamas 

Our day in the Bahamas went by way too fast, but we had plenty of fun to tell you about. We did an excursion on Blu Lagoon Island. This spot was picturesque! The boat ride out there was fun in itself. 

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Our boat stopped at a few places on the way back to Nassau. Can you believe this water?

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Easter Dress Ideas

I've put together some of my favorite Easter dress picks for y'all! I am loving all the spring colors and patterns that are out right now. All of the options below are great prices below $100. Easter is right around the corner, so I hope you find one you love. Happy shopping!

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Two Years of Wedded Bliss

Today is our 2nd Anniversary, my-oh-my time sure goes fast. We got married in Auburn where we met, and it was the weekend of our dreams! We went to college there, so it was basically a reunion for all of our friends.  I love looking through these memories, so I thought I'd share some snaps with y'all. Details are at the bottom.

"This is the day the Lord has made, We will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

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Venues - Auburn United Methodist and Moore's Mill Club 

Wedding Map and Calligraphy - Amy Stone

Cakes - Cakes by Tania

Bridesmaid's Dress - Camilyn Beth

Bride's Dress - J. Andrews Bridal

Styling - Natalie Hayes and Abigail Thomas

Photographer- Brooke Glassford, Colorbox Photographers

Cookie Fix + Icebox Coffee

I am so excited to be collaborating with Cookie Fix and Icebox to give away some of my favorite products! 

Cookie Fix is my new obsession. These melt-in-your-mouth treats are found in downtown Homewood, Alabama. You can pick up fresh baked cookies or their "dough to-go" packages Monday through Saturday. Might I warn you though, these are dangerous. Amy Jason, the owner and creator of Cookie Fix, has been baking for years. She said, "The story of Cookie Fix is as old as the love of family, because that is where I learned about the magic of creating and sharing sweets." I think that is why food becomes so important to us, because most recipes and smells tie us back to family memories. Now, Cookie Fix is doing just as their motto says, "Share some cookies, spread some smiles, and “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalms 34:8. I am giving away a dozen freshly baked cookies and a "dough to-go" package of my favorite, chocolate chip!

Icebox Coffee is based in Birmingham, Alabama and is unlike any coffee I've had before. I have to be honest, I am addicted to coffee and you probably shouldn't talk to me until I've had my first cup. I tried Icebox Coffee for the first time a few summers ago at Pepper Place Market. Oh, was it good! "In 2012, with a 5 gallon bucket and a bag of coffee, Bebe Goodrich set out to bring the rich, cold brewed coffee she grew up drinking in New Orleans to her new community in Birmingham, Alabama." Boy did she succeed! Icebox Coffee has taken Birmingham by storm and to celebrate I am giving away my two favorite flavors, The New Orleans Style and The Magic City Mocha. 

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Hop over to my Instagram (Huckleberry_Collective) and enter to win these delicious products!

Spring Break Must-Haves

I have a serious case of Spring Fever. I've never been more ready for white jeans, Easter decor, and the beach as I am right now. We have a trip coming up mid-March that I started online-shopping for this week. I've found some great must-haves if you're headed on vacation in the coming months. I think you'll love these as much as I do... enjoy your shopping!    xo, CB  

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