06 August 2015

Summer So Far...

It's August y'all...and I often feel like my days are divide between being insanely hectic or as slow as molasses.  Yes, I went there.  A southernism at its finest!

What I've done since the summer began...

/ explored several local towns that I'd been really wanting to visit - go here and here to see more
/ finally visited family in the Golden Isles and celebrated my Grandparent's 75 wedding anniversary
/ took a tour of Sapelo and bought an amazing cookbook from a local resident
/ read over 10 books on my wishlist (I'm updating my Goodreads account so you can take a peek there and find out what they were)
/ bought a doughnut maker for the bakery...vegan doughnuts are proving to be a bit more difficult than I thought
/ designed my next tattoo which will feature memories from the Europe trip
/ thrifted the entire VC Andrews book collection (over 40+) for less than $5...I loved reading these twisted stories during middle & high school
/ discovered that a few past dislikes - cookies in my milkshake, coconut cake, massages - have become my favorite things now...I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks?
/ nursed Ms Tullah Belle back to health with lots of help from our vet
/ started a new puzzle featuring some very regal otters chilling on a log in the river...it's spectacular
/ bought a kayak!!!...but haven't had time to take it out yet
/ completely reorganized my clothes and designed a new free standing closet for the bedroom since our old, old, OLD house has no built-in closets
/ picked some local GA muscadines and will be making a pie with tomorrow...yum!
/ came up with 3 different routes for our upcoming trip to Canada...a little more than 3 weeks before we hit the road for a month
/ ordered a new camera lens for the ol' camera...I can't wait to take pictures of the trip with it
/ found some fun knick-knacks for the house including the old owl wall you see in the picture...it's been a thrifting paradise lately

Whew!  I can't wait to see what the rest of summer holds...

How about you?  Have any accomplishments / goals for summer 2015?

30 July 2015

My Life In Pictures...

Have you ever got a fresh start on something even though you didn't really want to in the first place?  It's happened to me in a variety of ways over the years - boyfriend/girlfriend breaking up with me / losing a job / (and to lighten up what could quickly become a sad list) losing a favorite pair of walking sneakers (which I still have no idea where they went!) and having to buy a new pair / etc.  That 'fresh start' scenario includes the most recent incident of losing my entire Instagram collection of photos when I last closed my account.  Oops!  Almost 2000 photos just *poof* into the great wide internet.  Luckily I saved a few but most weren't kept on Flickr or the like so I have no backups for the most part.  Live and learn!

That said, I'm really enjoying starting over my feed in a way.  It's been more about my travel adventures and less about photos of my feet or some selfie-ness I was really into for a while.  When someone hands you that clean slate you think a bit about how you want to break it in with the first step.  And I decided that I would still have photos of the pups, food, flowers, etc, but to really explore more - literally and figuratively - with my photography from here on out.  I'm focusing on some of my favorite things like old signs, folk art, cemeteries, southern gothic homes, fun thrift finds, Brady, rural adventuring and things that represent living/working/being in a smallish town in the foothills of North Georgia.

Just a quick note here - can you see how that color blue loves to be in my life?  I don't know if it is drawn to me or me to it but I seem to be surrounded by it. Those lost walking sneakers?  That color blue.  My phone?  That blue.  Favorite cords?  You guessed it!  That specific blue.  I'm just embracing it...

Oh, and if you'd like to follow my new account you can find me under the username grits_and_moxie.  

23 July 2015

Lavender Honey Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub...

Have I mentioned before that a) it's summer here in GA and b) it's hot-as-hell-sticky-gross too?  Yes, I know I have...and I've talked about all the ways I'm trying to beat the heat such as: peppermint tea, hugging the air conditioner and quick, cool showers.  Well, the latter two of those things can dry out your skin if you're not careful.  So I've tweaked my old sugar scrub recipe from years ago to better hydrate the skin.  Plus it has the delightful smell of lavender which is one of my favorite scents in the whole wide world.  So fresh and clean...

Here's what you'll need to make your own.  It only takes just a few moments!

1/2 cup organic sugar (or regular white...whatever floats your boat)
6 T coconut oil
2 T honey
splash of olive oil
1 t dried lavender or 10/15 drops of lavender oil 
You'll also need:
Clean container with lid
Clean stirring utensil
1. Measure out melted (but not hot!) coconut oil, olive oil and honey into clean container.  I suggest measuring the coconut/olive oil first since it helps to keep the honey from sticking to the spoon. 
2. Add sugar.
3. Add lavender.
4. Stir.

You could also sub small grain salt for sugar.  Play around with various methods but always be sure to test your creations on a small patch of skin first to ensure that you don't have any allergies or issues.
You only have to use a small amount.  Be gentle!  Don't grind it into the skin.  Rub for about 30 seconds to one minute.  Rinse well.  Pat dry.

This concoction will be a bit too oily for the face but it's great for your feet, elbows, knees and legs...

It might will make your shower a bit slippery so be careful, eh?

Store in dry, cool place for up to 3 months.

22 July 2015

Athens Life & Adventure - Sapelo Island, GA...

Accessible only by boat or airplane.

Home to a unique and dwindling population.

Site of enormous amounts of marine research.


Go here to find out more.

21 July 2015

An Unexpected Find...

An unexpected find?  What's the meaning of that?  Oh, are you talking about discovering my kitchen is messy/disorganized/old?  It's all those things right now but that's not so unexpected around here.  Neither is it strange to see Brady cutting into a big ol' watermelon.   The unexpected is what's inside that watermelon...

It's yellow!  In all my 40 years I'd never eaten a yellow watermelon until that day.  It wasn't as delicious as a red watermelon since it isn't as sweet but it does pair well with other ingredients for salads or agua fresca.

I can add this to the list of fruits I'd never had before but have now eaten and like just fine.  Other things on the list?  I've eaten local Physalis in a variety of dishes for the last few years.  That's one reason I love our local co-op so much.  New fruits and veggies appear regularly.  Durian is delicious to me but some folks think it's gross/yucky/ugh.  We also ate Mangosteen for the first time this year.  It's too expensive to have regularly but if it's on sale I'll snatch some up in heartbeat!

Anything new you've tried for the summer?