"10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." Luke 2:10 - 11
Every summer the three-amigas (Kristen, Margie and Kelly) like to take a fun girls trip. The three of us have some super busy schedules, so we had a difficult time finding a long weekend for the beach. We decided to have a "stay-cation"/"friend-cation". We all stayed at Kristen's home in Madison and had the best time!
We kicked off Friendcation 2014 with a delicious dinner at "Local 463". We enjoyed a yummy dinner and caught one another up on all of our happenings!
The next day we spent all day at Kristen's pool. It was a beautiful day and we loved soaking up some rays! We also did some shopping at the Renaissance. I found a new favorite store, "Altar'd State", you should definitely check it out if you haven't already!
Then off to dinner at Sombra. How have I never eaten here before?!?! We loved it!
Then off to the Reservoir for fireworks!!!
It was a great fireworks show and a great way to spend a fun weekend with friends!
A couple of weeks ago, Mack and I joined Mack's parents for a fun trip to North Carolina for the U.S. Open Golf Championship. We went several days early to visit some of Mack's parents' friends that live in North Carolina.
Flying to NC!
We stayed with the two kindest and most hospitable people in all of North Carolina, The Dukes! Mr. Dennis and Ms. Dean were the best hosts! We stayed with them at their beach house in Wilmington and had a wonderful weekend!
Everything was so beautiful, just like a Nicholas Sparks book! We enjoyed many boats rides, visited the beach, and had a wonderful time.
One morning we took a morning ride and meet some fun friends...
One night we even rode to dinner by boat!!
Everything was smooth sailing.....Until.....
We encountered some rocky waves. At first, I got a little splash and that seemed to be the extent of the waves. But before we knew it, we were all getting splashed!
This picture explains is ALL!!
Our trusty Captain, Mr. Dennis, navigated us through wonderfully (thanks to the help of Ms. Dean). That little boat ride provided many laughs for the rest of the trip.
Another cool thing about Wilmington, is that this is where Michael Jordan grew up. Mack loves MJ! Michael Jordan's mom lives across the waterway from the beach house AND "Mike's" (as he is called by the locals) little league baseball coach lives across the street!
Of course we had to invite him over for some delicious banana pudding and to tell stories about Mike "back in the day".
There are all sorts of stories about MJ growing up and playing little league in the new Michael Jordan book "The Life". Mack loved talking with "Coach".
Wilmington has a museum with a special place just for Michael Jordan, so we definitely had to make a visit.
There he is playing Little League!
Getting ready to go to "Sand Dollar" Beach! We took a boat ride and went to the ocean side for a fun afternoon at the beach.
Everyone's favorite, Mako! He loved taking a ride, check out those ears blowing in the wind!
Sand Dollar Beach
And LOTS of huge sand dollars!
We found all these beautiful sand dollars!
What a pretty day for the beach!
We were becoming pros at taking rides on the boat, Mr. Tim even got to drive on the way home!
Then it was time for Championship Sunday at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina!!
How exciting to go to a U.S. Open Championship! I have never been to any golf tournament before and was super excited to be at the U.S. Open on Sunday!
But......I didn't get to take any pictures! Why?!? Well, the USGA has MANY restrictions. The first one being no cell phones or cameras!
I didn't want to get thrown out of my first golf tournament, so I decided to comply with this crazy set of rules and leave the phone and camera behind.
We took this picture with our tickets in the parking lot before we shuttled to the course. Then everyone left the phones in the car and we were off for a fun day of golf!
The U.S. Open was at Pinehurst #2 this year. (Pictures via Google)
Everything was so organized! There was this hugeENORMOUS "Merchandise Pavilion" when you first enter the gates. When we walked in there were people everywhere! It was as if they were ants just scurrying around in fast forward. Within 20 seconds we had all gotten separated and it took another 10 minutes to find one another.
We got some hats for the day and were off to the putting greens and driving range. As we were walking up we saw Phil Mickelson chipping away on the putting green. Then we saw Adam Scott, Matt Kutcher, Rory McIlroy, and many others warming up on the driving range.
There was this fun tent were you could take your picture with images from Pinehurst. Here is a link to the video of all our pictures, let it load and it will play them all quickly.
Pinehurst is were Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open in 1999. They have a statue in his memory. We all wanted a picture here but didn't have a camera.
I saw these sweet girls that were volunteers and they all had their cell phones. I asked one of them if they would take our picture and then if she would text it to me. So when I got back to my phone we'd have a pic! She agreed and here's our pic!
They also had a photo area set up to take pictures and they were emailed to you. So it wasn't so bad after all :)
We had a wonderful time and I enjoyed my first golf tournament! Martin Kaymer won and everyone huddled around the 18th hole to get a glimpse of the victory. It was a fun day and I'm ready for my next golf tournament. The Masters, maybe?!
It's been a while since I've had a "Frosting Friday" post. But it's the summer, the cookies are delicious and it's Friday!
I saw the recipe for these on Instagram from the Picky Palate. The picture looked wonderful but the cookies taste even more amazing!
Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk S'Mores Cookies
2 sticksunsalted butter
1 cuppacked light brown sugar
1/2 cupgranulated sugar
1 teaspoonpure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cupsall purpose Gold Medal Flour
1/2 cupground graham crackers, about 8 full crackers
1 teaspoonbaking soda
1 teaspoonkosher salt
2 cupsmini marshmallows
2 cupschocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place butter into small saucepan over medium heat. Let cook until bubbly and browned. Swirl pan often. Once removed transfer to a heat proof bowl. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Pour brown butter and sugars into stand mixer, beating until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until well combined. Add flour, graham crumbs, baking soda, salt, marshmallows and chocolate chunks. Mix on low until just combined. With a medium cookie scoop, place dough onto prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until cooked through. Marshmallows will ooze, immediately after removing from over use a plastic butter knife to push oozing marshmallows back around cookies. Let cookies sit on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring. Serve.
When you take them from the oven they smell "oh' so delicious". The marshmallows look a little crazy at first, but as they cool everything shapes up.
These were definitely a crowd pleaser. They are so yummy that I would even make them again sans marshmallow as a yummy chocolate chip cookie!
Sunday night the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Finals in a dominating victory over the Miami Heat. The Finals began with game one on Thursday, June 5, in San Antonio. Wouldn't it be fun to go to a NBA Finals game? It's like the Super Bowl of basketball!
We'll the Spurs played game one at 8:00 PM last Thursday night. Mack woke up at 5:00 AM (in Mississippi!) and bought tickets to the game that morning, so at the "SPUR" of the moment we headed to Texas!
About 8 hours later we arrived at the AT&T Center ready to cheer on the Spurs! Go Spurs Go!
What an experience. The Spurs fans are like no other, they love their Spurs. Here's a quick video that gives you a look at how it all went down!
The Spurs have won four championships already and they would go on to win the series and their 5th Championship!
We got to the arena in plenty of time to see everyone warm up before the big game.
The court and sidelines were like a "Who's Who", lots of famous faces everywhere!
Stuart Scott hugging it out
Jeff Van Gundy
Spurs shirts for everyone!
San Antonio native, Austin Mahone, on hand to sing the National Anthem
We had super AWESOME seats! We were 13 rows behind the Spurs bench. What we soon realized is that the first 12 rows behind the Spurs bench are reserved for the players' families! We were sitting with some VIPs!
Directly in front of us was Marco Belnelli's (#3) family. We became quick game day friends and high-fived throughout the game. Three rows in front of us were Tony Parker's parents, mom wearing a completely sequined white cowboy hat!!
The Spurs won game one and the arena erupted with chants of "Beat the Heat"!
As we were going back to the hotel we began to notice that all of the streets were blocked by police. We soon realized that all the Spurs fans were having an impromptu parade! People were hanging from their cars, honking horns, waving flags! It was pure chaos! And that was just game one!
San Antonio loves the Spurs!
The next day we took a quick tour of downtown San Antonio. We visited the Alamo.
And the Riverwalk! The Riverwalk is beautiful, full of restaurants and shopping. If you ever go to San Antonio this is were you should spend your time!
We took a river boat tour, everything was so pretty. They say they have parades throughout the year for different holidays and events. And that Christmas is the best, everything is covered in Christmas lights!
I'd love to be at the Riverwalk today! They're having a Championship Parade, the team are on the boats as the fans line the Riverwalk. What fun!!