Saturday, August 23, 2014

"Show Us Your Singles" - My BFF, Margie!

 I am excited to write this blog for Kelly's Korner "Show Us Your Singles" for my sweet friend, Margie!


Margie and I have so much fun together and love reading Kelly's blog.  In the Spring, Margie and Kelly Stamps judged a beauty pageant together at Kelly's alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University.


Margie has a huge heart and is always the life of the party!  She is involved in her community in her home town of Vicksburg, MS.  She is a graduate of Warren Central High School and currently is a gifted teacher in Vicksburg.  She is a great teacher and loves her students!  

Margie on character dress up day as Junie B. Jones!

Margie attended Southern Miss for her undergraduate degree and Ole Miss for her Masters.  She is currently working on her Specialist degree at Mississippi College.



She shares her beautiful Vicksburg home with sweet Max.  Max loves posing for seasonal photos!

 Margie loves spending time with friends, traveling, giving back to her community, cooking, and reading.  Her faith is very important to her, she is involved in many ministries at First Baptist Church Vicksburg and has been a leader within her church for many years.  She is a giving person who always puts other before herself.  She is a genuine, kind and thoughtful.  Her enthusiasm for life is contagious!  She is always up for a good time and EVERYONE loves Margie!  She has an upbeat personality that everyone enjoys being around, she is everyone's favorite person!

Happy 30th!

Margie has been VBS director for several years at FBC.

Beach trip with friends!

She is a smart and beautiful woman, I know God has big plans for her!

If you are interested in talking to Margie (or know a single guy who is!) leave a comment below or email her at margieheltzel@hotmail.com

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"Friend"-cation!

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!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fore!!

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...

Dolphins!!


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.

Mako Duke!
Everyone's favorite, Mako!  He loved taking a ride, check out those ears blowing in the wind!


Sand Dollar Beach


Shells galore!

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 huge ENORMOUS "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. 

So...
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?!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Frosting Friday


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 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1/2 cup ground graham crackers, about 8 full crackers
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups chocolate 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!

    Happy Baking!