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My Life Through an iPhone

Just some scenes of life lately, through the lens of my iPhone’s camera.

A sneak peek of the workin-progress Sturdy Brothers Popup Shop in Downtown Thomasville for FLAUNT… more details to come on that Friday!

Sturdy Brothers Pop Up Shop Sneak Peek | Oysters & Pearls

Beautiful embroidery floss at Material Things here in downtown Bainbridge.

Embroidery Floss at Material Things in Bainbridge, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Some scenes from the maidens‘ recent pickin’ trip to Moultrie…

Mannequin at a Yard Sale | Oysters & Pearls Antique Coca-Cola Cooler | Oysters & Pearls Antique Coca-Cola Bottles | Oysters & Pearls

Kirbo Law Firm in Moultrie, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Courthouse in Moultrie, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

 Wheat and June are perplexed as to what us maidens are going to use all this junk for…Truck Full of Pickings | Oysters & Pearls

Some adorable (even as a Gator fan) UGA brownies that I came home to made by our resident Bainbridge High School art teacher, Rebecca.

Gameday Brownies | Oysters & Pearls

We went to visit Wheat’s aunt Martha over the long weekend, too.  She gave me a primer on antique Singer sewing machines and showed me her beautiful collection…Antique Singer Sewing Machine | Oysters & Pearls

…and I got to play with her little herd of friendly goats…Goats | Oysters & Pearls

This one is named Pearl. :)Pearl the Goat | Oysters & Pearls

And chickens, too!  The itch for me to have goats and chickens is getting far too strong for my HOA.Chicken | Oysters & Pearls

Cock-a-doodle-doo!  Rise and shine and enjoy your day, friends!

Until Next Time

Weekend Update

Good morning!

It doesn’t look like my lack of a Monday morning post is going to change any time soon.  I try to get so much done on Sundays that blogging just isn’t really feasible.  And with being out of town so much on the weekends, it’s just been impossible.  Anyway, let’s get down to a recap of my weekend.

First off, I have the anti-thesis of a Friday Find for you all.  On Friday I popped into CVS for craft paper for wrapping presents, and looked into the hair aisle.  I saw this Redken stuff that sounded like something my hair could use after my ordeal last weekend.  My sister is a hair stylist, and works at a Redken salon and preaches the gospel about Redken, so I thought I’d give it a try.


I sent her a picture to ask her if she thought it would be something good for me to use.  I was shocked when she told me that the Redken that is sold at CVS and other retailers isn’t really Redken!!  Or, after my googling, seems to be “gray marketed” Redken, and isn’t guaranteed to actually be good for your hair at all.  According to the Redken website, it’s called diversion, and it’s super shady.  I seriously do not understand how this is being allowed to happen.  Apparently they are either counterfeit products, expired, or stolen from salons.  I obviously had to do some further investigation, and took a look at the Redken website.


According to the Redken website, this product has been discontinued!  So this is most probably old, expired stock that CVS is selling for $17 as new.

SO I’ll be making a trip to CVS to return this shady goo today without even trying it in my hair.  I do not understand how CVS is getting away with this!

On that note, are you a goo hoarder too?

I’m pretty sure it’s a rule that all girls are.

Just a snapshot from Friday of the pet goats that roam our neighborhood.  They belong to a house that isn’t actually in our neighborhood, but is next to it.  They just hang out, eating, being goats.


Obviously, I don’t mind a bit.

Saturday morning we drove over to Jacksonville for our friends Jim and Mandi’s wedding.  We stayed at the Seahorse Inn, right above the Lemon Bar.  The motel isn’t anything to write home about on the exterior – it’s old and dated and very typical of an old Florida motel.  However, the inside has been renovated and was perfectly fine and very clean.  And you absolutely cannot beat the location!

It was a gorgeous day!  We had lunch first at Taco Lu, which was awesome. I had the best margarita ever, and I cannot wait to try replicate it at the beach next weekend.  That recipe will hopefully be forthcoming!  I also had the Bangin’ Dilla, which was filled with fried shrimp and sriracha and was of course, right up my alley.  I highly recommend Taco Lu!


The ceremony was in the Beach United Methodist Chapel, which was small and old and beautiful.  The reception was at the Tournament Players’ Club (TPC) and the cocktail hour was amazing.  Just look at that view!



After an hour and a half or so, we headed inside for the reception.  It was beautiful, too, and the food was really, really great!  The groom enjoys fishing, in case you couldn’t guess.



The reception was just too short, and we had the best time celebrating Jim and Mandi.  It was a beautiful wedding for a wonderful couple, and we just love them to death!

I love this picture I somehow managed to catch on my phone as they made their exit.


I may have also had too much fun with my sparkler.


The next morning, a breakfast at Metro Diner was completely necessary.


I usually get the crab cakes benedict or an omelet (the few times I’ve been there), but this time I got the San Francisco benedict, which was a classic eggs bene with a slice of tomato and avocado added.  Plus hash browns loaded with cheese, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms.  Obvi.

We did some excellent eating this weekend, for sure.

As we passed through Tallahassee on our way home around lunch time, we couldn’t resist the temptation of checking out the new Whole Foods and Barberitos for lunch.  I get to eat it about once a week in Thomasville, and Wheat always gets jealous.  So he got to satisfy that craving, and I got an awesome salad.  If you ever go to Barbs, I recommend the Joel special – salad, all spinach, with mushrooms/onions/peppers grilled, then with all the toppings you want.  I like to add corn salsa, pico de gallo, fresh and pickled jalapeños, guacamole, and southwestern vinaigrette dressing.  I also add a couple squeezes of fresh lime juice and some tomatillo salsa verde from the salsa bar!  So good I might have to get another one today for lunch.  :)

Then we went a little wild in Whole Foods.  It’s so easy to do! But I love these pretty purple potatoes we picked up.  I’ll show you what I did with them later this week!


The rest of Sunday necessitated a nap, and also included exciting activities such as cleaning the coffee pot, cooking supper, and repotting my night blooming cereus and moving it and my key lime tree inside for the winter.


Night blooming cereus, also called the “Queen of the Night” cactus, and pretty amazing.  It’s this weird looking plant until it gets ready to bloom, and it blooms in the middle of the night.  Each blossom only lasts one night, but they are exceptionally beautiful.  My dad has a huge plant, and when we were little, he would wake us up in the middle of the night to see the flowers. Below is a time lapse video of the blooms.  I can’t wait for mine to get big enough to bloom!  But we are a long way from that, currently.

I’m also pretty proud of myself on this key lime tree sprout.  I started it from a key lime I bought at Walmart.  For realz.  Wheat didn’t believe that I could get a tree out of it, but here we are.  It’s actually gotten pretty big over the course of the summer, and stands about 8 – 10 inches tall.  I moved it into our sunny kitchen for some TLC all winter.  In case you’re interested, all I did was pluck the seeds out of a key lime, dry them on a paper towel for a couple weeks, then planted a couple in a small terra cotta pot.  I kept it on a sunny shelf on our back porch, and kept it well watered.  A few weeks later, I had a tiny sprout!  Hopefully one day I’ll see it put in the ground and bearing fruit!



And that, my friends, is all I’ve got for you this lovely Tuesday morning.  It was a whirlwind of a weekend, and I am worn slap out.  However, I’m excited for this weekend already because 1) it’s my birthday! and 2) we are going to the beach!  I’ll be missing the epic Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville this year, which makes me mega-sad, but I’m excited to renew my family’s tradition of going to the beach and the Apalachicola Seafood Festival for mine and my dad’s birthday weekend! (His birthday is the day after mine: November 2nd.)  We used to do it every year, but I haven’t been in years.  I’m pumped to eat unholy amounts of oysters and seafood and just relax at the beach.  It will be so nice to have a weekend there with my parents to celebrate.  Plus the Panhandle beaches are the very best this time of year.

Anyway, thus commences birthday week!

Until Next Time

Weekend Recap, Maggie’s Tomato Soup, & Goats

So, it’s like, already Tuesday.


I just couldn’t get my act together to get a post ready for Monday, for no other reason except that I was just too busy.  In a good way.

Just a warning, this post is all. over. the. place.

Friday we did our usual.  Went to happy hour at the country club, and then ate supper at our friend Lance’s restaurant (Bonnie Blue’s) with Wheat’s parents.


Yep, that’s my father-in-law, just clowning around with some of the kids at happy hour.  I challenge any of you to beat him in a headstand contest.  To my knowledge, it’s never been done.

Saturday we did the opposite of sleeping in.  Wheat had me up and out of the house by 8:00 a.m. (he’s not human).  We rode out to the farm with quite the agenda.

Check Wheat’s birthday present (aka his new game camera).


I took that picture in the bottom near Wheat’s camera.  It’s so pretty down there.

And my personal favorite picture from his camera:

Deer Peekaboo | Oysters & Pearls


Then we checked my pumpkin patch and picked 9 more pumpkins!  Stopped at Harvest Moon and purchased another pumpkin and gave Marla one of mine.  Developed my dream of being a pumpkin farmer.

Pulled some peanuts, then boiled some peanuts.


Then had an awesome BBQ at Maggie and Greg’s house.  I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy stuffing my face, but suffice it to say that I’ll be anxiously awaiting her recipe posts.  She made a shaved brussel sprout slaw that made a self-proclaimed brussel sprout hater clean his plate (cough, Wheat, cough).  You should check out her new blog and anxiously await them with me.

And speaking of Maggie, I spent my post-Church Sunday afternoon baking (recipes coming soon!) and making the Cream of Tomato Soup recipe she posted last week, which she adapted from Deb at the Smitten Kitchen, who nabbed it from America’s Test Kitchen cookbook.  We didn’t eat it Sunday night, but we did eat it for lunch yesterday.  And will again today.  And tomorrow.

Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic for Tomato Soup | Oysters & Pearls

Here it is, reposted verbatim, for convenience (but check out her post for step-by-step pictures), and a couple of things I learned in the process:

Maggie’s Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

Cream of Tomato Soup, from thesmintzes.wordpress.com
(Adapted from Smittenkitchen.com)

2 cans San Marzano whole tomatoes
1.5 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 clove garlic
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
Pinch allspice
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Pour the cans of tomatoes out over a colander set on top of a bowl, so that the juices catch in the bowl. Crush the whole tomatoes with your hands, then spread them in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the brown sugar atop the tomatoes on the baking sheet. Slice the whole clove of garlic horizontally and place both halves cut side up on the baking sheet. Roast the tomatoes and garlic for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the butter over medium heat until foamy. Stir in the tomato paste and allspice and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Gradually add the chicken stock, whisking constantly, then add the roasted tomatoes and reserved tomato juices. Cover, increase heat to medium, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes.

Transfer the tomatoes and other solids, along with the roasted garlic cloves, into a blender and purée until smooth. Return to the saucepan, then add the heavy cream and stir well to incorporate. Heat over low until hot, about 3 minutes. Add salt to taste (I never need any).

Smitten Kitchen Tomato Soup & Frico'ed Grilled Cheese | Oysters & Pearls

SO GOOD!  Some things I learned whilst making this soup: 1) When you go to squeezing those tomatoes, WATCH OUT.  They have a tendency to explode in your hands and make a tomato-mess all over you and your counter; and 2) an immersion blender makes the blending process a lot easier.  I want to hug mine every time I use it.  Just stick it in the pot when you’re done cooking and blend away.

And because Deb at the Smitten Kitchen is amazing, I also made her frico grilled cheese sandwiches to go along with this delicious soup yesterday for lunch.  Because what is tomato soup without grilled cheese?

Nothing. It’s nothing.

All this really means is that I throw some freshly grated cheddar cheese down on a cast iron skillet, then build a grilled cheese on top, then pick it all up when the cheese is nice and crispy and frico’ed, and put some more cheese under there, then flip the whole thing over.  Butter on the outside, cheese (and a little sriracha for me) on the inside.  Simple and classic grilled cheese & tomato soup.  With a twist.

Smitten Kitchen Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese | Oysters & Pearls

And finally, in honor of my hometown’s Goat Day on October 19, which I will be missing this year due to my dear friend Sara’s wedding (yayitsalmosthere!!), I’m celebrating from afar this week by using my phenomenal goat napkins from Anthropologie.

Goat Napkin from Anthropologie | Oysters & Pearls

I’ll try to work them into posts all week.  Because I’m a huge nerd, and also because I’m a former brochure covergirl for Goat Day.

It was my dream to share the brochure I was on the cover of with you all today.  But alas, my mom couldn’t find it.  However, she did find two excellent pictures of me with goats.

Natalie & Goat | Oysters & Pearls

Natalie & Billy Goat | Oysters & Pearls copy

Yes, goats and I go way back.  All things Goat will be taking place at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown, Florida, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Central) on Saturday, October 19th.  There’s even a Pioneer Settlement, with a real blacksmith and shop, tons of food, reenactments, and lots more.  For further details, here’s {an article} by my very own cousin, Kristy!

Promote the Goat, y’all.

Until Next Time