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Weddings, Honey Bees, and Pumpkins, Oh My!

Good morning!  I hope everyone got their taxes filed on time and no one is running around like a chicken with their head cut off this morning. :)

Per usual, I’m posting my weekend recap a day late because we didn’t get home until late Sunday night.  It was a jam-packed weekend, but there were some relaxing times, too.

Friday when we picked up our CSA box at Harvest Moon, I also picked up some fresh okra to restock the pantry with my spicy pickled okra.  I went to the grocery store Saturday morning and  grabbed some jalapeño peppers and got to work.  The secret to non-slimy pickled okra is soaking the fresh okra in ice water for at least an hour before pickling!

I also had another little project going on Saturday, but that’s a subject of another post!  Saturday evening we celebrate the nuptials of our sweet friend Rebecca and her handsome groom, Chase!  The wedding was gorgeous, as was the stunning bride. :)

I especially loved the table full of macarons!

Not sure where they got them from around here, but they were delicious!  And have fully reinspired me to get the hang of making them.  I tried a couple of times, back before I was blogging, with the French method, and they were not quite successful.  I will be trying them again (when I get some free time) and will be using the Italian meringue method instead.  That’s neither here nor there, but I just thought you should know.  Don’t be surprised when they show up on O&P!

We had a blast, and wish Rebecca and Chase all the love and happiness in the world!

Sunday Wheat went turkey hunting again and I had a leisurely morning of coffee and watching CBS Sunday Morning before Church.  Afterwards, we hit up Zaxby’s on our way to Bristol.  We visited The Bee House to pick up some supplies, and checked on our little ladies.  They’ve been busy!  But first, lemme take a selfie.

Disclaimer: I hate this song.  But it does crack me up, and I fully support making fun of selfies, even as I post one of myself.

I have since retired bee suits, gloves, and long sleeves.  Wearing my Masters tee shirt for Masters Sunday, natch.  I still wear the veil, because it’s really distracting when the bees bump into your face.

They had built honeycomb across multiple frames that we had to break up, which spilled copious amounts of honey down into the bottom of the hive.  Felt bad, but we tasted it, and ’twas good.

They had this cleaned up in 30 minutes, at the most.  It’s pretty amazing how tidy they keep their hive.

We added another deep box on top to give them room, and a queen excluder between the boxes to keep Queen Beeyonce in the bottom box.  The ensures that the eggs/brood/larvae will stay in the bottom box, and the top box will remain straight up honey.  Hopefully they move upstairs and start filling it up with tupelo honey!

After the bees, Wheat helped me plant a whole bunch’a pumpkins in the field.  I planted Seminole pumpkins, white Cindarella pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, and some decorative gourds. We will see what happens!

And then, we watched the end of the final round of the Masters.  From our Bubba to the green jacket winner, we are so glad Bubba Watson won!

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Until Next Time

Weekend Recap

Good morning!

Please excuse my absence the past week or so.  My father-in-law told me Friday that he knew I must have been busy this week by my lack of posts.  So basically, y’all know when I’m busy, and I apologize!  But sometimes life has a tendency to get in the way of posting/cooking/editing pictures/writing/sitting still.  I have a strong tendency to over-commit myself and end up running myself ragged sometimes.  This week has been one of those times!

This weekend, though, was nice and relaxing.  We spent most of it in Bristol and Blountstown with my parents.  It was my mom’s birthday yesterday (Happy Birthday, Usa Do!!!) so we celebrated that.

Saturday, in the midst of a gorgeous, very warm day, we snuck in one last quail hunt for the season.

Truman and Buster Quail Hunting | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat Quail Hunting | Oysters & Pearls

On Point | Oysters & Pearls


Sadie | Oysters & Pearls

Don’t feel too sorry for Sadie there.  Despite the sad look on her face, she got to hunt all day.  She just had to be kept away from the male dogs this time…

Then I propped my weary feet up by the fire (I did actually hunt, despite my lack of selfies).

Feet Propped Up by the Fire | Oysters & Pearls

My dad fried up a bunch of quail, Wheat put some sausage on the grill, and we had an after-hunt feast.

Frying Quail | Oysters & Pearls

Meal After the Last Quail Hunt of 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

And then we crashed.

Sunday after Church, all four of us loaded back up (plus six dogs) and headed back out to the barn for some Gator riding and longleaf pine cone hunting.  Warning: blurry iPhone pictures ahead.




We found that a neighbor’s chicken has decided the barn is a great place to nest.


Finally, once we all were loaded on the Gator, pine cone hunting commenced.

Longleaf Pine and Cones | Oysters & Pearls

Shooting Down Longleaf Pine Cones | Oysters & Pearls

Shooting Down Pine Cones | Oysters & Pearls

Sometimes a bit of climbing was necessary.

Doc Climbing a Tree | Oysters & Pearls

Doc Climbs a Tree | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat Climbs the Tree | Oysters & Pearls

Begging the question: how many doctors and lawyers does it take to get a pine cone out of a tree? ;)

We also grabbed some cute little sand pine cones.

Sand Pine | Oysters & Pearls

I cannot over-emphasize what a gorgeous day it was!

The wild plums are blooming, and just days away from a full bloom.  They’re beautiful.

Wild Plum | Oysters & Pearls

The little dogs rode up front with their folks.

Harold on the Gator | Oysters & Pearls

Harold  | Oysters & Pearls

Babe, the Yorkie, Barking | Oysters & Pearls

Longleaf Pine Cone | Oysters & Pearls

Picking Longleaf Pine Cones | Oysters & Pearls

After our collection was complete, we rode by a cemetery that was on the property when my parents purchased it.  I know it’s sort of morbid, but I’ve always loved walking around a cemetery and imagining the people buried there and what their lives may have been like.  This little family cemetery is no exception.

Barton Cemetery  | Oysters & Pearls

Barton Cemeter Grave- An Infant Of…  | Oysters & Pearls

Barton Cemetery- William R Yon | Oysters & Pearls

Barton Cemetery Grave- Edward | Oysters & Pearls

And finally, we had a late-evening celebratory birthday dinner for my sweet Mama at The Whip – where else?

I had a greek salad with seared tuna on top, which was delicious, per usual.


And that about wraps it up!  It was a great weekend, but I think I’m going to start needing weekends to recover from my weekends. ;) I’ll try to be more present this week on O&P, but bear with me!  These are busy times.  In the event I’m missing here, check out my Instagram or Twitter to follow along.  I almost always have the time to snap a few pictures here and there on my phone.

Until Next Time