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Saturday Morning Market

Need a simple activity that helps you slow down while promoting small, local businesses? Try checking out a local Farmers’ Market. The one in Greenville, SC, is right on Main Street between Washington Street and Court Street on Saturday mornings from 8AM till NOON.

It has everything from coffee and classic Southern breakfast items to fresh breads and pastas,  handmade candles to local photography and art, all-natural meats, seafood, and tons of local, fresh produce. It’s a chance to meet new people, be active, and get some fresh air. Plus it’s a great little community and culture that everyone should experience on a regular basis!

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Event Planning: An Historic Wedding and Outdoor Reception

Below are pictures from the latest wedding that I did flowers for and coordinated the reception. This one was so much fun to put together. You’ll see why soon. The wedding was at White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, followed by a beautiful reception on the green at the Woodburn Historic House in Pendleton.

Here Comes the Bride! Maria and her proud papa! (picture courtesy of David Golla on Facebook)

Church decorations – arrangements along the choir loft railing

More decor – willow and twisted branches were grown by the groom’s grandmother and added special meaning to the day’s arrangements

I now pronounce you husband and wife!

I always ask if there’s anything sentimental, just between the bride and groom, that they would like added to their flowers for the day. I was given love letters between Jon and Abigail Adams and an excerpt of Jane Eyre. So, I ironed words from the letters and classic novel onto the ribbon for the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere. The bout also had a paper leaf with burned edges with the words, “My dearest friend…” (their term of endearment for one another). They loved it!

The bride had white hydrangeas and white roses in her bouquet, while the bridesmaids had clustered, green hydrangeas bouquets.

Getting pelted with birdseed, coming out of the church (picture courtesy of Maria Golla via Facebook – original source unknown)

The Happy Couple at the Woodburn Historic House, Pendleton, SC (picture courtesy of Pete Hansen via Facebook)

The venue from another angle. Tent shown was filled with round tables for guests to eat at and relax.

Advice Cards Table

Centerpieces were an eclectic gathering of antiques, books, and flowers, along with the branches from the groom’s grandmother’s garden.

I loved this antique silver basket.

I found an antique looking bike at a local consignment shop that fit perfectly.

Miniature cordial glasses from a local antique shop added a delicate touch.

The tossing bouquet was a miniature of the bride’s, and the groom tossed a handkerchief instead of a garter – the original (and much classier) tradition.

A special note from the bride and groom was tied to the tossing bouquet and handkerchief.

The first dance (during which the groom surprised his bride by telling her their honeymoon would be in Paris!). Note the silk peony pinned in her hair (that was fun to make as well). (Picture courtesy of Debbie McNeely via Facebook)

Cake by Barb Illsley. Cupcakes by Nora Loach Collogan.

More of the venue: a little barn behind the house

More of the venue: an adorable herb garden, next to the barn and other buildings.

Closeup of the Bridal Bouquet

Parents of the Bride: corsage and boutonniere

Grandparents: rose and hydrangea corsage, hypericum berry boutonniere

The Bridal Party on the Balcony (picture courtesy of Lauren Hansen via Facebook)

So This Is What a Weekend Feels Like…

Subs, corn on the cob, fruit salad with a honey orange glaze, peach-thyme green tea, and a game…or six!

This past week, my husband started a new job! He’s been working night shift security at the hospital for the last 15 months – and his shift was every weekend – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, which meant he had to sleep a good bit during most of those days. He was still able to make it to some services at church, but not as many as we would like; we definitely looked forward to Bible study on Tuesday nights and Shepherding Group on Wednesdays. Well, he finished that job last Monday morning and began as a part-time Facilities Assistant at our church this past Wednesday. We praise the Lord for providing this position, which will enable Bryan to return to school to complete a Respiratory Therapy degree, as well as be on the same schedule as me and be able to be more involved at church.

Needless to say, this weekend was his first weekend off in a very, VERY long time! We got to spend most of the weekend together, and we kept looking at each other and saying things like, “So this is what a weekend feels like,” or “So, this is what normal couples do every weekend?” and other romantic niceties. It was nice! I am so privileged to be married to my best friend!

This weekend, Greenville hit some record high heat levels, so we decided to get up early on Saturday morning and do the yard work before it hit 100°F. We were done by about 10:30AM, cleaned up, and headed downtown for lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Velo Fellow (we had a Living Social voucher that we needed to use). He got burger sliders and I ended up with a giant salad, loaded with bacon, ham, cheese, eggs, avocado, almonds, tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette. We split the honey glazed croissant that came with my salad for dessert. She brought it out last, so it was still hot and sticky! Yum!

After lunch, we walked around the mall for a while (yes, we must be getting old, but at least it had air conditioning), and we ended up at our favorite little local game store, Boardwalk. We bought an expansion for the game Dominion, plus some cool beverages (I got iced tea and Bryan got an iced Starbucks mocha – role reversal much??). We ended up playing three rounds of Dominion with the new expansion before the day was over.

Sunday was refreshing with good services and music. And Bryan was finally able to help me teach Sunday School again! We had another voucher for Grille 33 for lunch, and Bryan rated it “Best Burger in Town,” which is a very high praise, if you know Bryan. Then we went on a little Sunday afternoon drive, rested a little at home, went to evening service, and then played three more rounds of Dominion with some friends after church on Sunday night. It was like one big, long date! (No, we don’t normally eat out much, but this was a celebration weekend…and we hardly spent any money with those vouchers, which was an added bonus.)

I’ll try to write more over the next month to catch you up on various happenings. Upcoming blog posts: summer book reviews (I have about five books I need to tell you about), my first trip to NYC, and most importantly my little brother’s wedding (the reason for the NY trip)!! I also co-hosted a baby shower with a burlap and teddy bear theme, plus I have one military appreciation lunch that I’m doing decorations for, and two weddings that I’m doing flowers and reception coordinating for in the next month. So, it will be busy, but I’ll try to write at least once a week besides the weekly meal plan post. God has also been teaching me some things about holding things loosely (“living with my hands wide open“), being flexible, trusting, etc., so I want to share those with you in the near future too.

How was your weekend?!

Weekly Recipe Ideas and Meal Plan for November 4-11

This week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics included the following: Bio-Way Scallions, Bio-Way Mustard Greens (hiding off to the left hand side of this picture), Macintosh Apples, Golden Tangelos, Parsnips, Bananas, Seedless Crimson Grapes, Leeks, Spring Mix, Parisi Farms Green Peppers, Parisi Farms Sweet Potatoes, Parisi Farms Eggplant (mine are green).

This Week’s Recipe Ideas:

And finally, check out this week’s Meal Plan:
For an interactive PDF with recipe links, click on the meal plan above or here.

Go ahead and wash those grapes and toss them in a freezer for a fast, fun snack! I can’t wait to try the “Crustless Mini Pies” using last week’s butternut squash tomorrow night! I might just have to go ahead and make it tonight!

By the way, if your eggplants were green like mine, eggplants don’t change color as they ripen. Some are purple and some are green, so go ahead and throw them in some curry or grill them with olive oil and seasonings. Whatever you do, enjoy them!

Bon Appetit! And have a great weekend!

Today’s Basket and Farmers’ Market Finds

This week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics was packed with beautiful, organic produce! The basket included MacIntosh Apples, Red Pears, Bananas, Scallions, Parsley, Chard, Mixed Baby Greens, Snow Peas, Roma Tomatoes, Yams, Broccoli, and Cauliflower. Check out some recipe ideas for this week’s basket on the M&H’s Blog, “The Beehive Buzz.

On top of that, I stopped by the Rutherford Road Farmers’ Market on the way home from work and picked up the rest of this week’s groceries. If you haven’t shopped here, you have to give it a try. It’s open all year round, Mondays through Saturdays! You can even purchase raw milk here! And just behind the milk and cheese cooler are some flaps you can walk through into a large refrigerated room with eggs and tons of produce. It’s so much fun to shop here!

All Local Products: fresh eggs ($3/20),  all-natural cheeses (~$6 each), Happy Cow butter ($7.99), raw milk ($3.50), all-natural ground beef ($3) and pork sausage ($3.50), local honey ($10), veggies (onions, shallots, red potatoes, baby carrots, and radishes), cilantro, garlic, ginger, and two squash from the “bargain table” (gently bruised for 50¢/lb.). All of the farmers’ market finds, including the pumpkins and gourd below (~$10), totaled $71.53!

As a side note, I used the Instagram app on my iPhone to take all of these pictures. If you have an iPhone and haven’t used this app, it’s free and definitely worth checking out!

Ups and Downs of Selling a Home

Our house has been on the market for nearly a year now. We had one offer back in February, but the buyers weren’t pre-approved and were asking a little lower than we could go. At the end of August, our contract with our realtor was ending, and we were planning on taking the house off the market for a couple of months until trying again in January or February. However, on the last day of our contract we got a call for a showing. We had hardly any interest all summer, so we said, “Sure. Why not?!” We extended our contract for a week to give that showing a chance to respond. But they were just starting the house hunting process.

Then, on the last day of the extended contract, we got another call for a new potential buyer. The husband came and looked at our house on Wednesday; he said that he had looked at over 200 homes and ours was one of two homes he was going to have his wife look at it. She came and looked on Sunday and really liked it. Their realtor said we were at the top of their list. We were really excited because we have an opportunity to house-sit for a couple that’s working out of town (and only pay utilities)! We thought, “This will be great when Bryan goes back to school for nursing! We might even be able to save a bit and pay for his education without a loan!”

Then they decided to look at a few more homes, “just to make sure.” Talk about nerve-racking. We prayed and prayed, and asked others to pray. They looked at several more homes and we were still #1, (inner sigh of relief) but (inner gasp) there was one more home they wanted to look at it and couldn’t see until Thursday. So, they looked at that home and ours one more time on Thursday night. They spent an hour and a half at our home on the THIRD showing, and we thought for sure we would have an offer in the morning.

We waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, at noon, our realtor called. He had just gotten off the phone with the other realtor, and after ALL that, they chose the OTHER house! Needless to say, I was disappointed.

At the same time, I know that we serve a sovereign God who is in complete control. I’m not sure why He allowed us to get our hopes up, or even have this couple be interested if they weren’t going to buy it, but He did. So, now we have to decide if we go ahead and take it off the market for a while, if we leave it on the market, or if we switch tracks and try the For Sale By Owner path.

Meanwhile, if you know anyone looking for an adorable 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in a quite neighborhood in Taylors, SC, with great neighbors, send them our way! Currently listed at $125,900. It’s Move-in-Ready, at a great location, dining room, den, new carpet, fresh paint, newer roof, newer heat pump, great floor plan, low maintenance, approximately 1550 sq. ft., plus rocking chair front porch, screened in back porch, fenced yard, 0.3 acre corner lot, cul de sac! Make us an offer!

Great Website for Greenville, SC

Looking for a place to eat, local attractions, activities, recreation, or special events, check out this website. It’s absolutely amazing!

http://greenvillecvb.com/