Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Birthday and a Shower

On Saturday, several of my friends threw me a baby shower in Birmingham. I am so blessed to have such sweet friends and family that support and encourage me.

Everything was so nice and beautifully decorated!

And, everyone raved about the menu: chicken salad, fruit salad, pasta salad (Lauren, you will have to share your recipe) spinach dip, pimento cheese dip...

AND baby bites from Pastry Art (you may remember how much I love these!)

There were also these cute M&M favors featuring Baby Tew's initials.

All of the gifts were so thoughtful and generous! Brad's truck was packed to the brim when I left. This little Auburn smocked bishop dress from my brother, Trey, was a crowd favorite.

But, my favorite was this pink dress from my parents. I think this is what Addison will wear home from the hospital:)

So many of my family members were able to make the trip down from Arab - thanks for making the drive! It was so fun to catch up with all my friends and family.

Me with "Tula" and Aunt Lauren.

And me with "Nana" and Aunt Mal.

Unfortunately, I didn't get all the hostesses in one picture so here is hostess group one...

And hostess group two. Such sweet friends! Thank you, THANK YOU for everything.

On Sunday, we celebrated my mom's birthday. We had family over for dinner after church, but I didn't make many pictures - I don't know what I was thinking!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Nursery Diaries - Part Two

Slowly but surely, Baby Tew’s nursery is coming along. We have most of the essentials – now I just need to put it all together!

A few weeks ago while I was in Arab, I spotted this distressed, antique chest in the window at one of my favorite shops – Belinor. You may remember that I found my brown and cream transferware dishes here last Christmas. I was thrilled when I saw this piece because I thought it would match the crib perfectly!

My sister-in-law, Lauren, is so graciously letting me borrow one of Walker and Kathryn's cribs. This is one of the benefits of having twins for a niece and nephew - there is two of everything:) Wasn't their nursery precious?! In the picture, the paint looks white but it is actually a creamy white and difficult to match.

I think this is as close as it comes to matching the crib without color matching and repainting. Here are a few of the details:

While I was in Belinor, I also found these adorable doll highchairs.

I left with the wooden one with the mice. As a child, I played house with my dolls for hours on end. I hope Addison enjoys this one day!

There was also a pretty good selection of old Golden Books that I picked up too. I guess you could say I racked up at Belinor during this shopping trip!

I finally found a coordinating pink fabric that compliments the main floral pattern. Finding pink solid pink fabric on a budget was not as easy as I thought it would be. Warehouse Fabrics had some great selections:

But, they weren't exactly right. But I did find this pink linen embroidered fabric at a local fabric store here in North Carolina (I don't know who mills this fabric):

Now, all the pieces have to be sewn together...easier said than done.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Weekend with the Dostie's

Well, its been awhile. I suppose my long blogging hiatus' have become somewhat of a habit. Please forgive me:)

Last weekend (yes, I know it is Thursday), our sweet friends Emily and Chris came to visit. Since Emily and Chris live in Jacksonville, Florida, we don't have the opportunity to see them much. Brad and I were so grateful that they made the long drive from Florida to NC so we could spend some much needed quality time with the Dostie's.

The majority of our weekend revolved around food. Friday night, we took them to one of our favorite restaurants The Old Fourth Street Filling Station. Of course, the meal was delicious but the company was even better.

Saturday morning, Emily and I whipped up a bit of breakfast. On the menu...breakfast casserole, Almond Danish Swirls (courtesy of Mrs. Paul Deen) and fresh fruit. This was the first time I have made Almond Danish Swirls and I must say that were little bites of heaven - yummy!

The breakfast casserole was great too thanks to Lauren and Mrs. Tew. I'm sure they wouldn't mind if I shared their special recipe. I think the secret is the Parmesan cheese:)

1 lb. sausage
3 eggs
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 cup Cheddar cheese
8 oz. sour cream
1 package Philsbury cresent rolls
salt and pepper to taste

Cook sausage and cool. In medium bowl, scramble eggs. Add cheese, milk, sour cream, sausage, salt and pepper. Line bottom of casserole dish with crescent rolls - sealing all perforations. Pour sausage mixture on top of crescent rolls. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. This recipe is fail proof!

Saturday afternoon, we headed out to watch the Wake Forest Deacon Demons take on the Florida State Seminoles. The weather could not have been more perfect for football! Unfortunately, ACC football is not very exciting.

Too bad this pair doesn't live closer. One weekend wasn't long enough!