not feeling ready for bathing suit season. [photo + text from emma]
no. just no.
my guy knows me all too well — he just called to see if i’m free on saturday to go with him to this event, and if so he’d go ahead and get our tickets. he’s went every year since it started, and thought it’d be fun for us to go together.
it’s part of the got to be nc festival, and i’ve never been so i’m super excited to eat some bbq + enjoy a day celebrating all things nc with my main squeeze!
i tried this recipe for the first time last night, and it’s definitely worth passing on. the batter was so light & fluffy, and the sour cream really seems to give it a little something extra. enjoy!
1 stick butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
1 ¾ cup ap flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ cup sour cream
1 cup [or more] bananas, mashed
½ cup nuts [optional]
this weekend was for
an early saturday morning drive to dad & bobbi’s, where emma met us and we drove over to the carolina strawberry festival. tasty homemade strawberry ice cream was had, and we stumbled upon the cutest little mobile boutique. it’s quite the concept, and they have a great selection of unique jewelry and clothing for a [very] reasonable price!
rhyan and em decided to leap into the river to cool off when we got back, and i had a blast documenting their jumps off the dock. dad and i grabbed a beer, and he grilled farm fresh [thick-cut] pork chops from wells while bobbi whipped up her famous vidalia onion casserole and a fresh broccoli salad. best. meal. ever. [seriously]
sunday brought sunshine and blue skies, strong coffee and banana pancakes with fresh sausage. dad and i worked up a sweat building up the riverbank with lime stone, and marta arrived with her new boyfriend just in time for lunch. the boys went swimming after we filled our bellies, and the girls caught up and had quite the laugh at ‘em.
we said our goodbyes and i left with a brand new mother’s day plant from bobbi and a case of my favorite [and now out of season] beer from dad.
it was one of the best mother’s days to date, and i’m so grateful to have a mom here in nc since my [real] mom’s in michigan. i caught up with her over the phone on my drive home, and couldn’t help by feel so very blessed to have two incredible women in my life to call mom.—
sleeping in + strong coffee. time with the kiddo + my sweet sisters + the best dad and [step] mom a girl could ask for. beautiful weather + amazing food. and being surrounded with love. so much love.