52 sundays, january 8, 2012

I’m Back! And even though I’m quite behind only eight days into the New Year, I’m happy to be here – who knew kidney infections could zap your energy levels to nearly nonexistent?! But I’m back now, ornery as ever and ready to roll . . .

This year I’m challenging myself to use the camera on my iPhone more and thought it might be fun to post a few of the shots I took this week while out and about . . .

I am always pleased to see cookbooks written by people I know and especially when I’ve actually had an opportunity to meet them in real life . . . it was a real privilege meeting Angie of Bakerella last spring in Atlanta . . . she is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and really is the ‘real-deal’ . . . can you believe that I snapped this photo of her book in my local Lowe’s?!! Waaayyyy too fun!


The Professor and I tried out a new restaurant in town this week and this duck confit salad was on the menu and it was delicious! One of my cooking goals this year is to make duck confit . . . I am sure it’s quite simple to do but it’s one of those things I’ve steered clear of thinking surely anything labeled ‘confit’ must be difficult . . . nonetheless, am giving it a go in 2012 . . .

The last of our Christmas decorations . . . these little snow-white trees never cease to give me a chuckle because whenever we pull them out and plug them in, I immediately think of Whoville . . . I expect to see The Grinch peeking out from behind one of those trees . . .

And finally . . . we are elbow deep into creating a ‘Butler’s Pantry’ of sorts by using an odd-sized room directly off our kitchen; the space is about 9×9 feet with the main bathroom directly off to one side . . . can’t put a table/chairs in the area and the space has been more of a walk-thru than usable in any other form. New cabinetry isn’t in the budget any time soon so a trip to The Container Store and we now have enough shelves, baskets and counter top to bring pantry items stored in the basement and out in our garage, into one cohesive place . . . not to mention a nice window that gets morning sunlight and will be good for taking photos . . . and maybe a few potted herbs . . . BTW, The Container Store doesn’t know who I am and this isn’t a sponsored post . . . we did, however, take photos and video of the process and hope to share it with you soon so stay tuned . . .

The Professor heads back to campus tomorrow (insert pouty lips here) and will have quite the busy schedule this semester; but we do have some fun projects in the works over the next few months and we look forward to sharing them with you . . .

Thanks for hanging out with us . . . it’s a real joy to have you visit here . . . Happy Sunday!


  1. Busy days, my friend! I’m sure you know what I mean. But I’m catching up and see here that you haven’t been well. I sure hope you’re back to normal soon. You have enough going on without having to deal with that! Loving the pantry. Can’t wait to see the video!

  2. That pantry is looking good! Like the stripe. And a fine stripe it is. ; )

  3. ah, the uphill battle with organization. Good luck- I wish you greater success than I ever have:)

  4. I am so glad you are feeling better, sweet friend! Feeling sick anytime is a bummer, but over the holidays is just not fair! I hope you have gotten some rest and will be fully recovered in no time! I can’t wait to see your butler’s pantry! I’ve had that on my wish list to convert a room to a butler’s pantry here for well – ever. Yours looks like it would also make a great photo studio! 🙂

  5. Get organized. That is my motta? GREG

  6. So glad you’re back. Missed you.

  7. Welcome back! Don’t fear the confit–from what I’ve seen/read/tried, the trick is time because it takes a while to cook and then to cool/solidify, but basically the appliances are doing most of the work. I love it when the stove/oven/whatever has to do most of the work!

  8. So glad to hear you’re on the mend! Being sick stinks especially when it zaps all of your energy like that. I’m a bit jealous of your pantry coming along. We would have had that option in a different house we looked at but not here. Must brainstorm new solutions. 🙂

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