Thursday, March 31, 2011


It is that time of year!!!  Masters Week is next week so I won't be around for the next few weeks.  Last Sunday was my last day off until April 16.  Most of the running around is done so now it is down to long hours at work.  It is fun though - tons of fun corporate clients in town.

Hope to get to the tournament on Sunday!

See ya after my hiatus!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

chicken spaghetti/mac n cheese carbonara

It is about time I shared these recipes.  They are both fantastic!

I have to warn you - this is a special occasion dish.  The cheese alone was probably $50 and it CAN NOT be good for you.  Unless you need comfort food, which we do now and everyone does at some point right?  So, mac n cheese carbonara was not something I could pass up.  And, it was well worth it!!

I did add some diced ham for a larger protein presence.  The pancetta was amazing all by itself though.  I served it with an arugula salad - one of my favorites.  Just toss some arugula in olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, feta cheese and pine nuts.  So simple and tasty!

This is another yummy one that is much more economical and better for you!!  Chicken spaghetti from The Pioneer Woman.  The Bowens got some of this when we went to see little Tensley.  Yum!!


avett brothers

One of my favorite bands was in town on Sunday - The Avett Brothers!!!  They have been here many times in the past (and in much smaller venues) but it was all before I moved here. 

If you don't know the Avett Brothers, you may recognize them from the Grammys.  They performed with Mumford and Sons (another fave of mine, from across the pond) and Bob Dylan. 

 They did not disappoint!  Very energetic and commanding.  The long-haired Asian cellist was hysterical. 

 Even when the two brothers did a duet, the entire audience was entranced.  They were so humble and you can tell they love what they do!

The opener was Langhorne Slim.  He was pretty cool too.  Brad LOVED him!

Here is a video of my favorite newish song of theirs - Head Full of Doubt.  They performed this at the Grammys.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

If they are in a town near you, GO!

happy birthday martha!

As I mentioned earlier, we went to Frog Hollow Tavern for Martha's bday before heading to Thomson to visit Levi and Walker.

The girls!  Such a fun dinner!

brad's cars

We parked at Brad's building for the Avett Brothers concert on Sunday.  He choose the spot directly across from his work car!  When he goes out to appraise property, this is what he drives - a navy Crown Vic.  When he goes in the 'hood, everyone scatters like roaches thinking he is a cop.  Ha!

brad holds tensley

On Sunday, we went to meet Tensley Grace!!  This is the first baby Brad has ever held.  Doesn't he look so calm and comfortable?  Ha.

Tensley is beautiful and has a wonderful family!!  Am looking forward to watching her grow up!

Friday, March 25, 2011


Things are still crazy in the Shingler household.  Here's what we've been up to...

Last Friday, we celebrated Martha's birthday with Natalie and two other couples from Louisville at Frog Hollow Tavern.  I do have pictures and will get them up soon.


After dinner, we headed to Thomson to watch UGA lose (barely) with my brother and his great friend, Walker.  Walker's wife, Melissa, is due this summer with baby #1 so she was sleeping.  :(


Sunday, we had a Mexican date with Mike and Blake.  These two were just back from their honeymoon and missing it still.  I hear ya!


Granny is home!  We spent a lot of time with her in the hospital and she went home Monday.  We saw her Tuesday and she looked great.  We will both take some time with her this weekend.  She still needs your thoughts and prayers!


This weekend we will also go visit Tensley Bowen.  Sunday night, we are heading to see the Avett Brothers!!!!!  I am SO excited.  These guys put on a great live show and I can't believe they are going to be in lil ol' Augusta!!  Dinner planned with friends beforehand too.

welcome tensley grace

Our dear friends Melanie and Eric welcomed number 2 on Wednesday night. 
Trevor is now a big brother to sweet Tensley Grace. 
Congrats guys!  Can't wait to meet her!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

megan & adi

And, here are pictures from Megan and Adi's party after the wedding.  :)

The guests of honor.

The Shingler clan.

Brother and sister.

Adi with a teammate of his from Furman - Corey.

Megan with Corey and Brad.

Me with Megan.

Listening to the sweet toasts.

Megan and Adi with his mom - Sela.  Not sure where Damir was...

Megan ans Sela.

My parents made the trip from Thomson. 

Dad and kids.

Again, we were missing Damir!

mike & blake

Here are pictures from Mike & Blake's rehearsal dinner and wedding.  Such fun!

Matt giving his toast.  Rivers, Travis and Matt were all well-behaved.  :)

Jay and Beth at the rehearsal dinner.

Brad and me at the reception.

The country club puts out hot chicken in the grill at 2:30 so Trey went and got some for the guys.  Ha.

With Liza, Michele, Beth and Michelle after the newlyweds left in their 1968 Camaro Super Sport.
Mike and Blake!

Brad and me at the rehearsal dinner. 

Jay and Beth at wedding reception.

With Jennifer at the reception.  She was my date to the wedding since Brad was a reader.  :)

Matt and Mandy at the rehearsal dinner. 

And with a server at the reception. 

With Michele - Mom of Hal and Elizabeth, frequent blog kiddos. 

With Michelle and Liza.
Cutting the cake.  I love Blake's reflection in the mirror but hate it is so dark.

Mike and Blake at the rehearsal dinner. 
Trey and Michele.

Trey, Eric and Brad

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


We had a busy weekend.  We enjoyed Mike and Blake's wedding and an engagement party for Adi and Megan.  I will post pictures later...

Also, Brad's grandmother was admitted to the hospital on Friday.  She is still there and the doctors are doing all they can to make her better so she can go home.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  I will continue to provide updates.

a few of my favorite things (today)

A couple of things I thought I would share...

These fries are amazing!!  I tried to make some myself one time and they would not crisp up.  These were perfect and very flavorful.  I served them Monday with spoonburgers (brown one pound ground beef and add one can drained chicken gumbo soup, ketchup and mustard to taste).  They are like sloppy joe's but so much better!!

I stole this website from Callie @ Calliespondence.  I love their jewelry.  It is super-sad they are going out of business but their remaining inventory is 70% off.  Enjoy!

I stole this website from Jennifer Allen.  I laughed so hard I cried - seriously!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

thompson shower

Saturday night we had a couples shower for Nathan and Allison and their soon-to-be addition, Emerson.  It was so much fun - good food, good friends, good party!

 The couple with Nathan's high school friends and their significant others.  These guys have been really good friends for a loooong time.  I think it's pretty cool.  Or, maybe they can't find anybody else that wants to hang out with them.  Ha!

 Allen and Jay
 Brad cheating off Mel for the game.  Shame...
 Trying to win some Butt Paste.
 Cute doggie.
 Enjoying some chicken fingers, green beans, salad and mac and cheese.  Yum...
 The food.  Can't leave that out.  :)
 The game - guess that price.  Even though Brad was cheating, we didn't do very well.  Although Mel has a son and another on the way, she is on bedrest and doesn't get out much.  Oh well, we missed out on the butt paste...
 Pretty brunettes - Gayle, Beth and Amber. 
 The haul...
The Moms.  Mel and Amber are working on number two and Allison on number one. 
The happy parents-to-be.  Congrats guys - so happy for y'all!!  Baby girl Emerson will be here in late April!

This weekend will be a busy one.  Friday, we have Mike and Blake's rehearsal dinner and their wedding on Saturday at noon.  And then an engagement party for Megan and Adi later that night.  Good times!