Weekend Update

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Josh and I began our weekend in Atlanta. Thankfully we got to visit friends and eat a ridiculous amount of chips, salsa, and tacos at Taqueria Del Sol. (Have I mentioned how much I love that place?? Thanks, Camilla and family, for introducing me to real life.) We followed up the evening with Jeni’s Ice Cream. The Banana French Toast and Brown Butter Almond Brittle did NOT disappoint.

Then Saturday I did something that I haven’t done in a long time- sleep past lunch. If I could put sleeping on my resume, I would, because my sleeping seriously is a talent.

Once I rolled myself out of bed, JRB and I had a great day which included: watching Airplane and Dallas Buyers Club, eating appetizers for dinner, and playing with the puppies.

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Sadly, fetch is no longer allowed in our house. Breaking the news to Sam and Miller was rough, but they’ll persevere.

How was your weekend?? Isn’t it nice to NOT have plans sometimes?

Weekend Update: Spring has Sprung

Let’s play a little catch up. Want to know what JRB and I have been up to? This is it:

ImageThis beautiful spring weather (and our hyper-active dogs) have motivated us to go on more walks. So we’ve been circling our neighborhood a good bit.

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 We had two of the sweetest little boys come spend the night with us on Friday. They climbed trees, chased our dogs, pulled weeds, and made “flower sets.”

Rule #2343: When two cute boys give you a “flower set” they tore from your trees, you graciously accept them and display them in a vase in your dining room.

ImageWe made our own pizzas on pita bread with organic tomato sauce. (That makes it healthier right?)

Note: Two puppies may or may not have had about 15  pepperonis each. (And I wonder why they beg for food)

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 We rested. And watched How I Met Your Mother. I don’t know if I should be embarrassed or proud that we’ve almost caught up to real time.

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We feasted (Italian style). Our Sunday School class had a Progressive Dinner this Saturday, so we enjoyed bread on bread on bread with these lovelies. JRB and I are continually humbled by how the Lord answered our prayer for strong community. These people are the best.

Football (Always and Forever) > Basketball

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What makes grown men show more emotion than they day their children were born? And makes women dress their children like cheerleaders while they wear pearls and sundresses? What  influences the dates of weddings more than the bride and groom? And shuts down cities and households every Saturday in the fall?

One word- football.

I am always  baffled when I hear someone in the South say that a sport other than football is their favorite sport to watch. I mean, if Derek Jeter lived in Atlanta, even he would have to say that his favorite sport is football. In the South, football is a god.

That is why I am even more baffled at the amount of Auburn fans screaming from the top of the mountains about Bruce Pearl being hired at Auburn. I didn’t know that many people were “into” basketball. Don’t get me wrong- I am pumped. That is a huge hire and (I’m hoping) will be a great influence on our sub-par basketball program. However, the minute spring training starts, every Auburn fan (and person in the South who is relatively normal) begins the football countdown.

You know what I’m talking about. It’s the men (and women) who LITERALLY (not figuratively) have an app that counts down to the first day of college football. It’s the tweet that says, “148 days until college football. #govols” (For the sake of my argument I needed to use examples other than Auburn. Yes, I see this is sinful. I will beg for forgiveness later. At least I didn’t say go dawgs. And don’t even think I will ever come close to saying those devil words -r**l t**e)

You see, the SEC keeps trying to make basketball happen. And it just isn’t. It will ALWAYS lose to football. (I’m sorry, folks. It’s the truth.) Until SEC fans begin counting down to basketball season, dressing their children (or sorority girls) in basketball uniforms, and skipping major life events to watch basketball games, football will remain the champion.

(Note: I realize that North Carolina and Kentucky are exceptions, but do we even claim them as the South???)

Don’t believe me that football is king? Let me tell you some stories.

When I was in second grade, my cousin got married on the day of the Iron Bowl. (WHHAATT?!?! WHO DOES THAT!?!?) Yes, she did. It was tragic, and I knew this even in the second grade. The day of the wedding was wonderful. We got ready together, had a fun breakfast, played at the huge house where the reception was (maybe that was just me), took tons of pictures, and got them married. However, from about 11:30 until 3, none of the groomsmen (or me) could be found. It was time for pictures, and there were no groomsmen!! Where were they found and drug from? The coat closet with a miniature television. That’s right. They “escaped” from wedding day duties to cram into a closet like sardines. Men only do this for football.

A separate and true story- My best friend got engaged and immediately chose a Saturday in November (because Auburn would be off that weekend). Well, about a month later, she realized that Auburn actually would be playing that weekend, and bumped her wedding up almost a full month. To you this may seem like not a big deal, but to the Southern woman who loves all things floral, calligraphy, and lace,  a month is a HUGE deal. You don’t just throw together a wedding at the country club! That takes time, energy, and a Southern accent; a month is crucial. Now that is what I call devotion. Ever heard of anyone doing that for basketball? hockey? soccer? Didn’t think so.

One time JRB told me that he wasn’t sure he would’ve dated me if I hadn’t been an Auburn fan. Think he REALLY cares if I pull for Auburn basketball? Ok, bad example. But still- football is more important.

I know a guy whose first words as a baby were, “Weagle.” Once again, think that was because his parents are avid Auburn basketball fans? Nope, season ticket holders for years for Auburn football.

I’m sorry, other sports fans, that live in the South. Your sport will always be #2 in our minds. There’s really nothing you can do about it.

Happy Pi Day: Peanut Butter Edition

In honor of Pi Day (3.14) I want to share with you one of my all time favorite recipes- The Best Peanut Butter Pie.

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Photo from Mrs. Bettie Rocker. I have never actually taken a picture of the pie because I’m too busy eating it.

Those of you in Lagrange, I’m sure have been to (and adore) Hunter’s Pub like JRB and I do. One of the biggest reasons I love Hunter’s Pub so much (besides their awesome steak sauce) is their homemade peanut butter pie. Well, guess what!? This recipe is (in my opinion, no proof) their exact recipe. A friend of mine shared this with me last year, and I’m not going to tell you how many times I’ve made it.

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I have, however, taken pictures of the peanut butter crumbles. It’s so hard not to eat them all!

The original recipe came from Mrs. Bettie Rocker, which apparently isn’t kept up anymore. Thank the Lord I was able to piece together this recipe. Summer (or really anytime ) wouldn’t be the same without it.

The Best Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

Pie

9 in. deep dis pie shell

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 cups milk

2/3 cup sugar

dash of salt

1 tsp vanilla

3 eggs, separated

4 tbsp. cornstarch

Whipped Topping

1 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1. Bake empty pie shell according to directions.

2. Blend the peanut butter and powdered sugar into a bowl; press together using a fork. This should create little peanut butter crumbles.

3. Pour 1/2 of the peanut butter/powdered sugar crumbles into the bottom of the pie shell. Save the remainder, and try not to eat it all.

4. In a pot, place egg yolks, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Once thick, pour this over the peanut butter crumbles in the pie crust.

5. Sprinkle half of the remaining peanut butter crumbles on top. (The rest goes on top of each piece along with the whipped topping)

6. Bake at 325 for thirty minutes. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

For the whipped topping:

1. Place mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator until cold.

2. Mix all of the ingredients together until soft peaks form.

Option: instead of making your own whipped topping, just buy some Cool Whip and be done with it.

Serve with the whipped topping and the remainder of the peanut butter crumbles, and enjoy!

Come Back, Spring

The last two days were UH-MAZE-ING. Why does Mother Nature have to be so schizophrenic these days? One day hot, the next day cold. The pups and I took advantage of our beautiful, warm Spring days by picnicking, playing fetch, and going on walks. Below is what a picnic with two dogs looks like.

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Needless to say, it was difficult to eat.

Funny story about our picnic- I went outside with my lunch, some books, and a journal fully expecting to have some quiet, alone time yesterday. Little did I know, the house beside us is now for sale (or rent) and two potential occupants would stop by. Do you know how awkward it is to be in your bathing suit top sitting on a large blanket eating lunch with two strangers on the other side of the fence? No? Just a typical Tuesday in the life of Paige Bierman.

Also, a few days ago I post this picture on Instagram, but I just keep laughing about it. Can you tell which puppy is outdoorsy and which one is indoorsy??

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Happy Hump Day! Here’s to wishing and hoping and praying that spring weather returns!

Weekend Update: Brunching and Checkers

How was the weekend??? Did your’s go way too fast like mine did? I thought so. We had a great weekend AT HOME (which I feel is a rarity these days). After work on Friday, I didn’t move myself from the couch until bed time, and It. Was. Wonderful. Then Saturday, after sleeping to an embarrassing time, we brunched…. at Cracker Barrel. You big city people, go ahead and laugh at us. Sorry, we don’t have hip, cool brunchy places. Our selection includes IHOP, Cracker Barrel, and Waffle House. I think we made the right choice.

After sharing blueberry pancakes and drinking a nice, warm mug of coffee, JRB challenged me to a game of checker (rocking chair style). I’m still upset about losing because I was DOMINATING JRB for the entire game. Lack of focus lost me the game.

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The weather was fantastic, so we decided to park it (and by park, I mean the local junior high football field. Who really wants to keep up with dogs the whole time?) We loaded up the pups (And they were so so excited. They know good things are coming when their collars go on.), and ended up spending 4-5 hours reading, talking, playing fetch, and soaking up the sun.

Image After a fun morning in Sunday School (I love the one Sunday a quarter when we all bring food. #foodieproblems.), JRB and I napped then hosted my cousin and her family. We ate chicken and rice casserole, green beans, pineapple casserole, buttered croissants, a spinach salad with feta, blueberries, strawberries, and almonds topped with homemade balsamic vinaigrette, and strawberry  cheesecake for dessert. Anyone else hungry? This was also my first time to meet my new baby cousin. Isn’t he handsome?

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 Of course, every spare minute was filled with puppy love and How I Met Your Mother because why not?

Happy Monday, loves! Anyone else counting down till Friday?