Monday, October 6, 2014

Heavy Heart.

I've never been good with words, especially when it comes to circumstances like this. 
So I will leave you with what Jenny posted on Tim's blog last night. 

"Last night, a little after 8pm, a large piece of my heart was forever crushed when Tim peacefully took his last breath surrounded by both of our families. It's still incredibly surreal and I'll never forget looking into his beautiful blue eyes that one last time.

As crazy as it sounds and felt at the time, from the first moment I saw Tim coaching on the Furman baseball field, I knew he was the man I was meant to marry. He loved me in a way that could never be matched, he wasn't just my husband and best friend, but an extension of me, of my soul, and filled a void that had always felt empty. 

He taught me the meaning of love throughout our ups and downs, of selflessness by being the strong one and calming and reassuring me in moments that were just as, if not more so, dark and scary for him, of kindness by always putting others before himself when even in these last few weeks he told me that he was more worried about me being left behind than him having to go, and he made me a stronger person. 

Many people have noted just how strong I've been throughout these trials, I'm truly not, it just appears that way when you are following in the shadow of someone as strong as my husband. It's Tim that has given me that strength and to be honest, I'm absolutely lost without him. He faced his disease head on, and never asked why, just said that if what he's going through could save one person then it was all worth it. The world is a much duller place without him. 

He fought valiantly until the very end and was noble and brave in his words and actions. He will always be my hero, my world, my heart.

Services for Tim will be held Saturday October 11, 2014 at 12:30PM at Greenville First Baptist Church, 847 Cleveland St. Greenville, SC. A reception celebrating Tim's life and legacy will follow. 

Tim never understood the point of flowers and because of that refused to ever send me any. For that reason, we are asking that in lieu of flowers you donate to the one organization Tim & I believe in the most, iTOR. We know that someday they will find a cure for this horrendous disease. Memorials can be made to 'GHS Cancer Institute ITOR'  Philanthropy Office, 300 E. McBee Ave,  Suite 503, Greenville, SC 29601"

Words cannot express how much you are loved and missed, Tim. 

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Five on Friday is Back!

Five things that are making me happy on this sunny Friday...

Brady got to go to work with me on Wednesday. Once a week I have to go out to my properties and do walk-throughs to look for issues, make sure contractors are working, etc. 

Came across this beast, then a few minutes later a turkey. 
Gotta love Kiawah's wildlife.

And took a stroll on the beach. 
I love his fluffy tail.

As you've all seen by now, Tory Burch is having their Friends & Fans sale today thru October 6th. 
Here's how to get the most bang for your buck:
-First, go through Ebates to receive 3% cash back
-Add that item you've been dying for to your cart and use the code FRIENDLIEST to receive 25% off your purchase.
-Check out using Paypal to receive free 2-day shipping!

This weekend, the low's are going to be in the low 50's! Where in the world did that come from?!? I'm not complaining though. Can't wait for some backyard fire pit fires. 

Now that it's out in the open, I'm so happy to announce that our friends, Jessica & Jason, are expecting a baby in early April! So excited for these two!!

Fresh flowers in the house

What are your plans for the weekend?
We're doing the Dream Center walk tomorrow morning (my grandmother volunteers there), watching a lot of football on Saturday, and ending the weekend with a family dinner at my parent's on Sunday. 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Help Brighten Tim's Day!

The saying is true - a little bit goes a long way. 

If you'd like to help brighten Tim's day by sending a card, drawing, whatever!, please send to the address below. Jenny & Tim really look forward to reading these everyday and they really lift Tim's spirit. 

Tim Bright
11 Don Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

You can also keep up with his updates here.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How The Bakers Host Supper Club.

On Sunday, we hosted supper club at our house! I figured it would be the perfect time to spruce up the house a little with Fall decorations. Fresh flowers, potted mums, and a new candle were the perfect simple touches. 

The way that we do our supper club, is that the host provides the main entree and everyone else will either bring an appetizer, salad, side, or dessert. This time, and probably every other time we have supper club, another option was to bring a signature drink! Cameron and I decided to grill pork tenderloin because they are relatively inexpensive for a large group, and with the help of his step-dad's marinade, Cameron has perfected the grilling part. 

French bread topped with pesto/ricotta spread and fire roasted tomatoes
Mini wedge salads
Mac and cheese
Butter beans and rice
Corn, black bean, avocado, tomato salad
Grilled pork tenderloin (marinade recipe found here)
Chocolate, pretzel, peanut butter bars 

A sweet moment caught between Brady and little Dallas

PS - Hiring a cleaning service to do a deep clean two days before hosting supper club was probably the best idea we've had all year! 

Can't wait for next month's supper club, which will be on Halloween! 
Bring on the couples costumes and peeled grape eyeballs! 
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Thoughts.

TGIF! Happy to say that this week flew by for me. Hope it did for you, as well!

What makes this day even better is that when I get home, our house will be spotless! We hired a company to come do a deep clean #1 because it needs it in a bad way and #2 we're having 16 people over Sunday for supper club. Shout out to K&L Cleaning - if you're in Charleston and need someone to clean your house, call K&L! 

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative who asked if I wanted to send a personalized photo card to a friend and post a review on my blog. I truly believe that sending a handwritten note in the mail can make someone's day so I accepted her offer immediately. No one deserved this card more than my friend, Tim, and I had the perfect picture in mind to put on it. The process was super easy. Below are some screen shots of the process. I appreciate Cardstore for thinking of me and am already looking into ordering some baby shower invitations for a shower that I'm co-hosting in November! 

Original setting

Card with changed color and added text.

Last week, Cameron and I went the needtobreathe concert with our friends, Jenny & Justin. This is probably my second favorite group to see in concert, behind Will Hoge. They have such amazing energy on stage and when they do some of their acoustic songs, goosebumps everywhere. My favorite song that they performed this year was off of their newest album. The song was called "Brothers" and was performed acoustically by the two brothers in the group, Bo & Bear. The song is constantly stuck in my head now.
(This isn't my video, it's just a random one I found on YouTube.)

After the show, we ran into Mary Loyal and her husband, Lash, in the parking lot! 
ML - Did you wind up driving to Clemson to see the show again?? 

Adding this dress to my Pinterest "wishlist." The shoes, too, while we're at it.

Ok, that's all my randomness for the day! 
Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Light Shrimp Pasta with Tomatoes, Artichokes, & Spinach

This recipe is super simple, but full of flavor. I feel bad, but I honestly cannot remember where I found it. I know there are no real measurements, so cross your fingers, and eyeball it like I did. :)

whole wheat linguini or angel hair (I used Dreamfields low-carb pasta)
shrimp -  thawed, peeled, de-veined
grape tomatoes
red onion, thinly sliced into rings (I didn't use because I hate onions)
pre-washed bag of spinach 
artichokes, quartered
garlic, minced
lemon juice and zest
olive oil
parmesan cheese (optional, but recommended)

Cook pasta ahead of time, drain, set aside.

Whisk together a few tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, s/p, set aside. 

In a saute pan, heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil over medium heat and add garlic. 

Next add onions and shrimp. Let cook until onions are tender and shrimp are cooked through.

Add grape tomatoes and saute for a few minutes, then add spinach spinach last and cook until wilted.

Place pasta in a large bowl, followed by mixture from saute pan. Pour lemon oil mixture on top and toss. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our Weekend {Girls Happy Hour, Ashton's 1st Birthday, Lunch with April + Camille}

Happy first day of Fall, y'all! 
As much as I LOVE summertime, I am ready for some steady temps in the 70's. Pair the (rainy) first day of Fall with Cameron feeling under the weather, and I am counting down the hours until I get home to make some tomato basil bisque for dinner tonight. 

Here's what kept us busy this weekend...

Friday after work, I met up with some friends at Republic because Savannah was in town! They have a pretty awesome happy hour and a nice patio area. It was so nice to just go out with the girls for a change and I'm sure the momma's enjoyed being out for a few hours without a baby attached to their hips. After Republic, we walked a few doors down to Rarebit because for some reason we were all craving a juicy cheeseburger. These burgers did not disappoint and they were accompanied by moscow mules all around!

After dinner, we stopped by Jeni's for a sweet treat. Emily & I split a cup and although there are a ton of crazy (but good) flavors to choose from, I went with my go-to flavor of coffee. Emily went a little more adventurous with the sweet cream biscuits & peach jam. 

Saturday, we went to Ashton's 1st birthday party! When I say that there were a lot of babies there, I mean there were a LOT of babies there. You had to be careful where you stepped because they were everywhere. haha. It was so fun celebrating Ashton and seeing a lot of people, and their babies who I had never met, that I hadn't seen in a while.  When we were leaving, we saw the most amazing rainbow! It was the brightest one I've ever seen. 

After Ashton's party, we came back to our house to watch our football games that were basically on at the same time. We had a pretty sweet set up, and yes, Cameron's game got the big screen since it was a bigger game than ours. 

Sunday was not our typical day of rest. We're hosting supper club at our house on Sunday, so we decided to tackle some projects around the house that we've been putting off. (Does anyone else love hosting people at their house just for the fact that that's the only time your house gets really clean and projects get complete? Or is that just us?) We ran to Lowe's in the morning, I cleaned up my garden area, and Cameron replaced some wood on our porch roof that was rotted. I snuck away for a little while to have lunch with April, sweet baby Camille, and April's mom at Jim n Nicks. As expected, Camille was the sweetest, smiliest, little thing. Also as expected, I got April and her mom hooked on Jim n Nicks famous cheese biscuits. :) 

Once I returned home, I was put back to work, but it's all worth it in the end when our yard and house are looking good! 

Hope you all enjoyed your weekends, as well!
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