Friday, May 31, 2013


A few weeks ago I was contacted by UncommonGoods to go a review of one of their products. I quickly jumped aboard! UncommonGoods is one of my go-to websites to browse for Christmas and Birthday gifts. They always have the type of gifts that you would never think even existed..which is a great thing!
While browsing on their website, trying to decide on which product to review, I came across numerous gifts under $50, Father's Day gift ideas, and gift ideas for that recent graduate in your life.
Here are some of my favorites:
Gifts Under $50
Even more gift ideas under $50 can be found here.
More ideas for Father's Day gifts can be found here.
More graduation gift ideas can be found here.
Ultimately, I (ok, Cameron) chose the Sunset Wine Tote. The perfect and cutest insulated, portable tote for you winos out there. Along with the portable tote, it comes with two plastic wine glasses, two blue gingham cloth napkins, and a wine opener. How handy is that?!? I personally plan on taking ours out on the boat one day after work ASAP.
Sorry, wine not included.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Guest Posting Today.

Morning! I'm over at Emily's blog, All You Need Is Love, today guest posting while she is in Mexico celebrating her 5th anniversary with her husband, John!
Check it out here!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

China Cabinet Reveal [+Giveaway Winner!]

I'm so excited to share the china cabinet reveal with y'all this morning! If you follow me on Instagram, you got a sneak peek last night. After sitting in our garage for months, Cameron finally gave me a deadline of getting it done by Mother's Day since we were having everyone over for brunch. Deadlines give me motivation.
It turned out 10x better than I expected it to!

 Before                                            During                                                  During


 Dining Room View on Mother's Day

 My Grandma Anna and Cameron's Rara - The two wonderful women who passed down their china to us as wedding presents. Would you believe that they had the EXACT same china? And it was passed down to them, too! Talk about meant to be. :)
Knob pulls - Anthropologie
Drawer pulls - Original
Exterior color - Behr Cotton Knit
Interior color - Discontinued Sherwin Williams that we got color matched. Sorry.
Glass shelves and interior light - Installed by Cameron.


Congratulations to Heather for winning the Tailgate Queen giveaway!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Life Lately With a Photo Dump.

Last week, before eating dinner at Mex 1 for David's birthday, Katie did a small gender reveal for Emily and I!
Just act like her eyes were open. :)
Friday after work, I got a wild hair to do yard work. Afterwards, I rewarded myself with a watermelon margarita. Deeeeeelicious. That night, Shannon, Coleman, Emily, and David came over for cornhole, cigars, and libations. Good times, but sadly, no pics.

Influenster sent me their Spring Fever Voxbox last week and I'm having fun trying out the new products! MIA is the Reese's TastyKake. I devoured that thing immediately. My favorite product out of the box is the Schwarzkopf OSiS Dust It hair product. It is a mattifying powder that provides light style control. It also gives your hair a little extra body, which I desperately need.

Made a tasty, healthy dinner last week from Skinny Taste's website: Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad. I want to make another batch of this to eat for lunch next week! So light and refreshing.

Picture from Caroline's birthday dinner last night at The Roost.
Disclaimer: Emily is not really a giant.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Birthday Shout Out + A GIVEAWAY!

Let me start this day by saying a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sweet friend, Caroline! I hope you have a great day and I can't wait to celebrate with you tonight..and this weekend!
You know I can't let you off the hook before showing everyone an embarrassing picture of us from high school. :)
That teacher on the left despised us.
On to the giveaway!
Last year, my friend Stephanie opened an awesome online website called Tailgate Queen that offers the cutest clothes and accessories geared towards the lady fans of college football! If you remember, I hosted a giveaway last year (almost exactly a year ago, weird) that got a ton of entries, so today, we decided to team up again!
Today, the giveaway is for a "Minimergency Kit." The perfect kit for a long day of tailgating, or hey, a wedding day! The entire kit listed below fits in a stylish glittery pouch that could also be used as a clutch!
clear nail polish
nail polish remover
emery board
lip balm
earring backs
clear elastics
mending kit
safety pin
ShemergencyTM tape
stain remover
deodorant towelette
pain reliever
breath freshener
dental floss
an adhesive bandage 
Want to win?
Here's how to enter:
-You must be a follower of Fried Green Pickles through either GFC or Bloglovin (let me know which one please).
-You must like Tailgate Queen's Facebook page.
Extra entries:
-Leave a comment telling us what game you're looking forward to next season!
Please leave a separate comment for each entry and make sure you tell me your email address if it isn't linked to your name!!
Giveaway will go through Sunday night and winner will be announced next Monday.
99 days until kickoff! :)

Friday, May 17, 2013


Dinner at Mex 1 last night for David's birthday

Vestique's Sole Sister Taupe Wedges
Only $34.50 and they also come in black!
Archer Farms (Target brand) Blue Corn Tortilla Chips with Flax Seed
Great nutty flavor and excellent health benefits from the flax seed!
Spinach salad with blueberries, feta, and poppyseed dressing from dinner on Tuesday night
Our new ice maker that I'm picking up today!
My work auctioned it off and we won, so I'm picking that bad boy up today. It's going to save us so much time and money this summer!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Pickle Bar!

File this under the category of "Why Didn't I Think of That??"
We all know about my love for pickles.
Spoiler alert - we had fried pickle chips passed around during our cocktail hour!
I even thought about making homemade pickles as our wedding favors.
But man, oh man, do I wish I would have seen this Southern Weddings post before our wedding!
Some people have bourbon bars at their wedding, but this couple had a pickle bar at theirs!

What kind of specialty bar would you have or liked to have had at your wedding??

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Pimento Cheese Grits.

As requested, here is the recipe I used for the pimento cheese grits I made on Mother's Day! I promise, you will never go back to the regular ones.
½C Instant Grits
1C Heavy Cream
1C Chicken Stock
1T Butter
2/3C Pimento Cheese (Palmetto is my favorite)
In a pot, bring the cream and chicken stock to a boil. Slowly stir in the grits and bring down to medium heat and simmer 5-7 minutes. Melt the butter into the grits. Lastly, add the pimento cheese and whisk until the grits are creamy. Set aside and keep warm.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Supper Club, needtobreathe, and Mother's Day Brunch Menu.

Friday night we had Supper Club at Emily & David's house. All of the food was so tasty and my chocolate brownie trifle was a hit! The bowl was pretty much licked clean by the end of the night!

Saturday we spent all day cleaning the house and getting it ready for Sunday. Drove to Folly Beach to celebrate Cameron's grandma's husband's 90th birthday, then went to La Hacienda for some pre-concert drinks with Justin and Jenny.

After the nastiest margaritas I've ever tasted and a refreshing beer, we headed to the Performing Arts Center. It was our first time seeing a show at the PAC and we both thought it was awesome! Intimate and amazing acoustics. We had great seats, right in the middle, but being in the middle, it was a longgg walk through people to go to the bathroom. Needless to say, we did not drink that much.
The opening band, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, were AWESOME! Think Lumineers sound. In between bands, Jenny and I stood in line to meet Drew and get his autograph so we can say we met him before he made it big. Because they will. 
Please excuse my double jointed thumb.

 A few pics from the needtobreathe concert:

On Sunday, we invited our parents, my sister, and our grandmother's over for a brunch! I was so excited to pull out all of our new plates, platters, etc!
Here's what I served:
French Toast Casserole
Breakfast Casserole
(or Egg Bake, as Cameron's family calls it)
Pimento Cheese Grits
(All thanks to Natalie for telling her readers about the ones that she ordered at a restaurant last weekend!)
Fresh Fruit Salad

I received so many compliments so I'd say it was a success! I'll never make grits without pimento cheese again!

Hope all of you blog (and fur) mamas had a wonderful Mother's Day!