A Few of My Favorite Things (5)

[my doggy nephew, Riley… such a sweet little face]
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[Coco’s new favorite toy is a snowman sans stuffing. It’s lasted a surprisingly long time.]
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[traditional New Year’s dinner:: pork, collards, and black eyed peas]
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[posted at work by my coworker — what a nice thought to begin the new year]
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[chef Andrew’s homemade french onion soup on a cold Saturday night]
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[our fluffy bed and a canvas of a photo I took in downtown St. Augustine]
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[sunny new pillows for one of the guest rooms]
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[Sunday brunch at Bone Lick BBQ – dining atop a vintage atari game]
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[baby Chase is 3 months old!]
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restaurant review:: scalini’s

Scalini’s Italian Restaurant is well known in Smyrna for helping pregnant women go into labor with their Eggplant Parmesan dish. They even have a wall dedicated to babies who have been born within something like 48 hours of their moms eating said dish. It’s a very unassuming restaurant located in a shopping center next to a Best Buy and a gym. But we’ve always been curious, so we decided to check it out a couple weeks ago. First of all, the place is HUGE. We walked through several rooms before we were seated at a little table in a large dining room. It’s a very mom and pop-type of place – it’s been around for at least 25 years and is no frills, but serves good portions and yummy Italian food.

We started with Fried Ravioli with Marinara Sauce… yummy, fried cheese goodness. How can you not love that? Unless you’re like my coworker Jeff, who despises any form of cheese, which is just beyond my comprehension.

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With every pasta dish you order, you get garlic rolls and salad. Look at this mound of garlic!! Glad we’re not vampires. They were pretty delicious, though.
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So many things sounded good, but we both ended up getting a sort of sampler platter called the Roman. You can’t tell from the photo, but that dish included lasagna, manicotti, and cheese ravioli baked with meat sauce. We didn’t think they’d all come covered in a bubbling layer of cheese, but it was still delicious nonetheless.

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It was fun to try out what seems to be a Smyrna legend (at least in the Eggplant Parm/baby delivery department). It’s definitely not a heart healthy meal or good for those on a diet, but I’d go back again sometime when I’m feeling indulgent.

ringing in 2013

2013 is here, and with the help of lots of our friends, we rang it in in style. Craig’s bar was finished JUST in time for a “grand re-opening” after
our dinner party. The basement and patio remodel gave us so much more space to entertain, and we love it! Here are a few shots from our
New Year’s Eve party::

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Sangria in my fun new mason jar drink dispenser::
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Rotel cups with the much-needed addition of ground beef::
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Dinner for 10::
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Smoked pork butt, hash brown casserole, the best salad ever, corn casserole, popovers, and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus::
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Time for s’mores over the fire pit::
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The hanging pallet bed can successfully hold 5 girls::
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Happy to start 2013 off with the guy::
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2012 recap

2012 has come to a close, so I wanted to do a little recap (more for my own sake than anything else) on what a great year it was and some of the fun and memorable things I (or we) did during the past 12 months.

[started this blog]

[visited 8 states and 1 country]
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[ran our first (very colorful) 5K]
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[watched my brother propose to his longtime girlfriend on a trip to Costa Rica]
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[went ziplining through the rainforest and then rode a horse down a mountain in a monsoon]
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[became faux boat owners]
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[celebrated 2 years as a Stella & Dot Stylist and 6 years at the Center for Puppetry Arts]
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[took Coco to the beach for the first time (she’s not a fan)]
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[attended the last ever Hoopla conference in San Francisco]
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[rode in a giant speedboat painted like a shark around New York City]
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[celebrated the passing of Craig’s youth in Nashville as he turned 30]
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[ate beignets at the famous Cafe DuMonde in New Orleans]
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[sat inside a giant Oscar Mayer wiener mobile]
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[celebratedĀ 3 years of marriage andĀ the weddings of two of our longtime friends]
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[threw my mom a super surprise party in Jacksonville for her 60th birthday]
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[met many, many friends’ and family members’ babies who were born this year]
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[hosted our 2nd annual Christmas dinner (another success!)]
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[remodeled the basement and patio (including all sorts of fun new furniture)]
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[hosted a NYE dinner party]
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Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a fun, fulfilling, healthy, happy 2013!