Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Since Ive Been Gone...

I can breathe for the first time....
{because exams are over!}

I haven't blogged since exams, so it's high time for an update, don't cha think?! 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll try to let some snapshots do most of the talking!

Cookie exchange with some of my favorite Clemson friends!

 Emily, Rita, Darby, and Sally had a bunch of girls over for a cookie exchange! I love any excuse to don my tacky Christmas vest and drink wine with friends! John was kind enough to pick me up from the shindig, so of course we had to get a picture too! PS: how adorable is the girls' festive living room?! 

Yummy in my tummy!

Rich Rudolph cake balls, gingerbread oreo bark (one of my faves!), festive sugar cookies, melt-in-your-mouth peppermint cookies, classic Christmas cutouts, and Rudolph salted caramel cupcakes made for a yummy cookie exchange! 

 Thankfully my Christmas Crunch looked better in person than it does in this phone picture! 

The best part about this mix of white popcorn, broken pretzels, and M&Ms was how dang easy it was to make! I got the recipe here, and I'd highly recommend it because it was a huge hit!

The Christmas Cookie Exchange made exam week much sweeter (literally!), but I was still beyond excited to go home! On my first night back, my mom and I hit up the Scholastic Warehouse Sale: any future teacher's dream come true! 

My favorite finds. Score!

Pinkies up, John! 

Ugh, doesn't he know the rules of fine dining in the mall food court?! On Saturday, John and I attended our first "grownup" cocktail party together! An engagement party was thrown for bride-to-be Juleah, my good friend. It was so nice to meet her fiance and some of the bridal party! Since the shindig was in Greenville, John and I stopped at the mall in Spartanburg, SC. I needed to find a card (in my defense, I'd looked at other places but just couldn't find the proper engagement card!), and we needed to eat a quick dinner (Chickfila, I love you forever). Oh boy, were we a sight... Me click-clacking across the mall in my heels and John in his coat and bow-tie. I'm a lucky girl to be with someone I can laugh with in silly situations like this. (I'm also pretty lucky he happens to be so handsome!)

Saturday also happened to be a certain someone's birthday.... 
Corey turned 19! 

Can you tell how excited I was to celebrate my baby brother's birthday back in the day?!

Thankfully, I've been able to muster up a bit more excitement since 1995. 


  1. I love your Christmas best! And ginger bread and Oreo bark you say?? Please tell me you have the recipe for that?! And that picture is seriously hilarious. Proud to be your newest follower. Have a great week girl!

  2. Thanks, Mary! You're too sweet- I'm so glad to have you here and glad I can say the same about you!!

    As for the gingerbread bark, you know it! Hoping to make some myself and post the recipe later this week... Til then, have a fabulous week!