Ever have one of those days where you come home early, stop and buy bread that’s discounted because it expires today, but it doesn’t matter because you plan to eat it all in one sitting? Yeah, me neither.


Country Reception

I was fortunate enough to go to my cousin-in-law’s wedding reception this weekend at the Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City.

Entrance to the barn dance

Table centerpiece

Decor on one wall


There was lots of pie-eating,

a table decked with homemade ice cream,

a coffee-smoothie bar (I had a chai tea mixed with vanilla ice cream!),

and a table with dispensers of tea and lemonade.

The pie selection for the taste-testing competition, judged by the bride and groom

My entrant

After doing some two-steppin’,

guests could walk around the grounds outside

and visit the farm animals in the petting zoo

or get lost in the human labyrinth.

Congratulations to the Bride and Groom!

“Supportive” Ammunition

Alex asked me to stop by a sporting good’s store

to pick up a box of

12 gauge target load shotgun shells.

That was the end of his instructions,

meaning I could pick any box, right?

Shotgun shells


Little did I know that even the shells were pink!



I think he’s a bit embarrassed to take them target shooting,

but now he’s supported breast cancer research

and learned to be more specific next time.

Cheese and Bread Feast

I promise I do not work for Central Market.

Nor do they endorse this blog.

It is just a new found obsession.

Alex’s parents were here last week.

We needed to run by Central Market on our way to dinner to pick up a gift.

In the midst of taste-testing everything, we decided to forego our initial plans of dining at Pappadeaux for picking out fun cheeses and breads and bring them home.

And bring them home we did!

Manila and Indian mangos

Pomegranate-Plumcots, Sugarplums, and Apricots

Parmesan Sourdough and more of that Prosciutto-filled Sourdough

Cinnamon-savory rotisserie chicken, Rye bread, and Garlic pita chips

Aged White Cheddar with Peppercorn and Garlic-Parmesan olive oil

Alex’s slice of Parmesan bread topped with Feta and Spinach spread, rotisserie chicken, Aged White Cheddar, and Gouda

The delicious feast!

Buon appetito!

Lovely Saturdays

With some time to kill on a Saturday afternoon,

why shouldn’t one go to Central Market for the first time?

Overwhelmed by aromas and visual artistry of food,

we were giddy inside the taste-test haven.

After seeing and sampling all we could,

we enjoyed the breeze just outside on the patio

sampling our goodies.


Sourdough baguette with Prosciutto baked right in

Morbier le Meunier Cheese (more like butter!)

Morbier on the Prosciutto sourdough

Nectarine-Mango Hybrid

Goodbye Social Life

It was fun having friends while it lasted. I started my doctoral program this week. I am ecstatic about it, but realize all the sacrifices I must make – free time, friendships, inner happiness…

Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but for just ONE class on Tuesday, I must come to class prepared to discuss the 205 pages out of the textbook I’m currently reading, in addition to 7 scholarly articles. And I am pumped!

You may think I’m crazy, but the quality of the knowledge that I am learning surpasses any of that which I’ve had before. I am actually motivated to learn!

I said all that to say I wish I could keep updating you on my grocery savings, but I’m going to have to hold off for a bit.

So, it’s been fun. I’ll now return to my closet with a desk in it and read for the next 3.5 years.

It wasn’t me!

I awoke this morning to the violent beams of sunlight slapping me in the face through my partially closed blinds and rolled over to grab my phone. I checked my email, the first thing I do every morning (how tech-addicted is that?) and saw an Amazon.com order confirmation email. In the email it was congratulating me for purchasing a $50 Playstation gift card. WHA?????

I don’t think I awoke at 3am just to place a Playstation order… I called Alex – he didn’t sleep shop last night either.

My heart pounding, I bounded out of bed and frantically opened my laptop. “Amazon.com” I punched in the web bar. I clicked on “help” at the bottom of the screen. Scrolling, scrolling. The page was very hard to navigate. I could not find a phone number to call until I typed in “customer service” into the search bar. Amazon, you should make that easier to find, although I understand you don’t want to advertise that people may need to report fraudulent charges.

Once on the phone, the two people I talked to were very friendly and helpful. I was told:
1. Change your password, but don’t worry about cc info because amazon doesn’t show it
2. Run Malware software on my computer
3. My refund will be in my account in 2-3 business days.

Kudos, Amazon! Very easy and helpful! Much better experience that Ebay. When I was in college my account got hacked and I had to prove that I indeed was in Arkansas, not in China selling hundreds of dollars of Louis Vuitton bags on the side. Really, Ebay?