Cookies, parties, Founders Day and more . . .

November 2, 2016


Here’s a little bit of this and some of that about what I’ve been up to . . .


img_4162Just a little fun in the kitchen. I baked fall cookies before I went in the hospital last week and decorated a few to take to my college son in Birmingham. White Lily Flour saw this photo on Instagram and asked permission to use it on their site. I’m a famous baker now! You can find their Instagram account at: White Lily Baking.

img_4261I finished the others after I returned home from my little adventure to the hospital.  Now that I have all this new energy, I’ll be a whirlwind, doing the Thanksgiving and Christmas baking!


If you missed my sad tale of woe about my heart ablation, you can go back and read it HERE. Less than a week later, I’m feeling GREAT! And now that I’ve heard from so many of you, I think the main thing to remember is to always be aware of how you feel, and don’t mark it up to being tired, or getting old (not that I’d ever do that). I may have very well avoided a stroke by getting to the emergency room, so I hope all of you are paying attention to the “little things” that may be nagging you as well.


To continue . . .


img_4272My first solo excursion after being a cooped-up invalid, was to my favorite store, Page and Palette, where I purchased a copy of Frye Gaillard‘s new book, “Go South to Freedom.” It’s a captivating, true story of escaped slaves that weaves in my favorite. . . the awesome Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida!



img_4104This is my joyful friend Deborah Bruijn, owner of Fairhope Soap Company who, several weeks ago along with her husband Pascal,  hosted one of the most creative, delicious and fun parties of the year. Her Grilled Cheese Cook-Off was part culinary mastery and part luck of the cheese! The extensive Bloody Mary bar, room full of homemade cookies and live band, added to the fun.


img_4123My husband and I competed, but alas, didn’t win the coveted cheese crown. It was a wild afternoon full of cheesy-goodness, seeing old friends and making new friends as well.




Last week, I attended the world-premier of the Fairhope Founders Day Film, organized by California transplant John O’Melveny Woods, who is shown above, welcoming the crowd along with the Director of the Fairhope Museum of History and Founders Day play director and writer, Donnie Barrett. The play takes place in the Fairhope Cemetery every year, and depicts the city’s founding fathers (and mothers) as they tell about their role in the founding of this “experimental” city.


Here’s the trailer:

My son Joseph made the behind the scenes video, which of course, I think is awesome. I’ll try to get it up on the blog another time. If you live in Fairhope, you can see the video’s debut this coming Saturday, November 5th at the Fairhope Museum of History, after the annual Veteran’s Day Parade. The film will play on a loop from noon until 4pm. They’ll be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and our new Mayor Elect, Karin Wilson will be on hand until 1pm to greet everyone.



img_3882I wanted to show you this beautiful presentation, which was the first course of an amazing five-course meal I had at the Chicago Supper Club at Wolf Bay Lodge in Foley several weeks ago, celebrating the kick-off of the wildly successful Festival of Flavor.


img_3881Here’s the entire menu for the night. Chef Ron Stone from Wolf Bay Lodge and Chef Brandon Thrash from Faulkner State outdid themselves.




And last, but certainly not least, if you are local, get your tickets now before they’re sold out to the Fairhope Film Festival! The Opening Night Party alone is going to be talked about for the next twelve months as the hottest place to be, so what are you waiting for?


Now, what have you been up to?



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