Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fried Okra.. A simple southern classic

My roomie Julie has introduced the world of Farmer's markets to me. This last rainy Saturday morning, Julie and I headed to Market Square in downtown Knoxville to get some goodies. We left with many yummy things including: organic chocolate milk, homemade rolls, green peppers, sweet potatoes, and okra. All for under $10!!! We decided it might be fun to fry okra (neither of us had ever fried anything before). So tonight, we found a recipe and it was easy, cheap, and SUPER YUMMY. The recipe can be found at ALL RECIPES.

Bon Appetit!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You know you are growing up when....

You know you are growing up when... the thought of plate and bowls excites you. This past week... we registered for our china. Bowers could barely hold back his excitement... I wish you could hear my sarcasm. Our experience registering could be a reality tv show. I wish you all could have seen us in Pottery Barn a few weeks back. Hil..arious. Anyway, Bowers wanted the most manly china in the store...While we did not end up getting Bowers' plates... my sweet Mom started Bowers a collection for his birthday. We ended up getting the Juliska in brown, white, and blue and we (I :)) am really excited about mixing the colors. Calli was super sweet to help register.
I can already tell that my cooking is going to taste better off of these plates!! Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday evening.

- Brittney S. Pears

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Fall Y'all!!

Today is officially the first day of my FAVORITE season and even though it is still 90 degrees in Knoxville, I am excited. Fall= crisp air, beautiful trees, football time in Tennessee, and PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING!!! Pumpkin is my favorite flavor EVER and I was so excited to be able to get a pumpkin spice latte and muffin at Panera this past weekend. Two of my favorite people came to visit me this past weekend, Bowers and Caitlin. We had a great time despite the loss :(

This year, I am attempting to become domestic :) I have never been the best cook, but I really enjoy it! Last night I made chicken tetrazzini for some friends and it turned out great! It is super easy and affordable. I found the recipe at All Recipes. Too bad it is full of dairy (Bowers is HIGHLY allergic to all dairy products). I just love cheese and chocolate too much... so I am going to indulge as much as possible before my kitchen turns into a dairy free zone.
Happy first day of the fall!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A tribute to Coach

Tomorrow is the birthday of the best father a girl could ask for! I wish I could be in Memphis to celebrate!

Here are some pictures from Halloween circa 1992. A little preview for June 11th...

I love you Dad!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My new life.. as Ms. O'Neill

As of August .. let's be real.. my world was rocked. I became a 4th grade teacher (technically intern but who's counting... I am working on my masters' degree right now in elementary ed). For someone who hates change, this has been a hard transition from the college lifestyle (a la waking up at a casual 9:45 each day and getting to wear nike shorts and a t-shirt to class) but I am loving it more and more each day. The kiddies are great and make me laugh everyday. I love their honesty and excitement. Here are a few highlights from today..

teacher: "Were you listening to me?"
student: "Weeellll..... not the whole time." At least they tell the truth! :)

and another...

teacher: "What's the difference between jobs now and jobs before technology?"
student: "People used to do manual labor but now all they do is sit at desks and talk about car insurance."

It has been an adjustment but I am so excited about what this year has in store! I have already started coming up with ideas for next year when I become Mrs. Clement :) Can you tell that I am excited about my new name? I have attached pictures of the Clement Cash that I have been making for next year.

Yay!! Hope you all have a wonderful week and GO VOLS!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The beginning

So... here it begins. If you ask my roommate Julie, she would tell you that I spend more than a fair amount of time looking at blogs. Okay... maybe A LOT more than a fair amount of time. You name it... from friend blogs, to wedding blogs, to MODG and the pioneer woman. So I decided that I have a lot of blog worthy things in my life that I should contribute to the blog world.

With that..

I ordered the save the dates!!!!!!! YAY :) I have always had an obsession with paper and had the best time looking for save the dates. My amazing friend Michele was so sweet to take our pictures. She did such a great job that we had a hard time deciding what picture to use. You should check out her blog at I have attached the picture.. Let me know what you think. Also, for all you fellow paper lovers.. has amazing return address stampers and I am counting down the days until mine arrives.

Keep it classy san diego.