Sad lunchbox

Today, I was going to do another What’s In My Lunchbox post, but that’s not going to work out. I was off work, taking a little vaca time (nothing exciting, I need to use up some benefit time or I’ll lose it) Monday and Tuesday and this morning I was just too rushed to put together a lunch. So today, I’ll probably go walk around the grocery store next to work and find something random to eat.

What do you do when you don’t have time to pack a lunch? Or do you even bring your lunch to work?

Progress Report: September

Just checking in to share my progress with the book clubs’ picks for this month.


PROGRESS: Just reached chapter 15

THOUGHTS SO FAR: I’m doing this month’s pick via Audible and I have to say, it isn’t the easiest choice to follow in that format. I really wish I would have just purchased the book (or checked it out from the library, it they had it) instead. I like it though, it’s not what I was expecting and I’m interested to see how it turns out.



THOUGHTS SO FAR: I really do want to read this book, I just haven’t sat down and found it yet.

Are you reading along with either of these book clubs this month? If so, how far are you?


St. Francisville

St. Francisville

I meant to post this yesterday, but I forgot! Oh well, it’s up now. This is a Photobomb post from the trip Mr. LL and I took over Labor Day weekend to St. Francisville, LA. It’s a small town with old plantations. We stayed at the B&B at the Greenwood Plantation. We wanted to take the “Mystery Tour” at the Myrtles Plantation, but it poured down rain all Saturday and they only do that tour on Friday and Saturday nights.

Anyway, here are some photos from our stay.

This where we stayed. We stayed in a room on the lower level. Next time we will spend the extra $40 to stay in the bigger/nicer upper level rooms.

This is the plantation at the place we stayed. We didn’t take the tour, though it was included in the price to stay there. Next time.

While I was taking pictures of the big house, this little guy showed up.

He liked us so much that he jumped in our car and got the seats all muddy (we were stocking up on drinks from the drink machine, btw).

We did a lot of walking on the grounds at the plantation.

Mr. LL found this “little” guy while we were walking around on the grounds.

These two decided they could just come into our room. They hung out with us till we went into town to find dinner. We hope they went home.

Follow Friday: The House that Lars Built

My new weekly post, Follow Friday, in which I share a blog that I personally subscribe to and I want to recommend to you!

This week, I am recommending The House that Lars Built! This is a lovely blog and I find myself getting lost in the fairy world that Brittany Watson Jepson must live in to write the posts featured on this blog.

Brittany Watson Jepson [via The House that Lars Built, photo by Rachel Thurston]

Brittany’s “About” page is just too much to sum up. You should head over to it and get to know a little about this amazing lady.

This blog is full of artistic posts and DIYs. I love the “This Girl” series especially. I’ve gathered some of my favorite posts, and they are (I feel) representative of the great variety her blog has to offer.

Check out all the “This Girl” tagged posts. [via The House that Lars Built]

Printable Cootie Catcher [via The House that Lars Built]

Free Printable Stationary [via The House that Lars Built]

Here are DIY round-ups called “Room to Room”. [via The House that Lars Built]

Making homemade pasta & the best pasta sauce recipe [via The House that Lars Built]

Come back next week and I’ll have another blog for you to discover!

Link Love: 09.11.14

This kid is seriously amazing. He is 8 years old, completed a mini-triathlon, and he carried his six year old brother, who cannot walk, with him the entire way.

Kandee Johnson had a great post about embracing the weird and also, letting go “style-racism” so you can embrace everyone’s fashion choices.

The Clueless Girl’s Guide has a great series called “Rad Girl/Rad Gig” and I really enjoyed reading about Angela Szafranko, who is an animator and just a cool lady.

I want this amazing secret maze framed and on my wall, please. Read about the amazing, and so far it seems, unsolvable maze that took 7 years to make and was kept secret for 30 years.

Looking for something to read? Why not pick something from David Bowie’s list of top 100 books?

Cooking Library

I have a restrained love of cookbooks. I want to buy a cookbook every time I see one (well almost every time…you can keep your paleo cookbooks). I have notions of grandeur that I could make these delicious meals pictured and printed on those glossy pages. I’d be the “cooking” friend. My husband and family would flock to me for food because I made these amazing dishes.

But I know better. I am a recovering-picky eater. I look at recipes and see mushrooms, olives, red onions, etc. I go “nope, not eating that” and thus, not making that dish either. I’m also lazy. If a dish has more than 10 ingredients (unless we are talking spices, and spices that I have on hand or know I will use again), I won’t make it. If it calls for more than 2 or 3 pans, not gonna make it. So I restrain myself buying cookbooks, because I just plain know better.

I do, however, have two staple cookbooks in my repertoire. Bell’s Best and Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. Any southern lady worth her salt has these in her library.


I grew up looking through my mom’s battered and stained copy of Bell’s Best. I’m pretty sure we only ever made cookies out of it, but I could be wrong (Mom, leave a comment about what you used your Bell’s Best for, please). I used to make the best, in my opinion, sugar tea cakes from this book. I now have my own copy and I’m still trying to figure out which tea cake recipe it was that I used.

I bought this book not long after Mr. LL and I got married. This was another one that my mom had and I knew I needed it. My mom used more recipes from this book (though I couldn’t tell you what, my mind just isn’t there this morning), but I remember it being out just as much as, if not more than, the Bell’s Best.  The version I have is not the same as my mom’s copy, but I love how everything is broken up and all the helpful tips it provides (P.S. don’t let the cover fool you, it’s more than just edible gifts…they just have a special section in this copy for those). I have bookmarked many pages in my Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook, but I haven’t actually made any of it yet. Someday.