Friday, September 19, 2014

Bump Update

I can't believe I'm already 15 weeks and into the second trimester! Here's the progress we've made so far: 


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Here I am at 15 weeks. The one on the right is a little misleading because I'm wearing a tight shirt and it's night time, when the bump is bigger from a full day of eating and drinking.
Total Weight Gain: 5 lbs 

Gender: We actually got an ultrasound at our 15 week appointment but the little rascal wasn't very cooperative! Hopefully we will find out next week at the ultrasound place. 

Maternity Clothes? I actually wore a borrowed maternity dress to the football game last Saturday. It looked just like a regular dress though. I am at a stage where I feel like people probably think I just have a gut, not a baby, under my dress so I'm a little self conscious about that. 

Stretch Marks? Let's cross our fingers for no!

Sleep: I'm much less exhausted now than I was a few weeks ago, but I generally can always take a nap if I lay down. Also if I have a really long day, then the next day I struggle. I feel much better if I can plug some down time into every day. 

Movement: No, but I'm waiting on it anxiously! 

Food Cravings: I've moved on from salty--now I really want salads and sandwiches! I think about Subway all the time. I know I'm not supposed to eat lunch meat so I just get the veggie sub, foot long, so I can save one half for later when I'm inevitably hungry again. I've gone from want to fill up my starving belly with anything and everything filling to wanting light meals. Seriously it was like a switch was flipped over night. 

Food Aversions: Nuts, still. However smother them in chocolate or bury them in cereal or trail mix and I can handle them much better. 

Symptoms: In the past 2 weeks my symptoms have really let up. I'm not nearly as hungry or tired as I used to be so that's great. I've been having sinus headaches lately but I don't think that's related. They tend to linger because I can't take my usual Advil, so I've had to go home a few times and be in the dark and quiet to feel better.  I have gotten extra thirsty in the past week though. I drink so many glasses of water a day it's ridiculous, and I'm not even forcing myself. I can't get in the car without a bottle of water. 

Belly Button In or Out? In

Wedding Rings On or Off? ON

Miss Anything? Not having to worry about myself. For example, Forrest and I went car shopping and to the football game on Saturday. We had to pack a cooler with water and fruit because I knew I'd get hungry and thirsty. I was so worried that I'd get too hot in the game. I was worried that I couldn't make it up the stadium steps (it's hard when you aren't growing another person). I was so worried about feeling bad the next day that we left after the 3rd quarter (granted, if it was a good opponent, I probably would have sucked it up). I know it's silly to worry but at the same time, what I do affects baby and I didn't want to do anything to hurt him or her.

Best Moment This Week: Getting to see our little baby again and finding out that it is still doing great! 

Looking Forward To: Finding out the gender next week! Baby better cooperate!!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baileys do Vegas (Prego edition)

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, Forrest and I decided we better start tearing up the skies and using up our credit card miles before we are home bound for a while. Plus, we didn't want to lose any miles since we worked so hard to accumulate them. Remember how we have been flying for free all over the country (and the world)? If not, HERE is a refresher on how to fly for free on Southwest.
First stop on the agenda for this mama to be was Vegas. Yes, I wanted to go to Vegas, prego. I really just wanted to see Britney Spears and I didn't care what condition I was in. The Pucketts signed up to go with us and off we went. I was really nervous about how I would do on the trip since I was so exhausted but luckily since we'd been to Vegas before, we didn't have to hit it that hard to see what all we wanted to see.

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Amazing view from our room!

On the first day we at at SW Steakhouse. I had never been to the Wynn or Encore and boy are they beautiful! Just like a fairy land!
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 My sister's friend Chelsea, Miss Nevada 2013, hooked us up with a great reservation. Thanks girl!!

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At SW they have these little shows every few minutes. The singing frog was particularly precious, yet creepy.


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That is a slice of bacon on my salad...

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Boom--those are funnel cakes. We weren't even hungry for dessert but we powered through to get a taste of these bad boys. We walked all the way back to the Vdara as punishment, so it was totally worth it.

On Sunday after church we had brunch at Mon Ami Gabi. I felt so fancy having my little Pepsi in a wine glass overlooking the Belagio fountains from the patio!
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My sad little half full wineglass of Pepsi. Every time I told a waiter I was pregnant, they immediately offered to bring my drink in a "fun glass", like I was 8. I always said yes...
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Boys brunching

 I spent the rest of the afternoon at the spa---ahhhh! You know I'm great at spas and turns out, so is baby!!

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This sushi was on their specials list that night and was incredible. I think it was the sunfire roll? Mango, avocado, cooked crab, and some sort of sauce. Heaven! I had been nervous to eat sushi, even cooked sushi, but I got over it!

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Hip hip hooray for this sundae!

Then it was on to the main event--Britney! Her shows was phenomenal and so over the top. Very Vegas. Even Forrest enjoyed himself--he kept saying "She's still got it!!" The people watching was out of this world as well!  photo B80BF94B-F74B-4CA7-992E-F04AF946F7C0_zpst9vy9yze.jpg
Acting 17 again with my husband--we actually were dating when he was 17!
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I may or may not have told this guy he was my spirit animal. He may or may not have known all the dance moves from the video.

 On Monday I chilled in a cabana at the pool while everyone else did their own thing. It was nice to relax. Turns out baby is good at pooling too! I met some girls from Scotland that in a very sitcom-y way made me tell them what I called different things. It was fun. I did learn that they have a Krispy Kreme in Scotland, so I felt proud to be an American! :)  photo AB0700B1-B5C8-4638-947C-30911ED163F2_zpsktrsqvzv.jpg

 That night Chelsea got us reservations to MIX, which is atop the Mandalay Bay. Our dinner was fantastic but the views were out of this world! If I hadn't been so tired I would have wanted to stay in the bar overlooking the strip all night!!
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All too quickly, the extra long weekend was over and we were hugging the Puckett's goodbye and jumping on the plane. Until next time Vegas!!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

I'm Delighted to Announce...

that we have a new Bama fan on the way!!


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 Baby Bailey is due March 2015!!

I cannot tell you how humbled I was by the outpouring of love and support we received after we announced our news on Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday. I know that sounds really silly but it's true! We had so many sweet comments and texts, phone calls and messages that it was overwhelming. Our baby is already loved by so many, and that makes me so happy!!

If you've noticed that I've been an absent blogger, it's because I've been asleep for the months of July and August. Baby Bailey is growing like a weed in there and that means it's stealing all of my energy. I've been taking naps on my lunch hour or leaving work early for nearly 8 weeks because I can't seem to make it through an entire day. Of course, I'm so lucky to have a job that's flexible enough to let me do that! Since I usually do my blogging during my down time and work, and since during my downtime I've been sleeping, I haven't had time to blog! That made me really sad because I love this blog and have had so many fun things to talk about (housewarming party, Vegas trip, etc!), but I just haven't had the energy. I know I have to understand that my life is changed forever now, but it's hard to let go of my old ways!
I have stolen this little survey from my friend Lauren's blog. I don't know how comfortable I feel talking about pregnancy stuff yet, but I guess we shall see over time. I like this survey though because it's a great way for me to keep up with my pregnancy without being overly detailed. So here goes:

How Far Along? 13 weeks--baby is the size of a peach!

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12 weeks v. 13 weeks (you can see a kitty hiding in the 12 weeks pic)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: At my 11 week appointment I had gained 2 lbs. I might be up another by now!

Gender: I have no feeling either way. Forrest and my sister are convinced it's a boy. The heart rate was fast, which suggests girl and the Chinese calendar said girl too. The ring test was boy and I haven't had morning sickness, which people say is boy, but I know lots of boy moms who were sick and girl moms who weren't, so who knows! I will find out in 3 weeks!

Maternity Clothes? Not exactly. I had to buy some new work dresses because my work clothes are very tailored and were SO uncomfortable already.  Luckily most clothes these days are flowy so I can hopefully just keep buying my regular size in regular clothes to save money. I don't like anything fitting across my tummy at all, so I've given up on wearing pants (except yoga pants!) and I refuse to wear my Nike shorts any more. I'm hoping I can get away with leggings under long tops for the fall and winter! Some sweet friends have already given me some great maternity stuff so when I absolutely have to break down and wear some, I'll be ready!

Stretch Marks? Let's cross our fingers for no!

Sleep: I sleep all the time. I'm so exhausted. It doesn't matter if I take a nap at 5pm, because I can still go to sleep at regular bed time. I sleep pretty well throughout the night as of now too. I used to wake up and have to eat, but now I can at least make it throughout the night.

Movement: No, but I'm waiting on it anxiously! My mom felt me really early and the Dr. said I might too since I'm little, but who knows. I don't think I should really worry about it until around 20 weeks.

Food Cravings: SALTY!! I want Lays plain potato chips and Barbers party dip at all times. I could eat that all day long. It's weird because I was a pretty healthy eater before and now all I want is salty, fatty, fried food. I also have had to break my rules and allow Ranch dressing back into my life because the baby wants it (my sister says that's just me), and it also wants Coke! I haven't had a Coke since I was a freshman in college (circa 2002!). I know I'm not supposed to drink caffeine and that really easy for me except whenever there is Coke I absolutely have to have a few sips! It's so weird! My very first craving was Taco Bell, something else I haven't eaten in years. This is one crazy baby!!

Food Aversions: Nuts! So weird, because I love nuts. I can eat peanuts but anything else requires me to choke them down. I even covered some nuts in French Onion dip and it didn't help. I think it's the chalky texture? Also I feel a little weird about eating fish. Of course, these foods are both high in DHA, something necessary for baby's brain, so I'm hoping the aversions go away soon and that in the mean time, my vitamin is doing its job.

Symptoms: Extreme fatigue, hunger every 2 hours, weepiness. I can cry about anything right now! The hunger thing is much better than morning sickness, but I have to eat every few hours or I start to feel terrible. Overall during my first trimester I just felt generally crappy, but hopefully that will stop soon. I felt so good yesterday that I went to the gym for the first time in weeks!

Belly Button In or Out? In

Wedding Rings On or Off? ON

Miss Anything? I know that you aren't exactly in control of your life when you have a baby, but I didn't realize how out of control I would be during pregnancy. I can't control when I eat, when I sleep, and what I do any more. I haven't been to the gym or running in about 8 weeks because I've been too tired. I hardly cook; the grocery store makes me cry, and I have to take a break between showering and drying my hair because I get too tired. I just miss feeling like I have everything together and that I'm in control, but I guess I better get use to being a mess for a while!

Best Moment This Week: Sharing our news with the world, actually making it to the gym, watching the 13 weeks videos with Forrest, and finding out about a few new babies on the way to some of our friends!

Looking Forward To: Perking up in the 2nd trimester and finding out the gender!

Well, that's it in a nutshell I suppose! Thank you all for your support and hopefully as I feel better, the posts will be much more frequent!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Get ready to tailgate!

Who is ready for football season? Anyone? Anyone? Well you all know I am. I have been counting down the days until college football kicks off since the last down of the last game on January 6. The start of the college football season means so much for us--Saturdays spent in front of the TV or with 101,000 of our best friends cheering on the Tide, spending time with friends who live out of town while we are on our football travels, and of course, tailgating. Recently, I got to try out the Gourmet Grillware Deep Dish Sizzler. Not only can you grill in this dish, but you can also serve in it. It's very versatile and easy to clean, although you can't put it in the dishwasher. You can put it just about anywhere else though! It goes from grill to oven to fridge to freezer to tabletop! I think it will be the perfect tailgate accessory this fall! Forrest and I tried this baby out one Saturday night. We grilled burgers on the grill and used the deep dish sizzler to grill up some fresh veggies from Chip and Lucy's garden. After the burgers were grilled, we put them into the sizzler to keep them warm. You have to make sure it isn't hot enough to continue cooking your meat, but if you can do that, it really does a great job of keeping everything warm. No one likes cold burgers before the football game!!

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Delicious dinner in the Deep Dish Sizzler


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Here is my mom's recipe for her amazingly delicious burgers--perfect for tailgating:
per 1 lb of hamburger or turkey meat
1 egg salt pepper garlic powder
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
 Put the meat in a big bowl (don't chop it up yet). Add the egg on top. Then salt, pepper, and garlic powder the meat. I do this by eye--just cover it until you feel it is enough (then add an extra dash for good measure). Pour in the cheese and bread crumbs. Again, I usually eye ball this, so you can just pour from the can instead of measuring. I usually go heavier on the cheese and lighter on the crumbs--just do what you like! Now chop up the meat and stir it all together. You may decide to add more seasoning as you go!

I really did enjoy this product and will most definitely use it again. Although I did receive it for free in exchange for my review, my words and opinions are all my own!

Now YOU have the change to win $300 worth of Gourmet Grillware products. Just enter the giveaway below! Happy tailgating!!!



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What to Pack for the Lares Trek

Remember when I went to Peru, like ages ago? Ok so more like March, but still. I wanted to be a prepared as possible for the trip, but I really had a hard time finding information about my exact trek. Most people do the Inca trail but it is longer and a little different than the Lares. My biggest concern, though, was what to pack. Luckily the info on the Inca trail translated well to the Lares, but I'd like to put this out there for anyone interested in this 3 day trek as opposed to the 4 day Lares. My friends Carly and Adam are about to do an even longer trek and their impending trip motivated me to get this post together!

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Here are my tips for packing for the Lares Trek....

1. Pack light but pack right. Remember you have to carry all of your crap with you like a turtle so you want to bring as little as possible but you want to make sure you have the things you need.
2. Abuse the extra bag they give you--Many trek companies will give you a duffel bag to fill with things you don't need immediately--those things you will keep in your day pack. Abuse the heck out of that bag. A very able bodied horse or donkey will be carrying it so you don't have to worry.
3. Choose a small day pack that is light weight. If I had to do it over again, Forrest and I would have just had one back pack and we would have shared it. Our packs were perfect sizes and light, but we really didn't need to both be carrying a backpack since we had expertly utilized the duffel.

I packed everything in individual ziploc bags that were labeled. This was to make sure everything stayed dry and organized on the trip. I have to say it was really wise...

What to pack in your day pack:
1. Snack bag--before we left I bought individual bags of trail mix and lots of luna and cliff bars. I divided them up and made each of us a "snack bag". You don't need the whole snack bag in your day pack, maybe just one of each snack. Your trek company will probably provide you with a daily snack so you will have plenty to eat.
2. Potty bag--Goes without saying. Our potty bags had those little packs of tissue (much easier than rolls of toilet paper), wet wipes and hand sanitizer (if I over did anything on the trip it was the hand sanitizer, but I think that was ok).
3. Water--coming from the idiot that didn't realize they were boiling stream water for us to drink, you would think I wasn't really worried about water, but I totally was. Forrest and I each had a Camel Bak reservoir in our back packs that we filled with bottled water. We had people along the trail selling drinks and snacks so we took advantage of the bottled water. I think our were 2 liters each. You will need it!!
4. Rain gear--nothing is worse than getting wet. We had rain jackets (that were insulated so they were also great for cold) and ponchos, just to be safe. Also, make sure you have a rain covering for your back pack.
5. Other necessary items: chap stick, sun screen, sun glasses, warm gloves, scarf, bug spray, hand sanitizer. Have these handy in your pack because the horses may go another way than you and you might need them. We went from freezing cold to burning hot all in one day so be prepared!!
6. Camera/iphone--you won't get service but I wanted to be able to upload pics as soon as I hit a wifi area so I had both my point and shoot and my phone. The phone was also great for setting alarms and some people used an app that calculated our elevation and how far we walked. I wish I had used one too!

In your duffel...
1. Changes of clothes-I'm sorry but I couldn't deal with feeling nasty so I had a clean pair of socks and undies for each day. I had 2 pair of yoga pants, 2 work out tops with built in sports bras (that saved me from having to pack bras!), and so I just rotated the tops and pants. For night time I had an extra pair of fleece lined leggings (amazing), a long sleeved tshirt, wool socks, and a sweat shirt. I ended up sleeping in my clothes for the next day topped with the pjs--it was that cold. Oh and I also slept in my jacket, scarf and fleece headband. Yikes. I had each day's clothes in individual ziplocs and then a PJ bag. I didn't bring an extra pair of shoes but if it has been warmer it might have been nice to have some flip flops to wander around in once we were at camp.
2. Sleeping bag--You must have a mummy sleeping bag! Find one that is compact and light weight but rated for lower temps than you will experience.
3. Pillow--A good night's sleep is essential!! All I had was a airplane neck pillow and rolled up clothes and that didnt cut it. Just find a small travel pillow or one that inflates.. Trust me, it's woorth it!!
4. Sleeping mat--Let's get this straight--I don't care how big it is or how much room it takes up! I would have gladly toted a twin sized mattress up that mountain if it was the only option. Our "mats" were hard rubber that were literally terrible. If the ground hadn't been so cold I would have scrapped the mat and just slept on the ground because it was softer. The mat was so hard I got bruises on my hip bones. I'm a side sleeper and I had to sleep with my gloves in my pockets to try to put a little cushion between my hip bones and the mat! You can rent mats when you get there and I promise you I would have spent all my money on one if I had known how bad ours were before hand.
5. Toiletries: I perhaps over did it slightly on the toiletries but I am nothing if I'm not prepared. I had small bottles of my  face medicines, moisturizers, and face creams. I wasn't about to get grody skin just because I was being outdoorsy. I also had my tweezers and a little compact--I mean, eye brows don't stop growing while hiking!! I also had a pack of wet wipes for bathing and those facial cleansing cloths for my face. I had my full sized brush (my hair is too long be to be tamed by those travel size brushes but I kept it in a high pony the entire time), hair spray, and dry shampoo. My hair was surprisingly descent looking when it was all said and done and I think it's because the hair spray and dry shampoo dried it out. Oh and of course, I had deodorant. OH and a disposable razor...
6. Meds-We had prescriptions for Diamox for altitude sickness and Cipro for any tummy infections, but we both hated the diamox and never took the Cipro. I'm glad we had it just in case though. I also had Advil, Advil PM (Forrest would say this is the number 1 thing to pack), Pepto to Go, Band aids, and Neosporin. Allergy meds might be a good idea too.
7. Extras--I highly recommend ear plugs and an eye mask. You will sleep by water and it is LOUD! Also the sun comes up really early and so the mask will keep you asleep.

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SHOES--I didn't pack these of course because I was always wearing them. I had Salomons and I loved them. I got them a 1/2 a size too big and that was great because my Darn Tough socks were really thick, plus your feet will swell AND when you are going down hill you don't want your toes cramming into the front of your shoes. Mine were not water proof because the guy at the store told me that Gore-tex made your feet sweat and that is NOT something you want to deal with. They are pretty water resistant so I was fine even when it rained a little and when we walked through wet areas. Also mine were just trail shoes, not boots, because my feet aren't used to big hiking boots, plus the boots were HEAVY! Think light!!

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Other things to consider:
1. I had my nails done with gel polish before I left. That sounds prissy but I didn't want to worry with picking them, filing them, or anything like that and gel tends to keep them pretty sturdy. I think I did have a file and clippers in my toiletry bag though.
2. I used Frizz Ease 3 day straight spray in my hair right before we hiked in efforts to keep my hair tangle free and less of a disaster. It was fantastic.
3. I brought a fleece headband instead of a hat. It kept my hair back and my ears warm and then I used my hood if I got really cold. I thought it worked pretty well.
4. All of your hiking clothes need to be dry-fit material. Socks, clothes, undies, everything. You don't want to hike in ANYTHING cotton because even though you may get cold you will sweat and you don't want to carry that water on yourself because you will a) stink and b) freeze.

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Ok--I'm sure I forgot several things so if you are going to do the Lares Trek, just message me. Hopefully by putting this out there I can help others who are on their way!!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Well Hello There!

Long time, no see, Blog!! As you can see, I took a little blogging hiatus during the month of July. I wish I could say it was because I was doing something thrilling or was away on some fabulous trip, but that wasn't the case. Work slows down in July because we don't have much court and that gave me the chance to focus on finishing the house, among various other projects. I thought a little blog break would be perfect during that time because I was already on sort of a different schedule at work so I wasn't in front of the computer as much. Now I'm refreshed and revived with so much to talk about!
Here are a few pictures to prove that we actually were alive and well during this past month!!


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We were excited to attend Rock the River,  fundraiser for the Cultural Arts Center that was outside and was complete with a band and food trucks. It rained, however, and we had to move the party inside, but it was still a great time! Lucy and Kelly and I approve!


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The Yothers treated us to supper club at The Club during July. A 15 passenger van, dinner overlooking Birmingham, and a night with some of our nearest and dearest--who could ask for more? The singing on the ride home really added the cherry to the top of a magical evening!


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You know I had to get a pet pic in somehow--my sweet babies enjoyed being lazy with me during July. I got really good at going in late and leaving early!!

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Impromptu road trip to Georgia to eat and Canyon Grill with these fun gals (and our husbands, but for some reason I never document their presence).

Looking back, we most definitely ate well during the month! I can't believe summer is almost at an end! Before you know it, my posts will all be about football and tailgate recipes! I can't say I'm sad about that though.....
Have a great week! It's great to be back!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I've got the blues...

berries, that is. Mr. Bailey has several blueberry bushes and Forrest and I have been the lucky recipients of countless berries. We usually just gobble them up but I've been making an effort to incorporate them into some recipes.

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Here are my latest:

"Super Foods" Salad

I modified a recipe I found in the latest issue of Southern Living for this one. Delicious and crazy good for you!
1 package kale
1 package sugar snap peas, cooked and drained
5 oz shaved Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions and cooled
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup-1 cup fresh blueberries, cleaned and drained

Mix together all ingredients by hand and enjoy!! I made the red wine vinaigrette suggested by the magazine but you can use any dressing!

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Blueberry Cobbler

It's not summer in the South without cobbler. This recipe was actually a peach cobbler recipe from Allrecipes.com. It is easy and tasty!!

I probably used 6 cups blueberries--make sure you use more than you think you need because they cook down.
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water

Mix together:
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine blueberries, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 min.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
Remove berries from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. then sprinkle entire cobbler with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake until top is golden, about 20 minutes.

I served this with vanilla ice cream--who could ask for more!
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