36 In Life

a short little post…


I do believe I forgot to thank y’all for the laughs in the comments section a couple posts back. One night, while reading the comments, I laughed so hard I thought I’d have an asthma attack. I’m so relieved to know that I’m not the only one who has texting issues. Hilarious stuff, really hilarious stuff. Thank you!

Our weekend has been fast and furious, aren’t they all? The kids came down some random fever virus… thankfully it seems to be leaving just as quickly as it came and by this afternoon they were almost back to normal. We laid low most of the weekend, only getting really riled up when our Auburn tigers had their 8th victory this season! Help Wad and I are going up for a game in a few weeks and don’t think we aren’t as excited about this as we were about our trip to Italy– which by the way, I’m working on a post! We absolutely CANNOT wait to be back on campus… have I ever mentioned how much I love Auburn University? How I found my husband there, in the Haley Center bookstore? How Erika was my roommate until the night I got married; she wasn’t sure she could live with out me… she’s seemed to fair quite well on her own.


On Mother’s Day, Paige brought me a seed packet of Cosmos home from preschool, we planted and we waited. And finally we have the most beautiful {and tall} pink Cosmos. I believe I will have to get a few packets every year… even if they don’t bloom until October.


My mother-in-law can always find the greatest little gifts. {In fact, a lot of you all asked about this pottery mixing bowl that she gave me. It is made by a potter in the North Georgia area named David Wells, this is all I can find about him, which is not much.} Back to the juicer, I don’t remember when she gave me this, I think it’s been a few years but I love it. If you ever see one you should snatch it up. I used it this morning to juice a lemon for a lemon glaze. I even let Morgan in on the action {with dirty fingernails… good thing no one was coming for breakfast}. We don’t mind her germ-y hands all over the spout! 🙂


Here are a few more shots of our afternoon… clearly feeling better!



Justin and I spent some time this afternoon exploring the Southern Foodways Alliance. Do you know about it? If you don’t, click over, especially if you appreciate Southern food and culture.

One of Justin’s good friends from his undergrad studies, Joe York, produces their documentaries and if you are interested in food, wonderful videography, and very colorful interviews with Southern “foodies”, I think they may be right up your alley.

Their website says, “We stage events, produce documentary films, publish compendiums of great writing, and – perhaps most important – document and map our region’s culinary standard bearers through oral history interviews. We’re talking fried chicken cooks, barbecue pitmasters, bartenders, ham curers, and row crop farmers.”

And I love their vision… “We set a common table where black and white, rich and poor — all who gather — may consider our history and our future in a spirit of reconciliation.”

Ok, now grab your laptop and curl up in bed and watch at least 5 of these FABULOUS short films {trust me, they’re better than anything on Hulu} before you go to bed. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll be inspired! And I can’t wait to get my hands on their cookbook… Alton Brown wrote the forward and he’s our favorite!

Speaking of the South and food… if you’re in Mississippi and have access to the latest issue of Delta Magazine I had a chance to share a recipe with them for Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix on page 125! Which I haven’t made yet this year, I better get on that!

So much for a short post… I should know myself better by now…


Last but not least, I had a few more owl-o-ween totes and tees that I’ve added to the shop for a reduced rate. Again, if you order tonight or tomorrow {Monday} they will ship tomorrow and should be to you in 2-3 days with Priority Mail shipping!

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  • Denise
    October 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Hey Darby, Can’t believe you have a bowl from David Wells…I have been purchasing his items for at least 5 years…He comes to our local fall festival(held in Duluth, Ga.) I have actually did a special order during the year and he has met me to give me my order. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE his work. Again, LOVE the Owl-O-Ween bag…Mary Margaret looked so cute with it today at our church trunk or treat!

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    October 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Glad the kiddos are feeling better! Luke wore his owl-o-ween shirt to the pumpkin patch yesterday. I posted photos on FB & my blog. It’s in the washer now so that he can wear it again tomorrow! Tracy thinks there’s something up with those shirts though…now Luke is taking his clothes off too! Doesn’t fuss about wearing them, but twice now he’s taken them off here in the house!

  • AshleyAnn
    October 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I love the photo of your daughter on the swing. There is so much life in it.

  • Sara
    October 24, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I want to hear the story of how you met Justin!

  • Jess
    October 24, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    So cute! Love the owl T- reminds me of my Chi-O days.

  • Sarah
    October 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Glad to hear the kids are recovering from their virus. Great pics as always!
    Off now to check out the shop and see if I can grab a tee for my boy. Have a great week!

  • Amy
    October 25, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Just ordered the last Owl-O-Ween tote(lucky me!) and two little Owl-O-Ween tees. We love our Honey Bee Tees and get lots of compliments! I have been laughing too about the Smart Phone text retypes. I especially laughed out loud about Kelly whose conservative MIL whose phone sent out the text that said “Crotch” instead of “Lunch!” Hilarious!

  • kathleen
    October 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Hey,. thanks for the link to SFA.- my daughter is a RTV-Film major at auburn and well, the thought that organizations of this nature exists gives me hope that students in this field do have exciting opportunities— There needs to be a Camp Auburn and what foodspots would You nominate for a itinerary??? there must be a good local auburn tail gate fav-o rite-cook book . my teck issue i can not view the videos on this mac i have –i must learn how to change the settings. I’m lucky i can respond to a blog post . Thank you for all the time you spend on your blog, it is a blessing.

  • alison g. (brazil)
    October 25, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I’m kinda coveting that juicer (bad, me!) and I’ll be checkin’ out the SFA site as soon as a I have a mommy minute!

  • Lindsey
    October 25, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Great post! I was in Auburn this past weekend for the game and it’s been two years since I’d been back. Oh how I wish I was back in school there. I miss it so much and didn’t want to leave the stadium or campus, the energy was amazing!! I believe unless you went to Auburn you can’t understand the love that centers around that school. Would love the hear about how you and Jutin met! Crazy thing is I also know Joe York! My sister used to date one of his best friends and his mom taught me my first three history classes at Auburn, she is the one who made me want to be a history major! So glad the kiddos are feeling better, do they get to go to The Plains as well?? Hope you have a great week!

  • Micah
    October 25, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Darby! Please come see BigHouse while you’re in Auburn!!! I’d love to give you the tour! 🙂

  • Erin
    October 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I live in Oxford, am a Southern Studies grad, and work at Ole Miss…the Southern Foodways Alliance is one of the best things about this place! You all should investigate it and buy their new cookbook. How fun that you know about it and know Joe!

  • Amber
    October 25, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Just ordered their cookbook and am super excited for it to come! Thanks : )

  • Tiffany
    October 25, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Just wanted to stop in to say that I made the choc chip muffins w/ pumpkin puree this weekend & they were a total hit w/ my super picky toddler. Thank you for the idea!!! I didn’t have powdered sugar on hand so I stole some pre-made icing out of the frozen cinnamon rolls package I had…the icing def. makes it!

    Love the owl-o-ween design! And can’t wait to watch the SFA links.

  • Melise
    October 25, 2010 at 10:26 am

    We went to the LA Monroe game this year with AG. This was her 2nd time to attend a game but she was only 4 monhts old the first time so we didn’t count it. She LOVED it and Mommy and Daddy had the best time too. I swear I could travel the world but being in that stadium when the eagle soars to the field and they play “Eye of the Tiger” as the players run out tops it all! War Eagle!! (did you hear we’re #1 on BCS poles!?)

  • Mandy
    October 25, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Hey Darby – I’ve been blog-stalking for a while now and thought I should introduce myself! I, too, am a McPherson and an Auburn alum. I’m one of three girls and one of us was enrolled at Auburn every semester from Fall 1995 to Spring 2002…It’s in our blood! I was lucky enough to be there this weekend for the big win. And, I completely understand how you’re just as excited about going back to Auburn as you were your trip to Italy! I’m currently living in DC and I’ve had this trip planned since the beginning of football season and have been looking forward to it for months! There really is something so incredibly special about the Plains that is hard to explain to someone who has never experienced it. Be prepared, cause campus has changed by leaps and bounds since we were there! Still beautiful, of course, but different.
    Thanks for sharing snipits of your life with us! And WAR EAGLE!!

  • Ashley
    October 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I have a similar juicer but mine is made out of jadite! Isn’t it so handy!?

    Can’t wait to watch the videos

  • Katie
    October 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    That diapered camo booty is TOO cute!

  • Ugaolemissmom
    October 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    SFA is the best! Joe did a documentary of Will Harris, who we at OneGeorgia honored at one of our board meetings. Showed that film to the Governor and the rest of the 400 or so there. Love John Edge, too!

  • Abby Maddox
    October 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I love the WHOLE family fun on the swing-set pictures. Praying for you friend.

  • Ashley
    October 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Darby! Thought of you today when I was at costco today and saw a kidcraft train table set for $99.99. I live in CA so I’m not sure if you have costco there, but thought I’d let you know. Just had my first baby, a boy, in June, and I can’t wait to play trains with him. Thank you for your writing and sharing, you are an inspiration to me as a new mom – I really am in awe of how you do it with 3! God bless you and your beautiful family.

  • Meg
    October 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    The Rover looks like a little man in the first picture – I’m excited to see your Italy pictures!

  • Melissa
    October 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    War Eagle!!! And go Joe York– it makes me wonder if I knew either one at Auburn– he dated my good friend, and his older brother is a good friend of many of our older friends. Teeny, tiny world. I haven’t been back to Auburn in a really long time– we are so excited that our boys will be old enough for the trip next year and I can show my mid-Atlantic conference husband what REAL tailgating looks like. He still doesn’t understand how an R.V. can be cool…

  • Melissa
    October 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    War Eagle!!! And go Joe York– it makes me wonder if I knew either one of you at Auburn– he dated my good friend, and his older brother is a good friend of many of our older friends. Teeny, tiny world. I haven’t been back to Auburn in a really long time– we are so excited that our boys will be old enough for the trip next year and I can show my mid-Atlantic conference husband what REAL tailgating looks like. He still doesn’t understand how an R.V. can be cool…

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    October 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    That first picture of the little guy is too cute!


  • Melanie
    October 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Love the pic of baby boy:) Too cute.

  • Today's Letters
    October 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    three observations:

    1. rover rocks 993 new balance kicks. ROVER FREAKIN ROCKS 993 NEW BALANCE KICKS! (Insert 10 cutiness points here).

    2. good things are worth waiting for (thank you pink cosmos).

    3. morgster likes to juice almost as much as tim. (he suggests wearing a conductor hat next time).


  • Maggie Miller
    October 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Hey Darby! I’m from MS, and I ABSOLUTELY love Delta Magazine- I can’t wait to look for your recipe in the latest issue! Love the blog— Hotty Toddy! 🙂

  • michelle
    October 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Darby! I ordered our first tshirt yesterday (the big kid owl-0-ween) and it came today! Wow. I am not too far away so wasn’t worried about getting it in time for Halloween weekend, but that was quick! Thank you and it is PERFECT for my 10 year old daughter. She loves it. Makes Momma happy and the little fashionista! Will there be more designs in size 12? Hope so!

  • i'm done now
    October 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I might just buy one of those shirts. So cute.
    p.s. so you are the mom that gives out the smarties..huh?!

  • kasey
    October 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I forgot to change out my alter ego on the last post..

  • Amy
    October 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Darby!
    We just got our Owl-o-Ween tees and tote! LOVE them! My girls were so excited! That tote is awesome! I expected it to be smaller than it actually is, but it is just the right size for all sorts of things! We also recently tried out your Chocolate Chip Pumpkin muffin recipe. I realized I put 3/4 cup of pumpkin in instead of 1/4 cup, but they were great anyway. My girls, hubby and myself gobbled them up before they even had a chance to cool. This is a must-make-again recipe for sure! Have a great week!

    P.S. I really wish the post office would carry those flat rate pouches/bags again. I feel so badly for you that you have to put all those little boxes together and tape them down. Oh well! Wishful thinking maybe, but maybe not. I’ll let you know if I ever see them again.

  • julia
    October 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Darby, I’m giving away a beach bag 🙂

  • mindy t
    December 26, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I have been looking for a perfect juicer and this looks like it. Any idea where it was purchased?

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