45 In Life


This post will be “yesterday in pictures” because I typed the whole post and then highlighted it and deleted it accidentally, which will make you want to pull your hair out.

CHALK GRAFFITI by Julie {babysitter extraordinaire} and kids


A perfect summer PIZZA for dinner {recipe here}. I used fresh sweet corn {cooked and cut from the cob} and a whole wheat crust that was on the back of the pizza yeast packet. It was a pretty crust but not very good… if anyone has a whole wheat pizza crust recipe please share.


summer pizza1


summer pizza2

summer pizza3

You should try it… the fresh mozzarella, pesto, corn and tomatoes make a winning combination.

I madeΒ  a blackberry cobbler for dessert… I only took before pictures.

blackberry cobbler

After dinner & dessert we made our way to the dock to watch the sun set and see what there was to see. There were multitudes of jellyfish and crabs to be seen, as well as a drunk grown man on {and off} a kayak. For the sake of his privacy, no photographs were taken. It’s a really good thing he had on his life jacket. In case you didn’t know, drunkness and kayaking don’t mix well, especially when the tide is ripping out. We were ready to be the rescue squad in the Starcraft when he hollered, “No baby, I’m fine… just had too much beer!” Hmmm, ok. It was one of those times you hated to stare but could hardly help yourself. We stared enough to know he made it safely to shore.


I cut Rover’s hair yesterday morning, looks like I missed one small piece.



The end. Happy weekend, friends!

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  • simplyblythe
    June 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

    one of my husband’s hobbies is baking/pizza.
    we love this recipe for a (partial) whole wheat crust:

  • The Monogrammed Mrs.
    June 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Looks like everyone (even the drunk man) is having fun!

  • Emma
    June 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Which lens did you use with your camera to take the photos of your kids? And the food?

  • Corey
    June 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I love your blog and beautiful pictures! You have a precious family! Random photo question….did you use your flash at all in any of this pictures? They’re perfect!

  • Catherine
    June 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

    That pizza looks delicious! I may have to try that!

  • Janna
    June 17, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Your blog always makes me happy! Even the chalk graffiti looks gorgeous.

    Have a great weekend!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

    NUM.NUM. what’s for supper tonight ?!?

  • Amy
    June 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Love reading your blog! Friday night is pizza night at our house, Trader Joe’s makes a good refrigerator whole wheat dough that is quick and good(if you have one near by). My boys love it! Happy weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Nikki
    June 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

    First time commenting, but long time reader. I adore your blog! I had to come out of hiding to share my pizza crust recipe. I found it online awhile back and have been using it for over a year. Will never use anything else. So easy and so delicious!

    1 pkg active dry yeast
    1 tsp sugar
    1 c warm water
    2.5 c bread flour
    2 tb olive oil
    1 tsp salt

    Preheat oven to 450. Dissolve yeast and sugar in water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 min. Stir in flour, oil, and salt. Beat until smooth. Rest for 5 min. The dough (not you). πŸ˜‰ Roll out, add toppings, and bake for 15-20 min.

    Hope you enjoy!

  • Brenna
    June 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

    If you are using a windows based machine, if you accidentally delete a section and you want it back all you need to do is press CTRL+Z this is the Undo keyboard short cut, and as long as you havent done anything else you’ll get your text back!!

    (If its a MAC then you just do command + Z)


  • kayce hughes
    June 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Love your photos!

  • Jill
    June 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I know that babysitter extraordinaire of yours! I knew I recognized her handwriting! She’s been loving her summer job! {And I’m loving the looks of that pizza… might have to make me one.} Thanks for sharing bits of your life with us stalkers! πŸ™‚

  • EK
    June 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Have you tried buying pizza dough at either whole foods or trader joe’s? (or your local grocery store?) The kind in a bag. I’ve had great luck with it!

  • Rebecca
    June 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hey Darby! I have a great recipe for pizza dough that turns out great every time. It has both wheat and all-purpose flour in it, but I’m sure you could substitute and use just wheat. I posted about it here: https://rebeccagayle.blogspot.com/2010/10/best-pizza-dough-ever.html. Hope y’all are having a great summer…it sure does look like it πŸ™‚

  • Janice
    June 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I use exactly the same recipe as Nikki posted, and it is great. As always – gorgeous photos. I just love your blog. Yesterday when you mentioned that DaddyBoy was coming to visit, I got excited. I swear I’m not a nut case, just a harmless blog stalker.

  • Melanie
    June 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Oh man….I hate that you lost your post- looks like you guys are having a ball!

  • Amy
    June 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    As someone else posted, Trader Joe’s has a great whole wheat dough that is great to use for pizza’s and appetizers!

  • Lindsey
    June 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    that pizza looks delicious. glad you didn’t have to rescue the drunk man, but it certainly would have made a good story. hope you enjoy the time with your parents!

  • Lynn
    June 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I recently tried making this recipe with half whole wheat and half all purpose white and it turned out great:
    Have you tried grilling pizza? We did this for the first time last weekend and I highly recommend it. You’d think it would fall through the grate, but it totally didn’t! And the crust was fantastic. We found some great tips and tricks here in case you’re interested.
    Be forewarned, it cooks FAST. We made smaller pizzas…about 1/4 of the above dough recipe at a time.

  • April
    June 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    That looks so good! My kids just ordered pizza for lunch and I am looking at it and yours and wishing I had yours! A friend of mine had a picture of a fresh veggie pizza on his website and I asked him the same thing about a good recipe for wheat dough. He said he used White Lily, but I haven’t looked on it to see if there is a wheat dough recipe.

  • Jessica
    June 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    that pizza looks really good!! I’ve never had corn on my pizza….I’ll have to try it! love pesto….so much better than tomato based pizza sauce. I want to see pictures of the drunk guy on the kayak – sounds hilarious! sounds like he was too drunk to even notice if you were taking pictures of him πŸ˜‰ you make living at the beach look like a whole lot of fun!!

  • wendy, NJ
    June 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Yum. The pizza looks wonderful. Unfortunately I’m the only one in my family who’d try it! Thanks for your blog…I’ve been a faithful follower for a year or so now and I just LOVE it. You are so blessed to have such a beautiful family!

  • Lindsey
    June 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    The photos of the pizza look yummy! I’ve never thought about pizza with corn. Have you tried Publix pizza dough? They have fresh dough that is yummy, but you do have to let it rise a bit. My mom and I ate at Cobalt last night and I swear I thought I saw the Starcraft!

  • Teri
    June 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    The blueberry cobbler looks delicious! Would you mind posting the recipe, please?

  • Jill
    June 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    That pizza looks awesome! Your little kiddos look so adorable all tan! By the way, I saw pics of your orange bathroom on HGTV the other day! It is amazing how you transformed it!

  • Traci
    June 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I love to read your blog!!! Pictures are always beautiful…and the Rover and Bologna could be twins themselves!! so adorable.

  • Beth
    June 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Darby,

    I have a good recipe posted on my blog for pizza dough. You can find it here. https://bethmoranmorgan.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/follow-up-2/

  • Christine
    June 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Darby, I think your home base is close to us. And for me that means no Trader Joes *gasp* or Whole Foods! I don’t think there are any T Joes in AL actually. I checked before we left our beloved chain back in Michigan. Trust the readers if you haven’t been, Joes is the best!

  • Hannah
    June 18, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Two words: Cute (your kids) and yummie! (pizza).

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary Beth
    June 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

    We like this recipe from food network- it calls for 1 1/2 cups WW Flour and 2 cups white flour. I just switch those two and it turns out great. Can be rolled really thin and grilled before topping and baking (just brush both sides with olive oil) and it is delicious!

  • Meredith
    June 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Love your summertime posts! They are some of my favorites!

  • nicola
    June 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    we use naan bread for pizza crusts. its delicious and the perfect size for individual pizzas.

  • Sandy Toe
    June 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I love chalk so fun!!!

    sandy toe

  • kathleen
    June 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Hmm. Am I the only one that sees a face, a ghost face, in a slice of cheese on that before pizza???

  • cousin
    June 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Yummm! Looks fabulous!! I’ve been dying for your granola bars. I may have to whip some up today. Hope you’re having fun with CJ and DB! Love and miss you! XO

  • HannahJ
    June 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Love it! What a lovely post- as for the pizza- I am a HUGE pizza fan- especially the homemade kind:) I swear by the recipe from an issue of MS Living a while back. Its for Chris Bianco’s pizza dough and its TO DIE for- seriously. Great with white flour- but totally delicious with wheat. I used a mix of whole wheat pastry and Trader Joes white whole wheat the other day and it was fab- you need a little less flour when using the wheat- here’s the link:

    another key with this perfect pie is the super-high cooking temp!

  • Amanda
    June 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I am going to try that pizza! Also, I found the adorable dress you posted about a month or so ago at my local Walmart on clearance for $10!! If anyone is near Greenville, NC – they had a small and a medium left!! I know it has been sold out online for a while.

  • Margaret
    June 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I LOVE corn on pizza! I made a Mexican style pizza with a whole wheat crust last weekend and it was the best–salsa, peppers, onions, tomatoes, LOTS of corn (I used frozen yellow that I had on hand), jack and mozz cheese with crushed up tortilla chips and cilantro on top. YUM! I don’t have a favorite whole wheat crust recipe yet–I’ve been trying a new one each time until I find one that I love. The ones that taste better so far are about 1/4 reg. all purpose flour instead of all whole wheat. Good luck!

  • Amanda Wells
    June 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I have been dying for a good whole wheat crust recipe, so if you find a winner, please share!

  • Julia
    June 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I’m so jealous of girls who can write cheerleader letters.

    The drunk guy sound so Alabama. Thank goodness he wasn’t armed.

  • Cherish @ Southern Soul Mates
    June 22, 2011 at 1:01 am

    That pizza looks so good-I would have never thought to put corn on pizza! Rovers haircut looks so cute! My sister owns a hair salon and has taught me a few tricks over the years, so my husband and I cut each other’s hair to save $$ lol. We thought we’d just do it until he finished veterinary school, but now that he’s been out a year we are still sticking with it because it does save so much-plus it’s more convenient. It doesn’t always look perfect, but oh well! Beautiful pictures as always! xoxo

  • Katie@ Noodle and Boof
    June 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

    FUN! That pizza is looking DELISH. Nothing better than sweet summertime corn.

  • Leah
    June 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I hate you lost your post! Have you ever used, “control” and “Z” Its a shortcut for “undo” and alot of times it will paste your body right back like it was. πŸ˜‰ Just a hint. Once I discovered it, it changed my life! I’ve deleted MANY a Post! The pizza looks great, cant wait to try it!


  • Jenny
    June 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I just found your blog and have been here for like an hour allready! It is delightful! I’m making this pizza tonight with my kids. They might cry when I eat it all! Nice to meet ya!

  • Rachel
    July 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Did you try hitting control and z after you deleted it? That usually gets it back, as I know through having made the same mistake several times. Beautiful blog- I am envying you your summer!