Wednesday, October 30, 2013

BWFB with John Bowman and The Primitive Quartet!

Our family had the absolute privilege of opening for both John Bowman and The Primitive Quartet this past weekend! We felt good about our set of music, John's voice is like that of an angel's, and The Primitives are such a great group of talented and sweet musicians. 

Also, I wish I had John Bowman's voice. Not to get weird, but I would totally steal it Ursula-style and wear it around my neck in a shell. Did that get weird? Probably. 

Aside from the incredible performances, the best part was after the show was over. We had the opportunity to talk with the guys and learn a few things from people who've been traveling musicians for decades.

Us with Norman from The Primitive Quartet
Us with John Bowman!
Daddy and Norman got along great since they're both crazy people. In a good way!

I can't tell you how much it meant to me that these guys took the time to talk and laugh with us! It's not everyday you get to hang out with some musical greats!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Crockpot Seafood and Sausage Gumbo!

I've been gone a while from this little corner of the internet, so to get back in the swing of things, I thought I'd post a great recipe for gumbo! My friend Kim tried it and asked for the recipe, so I thought I'd share it here. I originally started with this recipe and then tweaked it for our tastes and convenience.

  • 1 package of lean bacon (and by "lean" I just mean "not very fatty" bacon since the fatty parts get squishy in the crock pot and that's not what you want.)
  • 2 chopped medium onions
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb shrimp (It can be raw or cooked since the crock pot will cook it through. If you use cooked shrimp, they may shrink.) 
  • 1 bag of frozen okra, thawed and chopped
  • 1 lb of the sausage of your choice, pre-cooked
  • Optional: Tony Chacheres Creole Seasoning 
  • Optional: 1 lb of crab meat
First, fry up the bacon in your skillet.  I cut mine into little strips to fry up. Once it's cooked, strain the bacon and put it in the crock pot.

This bacon is entirely too fatty, just fyi. 
Once that's done, pour off the excess grease leaving only a small amount in the skillet. Saute your onions and garlic until the onions are translucent. Add those to the crock pot along with your broth, the tomatoes with their juice, and the Worcestershire sauce. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2. 

Then add your okra, shrimp, and sausage and cook for another hour on low or a half-hour on high.

Serve on a bed of rice!

This gumbo is the perfect way to end a chilly fall day, and it's simple too, which is what I like about it.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

Meet Buckshot Tuttle!

This little bundle of distraction is Buckshot! He's the newest and cutest member of the Tuttle household and we love him a lot! LOOK AT HIS FACE! 

He loved Petsmart and right after this picture was taken, he was mobbed by a family who thought he was too cute to handle.

He really loves Puck, so I've been going around saying "AWWWWW LOOK AT THEM TOGETHER!"

This is his favorite spot: at the foot of my chair on a pile of toys.

It's a tough life.

He sits on this rug every time I start cooking.

Tag team toy time.

He loves tennis balls!


This melts my heart. 

And so does this!

It has been such a blessing to see Puck and Buckshot become friends and play together. Puck never has had a puppy friend before, and we can tell she's happier since Buckshot came to be with us! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Second Anniversary Trip!

One of the reasons I've been MIA lately is because Jared and I took a wonderful vacation to Panama City, Florida. We went down on a Sunday and it was pretty cloudy, but beautiful.

*Quick note: there will be a TON of sunset pictures. Just, fyi. 

Our condo was right on the water and we were on the 20th floor, so we always had a great view.

The sun came out eventually, and we went to the beach to splash!

Jared took this picture of me, and I swear to you I'm not pregnant, but one day when I am, I'll just use this photo to make that announcement.

This one is better.

We stayed on the beach to watch the sun go down.

This is the condo we stayed in: Sunrise Beach Condominiums.

The birds made the coolest tracks in the sand.

Beach Selfies!

I'm almost positive this is a jellyfish.

The rest of these photos are the day-to-day photos from my phone.

A sweet lady asked if we wanted her to take our picture. She said it was always hard to get pictures of yourselves when you go on vacation alone. I thought it was nice of her to offer.

Jared grabbed my phone for this one.

These crazy birds were everywhere! They'd wait around for someone to drop something delicious and then they'd descend on it like crazy things!

I was also surprised at the amount of pigeons that hung out on the beach. The gulls would make the pigeons do all the work digging in the sand to find food, and then they would steal it from them!

Jared and I ate at this delicious diner, but Jared ate too much and felt like death. I took a photo opportunity.

Here's the view from our balcony!

We also ate at this fancy pants restaurant with a 25,000 gallon saltwater aquarium. This shark photobombed my photo of this beautiful lionfish.

I tried to paint the sunset...I need to watch some Bob Ross videos STAT.

Jared is a man who really loves to dig holes. He was especially proud of this one he dug with his foot.

This was the sunset on the last night of our trip. It was breath-taking.

The trip was fantastic! Jared and I considered this our second anniversary trip since we had a "staycation" during our actual anniversary. This was much better :) 

Thanks for being patient with me while I get ready for the Marble Festival and for Connie's wedding; I'll post more regularly soon!