After getting off to a rough start, I ended up having a pleasant stay in South Carolina. My luggage got lost on the way down there, but I finally received it nearly 24 hours after my arrival. After spending two days wearing the same clothes, I was so thrilled to get my clothes.
I lived in Alabama for approximately six years, and I always feel a sense of nostalgia when I return to the South. I took full advantage of the abundance of southern cuisine that was so readily accessible. I love it all, grits (especially with cheese), fried okra, collard greens, sweet potato pie, red velvet cake, etc. I seriously gained 3 pounds while I was down there because I never really eat three full meals a day, but I went a bit bonkers down there. There were large white rocking chairs outside the building where I was in training, and I went out there and enjoyed the views of the red brick buildings, pine-needle mulch and beautifully manicured lawn while absorbing the day's last bit of sunshine. I only wish I could have done more touring, but I just didn't have the time. I'm sure I'll be returning, so I'll be able to take in some of the history of Columbia.
After returning home, I had a nice lazy day on Saturday. Then Sunday, Eric and I had my mother and step-father over for a mother's day dinner. We had a lovely day. This was the first year I have been able to treat my mother on mother's day, and Eric and I had a great time putting the meal together. We made grilled wild king salmon, mushroom risotto, steamed asparagus and a salad with baby greens, goat cheese, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette. For dessert I bought a lemon meringue pie because I'm lame (for not making my own), and my mother loves them.
My mother is such a sweetie though that she brought us some absolutely delightful pink frosted cupcakes:
here are the gifts I made for some of the moms in my life:
for my mother-in-law:
my aunt-in-law's apron:
It's good to be back. I have much more to show you, including some lovely packages I have received recently. I'll share those with you this week.