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Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving feast

It’s that time of year again! Time to count your blessings and stuff your face full of turkey. Herb and I are enjoying some time off from work and look forward to seeing our family and eating some yummy food.

It feels much more like winter than fall right now as we got our first snow of the season last night – several beautiful inches of that glorious white stuff! We don’t see a whole lot of snow here in northeast Tennessee, so we always appreciate it when we get more than a dusting.

Today I’ll be making some pecan pie – my great grandmother’s classic recipe that I’ll share in a future post! I’ll also be making our delicious breakfast casserole, because we do brunch with my dad’s side of the family. Dad will be making his signature french toast, of course!

On the menu tomorrow night: dad’s cajun deep fried turkey, honey baked ham, mom’s macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, green beans, dressing, and rolls. Can’t wait!

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. Love your family!

Saturday – Trophy Edition

Mummy Dogs Halloween Recipe Trophy

You may recall from my recent post that I was making Mummy Dogs  to take to a Halloween party. They were quite a hit! In fact, we won a trophy for Most Creative Dish with them. Not to mention they are quite tasty!

Mummy Hot Dogs for Halloween

Herb dressed up as Harry Potter, and I went as Luna Lovegood.

Halloween Party

 

Our lovely host and hostess had some good costumes as well – Sandy Patterson from Identity Thief and 50 Shades of Gray (notice the paint chips around his neck :-))

Halloween Party

It was a great party! Loved spending time with my wonderful, beautiful friends.

Halloween Party

And of course it was fun to go home with a trophy. Now the challenge will be finding something great to make for next year’s party. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Back to Work!

Enjoying fall

Well we’ve had an extensive (unwanted!) break from food blogging over here at HerbOnHerbs! The site going down has been terribly frustrating and disheartening, but the good news is that we are back in business!

I’m actually pretty surprised at how much I missed food blogging and interacting with readers and other bloggers. In some ways, it was nice to have a little break – the past couple of months have been very busy. Herb and I just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on October 20th (yay us!) and we’ve been enjoying our favorite season by hiking and eating all things pumpkin.

Grandfather Mountain

We hope that everyone is having a wonderful fall. We will resume posting recipes very soon!

End of Summer: Saturday Edition

Mister and Sister Spice

Well, it’s official: the sun has set on the summer for Mister Spice and me.  We just completed the first full week of school, and to say that we’re exhausted is an understatement.

It’s always tough to get back into working 15 and 16 hour days, but we’re grateful to have jobs that allow us to take a break from the craziness every now and then.  And even though I hate to see summer dwindle, I also love fall.  For those of you who have never seen North East Tennessee in the fall, you’re missing out!  Anyway, here’s to a wonderful school year!

Nana Herb turned 90! Saturday Edition

Nana Herb is 90 years old!

 

Last Friday, July 26th, Nana Herb turned 90 years old!!!

We celebrated with dinner and a delicious coconut cake. The following day, we drove over to The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina and had an amazing brunch (post soon by Sister Spice!) with our family.

Sister Spice, Nana Herb, and Mrs. Herb at The Grove Park Inn

 

It was a wonderful weekend, and Nana Herb had a great time. She’s still as cute and funny as ever. Sister Spice and I are very blessed to have grown up with such a loving, generous, Godly grandmother. We love you, Nana Herb!

“Nothing Gold Can Stay”–Saturday Edition

work friends

These lovely gals (and little Sammers) are my work crew friends.  We make up over half of the English department at Sullivan Central High School and have been dear friends for over 5 years.  We, along with our two other English department counter-parts, have even gained a county-wide reputation as one of the closest departments.  Not only do we all “get along” (which, interestingly enough, doesn’t always happen among teachers in certain departments), but we’re very good friends.  It’s so much easier to get up and come to work when you know you’ll get to spend the day with people you love.  However, just like all other good things, our work relationships are partially coming to an end.  Mariel, the lovely lady holding Sam, is taking a job in another school district closer to home where she will raise her boys.  Jennifer, the pretty girl in stripes, is moving up to take an administrative job at another high school in our district.  To say that we are sad to know that we will not see these two everyday is an understatement!  We have such a history together…

From smearing cake on my face at my wedding shower…

work friends

To baby showers with our favorite athletic trainer friend Joanna (who thankfully hasn’t left us yet!) and Rebecca, who we miss…

work friends

work friends

work friends

To welcoming those babies into the world…

work friends

work friends

To numerous hiking trips (both with and without children)…

work friends

To competing in 5ks….

work friends

work friends

and triathlons with our awesome Science friend…

work friends

To, um, getting up close and personal…

work friends

work friends

work friends

To exploring Asheville and Charleston…

work friends

work friends

And to just having fun both at work and away from work…

work friends

work friends

work friends

work friends

work friends

Over this past week, since the realization that we would no longer all be co-workers, we’ve tried to savor our time together.  Here we are at lunch with Justin and Kelly, our other two awesome co-workers who aren’t leaving us (at least for now!)

work friends

work friends

But even though we will not all be working together, we know we will always be friends.  We may have to work harder to make an effort to get together, and we will of course be making new friends, but that doesn’t mean our love for one another will diminish.  Being a brand new teacher at 22 is hard, and I feel so fortunate to have stepped into a job where the people around me were so wonderfully welcoming.  Time goes on, and things change.  Growth is good.  In the insightful words of Robert Frost:  “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”

work friends

Happy One Year Blogiversary to HerbOnHerbs!

Happy Blogiversary

HerbOnHerbs turns one year old today!!!

It was July 25th, 2012 when Herb planned to be in charge of dinner for the two of us in honor of our one year anniversary (when he had officially asked me to be his girlfriend the year before). He came over all dressed up and carrying some groceries, stating that he wanted us to make Chicken Marsala together. Of course, I thought this was a fabulous idea. But he also had other plans.

He said, “I think we should try to photograph it and make a blog post.” We had tossed around the idea of a food blog before, but I never really took it seriously. I thought it sounded fun, but I honestly didn’t know if we had it in us, and I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. Herb assured me that it would be easy to figure out, and we might as well try putting together a few blog posts of recipes and see if we liked it.

So we began working on the Chicken Marsala recipe that he had picked out, photographing each step of the process. We made a great team, because I really just wanted to make the food and Herb, being a photographer, enjoyed photographing everything.

Chicken Marsala Recipe

Our first blog post and very first food photographs

After the first post, we were hooked. That week we were fired up to keep creating blog posts, and we made and photographed breaded ranch chicken tenders, chocolate meringue pie, and snickerdoodle cookies.

Herb had some web experience already with his own wedding photography website, so he was able to do all the technical stuff and help me to learn as well. Before we knew it, we had several weeks worth of posts! At that point, we hadn’t told very many people about our blog and we hadn’t really made it “public”. Sometime in September, Sister Spice decided to join us and become part of the HerbOnHerbs team!

On October 1st, we shared the site with the world, which was pretty exciting! Since then, we’ve been continuing to grow and build the blog. We’ve learned SO much over the past year, and we’ve definitely improved the website and the food photography. It has been frustrating at times, but we’ve managed to work out the kinks and develop a pretty good rhythm as far as our posting schedule and all the other intricacies of running a food blog.

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own great food blog, I would say GO FOR IT. What have you got to lose?! It doesn’t require much money (less than 50 bucks, really), so your main investment is your time. Check out our food blogger resource page to see how we brought our food blog from an idea to where we are now.

I’m very thankful that Herb pushed us to begin HerbOnHerbs. Happy One Year Blogiversary to us, and here’s to many more years of deliciousness!

Saturday Throwback: More Summer Memories

Key West

Ah, more summer reminiscing. Last week, Sister Spice posted some old summer pics of the two of us in our younger years. We have sooo many wonderful memories that take place during the summer!

A few years ago (2008 I believe) we left the condo in Fort Myers, Florida to go down and visit Key West for a couple of nights. Our parents and Sister Spice had all been before, but it was my first time visiting the keys. It is a gorgeous drive down through all the keys with beautiful blue water surrounding you most of the way!

One of my favorite memories from Key West is blueberry pancakes. Yes, surprise, surprise: it involves food! If you ever visit Key West, you must go to Blue Heaven!

Herb Family at Blue Heaven in Key West

We went for breakfast two times during our stay, and I got the delicious blueberry pancakes both times. Yum!

Blueberry pancakes at Blue Heaven

As with many places in Key West, the seating is mostly outdoors, and the atmosphere is very laid back. You will probably witness a handful of roosters and perhaps even some baby chicks running around the tables.

Anyway, sometime in your life you should drive down to the southernmost point in the continental United States, Mile 0 in Key West. And then you MUST go eat a delicious breakfast at Blue Heaven. I recommend the blueberry pancakes!

Key West, Mile 0

Saturday Throwback: Summer Memories

Summer Memories

This is Mrs. Herb and me back in the summer of 1992 I believe.  We are in the pool near our condo in Fort Myers, Florida (find more about wonderful Fort Myers in my blog post here from last Saturday).  We certainly swam like little fishies.  And speaking of fishies…

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This is the two of us on a family friends’ boat out on a beautiful Tennessee summer day.  Summer is great for swimming, fishing, outdoor volleyball, and enjoying those extra hours of daylight with the ones you love.  What are your favorite summer memories? What are your favorite things to do now as an adult in the summer?

If you’re doing a lot of cooking out and eating, don’t forget about our Watermelon, Avocado, and Cucumber Salad, Key Lime Pie with Oreo Crust, and Summer Orzo Salad!

Vacation Recap: Saturday Edition

Sanibel Island, FL

Ah, sweet summertime…a time for family, fun, and food, of course.  Because Mr. Spice and I are both teachers, as well as my mom (Mommy Herb), we have a lengthy summer vacation.  My dad is pretty much his own boss, so he can take as much time off as he wishes.  So, the four of us took an 11-day vacation to Savannah, Georgia and Fort Myers, Florida.  When I was just two-years-old (26 years ago!) my Papaw bought a condo in a retirement community in Fort Myers, and it has become a second home to us.  Nearby Sanibel and Captiva Islands are surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters and are not touristy like some beaches are that are closer to home.  While we were there, we did some fishin:

Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

Some mini-golf:

Fort Myers, FL

Some exploring and shopping:

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

 

Naples, FL

Naples, FL

Fort Myers, FL

Captiva Island, FL

And of course, some eating!

Fort Myers, FL

This is me after three batches of crab legs.  Expect plenty of restaurant posts in the near future!  I spent my 28th birthday and 4th wedding anniversary in Fort Myers, which was so very special because I love it so much.  I hope that all of you have had a chance to take a vacation, even if just for a day.  Happy summer from Mister Spice, me, and Pete the Pelican!

Sanibel Island, FL

Captiva Island, FL

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