The Blizzard Made Them Blurry

January 16, 2009

I have the WORST set of photos to report tonight!! So sad 😥 My camera must be COLD!

It picked up every bump on the highway while I tried to photography my trail mix – this was photo #15 of failed blurry bumps –

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And a bite of Probar. I must have taken THIRTY different photos to try to get this steady, but the road was just too bumpy!!! How embarrassing. The photos were so pretty in real life!

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We go on the road around 4pm – just in time for Charlotte rush hour. Guh. We just barely made it to Hillsborough in time for the blog dinner at Tupelo’s!

Raleigh Durham Readers! Tracey and Jeff, Allie, hub and me, Dan, Sarah and Becca. We all had DUKE in common! Go Devils!

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I decided to skip alcohol tonight because we’re getting up really early to start our car trip, but I did have some sips of the husband’s brews

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We started with a basket of southern cornbread

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Of which I had a piece complete with Tupelo honey butter

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I started with a simple salad ( BLAH photography!!)

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And ended with this amazing Seafood Gumbo!!! It had oysters, scallops and shrimp – with a pile of rice. It was wonderful. I ate about 3/4?

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We all bundled up and headed a few doors down to Matthew’s Chocolates, a high-end chocolate shop in town. I’d never been in before and boy was I impressed! There were all kinds of exotic flavors, but unfortunately most of the truffles were sold out! Matthew was so kind and gave me a free sample bite of the Maple Bark!

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We also got a Mint Creme and a piece of Coffee Bark. I had nibbles of all three.

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The icy walk home was cold but brisk, and my dad has already quizzed us on the lowest possible temperature we can tolerate for sleeping – he said the house got down to 47* the other night (he turns the heat OFF to save money at night). Find with me as long as I have a down comforter and my personal space heating husband!

Mom and I are getting up at the crack of dawn to leave for our trip. Not sure when I’ll be paying KERF a visit, but most likely sometime early afternoon.

Happy Weekend To All :)

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1 sarah January 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm

it was awesome hanging out :) i definitely need to make it to hillsborough more often!

and now i really want to go back to tupelo’s and get the gumbo you had — i didn’t realize how awesome it looked until i saw the picture!!


2 Rachel January 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Aw, seeing blurry pics just made me realize how good yours usually are, though! I wish more bloggers would emulate you with their picture-taking :)


3 Justy2003 January 16, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Thank goodness for a long weekend!
I totally know what you mean about your personal space heating husband…my boyfriend is the same way! I’m always freezing and he radiates heat! Helps out in the winter but not so much in the summer…


4 Nicole January 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

What a fun looking meet-up! That chocolate place looks delicious 😀


5 Tracey C. January 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Nicole: the chocolat eplace *was* delicious, and the owner was really friendly and geeked with me about his setup until everyone else made me leave :)

Great dinner and company, Kath, thanks for hosting!


6 Sharon January 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Oh wow, what a fun meetup!


7 Oh She Glows January 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Looks like a great meet up! I love seeing others readers :) So fun.
That chocolate shop looked amazing…



8 Marissa January 16, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Yay for corn bread!


9 fitforfree January 17, 2009 at 12:12 am

sounds like fun — that cornbread looks to die for!! have a great trip :-)


10 Kelsey January 17, 2009 at 12:36 am

I know this has nothing to do with your post, but what do you think about cooking oats in apple juice? I wonder if it would even work…if it did I bet it’d be tasty! 😛


11 caitlin (see bride run) January 17, 2009 at 1:07 am

enjoy your trip!! :)

our house was 55 degrees last night. purrrr


12 Marianne January 17, 2009 at 1:42 am

Love gumbo! Especially if made with smoked oysters. Yum!


13 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 17, 2009 at 2:25 am

Cornbread with honey butter is crazy good and those chocolates were beautiful!

I am so scared for you freezing tonight…please stay warm!


14 amber January 17, 2009 at 2:37 am

Kath I LOVE your sweater where is from? Your gumbo look yummy and I appreciate you are sad about the photos I always love yours.


15 haya (living and learning) January 17, 2009 at 6:41 am

ohhhhh that chocolate store looks so good! i would probably want one of everything. or maybe many of everything!

i wish i could turn the heat off at night. my pipes would freeze and explode and that would not be good. i couldn’t do without the down duvet, hot water bottle and boy snuggles in the cold here.


16 Beadie January 17, 2009 at 7:16 am

Sorry about the pics, I’m sure that is so frustrating for you.

Those chocolates look delicious!!

Have a safe trip!


17 Jen January 17, 2009 at 7:23 am

Even though the pics are blurry they do for all of us 😉

Sounds like such a fun get together!!! Safe travels today Kath!


18 Kath January 17, 2009 at 7:29 am

Kelsey ,
I know it’s been done before! Sounds good.

amber ,
My sweaters is from the last millennium, The Limited.



19 Suzanne January 17, 2009 at 7:51 am

Don’t worry about the pics – we get the idea! plus, 99% of the time you always give us great pics!

I am impressed by your self control with the chocolates…haha, I would have been tempted to have more.

regarding the plane in the hudson, can you believe it happened right outside my work building? I work in Hoboken, NJ – which is right on the water across from NYC. The funny thing is that I had already left and was on the train home when it happened. My coworker told me that everyone was huddled around the windows, and it was definitely a sight to be seen.
She said it was a crazy sight to see everyone standing on the wings, like they were standing on water.
Makes my phobia of flying even greater! So glad everyone is ok.

Keep warm! When I drove to the train station yesterday morning, my car therometer said 7 degrees! FRIGID!


20 Cassidy January 17, 2009 at 8:03 am

Hey Kath!
I’m always cold too! Yesterday I heard a tip on the radio and tried it. It worked great! If you have ceiling fans: switch the switch to go the opposite direction, and turn them on low. It circulates the heat down to you. Man does it make a difference!


21 Red Head, Yellow Dog January 17, 2009 at 9:17 am

yumm I love cornbread!

and I definitely agree about the personal space heater! I call James fire legs since I am convinced he is naturally about 115* instead of the normal 98.6*…good in the winter baaaad in the summer! haha


22 sarah January 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

your food looked amazing~!! glad you’re having a great trip!


23 Mara January 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

Cornbread and honey butter?!? YUM!


24 Diana January 17, 2009 at 11:36 am

wow! the chocolate looks 2 die 4!
your “personal space heating husband” haha! cute!


25 Diana January 17, 2009 at 11:42 am

wow! the chocolate looks 2 die 4!
your “personal space heating husband” haha! cute!


26 brandi January 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Yum…those chocolates look aMAZING!


27 Mara January 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm


For someone who claims to love wine, why do you deny yourself a glass on a Friday night in a social setting? Does one beer or one glass of wine really effect you that much?

Just wondering, or is it the calories you are avoiding?


28 mrs darling January 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I would never have been able to control myself like that in a candy store! Way to go!


29 Kath January 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Yes, ONE glass of wine really does affect me that much, especially when I have to get up before the sunrise and drive for 6 hours.



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