Thursday, September 26, 2019

Decorating for Fall

Fall is a great time of year that holds such good memories for our family. Two of our children were born in the fall, plus we have other members of our family with fall birthdays. We have lots of fond memories of LSU games, hay rides, pumpkin patches and trick-or-treat when our kiddos were little (And some not so fond memories of Haunted Houses as they got older. Ha!).

These days, we love to watch LSU football, go to fall festivals or craft shows, anticipate the exact time satsuma oranges will be ready to pick, and of course, hope to experience some milder weather. Fall is also a great time for hunting and fishing here in Sportsman's Paradise.

She says...

I have been working on decorating our home for the fall season, this week. I added a new mini magnolia wreath as well as a pretty dough bowl candle to my dining area, this year. I've kept the decorating simple so that I can enjoy it through Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving I put it all away and decorate for the Christmas season. (Which is my favorite!)

Black & white buffalo plaid runner paired with
olive green napkins accent our table.
Mini magnolia wreath on the mirror (with the
addition of cotton stems) from Kirkland's.
Mini white pumpkins from Hobby Lobby.
(I painted the stems.)

Dough bowl candle, magnolia leaves
and mini pine cones for the center of the table.

Mercury glass pumpkins and cotton add a fall feel to our mantle.
Hopefully we will enjoy some fall weather soon. How are you decorating for fall in your home this year?

He says...

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year! My idea of fall decor is somewhat similar to Anne's. However, I prefer to use natural foliage and vegetation with most of my decor. Take for example this tall, saltwater marsh grass between me and a spread of duck decoys. The Avery Green Head Gear Pro Series decoys provide a nice contrast to the mirror of the fall overcast sky.

Sometimes, I don't mind having an artificial foliage....such as this Avery Quick-Set Boat Blind with Bottom Land skin when hunting flooded timber. The dark colors blend well with shaded tree trunks.

And sometimes, a good blend of artificial foliage with natural vegetation can be very decorative...such as these Higdon Blind Grass Sheets blended with natural cattails. A Labrador Retriever makes for a great centerpiece with all of the above, don't you think?

Hope everybody's Fall is getting off to a great start! I'm looking forward to getting some use out of my Fall decor, soon......well....if it ever cools down!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

2019 Autumn Bucket List Link Party

Happy Fall Y'all!

Today we are kicking off our weekend with a Fall Bucket List. While the temps have remained high down here in South Louisiana, we know that fall weather is just around the corner. We are thrilled to tag along with our blogging buddy, Leslie, to share some of the fun activities we have planned. 

Here we go!

🍂2019 Autumn Bucket List 🍂
Visit Laurel, MS
(known for Home Town on HGTV)

Satsuma Picking
(and eating)

Plan a trip to TX
(BBQ & visit family)

Decorate for Fall

Hunting and Fishing

Attend our Fall Festival

Go to the movies

Visit Covington, LA
(Food & music)

We will keep you posted on our progress in the coming months. What do you have planned for fall?

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Grand Isle, LA

He Says....

Had the opportunity to spend some time in Grand Isle, LA this past weekend. The "Cajun Riviera" is a top fishing destination that offers so much more than just fishing...but, the fishing is my favorite!

A group of us stayed at the camp "Amazing Grace." Amazing Grace is on the water overlooking Caminada Bay. The camp was very spacious and provided some spectacular sunset views Friday and Saturday evenings. 
Amazing Grace
Friday Evening Sunset
Saturday Evening Sunset
We had several guides pick us up before Saturday morning sunrise to take us in various directions searching for speckled trout and redfish. The fishing was not exactly what I would consider "on-fire." But, we did manage a nice haul for the day! 
Nice Haul of Speckled Trout, a Few Redfish & One Sheepshead
Saturday night provided for some grilling festivities and LSU Football! The game proved to be a very exciting game with the Tigers turning down the Horns, 45-38! GEAUX TIGERS!

Sunday morning found me watching the sun rise in thigh to waist deep water as I wade fished the gulf beach. A passerby and his family snapped shot of me with the sunrise in the background. Him and his family were kind enough to share the photo with me. Shout-out of thanks to Bryan Cheramie for the awesome photo!
Sunrise and Calm Seas
The surf yielded a handful of keeper speckled trout that will make for some great table fair thanks to Anne's cooking talents! There were many more smaller specks, a bunch of lady fish and one shark that kept things interesting all morning! The morning secret to success was the Egret Baits Original Vudu Shrimp used with my favorite Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series baitcasting combo.
Eight Keepers on the Morning
The hardest part about going to Grand Isle is leaving! We are certainly looking forward to the next trip down there!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Game Day Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

Football season is here...GEAUX TIGERS!! We wanted to share our grilled chicken wing recipe for game day. You can make it as spicy as you want. Of course, we like ours spicy!

Game Day Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings


DaT Sauce
Franks Hot Sauce
Worchestershire Sauce
Sea Salt 
Black Pepper
Tony Chachere's
Garlic Powder
Whole Chicken Wings

Use your own judgement for seasonings, but mix all of these ingredients in a pan and marinate your chicken wings a minimum of 4-6 hours in the refrigerator...overnight is even better! Take the wings out of your refrigerator when you fire up your pit.  Grill the wings on direct low heat until they reach an internal temp of 165°F. Baste with DaT Sauce for some extra kick. Be sure to tend to them, and flip to avoid burning.Serve with carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing.