Plantation ferns, cucumber sandwiches and peonies = Simply Southern

I’ve never done one of those home parties before where you have a representative come and sell their product and people that are interested come by and look and purchase if they want. I have a friend who asked me about hosting one for Jamberry Nails and I agreed and asked if we could also combine it with a Silpada party and so we did. And it was a lot of fun!

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Sophie was a really big help in the process. She was excited about this party herself because she got to have her nails done ahead of time by the Jamberry Nails Rep/Friend and she LOVED her soccer ball nails and her other funky ones too. She was excited about the potential of getting to pick out some wraps herself. She helped make the cucumber sandwiches which I got from here. They were really good even if I did make them! Now my lemon squares? Not so much. Let’s not talk about that.



There were a lot of great give-aways and fun games. I regret I didn’t get any pictures of the Silpada table because there were some really nice pieces and the rep/now friend (I didn’t know her before) also did a great job making people feel comfortable but was not pushy in any way. I like that in a sales rep. Just tell me about your product and why you love it but don’t push me to buy it thankyouverymuch.

I think my favorite part of the day was preparing for it – flowers oh my goodness, I could eat them petal by petal. Seriously I love them. So arranging them was a fun part for me. Also, giving away door prizes is always I love it!



A few things I never thought I’d see in our kitchen

1) Ground Flaxseed


I don’t have a clue what this stuff is I just hear it’s good for you. Apparently I overdosed the family on it though when I put waaaaaay too much in a fruit smoothie. It didn’t exactly go over so well and was very grainy. It was evident nobody like it. I’ll cut back the next time I make one. Nobody knows this is in the cabinet but me. I tried one of those sneak over deals but I put in like five times as much as your daily amount. Oops. Ha! So we got our weekly amount in one morning. That’s called planning ahead.

2) Chick Peas


We are not a big bean family. Thank goodness because the results could be seriously explosive with my crew, however, I’m learning that certain ones are a good source of protein and are good for you. My Sister-in-law made a fabulous salad out of these over vacation. I plan to do the same with purple onion, olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh mozzarella cheese.

3) Avocado and Mango


Never bought an avocado before. High in fat but the good kind of fat. Whatever that means. Lowers cholosterol and actually tastes really great.  We put it in our salad once this week and I had it on a sandwich as well. Randy prefers it in guacamole instead of  plain slices. I’ll be making some this week but not sure how to use it really…….like what do you dip in it besides chips? I’m still trying to figure that one out.

We are attempting to eat healthier and it’s a culture shock that’s for sure. I’ve alway mocked organic eating vegetarian tree huggers. “Paleo” sounded more like an Italian artist with paintbrush in hand and sporting a little black hat than a way of eating. Whole Foods was for skinny chicks who inherited lots of money and plant based eating was for women who never cut their hair or shaved their legs. I know, I know….gross misconceptions on my part. I’m not exactly ready to throw on birkenstocks and go clean and green but I am ready to eat more responsibly for a greater purpose than to simply fulfill my desires. And right now that involves getting healthier food in the house – food I’ve never purchased before or know what to do with. But we’ll figure it out. I’ll make lots more mistakes but I am trusting that God will bless this next step of obedience for our household. That He will give us the strength to walk this healthy road. I keep telling myself I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can eat a flippin’ flaxseed through Christ who gives me strength. I can choose carrots over nutter butters through Christ who gives me strength. Ha! It sounds ridiculous and funny but it’s the truth. I can. I am and I hope to continue. We have an amazing God.