My Most Favorite Place in the World

Today I thought I would let you in on my most favorite place in the world, Perdido Key, Pensacola, Florida. I grew up in Pensacola, and its my home!  After moving away from Pensacola eight years ago I have missed it so much and I am always counting the days until my next trip back.  It is absolutely beautiful with the sugar sand beaches and most unforgettable sunsets. When we moved to the Atlanta area we finally had a chance to go back home for a visit.  After being gone for so long it was like seeing a long lost friend which by the way when we visited last August we had a wonderful reunion with many long time friends!

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A beautiful Sunset at Johnson’s Beach.

Johnson’s Beach is unrivaled in my mind for its beaches, Pensacola has two main beaches Johnson’s Beach which is on Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach which is also on an Island. Pensacola Beach is beautiful but is much more commercial and is a party beach, Johnson’s Beach is a National Sea Shore so it is protected from any building. Johnson’s has miles and miles of pristine sugar white beaches and turquoise water! Even on a rainy, cloudy day it shines like no other!

Check out I ♥ Perdido Key on Facebook, I love following their page to keep up with all of the Events on Perdido Key! They have some of the most amazing pictures of Perdido Key, I think you will truly enjoy it!

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Going over the bridge from Pensacola to Perdido Key.

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Beautiful Sunrise on Perdido Key.

There are few hotels right on Perdido Key but many Condos for very reasonable prices! When we stay right on Perdido Key we use VRBO to find a condo to stay in, we have been very pleased with their service!

A few of my favorite places to eat on Perdido Key are Lillian’s Pan Pizza, they have the most amazing Kansas City BBQ Chicken Pizza I have ever had, and I have tried countless BBQ Pizza’s! The Oyster Bar is another great choice for a very nice meal looking out at the Intercoastal, the Seafood platter is delish!  Whenever we want a quick meal that is amazing and laid back we go to Sunset Grill at Holiday Harbor, my parents absolutely love their Mahi-Mahi Fish Tacos and the grilled chicken sandwich is yummy.  Needless to say they have the most beautiful Sunsets that you can view right from there outdoor patio while enjoying the amazing

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A small island across from Sunset Gril

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The view from our table at Sunset Grill.

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Best way to enjoy pizza, on the beach!

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BBQ Chicken Pizza from Lillian’s Pan Pizza.

 

St. Louis Art Museum

You could spend several days at the St. Louis Art Museum but we only spent a few hours. There are two buildings and three floors, we went in both buildings but only on the first floor. The amount of beautiful artwork is outstanding! Right outside the front doors of the Museum is the beautiful Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill. My favorite piece was Breaking of Vessels, below I posted the story make sure you scroll almost all the way to the bottom to read the story!

Flowers at Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

Flowers at Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue Outside of The Saint Louis Art Museum

Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue Outside of The Saint Louis Art Museum

Flowers at Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

Flowers at Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

The Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum

Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

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These are Fresh Flowers that they change out, they have 4 of these huge vases

On the front steps of the Art Museum

On the front steps of the Art Museum

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St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

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St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

The Missouri History Museum

My family visited The Missouri History Museum one of the nights it was open late. Ever since I was a child, History has been a favorite subject of mine, so whenever we travel I try to visit as much of the local History I can!  The museum is free to visit but a few of the exhibits had a small admission fee. My favorite exhibit was The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward, since Forest Park was the Location of The 1904 World’s Fair we were very interested in learning more about the World’s Fair. Another very interesting exhibit was Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. This exhibit was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We decided not to take pictures in the Slavery Exhibit out of respect for the people and their families that were affected by slavery.

The Missouri History Museum is a great destination for the whole family and with the extended hours at night the perfect date spot!

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Outside of the Museum

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St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
Continuing Exhibit

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Trying the Stereograph

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St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip Overview

We went to St. Louis, MS. in October and I am just now getting around to blogging about it. We had no idea all of the different things to see and do in St. Louis. We had never been to St. Louis and we were shocked to find all of the different cultural experiences to be had in this fine City!  In the short time we spent there we visited The St. Louis Art Museum, The St. Louis Zoo, The Missouri History Museum, The St. Louis Science Center, and  Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis all of which were free. Many of the attractions we visited were in Forest Park, Forest Park was the site of The Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 and the 1904 Summer Olympics. We also enjoyed just a few of the many wonderful restaurants. In the next few weeks I will be posting a more indepth look at our stay in St. Louis. Below is just a snippet of our stay in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Zoo

Jewel Box and Korean War Memorial 

The Missouri History Museum  

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Vandeventer Place Gates at Forest Park St. Louis, MO.

Vandeventer Place Gates at Forest Park St. Louis, MO.

Outside The Jewel Box

Outside The Jewel Box

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Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue at night Outside of The Saint Louis Art Museum

Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue at night Outside of The Saint Louis Art Museum

Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

World's Fair Pavilion St. Louis, MO

World’s Fair Pavilion St. Louis, MO

Otter Exhibit St. Louis Zoo

Otter Exhibit St. Louis Zoo

Worlds Fair Pavillion

Worlds Fair Pavillion

Christmas Place Settings

Christmas Place Setting via LashesandDashesAt our House my Mom always makes Christmas so special with every detail covered. One of the things she likes to do is make beautiful place settings for our table. This year she asked for my help with some new ideas. Below are three ideas for the Place Settings, I have included two variations for each Setting. When my Mom sets the table for a special occasion she includes a favor for our Guests, just a little extra something special.

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For this place setting you will need 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Cloth Napkin folded into a Square, Gold Silverware, 2 Hershey Kisses still wrapped, 1 Baby Carrot, 5 Chocolate Chips in Christmas Colors, 1 Piece of Red Fabric for Scarf.

I saw a Place Setting Similar to this on Pinterest and decided to do my own take on it.

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This Place setting is the same as above but with one small adjustment. For this place setting you will need 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Cloth Napkin folded into a Square, Gold Silverware, 2 Hershey Kisses unwrapped, 1 Baby Carrot, 6 Chocolate Chips in Christmas Colors, 1 Piece of Red Fabric for Scarf.

The variation for this setting is a very simple one, just unwrap the Hershey Kisses.

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For this Place Setting you will need: 1 Bread Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Christmas Glass, 1 Place Mat in Shape of Christmas Ornament, 1 Cloth Napkin in Shape of Christmas Tree, Silverware

Before this year I had never seen a napkin folded into a tree, it is the hottest trend for Place Settings this year. I will post the how to video below.

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Same as above except we put Hershey Kisses in the Folds of the Napkin

The Hershey Kisses would be our Favor on this Place Setting.

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For this Setting you will need: 1 Charger Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Petit Four, Gold Silverware, 1 Christmas Goblet, 1 Napkin folded into a Fan.

My mom taught me how to fold the napkin into a fan, I will post the tutorial below.

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For this Setting you will need: 1 Charger Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Petit Four, Gold Silverware, 1 Christmas Goblet, 1 Napkin folded into a Fan 1 Christmas Place Mat.

The Petit Four is from our favorite Bakery in Louisville Heitzman Traditional Bakery and Deli, before we headed back home we picked up several Petit Fours for Christmas and froze them so they would be fresh.  You could also use a favorite cookie or other yummy goody of your choice.

From Our Table to Your Table we wish you the Merrist of Christmas!

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Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Gaylord Opryland Hotel via LashesandDashesOn our way home from Louisville we decided to stop by the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to view their “A Country Christmas”, I have posted the Video Promo below.

We had not been to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for over 12 years, the last time we went it was absolutely wonderful! We had not been there at Christmas time, and it exceeded our expectations! If you will be traveling through the Nashville area this Christmas I highly recommend taking a pit stop here. No matter what your budget may be, or your interest you will find something to do here. We arrived around 9:30 central time, and decided to walk around inside the Hotel as it was drizzling outside. If you look close enough you can find free parking if not you will have to pay $20 to self park. We made our way downstairs first to see the Holly Jolly Town Square, if you have young children this is a must stop for you! At the Holly Jolly Town Square they have a store where children can buy gifts for family and friends. After this we walked up to the first level to see the Atrium, in the Atrium there is a river flowing through the middle of it that you can ride a River Boat. As we were walking around viewing the live flowers we enjoyed the waterfalls and also the Water Fountain Show. Another feature that is great for families is the Christmassy DreamWorks Experience, when we where walking around the Atrium we saw the ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal. Before we went to get lunch we walked through the Treasures for the Holidays Craft Show and picked up a few last minute Christmas gifts. We were still on Louisville time and were quite hungry by 11am, we decided to eat at the Jack Daniel’s restaurant, the food was BBQ and was quite good! After lunch the rain had subsided so we went out to the front lawn of the hotel to see the Outdoor Nativity Display, it was beautiful and was a wonderful reminder of the True Reason for the Season!

With out any further adieu the pictures from our visit are below.

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40 Nights of Lights, Louisville, Ky

40 Nights of Lights via LashesandDashesLast night we went to 4th Street Live in Louisville, Ky to see the 40 Nights of Lights. We parked right across from the Light Show, we arrived right at 7pm just in time to see the start of the show. The Light Show lasted just over 15 minutes, they played many of our favorite Christmas songs. I was shocked when they played Carol of the Bells by Pentatonix, it was absolutely wonderful! After the light show we walked around the 4th Street area enjoying the light displays.

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