ten on tuesday.

1. Yesterday morning we received the go-ahead we needed from the city to officially purchase the property we’ve been looking at for our business! We close next month and will “move in” Summer of 2012.

2. Our family will be staying put in our house which means Operation Take Back My Kitchen will begin in 6 months. After four+ years of running this business out of our house I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to have a %100 HOME again!

3. Brent has been shopping around for insurance quotes on our new property. Today an agent sent us a $10 Starbucks card just for calling. I might just put that dude on speed dial.

4. Sarah has asked for a coconut cake for her birthday. Does anyone have a fabulous recipe they’d love to share?

5. I’m editing my fingers off this week to get caught up on mini sessions and full sessions. I see the light at the end of the tunnel though and it’s called…the end of Daylight Savings! Sessions always slow down once the time changes and this year will be no exception. Less than two weeks away!

6. I’m still debating whether or not I should run the Huntsville Half Marathon on November 12th. I haven’t been able to train like I should and I know I won’t make my time goal. So blow it off and train for Spring or run it just for “fun” and forget about time? Decisions, decisions.

7. Have you heard about the Olive Garden-American Flag controversy? If you haven’t, Google will fill you in. If you have, here are two interesting tidbits for you. One, that happened in my hometown of Anniston, AL. Two, the woman with the flag is the church organist/choir director from our little bitty church growing up. And that little controversy made Newsweek last week. We’ve hit it big time.

8. If you scroll down a bit you’ll see a cute little ad for one of my favorite local spots – Lolettas. Owner Rebecca Cockrell has stocked some of the most gorgeous and affordable pieces of jewelry you’ve ever seen. I’m a little bit obsessed and have been known to stop people around town and ask, “Did you get that at Lolettas?” The good news for you is that with the launch of their online store they’re not just local anymore. Click on that link and start your shopping!

9. Thanks to my sister’s finely honed thrifting eye I recently scored a vintage 1950’s pink baby scale for ten bucks on shopgoodwill.com. I already have one antique baby scale gifted to me by my mother a few years back. However, I’m pretty sure that two does not a collection make. So I’m in the market for a third. If you spot one, hit me up!

10. With one round of fantastic minisessions behind us, it’s time to start thinking about our next and final day of minis this fall. If you don’t have plans for November 5th and you need updated family portraits for the holidays (or just for fun!) check out the info here, and then get in touch! I’d love to see you. =)

Gayle shraderOctober 25, 2011 - 8:28 pm

Congratulations on your new property! Maybe I’ll have to take a family trip down to you guys one day!!!

PamOctober 25, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Congrats on the property, that is so exciting!!!
This is funny, but I just made my daughter a coconut cake for her 6th birthday last month…we used Emeril’s Coconut Cream Cake on The Food Network and it was amazing:)

laurenOctober 25, 2011 - 10:30 pm

that is exciting news about the property — congrats! i spotted a yummy-looking coconut cake on pinterest just yesterday — i haven’t tried it yet, but it sure looks good!

KathyOctober 26, 2011 - 4:43 am

Congratulations you too on your real estate purchase and here’s to getting your house back. Erin, you realize you can’t sit and edit photos in your pj’s any more around the house now you have to drive to work!!! Can’t wait to see you over in Karen’s forum shortly as we are mid way through the course.

Amanda BOctober 26, 2011 - 7:41 am

Congratulations on the new property! I highly recommend Paula Deen’s Coconut Cake. I made it for my daughter’s birthday this year and again for my mom’s. It has a sour cream filling between the layers that is to die for. Although for my daughter’s party, I did cupcakes and filled them with the sour cream mix. Yum.

Allison AOctober 26, 2011 - 8:51 am

Congratulations on your new business location! How exciting it will be for you to have this to use for business. I still love your photography. Your talent is amazing!

LorieOctober 26, 2011 - 9:01 am

We love the “Died and Gone to Heaven” Cake! It’s simple.

1 white cake mix or even the confetti cake mix, 1 can of eagle brand milk, 1 can of coco lopez coconut milk, cool whip and grated coconut. All you do is cook the cake according to the box, and after it is done and cake is hot, poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork and pour both cans of milk on top and let it soak through and cool. When it is cooled off top with cool whip and coconut. The kids always color our coconut to make it look pretty 🙂

TammyOctober 26, 2011 - 10:00 am

Congratulations on the property find! Very exciting stuff.
I have a recipe for Coconut-Pecan Layer cake that we love. Of course, if you (or Sarah) don’t like nuts, you could always omit them, but it is certainly wonderful. Recipe is here: http://tammycirceo.typepad.com/tammy_circeo_musings_on_l/2010/04/le-weekend-chez-nous-easter-weekend.html

Jessica WOctober 26, 2011 - 10:30 am

Congrats on the new purchase!

MicheleOctober 26, 2011 - 10:43 am

Ummmm, #7….wow! Always fun to see “back home” in national news. Have no idea how I missed that one. Thanks for catching me up. Congratulations on the business property! Exciting!

Leslie S.October 26, 2011 - 11:34 am

I made the paula deen coconut cake also and it was a hit with my family. I accidently used cream of coconut liquid instead of coconut milk, don’t do this. It tasted really good but wanted to cave in the middle. Nothing beats coconut cake for a birthday!

VirginiaOctober 26, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Don’t you just love it when Annie’s Town makes the national news wire!!! I saw it on the internet, too. That’s fabulous on the new business property:)

JenniferOctober 27, 2011 - 5:02 am

Congratulations!! So happy for y’all!

JuliPOctober 27, 2011 - 8:41 am

I’ve made several coconut cakes in the last couple of years, it is my husbands absolute favorite!
Tried Paula Deen and Ina’s but we always seem to go back to this one… We’re huge fans of America’s Test Kitchen.
Happy birthday to Sarah!

ChristiOctober 27, 2011 - 9:16 am

Hi Erin, the kids go crazy for these Barefoot Contessa coconut cupcakes. They pick them over the chocolate ones, even!

DeborahOctober 27, 2011 - 11:03 am

Run for fun. It keeps the body in running mode without the “I’m in training” mentality. You will get burned out always running for a time. Look at the on the sites on the course, be a tourist. I have heard of people beating what they always think should be “their time” when they run for fun. Never happened to me mind you, but I’ve read about it. 🙂 I just make a note in my journal that the time wasn’t so great, but it was just for fun. Then, when I do the same race the following year, I’ll know why my time was a bit slower than usual. Sign up and go have fun!!!

kristinOctober 27, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Best coconut cake ever, but very tedious… you can skip the run and use coconut flavoring.

SandyOctober 28, 2011 - 7:35 am

Congratulations on the property, I’m so excited for you!

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