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I remember learning about March in kindergarten – the teacher said it would either come in like a lion or lamb and go out like the opposite.  For some reason I was just thinking on that today and I really feel like that was a total lie!  March has been schizophrenic at best, but I really feel like it’s been a solid lion for almost 31 days.  Am I alone in that?

But looking back through my instagram feed I have to say that even though it was a lion, it was a fun ride.  I mean a really awesome, dirt on your hands, wind in your face, frozen toes kind of ride and I wouldn’t trade it for a lamb any day.  Here were just a few of my favorite highlights…

Read some great books!

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Saw some Gamecock baseball!

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Took a walk with a really cute puppy!

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Took a drawing class at CPCC and drew a really cute puppy!

March-5

Saw my two oldest nephews in Beauty and the Beast at their high school – and they ROCKED it!!

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Went bowling with some great friends!

March-7

Planted an herb garden (and a few early crops in the big garden too)!

March-8

Got a new nephew!  Cute baby Maddox!!

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Had High Tea with a great friend and loved it!

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Celebrated Pi Day!

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Snowmobiled through Yellowstone!

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And completed an Indoor Ironman.

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Whew!  I’m exhausted.  Where’s the beach?

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So, the Hubs comes home from work, opens the fridge and says, “Whoa, there’s a HUGE pie in here!  What’s this about?”  To which I reply, “It’s not for us, don’t get excited.”  His faces gets all scrunched up as he replies, “Well, who is it for?”  And then I drop the bomb, “You’re taking it to work.  I just needed to make it for Pi Day.” “Pie day?” he says.  And I say, “No, Pi Day.  P-I, Pi.  Saturday is March 14th.  3.14?”  The dawn of recognition appears on his face and he says, “Oh no, you’ve gone full nerd.”

And so here we are.  The eve of Pi Day.  This is my first Pi Day celebration, but I assure it it won’t be my last.  If I’m going full nerd I’m gonna own it.  The beauty of Pi Day 2015 is that it’s epic!  We’re not just celebrating the first 3 numerals of Pi, we’re celebrating the first 5 (3.1415926)!  So, in honor of my first Pi Day celebration I decided to make a pie that’s been on my pinterest boards for months but I’ve just never had an occasion to give it a go.  The beauty of this pie is that it’s what my Mama Sue would’ve called a “fridge pie” – meaning, you don’t actually have to bake it, it just sets as it cools in the fridge.  This pie is also what some would call “semi-homemade” because it uses mostly pre-packaged, highly processed, fructose corn syrup laden foods.  We do tend to steer clear of these types of foods most of the time, but in honor of Pi Day I decided to throw caution to the wind and eat Cool Whip.

This recipe is from This Gal Cooks, and I have to say – YUM!

Banana Pudding Pie

9 inch frozen pie crust, prepped, baked and cooled
2 cups chopped vanilla wafers
2 bananas
1 8oz tub Cool Whip, divided
1½ cups milk
1 5.1oz box instant vanilla pudding (big box)
Lemon juice
Caramel sauce for drizzling

  1. Slice the bananas into thin slices and then toss with the lemon juice just to keep them from browning.
  2. Whisk together the milk and pudding. Mix in half of the cool whip. Mix in 1 cup of the vanilla wafers and then the bananas. Scrape into the cooled crust. and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Top with the remaining Cool Whip. Sprinkle with the remaining vanilla wafers and then drizzle with the caramel sauce.

This is probably one of the easiest pies I’ve ever made, and I feel like it was a huge success for my first Pi Day celebration!  Happy Pi Day Eve everyone, and best wishes for a pi/pie-filled weekend!

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This amazing weather has me daydreaming of beautiful Carolina blue skies, planting gardens and beach vacations!  I realize it’ll all come to a screeching halt and get cold again, but for now, I’m loving every minute.  So, I thought it’d be fun to run through my top 10 favorite spring activities (or those I want to try) to help get us all in the mood for some sunny days ahead.

10.  St. Patrick’s Day Parade Uptown – This year will mark the 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Uptown Charlotte.  I’ve been several times and if you’re willing to brave the traffic and parking, it’s one of the best parades each year.

9.  Green River at USNWC – We LOVE the USNWC all year, but there’s something about the spring and summer that makes you want to sit out on their lawn, listen to great bands and eat something fried.

8.  Highland Games – If you’ve never heard bagpipes in person, go.  It’s crazy fun and very….Scottish.  Loch Norman is the biggest around here I believe, but there are several others if you’re looking for something closer to home.

7.  Lake Norman Dinner Cruise – I’ve never done this but it’s on my bucket list!

6.  Baseball – ‘Tis the season!  We’ve got the Knights, several great college teams (Winthrop, Wingate, Davidson, UNCC) and then in the summer, the SCBL league starts up.  Nothing says spring like a good game of baseball and a hotdog.

5.  Consignment Sales – Loads of great sales all over town beginning this week.  People love to clean out their closets in the spring, so it’s time to score some gently used merchandise!

4.  Afternoon Tea at Ballantyne Resort – This is another one on my bucket list!  This weekend they’re having a Downton Abbey Tea!  How awesome does this sound??

3.  Anne Springs Close Greenway – The Greenway is open!  Time for the summer concert series, nature hikes, blooming flowers and happy horses on the trails.

2.  Fresh Strawberries – There are two great strawberry fields in my hood and I’m sure there are more fantastic fields all over the Charlotte area.  If you happen to be in south Charlotte I highly recommend The Ivy Place and Hall Family Farms.

1.  Badin Road Drive-In – We’re doing this on Friday and I’m so excited!!

It’s time to get outside and enjoy this awesome weather!  If you’ve got any great ideas for spring activities in the Charlotte area please share!

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