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Roll Tide Random!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I bought some Crimson and White spray roses to decorate the house for the Big Game:

Crimson and white is the prettiest color combination, don't you think!

Congratulations to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide!

45 - 40 Victory over the Clemson Tigers

16 National Titles

100 Victories for Coach Nick Saban at the University of Alabama

Hey, Tigers!
Hey, Tigers!
Hey, Tigers!

We just beat the HELL out of you!

Rammer Jammer
Give 'em hell Alabama!

This random post needs a little cuteness.  My Finlay is taking a nap with his newest Grinch Christmas toy.

He's actually holding the toy while he sleeps.  So cute!
The Grinch is wearing a Crimson and White hat.  Roll Tide!

School is back in session, and we've been creating lots of art and other craft projects.  

Gratitude is my word of the year.
See the crimson and white ticking flower?  Roll Tide!

This tiny little painting (2 1/2" square) is for a project.  Wouldn't you like to know what it's for!?!?!

Finlay always joins us in school, whether we're in the classroom or art studio.  Here, he piled two pillows on top of each other so he can watch what we do.  Apparently he became bored with sketching so he took a nap!  Mayhap he's resting up for the Big Game!

I'm participating in the Chaotic Goddesses' Book and a Cuppa Swap (click on the link in the sidebar). Speaking of mugs....look what was in my inbox from my sorority!  For a $25 contribution to the ZTA Foundation (my sorority) Zeta will send this go mug to a Zeta sister.  Mr. Art @ Home: Are you paying attention?  It's the perfect Valentine's Day gift!

I was a Zeta at the University of Alabama.
Roll Tide!

My daughter ordered some candles from Etsy:

Reading at the Cafe smells like coffee and chocolate.  It is the best smelling candle in the world.  It is!  The Sassenach candle is clean smelling with heather and rosemary.
My daughter is also an Alabama alumna and currently a graduate student at the University of Alabama.  Roll Tide!

I've been noticing many of your pretty winter mantels on your blogs.  I wish I could decorate a pretty mantel but we have the stupid big TV hanging there so it sucks for me.  But there was a pretty mantel in my inbox today.  Check it out:

So pretty!  This garden-inspired mantel is from one of my favorite online shops:  Terrain.

During the National Championship Game (which Alabama won) we enjoyed a wonderful Proven├žal soup found in a book Mr. Art @ Home bought for me for Christmas:

The magic ingredient in this soup is the pistou.  "Pistou" means "pounded" in Proven├žal, and it refers to a thick green sauce similar to Italian pesto that's mixed into the soup.  Pounded, as in how the Alabama Crimson Tide "pounded" the Clemson Tigers.  Roll Tide!



200 grams carrots
250 grams zucchini
1 leek 
500 grams potatoes (I used tiny colorful potatoes)
1 onion
200 grams green beans (I used 3/4 can)
1/2 can good quality peeled tomatoes, diced
olive oil
2 T Herbes de Provence
1 T Penzey's Sunny Paris Spices
1 can white Italian beans

For the paste (pistou)
2-3 cloves garlic
1/2 t sea salt
3 - 4 bunches of fresh basil
1/4 cup fresh Parmesan plus more for garnish
5 T mild olive oil


1.   To make the vegetable soup:  Wash and cut the carrots, zucchinis, leek, potatoes, and onion into pieces or cubes.  Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the vegetables and herbs and stir continuously for ten minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2.   Rinse the beans with cold water and pat dry with paper towels, then add them with the tomatoes and green beans to the vegetables in the pot.  Pour in 4 to 5 cups of water and add a little more salt and pepper to taste.

3.   To make the paste:  Peel and chop the garlic and blend to a smooth paste.  In a medium bowl, mix the garlic paste with the salt, basil leaves, and Parmesan.  Add the olive oil, and mix well.

4.   Spoon the pistou into four bowls.  Pour in the hot vegetable soup and serve.  Some people (like me) prefer to stir the paste into the soup afterward.  Garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

I will review The Little Paris Bookshop in my Literary Friday Post this week!

We're off on a field trip today.  I'll visit with y'all tomorrow afternoon.

Until next time...and in case you missed it the other times I stuck it in this blog post....

Roll Tide Roll!
Ricki Jill


  1. Roll Tide!! You crack me up and I'm happy for y'all. If it couldn't be the Aggies I'm glad it was Alabama! See you next year...we are coming. ;)

  2. Ha ha ha... There was a game on last night? Congratulations and love the post.

  3. I was thinking of you biting your nails last noght as the game nearly ended the other way.
    Oooo those candles. I love a good strong scent and that coffee one sounds amazing. I will have to check out that shop.

  4. Ha! You are funny. Your painting was moved to another spot a few feet away -- you must check my blog later when I get a little post up.

  5. Your roses are lovely! Love your painting & the candles are fun!

    I'm not a football girl, but I suppose I shouldn't have mentioned that here. I guess I can give you a "Roll Tide" since I've no clue! lol

  6. Wow, the tide sure did roll in here! ;)

    I have a mantel and no idea how to decorate it, such a waste!

  7. The only sports I watch is Tennis? My father was a Notre Dame fan since he graduated there. He'd make us go to all the basketball games and football games which I loved. We even played the Notre Dame theme song at his funeral. Your roses are pretty and the French soup looks delicious.

  8. Let me see...what team are you for? hahaha! I love football and have watched a few more games this season. I usually just watch the Dallas Cowboys...I'm a HUGE fan but this year we've watched some Carolina games and yes...a few college games. Enjoy your day. (I'm working on a book post for Friday!) Hugs, Diane


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