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Thanks so much for joining us for another week of The Southern Special! Wasn’t it just last Tuesday yesterday? The past week has just flown by don’t you think? Anyways, this week we are doing a little something special! We have answered some fun get to know you questions that we would like to share with you!

Dawn’s answers:
Blogging questions:

How long have you been blogging? 2 years on June 18th
Why did you start blogging? I became an empty nester and needed to fill my time, plus friends and family had been asking me for years for recipes or to write a book. So blogging seemed like a good place to start.

How did you come up with your blog name? I struggled with that one. My husband and I sat around for a couple of days making list of names until we found one we liked.

What has been your most viewed post? Beef Doritos Casserole

Do you have any blogging advice? It’s a lot of work or a lot of fun, that is up to you. Like a baby, time consuming, don’t do it if you don’t love it and make it yours. There are a million articles on how to be a successful blogger, but my experience has been like anything else in life, what works for one does not always work for another. Find what works for you and stick with it.

Personal questions:

How long have you and your husband been married? We celebrated 23 years of marriage in May. We have been together 25

How did you meet your husband? hahaha now THAT is a story in itself. I was dating his roommate.

Do you have children? I have 3 grown sons, two with my husband. PLUS 2 grandchildren

What are some of your hobbies? cooking, reading, photography, writing

Do you have any pets? 3 furbabies, cats

Where do you see yourself in five years? Working on a book that has been accepted for publication Ten years? Preparing for retirement

Do you have a favorite book? The Mitford Series, by Jan Karon. It is a set of 8 and I have read the entire series 6 times. I love them.

What is your favorite vacation place? I have only been on vacation twice in my life so I don’t have a favorite spot. Anywhere would be nice.

Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer? We recently moved to a teeny tiny town in South Georgia and yes, we have the Wild Chicken Festival

Cate’s answers:

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for five years.

Why did you start blogging?

I started my blog as a way to let my family in Illinois know what I was doing in Georgia. I don’t even think they knew about it until I started sharing my posts on Facebook and that was recently!

How did you come up with your blog name?

Well, I’m a Random Crafty Georgia Girl! I post about the crafts I make along with the randoms of my life while living in Georgia! (I’m a girl too just in case you didn’t know that!)

What has been your most viewed post?

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Do you have any blogging advice?

Just be yourself. Don’t try to make your blog something that you aren’t! When I first started blogging, I didn’t really know what I wanted my niche to be. Just find something you like and it will come to you!

Personal questions:

How long have you and your husband been married?

Mr. RCGG and I celebrated 2 years on July 21st.

How did you meet your husband?

We met through mutual friends. He was homeschooled and his friends were in my class.

Do you have children?

No.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love reading, making crafts, and blogging.

Do you have any pets?

We have two cats.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?

In five years, I see myself living closer to the beach with Mr. RCGG and our kids! In ten years, I see myself still on the beach with the husband and kids! Haha! I like the beach!

Do you have a favorite book?

My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is the only book I have ever read more than once. Every time I read it I find something different about it!

What is your favorite vacation place?

We love Jekyll Island! I have blogged about it many times. We were married there almost two years ago! It just has this beauty that makes you want to get back to nature. You wouldn’t even know you are by the ocean.

Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer?

Nope! We have Pioneer Days in the fall, but it really isn’t that great!

Mandy’s answers:

How long have you been blogging?   8 months

Why did you start blogging?  I was pregnant, and wanted an outlet

How did you come up with your blog name?  My life revolved around my “household” and my husband and son are obsessed with superheroes

What has been your most viewed post?  Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Party and Avocado Fudge

Do you have any blogging advice? Just be yourself!

Personal questions:

How long have you and your husband been married? 7 years

How did you meet your husband?  at the gym!

Do you have children? yes, 2- my son will be 3 yrs old in a couple of weeks and my daughter is 5 months old

What are some of your hobbies?  photography and fitness

Do you have any pets?  not anymore, we did have a pug named Oreo

Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?  we are moving to the beach in a month, so I plan to stay there.  I will eventually get back to my career in event planning once both kids are in school

Do you have a favorite book?  I am more of a magazine reader if I ever find the time

What is your favorite vacation place?  Aruba or any Caribbean cruise

Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer?  There are tons of things going on in Orlando every week, it is like they come up with the most random things to have a festival for, so too many to list

 I loved getting to know my co-hosts a little better! They have become such great blogging friends over the past few months! Thanks for sharing a little look into your lives ladies!

Now, it’s time to party!

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 This weekend was a little busy with my birthday so I didn’t get a chance to pick out my features! I will post them later this week! Have a great week!

 

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Thirty Two Years

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32? I don’t feel a day over 22! Age is just a number! I have never had a problem with my age! I view birthdays as a blessing from God! He has given us another year of praising Him!

I try to make my birthday extend as much as I can. This year was no exception. Since it fell on a Sunday this year Mr. RCGG and I did our usual Friday night shopping, but he wanted to get some things that I had asked for that he didn’t know styles of! Like I wanted a new bathing suit and some maxi dresses. I found a really cute bathing suit! It is a tankini top and shorts for the bottom! I’m still looking for the maxi dresses! I haven’t found any that I liked yet!

Usually I don’t make my own birthday cake, but I wanted a special cake this year! The cake I wanted has been a favorite of mine for quite a few years! I hadn’t had it since moving to Georgia and I knew I had to make it! The woman who made it for me before passed away a couple years ago and I know she was watching me make it smiling!

Mazola Oil Cake

This recipe was originally from a family friend, Georgia. She made this cake for me for my birthday for several years. She passed away a few years ago and I didn't have the chance to get the recipe from her. I was looking for it and I found it on a blog called According To Nina. Nina happens to be related to Georgia. I know this was the recipe I was looking for! This is the exact recipe I found on Nina's blog.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk (See Note for making your own buttermilk)
  • 3/4 cups Mazola Oil (May also use Wesson oil)
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Note

If you don't have butter milk you can add a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk. Lightly mix and let it sit for five minutes before using.

Directions

Step 1
Combine water and cocoa in a small saucepan. Simmer until thickened. Remove and cool.
Step 2
Sift together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder into large mixing bowl.
Step 3
Combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until combined. Add to flour mixture. Mix until combined. Add chocolate. Mix until combined.
Step 4
Baking time will depend on the size of the cake you are making. Just be sure to NOT OVER BAKE. As soon as a toothpick comes out clean remove form oven immediately.
Can be used to make two 9" rounds, one 9"x13" rectangle, or thirty cupcakes.

It was so easy to make and I know I will make it again! It got quite a lot of attention on Facebook! I posted a picture of it after it came out of the oven and it practically went viral within my friends list!
It tasted just like I remember Georgia making it! So chocolaty and soft! If you make it let me know what you think!

So as, I said before, age is just a number! Birthdays are a blessing from God that we should live our life to the fullest! I’m looking forward to seeing what He has in store for me in year 32!


Two Years

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Where have the past two years gone? Two years ago today Mr. RCGG and I were married on the beach of Jekyll Island Georgia.

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I love every moment of my life with this man! He has always been there for me and I know he always will be there for me! He makes me laugh, gives me confidence, strength, loves my creativity, goes to craft stores with me even though he doesn’t like them, and loves me for who I am!

 

 

Read about our wedding here!



The Southern Special 15

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When I thought of this link up back in February I had no idea that it would be as awesome as it is! I have loved seeing your projects, recipes, and other posts! Thank you to everyone that has made The Southern Special what it is! I couldn’t have done it without you!

This week’s features:

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Now we are ready to get this super awesome linky party started! TheSouthernSpecialRules:
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My Daily Devotions

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My daily devotions are an important part of my life! Even if I’m busy and don’t have time for anything else there’s always time for God! I have been a Christian my whole life! I went to church and Sunday School as a child and until I moved. Mr. RCGG and I haven’t found a church that we feel at home in in Georgia so I started a devotional time to make up for that!

Just because we don’t go to church doesn’t make us bad people. Going to church doesn’t make you any more of a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a car. It’s the lifestyle you lead that makes you a Christian! God has done many things in my life and I want to take time to thank Him for what He has done. He’s gotten me through some pretty hard days and I know that with Him I can do everything because He gives me the strength to do them. {Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!}
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That verse alone is all the reason I need to know that God works in our lives! Quite a few years ago I was involved in a traffic accident. A young boy was hurt and I was sued for negligent driving. I repeated Philippians 4:13 in my head over the course of several months. The day before the case was supposed to go to trial I called my lawyer to find out what was going to happen. He sid he was just getting ready to call. The case had been settled out of court in my favor!  I cannot explain how grateful I was to God for this! I know I had my church family praying for me! As soon as I got off the phone with my lawyer I called as many of them as I could to thank them for their prayers. He was listening to our prayers and knew when was the right time to to tell Satan to BACK OFF!

I have had many blessings in my life and I take the time every day to thank God for them! He is the reason I am the person I am!

Do you spend time with God every day? When you have moved have you found it difficult to find a new church?


Currently…

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I haven’t posted a Currently in a long time! So I thought it was a great time to pick it up! I think I will be posting this every month! Here’s this month’s Currently!

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Reading:
Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver. In this book the author travels all around the world to interview couples that have been married for 25+ years to find out what it takes to have a successful marriage. I have learned so much from it. I have underlined many passages from it and I know I will be referring to it for years to come!
I’m also reading a couple of devotions every day. I read New Day New You by Joyce Meyer and Project 345 on the You Version Bible app website. Project 345 is a devotion that you read a chapter every day except weekends. I will be posting more about my daily time with God sometime next week.

Listening to:
a website called rainy mood. It simulates rain and helps you relax or concentrate. You know how sometimes you get more done during a rain storm?

Practicing on guitar:
The two songs that I decided to learn are Good Riddance by Green Day and God Must Have Spent A Little More Time on You by Nsync. I know totally different genres of music huh? I’m excited to start working on them. I have been learning basic chords and I’m hoping to start putting them together soon!

Watching: Once Upon A Time on Netflix. I’m in season 2 and I love it! If you have seen all of season 2 and 3 please DO NOT tell me anything! I am excited to see the Oz tie ins.

Excited for:
As strange as it may sound, I’m really excited to get my planner printed. I bought a planner from The Polka Dot Posie Print shop on Etsy. I have to wait for my cover to get here before I actually print it though.
I’m also excited that my birthday is coming up! I know a lot of women don’t like their birthday because it means they are getting older. I look at birthdays as another year of blessings from God!

I love giving you a peek into the world behind the scenes of the RCGG world and Currently posts are a great way to do that! I look forward to more currently posts and I encourage you to share what is currently going on in your life behind your blog! As you may remember, I go offline over the weekends to spend time with my family! Over the summer, I will be including Friday in that time! So I will talk to y’all on Monday with a weekend recap!

Have  great weekend!


Guitar Lessons Update

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Hey y’all! I’m still taking my guitar lessons! I vlogged today to show you my progress! Check it out!

 

I have a long way to go, since as you can tell from the video I still have to look at my hand to make sure my fingers are on the right frets and strings. I know I will get better at that! So my guitar lessons are going great! I will continue to keep you updated as I go along and MAYBE I will share one of my songs with you when I’m ready!

 


The Southern Special 14

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How are we in the second week of July already?  Where has this year gone? I hope your summer is filled with fun and family time! July is birthday and anniversary month in the RCGG house! My birthday is on the 20th and our anniversary is the 21st!

Last week’s features:

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Cookie Sandwiches

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Happy Fourth of July!!! Have a SAFE and great day!

Do you need a last minute dessert idea? I made these incredibly easy cookie sandwiches last night. They took me less than ten minutes to put together!

Cookies, frosting, and a knife are all you need to make up this super easy treat!

CookieSandwichesTake one cookie spread the frosting on to flat bottom, place another cookie on top! Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes so the icing sets up a little.

So yeah, perfect last minute dessert if you are rushing out the door to that party!

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