Mema’s Rolls

When I was younger, my grandma “Mema” made the most amazing yeast rolls. She was an amazing cook, and she taught many people how to make her yeast rolls. I was too young to really remember anything other than kneading the dough though. I have always wanted to try to make them, but I put it off.

A few weeks ago I found her recipe book and I recreated them. I was pretty concerned they wouldn’t turn out well, because a lot of people in my family have tried to make them since she passed away and have failed. Yeast is notoriously difficult, because just the slightest thing can go wrong and it can fall. If it falls, the rolls are going to be awful. I prepared the dough and I covered it with aluminum foil and put it on my balcony for it to rise. It needs to be in a warm place to rise, and outside in the South Carolina summer did the trick.

I could not believe they turned out so good. The minute I took a bite, I almost cried because it felt like I was back in her kitchen. If you can read her handwriting, I hope you will try to make them as well if you like to bake! Let me know how it goes.

 

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The Greatest of All Things

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday. It certainly has not always been one I have enjoyed, and I will not be one of these bloggers who pretends like I have not had some bitter feelings towards it before. I know it can be tough to celebrate it single, when it feels like everyone around you has someone and you don’t. My favorite memories of Valentine’s Day are the sweet gifts my Mom and Dad have always made sure I get each year, even now as an adult, and the orange roses my brother would send me each year for Valentine’s Day. Those sweet gestures have always been a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster holiday.

I know most of the bad feelings I’ve ever felt for Valentine’s Day were fueled by jealousy. If I had known how lucky I would feel a few years later, I wouldn’t have been jealous at all. Back then, I didn’t know the person God had in store for me. I didn’t know that the minute I realized I loved Johnny, would be the same moment I stopped caring about superficial things like flowers and gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love when Johnny does sweet things like that for me, but the only thing I have ever desired from him, is the one thing he has never failed to do: give me his time. I have never once felt like I wasn’t a priority for him. I realize how cliché it is to say that his love is the only gift I need for Valentine’s Day, but to become a cliché, something must be or happen frequently, and I don’t know anyone who would trade quality time and feeling loved every single day and opt to just get flowers once a year instead.

I have felt love every day of my life, and I know how special and rare that can be. I pray I never take for granted the fact that I am luck enough to be loved by so many people. I never want to be ungrateful for it, and I want to spend my life making sure no one ever feels like they aren’t loved or worthy of love; because they are- everyone is.

In a world full of hate and mean people on the internet, choose to be someone who people feel good around.

After all, love is the greatest of all things.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

 

 

Coffee Break in Charleston

One of my favorite things to do before I started working a regular 9-5 was visit coffee shops where I could study or just read a book. Charleston has a lot of coffee shops and by no means is this a list that includes all of them or even the “best” ones. I simply thought I’d share my favorite ones that I have tried and that I have visited regularly because of how good they are.

My favorite coffee shop in Charleston (and maybe anywhere) is Brown’s Court Bakery. I lived across from Brown’s Court for my first year of law school, and I developed a slight obsession. They have wonderful lattes and their baked goods are out of this world. It’s in an old Charleston two-story house and there is seating on the second floor, as well as on the porch. I spent many days studying there. Their bread is also featured at many of the restaurants around town. Brown’s Court is located at 199 Saint Phillip Street. http://brownscourt.com/

The second coffee shop on this list is not your typical “coffee shop”. I am including Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts for several reasons. When I was in law school, Glazed was the only place I could stop quickly and get a simple cup of coffee that didn’t cost $3-$4 on my way to one of my classes. They have good brewed coffee and they have specialty drinks as well if you’ve got time for one. It doesn’t hurt that they have some of the best doughnuts I have ever tasted. It’s tempting to go in and not get a doughnut also, but if it hadn’t been for Glazed I would have had to sit through some lectures without coffee(HORROR). Glazed is located at 481 King Street. http://glazedgourmet.com/

Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer is a beloved coffee shop for most Charlestonians. The baristas are great at designs in lattes (for those that love to take the cute pictures of their designs), and most importantly the coffee is good. It’s strong (necessary) and there is a lot to choose from. Most importantly, they also serve beer and have a great wine selection. As if they needed any more recognition that they are a great place, Jamie Lee Curtis has been spotted there several times while filming the newest “Halloween” movie. Kudu is located at 4 Vanderhorst Street right off of King Street. http://kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com/

Black Tap Coffee is the last place on my list. I have only visited here one time with a friend a few months back. She recommended it, and I absolutely loved it. The atmosphere is great, and the latte is even better. They have their own coffee brand that they source from all over the world. The shop is located in Charleston’s historic Harleston Village neighborhood. http://www.blacktapcoffee.com/

I am positive that there are more great coffee shops in Charleston that I could make a list about, but I only felt comfortable commenting on the ones that I have been to. Please shoot me some suggestions of places I need to try!