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I LOVE.....To Eat

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It's day 2.  The prize I am adding today to the goody basket is a Red's Little School House cookbook.  When I was making a list of things I loved, of course I wrote down "to eat".  If you know me at all, you are already shaking your head in agreement.  Being born into my family, I really didn't have a choice.  We eat, breathe, sleep food.  One of my most favorite things is sitting around a table with my family or a group of my closest friends.  LOVE IT!  When you are surrounded by those that are important to you sharing a FABULOUS meal, life is good.  So many times, we have gathered around mom's table full of yumminess and heard her say "we are so blessed".  While our family is fully aware of all the blessings we have, it's in these situations she is usually referring to the homemade heaven she just prepared (BTW-my brownie points meter just PEGGED out with mom!  She loves for someone to brag about her cooking!  As if she doesn't already know how good it is?!).  Eating and food is universal.  It's something we all do, something we all have in common.  For me and my family, it is definitely one of the highlights of our lives.  From the filet mignon dinners to the simple things like my MawMaw's fried bologna sandwich, I love it all.

If you want to fit in with my family, I will give you a few tips and our food rules: 

  1. When eating a meal, you must plan and discuss the menu for the next meal.  If the meal has already been planned, we will need to break it down and talk about each element.  Some say "How can you think about supper while you are eating lunch?" or "How can you think about food after all we just ate?".  The answer to both of those questions is the same and is easy.  We are always thinking about food.
  2. For this rule, you don't necessarily have to participate.  But, you do have to listen to us dissect and analyze the taste, texture, and appearance of EVERY single item we eat.  And it won't just be what's on our plates.  It will be from yours too.  
  3. When we are out to eat, everyone must discuss what they are ordering.  You can't go all willy nilly and order before we know what your getting.  Why?  Because if we all order the same thing, we can't taste a bunch of different stuff!
  4. Yes, we do want to taste what's on your plate.
  5. MOST IMPORTANTLY:  If we ask you to taste something, TASTE IT!  This really is not a question.  If someone at the table says "WOW!  This is so good you've got to taste!", AND you say no, you may not get invited back!  As a matter of fact, you better be severely allergic to it.  LOL!   Ask my friend Daisy.  She has caught on well to this rule and now strictly abides.

 

When I went off to college, mom wrote a cookbook for me to take to Auburn.  AWWWW!  A customer told her she should have it printed for folks to buy at the restaurant.  I couldn't tell you how many she's sold!

When I went off to college, mom wrote a cookbook for me to take to Auburn.  AWWWW!  A customer told her she should have it printed for folks to buy at the restaurant.  I couldn't tell you how many she's sold!

In May 1985, my mom and my grandparents opened Red's Little School House restaurant.  I mean it's the thing to do for folks that love food so much right?!  It is soul food at it's finest.  Fried chicken, BBQ, fresh veggies, homemade casseroles, and the list goes on.  This cookbook has so many of Red's great recipes.  My biggest weakness at the restaurant is not the made from scratch pies, it's the fried cornbread.  Talk about homemade heaven.  Since it's my fave and only 1 of you will win the cookbook, mom said I could post the recipe below (I love the fact she doesn't keep recipes secret).  It's so easy y'all!  Mom wrote it cute in the cookbook, so I had to post it just like it reads.  Keep in mind this was written in 1995.

"It is amazing how many folks ask questions about fried cornbread.  Since family and staff of Red's have eaten it all of their lives, they assumed everyone else did, too.  But in Red's ten years in the food business, it's been called all kinds of things - potato cakes, fritters, fried grits, etc.  The official name is most commonly known as "hoe cakes" - named by the field hands who would fry bread on the blade of a hoe, using water mixed with meal or flour.  Red's Little School House just simply calls it:

Fried Cornbread

An iron skillet is almost a must.  The oil can be Crisco, Wesson, bacon drippings, olive oil, or just about anything similar, but don't put too much - about 1/2 inch in your skillet.  Don't turn the heat on high; about medium and give it plenty of time to heat up. 
In a bowl, put desired amount of meal (self-rising white) and stir in buttermilk.  If the mixture sits awhile, the meal will soak up more buttermilk and dry out, so make your mixture a little soupy - but not too soupy, 'cause it will run all over the skillet. 
When you spoon the batter into the hot grease and the batter sits there like a clump, it is too thick.  Keep in mind - the less you stir, the better.  When it is good and brown, turn it over.  If a fork is used, there will be less splattering. "

Hungry yet?  YUM!  You gotta try it! 

If you have subscribed to The Le Rae Life blog through FeedBurner and want an extra chance to win the giveaway, here's how to get it:

Try the recipe!  Take a picture of you cooking our cornbread, Instagram it with the #theleraelife and #redscornbread, and then come back and brag about it in the comment section below.  Make sure you spell the hashtags CORRECTLY!

Are you a first time visitor or forgot the giveaway details?  No problem!  Hop on back to our post with all the info!  And if you missed the first giveaway item and my mushy love note to KC (the hubs), visit yesterday's post.  See y'all tomorrow! 

 

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10 DAY GIVEAWAY

Since the launch of the new website,  Whitlee  (my graphic designer friend extraordinaire) has been SUPER busy with NEW CLIENTS!  YIPPEE!  I didn't want to bother her with a little header for the giveaway.  So, don't laugh at my glittery fabulousness above!  If it changes over the course of the next 10 days, you will know she couldn't take it and had to do something about it!  LOL!  Love ya' Whit!

Since the launch of the new website, Whitlee (my graphic designer friend extraordinaire) has been SUPER busy with NEW CLIENTS!  YIPPEE!  I didn't want to bother her with a little header for the giveaway.  So, don't laugh at my glittery fabulousness above!  If it changes over the course of the next 10 days, you will know she couldn't take it and had to do something about it!  LOL!  Love ya' Whit!

YAY!  It's here.  The Le Rae Life 10 day giveaway!  I had A BLAST shopping for what I LOVE!  I really want to keep it all!  I had a tough time deciding on just 10 items.  At first, I focused only on material things.  Gifts that could be mailed.  This morning while preparing for this post, I had a change of heart.  I kept thinking, "how in the world can I talk about what I love and not include my family, my friends, etc.?".  So, this is how it will go:  Starting today, I will blog about something I love and a gift that represents it.  This will continue everyday for ten days.  The last day will be HUGE.  It will be a list of several of my faves.  The winner will receive a basket of all the goodies I blog about between now and June 10th (can you tell I love the number 10).  It's great stuff y'all!  Here's how to win:

Become a subscriber to The Le Rae Life blog.   Type your email address in the FeedBurner box on the right of the screen and click subscribe.  It's that simple.  We will randomly select a winner from our current subscribers and all the new subscribers entered between now and June 10th at 10:10pm CST (ok, that may have been overkill with the numbers).  

Want to get your name in the hat more than once?  Do any of the following and feel free to do them all!

  1. Follow me on Instagram .  (When you do, make sure you brag about it in the comment section below.)
  2. Take a picture of something you think represents "The Le Rae Life", post it on Instagram, and hashtag #theleraelife.  MAKE SURE YOU SPELL IT CORRECTLY and BE NICE!  ;)  (When you do, make sure you brag about it in the comment section below.)
  3. Leave a comment below about your favorite blog post I've done so far and WHY?  

But remember, to first be eligible you must subscribe or be a subcriber to the blog using the FeedBurner box.  

On June 11th, I will mail all of the awesome-ness to one of you (you must provide a mailing address).  HOW EXCITING!  

Before I lay my head down tonight, I'm blogging about KC (the hubs).  BEWARE it may get mushy!  Sorry ladies you can't win him!   ;)  Stay tuned!

 

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Posted on June 1, 2013 .

What We Do!

Thank you to our friend  Wes Roberts  for always hooking us up with awesome pictures of our work!

Thank you to our friend Wes Roberts for always hooking us up with awesome pictures of our work!

On more than one occasion I have had people tilt their head squint their eyes and say, "what exactly do y'all do?".  Everyone knows what a caterer is and what a floral designer is (we do both), but most people have never heard of a wedding designer and many wonder if it's something that is even necessary.  The best description I've seen someone use is that we are “interior designers” for your wedding.  We strive to create a design and décor concept that reflects you as a couple, and then weave that into every aspect of your day.  Merriam-Webster doesn't have “wedding designer” listed in it's online dictionary, but it does have “interior design”.

“The designer's goal is to produce a coordinated and harmonious whole in which the architecture, site, function, and visual aspects of the interior are unified, pleasing to mind and body, and appropriate to the activities to be pursued there.  Design criteria include harmony of colour, texture, lighting, scale, and proportion.”

Now, replace interior with the word wedding.

The designer's goal is to produce a coordinated and harmonious whole in which the architecture, site, function, and visual aspects of the WEDDING are unified, pleasing to mind and body, and appropriate to the activities to be pursued there.  Design criteria include harmony of colour, texture, lighting, scale, and proportion. (gorgeous flowers and yummy food – ok I may have added that part)

Thank you Merriam-Webster.  It is the perfect explanation!

Call us planners, call us designers, call us what you like.  The name is not nearly as important as the fact that we LOVE weddings and have a true passion for working with brides to create that amazing big picture!

 
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"AH-HA" Moments

WOW!  Is this really happening?  Am I seriously blogging?!  IT IS HAPPENING, AND I AM BLOGGING!  Hello world!  I am Raeanne known to most as “Rae”.  I am a wife to KC, a mom to Reed and Hunter, and a daughter and granddaughter to a family who raised me to believe I could do ANYTHING!  Thanks to their belief, I have done just that.  From customer service, to nursing, to running a restaurant, to catering, to owning a gift shop, to delivering meals....and I have to admit, all of them for a paycheck.  Until one day in 2009, when my mom's BFF told me her daughter was getting married and she wanted me to help.  With my mom owning a restaurant and catering business, I had been around my fair share of parties and weddings and I had a decent rep around town for being a little talented in the “making things pretty” department.  Mom learned early in my life that she could throw me something and say “here, make this look good”.  But with this wedding, I got to be involved from start to finish!  I WAS OBSESSED!  It was all I could think about!  I found myself spending countless hours thinking, googling, and dreaming about it.  You would have thought it was my own wedding.  Not long after the planning started for this wedding, a childhood friend of mine (Leah) called.

Look at those kindergarten cuties.  Leah is on the right and that's me on the left.  This may be my 1st and last blog post after showing this picture.....but who can resist?!  ;)

Look at those kindergarten cuties.  Leah is on the right and that's me on the left.  This may be my 1st and last blog post after showing this picture.....but who can resist?!  ;)

Leah said “don't you want to help me with Karen's (her BFF) wedding?,  I'll help you with Sarah's,  if you will help me with Karen's”...."SURE" I said!  Why wouldn't I ?  I was already hooked on this whole wedding business!  The weddings were October of 2010.  We worked our tails off for both, but after each one (with sore bodies and aching feet) we were GLEAMING!

 

This is Sarah's (my mom's BFF's daughter) wedding.  We can't take credit for these flowers.  They were done by my talented mentor and lifelong friend Carol Ann Woodall and her sister Sandra.

This is Sarah's (my mom's BFF's daughter) wedding.  We can't take credit for these flowers.  They were done by my talented mentor and lifelong friend Carol Ann Woodall and her sister Sandra.

This is Karen's (Leah's BFF) wedding.  This was our 1st floral arrangement.  We were terrified.  Karen is now a MUST on all Le Rae weddings.  She keeps us straight and I ADORE her!

This is Karen's (Leah's BFF) wedding.  This was our 1st floral arrangement.  We were terrified.  Karen is now a MUST on all Le Rae weddings.  She keeps us straight and I ADORE her!

It was an AH-HA moment for me.  I totally get what Harvey MacKay means when he said, "Find something you love to do, and you'll never work a day in your life"!  This was IT!  Not just being the caterer, not just being the florist, but being the DESIGNER of the day.  To start with a bride from the beginning, and having my hand in it ALL.  From menu design, to layout and floor plan, to the selection of linens, to choosing the right flowers, to finding that perfect piece of furniture and using it in a way no one expects.......This was IT!  So naturally,  I returned the favor and called back that childhood friend (Leah).  The conversation went something like this, “Don't you want to help me do something?”!  And as they say, the rest is history!

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Thanks to our friends at Evan and Company, Hello Gorgeous Photography, LUSH Makeup Art, and the Alley Station for this picture! 


Psalms 37:4  says;  “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”.  My desire is to wake up every morning and do something I love.  Not to do something to get a paycheck, but do something I enjoy so much that I would do it even if I wasn't getting paid.  Weddings, events, decorating, designing, the art of ideas, creating that perfect piece to have people say “how in the world did you think of that?!”  This is what I love, and this is how Le Rae Events came to be!  I am so excited for what has already happened and what lies ahead.  Here, in this blog, I intend to share it all.  The good, the bad, and the beautiful, in my business and in life.  Stay tuned!

 
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