Minday Kaling

In case you were wondering what I ended up reading.. I chose Mindy Kaling's new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns).

I have seen Mindy on The Office and of course always thought she was pretty funny. But now I am pretty sure we could be close (if not best) friends. She seems like a really fun, down-to-earth, hilarious girl.

I read the book in about two days, which for me is pretty good. This book is great for a light read, which is the only kind of reading I do. Will would ask me, "what are you laughing at.." I would tell him and he would just kind of roll his eyes. He likes books like, The Economic Crisis of 1723 (obviously made up the name) or The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin or insert boring book name here. You know books that he might actually learn something. I much prefer a book that I don't have to think or study, just enjoy. To each his own.

Next up on my reading list.. Tina Fey's Bossypants. Yep, another funny one.

Music Monday - Holley Maher

Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I'd share one of my favorite new Christmas songs! Also check out Holley's Always Be. I LOVE it.


what to read....

Will is a huge reader. He seriously always has his nose stuck in a book. I am not so much. When I was younger I used to read all the time, but I have just kind of gotten out of it. I got an early Christmas present from my parents, the new Kindle Fire!! I love it so far, because you can do so much with it. But I am thinking that I want to get back into the reading habit.. I need some book suggestions..

Music Monday

I found out about the Paper Kites pretty recently, and I just love them. They have several beautiful videos, and their songs are just great. Check em out.


Christmas time is coming...

I saw this article this morning that basically sums up who Christ is in this mini-biography.. Since we are approaching his birthday.. I thought I would share.. check it out.

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness. Jesus came to earth to more fully reveal the character and ways of the Father (John 14:9). The miracles He performed validated His claim to be the Son of God.

Jesus Christ is the first-born from the dead. The Savior bore our sins and died on the cross, was buried, and rose again on the third day. His resurrection proved that eternal life is possible for us, too, as Jesus taught in John 11:25: "He who believes in Me will live even if he dies."

Jesus Christ is the ruler of the kings of the earth. It is the Lord who raises men to power, just as it is He who removes them (John 19:11; Rom. 13:1). Meanwhile, believers have access to a higher authority. In God's throne room, we can beseech Him on behalf of our nations and lay claim to His promises.

Jesus Christ loves us and released us from our sins by His blood. Note the change of tense in John's writing. The Lord's love is ever-present, but He has freed believers from their past. Both the penalty and power of sin have been broken.

This Christmas, remember he is the reason for the season.

Ben Howard

I realize I am probably music-ing you guys to death.. but you have to watch this.. These people surprised him, he thought he was playing to the empty street.. how awesome is this guy.. I can't wait for him to tour in the US...


Music Mondays!!

So.. I created a whole playlist for this week.. But then I ran across this video and I think this takes the cake.. Check it out.

I've actually seen both of these artists (Amy Stroup & Trent Dabbs) live at the Ten out of TN show and they are amazing. They decided to join forces and create this new band Sugar & the Hi-Lows which is amazing. Check em out.


I am thankful for...

....Will - most days :)
...my family - they are the best I have ever had
...Zoe - she's the perfect dog
...each day - you just never know when it may be your last
...my headlights - this became very apparent when I had to drive Will's car to my parents house
...my job - I am so happy to finally have a job I like.. It makes my quality of life so much better
...working from home - I love that I have this option
...all of my kids I give pitching lessons to, and their families --it is a very rewarding job and I see a lot of them more than I see my own family
...sweat pants - who doesn't love those comfy things
...chai latte creamer - it makes my coffee so yummy
...living in Midtown - I just love the location
...the colors of the leaves in the fall
...my faith - I believe it's a thing just between me and God
...being able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I just love spending time with my family, and the food is just an added bonus. This year is especially special because it is the first year that Will is spending Thanksgiving with my family. Last year Will and I decided that we would swap going to spend time with each of our families for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It's the only fair thing to do!

The Willis family (my dad's side of the family) tradition is for most of our extended family to get together for lunch, when we have most of the crowd there are about 70 of us. Everyone brings a side dish, and my uncle cooks the meat. We have tons of delicious food. (I'll try to take a picture later today) Our huge lunch is followed up a quick nap and then we run to my mom's side of the family's gathering for dinner. It's a great day filled with great food.

This Thanksgiving I brought my Mac & Cheese filled with Serrano peppers for everyone to try.

Did you know??
Thanksgiving officially became a holiday in 1863 during the Civil War. But they believe the first Thanksgiving was celebrated back in the 16th century. Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for guiding the pilgrims to the New World and for a successful harvest season. There was a huge feast of all different types of meat, fruit and vegetables. So that is where our tradition for all the food and families gathering comes from.


What's For Dinner - Baked Pesto Chicken

From What's For Dinner

Last night I made a new dish, Baked Pesto Chicken. I originally got the recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen but I altered her recipe a little bit.. Here's how I made it..

What you need:
Chicken Breasts ( I used 2)
Classic Pesto spread
Olive Oil
Feta Cheese
Fresh Grated Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat your oven to 375.
While you are waiting for your stove to heat up - Slice up your chicken breasts in strips, so it cooks faster.
Then, spray the pan you are using with olive oil and coat the bottom of the pan with some pesto spread.
Place your chicken strips on top of the pesto and add some salt and pepper to the chicken.
Then cover the chicken with some more pesto.
Cover your dish with aluminum foil and cook for about 25 minutes.
Remove your dish and add some feta cheese on top and place back in the oven uncovered for about 5 minutes.
Turn on your broiler and place your dish on the top rack for about 3 minutes.
Remove from the broiler and add some fresh mozzarella just before you serve.

I served mine over quinoa, and with some broccoli on the side. I am guessing that this dish would be great with some spaghetti sauce on top of it. Maybe I'll try that next time!

Music Mondays

If you're anything like me.. you are always looking for new music. Lucky for you, my mom taught me how to share. Here are some tunes that I am jamming to this week:

Hotel - Three Blind Wolves
Wonder No More - Bronze Radio Return
Pitter-Pat - Erin McCarley
Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear
Back Down South - Kings of Leon
Southern Charm - Quiet Hounds
Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley
A Million Years - Alexander
Old Pine - Ben Howard
Can You Tell - Ra Ra Riot

If you have Spotify, then you can check out this playlist here. If not, get to downloading!

For all my music listening I useMicrosoft's Zune and I am totally obsessed with it. Check it out!


Braided Scarf

Those of you who know me, know I could be called "scarfy" but I learned a new way to wear a scarf after watching this amazing tutorial on how to "Braid a Scarf". She has another video that shows other great ways to wear a scarf...

How to Tie a Scarf. from Kayley Heeringa on Vimeo.

What's For Dinner

I'm not sure how many of you follow me on facebook, but if you do then you definitely have seen my What's For Dinner pictures. I do try to cook as much as possible for Will & I. I find different recipes all over the web, sometimes I adjust them, sometimes I make them as is. To name a few of my favorite food blogs:
Gina's Skinny Recipes
Food Coma
Martha Stewart
A Cozy Kitchen
Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
Hungry Girl


Week in review

This week was pretty boring around the Burke household. We did forget that I bought a Groupon that expires next week for Laughing Skull but there were no shows next week.. so we needed to use it sometime this week.. Well last week I decided that we would go this tuesday.. but once I got home from work on tuesday, completed my *get home routine I began cleaning up (like really cleaning up)
*get home routine -- as soon as I walk in the door I take the dogs out (unless Will beat me to it) check the mail (I love getting mail -- email me for my address) then promptly come back upstairs and change into some sort of sweat pants/nasty shorts/Under Armour clothes/T-shirt not cute get up and try to figure out what I am going to make for dinner or begin what I have already thoroughly planned out for dinner
Once Will got home around 7ish (show started at 8) I had already made dinner, cleaned up several rooms, and was ready to eat. We slowly remembered what we were supposed to do this night.. We decided that yes indeed we would keep our plans and go to the show.. I was able to change into normal-ish looking clothes, threw my hair up on top of my head and walk down to the show (maybe 1/2 a block down the street) We made it with about 10 minutes to spare. I love living in midtown.

The reason I am writing this post.. is because Will and I have started talking about buying a house. I am not done with the city for reasons mentioned above. I LOVE being able to walk right down the street to an awesome comedy show, or to the Fox (which we are going next week to see The Grinch Who Stole Christmas) or have my pick from about 20 awesome restaurants, etc.... I don't think Will shares my love for the city quite as much..
All in all we have no idea where we are planning to move to, our timeframe is about a year -18 months so.. we've got some time. Come see us while you can.. we can walk to a show!


Back on the wagon..

Finally.. we got the blog back up and running. It looks a little different, but this time it is here to stay and I'll see what we can do to keep things interesting.
So.. what have you missed in the lives of Beth & Will.. a lot. But here are a few things..

About a month ago we went to visit a friend in San Antonio. We checked out the Riverwalk, walked all around downtown, we remembered The Alamo. We also took a little trip to Austin to see what all the fuss is about. Will and I agreed that we prefer the laid back vibe of San Antonio to the craziness of Austin. We got to try plenty of Mexican and BBQ and had a great visit.

Next up, GOLD RUSH!! It's a tradition that I go visit with all my old college friends every year up in Dahlonega. Will is learning to love it, but he doesn't have the same love for it that us old alums have.

The following weekend, we took a weekend trip to Bainbridge to visit with the in-laws. We had a great trip except for the dog fight. (I'll save that story for another day) On our way back home I decided that we needed to make a pit stop at Providence Canyon. It was only about 10 minutes out of our way so we figured why not check it out. It was waaaayyy cooler than we had imagined. I had seen pictures of it, but you know how pictures never do anything justice. True again. We were beyond impressed and I wouldn't be surprised if you see another post about how we stop for a picnic at the bottom of the canyon in the coming months..

We have also celebrated several family occasions in the past few weekends. Meg and Graham had an engagement party. Which was decorated VERY cute out at Jessica and Jeremy's house (sadly I didn't take any pictures)

My Grandmother had her 80th birthday party with quite a turn out! She had a great time and I of course enjoyed spending more quality time with my family.

So see.. needless to say we have been busy but still having a blast.

It feels like this year has been flying by. I can't believe it's almost thanksgiving!!
Until next time!


Hali and Chris Wedding

Waaaay back on May 3rd of this year Hali and Chris were married up on Lake Oconee.  It was a beautiful day.  Beth went to school with both of them and has known them forever.  There were lots of Beth’s friends there and we had a great time catching up with everyone.
The wedding was held on a little point of land that jutted out from the hotel’s pool area into the middle of the lake.  The semi-weird part was walking past folks swimming in the pool in a suit.  They got great seats to a wedding and got to wear swim trunks.  If only I had known!  The whole random pool crowd clapped once the wedding was over which was pretty funny.
I didn’t get a chance to really get to know either of them during their wedding for obvious reasons but have had a chance to get to know them recently while we were visiting San Antonio/Austin.  They are both “good people” and seem to be very happy.  More about our San Antonio trip coming up!

She’s a burke now…


This kind of thing still kinda cracks me up.  This is on Beth’s office  - all of these people know her only as a Burke.  It’s still a little surreal that her name is Burke now…


10.8.11 -- Engagement Anniversary


Beth and I got engaged exactly 1 year ago yesterday.  It’s hard to believe that only one year ago we were calling all of our friends and family and letting them know the news.  The ring shopping, wedding planning, etc. phew – that was all very hard work!

Thankfully we decided to get married quickly – most couples are still planning their wedding a year later.  I can’t imagine still going through all of that.  I loved our wedding and wouldn’t change it for the world but man-o-man was it stressful!

Our first blog post on this site was October 12 of last year so it’s also our blog’s anniversary.  Happy anniversary to you too, blog.  Thanks for working most of the time and for not responding too quickly – it’s good to keep our readers in suspense as long as possible.

I’m going to make a concerted effort to increase my number of posts on here.  All kinds of stuff has happened since I last posted so I have plenty of things to share!


NOTE: The above picture has absolutely nothing to do with our getting engaged.  It was taken in Piedmont Park on 1/30/2011.  I included it for no reason other than it was a good picture and I wanted to. 




One thing I have learned so far about marriage is that I have to do laundry way more often.  Will goes through socks like it is nobody's business!  All these are his socks from like half a week, I only had TWO pairs in there!!  And one more thing.. it really sucks to fold all his socks!! They all look almost the same.. not close enough for them to go together but close enough that you have to line them up in a line to see which ones are the same length.  Nope, I'm not kidding.

His socks really sock.  :)



For those of you that know Will, know that he has a sort of.. how do I say this nicely... obsessive personality.  If he decides he likes something he REALLLLLY likes it and that's all he wants to do for a while.  Well right now (or at least for last weekend) he is/was stuck on Geocaching.

For those of you that did not click on the link: Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunt.  Players (ordinary people, like you and me) try to locate hidden containers, better known as geocaches, by using some form of a GPS and then log their findings online.  There is no money or anything of any value hidden, at least not that we have found.. but it's all about the chase right?

Last weekend my cousin, Jessica, and her husband, Jeremy, went up with us to my parents new mountain house (which is super awesome by the way--post to come later) and we did some Geocaching and Planking.   We started our search for our first geocache at Unicoi State Park.  We came out empty handed, which is why we had to get in some serious planking while we were there.

Jeremy Planking

Jess Planking

Oh yeah, we saw some waterfalls while we were there too..

Anna Ruby Falls

Next stop was Goats on the Roof in Helen, where we had our first successful geocache experience!!  I would put a picture of it, but I don't know how many muggles read my blog.. so just use your imagination.  After we found it, we went inside and did some more planking and had some ice cream..


After that we were totally on a geocache role.. we found like 4 or 5 more.  We aren't geocache-pros.. but we are well on our way.

One happy geocacher
It's my fault.  I told him about it and sparked his interest in this new hobby.. so I blame myself.


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No, I'm not writing a post about the band.  Will and I have been talking for a while about the new craze of the sublime burger at Cypress St.  So we decided to go see what all the fuss was about..

What is it?  Funny you should ask.  It is a burger with two (yes, two) glazed doughnuts for the bun.  This particular burger has Sublime Doughnuts for the bun.  Since they wouldn't hold the fat or put the calories on the side, Will and I decided to split one.. and Yes, it was worth every calorie.


PCHS - Ten Years Later


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I can't believe that it's been ten long years since I graduated from high school.  Only weeks after attending Will's reunion, we went to mine.  It was held in the Whiskey Bonding Barn on July 9th.  As soon as we pulled in I saw lots of familiar faces that I haven't seen in ages!  We walked in and it was like a step back in time.. all my old friends.. all the memories.  It was so GREAT to see everyone.  I'm sure that everyone thinks this, but we seriously did have the best class of all time.

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Unlike most places, Pike County only has one high school in the whole county.  So that means that I have known most people since kindergarten.  I only graduated with about 120 people.  Of course that means that I not only know everyone's name, but pretty much their history.  That makes for great stories at a ten year reunion.  I am so looking forward to our next one!!


July 4 Cake

For the 4th of July party I made the most amazing and simple cake.  I really wish I had a pic of this.. it is super a low-fat dessert and perfect for any July 4th party..it was so easy that I have to share how I made it.



Angel Food Cake

2 bags of Mixed Berries -- Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries

Fat Free Cool Whip



Chop up the Angel food cake, it doesn't have to be pretty.. Pull out a cake bowl like this one...

and now just layer the angel food cake, cool whip and berries.  Now let it sit for about 24 hours in the fridge and serve!!

Happy July 7th!

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So.. I missed the 4th... sue me.

Will and I spent our holiday weekend at home and had some friends over.  I didn't even know Will this time last year (crazy, huh)  so, obviously, he has never seen the fireworks from our balcony.  We have a great view of downtown and you can see the fireworks show at Centennial Olympic Park and other smaller fireworks shows south of Atlanta.

The picture is obviously not the fireworks we saw.. but my camera was inside and there were a lot of people on the balcony AND it was raining... SO needless to say, all the pictures I took were with my memory..



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Bainbridge HS Class of 2001 - Ten Year Reunion

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Last weekend was Will's TEN year reunion!  We made the trip down to Bainbridge to see all his old classmates and see just how many names he could remember.

I had the opportunity to talk to Will and ask him some questions about his time at BHS..

Me: What was your favorite memory from high school?

Will: Spending time with people he had just seen the day before.

Me: Who were you looking forward to seeing the most?

Will: All my friends from high school, Clay, Jes, Richard, Colby, & Wheat and many others but those are the ones that come to mind immediately.

Me: What was your school mascot?


Me: What piece of advice would you give yourself if you could talk to highschool Will?

Will: Study harder.  A lot harder.

Me: What was the best thing about the reunion?

Will: Getting to see people I haven't seen in ten years.

Me: Who did you think had changed the most?

Will: ummmmm... <long pause> .... I don't think anyone really has changed all that much.  Everyone was just older, fatter (including me), and more mature.  No one was really surprisingly different.

Me: What memories came back to you while you were there with all your classmates?

Will: It's humid and there are a lot of gnats.  Also it's easy to forget the easy banter that you have with people that you have known your whole life.

Me: What do you hope to accomplish before your next reunion?

Will: ummmm.... to finally be licensed, own a home, have 8 or 10 kids, and a bigger belly.

Me: WOW.  Well I'm gonna veto most of those.. but good luck anyway!  Thanks for your time Will.. I look forward to hearing about your twenty year reunion!!   See ya in ten!



Yes, I know.. Will and I have been MIA on our blog for quite some time.. I'm sure I've promised to do better, but I haven't.  So.. how about this -- I'll blog when I can and I'll try to post some random stuff when I get a chance.  That's as good as it's gonna get.  So what have we been up to?  Well...

I have been busy giving pitching lessons - I have dropped it down to two nights a week so I have some nights to hang out with Will and to go to the gym, cook dinner, normal wifey stuff..

A lot of my friends have important stuff going on...  My cousin Megan and her boyfriend Graham got engaged!! Friends, Emily and Zach are getting married next week!  Will and I went to a wedding last weekend for some friends from high school - Hali and Chris. High school friend Tiffany married Don over Memorial day weekend. Friends Susan and Roger AND Emily and Nate found out they are both having baby boys!! My cousin Jennifer and Jonathan's little boy Nathan just turned 1! Friends Bobby and Bronwyn also just celebrated their little girl, Zoe's first birthday.. I'm sure there is a lot more stuff I am forgetting right now... forgive me.

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I've gone to Wisconsin for work TWICE!  And there is not nearly as much cheese as you would think.  Kinda disappointing actually.  My work is going great, I am still learning the ropes trying to figure everything out.  Will is still chugging along.


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I went to a Zac Brown concert with some my friends LT, Katie, and Tara.  LT's dad was nice enough to give us some ROCKIN' tickets.

My parents bought an awesome mountain house up in North GA so Will and I have been enjoying that with them every chance we get.  It is seriously a great spot and I just know we all have lots of memories to be made up there.  Will and I have already beat my parents at darts AND ping pong :)  It has a beautiful view and in an awesome location.  It is perfect for weekend trips.

Will and I went to see Brett Dennen in concert.  In case you don't know who he is.. we played one of his songs at our wedding right after we were married.  Listen here:

We attended the second annual Burke weekend reunion. This year we rented a house on Lake Oconee over Memorial Day weekend. It was a great time to relax and hang with the family. And I must mention, that house was AWESOME!!

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We've gone to a couple of Braves games.. and dinners with friends

We rented a double decker party boat on Lake Lanier with about 4 other couples. It was a GREAT time and can't wait for our next trip to the lake. Sorry I didn't get any pics from this...

I got a new cell phone -- The samsung charge.. It is pretty awesome. I'm still getting used to the swype keyboard and find the latest and greatest apps for it.

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And our dogs are more awesome than ever.. That's pretty much what we've been up to...


Festival Season!

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It's that time in Atlanta.  No I'm not only talking about pollen season where EVERYTHING turns yellow.  I'm talking about festival season!! Since the weather is getting better, and the Braves season has started there is always something to get into.

Last weekend, me and Will hit up a Braves game.  They lost, but it was still fun!  We'll have to go back to a few more games and hope we bring them better luck...

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This weekend we went to the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park and did the Midtown Tour of Homes.  Every time I do a tour of homes I get the urge to redecorate.

Next weekend is Easter and then the next weekend is the Inman Park Festival.  There is just so much going on!

The Search - George's