Sweethearts in Savannah

 

Recently Jeremy and I jaunted off to Savannah for a night away from the kiddos. I have only recently discovered the amazing, historic downtown Savannah and I am absolutely in love. I can’t believe grew up 2 hours from this treasure trove and never explored it. My only complaint is that there are too many things to do in Savannah!

 

The history! The architecture! The food!

 

I was so excited about this trip. I planned my little heart out for our two days and one nights worth of Savannah. Planning for trips is one of my love languages. I love to get organized and do the research. What you see below you is a nerdy work of art. After tons of research I found and printed a map of Savannah’s historic district. I then labeled the map with all of the most important places I wanted to visit, complete with a key at the bottom of the nap. Go ahead, be jealous.

how to plan for a trip

I found us a hotel in Savannah’s historic district on Groupon. There were a ton of choices but we went with the most affordable one that would keep us in the historic district. I wanted to check in and then be able to stay on foot for the rest of the trip.

 

I also snagged 42% off trolley tours in Savannah on Groupon. Have I mentioned that Groupon is one of my new favorite things? You know what another of my favorite things are? Historic trolley rides. I cannot get enough of historic trolley rides. I’m not usually much of a history buff but if I’m going to wander around an old city I want the deets!

 

During our trolley ride I spied a tiny adorable yarn shop called The Frayed Knot that I made my way back to. It was darling and filled with fancy yarns that this beginner crocheter has no business picking up. But I did find something my speed on a 50% off table.

yarn

We also learned about the Owens-Thomas house during our trolley tour and decided to explore it further. It’s an incredibly interesting house built in 1819.

Owens Thomas House Savannah

Bonus: when we asked about their military discount we learned that (for now in 2015) it’s completely free to active duty or veterans and their families. The same deal is true for the Telfair Acadamy and the Jepson Center which are both art museums. During my pre-planning phase of the trip I had wanted to check out the Telfair Acadamy so it was a nice surprise to get free admission.

 

The only pictures we took on the whole trip were at the Telfair Acadamy so that we could show our fourteen year old (the artist) some of the exhibits.

 

Telfair Academy

Anyway, we had a great time. Sometimes you just need a night away, amirite? And even better if it’s in an amazing city like Savannah. We would have to stay at least solid week to explore all of the old mansions, churches, and cemeteries. Not to mention the shops and restaurants. Sigh. I can’t wait to go back.

 

Have you ever been to Savannah?

 

-Jessica

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Cinnamon Sugar Nuts

 

Cinnamon sugar nuts are basically our only Christmas goodie tradition around here. It’s the one thing that I WILL manage to cook up during the holidays and disperse among friends.

I have convinced myself that they’re a “healthy” alternative to the usual goodies you are bombarded blessed with during the holidays. I don’t know how much that is reality and how much is denial, but it makes it easier to sleep at night.

Plus, they’re so easy to make. Hence my ability to do them consecutive years in a row.

After you’ve set your oven to preheat at 275, scrounge up these ingredients:

Cinnamon Spiced Nuts Ingredients:

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 6 Cups of nuts

Whisk together your egg and vanilla until it’s a tad frothy. Then add your sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. You’ll have a nice, brown, gooey mixture. You may think it won’t be nearly enough to cover 6 cups of nuts, but I promise it will.

Next, mix in your nuts until their coated nicely. I usually use salted, roasted peanuts but any nut will do.

cinnamon sugar nuts

Shiny, sticky, deliciousness.

Spray something non-sticky onto a large baking pan and then spread those puppies out. Bake at 275 for 30 minutes. Give the nuts a bit of a mix and respread at the 15 minute mark.

As soon as they’re done, transfer your nuts to some other bowl or container. They’re going to cool off and crunch up so you do not want that solidifying in your pan. In fact, go ahead and wash your pan out immediately. Trust me.

cinnamon sugar nuts

The finished product.

 

You’ll fall in love, I promise. They’re fast, easy, delicious and if we squint hard enough and float down that river in Egypt, a healthy alternative to most Christmas goodies.

 

cinnamon sugar nuts

Your taste buds and your friends and family will thank you.

-Jessica

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