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    Hi y'all! I'm Emily and I couldn't be happier that you stopped by my blog. I even made you a lemon pie. Okay, maybe that was more for Thanksgiving, but if you ever stopped by my house I'd more than happily whip up one for you. Hmm, what should I tell you about myself? Well, I'm a teacher who prefers to blog. I love God and married a great man who takes every opportunity he can to drag me out of the house to serve in some capacity. What do you expect though, he's done more mission work than I can shake a stick at. We have a dog, Ellie, she's an old lady dachshund. I say "old lady" simply because she is a cross between an elderly woman and a cat. She could really care less about us and mainly makes her presence known when I'm in the kitchen. WHY I BLOG I started this little ole blog back in 2008, on Halloween to be exact (my 2nd favorite holiday). We were newly engaged and I wanted to bounce ideas off of my bridesmaids, who happened to live in other states. It turned into more of my grandmother and her friends commenting. By the time we had the wedding there were so many people interested in our swing dance (first dance) that our little invite only party had quite a few crashers. It was there at the wedding, when I was ready to close the book on Louisiana Bride, that one of my (total of like 3) readers convinced me to keep going. I changed the tag line from "and a Mississippi wedding" to "life post wedding" and I've been writing here ever since. It took some times to find my niche, but I love food, meal planning, funny stories, and everything in between, so I just write from the heart and forget the blogger norms. FUN FACTS My husband and I met in psychology class, Sensations and Perceptions to be exact. We didn't really start talking until we were both due to give a presentation the same day. I bugged his friend for his number and text him the following swoon worthy message: I will kill you if you don't present before me. Obviously that swept him off of his feet. We've ventured through both of us going to graduate school, he is finally at the tail end and about to start his last semester to get his Specialist. You can read about my Graduate Wife Journey here. I'll go ahead and warn you, it's be quite a journey. Literally and mentally. I really love to cook and my originally life plan was to attend culinary school, but life took me a different direction. That's why I love to document what I make, learn, and aspire to not destroy in the kitchen here at Louisiana Bride. It's mostly for me, but I don't mind if you read along. I just know that if I don't write these recipes down I will either forget them or lose them. Here's another tid-bit for you, I only have one sister, went to public school, was a band geek, twirled baton, and pride myself on driving a golf ball straighter than many of the guys I know. Even more fun - I set my hair on fire during homecoming with my beloved fire baton. To the tune of Final Countdown. We may not have kids, but I'm sure that you are seeing the wackiness that is my life. While bribing my sister to take pics of me holding a pie my wild child nephew took to driving his truck between us... as seen below. You may have noticed something else, I'm no fashion blogger. I'm not that big on makeup and my preferred uniform is a comfy shirt with slouchy boyfriend jeans. My favorite show on earth is Downton Abbey and I could totally pull that hipster move and tell you I watched it before it was cool - because I don't sleep worth a dern and watched it on the PBS app on my iPad. But I wont. I love some junky TV and when I'm not obsessing over a documentary on PBS that's just what I'm doing, ruining my brain to bits. My favorite season is Fall, I started drinking coffee because Jeremy made me, and I love a good book. Painting my nails keeps me from being a compulsive biter, and to remedy that I swear by Essie Mink Muffs. If you met me in person you'd probably think I was loud, I am, I'm also super Southern. I don't say that to be one of "those" bloggers, but to simply warn you I speak with a drawl and when I get sleepy it gets worse. As a child my Pop picked on me to no end over my accent, so I started speaking faster to cover it up. Now I just sound like a really fast city speaking country girl. Born in Mississippi and raised in North Louisiana, I just can't hide my Southern accent. I also talk with my hands, like a lot. I'm probably waving them around at this very moment. A little something that annoys Jeremy about me is my penchant for health food. I'm a closet hippie who uses grape seed oil to remove makeup and apple cider vinegar as toner. I love to eat healthy and working out calms me down. One can never have enough flax seed or spinach. Did I mention that I like pie? There has to be a balance for everything. WHERE TO GO FROM HERE The best way to connect with me is by commenting here on the blog, I do my best to respond to all of them. You can also email me at labrideblog{at}gmail{dot}com or reach me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google+ reader favs Ginger Cucumber Detox Juice Meal Pinning Monday Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole Pumpkin Better Than... Cake posts I loved writing A Little About Me... From My Husband's Perspective My Graduate Wife Journey: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 Top 10 Reasons You Aren't Sleeping At Night How to Make a Pine Cone Christmas Tree BBQ Pulled Chicken Baked Potato with Fried Onions my recipes featured elsewhere... Nanny's Biscuits Donut French Toast I also contributed to the PicMonkey Holiday eCookbook, I'd so love for you to download this freebie! One of my favorite breakfast recipe was also included in the Clean Eating Survival Guide Breakfast eCookbook. I'm not going to tell you which one though:)
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