Gender Reveal Photos

This past weekend when my husband and I were back in Franklin, TN., not only did we have a Gender Reveal Party for our Baby Oli, we had a Gender Reveal Photo Shoot too! In the fields where the Battle of Franklin took place during the Civil War, one of our fondest memories was visiting this site at the Carnton Plantation.

Pure countryside bumbling with bees and a warm breeze, my father-in-law Kerry Oliver took some creative photos of us, edited by Molly Dillon Photography. Without further adieu, we are excited to announce the gender of our Baby Oli!
Gender Reveal Photos-Darcy Oliver Design
Pink Glitter, Franklin-Darcy Oliver Design
It's a Girl, Carnton Plantation, bunting-Darcy Oliver Design
Rocking Horse, Wheat Fields, Thistles-Darcy Oliver Design
Baby Ruffle Onesie, Baby Cowboy Boots-Darcy Oliver Design
Franklin, Couples Photography, Maternity-Darcy Oliver Design

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Merridee’s Bread Basket :: Famous Chicken Salad

After our Anniversary Vacation back to Nashville, TN., I could not wait to get home¬†and try out Recipes from Merridee’s Bread Basket in downtown Franklin, TN. I picked up their Cookbook only to discover that their famous Chicken Salad Recipe was no where to be found! Luckily my Mother-in-law had their old cookbook which had this delicious and easy recipe…phew!

I am not sure if I just missed Merridee’s so much, or if it was a major pregnancy craving, but we had a Chicken Salad Sandwich for lunch 4 days out of the 9 that we were there…it’s that good y’all. Not only is the Chicken Salad just like Grandma used to make, their Oatmeal Bread is probably the most delicious home baked bread I’ve ever had (sorry Grandma). Stay tuned for that Recipe, I plan to make that next!
merridee's chicken salad, recipes, franklin, tn.-Darcy Oliver Design

FAMOUS CHICKEN SALAD

  • 1 lb of chicken tenders
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

DIRECTIONS

  1. place chicken tenders in a 9×9 glass pyrex dish.
  2. sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. pour 1 cup of buttermilk on top of chicken.
  4. bake until tender and no pink shows inside at 400 degrees, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  5. let cool and chop into cubes.
  6. add 1/3 cup chopped celery.
  7. add 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I used light hellman’s mayo…do not use miracle whip!!!)
  8. mix well and served chilled on a bed of lettuce or on sandwich bread.
  9. enjoy!

 

 

Surprise Your Partner :: DIY Pregnancy Announcement

When you and your partner decide to start a family, you both are excited, nervous, and even scared of the unknown. The one thing you do know is that your love is so great that you want to share it with a child of your own. This special time in your life is like nothing you’ve experienced before, just like being in love for the first time.

Share those butterflies with your partner by surprising him or her with the same excitement you felt when you saw that positive pregnancy test. If you are a horrible secret keeper, this may not be the approach for you, but I only had to wait a few hours! This Pregnancy Announcement is something you prep before you know you are pregnant, but for heaven’s sake do not torture yourself by waiting too long to tell your partner. I did have a silent scream in the mirror when I found out, and did a little dance in the bathroom…had to be discreet with my husband in the next room.

This DIY project is something that you and your partner will remember forever, so choose items that mean something. My husband and I met in Franklin, TN., 20 twenty minutes South of Nashville. We now live back in my hometown San Diego, so I wanted to mesh places that mean something to us.

My husband is Johnny Cash’s biggest fan, and has always said, “when we have a baby, he or she will wear a Johnny Cash onesie”. Hello Amazon, and a week later this adorable “Crawl the Line” onesie arrives. Now to mesh San Diego with Nashville. Home Goods is a Designer’s Secret BFF. I discovered this sea themed Secret Book Box, and it would fit the onesie perfectly. Then all you need is to write a little note announcing you are pregnant, wrap it up pretty, and voila!

I took my husband¬†to our spot in La Jolla where we carved our initials when we first moved here together. I then “took his picture” on my phone, while video taping the entire reaction. Cost of these items for the DIY Pregnancy Announcement: $25.00. My husband’s reaction when he found out I am pregnant: Priceless.
Surprise Gift, DIY, Pregnant, Baby Announcement-Darcy Oliver Design
Pregnancy Announcement, Baby, Johnny Cash, Onesie-Darcy Oliver Design