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Adventure On Lookout Mountain {With Toasted Coconut Rice}

I went to a wedding on Lookout Mountain, in Georgia, this weekend.  I’m giving it 874 out of 875 stars.  The only reason I can’t give it 875 stars is because Scott ate the goody bag of treats they handed out as we were leaving.  I didn’t get any of it and now I have no way of judging what was inside.  So, 874 stars.

I didn’t take many pictures, but I wrote down some of my thoughts from the night:

. . .

I should go to bed.

I’ve been dancing barefoot for a couple hours now.  My feet are. . . not looking good.

. . .

If I don’t go to bed, I’m going to sleep through brunch in the morning.

I love brunch.

. . .

But man, I love photobooths too.

. . .

Wait. . . isn’t it supposed to print four photos at a time?

Did we break the wedding photobooth?


. . .

I’m just going to see if these mini crab cakes will fit in the pocket of my purse.

In case I get hungry later.

. . .

That’s weird. . . the guy playing the piano looks like Scott.

But Scott doesn’t play the piano. . .

Oh God.  I need to shut this down.

So I tried to shut it down, but Scott was all “Dude.  Where are your shoes?” And I was all “Are you seriously eating a hamburger and playing a grand piano at the same time?!” And then he went on for a while about how the bride’s dad was handing out hamburgers and it would have been rude not to take one.  I thought he might be right about that, so I just said “WHATEVER” and ate hors d’oeuvres out of my handbag.

Anyway, Scott says I’m not allowed to take my shoes off at weddings anymore.  I say Scott’s not allowed to play musical instruments at weddings unless he majored in them in college.

We both agree we can never truly be happy until we have a photobooth in our living room.



After a weekend of eating rich food, we felt like something simple, like a salad and some tasty rice.

This rice is the bomb.  It’s moist and almost creamy from the coconut milk it cooks in.  It’s studded with peas and little bits of toasted coconut.  It’s great with grilled shrimp or chicken, or anything with a light fruit or mustard sauce.  Or try it by itself as a savory snack, with a salad on the side.

Toasted Coconut Rice Pilaf {Download & Print Recipe}

from Seriously Simple, by Diane Rossen Worthington, adapted very slightly and reworded by me


3 Tbsp.  shredded coconut

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 c. medium or long grain white rice

1 c. chicken broth

1 c. light coconut milk

1/4 tsp. salt

a dash of pepper

1/2 c. frozen or canned peas

2 slices of lime (optional, see cooking note)


First, toast the coconut.  You can do this in a toaster oven or over the stove.  If using a toaster oven, toast it until lightly browned in places.  Stir it up every few minutes because it’ll go from white to burned while you’re not looking.  If toasting on the stove top, place the coconut in a medium nonstick saucepan (with a lid–you’ll need it later) over medium heat and toast it, shaking and stirring it almost constantly for 2-3 minutes, until lightly browned.  Transfer the coconut to a bowl and set aside.

In the same saucepan, over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.  Add the rice and sautée for 3 minutes.  Add the chicken broth and the coconut milk and bring to a boil.  Add the salt and pepper. Stir once, scraping any stray pieces of rice from the walls of the saucepan.  Cover tightly.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the rice is fluffy.  Taste it and make sure it’s tender–if not, cover and cook a few minutes longer.

Add the peas and the toasted coconut and stir to combine.  If using frozen peas, cook for another minute, until they’re just cooked through.  If using canned peas, you can go ahead and remove the rice from the heat.  Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.  Serve the rice immediately, or keep it at room temperature for a couple hours and reheat it before serving.


The original recipe calls for adding 2 slices of lime with the salt and pepper, but I found that the rind made the rice slightly bitter.  If you want to use the lime, I’d recommend only one slice, or cutting the rind off first.  You could also put a small scoop of the finished rice in a little bowl, squeeze some lime juice on it, and taste it.  If you like that, you could spritz some lime slices on the rice before you serve it.


I’m not sure who fell asleep first, but yesterday all three of them went under in five minutes or less!

22 Comments Post a comment
  1. That sounds like one heck of a wedding! I second the photo booth idea… and we have a wee empty space in our living room. I’m sure I could squeeze one in…. unless they are prone to breaking and only shooting out two photos instead of four. In that case, I’m not interested. ; )

    September 4, 2012
    • So… I just checked into this for us, and it turns out that used photobooths are thousands of dollars on ebay. Thousands of dollars! The nerve!

      September 8, 2012
  2. Hysterical! I so can relate to the, “I’ve been dancing barefoot for a couple hours now. My feet are. . . not looking good” line. Pretty much me to a tee at my wedding =) Great post, Katherine!

    September 4, 2012
    • Christina, I thought dancing barefoot would be better than dancing in heels, but it turns out that human beings are not meant to stomp on STONE FLOORS without foot protection. Just FYI, for when you next boogie on a stone patio. Which I’m assuming will be, like, this weekend.

      September 8, 2012
  3. The success of the wedding is inversely proportional to the state of ones feet. I love the first rice photo, it’s stunning.

    September 4, 2012
    • Well said, well said! Although I am a huge fan of the basket of flip flops by the dance floor. I forget when people started doing that, but it was a great moment in wedding history.

      September 8, 2012
  4. It looks like you had a great time before you broke everything… Always the way to do it. Fun first, broken stuff last. It’s hard to have fun with broken stuff…

    September 4, 2012
  5. You and Scott are so wacky and have so much fun. Let’s hope that you get your photo booth soon. The rice sounds good, too.

    September 4, 2012
  6. Great fun and great recipe. How boys fall asleep so quickly forever eludes me! So sweet.

    September 4, 2012
  7. So, wait, can Scott play the piano but only when at a wedding, eating a burger and drunk? Are there other variables? This needs research. Luckily, coconut rice sounds like brain food.

    September 5, 2012
  8. You sound like the best kind of wedding guest. I’m not even being sarcastic – If someone loves the food so much they are storing it in their handbag and is having so much fun they lose their shoes then it’s a clear indication of a good celebration.

    September 5, 2012
  9. Kate #

    I would think you were kidding about the crab cakes in your purse if I hadn’t seen you pull sushi and loose, unwrapped cookies out of your purse before. I hope they didn’t have sauce on them.

    September 5, 2012
  10. That much fun and you can still present a good recipe? I am so lame.

    September 5, 2012
  11. One day, when 2.0 and I believe in marriage, I want you and Scott to host the event. Because it would be AWESOME. And you could bring some of that coconut rice pilaf. But not in your purse. Tupperware is more formal.

    September 5, 2012
  12. I’m happy I found your blog. I like it. Yay!

    September 6, 2012
  13. I’m glad I stopped by – this bit of fun is just what I needed.

    September 6, 2012
  14. Hey! Love your blog and linked you on my latest post if you’d like to check it out.

    P.S. Love this line: We both agree we can never truly be happy until we have a photobooth in our living room.

    September 6, 2012
  15. first off, based on these pictures alone, someday i hope we’re both guests at the same wedding. second, this has nothing to do with anything except that you’ve written about sheep:

    September 7, 2012
  16. did you ever find out if you actually broke the photo booth? or maybe you turned into vampires mid-shoot and the photo booth couldn’t process the remaining photos. in which case (and by “which case,” i mean the one where you and scott morphed into vampires) a photo booth in your living room would only depress you. but it would be fun for your guests.
    your coconut rice pilaf makes me happy. i have a recipe for coconut rice i make sometimes and love, but check it: it’s from the “Baby & Toddler Cookbook” i have. sooooo….yours seems like it has a much better flavor profile than my baby food version. either way, it’s going on the “to make” list.

    September 16, 2012

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