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My boys will be home soon.

25 Nov

I know, they were just here yesterday, but, I am still looking forward to them being home for the extra long holiday weekend.  In preparation, hubbie and I went to the store to buy all the seasonal goodies that are typical at our house. 

Their favorites include: 

Coca Cola in the little glass bottles. 

Sister Schubert yeast dinner rolls.

Potato chips with ranch dip. 

Honey wheat bagels. 


Moutain Dew and Doctor Pepper 

Chocolate cake (a special request) 

Brown rice (yes, they both love brown rice) 

Frozen pizza, so we can have a pizza and movie night while they’re here. (They prefer frozen over hubbie’s fabulous homemade – go figure) 

Thursday morning – 9am (my sister in law will be here sometime around 9:30!)  The event: our traditional Thanksgiving morning breakfast – location – our house! I don’t know how many years we have done this, but its become a custom and the kids squawk if we mention not doing it.  The menu will include: 

Breakfast casserole 

fried eggs (for those who don’t like the casserole)

Hashbrown casserole 

Bacon  Sausage Country Ham

Homemade biscuits

Redeye gravy 

Sausage milk gravy 

Various kinds of muffins  

A cherry breakfast turnover thingy my sister in law makes. 

Juice, coffee,  etc., etc.  (can’t you just see the cholesterol rising here)

DJ has prepared a slide show of pictures from previous family gatherings, including a trip to Auburn for the seasons kickoff game.  After we have finished this huge breakfast, we will kick back wherever we can find a place (there should be about 20-25 people here) and watch the presentation.  The guys may go out and shoot some basketball or throw the football – the ladies will do dishes (whats wrong with this picture?).  We’ll hang out until early afternoon (no lunch after all that food) then the crew will break up and go have Thanksgiving dinner with the other families.  For the fifth year, my father’s absence will be very much felt.  How has the time moved this quickly???  I think of other families who will have empty chairs this year.  The pain never goes away, but it does become bearable.  There are so many things I am thankful for and I know that God’s lovingkindness is with us.  

So…….tomorrow it will be time to start cooking… boys will be home soon.


Living Proof Live weekend…..friends, food, faith and fellowship

4 Aug

Louisville, KY – sell out audience for Beth Moore, as she shares the Word of God to those ready to hear!

We arrived in Louisville just in time for lunch.  Where else but the Cheesecake Factory. We saw another group of “siestas” there with My Journey.  We had wonderful food and then, of course, had to have cheesecake.  Mine was Dulce de Leche, Sing Me Home had something caramel macadamian nut – both were slap your leg delicious (sorry, didn’t last long enough to get much of a picture).

Next, you can’t go on a road trip without a little shopping, so we hit the mall.  This one had a Pottery Barn – oh how I love that store!  Off to the hotel, check in, change clothes (of course), snap a photo, and on to the church.  Worship was heavenly, Beth was inspiring and we all left with a little less makeup and the challenge to put down deep roots through study of God’s Word.  I don’t have my notes here with me, but I do want to share the 7 items she listed (later).  But, since it is a slow Monday afternoon, I wanted to go ahead and share the pictures.  Wish everyone could have been there.

Another Pioneer Woman Recipe!

22 Jul

Today I thought I would make another PW recipe that I have been wanting to try.  This is her Fresh Corn Casserole.  I bought 13 ears of fresh corn from BE’s parents stand today (along with other goodies).  I cut it, scraped it and added heavy whipping cream, salt, and butter and baked for 45 minutes.  Oh my word!  This is delicious.  A must try.  I just love the Pioneer Woman’s recipes.  I believe this woman will teach me to cook yet!

5 Jul

Sometimes things just don’t turn out the way you expect!

Well, yesterday was the 4th.  We were anticipating about 20 or so guests–playing corn hoe in the yard, cards on tables set up outdoors, kids in the pool, older adults swinging and rocking on the back porch, tables set up on the pool patio, barbeque and fixins already together, homemade ice cream, ending the evening with a brilliant display of fireworks.  A Norman Rockwell day.  Relaxing and almost nostalgic.

But……………………didn’t happen!  Oh yes, we had the barbecue, the homemade ice cream and almost 30 guests.  No playing cards, no grandparents out on the back porch, swinging and rocking, VERY LITTLE games or swimming outdoors.  (just enough to make a nice mess) And, no tables set up for a back yard barbecue.  What went wrong???? The one thing I had absolutely NO control over.

                  THE WEATHER!!!




Yes, that right……..RAIN.  So, all the food was served indoors, with everyone just finding a place to sit and eat wherever they good.  Back porch packed with people.  People in the floor, at the fireplace, all the seating in the living room and kitchen…………………not my idyllic Norman Rockwell 4th of July holiday.  Now today I deal with the mess.  Picking up cups and plates in places I didn’t get last night.  Finishing dishes, mopping the garage where the salt water from the ice cream freezer spilled…….yuck!  

And the worst of all—-I was too tired to go watch the fireworks display!Oh well, today starts another day – now we’re headed out of town to get Kid #2 his birthday/graduation present.  Tomorrow my baby turns 18!



24 Mar


I’ve been visiting the Pioneer woman again!!!  This is her lasagna and is it ever good!  This woman is the Martha Stewart of the prairie.  Saturday afternoon at work (kind of slow with Easter and all) I got to do some indepth research on her site and decided to give this a try.  It was easy, delicious and made a TON! (apparently her Marlboro Man must like it a lot)  We have enough for supper another night.  The HOT MAMA cheese bread was good too (Walmart-frozen section).  That was lil sis’s suggestion.  If you haven’t visited The Pioneer Woman, you really must–she has such a sense of humor (read Confessions of a Pioneer Woman).  But, I do have to say her pictures are better than mine, but that’s gonna have to wait until another Saturday afternoon.

New recipe from “the pioneer woman”

4 Mar


BEFORE                      AFTER

I have been visiting the blog entitled The Pioneer Woman Cooks and I really love her recipes.  I love that she includes such wonderful pictures.  So….I tried one of her recipes, these chicken legs.  It was really easy, wasn’t really expensive–even using organic chicken, it didn’t take a long time to prepare, 45 minutes to bake, and they tasted great.  We had no leftovers.

The only deviation from the recipe was that I could not locate any Hot Salt, by Mortons.  I substituted Louisiana Hot Sauce instead.  I was a bit on the conservative side—-next time I will step it up a notch.  If you’re interested in checking this out visit see the sidebar (at the bottom of this theme) here. Ummm, since I haven’t figured out how to do the “here” thing just yet.