Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner

We actually had Thanksgiving Dinner last night, Wednesday here at our house.

We had quite a spread as everyone wanted to bring something.


Ham and Turkey


Homemade gravy(yummy)and homemade cranberry/orange relish


cornbread dressing


cabbage casserole


mashed potatoes


sweet potatoes



broccoli rice casserole


collard greens



green beans and new potatoes


macaroni and cheese



sausage and wild rice stuffed acorn squash



deviled eggs



and as if there were not enough carbs....yummy, yummy rolls!!


On to desert....



Pioneer Woman's cranberry pecan pie


pumpkin pie


oatmeal peach cheesecake bars


pumpkin cheesecake trifle


banana pudding(decorated by my youngest dude, don't you see the smiley face??)


wine cake


After all this food, little Oliver summed it up best as to how we all felt...





Seriously, the food was fabulous, and for the blessing of it I am truly thankful.


BUT my life would not be complete without these three dudes...

In all their goofiness(does a boy ever pose for picture without being fussed at???)


And of course, this dude, for making this life all possible....


As much as I love little Oliver, I don't mean him(just this one time)!


I am so thankful for all the blessings that our Lord and Savior has bestowed upon me and family.

Fondly,
Ann

PS~On to the Christmas decorating!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!


This will be my only post for the week.
I've got lots and lots of cooking and baking to do.
I wish you all a wonderful, food filled, fun Thanksgiving.
I am so thankful for each of you and the friendships that I've made.

From the bottom of my heart, Thank You~
Ann

Friday, November 19, 2010

Birthday Boy

Yesterday....





This happened....




Yep, my youngest dude celebrated his 11th birthday!!

It has been a wonderful 11 years.

He has brought to our family an overflowing amount of love.

Happy, happy birthday little dude!!!!

Fondly,
momma

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's That Time of Year Again

Yes, folks it's that time of year again.

The time when I start thinking about decorating for Christmas.

One thing that I love to collect is the annual White House Christmas ornament.
I have all of them with the exception of three...every year this time I try and resume my hunt for those
ornaments that elude me.

But for today I am happy to have the 2010 ornament.
It arrived about two weeks ago.
Just a lovely little ornament....




Army Navy Reception 1900



White House Christmas 2010

Hopefully, by the end of the first week in December I will have my living room tree up and decorated with the rest of my collection of White House ornaments.

Stay tuned!!


Happy Rednesday folks!
Please head over to Sue's blog, It's A Very Cherry World, to view other great reds on this Wednesday.

Fondly,
Ann

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Simple Dinner

Last night our dinner was simple.

That means quick and easy for me, the head chef, to prepare.

That also means that the picky eaters in this family, everyone but the head chef, liked it!


First we started with a big ole' pan full of Sloppy Joes.


Yummy!  Everyone loves Sloppy Joes and my picky eaters like it with a slice of Colby Jack cheese on their bun.


Next came these delicious little potatoes.


I roasted these little potatoes, just a little larger than a grape, for 30 minutes with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Folks, these potatoes were delicious!
I purchased them at Publix.
Here is a picture of the packaging.

May I suggest, if you are looking for a quick potato dish that you RUN not walk to your nearest grocer and see if they carry these little babies.  Did I say they were delicious???  Yes, oh yes they were. They were buttery at first and then was followed but a sweet burst of flavor.   Well worth the carb intake!!


Now, this is as far as my family went with their dinner. As they would certainly not touch a salad!!

But not the chef.
With the exception of some seafood and the occasional pig (hey I am from the south and we do love our bar-b-que) I do not eat meat.
So I prepared for myself a simple salad.



Lastly, because this has my other business title (the one besides head chef) in the name I just had a have a swallow...or two!


A wonderful dinner was had by all. :o)

Fondly,
Ann

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Busy Day...

Today we started fall clean-up in our back yard.  What a day!  We have many bushes that needed to be trimmed.  Now we have many, many limbs on the ground that need to be raked and picked up.  The work will continue tomorrow.

Below are pictures I snapped of the day.  I love how a good many of our plants and bushes continue to show
us their color and blooms.






















A good looking Hibiscus bloom!




For my friend, Pink Flamingo.  Yes your Bougainvillea made the cross country trip with me.














I love this feeder.  I purchased it at The Christmas Tree Shop.  The birds
seem interested and stop and peck for a minute or two.  But someone always
ruins their feeding time.





Of course, Chui and Oliver helped us with all the yard work.





Yes, the leaves are stuck to Oliver's beard!
 Love this baby so much!!


This is what he does all the time when I walk up to him.




Now I realize this is an act of submission but I also think he is lazy and wants to be held.  
Which I do!



Chui, on the other hand, expects me to roll over and submit to him.
He reminds me daily that he comes from a long line of Chinese Royalty!



We had a wonderful day.