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Thanksgiving Recap...

A week ago today I was cooking up a storm!
Getting ready for the BIG day...


I'd like to share with you a few pictures of 
Thanksgiving Day here at our house.

My centerpiece made from a "hollowed" out pumpkin 
and a few bunches of flowers...
The table...
Close-up of the table.
Can you see the place cards...
Our family...
The guest of honor...

The buffet was set up in the kitchen.
This made it so easy for me...
A close-up of the buffet table.
I label EVERYTHING so I know where things go in the craziness
of getting the food out...
After dinner, we worked on decorating 
Gingerbread Houses that the Colonel
put together the day before...
Yes, I covered my pretty tablecloth with a plastic one first...
My mom and Michael...
Even grownups had fun decorating!
The Colonel's sister and her husband...

My nephew Davey...
The completed houses.
Yes, one house collapsed... 
Time for dessert...
Finished washing dishes...
Something sweet to take home.
Recipe coming on FRIDAY...

My sister, mom and me...
The Colonel and me...

My kids...

Thank you Lord for a beautiful day,
 fun time with family
and for everything YOU have given to me.

Something easy on the menu at our house tonight
since I have to play the piano for church:

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday's Question...

A few weeks ago I would have had no CLUE 
of my answer to today's question
because I had no idea
what it was all about.

But, here goes.
This week's TUESDAY QUESTION is...


I had no idea what Pinterest was until a few weeks ago.
Oh, I saw a lot of people mentioning it on 
but I had no clue what it was all about.

I love...

Before I discovered Pinterest, I kept files on my computer
that I would copy and paste different recipes or ideas into that I found
while reading blogs.

Not anymore! 
Now I have a place to "pin" or store these fabulous ideas!

I love "pinning" the many wonderful craft ideas that 
I hope to one day find time to create...

I can even "pin" quotes...

And even scenes from my favorite movies.
"And then I heard his voice..."

But more importantly,
 I love having a place to "pin" the many recipes that I want 
to one day try.

Such as this recipe I found a few weeks ago for...

Yes, you heard right, 
Snickers Popcorn.

I decided to make this recipe for Thanksgiving
to give as a little gift to all our guests...

I'll share the recipe on Friday!

Let me know if you PINTEREST and I might
come and find YOUR board!

On the menu at our house tonight:

using leftover TURKEY instead of chicken

Enjoy your day!

My Girl...

My Girl is on her way back to college.

We had a wonderful week with her home.

But school is calling and she has classes
to attend and finals to take soon.

She'll be home again in 3 weeks for Christmas break.
I can't wait!

So, no recipe today.
I'm a little tired.
I didn't even think I would get this posted
as we left the house really early.

Come back tomorrow for Tuesday's Question!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Scripture Sunday...

"Ye shall walk after the Lord your God
and fear Him and keep His
commandments and obey His voice
and ye shall serve Him and cleave unto Him."

Deuteronomy 13:4

I read this verse awhile ago and it jumped out at me.
I love how it's all laid out for us.

Walk, fear, keep, obey, serve and cleave.

Seems like a plan.

Enjoy your day!

The Day After...

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.
It was really nice here.
The food was delicious,
and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Now, just a word of advice for everyone today...
Do not get on the scale!

And if you do decide to do some exercising today,
THIS is a great way to drop some pounds...

And remember,
But seriously, after yesterday, we all need to remember ONE important thing.
THIS is the correct way to weigh yourself...
That's how I did this morning and everything
was GREAT!

On the menu at our house tonight by SPECIAL request
from Olivia: 


"Something Yummy for My Colonel's Tummy"
will resume next Friday.
I think we all had a little too much "yummy" yesterday!

Enjoy Your Day!


Thanksgiving 2011

Something cute for today...

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy 
Have never a lump. 
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs! 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


I Am Thankful...

I am thankful for:

The mess to clean up after a party because it
 means I have been surrounded by friends.

The taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed, well the Colonel is!

My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.

The spot I find at the far end of the parking lot 
because it means I am capable of walking.

All the complaining I hear about our government 
because it means we have freedom of speech.

That lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means I can hear.

The piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby,
especially this week because Olivia is home! 

My huge heating bill because it means that I am warm.
Although the kids would disagree.  
They always want the thermostat raised.

Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day 
because it means that I have been productive.

My Favorite...
The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours 
because it means that I am alive!

Let's all take a few moments to remind ourselves that we 
can always find something to be thankful for, 
not just now during Thanksgiving, 
but all year long!

And seriously, I'm trying the following...

On the menu at our house tonight:

No cooking for me...tonight it's
pizza and a movie!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday's Question...

Before I ask you Tuesday's Question,
I wanted to share with you something I purchased yesterday.

The Colonel and I have been wanting a lantern
to put by our fireplace for quite some time.
We found a few that we liked, but they
were too much money.

Yesterday while I was shopping with Olivia, we went
to the Yankee Candle Outlet near our house to
purchase 2 votive candles for our Thanksgiving table.

As I was paying for the candles, I looked up and at the top of their
clearance shelf was this beautiful lantern...
for only $10.00!!!!

And see that step stool that it's sitting on?
Michael came home from school yesterday with it.
He MADE it in his woodworking class.

It is so beautiful and I love how the two look together by the fireplace.

And now on to this week's
 Tuesday Question.  
It's an obvious one...

"What are you most thankful for this year?"

And my answer is an obvious one as well.
I am most thankful that my Colonel is home.

not just home from Afghanistan, where he was last year,
but really home.

For the past 8 years my Colonel has been stationed away from us; 
Ft. Dix, NJ, Atlanta, Iraq and Afghanistan.

So I'm thankful he's HOME.
I'm thankful for a normal life.

Leave me a comment and let me know what YOU'RE thankful for this year.

One more thing I'm thankful for this year...

All my Blogging Friends!

Thank you for spending time with me.
Thank you for reading my blog.
Thank you for your lovely comments.

But more importantly...
Thank you for your friendship.

On the menu at our house tonight:

Mom's Pot Roast 
Buttered Noodles
Roasted Carrots
Dinner Rolls

Enjoy your day!


What's For Dinner Monday?

Well, Olivia is home!

And today we have a busy day planned.


She needs clothes and I am more than happy to spend
the day shopping with my GIRL.

But first I wanted to share with you a recipe that I plan on serving
 on Thanksgiving Day.



Acorn squash
Craisins or Cranberries
Brown Sugar

First, cut your acorn squash in half and remove the seeds.
Then cut each half in half.
You now have 4 sections of acorn squash...
Add a pat of butter and a tablespoon of brown sugar to each section.
Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Microwave on high until the center of each squash is soft and tender...
In a small frying pan, melt some butter.
Yes, MORE butter... it's Thanksgiving
Then add the walnuts and Craisins or cranberries.
I love Craisins...  
Then add this mixture to the top of your cooked acorn squash...
Now doesn't that SCREAM Thanksgiving to you?

Enjoy your day!

I'm linking this recipe to Foodie Friends Friday  
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