Falling for Fall

I thought I would share a couple of fall foliage pictures that my daughter-in-law took on a recent trip to Bucks County, PA. This beautiful picture was taken from Bowman’s Hill Tower. The tops of those trees and the clouds are just breathtaking. And there is my granddaughter, Rebecca, standing at the location of the famous Washington Crossing. My turkey display on my mantle it’s done with creams and caramel. There is some wheat tucked …

Thanksgiving 2017

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, food, and fun. Well just look at Mister Turkey. He has a beautiful golden brown skin as a result of the peanut oil, and my wonderful southern son-in-law who stood over the deep fryer. Sticking with our family tradition, all of the guys were out back supervising. We had an array of simple sides including corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and a string bean casserole. My …

Thanksgiving Eve

Well my Georgia Peaches got in late last night. We started our day with coffee because it is going to be a long one. My oldest daughter makes a fantastic pumpkin pie. And my youngest daughter makes a beautiful apple pie. The house smells wonderful with all the great aromas drifting through the house. I love the scent of sautéed celery and onions. Later this evening, the grandkids will decorate the gingerbread cookies made from …

Gather

GATHER.  What this means to me is family getting together. I am so excited that in one week, my southern belles are coming up from down south to spend the holiday with us as they do every year.  Every year it excites me to no end.  It is so much fun to see my daughters in the kitchen with their aprons on as they prepare the fabulous feast.  I enjoy the fact that I get …

Coffee and Donuts

This afternoon I met up with my daughter-in-law at my daughter’s house for coffee and donuts. Well tea for me. This was our annual meeting of the minds where we plot out our holiday festivities and food. We have a large family even though not everyone can make it for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will still have about 20 to 25 people for each holiday. Now with our laptops and iPad ready we start …

Halloween Memory Lane

Halloween is such a fun holiday to celebrate as a kid.  Then as a parent, there is a new kind of joy watching your children experience Halloween. Here is my oldest son, and first born, out trick-or-treating for the first time.  Of course the mask was off as soon as he got his candy.  At least he  kept it on long enough for me to snap a few pictures. Things definitely change as they grow …

A Walk with Mother Nature

For every new family that is just getting started, now is the time to start creating your own traditions and memories.  Each and every moment will be passed down for generations.  It’s time for everyone to put down their electronic devices.  Go for a walk in the woods.  Find a new trail to explore.   It doesn’t cost any money to go to the park or for a walk around your neighborhood. Your children will learn …

Ring Pasta

This is a delicious pasta dish handed down from a mother to her son. What could be more special? My husband’s dear mother, Rosaria, made her pasta with love for her sons in Sicily. Not everyone has the time to make their sauce from scratch as she did. So here is a quick version to fit any family and lifestyle. This recipe is very versatile. You can use sausage in place of the ground beef …

Fall Memories

The reason I’m sharing this setting is to set the stage for a story I want to share about my oldest grandson, Tommy, and these squirrels. Many years ago when Tommy was little, I would find these squirrels lined up like little soldiers after he spent the day visiting. At first I thought it was my hubby playing a prank. And then it happened again the following year after Tommy’s visit. Tommy was diagnosed with …

Touched

I am sharing this on my blog because it brought tears to my eyes.  I thought it was so sweet of my daughter-in-law, Tracie, to post this: It brings us to family, and what life is really about.  She has been so supportive and helpful. Reach out and tell me a little about your family.