Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
If I could wish a wish for you, it would be for peace and happiness not only now, but for the whole year through!
I wish that there always be food on your table. And that you always remember those less fortunate.
I wish for time, so you may reflect on the blessings that you have, and that you express your love to those who are dear to you.
May you never feel lonely, because there are those who care.
I wish for your thoughts to be positive ones, that you never quit, that you never give up, and that you continue to learn.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I have not posted for a while and my blogging friends are beginning to check up on me. Just wanted everyone to know I have been busy. I am baking cookies, making cakes, wrapping gifts and trying to get ready for the holidays.
Yesterday, I made cookies all day. I have made gingersnap cookies for at least twenty-five years.
My mother-in-law used to make shortbread cookies every year and now that she is gone, I make those, too.
Another tradition with our family is jam cake and I make one for Bob and me and one to take to the farm for Christmas Day. If I have enough time during the holidays I will make a cake for a family member for Christmas.
I have a real good recipe for pumpkin bread and I make that for gifts for family members, too.
On Christmas Eve, Bob drops me off at Twinbay Farm around noon and the girls and I go have lunch at this quaint little restaurant called Fava's. Then, we go by the grocery if we need any last minute items. Back at the farm, we get everything organized and Anne usually makes sausage balls for snacks and we relax and plan our meal.
On Christmas morning, we get up before daylight and have coffee. Then, we go to the barn and watch the sun come up on Twinbay Farm while we feed the horses and take pictures. Next, it is back to the house and start cooking dinner.
Our menu consists of ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, barley casserole, cheese grits casserole, cranberry salad, rolls, tea, coffee, jam cake and pumpkin pie and any other last minute additions.
The barley casserole and cheese grits are another tradition. We have made these two dishes for years and we all like them.
This year, we are only buying gifts for Thomas Wyatt as he is the only child in our family at the present time. Rob, Sarah, TW, Bob and Hilori, a friend of the girls, will join us Christmas Day for our holiday celebration. I can't wait to see TW get his presents and visit with Anne and Leigh on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The recipes for the cookies, jam cake, barley casserole, cranberry salad, cheese grits, and pumpkin bread are all on my recipe blog: Recipes From A Southern Country Cook
Does your family have favorite recipes or traditions at Christmas?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I started thinking about some of the toys we used to play with as children and how much more sophisticated they are today than when I was a child.
Here are some toys I remember. I am sure there are many more and you can add a few of your own to this list.
Remember the etch-a sketch? My son, Rob, loved this toy when he was small. I think they still make them today but I bet they are not under many trees. He also loved his Inchworm and I did not see an Inchworm anywhere in Walmart.
Another toy that Rob just loved and wanted so bad from Santa was the Rock-em, Sock-em Robots.
My girls liked puppets and horse stuff.
Now, for some of the stuff I played with when I was a child. When I was in school, we played marbles and jacks all the time. There was always a circle on the playground with a bunch of kids playing marbles and if you won a cat eye that was really something. In the gym, we sat and played jacks during the entire recess period.
Does anyone remember pickup stix? I spent a lot of time playing this game.
How about a slinky and a yo-yo and skates with keys that fastened to your shoes?
And last but not least one of my favorite toys when I got a little older was the hula hoop. I once entered a hula hoop contest when I was about eleven or twelve at a Frisches Restaurant in my town. We all lined up in the parking lot and I went for four hours and twenty five minutes without dropping the hoop. I won a Frisches big boy and a malt!! WOW. The girl that won the grand prize (a portable radio) went for eight hours. Can you imagine standing there for eight hours without stopping???
What favorite toys come to mind when you think of your childhood?
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The surprise attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy led by Commander Mitsuo Fuchida on the Island of O'ahu, Hawaii killed more than 2,300 servicemen and 68 civilians and wounded numerous other Americans.
The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and seven other battleships were damaged or sunk.
There had been no formal declaration of war.
The entire nation was shocked by this attack and the United States declared war on Japan.
Two atomic bombs dropped on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima brought surrender from Japan on August 14, 1945.
"The Oregonian", a Portland, Oregon newspaper has been credited with the first use of the phrase "Remember Pearl Harbor" in its' December 9, 1941 edition.
The song, "Remember Pear Harbor" and the saying became the slogan and battle cry of World War II.
Here are the words to the song:
History - in every century,
records an act that lives forevermore.
We'll recall - as in to line we fall
the thing that happened on Hawaii's shore
Let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR -
as we go to meet the foe -
Let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
As we did the Alamo
We will always remember -
how they died for liberty,
Let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
and go on to victory.
Although Pearl Harbor brought unprecedented unity from the American people during World War II, the cost in resources, lives, and sacrifice impacted generations of Americans.
Each year we honor the lives lost in that attack and salute the veterans of World War II.
Presently, we are engaged in a global war on terrorism and must once again unite to preserve our freedom.
Today, let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR, honor our veterans, and the brave men and women serving to advance freedom and peace around the world.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I am not much of a coffee drinker. Usually, I will have a cup with Bob in the mornings but if he is not here, I don't even make coffee.
I like the international coffees that come in those little tin containers and taste more like hot chocolate than coffee.
Bob has to have at least two cups of coffee in the morning in order to get his day started.
I don't do well with caffeine either. A cup of coffee with caffeine will really wake me up. If I drink anything with caffeine during the day, I stay up all night.
I love coffee mugs and cups and pick them up anytime I see an unusual or different one.
I used to know people when I still worked that drank coffee all day.
Did you know that special studies conducted about the human body revealed it will usually absorb up to about 300 milligrams of caffeine at a given time. About 4 normal cups. Additional amounts are just cast off, providing no further stimulation. Also, the human body dissipates 20% of the caffeine in the system each hour.
Here's a little joke about coffee: A Grandmother was surprised by her 7-year old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee! She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom, there were three of those little green army men in her cup. Puzzled, she asked, "Honey, what are the army men doing in my coffee?"
Her grandson answered, "Grandma, it says on TV, the best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup."
Here's how to tell if you are a caffeine addict.
You might be a caffeine addict if :
You think sleep is for the weak.
Your heart beats noticeably faster as a reaction to the smell of coffee.
Your child's name is Nescafe.
You go to sleep just to wake up and smell the coffee.
Your coffee pot is next to your bed and your alarm clock is in the kitchen.
You suck on a used coffee filter whenever the can runs out of coffee.
I love to serve coffee to my friends and family along with some kind of great dessert. You can find a great holiday coffee recipe on my recipe blog: Recipes From A Southern Country Cook.
A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.
Are you a coffee addict or do you not drink coffee?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I received an e-mail the other day from my blogging friend at LUV2GOSUP about the history of aprons. This made me think about all the memories surrounding those pieces of fabric worn by women to protect the dress underneath.
Momma always had on her apron. She would get dressed in the morning and put the apron on over her dress and wear it all day. I don't ever remember seeing my mother in pants. She always wore what she called "house" dresses at home. Momma wore the pinafore type that went over her head and covered her entire front.
My mother-in-law wore the same type apron as my mother. My daughters and son grew up seeing both their grandmothers wear aprons except when there was company or they left the house to shop or go visiting.
We all have memories of Nannie (my mother) carrying eggs, wiping wet hands, and cooking big meals in her apron.
Grandmother, (my husband's mother) carried all sorts of vegetables from the garden, baked cookies, and wiped away tears with her aprons.
Aprons made great hiding places for shy children, were used to carry in wood for the stove, to gather apples that fell from the tree, and often were waved to men in the field so they knew dinner was on the table.
I even found some old Simplicity Patterns on e-bay to make your own aprons.
You could wipe a perspiring brow, use them as a potholder, and wrap them around your arms to keep warm.
Some children today probably don't even know what an apron is.
I think aprons are memory makers. I think they symbolize home, motherhood and family, good times and cookies and good food! Remember Leave it to Beaver and June Cleaver in her apron on the show?
What do you think about when you think of aprons?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I had to travel back and forth to the local hospital to feed and visit with Anne each day. Their father, John, went to UK Hospital to visit Leigh. Since I had a cesarean section it was hard on me to do much traveling.
Bathtime on the farm.
Mom, Dad, Anne, Leigh
Ready to ride.
Waiting on the school bus!
You can visit Anne and Leigh by clicking on the link:
Friday, November 14, 2008
They are even on the roof this time of the year. Sometimes, if the weather gets bad, I have to finish in the spring. We put a lot of the mulch around the pine trees and in the flower beds and bag the rest.
People who live here always say if you don't like Kentucky weather to just stick around for five minutes and it will change.
Maybe, we will have another pretty day soon and we can finish for the year.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
1938 - The day becomes a federal holiday.
1954 - Congress changes the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all United States Veterans.
They left their friends and family;
Other veterans answered a call
We salute each and every one of them,
So here’s to our country’s heroes;
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Trick or Treat!
Checking Out The Loot.
High on Candy
And a good evening was had by all!