Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Day.......

Thanksgiving Day.....
Thanksgiving is over and it was a huge success. We had a wonderful day and I hope all of you did as well.
This year I decided to try to make a turkey cheese ball like the ones I have seen here on the Internet. I know, I know, I can hear you chuckling, but the grands really liked him, and besides, he tasted good. I suppose he would have looked more authentic had I rolled him in some kind of nuts but I decided to use Colby Jack instead.
The ingredients for the cheese ball was really very simple.
I used three packages of cream cheese
One package of Original Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
A little ground pepper
A pinch of salt
Chopped green onions and celery. I loaded my cheese ball up with he two of these.
I think he turned out rather well for my first attempt. I can tell you this. He sure didn't last long.
I didn't get a chance to share the littlest grands table scape with you so I thought I would do it now. As you can see Thanksgiving at our house is all about the turkey's. Chocolate turkey's that is. Usually these turkey's are taken home to be eaten on another day or later in the evening.
I like to use a punch bowl as the grands centerpiece. I was going to wrap a ribbon around the bowl but instead I filled the bottom bowl with a wreath of fall foliage and placed foiled turkey's along the sides. I like to use a punch bowl because it keeps everything contained at the table and eliminates parents having to run around finding cups and getting drinks. Our grandchildren have never bothered with the punch bowl and always wait to be served. I can see where it might present a problem with some toddlers though. I guess I've always been very fortunate in that area.
The punch bowl can be filled with colored milk (In this case orange would have been nice) or a fancy ice cream or sherbet drink. In this case, with parental permission of course, I simply filled the bowl with ice and Orange Crush pop. It looked very festive, and because our grands don't get pop very often, it was considered a special treat.
Of course Charli was right in the mix of everything going on during our Thanksgiving festivities. She had a great time playing with the grands, and her two best furry pals, Sophie and Peeper. She has been one tuckered out pooch as you can see from the picture below but I suspect today she will be back to her old shenanigans.
I think the highlight of our Thanksgiving celebration was when everyone gathered around for our pre dinner prayer. I asked if anyone would like to say grace this year and our five year old great grandson Aayden popped up and said he would like to do it. Then with a very serious, boisterous voice and a huge smile on his face, he nodded his head, and said, "Grace." It was priceless! Children always bring such joy to the holidays don't they? Aayden created a memory that our family will cherish and talk about for years to come.
As I imagine it is in your home, this week is all about putting up the Christmas decorations at our house. I can't wait to get a peak at your Christmas decorations so I hope you will post.
What ever it is your doing, I hope all of you have a lovely week.
Many blessings to all of you ♥
With warmest regards, Carol

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Thanksgiving celebrations have certainly come along way from the way they were in the beginning. Instead of having huge community meals most people will be having more intimate dinners with family and friends.
 In the early years of our marriage it was quite chaotic as we would go to my husbands parents in the afternoon and then to my parents in the evening. On Friday we would always make another Thanksgiving dinner for ourselves, our son's, and sometimes our family or friends. When we reminisce about those times my hubby and I wonder how we were able to do all of those things in such a short period of time, but oh what we wouldn't give to have those days back again.
For those of you who have followed this blog you know my house is small. Unfortunately I don't have one of those huge dinning rooms where you can have a table that will seat twelve or fourteen people. Therefore, more likely than not, our Thanksgiving celebrations have been shared down stairs in our basement. I honestly think it works out just as well though. Years ago, over time, we purchased three card tables with chairs and one rectangular serving table. I have a collection of matching linen tablecloths in different holidays motifs. I like to decorate the room with homemade banners, crafts and other seasonal items. This year my centerpieces will be the thankful tree I shared previously here and two evergreen trees I found at a local craft store. They are very small and inexpensive. I added orange ribbons to the bases and I may just switch out to red ribbons and use the same little trees for Christmas.
One of our family traditions is to place a chocolate turkey on each of our grand children's plates. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions that you would like to share?
The one table I haven't shown, as it is not set up yet, is the one that will have a punch bowel as the centerpiece. It actually consists of two bowls. One is flipped upside down and the other one sits on top of it. I will place a large orange bow in the middle where the two bowls meet.
Charli has been waiting patiently for Thanksgiving to come. She knows she will get some turkey and also get to see Peeper and Sophie our other grand dogs. In addition to our children and grandchildren, all of the family dogs come to our celebrations and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Well there you have a peek at our Thanksgiving. There are still some last minute things to do but I think I have everything pretty much under control. This year I will try making the mashed potatoes ahead of time and then put them in a crock pot to keep warm. Has anyone ever done this? I'm a little leary about trying it.
I would like to take this time to wish all of you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope your day is wonderful and blessed in every way possible ♥
Oh my gosh! In another week we will be putting up our Christmas tree! Where has the time gone.
Take care my friends ♥
With warmest regards, Carol

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Historical Wilcott Mill

The Historical Wilcott Mill
My hubby, our grandson Ryan, and myself recently went out to Wilcott Mill to spend the afternoon. Wilcott Mill is such a beautiful place with it's many trails and park like atmosphere. It's a wonderful place to relax and have a picnic. I have written about Wilcott Mill here in the past so I won't go into further detail at this time.
On the particular day we visited the park recently they were having civil war reenactment's on the grounds. I have provided a link here in case you would like to take a peek.
Camps were set up all over the park, some civilian and others military. People camp in the park once a year for the entire weekend. They dress in period clothing and try to give everyone a glimpse of what it was like to live during that period in time.  You can visit with them as they go about their daily business of washing and mending clothes, cooking on open fires, and making candles. It is quite interesting to be able to step back in time and learn a little bit about the history of our country.
The children are all given an American Civil War activity book which includes questions to ask in the camps. Several questions included were as follows; you might ask a union soldier what the name of the hats they wore were or you could ask a confederate soldier what the name of General R.E. Lee's famous horse was.
It was really a fun way to spend an afternoon. Wilcott Mill has all kinds of wonderful family activities through out the year and we do try to take advantage of them.
And where was Charli while we were having such a nice afternoon you might ask? She was home alone. Last year we took her with us but we had to leave because she was afraid of the guns. This year we decided it was best to leave her home and after a few extra treats all was forgiven.
I imagine like me you are getting ready for Thanksgiving. I spend the morning making my Aunt Rose's date and nut bread. All of the chocolate turkey's are waiting to be placed on each of our grandchildren's plates. This weekend I will begin setting up the tables.
What ever you are doing I hope you are having a wonderful week.
Many blessing are being sent your way ♥
With warmest regards, Carol

Friday, November 11, 2011

Honoring our Veterans today and always.....

To all of the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces......

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Giving Thanks!

Giving Thanks!
In these trying times we are living in it's even more important than ever to give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives. It's something I have learned to do many years ago. Every day, though out the year, I look for something to be thankful for. I do it even on my most busiest and difficult days. It really has changed my outlook and helped me put my life in perspective.
I especially like the month of November because it's been designated a 'Give Thanks and Gratitude' month. It seems like more and more people are doing just that. They are sending little thank you cards to family and friends. They are writing daily thankful posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs. They are even leaving notes in lunch boxes and sending e-mails. It has all helped to make the month of November stand out as a very joyful and loving month indeed. Don't you just love reading those posts or being the recipient of one of those notes? I know I sure do!
We have really been enjoying our thankful tree. It makes us happy! It's very colorful and uplifting. When the sunlight hits the leaves in the house they seem to have a warm and beautiful glow like the leaves outside. I love bringing a little bit of autumn into the house. I also enjoy stopping by my tree and pausing to read our notes. My hubby likes our tree too. He told me the other day he finds it very cheery. And that when I hadn't even asked him what he thought of it yet.
Our thankful tree was very simple to make. First, Charli, my hubby, and myself went out into the woods to collect the branches. Then I sprayed the branches with shellac. I purchased styrofoam and three different types of pre-cut leaves from one of our local craft stores. Some of the leaves have glitter, others are made out of a sort of parchment material, and still others are cut out of colored card stock. My hubby and I made thankful labels, placed them on some of the leaves, and then I wired all of the leaves onto the tree. I stuffed the vase with orange tissue paper in order to hide the styrofoam. Then I printed out a Thanksgiving Day card and attached it near the bottom of the vase.
The tree will eventually be used as a centerpiece on our long serving table on Thanksgiving day. I think it will look very pretty surrounded with tea lights, and of course, delicious food.
What about you? Do you do anything special to give thanks in the month of November? If so, I would love to hear from you.
I'm thankful for our blog land and for all of you♥
I hope all of you have a wonderful and blessed week!
Well, I'm of to take our grandson Ryan on a very special date. Poor little Charli! She has to stay home. "Oh now Charli don't pout. You will be fine."
With warmest regards, Carol

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It was a popover kind of morning!

It was a popover kind of morning!
I like to bake even though I know I shouldn't. This morning it just seemed to me like a popover kind of day.
Popovers are so easy to make and they are really delicious. They can be served with just about anything. My recipe basically comes from (http://allrecipes.com) but I did change a few things. Example being, I don't flour my pans and I preheat my oven to 425 degrees instead of the 450 degrees called for in the recipe.
This recipe calls for:
1 cup all-purpose flour
two eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. I brush my popover pan with butter but you could also use a cooking spray. In a medium bowl beat two eggs. Add the flour, salt, and milk taking care not to over beat the mixture. Fill custard cups in popover pan 1/2 full. Then bake at 425 degrees for twenty minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another twenty minutes or until golden brown.
Serve immediately. Serve plain, with butter, jam, apple butter or even a little peanut butter.
Charli loves these kinds of mornings as she always gets a bite or two. She likes to have her popovers with a little dab of peanut butter. It's no wonder the pooch doesn't like to eat her dog food!
Well, I have to get going this morning. I'm writing out my Thanksgiving Day menu. What about you? Are you cooking this Thanksgiving?
What ever your doing today I hope it's wonderful and blessed in every way ♥
With warmest regards, Carol
Charli says "Woof, Woof!"

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