Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cowboys and Indians

I've been enjoying my Florida grandkids the last few weeks.  We have had a long lovely visit with our girls and their boys.  It has been quite a few years since they have been back to Colorado together.  They have been catching up with our Colorado life, and old friends, including a  couple of early Valentines parties we went to, and an early birthday with Winston, all of which has kept us in continual motion around here.  I am relishing the hugs, the laughter and the delight of having cowboys and Indians running around our property again.  If any of you follow on Instagram, you might have had a glimpse of some of our doings.  As for blogging, it has taken me a little while to get here again. Hopefully I am on a roll now, and can keep at it.  I have missed visiting, sharing and chatting with you all and hope to be able to get over to your blogs and see what you have been up to these next couple of days. We have had quite a bit of snow since Sunday, which has kept us in the house since then. This morning my goal has been to Blog and clean out the pantry and refrigerator.  I can proudly say that the pantry and refrigerator are sparkling clean and organized, and now I am here with a little update in pictures. Happy Tuesday to you all. 

Winston and his dog Heidi.

 Winston and his cousins; telling us he is 6 years old now.

 The Three Musketeers.

 Birthday presents for Winston.

Elizabeth and I made this Igloo cake for Winston's birthday (Winston's request). It is an Ice Cream Cake.  It was delicious, and came out pretty cute. Might have to do a post on it one of these days.

Have a nice week everyone.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Saying good bye to Jo

From Left to right: Sara Jo (Steve's Mom) , our grandson Winston, Steve, and our daughter Elizabeth.

I just wanted to post an update of what has been happening with us in this season.  We lost Steve's Mom after Christmas, from a battle with cancer.  Our loss is heaven's gain; we know that she is rejoicing there with Jesus and all her loved ones that have gone before her.  She will be greatly missed by our family, as she was a precious Mom, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was also a wonderful homemaker that inspired myself and my daughters with all of the ways that she made a home beautiful, practiced hospitality and cooked such delicious meals; she has had a great influence on our lives.  Our daughters and grandsons and our oldest son Nathan are here right now; such a joy and comfort to have them.  I have been a way from blog land for a short season as we have been in the midst of these things,  but today a little of the "normal" is beginning again. I will be back shortly, with a fresh start to a new season, and look forward to visiting with you all then.
 Blessings to you all.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas

When I was growing up, my Mom would usually make a special seafood meal such as Bouillabaisse or Linguini with White Clam Sauce for Christmas Eve, she was really a good cook.  We often said she was a gourmet cook and we did love those gourmet meals. My mother-in-law often made New England Clam Chowder for Christmas Eve, and it was always something everyone looked forward to. As we raised our children, Christmas Eve dinner was different almost every year and often something ethnic: Raviolis, Stuffed Shells, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tamales, Shredded Beef Burrito, Enchiladas, Empanadas, Piroshkis, to name a few. Some of those choices have to do with our love of every variety of food, and some have to do with the ethnic variety in our family, which is quite large. Whether you love something simple, something gourmet, something exotic, ethnic or ordinary, there is a special memory that we all attach to Christmas Eve dinner, which always merits a little thought and pleasure in the imagining.  Here are some of the ideas I'm thinking about for Christmas Eve dinner. 

 My daughter in law's family make these at Christmas time, and they are just delicious. Himilce's family has their own recipe, but it is very similar to this one that I linked.

Shredded Beef Burritos

Chili Relleno Casserole

Reuben Sandwich Muffins

Calico Pie

and a few more ideas with links:

Beef Tamales
New England Clam Chowder
Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce
Seafood Gratin
Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Beef Burgundy
Chicken Piccata

What are you all fixing up for Christmas Eve?  I would love to hear your stories and ideas. Wishing you a special week full of memories and happy preparations for a Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fresh Flowers in Winter

post signatureI  love fresh flowers any time of year, and yet in winter,  I crave them even more.  Christmas time is no exception.  They look lovely, smell wonderful, and add cheer to any room.  I bought some fresh flowers and greenery last week to decorate with.  They added the perfect touch to the  festivity for my dining room, living room, and kitchen.  We didn't put up a tree this year, because we will be spending Christmas with our daughters, but we did want a bit of that beautiful smell of Christmas and the cheery-ness of the season to enjoy.  These did the trick.  I bought a couple bags of greenery at the florist, that were full of Fur and Pine sprigs and small branch cuttings, of various winter type plants. It smelled just like a fresh cut Christmas tree throughout the house. I also picked up a variety of white and red flowers; the roses were as they always are in my heart "the Lovely Lady" of them all.

I don't have a lot of vases; going casual works just fine for me, so I improvised by using a few small vases and jars and filling as many as possible around the house.. with the main focus still being the dining room table.  I started with the greenery, and added in flowers informally arranged until all had run out The informal arrangements work well with our cowboy type of decor, adding just enough festivity to enjoy in the bright and pretty daylight to dusky evening candlelight.

Fresh flowers are a beautiful way to change up some of your Christmas decorating routine and also add a magical quality to any special dinner. I have found that a little splurge on fresh flowers during the winter months has a cheerful affect on my heart. What are some of the ways you all like to use flowers, and what are some of your favorite Christmas decorating traditions? I love your comments.

Oh, and if you are interested in online flowers, here is a link that I like: BloomNation, an online flower delivery service.

I pray blessings for you all this Christmas Season, and may your house be full of good cheer.