Wednesday, January 18, 2017

London Broil...

A conundrum: When the sale is "Buy 1, Get 2 Free," how many London Broils are the correct number to buy?

Evidently, the largest multiple of 3 in the store.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy New Year!

I hope you're all having a nice start to January.  Our Christmas weeks were hectic - that's no surprise.  First, Baby Madeline and her parents came to spend a week here before Christmas; they wanted her to be home on Christmas morning to open her presents.  I missed having them here on Christmas, but they need to make their own traditions.

Maddie turned 9 months old while she was here, and she's quite the little crawler.  Here she is, selecting a gift for herself.
 She was better able to hold this one, so she worked at it for a while.
 "Mommy and Daddy can open that present from Uncle Ryan; it looks too complicated for me."
 "Oh, boy!  Uncle Ryan sure does know how to find fun stuff!"  Evidently, she has been enjoying her elephant at home, too.
As they left on Christmas Eve, others began to arrive.  Christmas morning was the usual feast, with the addition of Jeff cooking up 3 dozen eggs with ham.
 Does Adventure Beagle really like Mark, or was it just that she admired his spiffy Patriots Christmas sweater?  Maybe both.
 Tank spent plenty of time trying to sucker Patrick into feeding him.  He also wore his Christmas tie very well.
 Quincy had to wear a Christmas bow tie, so he wouldn't try to eat it.

 The soon to be newlyweds!  This was his first Christmas with us, and he seemed to really enjoy it.

 I do admit that when 9 people buy presents for their siblings and parents, Mom doesn't have to do much to make the pile look astronomically huge.
 Remember my grandmother's antique German glass icicles?  When Shannon and Chris went to Germany with his mother in March, they and his mother bought me some additional glass icicles.  I am so happy!  They are beautiful!
 Christmas dinner was different.  I got tired of the price of Standing Rib Roast ($400 for one meal, with no leftovers), so I bought Filet Mignon.  Cut by a local butcher, I bought 50% more than we needed for only $300.  After some of our celebrants had gone home, we had it again a couple of nights later, and it was just as wonderful then.  (I did have to go in and cook seconds for some of the menfolk on Christmas, but that was fine, because it meant everyone was happily stuffed.)

 Look at all of these happy people, busily stuffing their faces!

And the best Christmas present of all?  Baby Madeline will be a big sister in June, and Shannon and Chris are expecting their first baby at the end of May!!!!

So, belated Merry Christmas to all of my friends out there in Cyber-World, and I hope 2017 finds you healthy and happy.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Tree Skirt

In 2000, when my girls were 13, 11 and 10, we all made quarters for a Christmas tree skirt.  Of course, that was one of the things burned in the fire.  So last year for Christmas, the three girls got together and made new quarters for a Christmas tree skirt, leaving me with a piece of white fabric from which to make my quarter.  I finally finished it 3AM Friday night, and put it together today.  It took 4 hours, and I was cranky, I'm not gonna lie.  But it's finished, and it's beautiful!




And now, I need to finish wrapping the 11 million (OK, that might be an exaggeration) presents that remain sitting in a corner, and get the boys to set up the tree, and decorate it, and plan for the Christmas week, including meals (because the first kids start arriving Monday), and clean the house, and....I forget what.  But at least the driveway got plowed around 5 today.

Happy weekending, everyone!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday's Dogs on Thorsday

Tank is a good boy.  Exhibit A (in case you needed proof):


That's our friend's granddaughter, being helped to ride Tank.  Yee-Hah!

Happy weekending, everyone!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thaksgiving

Picture heavy, few words.  Making a schedule is good for my organization; it looks like I knew what I was doing in these pictures, right?  Especially with my potato peeling crew.
 And my table setup crew, with Bebop supervising.
 And, of course, Jeff had to chuck up a wooden paddle in the drill driver to mash the sweet potatoes.

Everyone has learned that they really have to line up for a picture, or they won't get fed.  Dogs line up in hopes of getting food, too.

 OK, already! We want food!

 Isn't this a wonderful picture of my daughter and her husband?
 The baby is our friend Greg's granddaughter.  Our granddaughter went to see the other family, since her daddy's on sabbatical this year, and they had time to drive.
 Turkey #1, right next to Ryan.


 Turkey #2.  Total weight: 49.23 pounds.



 Our friend and his baby granddaughter, age 4 months.
 And, desserts!  Apple, pumpkin, Lemon chess, lemon meringue and cranberry walnut pies, plus carrot cake and 2-color cake.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Garden Tuesday, A Day Early

So, I'm a day early because I had to show you the first snowfall of the season. This was Saturday night.


And this is what I found Sunday.




We had 5" of snow, but, thankfully, the ground was warm enough that it mostly melted.

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone!  Back to baking!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

It's Starting....

So, I had this week's menus all planned out....

 And then we decided that the kids couldn't come here this weekend to rip out and replace my tile kitchen floor (for one thing, we didn't find a tile my beloved and I both agreed upon)...

And then my oldest son decided he would be here the weekend AFTER Thanksgiving to celebrate on their way back from wherever they're going, instead of the weekend BEFORE....

...so the menu now looks like this:

with, of course, notes to myself on a few of the things I have to remember to do.

So, it's never too early to start!  The whole cranberry sauce is now cooked, and cooling.  Pie crusts are next.  Here's the recipe for whole cranberry sauce, in case you forget to read the back of your bag of cranberries:

CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 Bag Cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold water

Combine all ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil, and boil for about 5 minutes, until the berries begin to pop.  Remove from the heat, let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until you need it, at least overnight.

Happy Sunday, everyone!