Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Great Smoky Mountains Memories

Glenn, Peyton and Austin are pictured here in a Smoky Mountain cabin
during Thanksgiving break 2008.
I have blogged many times about our family travels to
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains.  
The cabins in the area were/are beautiful and luxurious and a
favorite place for many families in our area to travel to for
weekend getaways, vacations, camping and hiking.
I first visited Gatlinburg with my parents before I was two years old,
and continued to visit multiple times yearly since.
Our family, friends and neighbors are so sad about the massive devastation
this week due to the tragic wildfires.   
Some of our neighbors own property that was destroyed, but that is minor
compared to those who lost their homes and lives.  
Sending love and encouragement to all affected, and prayers for healing.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Family Thanksgiving Celebration

Isn't it amazing how the "selfie" has changed photography?!?
Above: our family selfie just before sitting down to eat
this delicious traditional southern Thanksgiving meal.
We went to Melissa, Tim, and Peyton's on Wednesday
for family fun and good eats! 
Our Traditional family Thanksgiving Menu
Honey Baked Ham
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Corn Pudding
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Green Beans
Devilled Eggs
Cranberry Sauce
Pecan Pie
Apple Pie
I prepared everything gluten free except for the "store bought" rolls and pecan pie.
We are planning for more guests next year in Berea.
I will add Cheese Grits, a favorite of daughter #2.
Any suggestions for your family favorite Thanksgiving dishes we could add?


Sunday, November 20, 2016

BCHS Production of Bye Bye Birdie

What a fun show!
Berea Community High School production of Bye Bye Birdie
Seniors, Austin Jennings and Katie Okumu
Cast, below included a couple of favorite teachers. 

And, a fun cast party at our house Saturday night.

 Katie's surprise birthday cake.

Teapot Socks Winner

Congratulations to Sarah,
the winner of the teapot socks.
I sent you an email asking for your mailing address.
If you don't receive the email, please leave a comment here. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Teapot Socks Giveaway

 As cooler weather arrives, it time to think about wearing socks.
And what could be better than a pretty pair of women's
 "Teapot" socks by K. Bell? 
These socks are size 9 - 11 and fit those who wear women's sizes 4 - 10 shoes.
To enter this fun giveaway, leave a comment by 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20th,
with a way for me to contact you.
Good luck! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bargain Shelley Teacup

 I had to make an unexpected trip to Lexington Monday morning.  
After my errand was completed, I stopped by a consignment shop
where I have purchased a wide variety of items over the past several years. 
They rarely have English teacups for sale. I think I found one a few years ago. 
I was surprised to see this Shelley English Bone China Blue Rock Cup and saucer
on a shelf among a variety of cups and saucers, none of which were appealing to me. 
 I was very curious as to what the price might be. 
I have two others I paid a lot more than $5.00 for. 
I snatched this bargain up, paid, and quickly headed home! 
What fun! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Purple Teapot for National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

November is
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.
Wear purple and support the Alzheimer's Association
Above: My mother with Austin and Kaitlyn, October 2004.

Below: My mother with Peyton, November 2005
as her journey with Alzheimer's progressed.

My mother's journey with Alzheimer's ended on January 2, 2007.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween Fun

Fun was the name of the game last night at our house
with the ghosts and goblins who came to the door for Trick or Treat.  
Below: Kaitlyn and her mom, our daughter #2.


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