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Beginning My New Year

My head is spinning with new thoughts on what the New Year may hold… and things I want to accomplish!k5436749

Some things I have done already!…

Made a new resumek6543634

Emailed it to the YMCA for a job openingYMCA-SVG-Common_International_svg

I’ve started my Good Things in 2014 List… (will be daily)

Todays good thing was our invitation to my nephew’s home for a wonderful New Year’s Day meal… all foods included for health… wealth… and good luck…

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Roast Porkk9507312

Corn Beef

Mashed Potatoes

Fried Corn with Bacon

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Greens

Cheesy Cabbage k13643706

Corn Bread

Apple Pie 42-19732181

Pecan Pie

Cake

Wasn’t that deserving of my “Good Things List” item!

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I want to save some money this year… k14001119

I will follow this chart…

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Something I feel I can manage…

I will have to do it monthly instead of weekly… because of how our money comes in…

I will also put aside in a container of some sort… 10% for God… each month… to be used for whoever or whatever I see fit at the end of the year…

( actually where God sees fit).k5280428..

HE doesn’t ask for very much!

I always keep a calendar… to keep track of appointments and fun stuff!… already bought and hanging… One in my kitchen 140101_006 … one from my cousin on my computer desk 140101_007

I will share more later… my list is a long one… some leftovers from 2013… hanging around… to complete… k9486576

But, I feel good about my start…

Sunday Gratefuls: November 24, 2013-Turkey Roasting Pan

We frequent Horseshoe Casino in Indiana across the River… playing penny slots every now and then… or eating lunch or dinner…

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So, sometimes we get FREE OFFERS from them…

Like a gift card for a turkey two weeks ago…k16037210

A gas card last week…k13566248

and today a Roasting Pan to bake the turkey in… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I didn’t have a Roasting Pan… and was grateful to be able to go and get this one…

I remember Mom having her big pan… but, then she had a lot of “mouths to feed”… as was said…

The smell of baking turkey szo0600 wafting upstairs to my bedroom… was the best smell… and I knew she was getting everything ready for all of the company we were going to have…

Family… relatives and friends… k4693971

She made most everything herself… for a long time… sfo0350

as we set the table with the white and lace tablecloth… “good” dishes… silverware and napkins… k15918650

Turkey / Gravy

Dressing… ( Stuffing )- 3 kinds… Regular bread/ Cornbread /Oyster

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Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Sauce

Sweet potatoes ( Candied Yams) … k15771642

Fordhook Lima Beans

Green Beans

Corn

Hot Rolls / butter

Cranberry Relish k4751631

Stuffed Celery – Pickles k11969984

5 – cup salad

Pies…Cakes…Cookies…Cobblers k12728614

As she aged we all pitched in to bring the sides and desserts…  but, she still made the Turkey – Dressing – Gravy…

Although she passed in 2007 at the age of 98… the smell of the house remains with me… and her devotion of cooking all of us that wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanks Mom…

and although I have been invited out to eat Thanksgiving Dinner for so many years…

sometime I’ll have to put my Roasting Pan 

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Cabbage and Mashed Potatoes

A fellow blogger was talking about how a song or a piece of music made her think of certain people

It happens to me when I’m cooking sometimes…

like today…

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Cabbage just cut in wedges… boiled with a little water… salt/pepper… a little sugar and butter184732

I cook until tender not stirring much… because I like the wedges of the cabbage to remain whole

Baked potatoes with salt/pepper and I admit a lot of butter!…

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Nothing else… it was the midday meal… and I couldn’t have eaten anything that tasted better…

Every time I start to cook cabbage a memory of a friend’s Mother comes to the surface…

I would be visiting and that simmering cabbage and big bowl of homemade mashed potatoes k4508598would be set on the table… sometimes cornbread baked in an iron skillet… k5650848

We dipped right out of the pan that the cabbage had been cooked in… 178320

I never tasted anything as good!k15802113

and didn’t realize that’s probably all there was to eat…

Maybe that’s why… what I cooked today… tasted so wonderful…

It wasn’t the food… it was the good memory… k11242244

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means FROM ABOVE to you

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Giraffe Shaped Dish…

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Glass Vase with floating candles… I had tinted the water a light green…

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Jill… making her mind up if she wanted to go out the back door…

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Boneless Pork Chops and Sauerkraut for lunch…

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with some Mashed Potatoes

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A walk around the house… Hose with hanger…

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Stepping Stones coming off the deck in the backyard…

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Oriental Red Maple

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Gas Meter attached to house…

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My Columbine… such delicate flowers…

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My Mouse to my computer and Mouse Pad on my desk…

“Thanksgiving… a Labor of Love”

I thought I’d let my thoughts wander to my Mom and Dad‘s home for a moment… It is Thanksgiving Day …

Actually, I’ll have to back up a few days before… maybe weeks…because my Dad was the shopper   and bought all of the ingredients for our wonderful Holiday Feast of Thanksgiving … From the moment I could remember… I watched him slowly begin to bring in all the ingredients   a little at a time… not knowing then, how expensive a big dinner like we were about to have cost… anything my Mom needed to cook our meal for this glorious day! … About a day or two before the big day my Mom would start to thaw the turkey … It was placed in water sometimes to thaw…

Usually not enough room in the refrigerator … with all the goodies for baking pies   or making salads… especially 5-cup Salad… pineapple, mandarin oranges, sour cream, coconut, and maraschino cherries   … I woke up to the smell of the turkey already baking  wafting through the air …enticing my nose with the anticipation of homemade dressing with lots of celery and onions…not just one kind but, three … regular, cornbread and oyster… I tasted all of them! sweet potatoes with marshmallows melted  and browned in the oven mashed potatoes with extra butter sitting right in the middle of them oozing down … the colorful salad with those wonderful cherries only bought on holidays … I, hoping there were some left for me to eat right out of the jar Green beans, Ford Hook Lima-beans   and corn for our vegetables… Mom’s homemade Mashed Potato Rolls… the aroma was scrumptious… wonderful turkey gravy made from the “drippings”... Cranberry relish made from fresh cranberries, sugar and oranges YUMMY! … besides the traditional jelly type… There would be pumpkin pies, pecan pies , a cake or two… I set the table with a pretty tablecloth, napkins, the “good” dishes/silverware and glasses… many years later… paper plates, but not in this memory!… I iced the glasses…cut the cranberry jelly in rings and placed in the pretty relish dish… sometimes there would be celery stuffed with pimento cheese… because of left overs from making dressing… The table was so crowded and just sumptuous! … We waited for all to arrive… My two brothers/wives/kids…my two sisters and their families … and friends and relatives who were invited…  Never enough room at the big dining room table…although at least a dozen would crowd around… Extra places in the living room sufficed for the little ones and whoever was running late… Grace was said  by whoever volunteered to thank our Lord for the abundance of food and family that we shared…

I remember all talking at once, much laughter and lots of “yums” as the food was passed and tasted… My Mom had outdid herself again … and now I wonder how she pulled it off… So much to do…So many to prepare for… and not one complaint… I can only believe it was done with the help of Dad, a good provider… and the LOVE  she had for all who entered their home … a true blessing!

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“My Kids”…

I just recently heard that two of my favorite teachers, a Ms Mantooth and a Ms Grubbs are thinking of retiring… They were the leaders of a team of students at TJ called “The Shooting Stars”

… Every other October this team held what was called Muster Day… Some would call it Pioneer Day … The kids mustered together like they did so many years ago and planned a big event for the Fall Harvest

Included in this tradition was a roasted pig (BBQ) , fried bacon, homemade apple cider , corn on the cob, beef stew

, pumpkin pie, corn bread and butter making … Pioneer games, jewelry, corn husk dolls and square dancing … Displays explaining many aspects of pioneer life… A wonderful event enjoyed by the students, teachers , friends and families… Soon after these same teachers and students held a Thanksgiving Luncheon complete with turkey and all the trimmings for all the participating students and their families… And since our little group of Special Ed Kids provided the beef stew , corn bread   and pumpkin pie   (“Pioneer”- Patriot Bake Shop) for Muster Day…we were included…  Tablecloths were spread on the tables, handmade center pieces arranged on each table, food set out in long rows with great care… The students greeted everyone that was invited and then enjoyed the fruits of their labor just like the traditional Muster Day people   … The LOVE  these teachers showed through this event was truly a blessing!  ...They will surely be remembered.

Happpy Thanksgiving Everyone!