Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings!

This year we will be celebrating Thanksgiving at my sister Robbie's
home in the mountains. They just got some more snow last night, so it should be gorgeous! 
My other sister Jennifer and her family along with my mom,
brother and all of the cousins will make 23 people for Thanksgiving dinner!
Robbie is fixing the turkey and a ham and everybody brings
something from appetizers to desserts. I'm bringing a layered jello salad,
praline yams and an apple pie!
Some of my fall decorations that will soon be taken down ...
to be replaced with Christmas decorations!
The very next day after Thanksgiving ... the Christmas decorating begins!
It usually takes me several days to complete!
The antique sideboard my husband gave me when we were first married,
 is always a fun place to display seasonal decorations.
I made the Autumn banner last year. I just love the cute little white
ceramic basket I found at a yard sale for 25 cents!

On Thanksgiving morning, our family enjoys watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
We have a cozy fire going in the fireplace and something yummy to eat.

A movie we like to watch at Thanksgiving time is
  By The Light of The Silvery Moon, with Doris Day.
I just love old corny movies! I especially like to watch this one 
at Thanksgiving time, because there's a part in it about a pet turkey 
that is suppose to become their Thanksgiving dinner! It's just a fun movie!

My recipe for praline yams:


Praline Yams
4 lbs. yams, cooked, peeled and mashed
2/3 cup orange juice
1T. grated orange zest
5 T. Brandy (opt.)
1 t. salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
1T. ginger
4 T. butter, melted
1/3 c. brown sugar
3 egg yolks

Mix all together and beat until smooth.
Put in greased 13 x 9 casserole dish.

Topping

2/3 c. brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 c. chopped pecans
1 t. cinnamon

Spread topping evenly over top of casserole.
350 degrees. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

I hope everyone has a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Count your many blessings, name them one by one!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Weekend In Paris!

My kids Josh and Jaime were in Paris for the weekend! They had such an
 amazing time and I just wanted to share a few photos that
 Josh took with his iphone. 
Of course, they saw the Eiffel Tower and rode all the way to the top at night! 
They also took a cruise on the Seine River that same evening! 
They got to see so much ... the Louve and the Mona Lisa, 
the Phantom of the Opera House, Notre Dame and 
even sipped cafe au lait in a little French cafe!
The restaurant where they dined for dinner.
The French chef at the restaurant came out to meet them. He found 
out that Josh was a chef, too! They said the 
duck and salmon were delicious!
Eli, Jaime's good friend from school lives in Paris and took 
such wonderful care of them! She gave them a real 
French tour of her beautiful city, Paris! 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Introducing .... Viola Bernice!

I found this vintage wire dress form at a yard sale several years ago. 
I just adore it and felt very fortunate to have found it because 
it was only $12.00! It has been on display in our stairwell ever since.  
Since my grandmother was a seamstress, it seemed appropriate to 
name the mannequin, Viola Bernice after her. She was also a milliner 
and made this cute little hat out of pheasant feathers! 
She's also wearing a flower corsage made from pattern paper.
I have changed Viola's look several times over. Usually she's wearing 
clothes, but I'm kind of liking this look right now.
  I sort of have a French travel theme going on. I have always dreamed 
of visiting Paris someday....  however, my two oldest children 
Josh and Jaime will be in Paris this weekend!!! Josh flew to Spain 
on Sunday to visit Jaime and then they will fly together
 to Paris! I hope they bring me something French!
Some more vintage finds.
My Grandmother Viola Bernice and Grandfather Otto. 
I'm linking to Vintage Inspiration Friday and

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Robbie's Mountain Home

This is my sister Robbie's charming home in the mountains. Robbie and her husband and seven children live here along with an exchange student from the Netherlands!!! Actually, three of her children are away at college right now, so it's not quite a full house! There are even chickens that reside here on their two acres and lay fresh eggs everyday!!! 
Robbie really likes decorating for fall!!!
This is Robbie's entryway. I think her little snowshoe lamp is just adorable! Her home is so very warm and cozy with a very mountainy feel to it. We have spent many memorable Thanksgiving's and Christmases here over the years!
I just adore her cheery vintage yellow and red kitchen!  The green glass knobs and drawer pulls are so cute!
I just love her vintage stove!
There is even some warm pumpkin bread just out of the oven!
This is another view of Robbie's charming kitchen. I hope you enjoyed visiting her home, as it has always been so much fun to come here! I will share more photos of her home sometime soon on another post!
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