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Monday, June 30, 2014

Small Things

Running a bit late today as I had an early morning coffee date with friend, Maggie! And I am catching up on a few things that I left undone over the weekend!! I found this Winnie the Pooh quote and I thought to myself, how true this is!!

Marvin, Amelia and I had a chance to bond with the Brothers Grimm over the weekend. Believe it or not, I did not take many pictures! I was too busy. I will try to download and post some tomorrow.  Baylor is three and he loves his Grandpa. Baylor has some developmental delays and we try to spend as much time doing things with him as we can when he visits us. Katy told me this morning that he is starting speech therapy and is also being evaluated for the early intervention program. Please pray with us for our sweet boy. We want the very best for him and we are praying that this intervention will make a big difference in his life.  Elliott at almost 7 months old is crawling!! He is a typical third child and he is a smiling, easy going baby.  He still likes to wake up at least once at night and play with Nana.:) So I am catching up on some sleep this week....early to bed for me tonight.

But there is nothing I would trade for the time I can spend with all my grands. They hold a special place in Nana's heart.

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Two Drop Morning

Have you ever had a day that just did not start out right??? Or several days for that matter? This has been a bad week for me with many things weighing on my heart and mind. Yesterday I went to the hairdresser in a funk and came out with a short haircut that I am still trying to get used to!! I have worn my hair short in years past and since it had some damage from the heating iron, I decided to let Christa chop it off. It is cute but different. Then I had plans for breakfast with a friend...that fell through and I was just in a downward spiral. Thank goodness for my Young Living Essential Oils. They have really made a difference in my life. Knowing that Frankinsense is good for a blue day, I went to my oils and rubbed in two drops. Within 15 minutes I was feeling more like my old self and went about getting my house ready for my weekend visitors, Baylor and Elliott. Heaven knows you do not want to be in a bad mood when those grands come to visit.

Thanks to another oily friend for her graphic art....as you can see, Frankincense  has many uses. One of the things I like about it is that it boosts your immune system and prevents you from picking up all the bugs around you.  A day does not go by that I do not use my YLEOs. I started my day with a shot of Citrus Fresh in Water. It wakes you up, gets you going and helps fight the munchies!  I rub on Frankincense or Joy if I am having a bad day. Stress Away and Peace and Calming are also good for a stressful day. I use Peace and Calming on my grands when they are having a bad day...believe me it helps us all to feel better!  At bedtime I diffuse Lavender, Lemon and Cedarwood. It helps me to get to sleep and stay asleep. Lavender and lemon have also helped me to get off Allegra which I had taken for years for allergies. I also use Myrtle to give my synrthroid a boost.  I must say that I am not a doctor just a sceptical old nurse and these natural products have helped me to put aside many of the OTC and prescription meds that I had been taking.  I will never stop taking my hypertensive meds or my thyroid meds but the oils have helped me to control both issues in a healthier way.  And now I am ready to get down on the floor and play with my two boys! It is going to be a good weekend.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Storied Life of A J Fikry

Whenever I take a road trip I make sure I have books to read to pass the time in the car! I am so glad I am one of the lucky ones who can read while riding!  One of my Facebook friends gave The Storied Life of A J Fikry a rave review so I decided to purchase it for my trip to Georgia. It was a good thing that I had back up books because I read this one in no time flat.

We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works.  So begins this novel by Gabrielle Zevin. For anyone who is a lover of books and book stores, The Storied Life of A J Fikry is a must read.  A J is in the midst of getting his PhD when his wife talks him into moving to the small island where she grew up. Accessible only by ferry from Hyannis, Alice Island does not have a book store. And every town no matter how small or how isolated should have a book store.  A J gives in to his wife's urging and they purchase an old building and turn it into Island Books. Years pass, A J takes care of the business side of things while his wife, Nic, uses her talents to create events and book signings.  But as we all know, life can change in a minute. The minute that changes A J's life is when Nic's car plunges into a cold river and she is killed. A J is not equipped for life without Nic and the book store begins a downward spiral. But life changes again when Knightley Press sends sales agent, Amelia Loman to present the Winter List to Island Books.  Just as A J is beginning to consider that life is worth living, he finds something very surprising in the children's section of his bookstore. And that surprise changes the course of his life and the lives of those around him.

Part mystery, part love story and part book reviews, this novel is one that will worm its way into your heart. I am sure Hollywood will turn this book into a movie. As for me, I plan to look for more of Ms Zevin's books at the library!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Goodbyes

While we were in Savannah we had a chance to say goodbye to some special family members. Marvin's Uncle Dewey passed away at age 92 and his funeral was Saturday at 11 am. We were so glad that we were in Savannah so that we could attend this special event. Marvin spent a lot of time growing up with his Aunt Willilou and Uncle Dewey so he wanted to be able to attend this funeral. Uncle Dewey was buried in Bonaventure Cemetery beside his Lou Lou.  Bonaventure is a lovely old cemetery in Savannah and if you have read the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure is THAT garden.  It was very hot at noon...the funeral home had the foresight to bring a cooler with water bottles for those attending the interment. Apparently it is not uncommon for people to faint in the hot muggy Savannah summer funerals. We were all thankful for the cool water! We then attended a luncheon for the family at Asbury Methodist Church. Thanks to all the ladies who provided food for that time of fellowship.

On Sunday we attended a Going Away party for Marvin's brother, William, his wife, Barbara and their son, Douglas. William is retiring from his job with the school system and Barb is taking a job as principal in Brevard, NC.

The party was given by their church family and I know they were touched by all the people who turned out to wish them well. Out of the six Grimm siblings who grew up in Savannah, only big sister, Mina, will be living there now. It is sad to see things change but as C S Lewis so succinctly put it, Life is a series of partings. And it seems the older we get, the more partings there are in our lives.

While at the party we were able to visit with some of Marvin's cousins as well.

Marvin and his cousin, Susan.

Susan's daughter, Kate, and granddaughter, Violet. Kate is a proud Aunt as Violet is the daughter of Susan's son, Thomas.  I kept trying to get a snapshot of Violet smiling....

And finally I got one!! She is such a sweetheart.

After the party we headed up the road to Macon to spend the night and to get a head start on our trip home. It was a wonderful weekend, full of fun times and memories that will last in our hearts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SHS 1969

My dear husband's high school friends sure do know how to party!! From a class of around 600 people, some old friends came together this weekend to share  memories and to catch up on life events.  In some cases, they actually made new friends. Marvin met some people who were in his class that he did not know 45 years ago. It was a fun bunch and by the Sunday Goodbye Brunch, it was like we were all old friends.

The weekend started off with Bowling and Pizza at the bowling alley on Tibet Ave. It was a good way to loosen up and renew old acquaintances. And yes, they were all able to bowl with no injuries!!

Saturday evening was a big party at the Forest City Gun Club. Shrimp Boil for appetizer...yummo, then music, photo booth and a late dinner.


The photo booth was a big hit!!

Marvin's old friend, Steve, and his fiancee, Beth, were in attendance from the DC area. 

Ed and Susan....who graciously invited us to stay with them while we were in Savannah. Marvin went to elementary school with Susan, then he and Ed met up in junior high. Ed and Marvin also shared the Georgia Tech experience. Ed is a retired engineer from Michelin in Greenville, SC. Susan is a retired calculus professor from Greenville Tech. They came back to Savannah to enjoy their marshfront home in Richmond Hill. It sure was nice waking up to the view from their back porch.  We really enjoyed our time with the Johnsons!

Dressed in Blue in honor of the Savannah High Blue Jackets.

Sunday Morning was a brunch at the home of Nancy, one of the teachers at Savannah High when this bunch graduated. Nancy was a brand new teacher and not much older than her students.

Sissy, Marvin's partner in crime!! She and Marvin worked together on the last three reunions for the class of 1969. Of course many others helped as well but Sissy really pulled everything together in Savannah. Sissy is also a mesothelioma survivor....15 years, the longest surviving patient in the US. So glad to know this wonderful lady who is also a teacher in Chatham County!!

And now it is time to get back to 2014 after a weekend in 1969! Hope I can make the time change!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Taking a few days off as we head to one of the prettiest places in the USA, Savannah, GA. Thanks to daughter, Amelia, for housesitting for us while are away.

Marvin's last living uncle passed away on Monday and his funeral will be on Saturday so we are blessed to be able to be in town to attend the services. Dewey Hooper Sr was a member of the Greatest Generation and he served his country until his retirement from the USAF.  He met Marvin's aunt, Willilou at a USO dance and they were married and had four children. After retiring from the Air Force, the Hooper family made their home in Savannah. He will be missed. Life is a series of partings as C S Lewis so aptly put it, but the partings are never easy.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Back to 1969

In 1969 I was in the eighth grade at Eton Elementary School. My husband was a senior in highschool in Savannah, Ga. We had no idea that our worlds would collide in 1974 and that in 2014 we would celebrate Marvin;s 45th high school reunion in June and our 38th wedding anniversary in September. 

I thought I would travel back to 1969 and refresh my memory on things that happened that year. I found several internet sites that took me back to the last year of the groovy 60s.  The Viet Nam War was still raging...no end in sight. The draft was reinstituted in 1969. Marvin was fortunate to get a student deferment which allowed him to go to Georgia Tech instead of Southeast Asia.  Woodstock was big that year as young people gathered at a farm in New York to spend a weekend listening to music and doing other things which I will not mention here! It was the year of Chappaquiddick and the Manson Murders. Judy Garland died of a drug overdose at the age of 47.  Apollo 11 landed on the moon that year...Neil Armstrong's quote, One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind, went down in the books. Hurricane Camille caused widespread damage in Mississippi. New York Mets win the World Series while the New York Jets win the Superbowl. Best Picture was Midnight Cowboy. Rowan and Martin Laugh In was the top tv show with Gunsmoke and Bonanza following close behind. Sugar Sugar by the Archies was the top Bill Board hit. 

As I think back over these events, it does not seem like it was that long ago. Time does march on and I am reminded that I need to treasure each day.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Happiness is....

A  mani-pedi! I have had a rough week and my sweet husband told me to go for a mani pedi! I did not have to think twice about this one. We are going to Marvin's 45th high school reunion this weekend and I wanted to look nice at all the events.  French mani for my fingers and OPI's Kiss Me on My Tulips for my toes! Counting down the days to Thursday when we leave for Savannah!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Cat Who

Some readers I know refuse to read a book more than once.  I just do not understand that as I love to read old favorites over and over again.  The last week has been one that has left me in need of a comforting read so I went upstairs to my stash of The Cat Who books and selected the first book in the series, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun.

I wanted to visit with Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and Yum Yum.  I am not a real cat lover and I am usually not a fan of a book with a guy as the main character, but I fell in love with this series back in the late 80s. I enjoyed this series so much that I added each and every book to my own personal library.

There is an interesting story about this series as well. Ms Braun wrote the first three books from 1966 to 1968. She received great reviews but after the third book was released she stopped writing mysteries for almost 20 years! Then surprise! In 1986 she released the fourth book in the Cat Who series and went on to write a total of 29 books before her death at age 97.

I must say that the last book in the series made many of her loyal friends a bit angry as she ended the book in a way that seemed out of character for Jim and his long time girlfriend, Polly. I have to think that she must have used a ghost writer for that last book...at least I hope so. It was a sad way to leave your writing career after so much success. I think everyone should quit while they are ahead! Maybe that is why Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee only wrote one book!

I have enjoyed reading of Qwill and his life, starting when he is determined to remake his life and career after a failed marriage and alcoholism. He joins up with his old friend, Arch Riker at the Daily Fluxion and proceeds to make quite the splash in the newspaper business before becoming a millionaire when his godmother leaves him her fortune on her death. Qwill and the cats move NORTH to Pickax, where he becomes a benevolent philanthropist in the community and solves many mysteries with the help of his assistant detective, Ko Ko.  This stories tend to be cozy mysteries but try not to get attached to many of the characters in Pickax because they just might find themselves on the wrong side of the mystery!

I also enjoy going back to the days when technology was in the future and the people communicated via phone and letter and the communities hummed along at their own pace. If modern day authors are letting you down, try one of these delightful books filled with quirky characters guarranteed to make you smile.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fathers

It is going to be a rather sad Father's Day this year as it is the first Father's Day in my life without my Daddy. I take strength from the fact that I know I will see him again in heaven. This photo was made when I was in 8th grade, I remember that hair do from my school pctures. So Kristi was in 5th grade and Leta was in first grade.  I think we were dressed up to go to church one Sunday morning when Mother snapped this picture. My memories of my Daddy are too many to name but there was never a man who loved being outside more than he did. From his work in the mountains with the US Forest Service to working on his farm...he delighted in God's handiwork. When we were little, Daddy was outside a lot. He came in after work to eat dinner, then head to the barn to take care of the cows. He did enjoy watching westerns on television after his work day was over.  He loved his family, worked hard to take care of us and many young men today could learn from his example.

I am so thankful for all the fathers in my life. I was blessed to know my great grandfather, Papa Swanson. I was about 11 or 12 when he passed away. He was a quiet man and did not have a lot to say but I remember that he made the swing on our front porch and he loved to eat a sliced tomato with gravy and biscuits.(YUCK)

 My two grandfathers had a big impact on my life as well. My Granddad Henderson died when I was in high school. He was killed in an automobile accident at age 62. And I remember thinking he was OLD.:) Of all my family, I think he is the one who encouraged me to consider that there was a big world outside of our small town. He purchased an Atlanta or Chattanooga paper every Sunday and I loved reading those papers when we would visit on Sunday afternoons. When I was a little girl, I was a very picky eater but I loved bananas. When Granddad would go to the store he would get the banana Little Debbies just for me. And Hot Tamales...those were the candies he got all us grandkids. I can never see a box of Hot Tamales without thinking of him.

Grandaddy Tankersley lived near us and I was blessed to have him in my life until he was 90. Up until the week that he died, he was sharp as a tack and lived alone with some help from my parents. He was a mountain man. He had worked as a logger in the mountains of North Georgia when he was a young man. He enjoyed being outdoors...taking care of his bees, listening to his fox hounds run and fishing every now and then. He was a gentle man and much loved by all his grandchildren. I can only remember him shouting at us one time in my childhood and that was when a bunch of us cousins were standing on the roof of the pumphouse. It was built into a hill and you could walk from the hill to the top of the little pump house. Granddaddy was afraid one of us would fall and get hurt so who can blame him for yelling at us?  My son, Charles is named Charles Clifford and the Clifford is for Granddaddy. My grandson, Baylor has Granddaddy's other name as a first name, Henry.  

And I cannot leave out a man who was a bonus grandfather to me, my Great Uncle, Webb Henderson. We just called him Uncle. He and Auntie did not have any children so they doted on their nieces and nephews and I am so glad that they did!! Uncle led singing at Mount Carmel Baptist Church and whenever I hear the song, I Fly Away, I can see him standing at the front of the church singing that old song. My Auntie suffered from several health issues so Uncle did a lot of cooking and tending to the house. Now that was very unusual in the 60s.  He was a dear man and much loved.

Have a good Father's Day weekend blog friends...remembering those you have lost and loving those
you still have with you!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Well Bless Your Heart!


Bless Your Heart is a true Southernism. I do not know of any other region of the USA that uses this little phrase the way we do here in the South. When I was a child, if I had a little injury, Well Bless Your Heart was frequently heard from my mother or grandmothers.

It is one of my favorite sayings...so much so that my friend, Susan, purchased this pretty pillow from Etsy for me as a birthday gift. It sits in my antique rocking chair.  It makes me smile!!

When I saw this magnet at Cracker Barrel I knew it had to come home with me and live on my refridgerator.  Recently Bless Your Heart has come upon hard times. I have heard it said that here in the south you can say anything mean about someone as long as you add, Bless their heart, as an ending to the sentence.  I must admit, I have been guilty of doing that occasionally.  I have some northern friends who say that they thought it was a nice saying until they thought it over and wondered if it wasn't a Snarky Southern thing.  Ok, you got us...sometimes it is!! But for the most part I still use Bless Your Heart as a comforting word to my grands just like all the mamas in my life have said for many years.  So if you are having a bad day..after all it is Friday the 13th, Well Bless Your Heart! And I mean that in a good way!:)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Corner

As I have said before, I am making a habit of reading instead of turning to the television or computer for entertainment. This week I was able to finish two books. One gets a thumbs up and the other a thumbs down!!

Thumbs up went to The Death of a Policeman by M C Beaton. This is the 30th book in the Hamish Macbeth series and I never tire of the red headed bobby from the Highlands. Hamish is a rare bird, someone who is content with his lot in life. He prefers the life of a backwoods policeman to the possibility of being a famous detective in a big city.  In this installment, we find Hamish on the trail of the person who killed a policeman. Never mind that this policeman was sent to spy on Hamish. The sneaky Detective Blair, who has taken credit for many of Hamish's successes, wants to shut down the  police station in Lochduh and get rid of Hamish. He sends a young policeman to spy on Hamish to prove that Hamish is not needed and that Macbeth is a lazy bloke, mooching off the locals.  But this spy for Blair, ends up dead, shot in the chest. This mystery has many twists and turns and Hamish comes in contact with two of his former fiancees, Priscilla and Elspeth.  Of course, Hamish solves the crime and several others as well, proving he is needed in the Highlands.  In this book, we do see that Hamish is beginning to long for a wife...could Priscilla or Elspeth be the one? Maybe Ms Beaton's next book will answer that question.

The other novel, The Headmaster's Wife, had been on my To Be Read List for quite a while. When I saw it on the shelf at the library, I eagerly grabbed it before anyone else could get it!! This book is about the headmaster of a private school in Vermont. ( I love any story about Vermont, one of my favorite states!) Sadly, this book was an exercise in frustration. The plotline was disorganized and while I understand that the author wrote this way intentionally, it just made me aggravated. Modern day writers seem to want to be unique by scrambling things up a bit but that kind of writing is not for me. Basically, this book is about a headmaster who falls in love with one of his students....or does he? I will not comment any more on this book as I cannot really describe it without giving away the plot. Many people gave it four stars on Good Reads but I had to give it a two and that was stretching it.

Right now I am reading Lydia's Party. It had a beautiful cover so of course, that made me pick it up. It is an interesting read about a woman who gives a party every year  in January for the same group of friends. But this year the party is different as it will be the last party. Why? You can read the book for yourself and find out!!:)

So if you are looking for a bit of summer reading, I would recommend The Death of a Policeman and Lydia's Party. Both would be a good read on the beach with the surf in the background and the sun shining down!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rainy Wednesday

It has been raining on and off here for almost a week now. I am ready to see some sunshine! Our local farmers are unable to harvest the winter wheat due to soggy fields but on the plus side, corn is growing as high as an elephant's eye. Maybe we need that super hero to save the day!! Thanks to Amanda Whitley Photography for taking some really cute pictures of the grands at a Super Hero Shoot in downtown Decatur.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Taking Time

I have heard a lot about schools that have chosen to take cursive handwriting out of the curriculum. This makes me sad as a nice handwritten note is always in style. When you take the time to sit down, pen in hand and write a note to a friend it is a special thing! I have always enjoyed sending and receiving cards and notes. Now days we seldom receive a real letter as most of us tend to communicate by phone or email in the computer age. I have a hat box full of letters that I have received over the years and I like to take that hat box down every now and then and peruse those special "antiques". Most are letters between me and family members as my children were growing up. One day I hope my children or grandchildren will cherish those memories as much as I do.

When I wrote letters regularly, I purchased a lot of my stationery from Current. Recently I have come upon their catalogs again and I ordered quite a few note cards to have on hand. They still produce quality goods! I have also found Michaels to be a source of Mary Engelbreit notecards and I am a huge Mary Engelbreit fan. Lifeway Christian stores carry some really sweet and reasonably priced cards...I especially love their 99cent cards that come with a cheery yellow envelope.  My problem is that I want to buy it ALL. Like seamstresses hoard fabric, writers like to hoard paper goods. Most of my good friends know that notecards and stationery are always a good gift idea for Nana. Take the time to send someone a note today...it will be a blessing to them.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Bham Babies

We had a wonderful day Saturday with our Birmingham Grands. We arrived just in time to treat the kiddos to Chic Fil A for lunch. As Margaret told Katy, "Grandpa got us some Restaurant Food!" Katy explained that most of their restaurant food is purchased and eaten at home as taking three preschoolers out to eat is not much fun for anyone.:) We spent the afternoon, coloring in the big coloring books Nana found at Walmart, playing with LaLa Loopsys and kicking Baylor's new soccer ball. Of course both Grandpa and Nana enjoyed holding sweet Elliott.

Can you believe that Daddy taught Margaret to call Elliott, SMELLIOTT??? Not this sweet boy!!

Baylor is getting so tall!! He still loves his ipad and can really work all the apps like a pro.

Here are all the Grimmlins with their Grandpa. A lap full of love!!

And here is a picture of our sweet baby boy. His smiles just make Nana's heart turn into a great big puddle of Nana Goo!!

Marvin and I had a chance to volunteer at our church nursery yesterday and we both enjoyed those sweet little ones. The Bible Story for the day was Creation and it was a blessing to my heart to see those little ones answer questions about who made the trees? Who made the flowers? Who made Mommies and Daddies and Children. "God Did" they replied with authority!!

Today I am off to my planning meeting with MOPs. I look forward to being a Grandmother of Preschoolers again this year! I will be battling the rain...we have had almost a week of storms on and off and no end in sight. We had a COLD winter and now a rainy summer. Hope the rain makes my flowers grow!!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Beach Towels!


The Grimm Fam is headed to the beach at the end of July and Nana is trying to get together lots of fun things for the grands. Target and Walmart have had their beach towels on sale and I picked up one for each grand. The older children have matching towels to avoid the "But I wanted the purple towel and not the pink towel". Of course it is the girlies who fuss over such things but with their names monogrammed on each towel by The Funky Peacock( you can find her shop at Etsy and she has a Facebook page as well) everyone should be able to keep up with their matching towels. Baby Elliott got his own towel !!  I am also loading up on beach toys, pails, shovels and castle molds.   It will be a fun week I am sure!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Plans

With the Summer upon us I am trying to plan activities to keep the grands busy on Tuesday and Wednesday. I love my local MOPs page because the moms share all sorts of summer activities to check out. Kendall and Landon's stepmom, Tara, sent me some links to the Somerville Playhouse which is just up the road. They are having several great activity days for kids and I am signing up my two for Super Hero training for Landon and Diva Makeover for Kendall. The Diva Makeover includes a little make over and a tea party. I am not sure what Super Hero training entails but I know Bubba will like it.

Kendall has asked me about some cooking lessons this summer. Both kiddos enjoy helping me in the kitchen so we will be experimenting with cupcakes this summer.

I found this cupcake brochure as well as the fun cupcake liners at Michaels. I think we will try that pretty chocolate cupcake first.

Kendall whipped up a batch of brownies this week. We ate some and shared some with out next door neighbor who turned 87!  After mixing up the brownies, we spooned them into my  Pampered Chef brownie pan.

It really makes baking and serving brownies easy as pie.

I am looking forward to making lots of memories with my grands this summer, the Decatur grands and the Birmingham Grands!! We are off tomorrow to spend the day in Bham. Grandpa and Nana will watch the children while Mom and Dad have a date. Here's to a great summer!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

VBS

Here is what a five year old boy looks forward to after a busy day at Bible School. Landon came home, ate lunch and sacked out!! Central Park Baptist has an exciting Vacation Bible School going on this week here in Decatur. Kendall and Landon attend Central Park with their dad and step mom and they have looked forward to this week for quite a while.

As I dropped them off I was so pleased at how well organized the Bible School was as the workers directed children to their groups. Everyone was so polite and friendly that I felt very comfortable dropping off my two for three hours of Bible fun.  Kendall related to me that the money they are taking up for an offering will go to help build wells for people in Africa. There is a big missionary emphasis in this week's classes. Landon received a little canteen to collect his money for the offering. The music is great too. Both children received CDs with the theme music so that they can learn the songs as they will sing them for the Central Park congregation on Sunday.

I am so thankful for the men and women who have given their time this week to teach the young ones about the importance of sharing their faith with others. I was really blessed to see so many older ladies helping in the VBS...and I mean ladies who looked as if they were in their 70s and 80s. I guess no one informed them that after they raised their children they were done with VBS obligation.:)  Thanks to this group of Believers! They have made an impact on my grands this week.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

So Long Old Friend

Yesterday we said good bye to a faithful old friend, Marvin's 1973 Plymouth Duster. This was Marvin's first car, purchased when he was a grad student at Ga Tech.  He has had the car longer than he has had me!! We did all our courting in this car and we got engaged in the car on a rainy day at Stone Mountain, Georgia.That was not what Marvin had planned but the weather did not cooperate. This car has moved with us from Atlanta to Oak Ridge, Tn to Athens, Ga to Louisville, Ky and finally to North Alabama.

It still runs and Marvin takes it out for a spin most Saturdays but we had noticed the rusty spots were growing and we did not want it to fall apart in the driveway! One of Marvin's good friends restores old cars and he knew a fellow restorer who might be interested in the Duster.  He purchased it on Sunday and picked it up yesterday. It is to be a project for his son. We have been promised pictures of the completed project!

While it was hard to say goodbye, we know that we got our moneys worth out of this workhorse.  As my sister in law said, Time to Let it Go, in the wisdom of Frozen!! Good bye old Friend...hope to see you looking tip top in the future.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ultimate Southern Mac and Cheese

I was browsing through the magazine section at Walmart and came across the magazine, Southern Classics. Several of the recipes looked promising so I purchased the magazine and brought it home. On Friday night I tried this Macaroni recipe and along with a salad and corn on the cob it made a complete meal. Since I just cook for Marvin and myself, I divided the recipe into two 8" dishes and froze one so we could enjoy it another day.

Here is the recipe....

Ultimate Southern Mac and Cheese
1/2 c unsalted butter
1/2 c all purpose flour
2/3 c chopped yellow onion
4 c whole milk
4 1/2 c shredded sharp white cheddar cheese--divided
2 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese--divided
1 pound thick cut bacon--cooked and crumbled
3 T whole grain mustard
1 1/2 t Kosher salt
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 t red pepper
1 pound penne --cooked according to directions

Preheat oven to 350.

In large dutch oven, heat butter over med high heat. Add flour stirring to combine..cook until mixture is light brown(10 to 15 min).Add onion and continue cooking until onion is tender.Add milk, stirring frequently until mixture begins to thicken...about 8 min.

Add four cups of cheddar, 1 3/4 c mozzarella, bacon, mustard, ,salt and peppers, stir until cheese melts. Add penne, stir until combined. Pour into greased 13 by 9 casserole. Top with remaining cheddar and mozzarella. Bake at 350 for 20 min. Serve hot!

I always try to make a recipe strictly by the book the first time, then tweak if necessary. Well I did not have enough white cheddar so I added regular cheddar! I did not have penne pasta so I used dittalini and I liked the smaller pasta for ease of eating. I think you can cut back a bit on the cheese as well without the taste being affected and you could also leave out the bacon and have a stellar mac and cheese. Ours was good with a salad and corn...very filling and yummy.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Brianna's Salad Dressings

My sister in law, Lanier, introduced me to Brianna's Salad Dressing. Our local stores only carried the one flavor...

Blush Wine Vinaigrette is delicious on any salad.  However, our local Walmart grocery store has recently stocked the shelves with other flavors and I am anxious to try each and every one.


Friday evening we tried the Brianna's Ceasar Salad Dressing on a simple salad I made for dinner. It was very good too! One thing I like about Brianna's, other than the great taste, is that a little goes a long way. We tend to eat more salads in the summertime when all the ingredients are garden fresh and Brianna's dressings just enhance those yummy flavors.

To see more of the great flavors offered by Brianna's check out this link www.briannassaladdressing.com.  Next to try on my list is the Lemon Tarragon!