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Monday, November 26, 2007

Love and Leftovers

Another WONDERFUL Thanksgiving has passed. Once again I was reminded of just how much I love this holiday! Truly, it's my favorite! It was even more special because Nathan and I were able to share it with my family who drove down from Tennessee. My sweet aunt who has never been able to visit us even got to come! And the dinner was at our house this year. I couldn't wait to welcome my family into the home that Nathan and I have made together. I wanted everyone to feel right at home and cozy in our little nest.

The day began with me frantically trying to finish up a curtain I had started for the kitchen door's window. Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I thought I was done I realized that I had made a pretty big "uh-oh" with the straps! That little mistake only set me back about 30 minutes though. After the curtain was pressed and hung, it was on to the cooking! Yay! I have found a new love for cooking and baking since getting married and I couldn't wait to contribute to the feast!

Mama made the majority of the casseroles at her house but I was able to make cheesy broccoli rice casserole and green bean casserole, along with 2 pecan pies and 2 "Old-Fashioned Paradise Pumpkin Pie". I found the recipe for the latter at AllRecipes.com and it is so yummy! If you've never been to that site, it's a novice cook's (or any cook for that matter) dream! Any recipe for any ingredient you could possibly imagine. But I'm rambling...

All the family--Mama & Daddy, Granna, Aunt Sandy, Aunt Cathy, Uncle Hughie, Landon, and my sis Laura--came over around 4 pm. Nathan had fried a turkey that was delicious and the house smelled so good! My Mom was so great because she thought to bring a card table to set up as a serving table and she brought styrofoam plates to cut down on cleanup! I was so glad she thought of those things since my kitchen has limited counter space and it would've been a challenge to find a home for all those casseroles! We also don't have a table big enough for everyone to sit around so we all piled into the living room and got real cozy on the couch and chairs. That's why I love Thanksgiving so much...you get to share a delicious meal with the people you love and treasure the most. And for me, there's nothing better than a kitchen crowded with people all talking at once and lending (or trying to lend)a helping hand.

I know I'll always cherish the memory of this first Thanksgiving spent with Nathan and my family. The warm fuzzy I get from being with the ones I love is such a blessing. I hope that your house was also filled with love and your refrigerator was bursting with leftovers!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bits and Pieces

Since it's been so long since I posted, I have several little things to show you all. The first is the "Perfect Tote" that I made a few weeks ago. My Sis and I went to another class at Fabric Boutique but this project was so involved that we ended up having to finish the bags at home. Of course, it didn't help that I experienced multiple technical difficulties with my machine before I ever even got started! I probably could have gotten much farther on the bag in the class if not for all the speed bumps. But, I just chalked it up to being a patience builder and got over it! So, here's a few pics of the bag. It's made using "fat quarters," which are 1/4 yard pieces of fabric. Quilters most commonly use fat quarters to make their quilts.

This bag is HUGE!! In the pic above it's holding 3 fleece throws and still has room to spare! I can't wait to use it for a weekend bag or something!

Next, we have a turkey cheese ball that I made Monday night for a ladies night that I had at my house. It uses cream cheese dyed with paste food coloring to make the decorations and pecan halves for feathers. The head, neck, & snood are made from red bell pepper and the beak is a piece of yellow squash. It must have been good because the only things left were a small glob of cream cheese and the head!

I got the recipe from Country Woman magazine, which is one of my favorite magazines & is all about good comfort food cooking and country life. My turkey didn't look anywhere near as good as the one in the magazine but it was fun to make anyway!

We also made a Thanksgiving themed craft during our ladies' night. We decorated small chalk boards and wrote things we are thankful for on them with chalk. It was a fun time!

The "Thank you, Lord for..." is written with a silver paint pen and the chalk is held on with a magnet. This is just my version though, all the ladies were so creative and they each put theirs together in their own unique way. I thought it would be a good reminder to take a minute every now and then to jot down a few of the many blessings God has given me.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, would anyone like to be thankful for a new puppy? We had a stray show up on our doorstep a few days ago and he's really sweet and cute but we just don't feel like we can keep another dog right now. We've been calling him "Patches" and according to the American Kennel Club website he looks just like the pictures of an Australian Cattle Dog. They are supposed to be really good at herding cattle and fighting off wild boar. However, if you don't have cattle, they are also good with families and guarding the home. If these pics of him just melt your heart, please let me know!! We would love to give him to a good home instead of the pound!

His ears crack me up because they look so big compared to the rest of him! They stand straight up when he's listening to something or if he's excited. He is about 3 months old and will grow to be approximately 18-24 inches at the withers. Ironically, the man who's house he got loose from came by the other night and said he had seen the dog in our backyard and wanted to let us know where he came from. Naturally, we asked if he wanted him back but the man said that he had been trying to find a home for Patches himself!! Crazy, huh?

And, last but not least, here's a picture of our sweet black lab Buster. I couldn't leave him out! He has been getting along with Patches just fine, but we can tell he misses being the only child!

Have a wonderful rest of the week, Everyone!!