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Five Things

In Holidays, Thoughts on November 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Five Things on November 2

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It’s November. Gasp! This year has really zipped by, and it seems like time is speeding up. I’m getting involved in more things and being busy is, once again, becoming a way of life. Here are five things on my mind today:

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{Wordless Wednesday} The First Snow Fall

In Holidays, Wordless Wednesday on December 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

And, scene! I’m back on the blog. I decided to kick things off with a quick Wordless Wednesday post. Check it out! The photo was taken this morning in front of my house.

The first snow fall of Winter 2011 in Central Arkansas

In the lane, snow is glistening!

Now that the first snow fall is over and done with, I have to get prepared for the winter weather. This can only mean one thing…time go shopping! I need more sweaters, boots, scarves and a new coat.

Season of Love

In Holidays on December 5, 2010 at 10:22 PM

spices for baking

This season of love is about spending special time with those you care about. The air is full of kind gestures and the sweet smells of the season. People are going out of their way to show gratitude and affection. So, even though this post is a bit late, here’s how I spent my Thanksgiving Holiday…

Holiday Travel Express (but not really “express”). Spending time with my brother from Los Angeles! McDonald’s for dinner (don’t judge). Bizarre warm Thanksgiving Eve weather – 70 degrees. Rain. Sleet. Snow mixture by Thanksgiving morning. Cooking at midnight! Pumpkin Crisp. Chocolate Four Layer Delight. A Hearty breakfast. Eggs. Bacon. Biscuits. The turkey arrives (we were worried)! More cooking. Dinner is served. Dressing. Gravy. Cranberry sauce (jelled). Yams. Green Peas. Corn. Deviled Eggs. Potato Salad. Veggie Salad. Smoked Links. Beef Brisket. Fried Turkey. Mac and Cheese. Rolls. Reisling. Arbor Mist. Crown Royal (not me, my aunt). Beer and more beer (not me, the men). Family. Fun. Naps and more games.


An after-dinner drink does the body good.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I enjoy spending time with family and friends while preparing and devouring a delicious feast. Food is a common denominator that draws people together near and far. Food serves as the soundtrack (or maybe it should be the “taste” track) that offers an annual celebration of the gratefulness around us each day.

What were your favorite moments, memories, food items of the holidays? What are you most grateful for in your life?

Holidays & Food: A Winning Combination?

In Holidays, Victories on September 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM
BBQ Chicken on the Grill

Grilled chicken at its finest

The holiday weekend has arrived and so has college football season. Two events are heavily associated with food. The last official days of summer include BBQ, burgers and donuts (ok, maybe not donuts). But seriously, how much food will we consume this weekend? And, as a self-proclaimed “Foodie on a Mission,” I am afraid to answer the question. Can you smell the grills firing up for “Que-ing” necessities? Yes, I said “Que-ing” – my lingo for barbeque.  Can you hear the oven timers buzzing as a means to signal the food is ready? Can you see deliciousness being presented for meals across the country? I can. Oh, I can hear, smell and see it all.

In honor of this holiday and food, I’m choosing to celebrate the victories this weekend. So here they go (so far):

Friday during lunch, I chose a side order of FRUIT to go with my two mini burgers. I celebrate this victory because my mouth was telling me to choose THREE mini burgers and FRIES. Major victory #1

Friday dinner was complimented with a side salad thanks to the chef. No choice to be made. YaY me! The salad and lasagna were delish. I am counting this as victory #2.

Saturday breakfast, I took a detour down DONUT LANE. Now you understand my reference earlier in this post. Donuts are on my mind. I ate two delicious, warm, mouth-watering donuts from Krispy Kreme. I celebrate the fact that I ate two and not twelve. Yes, this counts as a victory!

My next victory will come at Walmart in a few minutes. My goal is to choose natural foods and healthy options for grilling. Today will consist of food, football and family. I plan to revel in the tastes and touches of the holiday and find non-food victories to celebrate. How will food be a part of your holiday festivities? Is food a major means of celebration – tailgate parties, holidays, reunions?

Share your thoughts  below.

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