Easter Dinner Preperations

This year I invited a few family members to join us for Easter dinner. I usually invite the entire family, but there are so many people who are at odds with each other and are getting a reputation within the family for causing a scene, that this year that I decided a peaceful, pleasant dinner with less people would be a better approach. The people who showed their butts at the last two holiday dinners that I hosted were not invited to my Easter dinner. I’m sure they will find other places to go, instead.

Since it will be a smaller group for dinner, I can spend a little more money on the food and upgrade my menu. I’ll be shopping for the fresh foods tomorrow and I picked up the ham today. Since I can upgrade, I decided to buy a Honey Baked Ham instead of the usual half ham at the grocery store. I had never heard about Honey Baked hams until my sister had one at her house a few years ago. I could not believe how delicious that ham was! The Honey Baked people do it right!

I want to have scalloped potatoes and also my mother’s macaroni and cheese casserole. I need something green but can’t decide what to have. I might decide while at the store when I can see what is fresh and looks good. At the moment I am thinking about asparagus, but if I can find fresh green beans I might get those instead.

Usually I like to have pie for dessert, but several people have asked if I will bake my World Famous Coconut Cake. It is my mother-in-law’s special recipe that she made from scratch. I found a way to make it almost as delicious using a mix and adding pudding mix. Besides, it’s not the cake as much as it is the frosting with the fresh coconut. So if I can figure out how to have enough time to cake the cake, that will be dessert this year.

The New Year Both Ends and Begins

I hope this New Year’s Day finds everyone healthy and happy. With a little luck, maybe you were able to parlay yesterday plus today off from work, and now you have the bonus of two more days off due to the weekend. Four days off in a row is something that doesn’t come along often for most working people.

For many, the New Year begins 2016 with hope and promise and probably a resolution or two. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Not to sound like a snob, but I don’t feel the need to wait for just one day to try to improve myself. If someone brings a shortcoming to my attention or I have a moment of realization, then I will start right then and there to improve myself – not wait for a calendar date to make changes.

For others, New Year’s means the end of an exhausting 2 months of extra work and long hours due to Christmas shoppers and holiday parties. My father was a musician, which meant from the first weekend in November all through Christmas and up to New Year’s he was with his band playing music. New Year’s meant the time to rest and recover from such a hectic time.

Whatever New Year’s means to you, I hope it is a good thing and that 2016 brings many good things to you.

Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful day of feasting and thankfulness. Maybe a parade in the morning and some football in the afternoon would be nice, too. Or get up extremely early and go deer hunting. Whichever way you choose to take advantage of the holiday, I hope it works out well for you and that you enjoy your day.

Happy Holidays

Christmas scene (free clip art)
Christmas scene (free clip art)

If you have a large family, I suspect you know all too well the stress of hosting a big family gathering. Whether it is a sit down dinner for everyone or a buffet or a pot luck, getting ready to feed a large crowd takes a lot of planning and energy.Time to roll up our sleeves and get cooking.

We hope to have a few of the closer family members stop by this afternoon and then we’ll host another get-together on New Year’s Day for the other family members who can’t make it here on Christmas Day.

Here’s hoping our holidays are warm and bright. Merry Christmas!

My aunt in London

I have an aunt that moved to London five years ago.  She comes to visit us every summer for a couple of weeks on her annual holiday.  She plans to come see us this year right before Columbus Day, and I am really looking forward to seeing her again.  She taught me how to ride a horse using an English saddle!  When she comes to visit we always go riding at a local equestrian center where we can rent a couple of horses and go trail riding together.  She always brings us exquisite and unique gifts from the UK when she visits, too.  Her visits are one of the best highlights of my year!

Her birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and I have looked for some unique women’s gifts I can order over the Internet and have delivered to her.  I’ve looked at the beautiful jewelry and lingerie for women, but they also sell grooming products for men, baby products, and home products such as luxury towels.  They allow customers to create their own one of a kind gift boxes from their assortment of boutique products that they got from around the globe.

They have the prettiest little single service tea set that I’ve ever seen.  I’m going to order that for her.  I know she loves tea, and her favorite color is blue and she loves flowers.  This set I found is white with blue floral pattern on it, so it is PERFECT!  It comes with my choice of green, black, or herbal tea in silk pouches, and is a cup and saucer with a lidded teapot.  It also happens to be on sale now, which makes it even more wonderfully perfect!