Archive for November, 2009

That Stewart!…oh and Merry Christmas a little early…

You know how Stewart the Cat kinda runs this family. . . not really, but
we pretend he does … I decided just to put a little table tree up
that i had already decorated and stored, since the boys will be
out of the country this year traveling for the first time. I decided
to take a break on bringing out all the decor, ornaments and big tree.

Yesterday I decided to tackle finishing up the entry hall,
mantle and den – early for a change!
Well, just as luck would have it, my “old quilt” tree skirt must
have looked awfully appealing to ‘ole Stewart. He has decided
to just scoot a few of my decorations out of the way for
his new sleeping berth!

Seeing him resting on top of this dresser today, I decided
he would, again, make a fitting model for this years
Christmas Card! He is AWFULLY cute though,
isn’t he ???

Pumpkin Pie No. 2… and Miss Dolly says…

Not happy with how my pie yesterday photographed, (I neglected to stir it

once more before pouring into the shell), so a lot of the spices

collected on top, I made no. 2 today! Equally delicious, it does

photograph better! Not happy with my photo location, I pulled Miss Dolly

into the act~ away from her dulldrums of just sitting there in the Victorian

iron chair, and into a full blown modeling session!

Well, Miss Dolly insisted on having a slice immediately after our session and only if
it was on a special plate that matched her lovely dress!

I think Miss Dolly did an excellent job posing today~

For all of you shoppers out there, Dickens of a Christimas is this

weekend in McKinney. Miss Molly came from one of my

favorite shops on the square, Plum Creek Primitives!

stop on in, she may have a sister or two hanging around!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie~

Fresh pumpkin pie, squash casserole, sweet potato casserole as good as
sweet potato pie with brown sugar and pecan crunch on top, that’s what
I cooked today!

Yes, this will be different-not like the past variations of
either Petroleum Club, country club or Chapparel Club… Or even the times
we spent at Rop’s house with family and also gathering with friends
left alone with no where to go , but to celebrate with us!
Those days are now gone, new memories and traditions to begin! The
past few years we have missed going out to Flower Mound to my
sisters house as the time conflicted with our dinner time and so
today we started a new tradition again, going to Polly’s!
Our new family tradition since our Dad passed in 87 and Mommy’s
small condo would never have held all of us for a large gathering…
So, now with Rop gone, and Charlotte off to Houston to start a
new tradition with her newly married children we can all be
thankful for loved ones nearby and far away! Flower Mound
will suffice as a gathering place, on 2 1/2 acres of trees, gardens
and deep fried turkey one after the other to take home as you
please! Away from the hustle and bustle of Dallas, a place to
relax and wonder and enjoy each other and of course
the Cowboys game each year!

The BEST Pumpkin Pie!

Take either a small cooking pumpkin or a jack-o-lantern pumpkin that has not

been cut out and cut into hunks to fit into a large stew pot on stove top. Use

steamer basket and about 1 – 2 in. water in bottom, cover and steam about 45 min

or til soft enough to scoop out of shell, and to remove the seeds and

string filament inside.

In a large bowl measure out 1 1/2 c. fresh pumpkin

(one and a half cups pumpkin)

1 heaping cup of sugar

1 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. nutmeg, 1/2 t. allspice, 1/2 t. ground ginger,

1/2 t. cloves, 1/2 t. salt.

1 can ev. milk

2 eggs slightly beaten

mix all together in bowl, pumpkin and egg first, then add dry and

stir by hand.

pour into 9″ deep dish or reg. pie shell unbaked

place filled pie pan on cookie sheet or pan covered with

foil to catch drips, and bake at 425* for 15 min.

then lower temp. to 350* and

continue to bake for about 35 min. more or til a toothpick comes

out clean. Serve with whipped cream or just alone, it is so

good you won’t be able to stop eating!~

Measure remaining pumpkin into freezer bags with 1 1/2 c. in each

bag and freeze or refrigerate for more pies or bread! you won’t ever

go back to canned pumpkin again! A small pumpkin will yield

enough for about 3 pies and a large will make a lot of bags of pumpkin!

Go Ahead…Make my Day, or how a little Bear and Angel saved my Christmas spirit

_KRP0016 copyI have to admit, I have not been too excited about Christmas this year.

My family is all dispersed this year for the first time in 27 years, my son

is traveling the world, my younger may join him early December and then

there is the loss of my father in law this past year that changes

how we all celebrate…My mother in law will go visit her kids this year

so as not to be in the big house all alone and for the first Christmas

without him, and thus our lives are all changed!After working at

my office this afternoon, I decided to check out Mary Kate’s

since I missed their open house a few weeks ago.

After visiting to see what all they had in store for the holidays, I

noticed a new place a few doors down! What a treat Ballard and Blakely

turned out to be! Full of festive decor and florals as well as all that glitter that i love!

When I saw mr. Bear serving up hot cocoa, I immediately decided,
Christmas would go on in our house! I also spotted the little angel
to hang in the entry with all my other “junk” and glitter that I can
hardly take down each January! So, here is a little peak of things
to come, this new Christmas season…

Driving in the Country

When we were kids, my mom would pile us all in the car and on weekends,
Daddy would drive us out to the country to just drive around.
i guess that is why i love to drive, and look and dream. I think my mom
always wanted to move to the country , being from a small town in
Alabama, and wanting to go back to simpler times, a better environment
to raise kids. and , i think for some, the grass is greener on the other side,
until you realize , it really isn’t…so, daddy obliged but never took the bait to
move out or buy any land for that matter. but this reminds me of those days,
just driving out to get out of the city and have a look around. These are
from around Round Top after I dropped Graham off at a workshop several
weeks ago! Near Brenham, the hills and rolling pastures
just perfect for those happy cows that Blue Bell Ice cream
speaks so lovingly of having!

Passion … or not to Passion, that is the question???

ok so , I am into the “almost kissing ” pose, not the puckered kiss look, and they really pulled it off . . . i would say!
so what do you think, is it too much? I have done this with my brides and grooms as well and of course, there is
passion there, but holding it back, especially on wedding day,,, what fun it is to photograph and hopefully make a
beautiful portrait ! These two had just met an hour earlier so i think, they are good actors as well as models!
what fun fashion is with mr charlie at the helm!

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