2017 Vacation Pictures! Well a Few of Them Anyway

Vacation 2017 has came and gone.

In one of the pictures, it's one of the lakes, if you look down in the left hand corner you can see the gator we were watching.

Here are a few pictures of our time at Orange Beach Alabama.

Jessica turned 25 while we were gone.

She and all of our girls love, I Love Lucy, so Heidi got her another I Love Lucy blanket.


Here we are again.

It's vacation time.

When I was a girl we didn't go on vacation.

We couldn't afford it and it seems we really didn't even think about going.

Vacation for us was going to Ohio to Kings Island.

Mark's family went on one  every year.

When we were first married we went a few places but not many and then it all changed.

Mark decided he wanted to start going on vacation.

Me...not so much.

I was seven months pregnant with Liv when we went on our first trip.

So I packed for Mark, myself and three kids.

We couldn't afford to eat out, so I packed my electric skillet, groceries, towels, dish soap and plenty of laundry detergent because I was going to need to find a laundromat.

That was to be the vacation routine for several years.
Now days you find all that in a condo, no need for an electric skillet but we couldn't afford a condo and I was doing all this in a motel room.

We like most, had a limited amount of time, so we got up early and drove late…


I'm either going to have to eat my words or start living by them.

Practice what I preach or be still.

You know me and if you have read many of my blog posts you know I'm all about hospitality.

I can tell you all about how it's not the house or the place but the feeling that makes people feel welcome.

I can tell you not to stress and focus on what's right and not on what's wrong.

Oh I can tell you alright but can I live it?

Well apparently not.

Oh I do to a large measure but this last weekend I didn't.

This last weekend I ate my words.

As you know we had Mark's family reunion over at Lost River.

I worried about the heat.

I thought everyone would be to hot and then they would be miserable.

We ended up with enough air conditioners to make the building comfortable.

Problem solved.

I was concerned about flies.

People don't like flies and we were having a reunion on a poultry farm and the cows were not far from the building we were holding the reunion in, so …


I first had this at a ladies prayer meeting.

We were meeting at Shirley's house and she served this in pretty glass dessert goblets with a dollop of  whipped  cream on top.

It was a cool, rainy night in fall and her house was so warm and cozy and then she brought this out and the evening was complete.

She sent me home with the recipe and I'm hoping you will like it as much as I do.

If you are an experienced baker you will appreciate the ease of this recipe and if you are a beginner you won't be intimidated.

It's the perfect fall dessert.

3 eggs

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling, just plain pumpkin

1 (12. oz.) can evaporated milk, not condensed, make sure it's  evaporated, there is a difference.

1 cup sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. cinnimon

1 tsp vanilla

1 box yellow cake mix

2 sticks real butter, melted

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)  I use them

Mix the first 8 ingredients really well.

Pour into an ungreased 9x13 inch baking dish



Lots and lots of recipes call for wine.

Lots and lots of people for different reasons shy away from a recipe calling for any kind of alcohol.

I've received a few questions about substitutes so I wanted to share with you what little bit I know.

I have several recipes that call for some sort of wine and I usually just use what is called for but sometimes I don't.

Don't just see  a recipe calls for alcohol and dismiss it, you will be missing a lot of good dishes.

There are some good easy things you can use in the place of the wine.

What if a recipe calls for red wine and you don't want to use  wine, no problem you can use beef broth.

Just replace the wine with equal amounts of beef broth, yes it will give a slight flavor change but not much and the broth will add a richness.

You can also use red grape juice, the grape juice is a little sweeter than the wine would be so add a splash of vinegar to off set the sweet.

Now for white wine substitutes.

Just like you can use beef…


Here's the barbecue sauce recipe I told you I would share.

I don't even know where I got this recipe.

It was in my cookbook, the one where I write all of our favorites.

I had never even made it before and yet for some reason I wrote it in my cookbook as a favorite.

The thing is after I made it, it is a favorite and it turns out the recipe is exactly where it should be, in my book of favorites.

If you have even been to the American Legion or some place around your town that has chicken barbques you will find this sauce is a lot like the ones they use.

It isn't thick, it doesn't coat heavy like a lot of the store bought sauces do, it's almost like a glaze and you really can't even see it on the meat but oh my can you taste it.

I hope you will like it.

1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup bacon grease
1 tsp. tabasco sauce
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tbsp.  sugar
2 tbsps. worchestire sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder.

Simmer for ten minutes.
Cool and …


Did you ever have get a flat tire?

It usually doesn't take long to know you have a flat.

There's that bumpy, uneven ride you start noticing.

It might even be another driver sees it and tries to let you know by waving and motioning.

Once you know you have a flat, you're pretty much stopped.

You can't continue on until you deal with it.

You are going to have to find a safe place to pull over, you can't just stop anywhere.

Then you are going to have to get out and look and see exactly where its at and how bad it is.

You will have to find the spare if you even have one.

Then you are going to have to find the jack.

At some point you are probably going to have to get down on the ground.

You are probably going to get some road gravel and dirt on you and you very well might break a sweat from getting the lugs loose and tugging on the tire.

Eventually you'll  get it fixed and you'll get back on the road, only this time  the ride will be different

It'll feel smoo…