Friday, November 28, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Christmas Memories, Part I

WHO: (Sitting down) Grandma Virginia and my Pop, Jim (I believe the person standing is my Great-Grandma Bea's husband, Tex.  The dog is the mean and nasty Simon!
WHAT: Christmas Eve
WHERE: I think this is Hilyard Street in Eugene, but it might be Bea and Tex's home.  Not sure where?
WHEN: December 1965-66

This is a typical Christmas Eve with my family.  I see my Gram is drinking a screwdriver and she's in her PJ's for Christmas Eve.  It appears that all the gifts have been just opened (I doubt it's later than 6:30PM).  

One can only assume that my mother is taking the picture and perhaps Ralph is working as an Engineer for the railroad?  Christmas 1965 would have been the first Christmas my parents were married.  


Thursday, November 27, 2014


Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who give us peace.
Starting now,
Let's be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone.
You are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving,
I'm thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

48/52: West Seattle Weekend in Pictures

It was the calm before the storm this past weekend.  I spent Saturday in my jammies, hung Christmas lights in our kitchen window and watched BPL football, Oregon Ducks football and weeks old episodes of Coronation Street on Hulu.

This week is full on family (in Portland), cooking, eating, wine tasting and fun!  I am ready to roll!

How are you spending this holiday week?


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: Thanksgiving Week 2014

Welcome Thanksgiving!

Heck, any meal this great oughta just have a whole week devoted to it!

Do you have your lists prepared!?  A grocery list is a no-brainer, but I also have a prep list.  I do a lot of my prep-cooking on Wednesday, do most of my chopping and veggie prep so that on Thursday morning I can spent the least amount of time in the kitchen as possible.  It's all about organization and remember, Laura has got you covered.

Here is our menu for the week.  Other than the BIG DAY, Thursday....I am not cooking much the rest of the week.




Monday:  Pick up turkey at New Seasons!  Toasted Cheese and Amy's Tomato Soup for dinner
Tuesday:  Grocery Shop at Safeway!  Pick up some tacos for dinner!?  NO COOKING ZONE!
Wednesday:  Off work at 12:30!  Family arrives at 1PM.  Begin prep cooking and finish in time to serve a prepared lasagna, Garlic Bread and Salad at 6:30!

Thanksgiving Menu
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Marcona Almonds
Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Crackers
Dip and Vegetables
Champagne Mimosas
Roast Turkey with Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Classic Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts with Marjoram and Pine Nuts
Buttery Peas
Sweet Potato Gratin with Caramelized Onions
Relish Tray with Deviled Eggs and Black Olives
Cranberry Relish
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie

Friday: Wine tasting tour of Carlton, OR - Dinner will be leftover buffet or sandwiches
Saturday: CIVIL WAR!  Ducks vs. Beavers!  Nacho Bar for dinner
Sunday:  Say goodbye to Thanksgiving and hello to Christmas.  Decorating party and Turkey enchilladas

47/52: Our Week in Portland Pictures

Our sweet boy, Sammy.  It's hard when Mommy and Daddy both have business in Portland, but our house sitter, Karen takes such good care of him.  Missed him bunches this week!

My first egg nog latte of the season while finishing up my 13th book of the year, "The Kite Runner"

Portland's Christmas Tree being set up for the lighting on Friday, November 28th.

 Dinner out with friends at Via Tribunali.

Followed by my first visit ever to Voodoo Donuts.  Crazy good donuts!

How was your week?


Friday, November 21, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Thanksgiving Part III

WHO: Grandma Virginia and my Mom, Jennifer
WHAT: Thanksgiving or Christmas morning
WHERE: Hilyard Street, Eugene, OR
WHEN: November/December 1968-69

Always in the back of my mind are the sights, sounds and smells of Hilyard Street in Eugene and the many many holiday celebrations held there in my youth.  This is most likely Christmas morning, but a holiday non-the-less.  Gram and Mom, up early (it's barely light outside), getting ready for the day ahead.  The kitchen was super tiny, but Gram always cooked a 25lb bird in the oven with all the trimmings.  

I just love the pink PJ's too!

Happy Thanksgiving!