The Invisible Thread

My church lady friends and I were sitting around one day last month talking about what our book selection should be for our November meeting.  One of my friends, whom I shall not name, said, “oh, do we have to actually read a book?”  Raise your hand if sometimes the last thing you want to do is read?  I’ve gotten lately where I am sometimes too tired to even read Good Housekeeping magazine.  We said, “yes, (insert name), we do.”  Preacher lady recommended An Invisible Thread in the spirit of Thanksgiving.   It’s a true story written by Laura Schroff about her friendship with Maurice, an 11-year old panhandler, and how their unlikely meeting on the streets of New York city transformed their lives.   There were parts of it that were hard to read.  She shares her stories of living with an abusive, alcoholic father, and the death of her … Continue reading “The Invisible Thread”

Dressing – not just for eating

Each year, at Thanksgiving, I plan two things:  First, reading magazines and cookbooks for a new cornbread dressing to make, and the second, how to dress my table for the big day. In the south we don’t stuff our turkeys, so we call it dressing.   I loved Earnie’s version growing up but she made hers with a little of this, a pinch of that, kind of hard to replicate.  When I lived on the east coast for a stint in my younger days, it was tradition to make oyster stuffing since oysters were plentiful along the shore.  Just give this southern gal cornbread dressing please. My recent issue of Country Living magazine had a several page spread of traditional Thanksgiving recipes.  The cutie pie Beekman Boys shared their version of the perfect carb loader with your side of roasted turkey… Beekman Boys Cornbread Dressing I think when I make it … Continue reading “Dressing – not just for eating”

Frame Your Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love the food (everytime I go to Luby’s I eat turkey and dressing).  I love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  I love it when it’s cold outside, but this year if it’s nice we might sit on the lanai for our meal with the fire going.  If I can talk Mr. Bee into it, I would love to install an outdoor tv monitor on the porch for watching the TCU vs UT game.  Sip cider and cheer on the Frogs. On my desk I usually try to have a phrase or subway art framed for the season.  This Thanksgiving subway art can be found on Eighteen25.  Click on the link and it will take you directly there. Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll.

Buzz on Southfork Ranch

I took a tour group to Southfork Ranch on Tuesday.  In all the years of watching the old, and now new, series I never took a trip there.  I highly recommend going.  The staff were very welcoming and the property is lovely.  When the series debuted in 1978, the home was owned by a family so only exterior shots were allowed.  The interior shots were taken at a sound stage in Culver City, California.  Now with the series renewal, everything is shot in Dallas; both on the Southfork property and in a sound stage in Dallas. Here’s the back patio near the pool.  This is where the Ewings would gather in the mornings for breakfast.  Remember Miss Ellie asking Teresa for some eggs for Bobby?  I didn’t take a photo of the infamous pool because it was covered for a scene they are shooting tomorrow (we missed seeing the cast … Continue reading “Buzz on Southfork Ranch”

A Perfect Fall Brunch Recipe

I coordinated a breakfast for a large group at work today and had the caterer make this Pillsbury recipe for Bacon Quiche Biscuit Cups.  They were delish.  This is an easy recipe for your next brunch.  I think kids would like them and the recipe is flexible enough that you could change up the cheese or meat.   We served them with pumpkin muffins, mixed berries, juice and hazelnut coffee. The florist made this autumnal centerpiece for us… Did you notice what the vase is made out of?  I tree trunk! I can’t wait to deconstruct it to see how he made it.  Have a fab Friday.

Make an Entrance — Tips for Getting Your Porch Ready

What does your front porch say to your guests?  Come on in…go away…this house is vacant…or come around the back? During this transition of September to October, I decorate my front porch with my alma mater, TCU, spirit.  I have a rustic pot stuffed with purple and white pom poms, pennants and white and purple twirly twigs.  I even put a verse from a school cheer on the chalkboard.  Add a few pots of ferns, some pansies, and a cozy place to sit. Your front porch tells a story to your visitors.  Even if you don’t have time to do full-on decor like Martha, just put out a few pots of mums and a pumpkin, or two.  Be creative with the containers you already have around.  I took a pair of rain boots and stuffed them with purple and white mums. I have a wrought iron table on the porch topped with a piece of vintage marble … Continue reading “Make an Entrance — Tips for Getting Your Porch Ready”

A Sweet Story

During a visit to see bestie this summer, she treated me and Miss Bee to a Gigi’s cupcake.  Cue angels singing when I walked into the bakery.  This was my kind of heaven.  Recently, while I was waiting for a doctor to see Earnie, I read a story about the Gigi’s Cupcakes founder. While Gigi was running her cleaning business, her brother inspired her to open a cupcake bakery.  Even though she had good credit and money in her savings, all four banks she approached turned her down.  She took out a $100,000 credit on her four credit cards, started her cupcake venture, meanwhile was running her cleaning company to put food on the table.  Opening on February 21, 2008 three weeks later she had made enough money to pay her rent.  Now with 51 franchise locations across the US, she’s doing pretty well. I loved the set up of the bakery from the … Continue reading “A Sweet Story”

The House That Love Built

This is where it all began for me. 4617 Meadowbrook Drive.  Everything that I am started in this house.   Two parents and three siblings that loved me beyond measure.  My love of God, family and friends is all rooted from this place.  I am so blessed that I had such a magical childhood of playing in the backyard, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, yummy meals every night around the table, a Daddy and Mother that worked as partners to provide for our family, and siblings that geniunely loved me and wanted to spend time with me. “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.” Winston Churchill

One-Eyed Pirates

        Before I left for vacation I made a huge loaf of bread in the bread machine to make sandwiches for the road and to have the left over bread for toast.  Toward the end of our stay, we had several things left in the refrigerator I needed to use up.  So, I whipped up one of Mr. Bee’s childhood favorites — One-Eyed Pirates.     These are super simple to make.  Butter each slice of bread then cut a hole in the center of each piece of bread using a steak knife.  If you want to be precise you could use a cookie cutter.  Take the center out of each slice and put all the pieces of bread in the skillet, butter side down to toast. After the slices of bread are brown and crispy (I’m in the mountains so everything cooks slower), crack an egg into each … Continue reading “One-Eyed Pirates”

Love on The Rocks

Returned Sunday from a restful time in Ruidoso where the weather was cool and the livin’ was easy.  Woke up Monday morning for my first day back at work…to a stomach bug.  Not so good times the last few days, but I was due for a good bug as I haven’t had one in the while.  As they said in the Devil Wears Prada:  “I’m only one more stomach flu away from my goal weight.” First post back, thought I would share a cute, easy craft that Miss Bee and I did while away.  Why is it when kids turn into tweens, they suddenly don’t want to exert any physical energy?  This visit she wasn’t interested in the least going with me on a nature walk.  Ruthie, the weinerful, gladly went along. I gathered a few river rocks and Miss Bee sat down with me to make these…. You start … Continue reading “Love on The Rocks”