Thursday, September 29, 2011

An Add On...

I posted earlier about my Special Day but,
I thought I'd do an add on now that I downloaded some
more pics!
Above, lovely flowers from my thoughtful husband!

I was able to purchase this Vera Bradley bag with the 40% off sale, $20 b-day coupon, and b-day $ from
my Mom! (thanks Mom!)
The kids and my sweet husband bought me the darling matching wallet!

And, my sweet friend sent me a big surprise for my birthday!
This really adorable snowman appetizer server! Isn't it the cutest!?
(She knows me well--I LOVE Snowmen!)
Thanks Marci!

Just wanted to share these few pics of my B-day goodies with you! :)
Lots of blessings!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Apple Time!

There's some excitement around here because of the yield our two little apple
trees are giving us this year!

These Stayman's won't be ready for a couple of weeks-but, it looks promising!

We even propped up the branches to keep them from breaking...
it's also amazing to us that we didn't lose branches and apples during Hurricane Irene!

Here's our other tree, it is a Golden Delicious
This will be the first year we harvested any apples from it!

Some of them were a little misshapen, and some had spots, but
they were easily cut off!

I made applesauce from them--and it tasted sooo goood!
Having the apples and making the applesauce is one of the things that
makes it feel like "Fall" around here...
how about you?
Are getting in the mood for Fall?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Special Days

    Our lives have been busy ones lately as we try to adjust to a new schedule and have
    lots of new things added to our days.
    But, we took time in the midst of it all to have some special celebrations!

    Yep, it was my birthday!

    My family spoiled me all weekend with lots of special gifts, flowers, meals and cards. :)

    I felt very pampered and loved!

    Can you believe I had FOUR birthday cakes!?
    The one pictured above is the one my sweet daughter made for me--an ice cream cake!
    It gets a "10"!
    My sweet hubby bought me the one pictured at the top, my mom made me a strawberry shortcake type one, and my dear neighbor made me a pineapple upside down cake!

    Then, on Monday, my hubby and I spent the day celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary!
    It was nice to have a day to ourselves...

    You know, when you think about it, every day is a special day.
    We should celebrate each day that we have as part of a family!
    I feel blessed indeed to have such special days.
    Enjoy yours!

    So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
    Psalm 90:12


    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Farmers' Country Breakfast Casserole


    Farmers' Country Breakfast Casserole




    1. In a 9 x 13 greased baking pan, layer potatoes, ham, onion and cheese.
    2. In a medium bowl, beat eggs; add milk, salt and pepper to eggs; beat well until thoroughly incorporated.
    3. Pour over potato/ham layers.
    4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    5. To prepare: Preheat oven to 350 degrees; remove cover and bake for approximately 60 minutes. (mine always takes longer! about 1 hr 15 min)
    This recipe was requested from my August Post  -
    Btw, this recipe is the one we usually make on Christmas morning...Enjoy!

    Wonderful, Glorious Family Day at the Beach

    Friday my husband took off of work so that we could go to the beach
    both to enjoy some family time together--and let the crab go :)
    It was an overcast morning, so the beach was nearly deserted!
    Yeah for us!

    There was evidence of some damage from the hurricane, but not too bad.

    You can see we were pretty much to ourselves, when
    we got there, there were only 3 cars in the parking lot.

    It was a really nice time together

    These seagulls didn't have many targets--so, they hung around us alot!

    Just waiting for their chance--which they got! While 3 of us took a walk,
    and one of us slept on the blanket (notice no names here!?) the seagulls
    ATE our potato chips--the whole bag! lol

    Phil and Brad have a catch--by now the sun has come out and it was like a lovely summer day.

    This very brave little sandpiper would come right on our blanket and look for crumbs!

    The waves were a little rough due to Katia.

    It really was a lovely day--and boy did it fly by!
    We ended it by going to Grotto's for pizza :)

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Free At Last!

    Remember our little "Crab Stowaway" that I posted about?

    Well, we made another trip back to the beach last Friday, and we're happy to report
    that he is indeed enjoying being free again.
    Thanks to Bri taking good care of him, he survived the month at our house.

    I'm so glad he never got loose in the house though! We found that
    Ghost Crabs can run up to 10mph--and he did right after we let him out! :)

    Cool Deal

    Well, my husband and I will be married 24 years next week...we bought this frig
    when we got married--it still works, but we were wanting a new more energy efficient one

    Since doing the Dave Ramsey FPU we saved up cash to buy a used one
    (a new one was out of our range)

    Low and behold, I looked on Craigslist and found one for $250 -only 3 yrs old!
    It had all the features we wanted on it! :)
    My hunky guys did all the hard hauling to get the new one in, and old one out.
    Thanks guys!

    And, we are loving it! So blessed!

    Nice and bright and easy to find everything.

    We think we got a cool deal!
    (this frig was 1200. new, and the people only used it one year--it's still under warranty!)
    We thank God for letting us be the first to answer the ad!
    Within minutes he had over 15 replies.

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    August is over!

    Well, when I got up this morning and realized that August is over, I made up my mind that
    those back doors I had put off painting were a priority!
    I tackled all 3 of them and they are now nice and white again!
    (I didn't want that dragging into Sept.!)

    And so, for dinner tonight we did something easy, our Breakfast Casserole
    We made it with turkey breakfast sausage this time-
    but, you can also use ham or bacon!

    I made my Lancaster run yesterday, here are some of the farm, fresh, free-range eggs

    Thanks for your help Bri! :)