Friday, November 28, 2008

Our Thanksgiving FEAST !

Clancy, Mindy and Sam.... I'm so lucky to have such a great sister and her family come to dinner.
From left.Stu, Holly, Clancy J., Clancy, Mindy, and Samantha...what a great family!

O.K...everyone is asking why I'm not in any photos...well, someone has to take the pictures..Ha.

Mom at the island and Stuart over at the "meats and gravy" area..:)

Here's my Uncle David and Keith enjoying their meal.

Took this photo from the livingroom looking into the diningroom...We brought the picnic table inside - that worked out great since there were only 11 of us this time.

He's going to kill me when he sees that I posted his kitchen in this condition...he's so very particular about how it looks - but hey, when you're cookin - it gets messy! How Keith got this kitchen....well, after 5 years of catering in the up-stairs kitchen, it was destroyed.. We found this Vulcan Stove and work table and I got a new kitchen up-stairs:) It was a snap to make Christmas Cookies (when we did lots of them) .I could hardly keep up mixing the batches since the ovens hold 2 full sheet trays with 3 dozen cookies on each tray. I'd be up-stairs mixing and the boys would be running up and down putting them in the ovens.. It was quite an operation!

This is Keith's baby - the VULCAN - 10 burners - 2 ovens... He does some major cookin' and baking in his kitchen!...

starting at the top : Potato Filling, candied sweet pot., bread stuffing, apple betty, lima beans, string beans, corn and beets. there just isn't enough room on your plate!

This is the area between my stove top and sink...Mom's turkey in gravy, in the crock pot and her ham on the right...and the "famous" Turkey fried by Keith!. mmmmm

This is the island (4 ft X 5 ft.) before the's always covered with food...every part of the kitchen is used for food and drinks...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Oh Baby It's COLD OUTSIDE!!!!

Well everybody....TODAY I"M 5 MONTHS OLD.....and I never had to wear all this stuff before.....I can't I'll just sit here real still until someboby takes me out of this...
I'm not used to this COLD....! AND...I never saw that "WHITE STUFF" that keeps falling before sure is pretty tho.

Well, these are backwards but you'll figure it out:) I made the pumpkin pies - Brad's favorite!
We tried to get this cute onesie saying on the photo, but John put his hand over the last part...It reads...Gobble til you Wobble...and I think we did!

From left to right - Steve - Brad and Keith.

From left to right - Keith - Di - John - Steve - and Vivien... I just wish you could smell and taste !!!

Early Thanksgiving with the "KIDS"

Sat. - Keith and I were up early to get ready for the noon time meal with our kids since they're headed to TN and MD on Thanksgiving... The table was set......
I baked the bread......

And...Keith had the turkey in the deep fryer outside.... It was a sunny day but about 18 degrees first thing in the a.m... The smell of the turkey frying is just wonderful!...I never get tired of fried turkey...

Oh that smoke just floats thru the neighborhood....mmmmmmm Keith's got this down to a "T" - he has done hundreds of turkeys over the years... Hey, not everyone has a "Chef" for a husband ..!!! I'm really really lucky.
More photos to come......

Monday, November 17, 2008

Learning to Eat Cereal

It's not as easy as you think...eating cereal for the first time! Yest. we were visiting the kids and it was time to feed John his cereal... A GREAT photo op for me. Thought these were some of the best - The photo above is Steve feeding him at 7 p.m. and the one below is Di feeding him at 3:30 p.m. Think he's doing a pretty good job of mastering the spoon...and it sure is fun to watch.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Entertainment at our house

Keith took this photo of John laughing out loud - having a ball in this exer-saucer. We put him in this and he just plays and plays. It seems like he's changing every single day...growing faster and faster. He's quit the little man.


This little guy THOUGHT he was going to take up residence in our outdoor gas grill....Keith went out and lit the grill and came back inside til it was hot enough to put on the burgers... He looked out the kitchen window and called for me to come see this. He grabbed the camera and got this shot. Ratatoie ran back and forth on the handle - jumped up on top of the grill and realized that was not a good move...then finally, jumped off. Keith made EXTRA sure that the grill was very hot as not to find any other meat in there...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Wedding Cakes by Vivien

This is another special request cake by the bride and groom . Hope you can see the "topper" it's very different.
This wedding was held at Blue Falls in the Glass House Reception Area... Just think about the transport problems you can have with this slanted cake... I know Brad was on the phone with Keith - but looks like it got there just fine...Vivien, you did another GREAT JOB!..

And here's a close up of the cake and the base - Keith cut the base and Brad put the legs on. Really looks neat!

This was a gorgeous cake...wish you could have seen it in "person"..:) The wedding was held at the Sterling House. Sorry, I don't remember what flavor the cake was..

Thursday, November 6, 2008

RV in STORAGE!!!:(

You don't need to see another photo of the RV ....we put it in under roof storage last Oct. 30th, about 25 miles from our home, in Mertztown. The people are farmers who have this storage as another business and they're so very nice. Reminds me of my grandparents, both had farms and I have nothing but fond memories of spending time there. It just seemed so strange emptying out the RV and leaving it there.. knowing that it will be in storage til April. I'm already counting the months til we can go to Hershey again. So all you traveling friends...enjoy this winter and think of us now and then....send us some sunshine please:)