Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble



Today, I’m thankful for family and friends, and i’m especially thankful that in six more days hubby and I won’t be homeless….

We close early on our house next Wednesday and then the work begins.  We have 937 boxes to unpack.  Okay, so I’m stretching that a bit, it’s actually 652!

Anybody wanna help???

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

So we loaded up the truck and we moved to Tennessee..


Country Music Stars, Steel Guitars...

Hubby turned 71 this past August, and it was a wakeup call for us.  We’re getting older, and we've had several conversations this summer about why we are in living here when our family is in Lexington and Nashville, Versailles and Franklin to be exact.  We love the Lexington area, it’s a beautiful place and we always enjoy our visits there so much, but this old country girl’s heart has always been drawn to the hills of Tennessee.  Mild winters, southern hospitality and beautiful scenery, everything I love. Well, the diners with sweet tea, beans and cornbread are an added bonus, too.

So, after a trip to Florida in early September, we came back thru Nashville, hooked up with a great realtor, looked at houses and on Labor Day, we bought a home in Spring Hill, just a stone’s throw from Franklin, twenty minutes or so down the road from John, Deanna and Lexi.  Then we came home and put a for sale sign in the yard at our condo, and sold it on the same week on Thursday.  It’s been an absolute whirlwind, but we feel that we made the right choice for our golden years and we are so excited about moving to Nashville!  Every time we tell people where we’re relocating to, without fail, they break out in a huge grin and start telling us how much they love Nashville, too.  People are moving to the area at the rate of eighty-five per day, we love that Spring Hill is more rural, and we have easy access to shopping without having to fight traffic.

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We’ve decided to abandon the condo life and the pricey HOA fees, and instead we bought a model home in Spring Hill that will work well for us.  Everything we need, including the master bedroom is on the first floor, but the upstairs has a loft that we can use as a sitting area with media center, a bedroom with en suite, two more bedrooms and another bath.  We’ll use one bedroom as a playroom for the grandkids, another bedroom with twin beds for them and the bedroom and en suite for family and guests.  It will be so much fun when Ryan and Lindsay visit, we were always so cramped in the condo, we often stayed at our neighbor Marti’s, so now we’ll have plenty of room for everybody to spread out.

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 Foodie Jan is excited about having a big kitchen again, our family always gathers in the kitchen and now we will have plenty of room without being cramped. And since it was a model home, it has great landscaping, too, well, maybe a few changes will happen cause that’s just the way I roll. :)

We won’t be able to move into our house until December, so everything is in storage and Ryan and Lindsay invited us to stay with them, so we’re relocating to their house for a short time.  We’re looking forward to spending extended time with Abby and Ben, giving Lindsay a break so she can get her holiday shopping done, and before you know it, we’ll be Nashville bound.

We didn’t expect this late(r) in life relocation, I always just assumed that my next home would be Shady Acres, but we’ve been here fourteen years and you think differently in your 50’s than you do in your 60’s and 70’s.  I’m excited to get to decorate another house, we’re both excited about exploring the hills and hollers and the country life and we’re glad we didn’t wait any longer to do this, moving is always stressful and this has been quite a challenge., 


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Totino's Party Pizza, what happened???


This is the Pizza of my boy’s childhood, they loved and still do.  It was always $.99, and it was a classic.  Mother was a fan as well, she would bake one and scarf down the entire thing.  Well, the guys still love it, Ryan has Ben eating it now, Lexi isn’t a fan yet, John is hopeful, but what happened to it???

Gone is the familiar red box, the 10.9 ounces of pure processed delight.  It’s been replaced with a cellophane bag and it’s now a rectangle.

WHAT, WHAT???  A RECTANGLE!!!!!!  Pizza is supposed to be ROUND!!!!!

This just isn’t right, you don’t mess with holy grail.  It’s still $.99, the price hasn’t changed, but c’mon Totino’s, it’s just not the same anymore...


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wendy's Chili Dupe

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I love Wendy’s Chili, and yes, I know they use their leftover hamburger to make it, that doesn’t really bother me, and it tastes closer to homemade than other chili I’ve tried in restaurants.  It’s surprisingly low in calories and I’ve always loved it over a baked potato.

I make really good chili, but I wanted to try a Wendy’s Dupe, and I found my way to MamaLovesFood.  Her adaptation looks good and the comments were positive, so I’m going to try it.  I'll cut it in half though, this makes a boatload and hubby and I can’t eat that much chili and I don’t want to freeze it.

So hop on over to her site and check out her recipe, looks like a winner to me...

Picture from MamaLovesFood website

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Five Favorite Fall Things...

Five Fall Favorites

I was watching Mellistin YouTube videos about fall this afternoon, and I thought about all of the things I love about it.  So here are my 5 favorite things.

1.  My birthday, it’s in November, but as soon as crisp weather arrives, I know that it’s coming soon.  Why at this age I still get excited about my birthday, I’ll never know, but it’s the one day that I get my favorite meal, and it usually isn’t something my family likes, but it’s something I always look forward to.

2.  This is something I never get to experience anymore, but I love, love, LOVE the smell of burning leaves.  But because of burn ordinances, burning leaves just don’t happen.

3.  Boots and wraps, love both of these, it’s so nice to cover up this old body after the summer months, and there is nothing better than a great pair of boots, I’ve always been a boot girl, mostly Uggs these days, but they work for me.

4.  Chili, Vegetable Soup, Apple Pie and Beef Stew, not necessarily in that order.

5.  Wiener roasts, s’mores and hayrides.  We went on a hayride last weekend, and had s’mores, so all that’s left is the wiener roast and I’ll be a happy girl.

These are my favorites, I bet you are thinking about yours now, too


Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Foliage Train Ride Through Kentucky

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My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, oh this is perfection, a 37 mile train ride through Kentucky complete with fine dining.

I would book in a heartbeat, but not this year, too much going on in my world to make it happen.  But next year?  Sign me up, this on the top of my bucket list.

You want to check it out, too - here’s the link, enjoy...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Apple Upside Down Pie...




I just couldn’t resist posting this.  It’s apple time ladies, and it doesn’t get better than this...



cup chopped pecans
cup packed brown sugar
cup butter, melted
box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
medium Granny Smith apples (about 1 3/4 lb), peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
large Jonagold apples (about 1 1/4 lb), peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
cup granulated sugar 
tablespoons all-purpose flour
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, mix pecans, brown sugar and butter. Spread in bottom of 9-inch glass pie plate. Place 1 pie crust over pecan mixture, allowing excess crust to hang over sides. In large bowl, toss apples, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon apple mixture onto crust, packing tightly and mounding in center. Unroll second pie crust over filling; press edges together, fold under and crimp. Cut slits in several places
  • Place pie on cookie sheet on lower oven rack. Bake 50 minutes. If necessary, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning; bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until juices are bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool on cooling rack 10 minutes. Invert pie plate onto heatproof serving plate. Remove pie plate; replace any pecans in pie plate onto top of pie. Cool completely.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Doesn't this get you in the mood for fall...

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My buddy, V sent me this picture last night.  It was too good not to share.

Isn’t this everything that’s just perfect for fall?  I’m always ready for the season changes, apples and pears, jeans and sweaters and boots and crisp fall air.

It’s coming soon, I’m ready, aren’t you???

Friday, August 12, 2016

Melissa55 and her Aging Woman Series


I am totally in awe of Melissa55 on YouTube.  This woman is sixty-one years old, has never had botox, lifts, fillers, nothing!  I’ve talked about her before but if you haven’t watched her, I think you will enjoy her.  

She is just amazing, how does she look like this at her age???

As for Vitamin C Serum, I use it, but I buy directly from Timeless Cosmetics, very, reasonable, but I don’t have issues with gluten so I don’t have to spend as much money as she does.

Just thought you might all enjoy watching her this morning, all of her videos are so good, but then I’m a huge fan of charming southern women, and Melissa is the cream of the crop.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Abby's Annual Summer Visit

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Abby’s summer visit was last week.  She’s almost seven now, and it’s all about silly faces, giggling and nicknames.

P-Pa is now “Peeps"

Grammie is now “Grams"

Maggie is now “Mags"

And finally, Boo-Boo Kitty is now “Boobs"

We had a great visit, she built a horse at Build-a-Bear, we went to see The Secret Life of Pets, which was a huge hit, we went to restaurants, she played in my office and was on the computer Googling everything she could find out about horses.  She now drives the golf cart by herself, with Peeps behind her, those little legs are so long she can work the gas and of course that was an absolute thrill for her to be able to do it.

She’s also brutally honest, here is a snippet of one of our conversations:

Abby: Grammie, you look really pretty today
Me: (warm fuzzy feeling) Thanks, Abby
Abby: Ya know all those wrinkles around your eyes?
Me: (warm fuzzy feeling quickly evaporating) Oh-oh, here it comes...
Abby: When you smile your wrinkles are really, really deep and they kinda turn up and it looks like you have extensions on your eyelashes
Me: Uhhh....
Abby: You really should look in a mirror Grammie, you have lines all over your face, not just around your eyes

I just cracked up when she said this,  there is no filter at this age and it’s so refreshing.

Visits are too short, families live too far apart, but we appreciate every single moment we have with our grandkids.  They are all amazing little souls and the joy of our lives...

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