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...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Frozen Candy Bars...


A little nostalgia this morning for a favorite summertime treat.  I always ate frozen Snicker Bars as a kid, probably because there was no air conditioning and the chocolate would melt.  I remember them being so hard, you practically broke off your teeth when you bit into them.  I also loved frozen Baby Ruth’s and my all time fave, Zero Candy Bars.

Update to 2016 and my old(er) age, when I avoid sugar 80-90% of the time.  Frozen candy bars have been on my mind lately, so I went to CVS yesterday,  bought Mini Sugar Free York Peppermint Patties, came home, stuck them in the freezer, and oh, my...

These are just as good as if not better than the frozen candy bars of my childhood.  Something about the frozen mint, it just does it.

So, bring out the kid in you, pick up your favorite candy bar of choice, freeze it and dig in.  It’s a cheap thrill.   ~ Jan

Friday, July 1, 2016

So this is the family...


I have such a nice family and we had a long overdue family picture taken Mother’s Day.  Our favorite photographer, Adam Brennan, took great photos of the kids and grandkids.   I’m a firm believer that nobody over fifty should have their picture taken, we are always our worst critics, but Little Miss Merry Sunshine should reboot and just be glad that hubby and I are still kicking!

And now it’s July 4th weekend, the days fly by, my sweet little grandkids are growing so fast, family is coming home today and life is good.  Have you had a family picture taken lately?  Carpe Diem, one of my favorite sayings.

And by the way, another favorite Judy Dench got her first tattoo at age 81.  Yep, she put “Carpe Diem” on her wrist.


I personally would have chosen a better font and maybe a better tattoo artist, this looks pretty blurry to me.  But kudos to this lady for doing it her way.  I’m not a fan of tattoo’s, except for that Tweety Bird I always wanted on my butt in my younger years, thank goodness I didn’t do that!  At this age poor Tweety would probably be hard to even recognize.

Enjoy your holiday ladies, wherever it takes you, and Carpe Diem, seize the day! ~ Jan

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jaclyn Smith at 70




The woman looks amazing.  Still fresh and natural, she just doesn’t seem to age, and she doesn’t look like she’s gained a pound since high school.  Wow...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Atkins 40, this sounds pretty good...

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I’ve been a low carber for a few years now.  I’ve floated in and out of it this past year, but find that when I live in the moment, eat pasta, pizza, sugar, of course it’s wonderful, but then I have to take Nexium because I get heartburn at night, I feel sluggish, I gain weight, my face gets totally blown up, so then I revert to low carb again.  Do I lose weight on low carb, not really.  I lose maybe ten pounds and then I stall out, it’s age, metabolism, inactivity, it all works against me, but the payoff is I feel better when I eat this way.

And then last year Atkins rolled out their 40 carb program, I haven’t tried it, I’ve always stayed between 20-25 carbs, but this looks very doable, so maybe I’ll see how my body responds.  It makes more sense, more vegetables, a bit more fruit, all things good.

This morning I was reading in People Magazine about how that self absorbed Kim Kardashian has lost 60 lbs. eating Atkin’s 40, and while I can’t handle the woman, I did think her food journal was interesting, I’ll link to it, some of you might enjoy the menus.

A little food for thought about a new approach to Atkins, not as restrictive, it might appeal to you...

Here’s the link to her menu’s, lots of other 40 carbs menus online as well, just Google it...

Bon Appetit!  ~ Jan

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