Saturday, December 3, 2011

My favorite birthday gift of all…




This is my card from Abby.  She’s quite the little writer, and obviously had a lot to say to Grammie.  I will treasure this always, it’s dated and tucked away to show to her someday when she’s older.  I thought you would all enjoy a smile this Saturday…

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sierra Mist Diet Cranberry Splash Soda


It's this time of year again, they only have drink in the stores at holiday time.  I've drank it for a couple of years now, ever since my buddy V told me about it.  The diet version is sometimes hard to find, but worth looking for.  This stuff is wonderful!

~ jan

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Thanksgiving recap…


We were tucked into this cabin up a winding mountain road, complete with a mountain stream in the back yard.  We had wonderful weather, sunny, 60’s, it couldn’t have been better, but…


John, the firemaster, burnt almost a cord of wood.  As I mentioned in my last post, the fire was blazing nonstop, and remember, our weather was in the 60’s!  So we turned on the air conditioner, opened doors and windows, the dogs panted and drank a lot of water, and we made numerous trips to the back porch to sit in the swing and cool down. But I must admit, that boy does know how to build a roaring fire!


They took pictures of me and hubby, despite the fact that I’m a firm believer that nobody over the age of fifty should ever have their picture taken.


John and Deanna, however, looked adorable.  This was taken our last evening in downtown Gatlinburg.  Hubby and I sat and people watched, with Maggie on my lap.  Since it was my birthday weekend, the family couldn’t argue with me when I took Maggie everywhere with me.  She went in restaurants, shops, tucked into her little Sherpa bag.  And why did I take her?  Because I’m a worrier, and I was afraid somebody would break into the cabin and take her, or that John would burn the place down with his fires.

Izzie and Mollie stayed behind, and I know it sounds terrible, leaving them and taking Maggie, but you all know she is the chosen dog child.  We did take the others doggie treats to compensate.

We played Gin Rummy, Scrabble, Mexican Dominoes, and Deanna and I took turns sitting by that roaring fire, reading trashy romance novels.  We cooked on a temperamental stove, with burners that would either be blazing hot or icy cold, but we managed.  We baked the most wonderful molasses cookies, a recipe I will share with you on Jan CAN Cook, and we had bags of caramel corn that I had sealed with my trusty FoodSaver, and it was totally fresh, despite the humidity, but I won’t get started on that again, I’ve bored you all to tears with my FoodSaver stories.

It was a special birthday, a great Thanksgiving, and a wonderful time.  I missed Ryan and his family, but I was glad that Lindsay got to spend time with her family and we will all be together at Christmas.

I’ll get that recipe for those cookies posted for you soon, they were so good, even better than the one we’ve always used.

~ jan

Update:  I just posted the molassses cookie recipe, you can access it here

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