Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fabulous February Femmes' Birthdays

February was the month of beautiful birthdays of three of my favorite ladies!

My first in the family daughter-in-law, Terri, had her birthday on February 15. Terri has been a part of our family for so long it is hard to remember she married into it...poor baby, I wonder if she knew what she was getting into. I can count on her for a ready hand and she provides the joy and happiness their family needs and thrives on!
Terri is married to our oldest son, Steve and the mother of our two grandsons Trey, and Peter. She makes us so proud with all she does as a wife, mother and full time working Mom.

 If you have seen my daughter-in-law's beautiful smile, you have had the rest of your day happy! Happy Birthday Day, Week and Month...and many more!

The next birthday lady in our Fabulous February Femmes was Erin's! Erin and Scott married on October  3 last year. The happiness and love she has brought to Scott and all of our family is endless! Love is what Erin is.

Erin's birthday was February 18. She and Scott went to NYC to celebrate...they saw Wicked! It's not everyday a young woman gets to be thirty!

Erin is our tender hearted teacher...she is willing to jump in and do everything and anything. Her laugh is so infectious she has us all laughing and smiling as soon as she enters a room! Happy Birthday, Erin....Ole!

Now today, February 28 is our daughter-in-law Laura's birthday! Laura is a gentle soul and brings a quiet strength and calm to her husband our son, Daniel. Daniel and Laura were married June 20 of last year. Happiness and joy come through the door when she enters!

Laura, is full of life and keeps us on a good path of health and activity. Always ready for any activity requiring get up and go...warm weather or cold, Laura can get us all moving and shaking! In times of adversity I am amazed at her assurance that all will be well.

Laura is such a trusting and pure of heart young lady...she even was willing to let Daniel's groomsmen hold her aloft when she was in her wedding dress. I know most of those young men...mother to a few. Laura, you will always have my admiration and love! Happy Birthday, sunshine girl!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

If I Can't Sew Can YOU

Okay, so a suggestion from another blogger that was trying to 'comment' on my site led me to do a few tweakings. See if you can now comment friends and family that say it is too hard to do so. Just trying to get everyones sewing machines in gear!

If you really do want to see some *FINE sewing, I mean really, really cute creations, check out the teething toys Lisa made for her friends' babies! I so pray my granddaughter inherits all the sewing genes from her Mom and my Mom and Grams. And from Lisa's Mom, I am guessing Beth also sews beautifully since it's her machine Lisa uses.

Oh and this dress my sister Lee is grandmother, Grams made. Lee was on the Ideal Court in Junior High School. I don't remember if that was the dress she wore the year she was the Queen of the Court, but I bet she does. Hope she figures out how to comment and lets us know!

Anyway...try and comment now Gang! U can use the Anonymous button...and then sign your name in the Comment as some people do. I have a blogger friend I follow and her sister signs Anonymous Your sister xyz . Well she really puts her name but I am protecting her anonymity.


I don't know if you can Follow with Anonymous but hey give it a whirl!

Friday, February 26, 2010

What I Do For Cheap Entertainment

My kids just crack me up. Used to be when they lived in the house I could sit back and watch them and get my cheap laughs and entertainment. Now I take it in the form of their e-mails back and forth with each other.

I will be very self indulgent here and share some of their quirky humor:

From Scott:
Hey everyone,

I don't know if you have seen ....
I believe ....pretty cool!
I had to delete some pertinent facts to protect the innocent...but the rest will probably keep you in the loop.


Elise replied:
 Dan and I ran into 'names excluded to protect the innocent' last weekend and he winked at Daniel... weird.

Dan Replied:
Elise, he winked at me because he asked my permission to take you on another date.  I was like yeah sure, but I thought you two were already dating.  Then he winked like, yeah we are, she is my babe, she is the lil' fried shrimp in my Po'boy.

You two seem so happy, you should totally go for it Elise!

Erin replied:
Oh my goodness I was just laughing so hard that there were tears (and maybe a snort or two)....hahaha!

And then we have Scott bringing Tim in the mix from one of Tim's previous emails...
I do have one question for Tim though....Did you get the body thong you put on your Christmas list, and if so are you going to wear it at the beach?


Dan replies:
Dad and Tim gave this to each other as matching father/son gifts.

I can't wait for the show!

Elise replies:
Scott that is just gross... lets pray no one gave him such a gift.

I swear, I have family members who say they wanna just come and sit at the table when they are all together so they can die laughing!

Like I said cheap you laughed too!

They actually do wear normal clothes when they are at the beach...not a thong in sight!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Photo Finished

Mea Culpa, mea maxima culpa. It was the Road Trip birthday party for my husband's sixtieth birthday. He and his siblings started getting together for each others 60th birthdays when his oldest sibling (brother) turned sixty.

 His sibling next in line to celebrate a 60th birthday is his sister. Beryl wants to go to Italy for her celebration. Hoping we can make that one. Haven't married off the daughter yet, or been anywhere in Europe on our own. We might win the lottery and make it happen. Check upcoming postings for 'Lottery Winners' to see what happens!

For my honey buns' sibling celebration they selected to meet in Gatlinburg, TN as it is almost a half-way point for everyone, and a beautiful location for a get together. His cousin had previously offered his mountain retreat for anyone in the family to use if they ever got to Gatlinburg. Calls were made, offer still available. Road trip on!

I packed very carefully. I put battery charger for my camera in my computer bag. Battery charger for computer, Nuvii, ipods.  Put husbands camera in my computer bag so we could document the momentous celebration in photographs.

Husband/Wife excited and racing to get out of house. Husband threw packed bags in car. Threw packed ice chest and grocery bags in car. I threw pillows in car! Ready! Ready? Ready! Off we go...even used detour  I-40 due to rockslides....EEEEEK!

Stopped several times along the way. Damaged back and nerves in leg demand I get out and walk around. Drowsiness of husband demand stops for coffee which in turn demand stops for potty breaks. We make a good team, as long as it is just the two of us in the car. Additional passengers tend to get antsy riding with us. I wonder, WHY? Still managed to get there before dark.

Beautiful, gorgeous house! Overlooking mountain, upstairs deck with hot tub and tv. Bedroom and billiards table upstairs with sitting room. Downstairs another bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room and screened in porch. Wrap around deck. Lovely!

On first day we followed the Arts and Crafts community trail. As it was off season, not everyone was open. Praise be to the heavens we found the pottery places open and with sales! Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Checked out the woodworking stores for brother-in-law. Gene wanted a chain saw carved American eagle. Didn't have luck that day on an eagle, guys took a mulligan for the next day. Explored a few more places and then it was time for a late lunch.

Pulled up to one of the few open places to eat. Looked interesting and a possible good choice. When we first walked in we were the only people in the restaurant. Several possibilities here:
1. Terrible food, we should leave.
2. New to area no one knows about it.
3. We were late for the lunch crowd, way early for dinner crowd.

We chose the third possibility and asked for a table for five. My brother-in-law was wearing a Saints Super Bowl Champions t-shirt. (They really do seem to be conversation starters, see posting: *I Saaaaaidddddd  It Ain't Easy Getting Old). Our server it turns out was born in Covington, La. and attended high school in Mandeville, La.

Oh the six degrees of separation keep on coming! Beryl, my husband's sister lives in Covington, her kids attended Mandeville High School. Later our friendly server's parents moved to Hammond, La. After Katrina the entire family moved to Gatlinburg, TN after they had lost everything to Katrina. Oh how I hate that storm.

Anyway, it bodes well for New Orleanians to run into other New Orleanians when it comes to dining! We do tend to know excellent food when we taste it. The food was wonderful and our server was a real charmer. Told us how he had watched the Super Bowl right there in the restaurant and was screaming and going crazy the entire time. Can you imagine?

We returned home relaxed, watched some of the Olympics on tv,  and later had a dinner of hot roast beef sandwiches I had actually brought for lunches. Nothing wrong with crusty french bread, hot roast beef and gravy served with chopped lettuce, horseradish mayo, tomatoes and relishes of choice.

The next morning rather late, we headed out for a pancake breakfast at one of the MANY pancake houses. Wouldn't recommend the one we chose. 
Then we traversed and I do mean traversed to the outlet malls. Seems our driver and co-pilot were into taking the long way round. Finally, we arrived at the Tanger outlet mall. The gents in the group, that would be hubby and his brother, decided to look for a place to hike while we ladies shopped. Not a problem, we didn't need their whining...! Several hours later and several bags to the better we were done. Brother-in-law found his chain saw carved eagle. It really was a work of art! Will look wonderful at his fishing camp in the marshes of southern Louisiana!

We piled into the car, made our way back to the beautiful cabin and everyone was ready for the hot tub. Was a wonderful place to view the Olympics on tv and the gorgeous mountain scenery.

Now back to the first paragraph and packing. It seems in my rush to get everything packed and out of the house I had managed to omit a few vewyy vewyy important items. I had packed the battery charger for my camera. Not my camera. I had packed my husband's camera, not his battery charger. Not good, not good. I did manage to get off a few shots with my husbands camera before battery would die. Trouble is when we arrived home, we can't find his USB cord to his camera.

Therefore....this is a posting with no photographs from one of the most beautiful places to visit. We even had snow on the mountains in the shaded areas. ARGGGHHHHHHH!!! That leaves me waiting for my in-laws to send digital photographs of the weekend.  I love them, I really do, but they lead busy lives and I am still awaiting digitals. Until then, as I mentioned at the beginning...Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Queen of Hearts

Valentines Day 2010 was one of my favorite Valentines of all. Lily came to play! Our two sons in town are also the two of our married children with children. I knew our oldest son and his wife were covered with babysitters for the Day of Hearts by the other set of grandparents. Knowing how rare time alone as a couple can be for parents, I called and offered to babysit Lily if her parents so desired. They so desired. Yay! 

Elise was thrilled as she was home that weekend and any day spent with Lily is a day full of sunshine. 

We were able to tickle and coo, read books, play with toys, be ga ga for Lily! 

I love when she grabs my face and leans in for a kiss...Pop does too!

I know it can take a while for new teeth to arrive, but I think Miss Lily is working on some pretty white pearls, perhaps in time for Easter?

Pop and Lily started getting a tad sleepy...I think they both were ready for naps!

After a nice nap we were able to get some additional snuggles and giggles...

Before our Queen of Hearts left, I thought I heard her shout, "Off with her head!"
Sush, as a most loyal servant to her Queen, does her best to comply:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mardi Gras Mombo, Mombo, Mombo...Down In New Orleens

Happy Mardi Gras , Ya'll!!!

My parents loved to dress up for Mardi Gras! Both of them would come up with these original ideas, and then bring them to fruition in the most imaginative way. Please understand that some of these costumes were worn before Political Correctness and Politeness set in. The picture above best illustrates my point! If you remember the song 'My Friend the Witch Doctor' you may understand the picture. This was the year they decided to go as cannibals. I don't think they have many people roaming the streets dressed like that anymore! I remember going to the Piggly Wiggly with Mom and listening to her ask the butcher for soup bones and try to explain to him what she needed them for. Pretty priceless.

Another favorite of mine was the year they went as the FTD Teleflora Man and Mom was the 'wired' flowers! I spray painted Dad's old Army helmet for him. The fumes made me so sick I puked for the next twelve hours. Still loved the costume! 

Mom was den leader for my brother's cub scout pack. It was a tradition that the Scouts paraded on Harrison Avenue in Lakeview the  New Orleans neighborhood where we lived. This was their 'float' that year. 

Pretty clever for a Yankee from Grosse Pointe, MI. She caught the Mardi Gras fever from the very beginning. Here's a picture of Mom, Dad and their first born...Lee!

Some of us went the Social route of Mardi Gras. Dad was in a carnival organization. We started out as 'Dancing Princesses' and finished up as 'Maids'. As a 'Dancing Princess', it was my pleasure to drag a drunken member of the Krewe around the dance floor. You can imagine how much fun that was for a young teen, timid and shy. I only progressed as far as a Tableau Princess, or was it Lady-In-Waiting? At least in any category other than 'Dancing Princess' I wasn't required to drag the drunk! LOL!!! We did get to wear some lovely ball gowns designed specifically for the theme of the tableaux of whatever year we were in the ball.
 I chose a wedding instead of being a 'Maid', maybe that's why my housekeeping skills are less than perfect!

Patsy was an elegant Maid!

Aimee and Daddy when she was a Jr Maid.  

Then her picture as the real deal!

Aimee made the newspaper...Mom used to tell me only fools and criminals were in the paper. So, Aim, wanna explain?!

We rode in a 'Krewe' truck parade one year. All I remember is it took forever, and I was doing everything I could to avoid having to use the porta potty on the truck. Ewwwwww! Princess didn't want to go near that smelly thing.

The triumvirate attended Pierre Gustave Tutant Beauregard Jr. High school and marched in parades Mardi Gras season as flag twirlers. Too cool for school, but man some of the parades were 22 miles long. Talk about aching feet! But actually being in the parade was so much fun! 

Our great-aunt,'Weenie' (prounced Wee-Knee, remember we are Cajuns), had an apartment in the Wohl apartment complex on St Charles Avenue. Her apartment overlooked St Charles Avenue with living room windows over the sign. We could open her casement windows, take a coat hanger that had been stretched open and scoop up the beads that flew behind the sign! When we were ready to partake of the crowd, elevator down and into the crowds! Mackenzie's doughnuts and Kastle hamburgers were big staple items at Weenie's for Mardi Gras.

Some years we costumed in theme. We went as a Raggedy Ann and Andy family and made it on tv the costumes were so clever. If anyone in the family has a copy of the picture please scan and send or send it to me, I will scan it and return it. Here's a picture when we all went in costumes of our own creation. I know by the headdress Dad was an Indian Chief. Patsy? IDK? Fill me in...I was a hobo, Aimee the 'Little Princess', and I think Sally was a gypsy. If not...let me know and I will edit! Looking at the ages we all were in this picture I am guessing Lee was old enough to go to Mardi Gras with a boyfriend and Bill was a baby and costumed in a diaper and onesie!

I know I posted this picture before, but it is the only one I have scanned as of this date of Steve and I for Mardi Gras. Working on getting the new scanner up and running...

So, however you roll on Mardi Gras...Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Geaux Saints! Mombo down in New Orleeens!

Aimee, you said you wanted more pictures of Mom and Dad in happier times...your wish is my command! Love you!

BLimey Good!

I love to share something special on Valentines Day with my family. I have the good fortune of having three of the children and their families living close enough to send delectable edibles. During her pregnancy one of my daughters-in-law fell in love with key lime flavored cup cakes while attending a party for a future daugher-in-law. I decided to try my hand in creating a batch for the Day of Hearts. They weren't the traditional pink or red colors of the day, but they were sweet and tangy! I also included as a valentine gift, a bottle of something 'spicy' to give a little kick to the day. Didn't hurt it was an official sauce of the New Orleans Saints! We love our Crystal Sauce in this household of relocated 'Nawlins Natives.

Children living out of town...your hot sauce will be coming. The Blimeys  don't travel well. I will make them for you the next time you come. Hurry home! I miss you!

Here's the recipe I adapted from * Bon Appetit magazine.

For the cupcakes you will need..

1 c all purpose flour
3/4 c self-rising flour
1/2 c *1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/4 c sugar
3 tblsp fresh lime juice
1 1/2  freshly grated lime peel
3/4 c buttermilk

Icing requires

1 8oz pckg cream cheese, room temp
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 c * 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 tblsp finely grated lime peel
Dash of lime juice for flavor
1 generous tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line one standard size muffin pan or two mini muffin pans with paper liners. Blend both flours with whisk or fork in medium bowl. Set aside. Cream butter in large bowl until smooth, add sugar. Beat until creamy and blended. Add eggs while creaming one at a time. Now add the next three ingredients. Lime juice may make the batter look curdled. Don't worry. Beat in flour mixture alternating with buttermilk, having flour be last addition until creamy. Spoon into muffin pans to almost top of each individual muffin liner.

Bake cupcakes 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool ten minutes in pan. Remove and cool thoroughly on rack.

For icing, Beat all ingredients until smooth. I chunked up the butter and cream cheese to make them blend easier. Spread over cupcakes.

The response from the family was they were light and delicious. Melt in your mouth, sinful...Enjoy!

Saturday, February 13, 2010


After shopping for a gelpro mat for my kitchen, Elise and I headed over to Panera Bread to snag dinner to go.  The irony of gelpro mats and getting dinner to go is not lost on me. My kitchen floor is made of ceramic tile. Great for wear and tear from pets, not so great on wear and tear on legs. Cooking gets hard in the kitchen if there for any length of time. Even Elise, young as she is, finds it hard on her back and legs.  Beignet, who spends the most time in the kitchen needs a soft spot for sleeping. Myself, I've had three back surgeries so five minutes can feel like five hours.
Back to the irony. It was so late after we shopped for a mat to help me be in the kitchen...we needed take out!

So, now we are in Panera Bread Restaurant. I was wearing my Saints t-shirt, (this fact is important in the story)...just hold on. Elise and I were mulling over the menu choices, I was on the phone with hubby getting his request when I heard Elise say, "Oh, no you go ahead we are still trying to decide!"
I heard the people behind us say they were still trying to decide themselves. Talked amongst themselves and then they stepped in front of us to order. Not a problem, we really can take forever to decide! As the aforementioned group turned back from ordering the 'Dad' in the group looked at my t-shirt and pointed at his and said 'Go Saints'! He was wearing a Saints championship t-shirt!

We got to chatting, turns out he was up here visiting his daughter. He is from Mississippi. I have a sister residing in Mississippi. He attended Southern Mississippi. My brother-in-law teaches at Southern Mississippi. None of that has any relationship to getting old but I am always intrigued with the six degrees of separation theory.

While we were busy exchanging our six degrees, the cashier asked my now cohort a question. He said, "I'm sorry, could you repeat that?" Being the really sweet young girl she was, she happily obliged. My cohort requested another repeat. As it turned out the third repeat was the charm. What was said next was another degree. My cohort in six degrees apologized to us telling us he just doesn't hear all that well anymore.
Say What!?! My husband and I are always in need of either a repeat of what was just said or requesting the speaker to crank up his volume. We put the Boom in Baby Boomers!

See, our six degrees just kept coming.

A random thought: Does anyone else of a certain age admit to watching television with the closed captioning turned on? My kids think it is the funniest thing, we are sitting there watching tv with volume on high and closed captioning on. Guess who will end up with the last laugh, ipod generation?

Later in the  evening I was looking for something to read and found the latest Readers Digest magazine. Elise had given her Daddy a subscription for Christmas. Steve rides a van pool to work and Elise thought it would be a great way for him to pass time spent in the van. What was very insightful was she chose the large print edition. After spying the latest edition, I started cracking up at our aging selves! Instead of relating to the latest rock stars or most current whatever with strangers, I am having my six degrees of how I am aging! I guess it doesn't take much to make me laugh!

Just an aside, Readers Digest in large print is really easy to read. For some reason it reminds me of Highlights magazine in print size. Maybe I am trying to get a six degree going with reading matter for the young.

If you get a chance, pick up a copy. Or if you're family or friends...I share!

 LOL, specially good at sharing my husband's reading material...he's so sweet!

PS If you aren't in the habit of scrolling down to the bottom of my blog, try it. I like my new 'button'. It rings true in this house!

Friday, February 12, 2010

If I Can Sew, You Can Sew...Making our way out of the forest!

Thanks to Daniel and Laura for the above photo of the 'forest' behind their apartment...beautiful visual for my  posting title. Once again, I'm happy to observe the snow from afar. Forecast for us...a dusting tonight! That is all I care to view in my own little corner of the world. 'Nawlins gals freeze rapidly! 

Now for the reason behind this posting. I am going to try another way to help everyone figure out how to be a Follower. Some feedback from family having less than success with becoming Followers and making Comments,has led to the posting of this link:   

I am hoping if you copy and paste this that the people at Google/Blogger are better at explaining the procedure than  I. I did a 'test drive' on trying to sign Steve up all the way until I would have really committed him then stopped. I left him the thrill of doing it himself!

This next link explains how to leave comments:

Try to copy and paste the above sites in your browser and see if it helps with your questions. If not please email me and let me know. I will keep trying.

I hope their instructions are the ticket...Followers and  Comments are a special treat!

I am going to publish this posting, give it a try, praying it works. Steve has signed up for a gmail account so he can follow and comment. But I really think that you can do it from any email account.  I used my hotmail account to follow my blogging friends and family. In the posting where I tried to explain how to do this, the first If I Can Sew...I believe I said to click in the overlaying blocks to follow. You should click on the rectangular block.

Let me know how this is working for you...Anyone that cares to follow, I love readers and comments!  Merci Beaucoup to my current Followers and Commenters. It isn't stalking people, it's Following and Commenting! Come on, help me feel the love, LOL!

Hopefully we are getting through the forest and reaching the goal...! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Tribute To Elizabeth's Edible Experience

So there I was merrily blogging along and thinking I was doing fairly well. Even had a photo of my okra salsa and recipe in a posting. See January 2010. 

In preparation for the Saints in the Super Bowl I was online at and I see a link for an appetizer. Clicked the link and it brought me to this wonderful site. 

*Elizabeth's Edible Experience

Not only does she have fantabulous recipes, she gives step by step photos that are beautiful. Another plus for my reading enjoyment is she is another New Orleans transplant.  Her stories of her family make me homesick. You can read her story on her blog, I don't have the space or permission to write it all. 

Today I was looking for a recipe for the chicken breasts in my fridge. Found a really tasty looking one in 'River Road Recipes III A Healthy Collection'. Our wonderful daughter-in-law, Laura, is always cooking tasty, light recipes so I wanted to do my share. Thanks, for the inspiration Laura!

First, I made a quick salad using pre packaged mixed field greens with sweetened pecans, cranberries and a pear/gorgonzola dressing. My husband doesn't like 'cheesy' dressings so I made my own Pear Vinaigrette salad dressing. To the salad greens I added chopped canned pears in fruit juice.

For my salad dressing I mixed in a ratio of two parts oil one part vinegar (I have a pear infused vinegar that is fantastic). To that I added the juice from the canned pears. Whisked it in a bowl then put it in a cruet bottle. Steve said it was delicious! Yay!

Chilled the salad until ready to serve.

I am never able to just duplicate a recipe. I have to tweak and fiddle and make it my own. Not that the recipe in the cookbook didn't look delicious, I just wanted to use additional and different ingredients. Which I did. You can find the recipe in its original form in aforementioned cookbook titled, Cajun Cabbage Casserole.

Ingredients for my rendition:

Four boneless skinless chicken breasts
One medium head cabbage
One large sweet onion chopped
Two cups cooked rice (Next time I will use brown, pressed for time)
One package button mushrooms
Three cloves garlic minced
Green onion tops chopped 1/4 cup (more or less)
One can light cream of mushroom soup
One can light cream of celery soup
Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp ( I'll increase it to one tablespoon next time)
Light Creole Seasoning 1/4 tsp (Next time I'll also add Crystal Hot Sauce, can we say Cajun?)
Panko Bread Crumbs enough to sprinkle on casserole as topping

Chop Cabbage into chunks

Place in lightly salted boiling water and cook until tender

Drain and reserve one cup liquid. Put cooked cabbage in lightly greased casserole. Chop onion, mince garlic, chop mushrooms and set aside.

On different chopping board than one used for veggies, chop chicken breasts into chunks. Lightly season with sea salt. In a non stick skillet *thank you Elise for my Christmas present...add enough canola oil to lightly cover skillet. Cook until chicken browns and leaves glaze in pan.

Remove chicken from pan, drain on paper towels. Next add chopped mushrooms, onions and garlic to skillet. On low heat, sautee until onions are clear and tender and caramelized.

Remove from heat. Add to cooked cabbage. 
Add mushroom soup and celery soup to cabbage mixture.

Add cooked rice to cabbage mixture.

Add worcestershire sauce and light creole seasoning. Add chopped green onion.

Lightly cover casserole with Panko Bread Crumbs and place in 350 degree oven. Bake for thirty minutes or until bread crumbs are toasty and casserole is bubbly.