Thursday, August 16, 2018

School Days Are Here

School day's are here again. Seems like the summer break was much too short. This year it is Kindergarten and all the things that go along with it.  Early to rise, rush, rush..... Time just flies anymore....slow down please!
A REAL schedule is back on the board and in high gear.  Time to get up, breakfast, brushing teeth, getting dressed and out the door to get in the car line at school.
Home in the afternoon. Snack time and play time until dinner. More reading.
Meal preparations for dinner. All at the table for dinner at the same time, wonderful family talks as always during this time. Lots of laughter, especially hearing what took place at school then teeth brushed, reading a story, prayers, cuddle time.....
At the end of the day you are trying to figure out where the time
However the most precious memories made today and each day to follow through the year.
I lovely children & grandchildren!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Beach Trip Panama City Beach Florida

Beautiful view of the beach at St Andrews Park early afternoon and sundown. A very peaceful area and very family oriented. We managed to witness two beautiful Wedding's late that evening. Lot's of camping and boat rental's in the park.

 Beautiful wild life as we entered the park. A day of picnicking, boat rides, bicycling and just chilling on the beach taking in the sun.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

 Pigeon Forge Tennessee

The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge is a great family restaurant with a wonderful view of the river. Not only a great atmosphere, but the view from the window's of the river is awesome. The wait is normally a bit long, but most definitely worth it. The children and adults as well love feeding and visiting with the ducks after diner or while waiting.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Road Trip to the Mountains

Had the opportunity to visit the Mingus Mill House in Cherokee N. C. this weekend. What a beautiful scene and such great history presented. I purchased the cornmeal and wheat flour during our visit. Tonight our family enjoyed the corn muffins with our meal. It was very good along with our meatloaf, coleslaw, green lima beans, and garlic potatoes.
Very interesting visit and something for the family.

Pictures below are the inside of the old Mingus Mill in the early 1900's and the water chute on the outside. It was still an operating gristmill grinding the corn and wheat for families in the area during that era. The mill continued to run until around 1930 when the land and mill were bought by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fathers Day Celebration

First of all I hope that all our dad's and granddad's have had a wonderful day! 

As for our family we enjoyed the day. We had a celebration last night with homemade ice cream and Lunch with my two favorite men, my husband Charles and our son Chuck.

Below is a picture of the day we married, July 23, 1972 and the one below is present. He is still my sweetheart and has been a great example of a dad to our 4 children. Very Blessed!

This is a picture of Charles and Chuck at his dad's Birthday dinner in September. Chuck is also a great dad and has had a very good example in his life. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Gatlinburg Tennessee


One of our most famous breakfast places in Gatlinburg Tennessee. The best food and giant cinnamon rolls, pancakes and my favorite, the bacon waffles. I plan to have one next week on our road trip.

Another place that we enjoy is the Tennessee Aquarium. We will also be going again next week. There is so much to see and something for everyone to enjoy. It's impossible to see in one day so make sure you plan your trip well.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Our Mid West Travel

Cow Boy Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One of our most favorite visits this year. Lots of art work and a fake little western town. It is a great place to visit.

John Wayne was my favorite statue in the Museum. I love the way he holds his right hand. Amazing place as I said and we plan to go for another trip in the future. It will take a few hours to go through to really enjoy. We were not allowed to take pictures of the beautiful art work that was painted by many well known artist and went for a "price".

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Graduation Time

This is the time of year that our families get into high gear. All High School and College Graduation is here. What an exciting time for all.
To our grandson Kaleb and Ashlan and their many friends from Coastal College in Brunswick, GA we are so very proud of you.
To ALL of the HS and College graduates, dream big and continue your journey in life for that
wonderful future that is ahead of you.

School Days 2016-2017

School is almost over for this year. It has flown by as usual. I am so excited for our little Brittini. She will be going into Kindergarten next year and she is already looking forward to the new school year, but until then there will be lot's of picnic's, Library visits, Mall and definitely the Beach scene.
I hope everyone has a marvelous summer!!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday Lunch at Pamendis Italian Grill


Very warm atmosphere and family oriented. Make sure you are hungry because the portions are large.

This is the Loganville location and the owner has another restaurant called BiBi's Italian Grill which is located in Lawrenceville, GA. Again, great food!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Orange Dreamsicle Pound Cake

This recipe is borrowed from Amy at Positively Splendid 

Orange Dreamsicle Pound Cake


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons orange zest (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (divided)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange or lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Step 1
Preheat oven to 325°. Cream butter and shortening together at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
Step 2
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in 2 teaspoons orange zest, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1/4 cup fresh orange or lemon juice. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan.
Step 3
Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely.
Step 4
For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons orange juice, vanilla, and remaining 2 teaspoons orange zest and 1 teaspoon lemon zest until smooth. If necessary, add more orange juice, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until the glaze is a pouring consistency. Spoon over cake. Garnish with orange slices and powdered sugar, if desired.

Very Yummy!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ruby Red Throat

About the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

The male Ruby-throated hummingbird does indeed have a striking red throat, though the female of the species does not. 
Flight Capabilities
You would have to look quickly to see either, however, as these speedy little birds can beat their wings 53 times a second and fly in an acrobatic style matched by few other birds. They hover often, and also fly upside down and backwards. These hummingbirds have extremely short legs, so they cannot walk or even hop with any efficiency.  

Habitat and Diet
Ruby-throated hummingbirds live in woodland areas, but also frequent gardens where flowering plants are plentiful. They hover to feed on flowers, nectar, and sap. During this floral feeding process, the birds pollinate many plants.
These tiny birds are omnivores, sometimes feeding on insects and spiders. An adult Ruby-throated hummingbird may eat twice its body weight in food each day, which it burns up with the high metabolism necessary to sustain its rapid wing beat and energetic movements.
This hummingbird breeds in eastern North America and is the only hummingbird species to do so. Males establish a territory and court females who enter it with flying and diving behaviors, and by showing off their red throat plumage. Females provide all care for young hummingbirds. They lay one to three eggs, incubate them for about two weeks, and, after hatching, feed their young for about three weeks. A female may have several broods in a year. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are largely solitary outside of the breeding season.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds winter in Mexico and Central America. To get there from their North American breeding grounds some birds embark on a marathon, nonstop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. They may double their weight in preparation for this grueling journey.

Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark