Showing posts with label traditions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label traditions. Show all posts

08 October 2013

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch {Family Traditions}

Yesterday was our annual trip to the pumpkin patch.  Even though I could only sit on the front porch and enjoy the porch swing, I wouldn't have missed it.  It's a family tradition for us to visit the pumpkin patch~wherever we may live.  

When we lived in Alabama we absolutely loved McGee Farm.  In Arkansas our favorite place was Wild Things Farm (which is technically in Oklahoma).  

Here in Kentucky we simply adore Christian Way Farm.  We just wouldn't miss a chance to go feed the animals (goats, pigs, donkeys, cows, horses, kittens, dogs, you-name-it), take a ride out to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, play on the hay castle, grind some feed corn ...there's just something about being out on the farm that is so peaceful and soothing to one's soul.  

Today was no different (except that I wasn't roaming the farm with the rest of the family--these photos are courtesy of my hubby).  It was a perfect fall day, with cool temps.  The first day we've really needed jackets this year.  But even if I wasn't able to walk all over the farm, it was just just as lovely hanging out by the country store chatting with friends, watching the kiddos have the time of their lives, and just soaking up God's natural beauty.

If you've never taken your family on a trip to the farm, I encourage you to find a farm near where you live and go have a day of fun!  It will be totally worth it!

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22 November 2011

Thanksgiving: Are You Strictly Traditional or Not So Much?

I'm not sure how it is in other countries where they also celebrate a day of thanksgiving, but here in America Thanksgiving is by and large very traditional. Wouldn't you agree?

Most of us tend to eat with the same people (our families) and eat the same foods every year, right? At least that's how it is with me and my family.

Obviously, places and times change throughout the years, but my family has a long-standing tradition of having Thanksgiving dinner together--even if we have to travel hundreds of miles to do so.

This year is no exception either. I have just spent all of yesterday traveling with my husband and children across several states to be with our families this week. And we will celebrate by eating all of our favorite *Thanksgivingish* foods on Thursday.

I do like to try out a new recipe or two every year though. Last year I made several new ones. This year I am repeating a couple of those since they are now new favorites and I am trying out one brand new recipe: Deep Dish Pumpkin Meringue Pie!

And when we get together with Vince's side of the family on Friday we're skipping the traditional foods all together (since we'll have all eaten so much of them already). This year we're having bbq brisket with all the fixings! That will be yummy and it'll be nice to try different recipes for that.

So I guess I'm a little of both this year: traditional and non-traditional. It's fun to mix things up once in a while, dontcha think?

How about you? I'd love to hear about your plans--leave me a comment and tell me all about them!

07 November 2011


Today I am honored to be guest posting about *Traditions* over at Hope Filled Living Magazine. Mary's blog is lovely and encouraging to all who visit. I hope you'll take some time to hope over there and visit her (and me!).

02 April 2009

Making Memories Through the Year

With Easter just over a week away I've been thinking about some of the fun things that we do as a family each year. We really enjoy the seasons and the holidays around here!

Each Spring we look forward to flying kites. So far this year we've only had a chance to try it once and it wasn't the windiest day, but we had fun anyway. We'll also be dying eggs and making sugar cookies with the Easter/Spring cutters from our cookie cutter collection. We have cookie cutters for most every occasion!

Another favorite tradition that we've only been doing for the past two years is spending time at the beach. We LOVE going with the kiddos because they enjoy it so much! I hope it's a family tradition that we can continue even when we move further away from the beach.

In the fall we always head to a pumpkin patch. Picking out pumpkins and carving them is a very fun family tradition for us.

These are just a few of our family traditions. As you can see, some of our family traditions are *bigger* and some are just simple fun, but they are all special to our family.

What are some of the things your family does that are real traditions for you? I'd love to hear about them!

Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles is talking about yearly family traditions today, so head over and check out what she is sharing!

05 March 2009

A Heirloom Quilt

Not long ago I mentioned in one of my posts how I come from a family of quilters. I personally have not yet learned how to quilt, but I would really like to. I've even been collecting fabrics that I like in hopes of someday making my very own quilt.
I have been a part of making a quilt top however, even though I wasn't in on the quilting process. When I was still in elementary school~maybe 9 or 10~my grandma basted up some quilt blocks for me to embroider. I think I must've expressed some interest and that inspired her.
That was her quilting style. She has made hundreds of quilts in her lifetime, some pieced and patchwork, but most of them have beautifully embroidered blocks. She made the most perfect stitches. And with only a few exceptions, her quilts were always made with whatever scraps she had~or was given by her daughters since most of them sewed. That makes her quilts even more special because on most any of her quilts I can find blocks made from scraps from clothes that my mom made for me as a child.
Well, I embroidered a couple of blocks (and you can definitely tell which ones those are!) and then lost interest. So finally one 2001...I decided it was time to finish that quilt. I jumped in with fervor and whipped out the rest of those quilt blocks in record time~considering it took me something like 20 years to actually finish it!!

one of the first two blocks I did as a kid

my funny butterfly antennas

Now here is the coolest part: My mom decided to host a quilting at her house with all of her sisters and my grandma to quilt it for me. All seven of them were there for a whole day and then my mom, grandma and a couple of aunts finished it in a few more days. It is so special to me that they all put in stitches on it for me. It's done entirely by hand.

an old fashioned quilting bee

me with my mom and sister

a beautifully finished quilt!

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02 January 2009

New Year's Fun

Well, it's already January 2nd!! Did you have a good New Year? I hope so--we sure did!

Ours was nice and relaxed. On New Year's Eve we stayed home with the kiddos. I prepared a sort-of-antipasto meal for us and then we went into the backyard and shot off a few Roman candles. The kiddos loved that! Afterwards we tucked them in bed (before 9), then Vince and I relaxed a little with some sparkling grape juice and a little tv. Not that exciting, I know, but it worked for us this year:) Maybe next year we'll go on a hot date--it's been a few New Year's Eves ago since we had a chance to do that. I'm not big on New Year's eve parties, but I do like a nice date with my hubby at a *fancy* restaurant. What about you? I noticed everyone has been choosing "cozy night at home" on my little sidebar poll.

On New Year's Day we invited some friends over to just hang out, eat, watch some football and play some Cranium. That was a lot of fun! Like good Southerners, we had our black-eyed peas and greens: in this case, Texas Caviar and Spinach & Artichoke dip. If you haven't tried these, you need to!!

Spinach & Artichoke Dip
(from Among Friends *Keeping Good Company*)

1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the real kind!)
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup real mayonnaise
1 (10 oz.) box frozen spinach, thawed & squeezed dry
1 clove garlic, minced
3 or 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
tortilla chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Coarsely chop artichoke hearts and blend in Parmesan cheese. Combine with the next four ingredients in a baking dish. Bake 20 minutes. Top with sliced cheese and return to the oven for an additional 2 or 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips and salsa and sour cream, if desired.

For Christmas I got the Taste of Home Cookbook and when I saw the recipe for Texas Caviar I knew it would be perfect for New Year's Day. It was a huge hit--so yummy!! Go check it out!

29 December 2008

Christmas Morning Breakfast

Vince and I have been married for 11 1/2 years now and for the last 10 of those I have been making us the same special Christmas breakfast each year. It's really pretty simple, but it looks like you went to a lot of effort. I got the egg recipe from the owners of our favorite bed and breakfast. We spent our wedding night there and also an anniversary and birthday or two (way back in the day before kiddos-ha!). If you're ever in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area I highly recommend Beland Manor. It's a special place.

Christmas Breakfast Menu
Shirred Eggs
Candied Bacon
Crescent Rolls
Mom's Apple Butter

Shirred Eggs
(from Mike & Suzy at Beland Manor Bed & Breakfast)

1. take as many ramekins as you need for servings
2. in the bottom of each ramekin place some cooked pieces of ham or bacon
3. top meat with some shredded Swiss (provolone, mozzarella, etc.) cheese
4. gently crack an egg over the cheese without breaking the yolk
5. pour heavy whipping cream over the egg up to close to the top of ramekin
6. sprinkle a little paprika on top
7. bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes
8. let the ramekins set for 5 minutes or so after taking them out of oven
9. bite into that delicious, rich goodness
There's absolutely nothing low-fat about these, that's why we only have them once a year!

Candied Bacon
(from Susan Branch's Christmas Book)

1. fry a pound of bacon crisp
2. in a bowl mix 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 Tbls. yellow mustard
3. drizzle the sugar/mustard mixture over bacon
4. Serve and enjoy!

Mom's Apple Butter
(from her friend Joyce)
7 cups applesauce (made from 3 lbs. of apples
that have been peeled and cooked 'till soft)
5 cups sugar
1/3 cup red hots candy
1/2 cup cider vinegar
cinnamon to taste
Combine all ingredients and bring to boil. Cook 20 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking. Makes about 6 pints. This is the most delicious apple butter ever!! And it's also the most perfect pink color. My mom makes it every fall and gives it to all of her neighbors at Christmas.
So there you have it: our incredibly rich, delicious and fattening annual Christmas breakfast. I hope you'll try some of these recipes sometime, they are so yummy! Oh--and about those crescent rolls on the menu...I usually cheat and use Pillsbury. Although if you wanted to make homemade biscuits or croissants that would be even better!