The Little Recipe Box Full of Memories!

 Here it is today, over 41 years old

I received this in 1972 at my bridal shower. Each guest was asked to write down one of their favorite recipes for me to keep in the new box.  I have a few recipes in the box and some of them are very funny.  I'm grateful for them.  I know it's hard writing a recipe from memory when put on the spot.  If you cook lots there will be some that you will know by heart. 

Dolly's Strawberry Banana Ganache

The macarons are from Chef Francois Payard.
I have to tell you they are one of the most delicious cookies that I've ever put into my mouth!

Louise has Joined Thelma in the Big Hen House in the Sky!

Yes I buried Louise today November, 14.  Today I'm paying respects to such a sweet hen.  Join me won't you.

Catie's Christmas Tree

My daughter Catie has such an eye for pretty things
Her white Christmas tree is one example
It is so whimsical
I love it!

The Antique Cookie Jar Collection

I now have this little collection sitting on top of Chuck's Grandmother's Pie Safe
They are a cute trio and they are the first things the grandsons look for when they visit.
It seems from birth these boys have been drawn to them.  They are cute aren't they?

Veterans Day

I haven't thought about it much but I have been surrounded by servicemen my entire life.  I had a granddaddy who served in WWI a daddy in WWII, and two husbands that have served in the Vietnam War.

It was always a part my life.  I can remember thinking and hoping that the Vietnam War would end quickly because I didn't want my brothers to go to war.  It was a scary time for me.

Daddy would share very little with we girls but when men came around I would hear bits and pieces.  He as all of the WWII Veterans was an extremely humble man.  The WWII Vets kept their humility even though they had done the most courageous acts.  I am so honored to have had a father like that and to have met some of his comrades after his death.  I did not even know what unit he served in during WWII.  I tell this and chill bumps cover my arms;  After his death I started researching different WWII Units and it fell into place I know God had a hand in it because in 2 weeks I had found him listed, found out where he served and with whom.  Years ago with the research I started a website on called Dad's War.  Here 

The Vietnam war; My thoughts on the veterans that came back: They felt under appreciated and almost hated for fighting a war that most had no choice in, nor wanted.  They were sent by our government and the anger should not have been directed at the soldiers.  Thank you Vietnam Vets for serving your country, at a time when the people of your country were going through something that was a little, might I say crazy, and didn't show you their thanks! 

Agent Orange: A hazard that plagues a great number of Vietnam Vets and people surrounding the area. Soldiers that served in other areas and countries were also effected, even in Thailand where Randy served.
We in America do not realize the extent of testing that was done with this even in our own country.  The amount of damage to us is yet to be determined.

Thank you to all veterans!

Husband Chuck
To read a little about his Vietnam Experience, I might add his unit was a secret in fact
according to most it did not exist; But it did read more
Click HERE
Quote from Chuck today:
Happy Veterans Day to all of America's veterans who served . 
Some gave all but all gave and I am proud to be one of you . 
God Bless You and God Bless America ...

My Daddy, Carl 
To read a little about his WWII Experiences 
Click HERE

My Father-in-Law
To read about his WWII Experience
Click HERE

I would be remiss if I did not include Randy for his service in the Air Force
during the Vietnam Era served in Thailand.
A truly honorable man and father to my children.

To all who have served and are now serving a heartfelt thank you!
God bless you and keep you.

The Freshest Greens Ever!

Grow your own vegetables but when you can't what is the next best thing?
Buy local! 
 Chuck and I haven't planted any of these this year.  I so love fresh vegetables and over the years have come to love collards, mustard, turnips, rutabagas.  I could go on and on because I love fresh fruit and produce of all kinds.

Happy Birthday Vivien Leigh

photo credit

Vivien Leigh
Happy 100th Birthday to You!  

I can tell you that as a small child growing up in South Carolina she was one of my favorite movie stars.  Our little elementary school in our small town of Timmonsville went to the movies.  Yes, we had a movie theater in our very small town. We went to see the educational "Gone With the Wind "  That at the time was a bit long for us children.  I guess we had gone from school to learn about the war, but like Scarlett, I thought war, war, war, who wants to talk about war!  I, a little girl was in awe of the big screen and the huge southern mansions, but most of all Scarlett.  It was She and the gowns!

My Favorite All-Time Movie!

What little girl wouldn't want a home like that and boys wanting to be at her beck and call?
It was like Cinderella with Scarlett already being the princess. 
We were mesmerized!



Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.

Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.
WWII fellow soldier in same unit as my Dad the 83rd Chemical Mortar Btn.