Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Cookie Time

Whenever I make cookies, two individuals will be nearby. Don will be hanging out for the "bowl," and Riley will be hanging out for anything that drops on the floor.

Yes, Don eats raw cookie dough, and he hasn't gotten salmonella yet.

Katherine and I are baking this week because we are getting together next Saturday to sell cookies at the Marion Christmas Market. This is the same market that's open each Saturday during the summer, but it is indoors during the month of December.

We are baking seven types of Christmas cookies and will be selling them mixed together on a cookie tray packaged up with a Christmas bow. Katherine is also baking three kinds of holiday cupcakes and selling them in boxes of six.

Peter and Kendall may join us and sell some wooden coasters they are creating. Or they might just join us to have some fun. It will be a good time for all in Marion next weekend (photos to come).

In the meantime, Don and Riley will be on hand to help me bake the best cookies ever.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas 1996

Katherine - 8

Daniel - 6

Peter - 2 1/2

Monday, December 4, 2017

Meet me Under the Mistletoe

On Friday night, we hosted a big Christmas party for the employees and board of VCA. Daniel helped me set up a photo booth in our basement using some of his camera equipment. We all had fun using the props and taking pictures. Here are some of my favorites:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I love family saga books, so Pachinko by Min Jin Lee was right up my alley. The book takes place from 1910 to 1989, mostly set in Japan.

The main character, Sunja, falls in love with a rich, Korean mobster from Japan who also happens to be married with three daughters. At the age of 16, Sunja becomes pregnant but refuses to be his mistress.

A Christian minister staying at Sunja's mother's inn in Korea offers to marry her so that her child would have a name. They end up moving to Osaka to live with his brother and they end up having to stay there because of various wars.

Koreans are looked down upon in Japan, and one of the only ways they can make real money is to work in and maybe eventually own Pachinko (slot machine) parlors. Sunja's younger son, Mozasu, becomes a Pachinko owner and becomes very wealthy.

Throughout the book, Sunja experiences much loss and suffering as her family endures prejudice and tragedy. This was a very interesting read. I enjoyed learning about these cultures and a little history of Korea and Japan. I recommend it if you like this sort of genre.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Roman Holiday

Roman enjoyed a vacation at our house for 10 days while Katherine & Josh were in Colombia.

He adopted me as his mother and always wanted to be as close to me as possible. Obviously, this did not go over well with Riley.

Roman entertained himself by rearranging the rugs in our kitchen.

And by making the door stopper in the bathroom go "boing."

By 8:30 each night, he was all worn out.

He was pretty happy when his family returned!

Riley was pretty happy when they packed him up in the car.

So long little buddy!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Heidi's Sweet Potato Casserole

Last year when Heidi was with us for Thanksgiving, she made a sweet potato casserole that Kendall and I fell in love with.

So this year Kendall put it together, and we enjoyed it again. It is so, so yummy!

Heidi's Sweet Potato Casserole

Boil a large pot of water and add as many sweet potatoes as you want. We cooked five large ones.

Cook the potatoes until a fork slides easily into them.

Take the potatoes out of the water and let them cool for a few minutes, then peel the skins off.

Cut the potatoes into big chunks and lay them in a casserole dish.

Layer slices of butter and sprinkle brown sugar between layers of sweet potatoes and on top.

Add a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional).

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

It was a simple Thanksgiving this year. Don and I hosted Peter, Kendall, Pam and Tim. Katherine & Josh were in Colombia, South America (visiting Josh's parents) and Daniel & Heidi were in Baton Rouge (visiting Heidi's aunt and uncle).

Even though there were only six of us, we still went all out with the food.

I did most of the cooking, but Peter and Kendall helped.

Pam made some coleslaw, brought a lemon pie, and she provided the wine. It was so nice to have Pam and Tim with us this year!

These two rascals were allowed to join the fun after we ate. We are puppy sitting Roman for 10 days and he was sooooo happy to see his sister, Lucy.

He could hardly contain himself, so we had to contain him.