Our 50th Thanksgiving Together #Amazinglyblessed #Somuchtobethankfulfor #dontmakethemlikethatanymore

Yesterday, we celebrated our 50th Thanksgiving with our extended family.  For 50 years we have gathered, at my parents home, to give thanks.  We all have so much to be thankful for, one of which is having each other.  However, this thanksgiving almost didn’t happen.  My mom was scheduled to have back surgery on November 13th and that was going to put a damper on the day.   Of course, I was going to be the Super Thanksgiving Hero, and save our Thanksgiving tradition.   However, as divine intervention would have it, the surgery was rescheduled for after Thanksgiving.  YEAH!

Thanksgiving would not be thwarted.  We made it!  Our annual Thanksgiving girls picture!  Three generations of family.  A little older, a little wiser (we would like to think) but most importantly always happy together.

Thank you family, may Our Lord bless us with 50 more years…alright that’s kinda pushing it, but God is amazing!!!  🙂 <3

Proclaim Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving!  My favorite holiday.

A truly American Holiday.

 It was George Washington who recommended,… to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Washington continued, …to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation…washthanksprocl

Today let us remember, and not take for granted, what God has blessed us with.  Let us not allow hate to blot out light!  President Washington understood the imperfections of man, yet, also understood were all blessings come from, and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions.

George Washington, our first President, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. We too can proclaim with a thankful heart today and everyday.

Wishing You Blessed and HAPPY THANKSGIVING


Recipe of Change #Changeisgood #Mealtime

I have never professed to be a cook.  On the contrary.  However, I do need to cook.  Usually, it is always something that is easy to prepare, because I am usually always on the run.  Now, as a non-cook, I tend to always wait till the last minute to try something different.

Like recently, I came across this recipe – Chicken Marsala Florentine                                                                                       (Photo from Allrecipes.com)

 I decided to make it, but I did not have ALL the ingredients to prepare the dish. However, I did not let that stop me.  I was determined!  I had already defrosted the cutlets, and knew that it was a do now meal.It was a gamble.   I don’t like to gamble.  But I forged on.

The recipe called for a few items, which I did not have, such as:  Marsala wine, cooking sherry, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes.  Well, more than a few items, like really important items.   I searched my pantry in the hopes of finding one, or all items, but no such find.   I did  find a can of spinach in the pantry, that was a surprise to me because I cannot remember buying any canned spinach must have been on sale.  Then I found a bottle of White Wine Vinegar, and thought, this could work in place of the Marsala wine and cooking sherry.    To replace the sun-dried tomatoes, I used a can of diced tomatoes.  The cooking began. The meal was completed.

Except for one problem.  I used too much white wine vinegar.  I like vinegar but not that much.  I knew this was Bad!   I had to fix the problem, my husband will not be a happy eater.

Google to the rescue.  To solve the problem of too much vinegar in a dish, one solution, add soy sauce to dish as needed. Soy sauce, I had soy sauce. It worked!  Chicken Marsala Florentine, well, not really, but it was a meal and over rice, it made a good meal.

Turning 40 and Celebrating Four Birthdays at The Melting Pot #TastyTuesday

Love a new chapter love beginnings love celebrating these with my family. My daughter turned 40 this month and I am okay with that. Forty is fabulous and a reason to rejoice, so thankful for all this time we have enjoyed together.  At 65 I am happy to be a grandmother of 3 and my mom is 87 and feeling better everyday. The other Scorpions in my life are my son in law who shares the same birthday as my daughter, but is a year older. Then my sister and her daughter. My grandchildren love The Melting Pot  (they love the dessert fondue) so this is where we came to kick it up.

We started with delicious cheese fondue with fruit and bread. Your choice of salad,  choice of protein and plates of vegetable (mushrooms, potatoes and broccoli)  that we cooked in a tasty broth. Liam wanted ravioli and that is what he cooked.  We really did make a scene because there were three fondue pots at each course and we all wanted to taste them all. So it was round and round the table we went.

Finally came the part the kids were waiting for patiently (reading a book)  the dessert fondue. Cake, marshmallows, fresh fruit, krispy bites and  brownies to be dipped in chocolate and we also chose the Banana Foster dip. Oh My!!

We did another round the table act and left no chocolate or cake as evidence. We cleaned off all the plate. The kids hit this one on the nose – perfect party place. But what is a birthday with out cake and champagne?  This was waiting back at home and the celebration continued.

To my daughter and all my favorite Scorpions, I wish you a beautiful life filled with love and amazing times spent with family and friends. God bless you and may you prosper and shine where ever life takes you. Happy Birthday!

The Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Marie Laforet

Happiness is finding out there is a Vegan option. The Vegan Holiday Cookbook  is such a wonderful cookbook and all the photos are beautiful and the recipes are scrumptiously delicious. This cookbook will help make the little moments you spend with your family precious memories. Food memories are the best. There is something for everyone from start to finish. This book is  filled with 60 inspiring vegan dishes that celebrate the holiday season and make any day a special day.