Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Day in the Kitchen

Wow, am I tired. Tired of standing in front of the sink and stove. Why, you may be asking? One photo will tell it all.

Salsa, Juice and Stew Tomatoes

A total of 8 gallons. Some Salsa with a touch of Jalapeno heat, some stew tomatoes, and can’t forget the tomato juice. I think I may be all done canning tomatoes this year. Smile

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, September 9, 2013

A Birthday Party And Another Batch Of Salsa

Last Saturday, we celebrated Tina’s 40th birthday. Family and friends were invited to the house for a dinner and festivities.

Happy Birthday Tina!

For a week prior to the party Tina was a little apprehensive.Then as it got closer to the party day, she became more excited.

The Birthday Girl arrives.

And of course you can't celebrate your 40th birthday without a lot of jokes coming your way.  And Tina took it in stride and enjoyed every minute of the party.

Our photographer for the evening

Angel our eldest daughter and family jokester, was our photographer for the evening. The photo above shows  how she took a picture of herself with the camera upside down.

Tina and her mother Wilma

A Thank You to all from Tina.

A wonderful fun time was had by all in attendance. It was close to midnight before the party ended, and Sunday was spent getting the house back in order. My best friend Gary brought us an assorted bag of peppers, and a large bag of tomatoes from his garden.

Bag of peppers. Those yellow ones are SUPER HOT!!!!

I took all the tomatoes and made fresh salsa on Monday. For his contribution, I am giving him 5 quarts of Salsa. That should last for a few weeks Winking smile

Two and a half gallons of SalsaTomorrow morning I will be going to Tina’s home to do some repair in the basement. Seems that a couple lights near her washer quit working. Hopefully it won’t take too long to get everything back in working order. Then on Wednesday I’m planning on going over to Angel’s home to do some carpet cleaning. Don't know what I'm going to do on Thursday and Friday but I'm sure we will find something.

So until next time, be safe and God Bless

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Family Reunion

After our second day of temperatures hitting 100°F., Eddie and Beth took us to another “fantastic” restaurant. This one was called “Country Cupboard Restaurant”. The very best buffet restaurant I’ve ever eaten in!

Another restaurant we will go back to. The food was great, Pork Chops even better! After dinner we all were so stuffed that we just sat in the air conditioned house watching TV, moaning with a smile on our faces. That food was the very best of Southern Cooking!

Saturday was our third straight day of temperatures hitting 100° F. The humidity was right up there with the temperatures!

Third straight day hitting 100° It sure was nice that the Family Reunion was being held in the air conditioned Community Center Building. The $50.00 rental fee was well worth it to keep everyone out of the high heat and humidity.

This year Greg, a cousin of Wilma’s had a great idea. To help pay for the rent of the building we would hold a raffle. He would be donating several items from his garden, and Wilma made “Sea Shell Crosses” from the shells she picked up while we were in Florida.

Cousin Greg who donated all the canned goods and garden vegetables

Donated items ready to Raffle off. Three of many Crosses Wilma made. Tickets were .25 cents each or 5 for a dollar. We didn’t know how well this would work, being the first year it was being done.

Beth, my first customer buying tickets. But as the family started arriving, seeing all of the displayed items, their curiosity kicked in. It wasn’t hard to sell the tickets and the sales were even better than Greg or I expected. The tickets would be drawn right after dinner.

Getting ready for the Raffle to begin Fantastic family conversation So much food, more than we all could eat! Good ‘ol country cooking! Mmmm, Mmmm. The photo above shows the food table in the background. Plus there was the desert table.

Some of the deserts Everyone who stayed for the raffle after dinner expressed how much fun they had this year.

Raffle numbers being called, excitement starts.With the success of the raffle, Greg and I are planning on improving it in the years to come. Enough was raised to pay for the Rent on the building for the next two years with some left over. It will only get better I’m sure!

We returned from the Reunion to rest up a bit before the evening activities. Linda had a band showing up at her home and all were invited.

The band playing The family gathered under the shade trees and in front of fans set up to create a breeze.

How to stay cool when it's in the high 90's Everyone had a great time being together and catching up on all the “local news”. Two of Wilma’s Aunt’s attended and enjoyed themselves.

Aunt Dean and Aunt Rita enjoying the family gathering I believe the biggest hit was when Wilma bought out the “Glow Rings” to pass out to all the kids.

Wilma bought Glow Rings for all the kids, young and old. What a great idea she had, and I just know the kids will all remember the fun it brought them.

Memories being made Even the older kids wanted one, which Wilma supplied.

Even cousins were given glow rings Cousin Becky was hesitant, but being the “last one” she got hers also!

I really don't want one. Yes you do Becky! What a great time we all had today, even though it started out so hot and humid, it ended in the low 90’s and with smiles on everyone! I have to say, this was the best reunion get together we have ever had here in Kentucky! Looking forward to many more in the future.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.