Thursday, November 25, 2010

While visions of her to-do list danced in her head

Who else opened their eyes at 6 am and saw their to do list complete with timeline flash thru their head? A lot goes into a single meal doesn't it? But of course at the end of the day we'll say it was worth it.

Yesterday the sun was shining so we drove up to Highpoint in hopes of taking a picture for our Christmas card. It was cold and windy up on the mountain and someone, not naming any names, wanted to chase birds as opposed to sitting still for a picture, so it was a little challenging.

We laughed a lot though and that's always good. fyi-that is not the picture going on our Christmas card. As soon as we got home the girls and I donned our aprons and started in on phase one of the meal preparation for today's dinner.

We also made spaghetti and meatballs for last nights dinner so the kitchen was a-hoppin. Daughter1 made the angel pie...

Daughter2 made the cranberry relish and then chopped a lot of celery and a lot of onion that will go into our dressing and then helped me finish up the meatballs for last nights dinner...

This child has focus. Just sayin'.

Hubs spent the afternoon getting our patio heaters working. Yes, just in time for winter but still, they are finally working. We got them in the UK and the regulators have a bayonet style connection which you do not find anywhere in the US. We know this for a fact because hubs has been on a mission for the past year and has spoken to no less than 827 propane companies, electricians, plumbers, hardware stores, and hearth and home shops. Finally someone directed him to a farm and tractor store and they had a solution. Hurray! Not that we will be sitting on the patio anytime soon because, hello, winter is looming, but by golly he was going to get those things converted or go crazy trying.

We had a nice dinner last night and it makes me happy to see my whole little family around the table. After dinner hubs and daughter1 were sent to the market for some vanilla ice cream. We decided our spaghetti feast would not be complete without one of our favorite Italian dessert concoctions...Affogoto. It is so easy and so delicious-

Make a pot of espresso or super strong coffee.
Put vanilla ice cream into a mug and pour coffee on top.

And its even better if you eat/drink it while lounging in your pjs on the couch watching Beauty and the Beast with your family all around. It does not matter one iota that there is not a soul in your house under the age of 20. It is still sweetness and perfection.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day with the girls home!!

    One question - what is angel pie?

  2. I love that you live close and I know the places you are talking about! LOL High Point! didn't get there this year but love that place. Nice to see your daughters home and in the kitchen with you. I hope to post some pictures later. We did our Christmas picture last weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  4. You all look so cute in your aprons. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Joyce!

  5. Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours.

  6. I´m so happy for you, that you get to spend this time with your daughters. Mine will be home in 2 weeks. Today I rearranged a lot of furniture, in preparation for the Christmas deco.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  7. Sounds like you have been having a great visit with the girls. Enjoy all the delicious food today!

  8. Hey Joyce, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Love your aprons. Blessings, SusanD

  9. Now, you and your daughters are just too cute! Enjoyed sharing time with you in your kitchen. I bet it was a wonderful time around the table today. Blessings!

  10. Oh I know those family feelings like you had with this entry. Always so nice when the family is together, working together, eating together, and enjoying fun things together. Never heard of that coffee dessert. I love both ice cream and coffee and shall have to give that a whirl. But not tonight. Not after this huge T'Giving meal. lol

  11. Joyce, Sounds like your day was wonderful and I see that the top of the cabinets were decorated in time for your day. I hope you have just as much fun today.

  12. Sounds like a nice, quiet holiday! Glad hubs got the heaters working! Maybe they will melt the snow off of the patio? :D

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Joyce.
    I've been such a slacker on here, but am determined to be better in the near future. I miss everyone so much.
    I know you are having such a wonderful time with your girls. What special memories.
    Love ya lots & I'm thankful for the friendship God ordained for us to have through bloggy land. :)

  14. I know you had a great Thanksgiving. We traveled to Arkansas and back. Guess I've got to start thinking about getting out the Christmas stuff. But it's going to wait at least until tomorrow.

  15. Sounds like the child's focus came from her tenacious father :)