Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Orleans

After the Mardi Gras craziness had settled down, we took a quick weekend girls' trip there. I was the only one of the three who had not ever been there before. First stop....beignets at the renown Cafe Du Monde. The business has been in the French Quarter forever. I know why! Day or night 24/7 they are busy. It's unbelievable how many they serve in a day's time.

One of my favorite tours was Mardi Gras World. This is a behind the scenes tour of how they design and make all the floats.

We stopped at a local bakery to get an awesome poor boy.

We had desserts at Emeril's. Couldn't go wrong with any choice!

We toured some plantations and took a couple of city tours which are always a great way to learn the history. Both of our tour guides experienced Hurricane Katrina first hand--surviving and rebuilding. Hearing their stories was amazing!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Camping 

We took the first camping trip for this spring over to Lake Ray Roberts. It was just so peaceful there. 

The second trip out was down to Joe Pool Lake. That has become a favorite as well. Jenna and Jared came to hang out on Friday night. Jared grilled for us. We enjoyed going to dinner on Saturday with his family. Then on Sunday we went to church and brunch together.

Friday, April 11, 2014


Love having ducks and geese around the place. Their noise doesn't even bother me!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"Basket" Goodies

Here is this week's "Bountiful Basket" we picked up last night. Got up this morning and spent some time in the kitchen.

Made kale chips for the first time.  So so good!

Made Rick's soup. He enjoys taking it to work for lunch throughout the week.

More roasted asparagus....

Made a chocolate pie. It's the first dessert I've made in quite awhile; we have been going easy on them.

Yeah...nothing really went into the pie out of the basket.

Oh well!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Block of the Month

This January I finally remembered to sign up for a quilting project that I had been wanting to do for a number of years. Marilyn and I are participating in it together. Each month we go to an area quilting store where they give us a little ziplock baggy. The baggy contains the instructions and material needed to do the block for that month. The theme for this year was simply PERFECT for me---1930's vintage!!
I almost forgot to mention --  this is free! The only catch is you have to pick your baggy up on the second Friday or Saturday of every month and bring in your completed block from the previous month. If you don't make it in on either of the two designated days, you have to pay a $6.50 fee to get it whenever you do show up.  Although we had to pay this month because we were on a trip, I don't think this will be a problem most months.  

These are the first three months completed blocks.




(We are making a second quilt block each month out of our own scrap material, too.)