Monday, November 30, 2015

A link to an old recipe

 this is a link to a previous recipe for my broccoli and cheese soup.  I made it before we went away for a few days.  I had put what was left in the freezer in individual soup bowls, and thawed out two on our return so that we could have something nourishing and fast on the table for lunch. The alphabet/number cutters I talk about in my other post were found at Michael's craft store but I also found some here on Amazon.com.



I hope those of you who were celebrating had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and everyone else that your week was also a very happy one.  Ours was spent with Gregg's family down south, and we also saw friends known since I got off the boat so to speak, and Gregg a lot longer.  There were family members who flew up from Florida and others who could not be with us but were greatly missed.  Unfortunately work and distance can be obstacles but they were very much in our thoughts and I know it won't be too long before we get to see them.   



We had little ones in the family who were a whole lot of fun.  Our great-niece and nephew, four years and 8 months respectively.  We enjoyed them beyond words, both happy little souls.  One who excudes an ora of bubbly happiness that is always catching, and the youngest, soaking up everything around him like a sponge with big, beautiful wide eyed wonder. They are an absolute joy.



Before all the festivities we met a lady who brought her three grandchildren to visit, two boys and a girl.  Incredibly polite and well mannered, who at such a young age shook our hands and introduced themselves.  Gregg asked the little girl where did she think I came from, could she tell by listening to my accent.  (Yes folks, I still sound very English even after all these years, though family and friends in the UK can tell there is a difference to the way I used to sound.)  She thought a little and said with a big smile, "Brooklyn".  We laughed and I told her she had made my day.



It was a smaller number this year but as always is the case, everyone brought a dish of food and we could still have fed an army.  The buffet table was full and then some, with leftovers to take home.  



Gregg and I left on Saturday and instead of taking the freeway we took the pretty route, through the Virginia countryside.  It takes longer but is well worth the extra time, even though my homing pigeon instincts had kicked in. They always do, no matter how short or how long our time away.  As soon as I know we are heading home, I find myself checking how many more miles we have to go.  Maybe it is an age thing. Nope, Gregg says it is a Denise thing.  So be it!

All but one of my photos were taken at a favorite sandwich shop where Gregg and I stopped to pick up lunch for the family the day before Thanksgiving.  We try to pop in every time we are in the vicinity.  I liked the prints on the wall.  There are reflections on the glass though but I couldn't do anything about that.  

The statue you may recognize as the Iwo Jima Memorial, though this is a duplicate and a smaller version near the Marine base in Quantico.  We pass by when we take this particular route home. 

Have a great week everyone.  Ours will be a quieter one.

17 comments:

  1. Home is always best.
    Glad you had such a family and love filled weekend.

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  2. Thanks for sharing and I do like the prints

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  3. Glad you had such a nice holiday!

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  4. And a fabulous day was had by all. I enjoyed ready about the children and your Thanksgiving get-together.

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  5. Gostei bastante desta postagem.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

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  6. Hello Denise, sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving with the family. I like all the pretty prints and the cute cow.
    Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  7. sounds like a wonderful thanksgiving and i love all your farm animals!

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  8. Hi, Denise. Very interesting photos on the blog this morning. Delightful being mistaken for Brooklyn, instead of England. We have a dear friend who is from England originally, been in the US for many years, but still retains that English lilt in her voice. I love to hear her say "lovely".

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  9. What fun to share art from a favorite restaurant! Love those animals!

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  10. I was really wondering about the photos and what they had to do with the post. My wife came from the UK in 1953 . She has lost most of the accent but here sister (5 years older) has lost nothing!

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  11. Neat prints on the wall of the sandwich shop! Glad that your trip to and from Thanksgiving were safe, and that you had a good time with family.

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  12. i love all the prints on the walls and especailly the Christmas cow... sounds like you had a wondeful time and now i am wondering what an English person from Brooklyn sounds like.

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  13. The sculpture replica is very impressive!

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  14. It sounds like a wonderful get together. I always make a half-vow that we are going to a round about route to get home. And we actually did one time...but we are like you. When the time is up and it is time to go home, I don't want to stop extra...I just want to be in my own home again. Roger will offer to stop for me to take a better photo, or offer to go back for something I missed, but my reply always to keep going.

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  15. Thanks for sharing the update on your Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends, Denise. We celebrated with family as well, although ours was a much smaller gathering. Like you, I too am always glad to return home.

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  16. Oh Denise, it sounds as if you had a wonderful time ...
    That cow is great, looks cute somehow ... can a cow be cute? Well that one is.

    Many Happy Wishes for December ... I simply cannot believe it is the 2nd of December as I type this!

    All the best Jan

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