Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


I began this post a few weeks ago and it has been hectic here with a little touch up painting and staining doors mixed in with football weekends and a little travel. Now I am ready to enjoy getting ready for the holidays. Thank you to all who have sent me notes to say I was missed!

Hello sweet friends. First I want to say Panama City, Florida is in my thoughts and prayers. Such a terrible hurricane leaving so much property damage and now hardships for those living there. A beautiful town with sugar white beaches. We know it well, a favorite vacation destination and  my daughter-in-law's family and friends living there. 
Update: All power has been restored to Panama City. Clean-up and rebuilding will take a long time after so much devastation. 


Jim and I have been traveling with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson. When we left home our highs were in the mid nighties. Returning home the weather channel promised the first cool front for the weekend.  Now we have our first weekend here with fall temperatures and I finally feel like adding a few fall touches around the house. 

I like to keep it simple so I added my velvet pumpkins on the dining room table with my Juliska Flint charges. 

We always enjoy cooking out but fall is a favorite time. We love to watch SEC football outside while we enjoy the cooler temperatures. We have been grilling fish a lot lately, my favorite. It is such an easy meal to prepare. Spray the fish with EVOO and use your favorite seasoning. We like to blacken our fish so I use Paul Prudhomme's Magic. 

Serve with favorite sides

I have a lot of catching-up the next couple of weeks. I will be adding more fall touches inside and out. I'm overdue for a visit to the pumpkin patch! 
I'm sorry I've missed some of your posts so I will be visiting with you soon.
As always, thank you for your visit. I love for you to leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped by!

Thank You!
I want to give a shout-out to my friend Deb at Mountain Breathes for a chance to win this funny cookbook, The Burn Cookbook by Jonathan Bennett and Nikki Martin. My name was the lucky one drawn. Thank you Deb! I will enjoy the recipes and the laughs. Visit Deb here to read all about this entertaining cookbook. I've already found several recipes I can't wait to try.

The Burn Cookbook

I have to make this for my husband

And, this Citrus Salad I will make for myself

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Labor Day Weekend 
American flags welcome the Labor Day Weekend

Miss Blossom and American Flags for a Patriotic Welcome

Welcome to another adventure of The Tales of the Traveling Totes. If you follow my blog, you will remember this is where my fellow TTT friends and I share our latest travels, projects and our most current events.

Magnolia Grove
With so much happening this weekend, our son's birthday is next week, Labor Day, Tales of The Traveling Totes and the first Alabama football game of the season, I have been very busy! But, I have saved a treat for you. I planned a visit and Jim and I drove the short distance to visit Magnolia Grove, an antebellum home in Greensboro, AL. 

Greek Revival architecture

 Only a thirty mile drive south from my home you will find this small town. Main Street is lined with old southern homes for a step back in time. You will find this antebellum beauty at the far end of Main Street. Built in the early part of the 18th century by Colonel Isaac Croom, planter and state legislator.

After his death, his widow, Sarah Pearson Croom lived at Magnolia Grove until her death.

 As part of the estate the house was purchased by Sallie Pearson, niece of Mrs. Croom.      
 She married James Hobson of NC. Their second child, Richmond Pearson Hobson became a hero of the Spanish-American War. He attempted to block Santiago Harbor, Cuba by purposefully sinking the USS Merrimac. Although unsuccessful he was recognized as a national hero after being released by the Spanish. The Hobson family deeded this house and grounds to the State of Alabama in 1943 as a memorial. The Alabama Historical Commission acquired the home in 1980. 

The kitchen is located behind the house

This was one of those tours you enjoy lingering and talking with the tour guide. She was happy to answer all questions and explained a few of the gadgets in the kitchen.
I love these old antebellum homes. It is like a time machine, taking you back.  I hope you enjoyed touring Magnolia Grove with me.

Labor Day and Alabama Football 

 Miss Courtney is center stage getting ready for the long weekend. Saturday will be filled with all things AL football. 

This is what the weekend will look like, my sister's cakes and Jim's barbecue. 

Garden love 

With so little travel this summer Miss Courtney makes herself useful in a guest bedroom holding extra pillows, a throw and magazines. The beautiful quilt, made by my mother-in-law and gifted to Jim and me gives this guest room a summer look. 

Miss Courtney and I are enjoying watching a new home being built in my neighborhood. 

Now for the Tales of the Traveling Tote Giveaway!

 Linda at Life and Linda is hosting the giveaway for a chance to win a pair of MacKenzie-Childs Elizabethan guest towels. For a chance to win just leave a comment on Linda's blog post.  

Please join us for our next adventure and giveaway December 1, 2018. See you in December.

The Traveling Tote bloggers would love for you to visit.  
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs @ The French Hutch
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Ricki Jill with Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolate Home 
Lea and Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner

Thank You for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment so I know you stopped by. I read and appreciate each one.
Happy Labor Day Weekend and Roll Tide!