Monday, November 30, 2009

Goodbye November . . .

This year Thanksgiving was different in a good way. Normally we host it at our house, but this year my sister-in-law offered to take the hostess duties. They have a new house with a bigger kitchen and she was ready to put it to the test. I was quite happy to be the guest. It was thoroughly enjoyable to sit in my jammies through the entire parade. I did get up during the commercials (of which there were many :) to put the finishing touches on my contributions to the meal.

We even took a nice long walk before dinner.
That way there was a bit less guilt when it came time to eat these yummy desserts. My sister-in-law earned an A+ in her hostess duties.

~ A family picture ~
During dinner there was a big storm complete with thunder, lightening and hail. That seemed a bit odd for November. After a most delicious meal, we played games until it was time to say goodbye.

The rest of the weekend was spent Christmas decorating and checking up on the blog world (when my husband wasn't looking ;-). I had planned to post some Christmasy things around my home today, but the very dark and rainy weather outside wasn't conducive to good picture taking. Soooo, instead I put this in the crock pot. I have just recently discovered A Year of Slow Cooking. If you have never visited this blog, I suggest you head right over there for a visit. Such great crock pot recipes to save time in the kitchen at this busy time of year. It's so nice to come into the house after a busy day and smell dinner rather than have to think about what in the world I can throw together for dinner.

I hope your week is off to a good start.

*** See you in December ***


  1. Your Christmas tree and Christmas cactus are both just lovely! I bet the chicken and rice was delicious!

    I need to get cracking on my holiday decor!

  2. Oh, so nice to enjoy a holiday without being 'in charge'..... it sounds like a wonderful visit and delicious meal.

    Thanks for sharing the crock pot blog. I really need to start using my crock pot, maybe this will encourage me.

    Your tree looks so pretty!

    Thank you so much for your prayers.

  3. Great opportunity, delish food, handsome family, and a good day! I say hurrah for a sister-in-law who was thoughtful toward you! You deserve it:) I had to cook! I missed the parade AND the dog show
    :( I'm eager to see your Christmas goodies. That's how I fell in love with your blog last year. I put the crockpot site into my favorites to check out later.
    Toodles, Debbie

  4. Sounds like you had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving day! Very nice family photo.


  5. Kim, I'm so glad you had a nice relaxing Thanksgiving. Your house looks so pretty, as usual. I loved the picture of your family. Have a great week! Twyla

  6. Looks like a lovely Thanksgiving! I especially liked that you got to relax somewhat and even watch the whole parade without being rushed or stressed. = )

    Your Christmas tree looks perfectly elegant and dinner in the crockpot sounds quite good. Might have to do that tomorrow...


  7. I am loving my triple crockpot! Crockpots are wonderful. I will check out your link. Thanks!

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  10. Sounds like you had a nice relaxing Thanksgiving this year. I watched the parade too this year. I haven't done that for many years.
    A lovely family picture!! :-)
    I love my crock pot and use it quite a lot. I will definitely check out that blog.
    I'm so glad to hear how much you like the afghan and that you use it. I was so happy to give it to you! :-)

  11. Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving! The Christmas season has begun! I heard there was a thunderstorm up near your area and in South Charlotte we didn't have that. Odd weather!

  12. It is fun for me to see a family picture of you and your men. What a good looking group! The Christmas decorations are lovely and help me get in the spirit of the holiday.

    As for the new crock pot web site, that suits me just fine. I really like using my crock pot and finding new,delicious recipes. Thank you for sharing your new find.

  13. Lovely family,a special meal without much trouble, Christmas decorations... Just perfect!

  14. You have a lovely family! How old are your boys? I have a 20yr old son and a 18yr old daughter.
    I love the fall but I like the holidays even better!

  15. You had a great Thanksgiving, too! It is such a nice holiday!

    Crock Pots/Slow Cookers are wonderful. Your recipe looks yummy! Recently I purchased a larger Slow Cooker and this week I will put it to work.

  16. Lovely, Kim! Looks like your Thanksgiving was perfect. Your house is looking very Christmas-y! All good!

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  18. How nice to enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving...for a change. Sounds like a great one!

  19. Your Crocker is just the cutest little thing. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe too. I'm a big fan of Crocking.


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