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Put the Kettle on....

Dec. 7, 2014 6:05 am 
Updated: Dec. 9, 2014 12:59 pm
Our Christmas season starts the weekend after Thanksgiving.  That's when we head to our favorite Christmas tree field and pick out our tree.  We've been buying our tree from the same man for many years.  He has beautiful trees, he's very friendly, and it's just the perfect start to our… MORE
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Nov. 28, 2014 7:49 am 
Updated: Dec. 7, 2014 6:03 am
It's hard to believe that with all the cooking and hosting I've done over the years that I had never made a Thanksgiving dinner for family. Never. Not once. I've made a Thanksgiving dinner for our Mexican friends, but that doesn't count. It's not eaten on the actual day and therefore seems… MORE
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Nov. 21, 2014 4:40 am 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2014 3:25 am
They're living it up in the Hotel Mother Ann..... Boy did they live it up in this Hotel!  Though maybe it should be Kennel Mother Ann. Last week we had a houseguest. Not your normal, 2-legged kind of houseguest but the 4-legged kind of houseguest. Jon and Annie have a hunting buddy duo - Kevin… MORE
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Nov. 9, 2014 6:36 am 
Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 3:22 am
Anyone who knows me knows I love my dogs.  They also know I'm always up for a good time and if it involves something with the dogs, even better! Last week our cousin sent me a text - he saw that a local brewery was hosting a benefit/fund-raiser for a couple animal rescue shelters. The name of… MORE
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Oct. 26, 2014 5:05 am 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 2:51 pm
Last Friday was that great day where many schools close so teachers can attend workshops and learn new things for their classroom. I know of a few teachers who do go somewhere and do something that could be tied in to a lesson in their classroom, but for most it's simply a great day off. I'm… MORE
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Oct. 11, 2014 5:30 am 
Updated: Oct. 16, 2014 3:09 am
I'm a duck-hunter's widow. I have been ever since my wedding day. In fact - we got married on the opening day of duck season and I was worried my groom would not make it to the church on time. He did, as I am married still, and our 33rd anniversary is fast approaching. While he is mainly a… MORE
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Oct. 5, 2014 5:02 am 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2014 6:00 pm
Last blog was all about how I was a degenerate cook. Well, I guess writing that made me stop and think and get re-generated. For suddenly I am cooking again. I needed a jump-start. And, cooler weather.Last week was a record week for me in the kitchen! We ate every meal at home except for… MORE
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Sep. 28, 2014 8:43 am 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2014 12:59 pm
Degenerate Cook. That's me right about now. Certainly lacking in the cooking department. A real decline into just eating what's there to eat.  We go to the restaurant and I order a big meal,  so I can bring half home and eat it for another meal, usually my lunch. In my defense I'm not cooking… MORE
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Sep. 18, 2014 1:50 pm 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2014 11:33 am
The first day of Fall will soon be here and here I am still waiting for the first day of Summer! Not really, but it sure seems like it should be Summer!    The days are getting shorter and the temperatures have begun to drop.  I can think of only two advantages to this - 1) Our hot tub is way… MORE
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Sep. 8, 2014 3:55 pm 
Updated: Sep. 10, 2014 3:12 am
We normally have a specific reason to be going camping. Whether it is hiking in the mountains and going to wineries, a hunting or fishing trip, it could be anything - but we always have a REASON to be going camping. This past weekend we went camping. Just because we could. There's a nice… MORE
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Mother Ann

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Streetsboro, Ohio, USA
Living In
Ravenna, Ohio, USA

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Oct. 2009

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert

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About Me
I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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