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Put the Kettle on....

I'm Baaack! 
Sep. 12, 2010 2:03 pm 
Updated: Sep. 13, 2010 4:33 pm
Hello!  I have returned as a blue-star member.  I let my subscription expire in August, figuring I should be "thrifty" and save some money.  As you can see, that didn't last long....

I found I enjoyed blogging and I missed doing it.  So - here I am - again.  Besides - since yesterday was my birthday - this is my gift to myself. I deserve it, right?  See what one day of pampering can do to a Mom??!! 

Yesterday my dear daughter and her husband had a cook-out dinner in celebration of my 49th birthday.  My son even came home from college to join in the festivities!  Also my parents and my brother who was here visiting from Columbus.  My son-in-law grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and my daughter made pasta salad, a veggie tray with dip, devilled eggs and she even had Fritos (My favorite!!).  She also made a delicious chocolate cake with chocolate icing and had my favorite kind of ice cream-chocolate with peanut butter.   Mother Nature didn't cooperate - it rained - but we just moved the party inside.  It takes more than a few raindrops to spoil one of our parties!

It was a great day and I enjoyed every minute of it.  Though I will admit it seemed strange to go off to a picnic and not take a dish to pass; or even to not have the picnic at my house.

My son went back to school last night - he does have a girlfriend now and had to spend some "weekend" time with her.  So - today was just me and hubby hanging out.  Tonight we are having crab legs for dinner.  They were on sale a few weeks back and they've been "kicking" around in the freezer just bugging me ever since.  A nice salad will go great with them, and somebody suggested "green potatoes" off this site for a side.  We'll crack open a bottle of Chardonnay from our Virginia Wine Stock-up Trip we took in July and maybe sit a spell in the hot tub.  A perfect way to end a perfect weekend.
Sep. 12, 2010 2:09 pm
Well, welcome back and Happy Birthday! So glad you treated yourself to something nice. An AR blog lasts all the year through. Looking forward to more of your blogs!
Sep. 12, 2010 2:11 pm
Welcome back! I wondered how your party went...glad it was great and good for you for letting your family pamper you. I miss blogging myself...as I expected. :-(
Sep. 12, 2010 2:12 pm
Thanks, and I'm glad to be back.
Sep. 12, 2010 2:13 pm
Hey Cupcake! Yeah - my daughter wouldn't even let me get up to get my own drink - she served me! I felt like a true Queen for a Day!!
Sep. 12, 2010 2:59 pm
Happy B'day to ALL of us! Glad to see you back and blogging.
Sep. 12, 2010 3:05 pm
Happy late birthday!!! We need to talk soon!!
Sep. 12, 2010 3:31 pm
I wondered how the party went. Thanks for posting. I stop & stare at the crab legs - one of these days I will have to just do it!
Sep. 12, 2010 3:46 pm
Mother Ann: It sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration! And tonight's crab legs sound like the perfect finale! (And I love that the crab LEGS were KICKING around in the freezer. Too funny.)
Sep. 12, 2010 8:56 pm
Happy Birthday!
Sep. 13, 2010 7:48 am
Mother Ann, first Happy Belated Bday and second WELCOME BACK!!! Sounds like you had a great day. Can't wait to read your blogs again.
Sep. 13, 2010 11:10 am
Belated Happy Birthday. Sounds like a wonderful day. I vaguely remember 49......... :(
Sep. 13, 2010 1:29 pm
Thanks for all the b-day wishes! And, bikerfamily - when I wrote the legs were kicking around I didn't even think about it, then I re-read and realized how funny that was! Glad you picked up on it!! hee!hee!
Sep. 13, 2010 3:16 pm
Welcome back and Happy Birthday, too!
Sep. 13, 2010 4:33 pm
Thanks, Mike.
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Mother Ann

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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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