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Happy Holidays and Have a Great 2013 
Dec. 31, 2012 5:56 am 
Updated: Jan. 1, 2013 5:01 am
I know, I know!  It's been a long time since my last post but man have things moved right along in my life. 

First, we now have a 32 ft Trailer Camper.  I love it, no more tent beds.  Second, I RETIRED IN OCTOBER! How great is that.  We spent all of October and most of November in the new camper.  Only went to the house 4 times for only about 2 hours, just to check on things and get a few items we needed. 

We hooked up the camper and went to Cincinnati for Thanksgiving at my Daughter's house.  I got to meet her boyfriend's parents.  They were extremely nice and fun to be around.  Tia and Ben fixed a beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner.  No one should have gone away hungry.  We also got to meet our new GrandPuppy, Carter. He is just adorable. He is a Maltese and Mac thought he was great. 

After that, we left for Florida.  We are at a Great Camping Community in central Florida.  We are going to winter here until March. (La-T- Da, LOL).  So now we are Snowbirds.  The people here have been awesome and very friendly.  I have not seen such friendly people.  Just going for a walk and everyone that is out says Hi. 

We have barbequed, made crockpot meals and just the usual stuff.  However, we are going to start the new year out right.  Plan menus, cut coupons, eat healthier and get some more exercise.  Shouldn't be hard as the park is about 3 miles if you walk every road and they have a gym.  Don't expect to use the gym too much but the walks are great.  It is never too cold, just rainy sometimes. 

Of course since tonight is still 2012, the menu isn't exactly the most healthy but it is our traditional menu scaled back to a much smaller list of items and quantities.  It is designed to nibble on all evening, but still be filling.  We are having: 
Mussels in white wine sauce w/croutons
Shrimp Coctail
Cheese tray
WildCats (Steak Tartare)
Buffalo Chicken Dip
We will snack and watch all the traditional New Year's Eve festivities and if we can stay up until midnight, sit outside and welcome in the New Year.
In closing, we wish each and everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Remember our blessings, take note of our mistakes (so we don't do it again) and look forward to a happier, healthier and even more blessed New Year.

Jan. 1, 2013 5:01 am
I envy you your retirement & camper! I'm 7 years from retirement & can hardly wait! We do lots of camping in our "hybrid" camper and love it. Enjoy your travels!
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I am 53 the mother of 1 daughter (grown and moved out on her own) and engaged to Darryl. We are avid motorcycle riders and each own Harleys! We have two dogs - Peanut 12 years old a yorkiepoo and our new "baby" is Mac - He is 2 months old and adorable. He is a yorkie. Both have carriers for the bike and goggles, so they ride whenever we do. Take me, take my dogs or I don't go! UPDATE: We got rid of the motorcycles and invested in a new pickup truck and camping trailer! WOW! Now I am trying to come up with meals to fix while we are camping. So much fun!
My favorite things to cook
Anything - I love the challenge of trying to create a new dish or just the comfort of the "old" dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday Meals - same thing every year. But it really is worth looking forward to. Thanks to my Mom and Dad.
My cooking triumphs
So far I haven't lost anyone to my meals. I guess my biggest joy was the year I made Thanksgiving Dinner for my family and extended family for the first time. My Grandmother, was a home economics teacher and Granddaddy was just a wonderful person. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the best part....It was all done and hot/cold at the same time. Yeah!
My cooking tragedies
Lots, too many to mention here but lets just go with "no one died" or refused to try something else I made.
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