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Dog Sitting

>> Saturday, November 26, 2011

While in Pensacola, we left the dogs in Justin and Cammie's charge. Today they head home so that Cammie can work. Linda (Justin's mom) has agreed to feed the dogs today and tomorrow morning. Had to giggle over her "instructional" map.

Camme: Thought I'd show you and MaryAnn Sallenbach the map I left for Linda Hronek for the dogs... if you look closely, you can see the "Crazy dog tracks" when Rocky runs in circles before going into his fenced in area, Sassy snoozing on the couch, Rocky barking in his kennel in the garage, the present Sassy left for me on your sidewalk, and the awesome "to scale" drawing of your house ;-) Enjoy... a lot of hard work went into this map! Love you!


Friday night Supper, Savannah Seafood Gumbo

Picture of Savannah Seafood Gumbo Recipe

courtesy Paula Deen

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chicken base
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/3 cup dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes seasoned with garlic, basil, and oregano
  • or 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups sliced Cajun-style fresh link sausage
  • 4 cups cut okra (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups oysters and liquor
  • 1/2 pound crabmeat
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh peeled shrimp
In a large pot combine oil and flour.
Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the roux
has browned to a light chocolate color. Add onion, pepper, celery and garlic.
Saute for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Slowly add chicken broth, and chicken base, stirring as you go.
Add water, bay leaves, thyme, basil, parsley, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper,
House Seasoning, soy sauce and tomatoes. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch pieces.
Add to pot along with okra. Cover pot and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours,
stirring occasionally.
Add crabmeat and shrimp. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
Serve with a scoop of rice in the center..
House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and
store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups


Holiday House, Pensacola

>> Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday, didn't find us at Target, Best Buy, etc. Becky, Diane, Mom and I went to Celebration Florist, Pensacola.
Their holiday house was on display.

Knowing my fondness for coastal, this picture was first.
Below, the copper room.

The foyer pictured below was decorated up.

There was no way to leave without Christmas Spirit in your veins.
I bought some silver ferns for my coastal tree and dark copper branches and ornaments for the lighted pussy willow and their little puffs on my front porch. Can't wait to put it together when I get home.


Thanksgiving 2011, Pensacola

>> Thursday, November 24, 2011

Arrived in Pensacola just in time for a Thanksgiving feast.
Deep fried turkey (can't get enough of that), cranberry jello, potatoes, carrot souffle, beans, rolls. Yum!
Almost forgot to mention the pumpkin cheesecake.

Had to get active to wear those calories off. Basketball, speed walking, etc.
Dad watched it all happen from his chair. :)

Then we started all over again. Caramel apple cider with whipped cream.


Thanksgiving, Green Bay, 2011

>> Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving with the kids came a week early this year, since we are heading to Pensacola next weekend.
Cammie is hunting widow so she brought reinforcement.

 I made them breakfast, bell pepper rings with eggs and pepper jack cheese in the center.
The eggs went well with toast and pepper jelly (thanks, Mr. Parsons!)
It was at this point, we were already full and wondering if Thanksgiving dinner was even going to happen.

After breakfast, work began on the apple pie for lunch .
Cammie, Erica and Jessica did pie crust cutouts for the top of the pie. 
Oh, Martha Stewart, you would approve!


Thanksgiving Lunch

Deep Fried Turkey

Pecan, Cranberry, Whole Wheat Dressing

Baked in Skins, Sweet Potatoes

Apple Pie

During the Packer game and while the meal was cooking, the girls and I worked on Christmas crafts.

Can't find Erik, we think he went off somewhere to sleep and Don is cleaning up the turkey carcass for lunches later this week.
I am thankful for this family. :)


Just in case you haven't had enough of the Green Bay Packers.....

>> Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Went to the Viking-Packer game last night.

Of course, you all know, soldiers are near and dear to my heart. I was all over the salute to veterans.
Couldn't resist the close up of the cheese heads. :)

Mary Ann and Kathy Siegrist.

Burgers before the game at Curley's pub. Plenty of time before we find our seats.

Love that American flag.

Memories in the making. No better place than with with Mr. S.


Lunch Date: Sisters

>> Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Machine Shed in Appleton was the location that Sharon and Tim met us for lunch today.
An onlooker saw and heard two noisy couples catching up on a year's worth of living.
Pictures, stories, plans. Let's do it again.


Where are they now? Shopping together?

>> Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cammie's Facebook profile post started out our day.

Cammie Hronek so excited to spend the day with my momma, MaryAnn Sallenbach!! Christmas shopping, coffee and much needed girl time!

Cammie was chomping at the bit and was excited. She texted me in the morning

7:21 a.m. "Text me when you leave the house". Soon, I text.
8:06 a.m. "Did you leave yet?" Yes, I reply.
8:07 a.m. "What is your ETA?" I am at milemarker 130, milemarker 123 is half way.

Coffee, shopping, then lunch at California Pizza Kitchen.
A brief stop at Trader Joe's to pick up the final items for our Nov 20, Thanksgiving dinner with the kids.
As we neared Cammie's house, we scoop up armfuls of hydrangea branches with blossoms, that her neighbor had cut down. Lucky for Cam!
The long branches are now drying in her house for a holiday arrangement.

a very good day!


Christmas Craft

>> Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Like an elf, here I am working away on Christmas ornaments (neat littel fabricated rack from SallenbachFishArt).
Above is before, below is after. The tree will be ocean colors. Blue ornaments and white starfish.



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