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Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

Sunday, October 11, 2009

When our friends from PA visited this past week, we entertained them with a little day trip. Went to sweet potato farm near Henderson to purchase sweet potatoes. They got 1/2 bushel and we got a whole bushel to last through winter.
Then down I-85 to Oxford where there is a lace factory. Yes, lace is actually made in NC and everything they make is gorgeous. AND they have a factory outlet where items are sold at such reduced rates. (Recently DH and I purchased vertical blinds for sliding glass doors and they are done in an ivy design. Look great!)
Then back up I-85 to The Peanut Factory where we purchased NC peanuts. What a great day we had!!!

  
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2BSALLYB 10/12/2009 12:08PM

    Sounds like you had a great time..Speaking of peanuts, I loved the raw peanuts I used to get when I lived down your way..They were so yummy when I boiled them and sometimes baked them in the oven.

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EDUCGRAD 10/11/2009 3:22PM

    That does sound fun.I had no idea there was a lace factory.I do enjoy peanuts.That was one of my dad's favorite snacks too.I don't eat them as much as I did growing up though

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JOYYAK 10/11/2009 3:07PM

    That's a great itinerary for sharing NC with others! I have to remember that! We have done our share of blueberry and strawberry picking but I have never gone to a sweet potato farm. I imagine it is not a "do it yourself" there, though.

How do you store your potatoes so they last all winter. Come to think of it, I would only need about 10 potatoes to last the winter! lol I used to get Vidalia onions by the 50 pound bag when I lived in Virginia. I would tie them in panty hose with a knot between each onion and hang them in the garage. They survived the year with only a few fatalities (and you would know when one met it's demise by the odor! ) emoticon

I know it must have been hard to say goodbye to your son. I am SO SO missing not going up to NY right now to see my Mom. I am SO SO hoping that I may be good enough that the doc releases me mid week to go for a week. We'll see.

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"A Suitcase Full of Apples"

Sunday, October 11, 2009

When our son arrived from Ohio I knew he was bringing us a sampling of the 5 kinds of apples he picked last week. What I didn't expect was a suitcase with 1/2 bushel apples tucked inside. There are Jonathans, Melrose, Jonagolds, Golden Delicious, and one I can't name.
I made delicious applesauce to go with our ham loaf and sweet potato dinner. We had a "state dinner" with our ham loaf mix coming from PA, applesauce from OH, sweet potatoes and fresh green beans from North Carolina. Was OH, so good!
Our son should be in the air right now, and guess what is tucked in his suitcase for the return trip! North Carolina sweet potatoes!

  
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JOYYAK 10/11/2009 3:00PM

    Oh, that sounds SO good! Ham loaf sounds different...I don't think I have ever had that. I have become quite fond of apples recently. Sometimes I will treat myself with a T of hot fudge sauce to dip them into.

I remember making 2 "scratch" apple pies early on in my marriage to take to the in-laws to impress them. Well, my Irish Setter managed to pull them off of the counter as they were cooling and enjoyed them much to my chagrin! I had to go to the store at the last minute and buy a Mrs Smith's Dutch Apple Pie. emoticon I slid it into a "real" pie pan, baked it up and took it with us. They raved over it (not knowing I didn't make it) and my hubby and I just smiled at each other. It was many years before I made another "scratch" apple pie! emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 10/11/2009 2:15PM

    Sounds good.I love apples. I haven't made my own applesauce,but have made a couple apple pies from scratch

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GRANDMA MADE ROTTEN EGGS

Friday, October 09, 2009

Yesterday I made a double batch of "rotten eggs". I have a great recipe for "pickled eggs" that my sister gave me about 50 years ago. I use canned, little whole beets, sugar, vinegar, hard-boiled eggs and thinly sliced onions with pickling spices. They must sit for 24 hours - in the fridge.
When our youngest grandson was about 5, he looked in my refrigerator one day and said,"Grandma, I want some of those rotten eggs and the squiggly little things with them".
I said, "Oh, you mean onions".
He replied, "Nooooo, I mean those squiggly little things". And, of course, they were onions.
Now Collin is 8 and today he looked in the refrigerator and asked if he could have all three of the things in the big jar and he sat there and ate a pickled egg with several pickled beets, and the little squiggly things. I think that is pretty good for an 8 year old. He enjoys almost every food we put in front of him.

  
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PAMG415 10/11/2009 6:27PM

    Oh so cute... I can't believe a kid eating those. I've never had them either. How about posting a recipe with exact amount of ingredients so I can try. Thanks.

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JOYYAK 10/11/2009 12:39PM

    Cute!

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JOYYAK 10/11/2009 12:39PM

    Cute!

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JOYYAK 10/11/2009 12:39PM

    Cute!

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LYN-EDWY 10/10/2009 10:21PM

    Not many kids like pickled eggs.....cool that your GS does.
I also have my own favourite recipe, my DH is crazy about them.
Funny you should blog about them, just got my recipe out today, plan to do some in the next day or so!
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Lunch Was Like Dessert!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

DH and I just had lunch. It tasted like dessert! A cottage cheese banana split! We each had a whole delicious fresh peach sliced, and half of a banana. Topped it with Lowfat cottage cheese and ate homemade banana bread with it.
Peaches came from Kroger's 2 days ago and banana bread was made with part whole wheat flour and I add chopped nuts and chopped chocolate chips.
Mmmmm-good!!!

  
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LAURAKOHORST 10/4/2009 12:12AM

    cottage cheese, mmmmmm nummy and fruit makes it even yummier. emoticon

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JOYYAK 9/24/2009 9:35PM

    Now that sounds good! I was just thinking about something for an evening snack...think I will make it cottage cheese and melon! Great idea!

Joyce
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INDEJAM09 9/24/2009 2:40PM

    SOUNDS YUMMY! I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF COTTAGE CHEESE WITH BANANAS! I LOVE IT WITH PINEAPPLE THOUGH!

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SPARKYCARLEY 9/24/2009 1:33PM

    Wow... sounds delicious!

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KYRRDIS 9/24/2009 1:27PM

    I love most things dairy, but I've never been able to get into cottage cheese. The rest of it sounds great!

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Do You Need Any Hangers???

Monday, September 21, 2009

Just spent the last two hours trying on clothes, folding them, and getting them ready for charity. Now I have an excess of hangers, at least 25.
One dress I never wore, really like it, but it is definitely too big. Kind of nice to have extra space in the closet and I have no intentions of filling it back up.

  
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LAURAKOHORST 10/4/2009 12:10AM

    emoticon It has to feel nice to have clothes that are too big to keep. Keep up the great work.

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INDEJAM09 9/24/2009 2:41PM

    "NO WIRE HANGERS!"
from MOMMY DEAREST

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JOYYAK 9/23/2009 3:56PM

    What a nice feeling.

Congrats!

Joyce
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KIELPO 9/21/2009 10:02PM

    The hangers got my attention. - lol - great news, great feeling, and also productive day for you! emoticon

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MOM1014 9/21/2009 5:28PM

    Hey it's great that your clothes are getting too big Carol! Congrats!!
Hugs,
Lee

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SPARKYCARLEY 9/21/2009 5:26PM

    I don't need any extra hangers, but I know how awesome it feels to clean out your closet and more than half of it is just way too big! Much of the rest of what I had my Mom was able to alter, so I wasn't left with nothing. I took a picture of all my fat clothes stacked up in boxes ready to be given to charity! Love that pic! lol For the first time in many years I go into a store and I don't avoid the clothing department... not only that but I love shopping for clothes again!

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BKNOCK 9/21/2009 2:15PM

    Doesn't it feel good to get rid of clothes that are too big!

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