Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy Customer

A happy customer wrote,
Hi! I just had to share you with you how much this purchase meant to my mother. She had this exact same tree skirt and received it over 40 years ago as a newlywed. It has been under our tree my whole life. It was lost this Christmas and my mother has been in tears and sick about losing it. After scouring the internet for days I found this one and I thought this was was a very close replacement but in fact it was EXACTLY the same (she has confirmed through comparing old pictures). She even thought it was the lost one when she opened the package. She cries every time she looks it at. This tree skirt is our Christmas miracle! Thank you!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy Anniversary 33 Years Ago in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state and the seat of Santa Fe County. And it was the city of my honeymoon.

Friday, December 22, 2017

What I Am Cooking for Christmas

5 pounds (about 8) medium mirlitons (chayotes) 2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons Emeril's Bayou Blast Essence 2 cups chopped yellow onions 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers 1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced (about 1/4 cup) 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 cup minced garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon dried fine bread crumbs 1 teaspoon Emeril's Kick It Up! Red Pepper Sauce, or other hot sauce Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the mirlitons and cook until tender, 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from the heat, drain, and set aside to cool completely. Meanwhile, combine the shrimp with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon Bayou Blast in a mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. When the mirlitons are cool, cut them in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, peel, and coarsely chop. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, and jalapeno. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon Bayou Blast and the thyme. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft and lightly golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Add the mirlitons and cook, mashing them with a potato masher, until very tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes. Add the shrimp, salt, black pepper, green onions, and parsley. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp turn pink, 3
to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

What I Am Cooking for Christmas

Ingredients 1250g green beans, trimmed (45 oz.) 3/4 of a cup olive oil 1 1/2 onions, chopped 1 clove of garlic, chopped 750g ripe tomatoes, grated (27 oz.) a pinch of sugar 2 tbsps chopped parsley salt and freshly ground pepper

What I Am Cooking For Christmas

INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon each pepper, dried oregano and basil 6 fresh or frozen catfish fillets (3 to 5 ounces each) 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted DIRECTIONS In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and seasonings. Dip catfish in butter, then in crumb mixture. Arrange in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 6 servings. Originally published as Catfish Parmesan in Country April/May 1995, p49

What I Am Cooking For Christmas

INGREDIENTS 4 cups yellow squash (about 2 squash) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1/4 c water 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers 1 heaping cup cheddar cheese 2 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup milk 1/4 c butter, melted 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 tbsp butter INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat olive oil over med heat in a large skillet. Saute onions and garlic for 2-3 min. Add the squash on top and then the add the water to the pan. Cover and allow to steam for about 5 min, until squash is tender. In a medium bowl, crush crackers with your hands. Add in cheese and toss. Set half of the cracker/cheese mixture aside. Stir in the milk, beaten eggs, and melted butter. Add in the squash mixture and season with salt and pepper. Pour into a greased 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish. Top with the remaining cracker mixture and dab with 2 tbsp butter. Bake for 25 min until cracker topping is slightly browned.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Christmas

One of our favorite places to visit is the Mile Branch Settlement in Franklinton, LA. This snowy photograph was taken by someone on Facebook. Photo credit to you know who.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Prayers For The Massive Shooting Victims in Texas

Lord we pray for Your mercy and compassion, We live in troubled times, and the answers to our problems are not simple or easy. Send Your Spirit upon us to strengthen our resolve to root out the violence, hate, and fear in our lives. Replace it with Your forbearance and love. Create in us hearts of courage, grace us with the ability to stand against the violence of our day: the violence in ourselves, our homes, streets and communities. In your name we pray, Amen.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Picking Up The Hawk

We are going to the Mississippi Craft Center in Jackson, MS today to pick up the hawk. He is still for sale. We are just bringing him home for a different venue.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Not Losing Focus on Puerto Rico

Food is scarce, and fuel is running short. Damaged infrastructure and red tape are limiting aid distribution. CNN Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those now affected by Hurricane Maria.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

To The People in Texas

Lord, please be with the rescue workers and keep them safe as they make heroic efforts in dangerous situations to rescue those in trouble. Lord, please be with everyone waiting to be rescued, keep them safe, and bring help to them soon. God, bless each and every person affected by this storm and surround them with Your love, protection, and angels. Let them know there are millions of us out here praying for them and their loved ones. Read more at

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Check Out All The Ebay Listings

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Brigham Reunion

It is over and done. We have seen most of the family, talked to many and re-remembered where we as a group came from.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

More Packages Leave Mount Hermon, Louisiana

It is always fun to find items like the ones you see here. And it is always fun to sell items like the ones you see here. The best part is that I have enjoyed them while I waited for the perfect buyer. What can you find at

Monday, June 12, 2017

Vintage All The Way

If you can choose vintage, always opt for vintage. Mix vintage with modern for a look you will adore more often than not.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Church Mice

It is quieter than church mice. How quiet is that? Listen to quiet hallways at

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Kayaking After Work

So when he gets off work at 4 there's still plenty of light and fishing at Port Fourchon. The life of my younger son, Collin.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mother's Day

You can give her anything but vintage is so nice. She reminds you of vintage in her taste and her distinct style. A nice, vintage piece will last a lifetime. And,
she can pass the piece on to you.