Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Happy T Stands for Tuesday-Photo loaded

  Tuesdays is where we gather together and share a drink related post-just show a photo of your beverage. Hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth-find link to join in the fun in my right hand column.

  This past week has been a busy one with our friends arriving last week Monday and leaving early this Tuesday morning.

   We ate way too much food (Hubs and I had just been eating breakfast and a main meal around 2 in the afternoon for several months now) with breakfast, lunch and the main meal at 5:30 pm. I think we will be eating very very light now to get our bodies back on track. 
   I did only cook healthy meals-but I had forgotten how much large portions our three male guests can eat-lol especially after being out in the cold woods most of the day and also laying tile. 
  The guys did not organize themselves well-which I think happens allot during vacations. It is a long drive to us and two of them are still working full time They had big plans of each getting a deer for meat to take home, and getting two large floors tiled.
   Several days when they first arrived the weather was much warmer and beautiful and just awesome to be out in the woods. We had sunshine and light jacket weather when they arrived. The guys enjoyed being deep in the woods observing lots of different wildlife. They were telling us about observing coyotes, bob cats, lots of deer, and also big birds too. However doing that, their scent was in the woods for too many days that the deer knew they were out and about in their woods when it came time to hunt.So they  just took one deer home for meat.
   The guys kept telling us they had planned to tile both the bathroom and the hallway and Hubs and I thought-I don't think so unless that was all they did while they were here was to tile. We are just pleased they offered to do this for us.

   This is always a fun time for all of us though and for Hubs and I it is like our Thanksgiving. I will have to say that I was feeling my age by yesterday with all that cooking and baking. smiles
    However I do enjoy it all
   As usual I forgot to take photos every day of the foods-but here are a few photos-mostly from the big Friday feast where other friends joined us.

For Friday, I made a large ham, my garden yellow beans with onions, garlic, and basil, roasted veggies-carrots, parsnips, turnips, brussel sprouts with olive oil and herbs, apple cider warmed with mulled spices, two pies, and more sides. the local friends that came brought a huge salad, two sweet potato pies, deviled eggs, macaroni cheese, and a gluten free version for me, the guys had brought down two cheesecakes, their salami made from bear and also venison, lots of Wisconsin cheeses-and that was just Friday lol

Since this post is loaded with lots of photos-I kept them smaller-

just click on a photo to enlarge all for better viewing



 This table was more loaded down with foods after I took this photo, the big stove was full of food, as was the center of the two tables



I had this ham in my freezer-all meat no bone


The roasted veggies-I had roasted on a large cookie sheet for Friday-and this photo was left over for the next day's meal



 Warmed mulled cider


I made a fresh cranberry-blueberry pie and also an apple pie


What is left of the two sweet potato pies


This was the whipped banana cheese cake that also had two toppings to put on top, and she made a nut crust this time so it would be gluten free


During this last week, I made grilled chicken breasts with veggie sides, grilled huge pork pieces with veggie sides, a corn beef dinner, and more. One of the guys brought down beef stew loaded with veggies.
   We also enjoyed the butternut squash, carrots, and potatoes that were brought down 
We also had a crock full of chili going everyday for lunch, I also made hot Reuben sandwiches, one day ham sandwiches.


This was just one of the butternut squashes-I baked it with the fresh maple syrup


and I made a cast iron skillet of brownies-a big hit



We had a couple record breaking cold nights and early mornings-in the very low teens-brrrrr we even broke a record held back in the '60s  and Yesterday all day it snowed-wow-another 67 year old weather record broken for snow on that date

It is so beautiful here in the woods after a fresh snow--I had to go out and grab the camera We ended up with around 4 inches






Enlarge further to see the cardinal sitting in the tree


I could not believe all the cardinals that were out and about-looking for bits of corn




I will do another post with just the tile photos We are so grateful for their offer to tile for us. The hallway is wide and huge so a big job. We had gotten the tile for the hallway and the bathroom mixed up-this was suppose to be in the bathroom as it has a bit of blue in it to pick up the blue in the walls-we had exactly enough tile to complete this hallway-with a little cutting ingenuity. a sigh of relief on everyone's faces



I also got into my craft room yesterday-did a little spinning with the buffalo fiber, and also started working on my Fabric Journal again. Once the hot summer temperatures arrive my ceiling lighting doesn't work in this room, so I have gotten so far behind-good thing I took lots of notes each month. 
    I am up to May-so did the embroidery on the outside edges of my page, and started to pull beads and things to tell May's story There will be allot of gardening for this month.




For my drink reference I totally forgot to take a new photo.
     I was mostly drinking Bai blueberry water, hot tea, or hot cider this past week. I did also have one glass of wine. 
    I am sharing a previous photo I had taken with my Yellowstone cup and tea-as I used this cup most every day last week



Happy T Everyone!!

32 comments:

  1. Wow-you got snow before wee actually did Kathy! I does look pretty but no thank you. Ours is due here Friday. AUGH! And so much yummy looking food. I think you've been having a good time with your deer camp. :) Have a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Yes we had a fun week, and I am so Not ready for winter-more snow coming and we are still in the low teens-ugh for sure

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  2. The snow photos look so pretty with the cardinals! But your food has floored me completely, I'm hungry and haven't started on dinner yet, and could murder for a plate of those veggies, perhaps with some ham....Glad you enjoyed the time with your friends, and that they helped you, too. Happy T Da, hugs, Valerie

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    1. thank you-yes we ate lots of veggies-a fresh tossed salad every evening as well-hugs

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  3. Nice snow photos, Kathy. It looks like a wet snow, always pretty on the trees and foliage. We have only rain so far, but it’s cold so we may get some snow this week.

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    1. more snow coming and we are sooo cold here still-very low teens

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  4. Oh my I think I gained weight just looking at all the food you prepared! I'm sure it was all very much appreciated by all. We only got a tiny bit (thankfully)of snow Sat. AM but are bracing for more later this week...
    Hope you're getting some rest now, and happy T day!

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    1. I really cut back on eating the last few days, so only gained two pounds-thank goodness lol more snow and cold on the way ugh

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  5. You can keep the snow. The food you made was awesome made more enjoyable by sharing. I think I gained a few pounds looking at the pictures. The picture of the cardinal sitting in the tree is my favorite. Thought it would make a lovely Christmas card. Funny, how the birds seems to come around when the weather is at its worst. Hope you get a chance to put your feet up. Happy
    T Day

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    1. I am so not ready for cold and snow--more snow coming-super ugh lots to catch up on-so no breaks til the wekend

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  6. Boy, those guys ate well, LOL!! Sounds like you all had a great time.

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  7. Wow, what hospitality - you really spoilt your guests! I bet they had such a wonderful time and all the food looks so delicious 😀. I could happily eat a piece of one of your pies (well I'd like to try all of them really ...lol 😉) for my dessert - yummy! So nice of them to help with the tiling too. I loved seeing your snowy pictures too, the landscape of white looks so beautiful and those cardinals fit the wintery scene perfectly! Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊 x

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    1. thanks Jo-yes the snow is very pretty here in the woods-and being retired I only have to drive a few miles to get our mail.
      was a very fun week-

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  8. i won´t tell you how many pounds i gained just looking at your photos!!
    and i hope snow will wait some time to come here. though we really really need rain. even autumn has been to warm and dry here...
    happy t-day, xox

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    1. lol so not ready for winter that is for sure-unusual weather for us at this time of the year for sure-more on the way-sigh

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  9. I feel stuffed just after looking at the photos, Kathy!

    Ouch - an early cold snap and four inches of snow already. I hope that's not a harbinger of a record cold winter.

    Your cardinal photos are lovely. Do the cardinals stay all winter? I should remember. But it's 22 years since we flew south (grin).

    So glad at least the hallway got tiled. That's a big help, I'm sure.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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    1. Hi Eileen, yes the cardinals do stay with us year round-we notice them more with the snow. yes happy to get the hallway tiled-although there were several mistakes-but telling Hubs to overlook it. lol he is not in shape to set tile any more-although we still have one more room we need to do.

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  10. Wow! Snow! Don't the cardinals look lovely in snow :)

    I'm used to only eating twice a day, too, but I could get used to feasting as your guests did lol All that food looks delicious! Happy T Tuesday

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    1. Yes I love to see the cardinals in the snow-so pretty
      by about the 5th day I was feeling so full, that I really cut back eating myself lol

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  11. Oh my the snow photos and the cardinal look amazing.
    Your guests have been well looked after I am sure they will have enjoyed all the delicious food you made for them. You must have spent most of the day cooking, but it sounds like they had a really good stay with you.
    It must have helped getting the hall tiled as well, its looking good.
    Happy T day wishes
    Yvonne xx

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  12. Oh, my that was some Thanksgiving feast! (Really that's what it was!) I would love to learn some of your cooking techniques. Your roasted veggies are second to none. I am taking notes. You got some great snow pics. I am really wondering if this winter might not be one for lots of snow. (Hopefully, not!) I am glad to know that you are back in the sewing room. What fun!

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    1. Yes we don't have family-so this is always our thanksgiving with good friends. this was my first time roasting the veggies-and I really loved the results-just need a much longer time in the oven-almost 2 hours at 400 degrees. I was sure hoping for a milder winter-but all of the seasons this year seem to have come too early.

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  13. Look at all that delicious food. I think the guys must have enjoyed all the home cooking and now you can enjoy your tile.

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  14. Oh gosh, what delicious food! You know how to treat your guests! And how absolutely wonderful that the weather was so good for everyone to enjoy nature.
    But then you got snow! Wow! Your photos are beautiful, but I'm sure you didn't enjoy it much. Snow is cold andmakes a mess.
    So they eventually got some tiling done? Even though they were the wrong tiles. Oh dear, I know that's not funny but it did make me smile.
    I see you have started to do some sewing again. That's great. Looking forward to see your May page when finished.
    Happy T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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    1. Hi Lisca yes this was a fun week-from warm to winter-but it will do that here in the Ozarks--so not ready for this bitter cold and snow though. we did get the tiling done-several mistakes but told Hubs to chill-and not worry-he is a perfectionist on jobs like this--we still have one more room to tile-we will attempt that I think after the holidays

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  15. I just loved seeing all the yummy food that you made! What a busy baker you have been. Those roasted veggies really look like something that I need to make. So glad that everything worked out with your tile. Looks great!
    Happy Tea day,
    Kate

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  16. Thank you so much Kate I was really happy with the roasted veggies-will do that again for sure

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  17. I’ve been without electricity for over a day. It has been frigid cold here and my fingers are still not warm. I would have been by sooner, but wanted to get something together for AEDM.

    I m so tired of eating food out of a can that has a flip top on it. Thankfully I had just made a full pot of coffee when the electricity went out and I also had a partial mug from the previous pot. Need less to say, I tried to ration it, not knowing how long the lights would be out. So when I saw your feasts you had prepared, I wanted to go a bit nuts. The veggies, the pies, everything is making me very, very hungry. Even though I'm used to only eating once a day, I could get used to your cooking (grin). Thanks for sharing this food overload and your drink with us for T this week. I'm SO sorry I was late visiting.

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  18. I am here to wish you a very belated Happy T day! I'm so glad you had a great time with your friends - the food looks and sounds amazing! The snow does look so pretty - a time it has to come with such low temperatures!!! Oh My!!! Those gorgeous cardinals.....j.e.a.l.o.u.s!!!! Hugs, Chrisx

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