Monday, November 25, 2013

A Little Vintage Something and Mini-Cheesecakes Recipe!


Bonjour mes amis!

I've been rather absent from the blogging world, but I felt like popping in today.  Life has been busy, and as I now look forward to Thanksgiving this week, and some nice time off...

I have a couple of dear friends who are sharing memories from days gone by, and today when I opened a certain box of Christmas stuff, some of my own memories came flooding back.

Look what I found!

Now this is a Christmas Treasure from long ago!  See the price?  $2.87, and I don't think they spelled Pixy correctly, but...

I remember the night this little Pixie came into my childhood home.  I'm the oldest of three girls, so I remember the night my Dad brought this home.  (I know you are still staring in disbelief at the Pixie, but what can I say?  It was the 60's!)  I believe we had already been sent to bed, but my Dad had been out during the evening, and when he returned, he hung this up, pulled the string, and "Jingle Bells" began to play.  We all raced down the stairs to see where the music was coming from!

My sisters and I thought it was so cool!

Okay, so it's not that cool, and I think I'm the only one in the family who would take this little "gem" off my parent's hands, but I associate a memory of that night with this, so I hang it in my Laundry room each year, and tell my kids about that night...

And I recall growing up in a family where my Mom made us matching dresses for each Holiday...
And we had happy Christmases at home and with our Grandparents on Long Island, New York...

I am a product of my upbringing.  I was always with my Grandparents on Christmas Eve and Morning, and that's exactly what Dr. J and I have given our children over the years...Christmas with their Grandparents though they live many miles away!  I know some day, this will come to an end, but Dr. J and I are very thankful for such loving parents, and all the wonderful Christmas Memories we now enjoy, thanks to them.

These were our little red velvet dresses!  Everywhere we went, we were a hit!

Enough waning nostalgic...I've promised you a Recipe today...

Mini Cheesecakes!


24 cupcake liners
24 Vanilla Wafers
2 - 8 oz. packages of Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup of Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Vanilla
20 oz. Can of Cherry Pie Filling

Line the cupcake pans with liners.  Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each liner.
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Fill the liners 2/3 full with the cheese mixture.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until set.  Let cool.
Top each with a spoonful of filling.
Serves 24.

I made these recently for a party in our home, and they were a huge hit.  Jewelius is a big fan, too!  Can it just be our little secret how easy these are to make?  Enjoy!

I do want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving this week, too!

Oh give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1

Wishing you a week full of thankfulness!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Castle Time with my Dad...and making Memories with my Sis!


Bonjour mes amis!

I'm so glad to have you here again...

I know I've been a bit absent lately, but I just had a special visitor, my Sister.  So, while I tell you about her visit, I thought I'd share some photos from my Dad's visit with us in France the end of June.  I've shown you this Château numerous times, because we really liked this fairytale-looking Château...such a picturesque setting!  It's Chaumont-sur-Loire, and it stands tall on a cliff overlooking the Loire River.  As I always do when I re-show you a Château, I pick out new details to share.  I hope you enjoy it!  My Dad sure did!

Now, back to my Sister's Visit...

My sister came to celebrate a BIG Birthday!

I always try to tell people she's my older sister...

BUT in reality, she's a couple years younger...still, people always thought she was the oldest sister when we were growing up.

We have another sister as well...who is also younger...

BUT...I can't tell you which big birthday it was for my sister...'cause then you'll know how old I am!  Does that make me vain?

My sister and I had a great long weekend together...

First, we went off to the Canton Flea Market, that only takes place once per month...

I love going to Canton...

There's new stuff to look at, and old stuff...

BUT...compared to the OLD stuff I got to see in France, it's disappointing, but still so fun...

I always get ideas for new projects, and find gifts for others (...and sometimes for myself!  Hehe!)!

We enjoyed two full days at Canton!  We walked ALL day, with only a short break for lunches...

And we stayed in an awesome Hotel in Tyler for the Night...

We brought little bottles of wine with us, but after only half a glass each, we went to bed...

When we returned home after our two full days at Canton, Dr. J had made us...
Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza!

That was an awesome way to cap off the weekend!

Sunday was quiet and relaxing with Worship, Family, and a good Roast!

Monday brought more shopping!  My Sister loves to visit Texas Stores!  They are the best!

Today, I had to put my Sister on a plane back to Chicago...

Unfortunately, I've caught a cold of some sort...

My Sister texted me from Chicago, and told me to rest...

Okay, "Mom", I'm happy to oblige...

After I finish this Post, that is...

I wanted to still show you the Stables at Chaumont-sur-Loire...

And this awesome Gate!

And the interesting Cones on this Evergreen Tree!

And a View I will cherish Forever, of the little town of Chaumont-sur-Loire, along the Loire River, in the beautiful Country of France, where I was privileged to live for a whole year!

Ah!  How I miss this!

Next time, I'll show you the awesome Gardens at this Château!

I'll give my Sister a couple days to put away all her purchases!  (Happy Birthday, Sister!)  She found some beautiful clothes, and some great gifts for her friends and neighbors.  Me, I looked for Christmas Gifts during our Shopping Excursions.  Can you even believe we're shopping for Christmas already???

Until next time mes amis!
Have a "Jewel" of a Day!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

What are you passionate about?


Bonjour mes amis!

Not so long ago, my Horticulture Major daughter, Ms. Emerald, propagated a lovely little plant that she gave to me...

Even though I don't have the greenest of thumbs, the plant is doing fairly well.

Usually when Ms. Emerald shares a plant with me, I cannot "for the life of me" remember the name of it, but this plant's name, I don't seem to forget...

It's a Passion Plant!

And, I'm pretty passionate about seeing what we might get next Spring or Summer from this little plant.  Hopefully, it produces Flowers like this...

Isn't that the coolest flower?  These are the flowers that this Passion Plant produces, and I hope I get to enjoy some of these in my backyard next year.

This got me to thinking about what I'm passionate about, or what I want to be most passionate about...

Today, I'm thinking of this verse from Deuteronomy 6:5...

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your strength."

Now this is something to be passionate about!

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, October 25, 2013

We missed Dinner, but it was worth it!


Bonjour mes amis!

My friend, RuthAnn, has a really adventurous spirit!  She likes to "Stop and Smell the Roses"...And, get the most out of every moment.  I love these things about her!  I tend to be more controlled about my time, and schedule things, but...

The older I get, the more I like RuthAnn's style!  It's so nice to really enjoy life, and enjoy the neat things that are out there.  I certainly got to spend a whole year doing that in France.  Being back in the U.S...back to all the responsibilities, and time constraints, and expectations...

It doesn't leave a lot of time for "stopping to smell the Roses"!

Thankfully, we have our Photos and our Memories!

That's why I'm sharing the magnificence of Château de Chambord today.

After a very full afternoon with our friends, Kirk and RuthAnn, one day in June, we just had to show them one more Château...because it's HUGE and MAGNIFICENT...and they couldn't leave France without atleast getting a glimpse of the outside.

I'm pretty sure RuthAnn took most of these pictures.  Isn't she a fantastic photographer?

The only drawback of stopping to "smell the roses", was that we missed getting some dinner.  We were out in the Country, and on Sundays in France, there is precious little open.  We were close to two hours drive from our home in Orléans, and had many small Villages to drive through to get back.

We were getting hungry, but weren't these views worth a few hunger pangs?

Don't worry, we really didn't miss out on dinner completely....we stopped for pizza when we got to the big city!  It just wasn't our idea of a nice French Meal to serve our friends, but hey, it was fun to have Pizza the French Way!  I hope you get to "stop and smell the Roses" this weekend!

And...I'm wishing you a "Jewel" of a weekend!
Thanks for stopping by today!

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