Friday, December 31, 2010

Wishing you and your's a Safe New Year's Eve!!!!

Back Home in Texas

We made it back home safe!!!!  We were ahead of some serious storms in Arkansas but we kept on truckin' and barely got wet. 

We drove from Fredericksburg, VA to Nashville, Tenn yesterday.  We were able to meet up with family in Nashville for dinner.  We had a great time eating burgers and chit chatting while STUFFED in a booth way too small for our crowd.  I got to meet my cousins baby, who really is not a baby anymore....  And an added bonus little Ayden (the one I did the candy buffet for back last month who turned 1) was there with his grandmother visiting his GREAT can all get to be rather confusing so I will  just leave it as we all had a great time.

David and I got up before the sun and got out on the road.  We were able to breeze thru Nashville and Memphis before the traffic got bad.  We made it to Texas by 1pm, stopped at the Dairy Queen for lunch, and made it home to Plano, Texas a little after 3pm.

Now this cowgirl needs to unpack and get this house back in order. 


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fredericksburg, Virginia

We are still in Fredericksburg, Virginia today.  The weather is much better, I have been able to get by in a sweater and have not needed my new coat.  I am sure once the sun goes down I will be needing it, again.  There is still snow on the ground, in the shady areas, but driving and getting around is no problem at all.  I was a bit worried about it since I had the car all to myself today.

Fredericksburg is a very historical town so one might think someone, like me, who has studied American History, would be all over the historical significance of it.  There are battle fields to tour and many many historical markers and sites to read about.  Yet, I chose to study study the history in another way....I went Antiquing. 

Down Town Fredericksburg has quiet a few antique shops to rummage through.  I found that most of the antique shops were typical to what I have found in the antique malls in Dallas, Texas.  You will not find the OLD antique furniture, rather you will see lots and lots of collectables from mid-century up to more current items.  This is fine for me as I have no more room for furniture and little money to spend.  

I went thru about 5 or 6 shops and the very last one I went to had the "dear-to-my-heart" Gooseberry Pyrex refrigerator set....ALL FOUR PIECES WITH PERFECT condition.  The price was right, then I got it marked down another 10% so I said "ring em' up, I'll take em".(this is not my photo, I found it on the web...)


I got very excited when I spotted an old fashioned drug store down the street.  I had spur of the moment fantasies of sashaying in there are ordering a cherry coke from a soda jerk named "Biff"...but I walked in and was very disappointed.  No one acknowledged me.  I walked all over the little store, back in the pharmacy part and everything...the pharmacist did not even say "hello".  It was not the picturesque place I had hoped for.  Even thier little bitty selection of post cards was lacking.  So I walked out, still thirsty for a cherry coke.

I spent all day out and about while David was teaching a class and had such a good time.  I did stop and pay my respects at a few spots, so I can hold my history loving head up high.  I also stopped and took a photo of a stream that was frozen....we do not see sights like this much in my neck of the woods...


in case any of y'all are interested in the historical part of Fredericksburg, I got some info from Wickepedia


Located on the Rappahannock River near the head of navigation at the fall line, Fredericksburg developed as the frontier of colonial Virginia shifted west out of the coastal plain. The land on which the city was founded was part of a tract patented in 1671. The Virginia General Assembly established a fort on the Rappahannock in 1676, just below the present-day city. In 1714, Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood sponsored a German settlement called Germanna on the Rapidan River, a tributary of the Rappahannock upstream from the future site of the city, and led an expedition westward over the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1716.
As interest in the frontier grew, the colonial assembly responded by forming a new county named Spotsylvania (after the governor) in 1720 and establishing Fredericksburg in 1728 as a port for the county, of which it was then a part. Named for Frederick, Prince of Wales, son of King George II, the colonial town's streets bore the names of members of the royal family. The county court was moved to Fredericksburg in 1732 and the town served as county seat until 1780 when the courthouse was moved closer to the county center. Fredericksburg was incorporated as a town, with its own court, council, and mayor, in 1781.
It received its charter as an independent city in 1879. The city adopted its present city manager/council form of government in 1911.
The city has close associations with George Washington, whose family moved to Ferry Farm in Stafford County just off the Rappahannock River opposite Fredericksburg in 1738. Washington's mother Mary later moved to the city, and his sister Betty lived at Kenmore, a plantation house then outside the city. Other significant early residents include the Revolutionary War generals Hugh Mercer and George Weedon, naval war hero John Paul Jones, and future U.S. president James Monroe.
The city's development and success was based on other significant residents, enslaved Africans with varied skills, who were critical to its growth. "Slaves worked on plantations, on the docks, in iron industries, mining and quarries, mercantile businesses, construction, domestic services, and others were skilled blacksmiths, coopers, cobblers, and draymen. African Americans were vital in the development of the area."[8]
During the 19th century, Fredericksburg sought to maintain its sphere of trade but with limited success. It promoted the development of a canal on the Rappahannock and construction of a turnpike and plank road to bind the interior country to the market town. By 1837, a north-south railroad, which became the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, linked the town to Richmond, the state capital. A much-needed railroad joining the town to the farming region to the west was not finished until after the American Civil War.
Fredericksburg, Virginia, March 1863. View from across the Rappahannock River. To the right is the steeple of the Baptist Church and toward the center is the tower of St. George's Church.
American Civil War: Union Army Soldiers of 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac, in trenches before storming Marye's Heights at the Second Battle of Fredericksburg during the Chancellorsville campaign, Virginia, May 1863. (#B-157) Sometimes mistakenly labeled as taken at siege of Petersburg, Virginia
Wounded soldiers being tended at Marye's House in Fredericksburg in May 1864. Sometimes mistakenly labeled as taken in the field after the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2, 1863.
During the Civil War, Fredericksburg gained strategic importance due to its location midway between Washington and Richmond, the opposing capitals of the Union and the Confederacy. During the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 11–15, 1862, the town sustained significant damage from bombardment and looting by the Union forces. A Second Battle of Fredericksburg was fought in and around the town on May 3, 1863, in connection with the Chancellorsville campaign (April 27, 1863 – May 6, 1863). The battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House were fought nearby in May 1864.
After the war, Fredericksburg recovered its former position as a center of local trade and slowly grew beyond its prewar boundaries. The University of Mary Washington was founded here in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. Adopting the name of Mary Washington College in 1938, the college was for many years associated with the University of Virginia as a women’s liberal arts college. The college became independent of UVA and began to accept men in 1970. Recently, the college changed names from Mary Washington College to The University of Mary Washington. A separate campus for graduate and professional studies is located in suburban Stafford County.
Today Fredericksburg is the commercial hub of a rapidly growing region in north central Virginia. Despite recent decades of suburban growth, reminders of the area’s past abound. A 40-block national historic district embraces the city’s downtown area and contains more than 350 buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. Notable homes include Kenmore, home of Washington’s sister Betty, and the Mary Washington House, where his mother spent her final years. Crowds of tourists are drawn to the historic district of Fredericksburg during the summer months.
Other historic buildings and museums include the late 18th century Rising Sun Tavern, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, and the James Monroe Law Office Museum. Important public buildings include the 1852 courthouse designed by James Renwick, whose works include the Smithsonian Institution’s castle building in Washington and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and the 1816 town hall and market house. The latter building now houses a local history museum and cultural center.
Nearby points of interest include the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, located 38 miles to the east in Westmoreland County, and the Ferry Farm historic site in Stafford County where Washington spent his boyhood across the river from Fredericksburg. The historic community of Falmouth lies across the Rappahannock to the north and includes the historic house Belmont, home of American artist Gari Melchers.
The area’s Civil War battles are commemorated in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Formed by an act of Congress in 1927, the national military park preserves portions of the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. The Fredericksburg National Cemetery, also part of the park, is located on Marye’s Heights on the Fredericksburg battlefield and contains more than 15,000 Union burials from the area’s battlefields.
The power chord of modern guitar was first developed by Link Wray in Fredericksburg in 1958 during his first improvisation of the instrumental piece "Rumble", a single released by Wray & His Ray Men.[9] The local music scene includes a wide variety of genres.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in Fredericksburg.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Bit of the Bubblie

The Lava Lamp Cocktail
The bubbles in the sparkling wine make the pomegranate seeds rise and fall on the glass, giving this drink the appearance of a retro lava lamp. A flute with a follow stem shows off the effect best.

You will need
1 ounce Pama pomegranate liqueur or 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice
5 ounces brut sparkling wine
3 pomegranate seeds

What to do
Add the pomegranate liqueur or pomegranate juice to a champagne flute. Fill the glass with sparkling wine. Drop in the pomegranate seeds.

Makes 1 cocktail.

The Stiletto Cocktail
You will need
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce cognac
4 ounces brut champagne
3 drops Angostura bitters
spiral of orange zest, for garnish

What to do
Pour the Grand Marnier and cognac into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne. Add the bitters. Garnish with the zest.

Makes 1 cocktail

The Buck Fizz Cocktail 

Created at Buck's Club in London in 1921, this sweet and tangy drink is one of the most frequently sipped champagne cocktails in the world. The grenadine settles at the bottom of the glass, creating a layered, sunset effect. If you omit the grenadine, the drink becomes a Mimosa, named for the bright golden flowers on the mimosa tree.

You will need
1/2 ounce grenadine
1 ounce orange juice
4 ounces champagne
Orange slice, for garnish

What to do
Add the grenadine and orange juice to a champagne flute. Top with the champagne. Garnish with the orange slice. 

Recipes and photos from  They have a great newsletter there with lots of party ideas. 

I love finding new and clever ways to serve champagne.  I am not a big champagne fan but in these cute little cocktails, I am sure to have a glass for the traditional NYE toast.

Surely the a typical Rob and Laura Petrie Party had a few to loosen things up......

Happy New Year....

Monday, December 27, 2010

Well SHOOT!!!! The Hotel has a Laundrymat!!!!

I am on the road this week and thought I was not going to be following my usual house keeping schedule ..... then I woke up to find the hotel has a laundrymat. 

But I will save you, gentle readers, from me misery and just post a few apics....

Isn't she sweet helping mom with the laundry?  I hope she stays tune to my blog for more great tips....

See ya soon!!!!


Friday, December 24, 2010

A Very Merry Christmas to all my followers....

With the next few days being very busy, I want to get a quick Merry Christmas out to all of y'all.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy time with family and friends.  Eat lots and lots, you can always start a diet afterwards.  LOL. 

If you are traveling, as Santa will be, be sure to relax and stay safe.  It is rainy and yucky here in Dallas, Texas.  We will be heading to Garland, Texas (just a short drive, really) to spend Christmas Eve at Aunt Dee's house.  Momma, A.J, Krystal, Joe, Jordan (I hope Jonathan, too), me and David and our cousin Justin will be there.  It will be so nice to see Justin.  I do not think I have seen him since I was in college and he still lived at Aunt Dee's old house in Dallas.

I just love these vintage cards I found.  I think the one with Santa is so classic.  My favorite is the sweet little reindeer.  The look so sweet on the front.  Then you open it up to see....

So there is a little holiday "tail" for you naughty cats and kittens....

Merry Christmas,


Martha's Holiday Glitter Candle Centerpiece

      When I say "Martha", I am most always speaking of Martha Stewart, naturally.  If you are not on her mailing list for, you should sign-up.  I get loads of ideas right in my email's inbox every week.  They have been a valuable help during the holidays. 
These were featured in the email I received today.  I have made something like this in the past and I remember it being much harder than following her simple, step by step, directions.  I will definitely try again.

Copy Design to Glass

Photocopy template, enlarging to fit into a glass hurricane lamp. Roll up the template and slide it inside the glass, with the design facing outward. Secure at the top with transparent tape. Using glue in bottle with a fine-tip applicator, outline one section of the design, then fill it in.


Step 2

Apply Glitter

Working over a bowl, sprinkle with clear glass glitter. Let glue dry; shake off excess glitter. Glue and glitter the next section of the design. Continue all the way around. Remove template; let dry overnight. Place hurricane lamp on a cake stand, and place candle inside.

Read more at Glittered Candleholders - Martha Stewart Crafts
Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa Baby.....

 One of my most favorite holiday songs is "Santa Baby".  I have loved it since first....listen.  I like the sexiness old sound.  Like the slinky songstress in an old style night club.  Thick smokie air and cocktails flowing freely.  Maybe there was a secret room in the back where a group of gangsters shot craps, played cards, or other gambling activities. Of course you had to have a password to get in.  Very hush hush. 

But that is not really the point of this blog.

We were discussing how Santa Baby came to be and the topic of his red "modern" suit came up.  I have always thought that Coca-Cola came up with this in their marketing.  While surfing the net thig morning I came across this.... Did Coca-Cola Invent the Modern Image of Santa Claus?

Damn SNOPES....they are always making me eat my words.

Santa baby, just slip a Sable under the tree for me;
Been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, a '54 convertible too, light blue;

I'll wait up for you, dear; Santa baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun I've missed;

Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed;
Next year I could be just as good... if you check off my Christmas list;

Santa baby, I want a yacht and really that's not a lot;

Been an angel all year; Santa baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight.

[instrumental intermission]

Santa honey, one little thing I really need...

The deed... to a platinum mine, Santa baby,

So hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with the duplex and checks;

Sign your 'X' on the line, Santa cutie,
and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree with some decorations bought at Tiffany;

I really do believe in you;
Let's see if you believe in me...

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing... A ring...

I don't mean on the phone; Santa baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry, tonight


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cherry Tomatoes Filled With Creamy Pesto Cheese

Cherry Tomatoes Filled With Creamy Pesto Cheese
This delicious and attractive appetizer is simple to prepare. You can make the creamy pesto filling ahead of time (keep it, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days), but wait until shortly before serving to stuff the tomatoes.

Preparation Time: 35 minutes

3 cups fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoins pine nuts, toasted (see tip below)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), cut into chunks
2 pints (4 cups) cherry tomatoes, washed and dried

1. Combine the basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the pine nuts and add the rest to the basil. Process until the pine nuts are ground. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Add the soft cheese and pulse until smooth and creamy.

2. Shortly before serving, make an X on the bottom side (opposite the stalk) of each cherry tomato with a serrated or sharp paring knife. Scoop out the seeds with a grapefruit spoon or your fingertips, taking care to keep the tomatoes intact.

3. Scrape the pesto cheese filling into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, or small plastic food bag with a 1cm hole snipped in one corner. Pipe a rosette of filling into each cherry tomato cavity. Garnish the cherry tomatoes with the remaining pine nuts. One serving is about three filled cherry tomatoes.

Serves 16

Nutrition Information
Per Serving: 64 cal, 2g protein, 2g carbohydrate, 0.6g fiber, 5g total fat (1.5g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 0.14g salt. Tip: Toast pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until light golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

Cheesy Zucchini Bites

Cheesy Zucchini Bites
These are so yummy.  They are Kimkins friendly (probably friendly with every diet).  But watchout....only eating a small amount is "ok".  My problem is I want the entire pan and they scream for you to just pop into your mouth...down your tummy...right to your hips.

Makes 35 appetizers

5 medium zucchini (about 6 inches long)
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
This healthy zucchini is topped with tomatoes and crumbled blue cheese then baked until melted.
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced

1. Cut zucchini into 3/4-inch slices. Using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out the insides and discard, leaving the bottom intact. Place zucchini on an ungreased baking sheet; spoon 1/2teaspoon crumbled blue cheese into each.

2. Combine the Parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper; sprinkle half over blue cheese. Top each with a tomato slice; sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan mixture. Bake at 400°F until cheese is melted, 5-7 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information
Per serving (one appetizer): 19 calories, 1 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 58 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein

From Reverse Diabetes

Smoked Salmon Canapés

Serves 12
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes

These elegant party canapés offer a delectable bite of smoked salmon (a good source of protein and omega-3s), moistened with a light, lemony vinaigrette on a low-GL rye bread.

24 slices cocktail rye bread
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons brewed black tea or vodka
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 ounces (250 grams) sliced smoked salmon, finely chopped (1 1/3 cups)
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus sprigs to garnish
2 tablespoons drained capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Coat a baking tray with cooking spray. Arrange the slices of rye bread in a single layer on the baking tray. Spray the tops of the slices lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 12–15 minutes or just until the slices are crisp.

2. Whisk the lemon juice, tea (or vodka), oil, mustard and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the smoked salmon, red onion, dill and capers. Toss to mix well.

3. Shortly before serving, mound about 1 tablespoon of the smoked salmon topping on each slice of toast. Garnish each with a dill sprig. One serving is two canapés.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 84 calories, 5 g protein, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 311 mg sodium.

Christmas Eve Yummies

When growing up, we always had Christmas Eve at Mawma and Pawpa's house.  There were lots and lots of presents.  We opened gifts from Mawma and Pawpa, Aunt Dee, Greatma and Greatpa, and sometimes Aunt Glenda, Uncle Gary, and our cousins Kelly and Keven were there.  When all the gifts were opened, you could not see the floor from all the wrapping paper and bows.  We also had stocking hung over her fireplace (after the "great" remodel...there were other remodels but this one included a fireplace....more to come on that in a future blog, I am sure).

There was never a quiet moment, all of us kids competing for attention from our favorite grown-ups.  One of the gifts was usually a video game (Mawma even got her very own Nintendo one year and became OBSESSED with it) or some musical instrument (drums and electronic keyboards come to mind) so this would bring lots of holiday noise, as well.  Sometimes, there were fights as Mawma and Daddy were never wrong about anything.  But mostly the "noise" was good.

Oh....and there was FOOD.  An over abundance of FOOD.  The thing about Christmas Eve is there was never any menu or theme planned.  I think this is when Mawma and the other adult women cleaned out their Fridgidaires and brought everything to Mamaw's table in Tupperware, festive holiday tins, platters, and Pyrex.  Anything and everything might show up on the Christmas Eve buffet.  Tuna salad, chicken salad (all kind of mayo laced salads), sliced salami, all kinds of cheese, brisket, cheese balls, run balls, whatever we had to make a ball out of....fudge, pecan pralines, chips and dips....DIPS GALORE....crab and other varieties of "log", shrimp cocktail, shrimp kabob, everything to make a sandwich out of....and I am pretty sure this is when the Jello Goop made it's first appearance.

Since Mawma and Pawpa are no longer with us, we have moved the party to Aunt Dee's house.  We still have lots of food, just less people to eat it.  Were were going to bring tamales to the feast but heard that A.J. (my brother) has planned the same, so now I am trying to decide on another dish.  We never have much in the leftover dept, esp junk food that would be fitting for this kind of spread.  With Kimkins and Weight Watchers (for David) planning most of our meals, our food might not be seen as "fun".  I am looking on the web for some new ideas, maybe I will class up the table this year?

I will share a few of the recipes I find in separate blogs.


Happy Birthday Jordan!!!!

This is my most favorite photo of this beautiful girl.  It was taken after a hard morning of Soccer a few years ago.

Look....a Domestic Goddess in training!!!!

LOL....She will kill me for putting this pic on here!!!!

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful niece EV-ER!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Santa needs clean clothes, too....

Just because it is Christmas Week does not mean we housewives get to take a holiday.  Santa, Daddy, the kids, Dixie Lee (she wears a sweater when it is cold) all need clean clothes so here are your Monday Laundry Tips.....

*After washing overalls, drying and smoothing them, tuck a handkerchief in the back pocket before putting them away. This may prevent a last-minute search before your husband dashes out on his way to work.
*To set color in garments: 2 tablespoons turpentine and 1 handful of salt. Pour boiling water over this, then put garment in and leave it until water is cold.
*You can iron faster and easier if you put a sheet of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil stops steam from penetrating the padding and deflects steam back into the article being ironed.
*When laundering doilies or other linen pieces that need careful shaping, leave unstarched for the first ironing. When ironed and shaped to your satisfaction, dip a thin cloth in starch, wring out and smooth it over the article on the ironing board, then iron both layers dry. The doily will be nicely starched and finished.
*When laundering curtains of voile, scrim or any material which has to be ironed, if they are fold so selvage ends are together and ironed they will hang perfectly even and straight.
*To protect sheets and pillowslips, always mend tears, small holes and rips before laundering.
*Slipcovers should be starched to give them more body. They also will stay clean longer.
*To remove lint from your dark blouses, skirts or shirts use Scotch, masking or adhesive tape. Rub tape lightly over the article and the lint will rub off!
*A towel rack on the inside of the clothes hamper lid is handy for hanging damp towels and wash cloths to prevent mildew.
      *When the rope clothesline needs washing, wrap it around a washboard and scrub with a  Stiff                    brush,         rinsing thoroughly. Give the clothespins an occasional dip, too.

What a perfect Christmas present for the busy housewife!!!!

With the "Speed Queen" you will not spend all your day washing these!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jordan's B-Day Party @ Dick's Last Resort

Jordan did things a bit different this year.  She chose to have a smaller party at Dick's Last Resort.  She usually has a huge shindig at home or hotel with lots of her friends.  Last year was her first boy - girl party, she was turning 13 then.  I always have so much fun helping with her parties. 

This year's party at Dick's was a BLAST.  She invited four of her besties.  At Dick's, the waiters are known for being RUDE!!!!  That is part of the fun.  OMG our waiter had his work cut out for him with these little hem..."ladies?"  They gave as good as they were getting.  I am so proud of them.  Being a smart-ass is fun in THIS context.

They are a pretty group, dontchathink?

This is Jordan, the Birthday Girl!!!!

Here they are in the hats the waiter made.  From left to right we have Sarah ("I'm not stupid, I am possesed by a retarted ass ghost"), Amber ("I used to be a boy but look at me now"), Jordan ("My big ass, dumb ass, stupid ass, cheap ass, I hate my waiter's black ass birthday hat"), and Cameron ("2008-2009 Bra Stuffing Champion" and there was a strip of toilet paper hanging from the hat).  The waiter made these hats, so no offense intended or received, it was all in good fun.  That is how Dick's Last Resort rolls.

Joe ("She Beats Me") and Jordan's mom, Krystal ("The Damn Freak Likes It!")

David ("I hope the viagra works better than the rogain") and Me ("F-the Rogain, Viva Viagra")

Mimi ("Ask me about GROUP rates")

I do not know what kind of presents Miss J received because she opened them at her house afterwards to keep from having to carry so many things.  I brought her gifts from me and David.  We gave her black Ugg boots and I made some HOT pink and black curtains for her newly remodeled bedroom. (pics to come as soon as I help her iron, put together, and hand them properly).

Her "theme" this year is Black and White Demask with Pink and HOT Pink accents.  This is how her room was remodeled, too.

I love this tassle.  It was much too pretty to hide in the package so I made it part of the wrapping.  I think it will work well with her curtain "tie backs" or maybe hanging from a drawer pull?

The girls are all about BIG sunglasses this year.  I found these in hot pink and thought about Jordan.  I used them instead of a "bow" on this gift.

I made this card once before but with different colors.  I think I like this one better.  The stamps are Stampin Up! "Bubble Queen".  Paper is from Hobby Lobby's Paper Studio (thier "house" line).

I can not beleive how grown-up she is.  She looks so pretty in her pink sweater and black lacy skirt.  The flower in her hair looked fabulous.

It seems like just yesterday we were having her 5th birthday party and I suprised her with the Kitty, Belle Starr, all dolled up in ribbons.

Happy Birthday my sweet Jordan!!!!