Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Eve of New Year's Eve 2012




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Happy New Year 2012


Payton Alene 6lbs 4ozs......Happy New Year!!!!!
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Sinatra Art


Painting by Kaite. The big guy takes a nap.......
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Fixen Dinner..............


Marmor and Maicey are busy in the kitchen getting ready for our family dinner celebration on the eve of New Year's Eve.
Best wishes for a happy and productive 2012.
We Love You All
Marmor and Poppa
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Eating Black Eyed Peas.............

A New Year's tradition of good luck.

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring prosperity.

The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.
Another suggested origin of the tradition dates back to the Civil War, when Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock, and destroyed whatever they could not carry away. At that time, Northerners considered "field peas" and field corn suitable only for animal fodder, and did not steal or destroy these humble foods

In the Southern United States the peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring (such as bacon, ham bones, fatback, or hog jowl), diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar.

So… like where do you buy hog jowls?? I remember we always ate black eyed peas on New Years Day. Mother made them with salt pork and we used pickled pepper vinegar. They really aren't too bad to eat but not a favorite. Now we buy a can at the grocery store and eat a couple of spoon fulls as a tradition. Maybe we should cook up some this year and eat a bunch as we could use as much prosperity as possible.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winter Solstice.....Burning the Clocks

Photo from the Seattle Times

People carry lanterns at the Burning The Clocks Festival in Brighton, England.
The annual celebration is enjoyed by thousands of people who carry paper lanterns through the streets of Brighton culminating on Brighton Beach where the lanterns are burnt and the Winter Solstice is marked.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

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A fun Christmas Day was enjoyed by all. Payton was home / Maicey was enjoying everyone and everything....and Amanda had a wonderful birthday. Christmas 2011
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011



Another fun Christmas sweater party......HoHoHo
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Maicey...Merry Christmas

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What a happy night at the Christmas party. Maicey saw Santa and told him she wanted a hippopotamus. When she got down she turned around and told Santa "See you next week"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Payton Goes Home.......

Yes Payton is in there, so small and so sweet.

Good bye Evergreen Hospital