Catching Up “LONG”…

Nov 25, 2006

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. There are lots of leftovers in the fridge at my house AND for those of you that may be wondering… my turkey came out great! I was so relieved to see lots of juices flowing when my BIL Douglas started carving it. I highly recommend you Brine your turkey if you have not ever done so. That is the secret! My friend Connie gave me her recipe over the phone as she and her family were in Colorado. I followed the instructions to a “T” and must say it was the best turkey I have ever eaten, well besides my Mom’s. So, it seems as though my Aunt is right… if you can read you can cook! I will post the Brine recipe at a later date in case some of you cook turkey for Christmas and want to give this a try. My oldest daughter Terri was quite the cook this year. I am so proud of her. She made several fabulous desserts (Apple Pecan Cheesecake, Chocolate Silk Pie and two Pumpkin Pies), mashed potatoes and some baked mac and cheese that was incredible.

Mac and Cheese

Mashed Potatoes


We also took a few group photos of the family. That is always interesting when all three brothers are together. It took forever as they love to goof around. But, we got a few really nice photos so it was worth the hassle of letting them act like little boys.

Pace Family Photo

Pace Group Photo

My BIL Douglas and Ansley had a cute little duet going on the piano. Ansley has a great ear which helps her learn pretty quick. Here are a few cute photos taken during her lesson. The piano is a 1908 Cable piano which Douglas learned to play on. It is the focal point of our front room. I just love it.

Piano lesson


And finally here is the cover of my altered puzzle. I will get the inside finished this week so you can see what a fun little project this is.

Altered Puzzle Full View

I will have lots of projects to show during the week so check back and don’t forget about my RAK. I will enter your name for each comment you leave on my blog. The deadline is Dec. 1st.

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  • leonie

    Yum, those sweets look so nice., & the altered puzzle is amazing,looking forward to seeing your other projects.

  • kmthornton

    Love that altered puzzle! Can’t wait to see the inside. I’m really looking forward to trying one myself–if I can make the time.

  • LOVE your altered puzzle…did you create the base of the puzzle yourself…or is it a pre-made puzzle…it is just too gorgeous
    Loved looking at all your scrummy food…I will never forget my first bite of pumpkin pie when i visited the US in 1997 (we dont use pumpkin as a dessert in AUS)…
    Hope you had a happy thanksgiving

  • LOVE the Altered puzzle!!!
    Look forward to seeing the rest…….
    GREAT Job on the pumpkin pie!!!

  • uplatette

    this is just gorgeous
    love how it turned out

  • TexasKim

    Love the puzzle!!! Now I can’t wait to get my puzzles back that I am swapping!!!

  • Just so you know, I had to RUN to Target and buy one when you shared your sneak peek. I haven’t touched it yet, but man – you are WAY talented! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  • I forgot – I have a photo of my brother and I playing the piano JUST like your daughter. How fun is that?? One would logically think that after 12 years of piano lessons, I’d play. But, alas – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is about as far as I go now.