Galatoire's, New Orleans

Friday, December 16, 2011

I just love Bourbon Street

This photo doesn't do it justice, but another
photo of Bourbon Street with a bike passing
by...what timing I have....:)

Danny, Jackie, me and Sara Ann enjoying that delicious wine

It's official, I am a nerd but this chickory coffee
was so good and I had two refills....

Notice Jackie's Old Fashioned and my iced tea to go along
side Galatoire's famous Banana Bread Pudding....delish!
Friday, December 9, 2011

It's always so great going back to the Big Easy. I love the history, the food, the shops and the people.  We did a repeat dinner at Nola Thursday night with the group that was very good.  Jackie hit me Friday morning, while walking to Cafe Du Monde for their legendary beignets, that we were to be at Galatoire's at 11-11:30 for lunch with his Aunt's brother Danny and Sara Ann Felton.  I abruptly snarled and probably hissed that I had plans that started at 10 am when the River Walk stores opened with hopes of getting Chloe some Christmas items.  Jackie quickly made me realize that this was no plain-old lunch on Bourbon Street, this was Friday Lunch at Galatoire's.  I huffed and puffed and pouted and made him buy five cans of Cafe Du Monde coffee as his punishment for not letting me get out of it or send a replacement for me.

So here's how it goes, I rushed back to the Westin to change out of my jeans into the only non-denim item I had which was a black dress, tights and black flats.  A few years back, Martin, Kara, Jackie and I learned that you can't eat at Galatoire's without a coat.  Jackie had to borrow one for that dinner and he reminded me today to get outta those jeans.  So we quickly walked from our hotel off Iberville to Bourbon Street.  When we got there, we could tell that this was no Felix's or Acme line out front, these were high rollers with coats, Rolex's, big heels and two door men in tuxedos before noon on a Friday.

We found Danny in the main dining room visiting with a regular Friday lunch oil tycoon.  We were seated and tended to by Billy, the son of the waiter that Danny's daddy had dating back to the 1940's.  Danny loved explaining that the waiting list was hard to come by as was landing a job at this landmark restaurant.  Danny quickly ordered a bottle of Vuevet Clicquot Champagne.  I do believe this was my first time to have Champagne that wasn't California Sparkling Wine.  It was so stinking delicious, I loved the first and second bottle of it!  Sara Ann joined us close to noon after shopping (see Jackie, I could've done the same thing....).  When at 12:30 Danny wanted another bottle of that fantastic champagne, Sara Ann tried to veer him down the "order lunch already" road, but he already got fired up about another bottle of champagne.  It was great with the crusty bread and butter out on the table.

We did order appetizers, yes I know, that's not me but it's not me to be at Galatoire's on a day off and not take advantage of the Shops of Canal Place or the River Walk.  Jackie ordered Oysters Rockefeller, which was outstanding.  The perfect amount of spinach and creamy sauce, with a spicy kick to it and large, fresh oysters made it one of the best Rockefeller's I've had.  I had the super perfect Avocado and Crabmeat salad that's served over iceberg lettuce with spicy mustard that was receommended by Billy.  I loved the creaminess of the avacodo with fresh crabmeat.  I ate it all, I'm telling you.

On to finally ordering lunch at 1 pm, Danny orders up a bottle of French white burgundy wine that I cannot remember the name of.  I have to be honest, I had never had a white burgundy wine before but I loved it's creaminess and heartiness.  It went perfect with my Crabmeat Sardou which boasted fresh artichoke bottoms filled with fresh crabmeat over creamed spinach topped with hollandaise sauce.  Oh my...that was so darn good, I had to refrain myself from wiping it out on my first glass of wine.  I loved, loved it.  Jackie ordered the Pompano Fish that Danny said wasn't on the menu and Billy knew exactly what it was...The atmosphere in the restaurant was festive and it was a totally packed restaurant and the tables weren't really moving much, like ours.  At 11:30 when we arrived, the hostess was telling people if you weren't on the list, come back at 2:30 and you might get in, just might.

Oh dessert, yes, we had to have dessert.  I'm not sure who ordered up the Bread Pudding with Banana Sauce but it was out of this world.  I just know it wasn't all the champagne and wine I had because I found this on their website (I cannot wait to make this for Kara and I):


Bread Pudding with Banana Sauce
There was a time when the dessert was often overlooked at Galatoire’s. Our patrons were prone to eat and drink heartily throughout the savory portions of their meals and seemed to regard our desserts as little more than adequate supports for celebratory candles.
This simple, elegant dish changed all that. Unlike most bread puddings, this one is light and airy, its texture resembling that of pain perdu, or “French toast."
If you do not have an oversized muffin pan, one-cup ramekins or baking dishes that have been well buttered may be used to cook the puddings.
11 large eggs
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 quart while milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
twenty four 4-inch slices of French bread (baguette)
1 pound salted butter
1 pound light brown sugar
4 bananas
½ cup praline liqueur
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, granulated sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and whisk until well blended. In a nonstick oversized muffin pan (for 2), place 2 slices of the bread into the bottom of each muffin cup. Pour the egg and milk mixture into each muffin cup. Allow the bread to absorb the mixture and repeat the process until the bread is saturated and the muffin cup is full (it might take 3 or 4 fillings to totally saturate the bread and fill the cup). Bake the pudding mixture for 35 minutes, or until the pudding has turned golden and set in the pan.
While the pudding is in the oven, melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the light brown sugar and whisk over the heat until smooth. Slice the bananas, stir them into the sauce, and add the praline liqueur. Reduce the heat to low to keep the sauce warm.
When the pudding is baked, remove from the oven and allow to sit for 15 minutes to cool. Invert the muffin pan to remove the puddings and expose the custard. Place each on the center of a plate and ladle the sauce onto the pudding. Serve immediately.
Serves 12

Jackie had his Bread Pudding with an Old Fashioned like Danny.  Sara Ann and I quickly headed out for some shopping before the reception.  It was 3:30 when I left Galatoire's with my unsweet tea in hand.  Have I mentioned how glad I am that I didn't get out of this lunch?  Check out their fabulous website:  http://www.galatoires.com

Galatoires, 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 504-525-2021

PS.  Okay, I've toyed with telling my followers, friends and family about what happened after Galatoire's...when Jackie ordered up the after lunch drink, I ordered up an unsweet tea and had my mind set on The Toy Shop at Jackson Square, about 8 blocks over.  We have shopped for Chloe at that toy store since she was born except for the year of Hurricane Katrina.  So I hustled on outta there and so did Sara Ann to do some shopping.  I was sprint-walking since I skipped my morning workout, and by two blocks shy of Jackson Square, where the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral sits, I passed some men coming out of a bar with beer or hurricanes in their hands.  I wasn't sure what the drink was but they had something in their hands since I passed them going 55 mph in my flats and next thing I hear is, "ummmm, yeah,  ummm....that's a nice piece of a*^".  You all know me, I made it up to 70 mph because I was home free on making the annual shopping trip to the BEST toy store in the French Quarter.  Two blocks later, I hear, "Lady........Lady......Lady!....You're showing your A**!"  I hear this, turn and it's a palm reader at a card table with big sunglasses on and big red hair.  I stop the sprint and pull my black dress down that bunched up under my big, black purse.  I did have my and Elise Barry's favorite tights on, but needless to say, I was showing my you know what.  I made the corner to the toy store and chuckled in the back of the store while looking over the miniature horses and tried to imagine the view those men saw, as well as all of Jackson Square.  I think it's time that I get the Braziliian Booty DVD's.  I checked my dress back at the hotel, I think it's time for me to tighten up.  :)

I had to add photos of our sweet Chloe over the last few weeks....

Chloe's 5th grade class's music teacher Sherry Phillians
did a great job in directing a Christmas musical that was
wonderful...you can't tell by this photograph but there are about
300 kids on the stage and one of the songs was six students rapping
to the "Night before Christmas" that was excellent and reminded
me of the Beastie Boys, it was well done and wonderful!

Chloe didn't have a speaking part but was glad she got
to be a chicken in the last scene

We also had a snow on Wednesday, Nov. 30..about 2 inches

Chloe made a snowman before school with
the help of her foster dogs

Felicia Suzanne's Kitchen Table, Memphis

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Felicia's kitchen wall...I love that hat up there
and I'm sad I didn't ask her who that soccer
picture was...I'll have to tell ya'll if I find out

I can't believe I took so many photos....here we all are for
Benton's 37th birthday...with Chef Felicia

One of our entrees that we loved....

Alexis is always decked out....

Yet another photo...:)












Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Birfday Benton!  Alexis did a great job of planning Benton's birthday by getting the chef's table at Felicia Suzanne's.  We all enjoyed seeing Felicia Willett (Jonesboro) again and catching up about one of the infamous times Jackie and LB dined at her bar alone...I have no idea where the rest of us were but I believe they were cut off...I'll leave the rest to your imagination...

Ok so we had a WONDERFUL waiter that took great care of us.  Benton did all the wine ordering and I believe there were multiple bottles of red being poured throughout the evening.  If you notice that Alexis had champagne...she said it's cause it helps with her head in the morning! I love it.

Ok...so Felicia's menu is one of my all time favorites.  For this special occasion dinner, I ordered the Pepper Crusted Wild Salmon with sweet corn etouffee and tomato jam.  I did it again, I licked the plate clean.  I mean seriously!  It was so darn good, I was finished first of the birthday dinner guests.  Kara had the special that boasted Redfish with an arugula salad that she liked but couldn't finish.  I should have finished hers!

Dessert featured a chocolate birthday cake for Benton and Kara had the peppermint ice cream dessert.  She was trying to buy some of the ice cream as we were leaving but ended up empty handed, she cracks me up!  The coffee was great, hot and strong, just the way I like it.

You'll love Felicia's attentive waitstaff, excellent and creative food and I love the modern but easy atmosphere in the restaurant.  In the kitchen, it was like eating at home with a paid waitstaff.  I did check out the ladies room, as always, and found it in perfect shape with lots of Aveda products and the waist can by the door.  Make a reservation and bring your appetite and you'll find that Felicia's delivers wonderful, southern food and hospitality.  You won't be disappointed!

Felicia Suzanne's, 80 Monroe, Memphis, 901-523-0877 www.feliciasuzanne.com

Cyber Monday

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

I think I've gotten 50 emails since midnight trying to sell me all kinds of things....when I got this email and read the fine print I thought it was totally worth sharing with everyone.  Take a look at what Patagonia sent me this morning:

Title: Don't Buy This Jacket

Don't Buy This Jacket: Take the Pledge



Today is Cyber Monday. It will likely be the biggest online shopping day ever. Cyber Monday was created by the National Retail Federation in 2005 to focus media and public attention on online shopping. But Cyber Monday, and the culture of consumption it reflects, puts the economy of natural systems that support all life firmly in the red. We're now using the resources of one-and-a-half planets on our one and only planet.
Because Patagonia wants to be in business for a good long time – and leave a world inhabitable for our kids – we want to do the opposite of every other business today. We ask you to buy less and to reflect before you spend a dime on this jacket or anything else.
Environmental bankruptcy, as with corporate bankruptcy, can happen very slowly, then all of a sudden. This is what we face unless we slow down, then reverse the damage. We're running short on fresh water, topsoil, fisheries, wetlands – all our planet's natural systems and resources that support business, and life, including our own.
The environmental cost of everything we make is astonishing. Consider the R2® Jacket shown, one of our best sellers. To make it required 135 liters of water, enough to meet the daily needs (three glasses a day) of 45 people. Its journey from its origin as 60% recycled polyester to our Reno warehouse generated nearly 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, 24 times the weight of the finished product. This jacket left behind, on its way to Reno, two-thirds its weight in waste.
And this is a 60% recycled polyester jacket, knit and sewn to a high standard; it is exceptionally durable, so you won't have to replace it as often. And when it comes to the end of its useful life we'll take it back to recycle into a product of equal value. But, as is true of all the things we can make and you can buy, this jacket comes with an environmental cost higher than its price.
There is much to be done and plenty for us all to do. Don't buy what you don't need. Think twice before you buy anything. Go topatagonia.com/CommonThreads, take the Common Threads Initiative pledge and join us in the fifth “R,” to reimagine a world where we take only what nature can replace.
Common Threads Initiative
REDUCE
WE make useful gear 
that lasts a long time
YOU don't buy what 
you don't need
REPAIR
WE help you repair 
your Patagonia gear
YOU pledge to fix 
what's broken
REUSE
WE help find a home 
for Patagonia gear 
you no longer need
YOU sell or pass it on*
RECYCLE
WE will take back your Patagonia gear that 
is worn out
YOU pledge to 
keep your stuff out 
of the landfill 
and incinerator
REIMAGINE
TOGETHER we reimagine 
a world where we take 
only what nature 
can replace

Puppies for adoption, Birdeye, Arkansas

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Chuckman, about 12 weeks, a lab mix...he's the longest of the
brothers, long like a basset hound

Matchie...aka Munchkin...the tallest and lankiest
of the brothers...both are totally trainable and excellent
listeners....they love to snuggle with each other...and
steal each others toys....
Saturday, November 26, 2011

Chuckman and Matchie:

Well it's about time I blogged again about all the stray dogs around here!  lol!  These are the two of the latest strays....here is Chuckman and Matchie, brothers that are about 12 weeks old, totally vetted and great listeners. They are leash  trained and are being trained to shake and roll over by our 10 year old.  The strays are a family project as well as a neighborhood project.  Spaying and neutering are excellent investments in your community in helping unwanted litters, males roaming and fighting as well as helping with testicular cancer, uterine infections and breast cancer.  If you have a forever home for one of these precious 3 month olds, just let me know!  Happy Holidays Ya'll!  Oh, and pets are never a good gift idea.  Chloe dressed them in Christmas garb because she's ready for the holidays! :)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago

On the walls of the symphony hall are the names of the
members of this world-renowned orchestra...this is Wendy

A view from my seat



Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gosh, I'd say it's been a year and a half since I've been in Chicagoland to see my BFF from 4th grade, Wendy Koons Meir.  She let me invite myself to come up to Cook County, see her play with the CSO, shop the outlets and other stores, eat many fabulous meals and look up all her old friends/boyfriends on my facebook.  We had a great weekend of laughs remembering old times in  Oklahoma City.  Eran was a good man putting up with all our activities...we had a blast.  Here's some photos from the CSO weekend.

The CSO featured Stephane Deneve, conductor, Leonidas Kavakos, violin performing two pieces from Sergei Prokofiev, a Russian composer.  Suite from The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33a and Violin concerto No.2 in G Minor, Op. 63.  After intermission we heard The Spider's Feast, Op. 17 by Albert Roussel and Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe by Maurice Ravel.

 I'm adding pics from her fabulous block in River Forest, it's one block over from Oak Park where all the Frank Lloyd Wright homes are.  Her block is next to fabulous stores and restaurants.  It's so fun to have Whole Foods two blocks away.  Eran and I ran 4 miles on Sunday and we had a good pace going, I'd say a 10 minute mile and on Monday, I ran in the middle of school traffic.  THERE ARE NO Buses in River Forest.  Kids walk and bike to school and I witnessed two walking school buses (that I want to get started here) and a dad monitoring a cycling bus to school.  I loved it!  And it was 38 degrees and kids walked...hmm....we are in such a comfort zone in East Arkansas with a high rate of childhood obesity.  I didn't see one child overweight there, not one come to think of it.  :)
Wendy introduced me to this usher....all
of the staff at the CSO are welcoming and great!

Ok...I had to add this photo from May 2009 at the CSO when
Sting was their musical guest...it was a fabulous concert,
I loved every minute of it!  We were seated behind the stage!
River Forest, IL has lots of sidewalks and low
traffic...a great neighborhood!

The Publican, Chicago

I ordered up the Bloody Mary with Tito's vodka featuring
publican mix, house-made celery bitters & a choice of a beer.
Wendy ordered the Brouwerij Hof Ten Cormaal (Tildonk, Belgium)
Winter II...Sorry about the lighting bouncing off that delicious Mary

I loved the lighting.....

Our waitress recommended that we order the Publican Bacon $7
that is maple syrup-braised....it was so stinking good, and
yes, I did try it, just a piece.  It was worth the $7....

Wendy wanted to get the Pecan Sticky Buns $4....they were
moist and crunchy in the middle...the girls (and us big girls)
totally loved them...nuts and all


Very modest on the outside and super neat on the inside!
Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wendy was super pumped about taking me to this restaurant for brunch near downtown Chicago.  We took Maytal and Ayelet with us and they did wonderfully, especially since we had a booth with a little door on it.  We were first served coffee, water and juice.  Our waitress got us started with Wendy's order of Pecan Sticky Buns $4 and a Waffle $7 to split for Maytal and Ayelet, with no green tomato jam but syrup on the side.  It was out of the kitchen in a hurry, which was nice with our young patrons.  They ate that waffle up in a flash.  It had a unique, airy lightness to it that would have been great with the green tomato jam but the warm maple syrup was a great sweet addition.

For our entrees, Wendy ordered the Soft-Scrambled Eggs and Bone Marrow served with shallots, capers, parsley and toast $12.  I knew she'd order something crazy like that....she did have to send it back because she couldn't get bone marrow out of the bone because it was overcooked.  She got a second try at her order and it was cooked perfectly.  I ordered the Pork Belly Bibimbap fried egg, jasmine rice, garlic, ginger and kimchi $13.  Our waitress recommended it because the chef was Korean.  Kimchi is Korean inspired pickled vegetables usually cabbage, radish, onions, carrots, ginger and garlic.  It added a unique element with the pork belly and rice.  I didn't care for the pork as much, mainly because I had a bite of that gigantic Publican Bacon.

The girls did wonderfully at the restaurant.  Our coffee and waters were refilled constantly during our meal.  Overall, we were both impressed with the Publican.  Oh and they have the most unique joining restrooms.  One sink for boys and girls and low lit stalls mixing boys and girls.  Very unique.  You'll like the service at the Publican and the organic choices on the menu.  I thought it was interesting that their menus were printed on the back of old menus hence, saving paper.  Here's an excerpt from their website:


From the team that created Blackbird and avec restaurants, The Publican is a new beer-focused restaurant located at 845 W. Fulton in Chicago. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Brian Huston crafted an eclectic menu inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall. Designed by James Beard Award-Winner Thomas Schlesser, The Publican features the same simple lines and strong design elements that made the architect’s long-time partnership with Design Project Manager/Partner Donnie Madia so successful. A partnership between Executive Chef Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Eduard Seitan, The Publican anchors the burgeoning Fulton Market District.
Featuring pork and fish/seafood preparations, the menu is best described by Kahan and Huston as “pristine product, simply prepared,” an approach to food Kahan has long espoused in all of his kitchens. The Publican boasts the simplest cuisine of all three properties, each dish stripped of adornment and containing only essential ingredients. The menu is presented in sections: Fish, Meat and Vegetables, each laid out from lightest to heaviest fare.
Pristinely fresh oysters, hand-selected for the restaurant from purveyors with whom the culinary team has formed partnerships over the past year, anchor the fish portion of the menu. From classic Belgian-style mussels to seafood stew to wood-roasted whole fish, the seafood is simple and straightforward yet eclectic in presentation.
Meat dishes center upon pork, all certified organic and sourced from Dyersville, Iowa. Anchored by a wide selection of housemade terrines and charcuteries, the menu changes daily to reflect the seasonal availability of products. Other hearty dishes, again, presented simply and stripped of adornment, include such seasonal items as black and white sausage, steak tartare, pork shoulder and pot-au-feu. Kahan and Huston plan to make the wood-roasted chicken a signature, “… with the best frites in town,” boasts Kahan.

The Publican, 837 W. Fulton, Chicago, IL60607, 312-733-9555 Check out this wonderful website: www.thepublicanrestaurant.com

From the team that created Blackbird and avec restaurants, The Publican is a new beer-focused restaurant located at 845 W. Fulton in Chicago. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Brian Huston crafted an eclectic menu inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall. Designed by James Beard Award-Winner Thomas Schlesser, The Publican features the same simple lines and strong design elements that made the architect’s long-time partnership with Design Project Manager/Partner Donnie Madia so successful. A partnership between Executive Chef Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Eduard Seitan, The Publican anchors the burgeoning Fulton Market District.
Featuring pork and fish/seafood preparations, the menu is best described by Kahan and Huston as “pristine product, simply prepared,” an approach to food Kahan has long espoused in all of his kitchens. The Publican boasts the simplest cuisine of all three properties, each dish stripped of adornment and containing only essential ingredients. The menu is presented in sections: Fish, Meat and Vegetables, each laid out from lightest to heaviest fare.
Pristinely fresh oysters, hand-selected for the restaurant from purveyors with whom the culinary team has formed partnerships over the past year, anchor the fish portion of the menu. From classic Belgian-style mussels to seafood stew to wood-roasted whole fish, the seafood is simple and straightforward yet eclectic in presentation.
Meat dishes center upon pork, all certified organic and sourced from Dyersville, Iowa. Anchored by a wide selection of housemade terrines and charcuteries, the menu changes daily to reflect the seasonal availability of products. Other hearty dishes, again, presented simply and stripped of adornment, include such seasonal items as black and white sausage, steak tartare, pork shoulder and pot-au-feu. Kahan and Huston plan to make the wood-roasted chicken a signature, “… with the best frites in town,” boasts Kahan.
A selection of vegetables rounds out the menu, including such seasonal items as daily aïoli, roasted broccoli, pine nuts and Italian buratta and cauliflower sformato with Marcona almond romesco.

Garden Update....

Can anyone help me with my 2 year old asparagus?
They've fanned out and I've never mowed over them,
I'd love to get some feedback.....

Baby spinach I planted in late September

I cannot tell ya'll how many green tomatoes we have, there
are a ton!

I'm so proud of my romaine....
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Now to the garden update.  I took these pics recently just before this week's record 11 inches of rain...I'll have to put some more on here when we're back from Oklahoma City.  I'd love anyone to chime in on young asparagus.  I'm anxious to harvest some in a few years when their stalks are bigger.  Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll!

Jimmy and Beth's Wedding, Birdeye

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What a beautiful bride!  With flower girl, Stella

Benton and Alexis
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hats off to Martin and Kara who graciously opened their home for a family wedding.  Jimmy and Beth, members of our BBC cycling club, asked to get married in their historic home and Martin and Kara said yes, of course!  There was a TON of planning, cleaning, electricity put in, tents, signs, a fabulous caterer, a wonderful cake, a legendary band and many more things that made the wedding unprecedented.  It was a wedding on my top 5 list and I'd say 2nd to LB and Jessica Vaught's wedding in 1998.  Now that is saying something!  Everything was planned to a "t" and it was wonderful.  I took lots of photos and Chloe took a video until my battery died.  Here are some pictures!  For the record:  Caterer was Fabulous Foods, Helen McClain, band was the Memphis Soul Revue, and I'm not sure who did the cake or flowers but I'm telling you it was the bomb.com!  Here are the photos....:)  I can also add that I had a top 5 list that later grew to a top 10....I'm putting that out there for the usual suspects....:)

Aww....


Those flowers were amazing..this is Kara's
dining room....the food was so delicious
Beth, Kara, Alexis, Me and Lashun...the night is just beginning...

There were about 200 guests invited to the outdoor wedding


Alexis and I always catch up where we leave off...


Oh and there was a Kids Marathon that morning....
Jackie, Stan and Martin all ran the 1/2 (Jackie got a
trophy in his age group.....wow!)



Beth, her sister and her friends from home and Ole Miss!!
What's the name of that song, "Hoddy Toddy?"
Stella, Chloe and Whit on the 2nd level

Look at Chloe's pink boots...:)

Outside before the wedding with Whit and Michael Huff, JR

My community leader Kim Brown with new FIANCE David...
Can't wait for the details of their wedding....:)

Chloe's camera had another focus problem but here we
are on the dance floor...fun, fun!!

Happy Fall!

This is one of the Speckled Sussex Hens

Oh the girls just love the yard...eating bugs and grass...
this is a Silver Laced Wyandotte

Chloe taking a pounding from Whit and Stella in her HOT DOG
costume...it was a great party!

After the scavenger hunt...

Biscuit had a matching Hot Dog outfit....

Chloe's camera had a focus problem when we all went out
for dinner for Beth's Girls Night Out dinner at McEwan's...
it was a fun and delicious dinner!

This Ginkgo tree lays tree nuts...you
can actually see them under the trunk of the tree

If I could move this Gingko tree out about
25 feet from Chloe's playroom I would...
it's beautiful nonetheless...


I am going to guess here but I believe this
is one of Larry's Trident Maple Trees....sorry
I didn't get a photo of it earlier...it is outstanding
in the fall!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WOW!  If only Winnie Bob and JH could see the fall colors this year...and their great grandchildren!  Winnie Bob and JH were married 45 years when he passed in 1990...she hired Larry Lowman to help her in her yard and planted these beautiful Ginkgo trees back in 1991 I'd say.  We know we have a female and a male Ginkgo tree...I also learned that the Ginkgo tree nuts that one of the trees sheds are used in China for weddings and other celebrations.  Hmm...maybe I should prepare some of them and blog about it! :)

I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful, although too large, yard.  We have daffodils from February to April, neat surprise Lilly's in the summer and fall, beautiful trees all year round!  I added some photos of the chickens that have been "free range" chickens since summer and I think they are laying somewhere in the yard since I don't have any eggs and some photos of Whit's scavenger hunt birthday party.  Happy Fall Ya'll!