Sunday, December 10, 2017

Travels with Marci at Crystal Lake

My full time job (besides blogging) has me on the road quite a bit these days, regularly buzzing around eight different counties here in Arkansas.  I am so very blessed to live in a beautiful area.  When something catches my eye, I snap a picture or two with my phone.


There's really no telling what I might photograph!  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Big Family Holiday Menu

My family is BIG!  I am the youngest child of six as is my mother.


My dad is the youngest child of eight.  (Some are missing in the photo below)  These days, our daughter and son-in-law are foster parents, so the number of grandchildren we have can change at just about any time.  'Told you my family is big!  ;-)  That moment of the holidays where you notice the house is too hot, too loud and way too full of people, well, that's my favorite part!  It makes me feel at home!


   It's become our tradition to host Thanksgiving dinner.  Everyone is invited even if they can only stop by for dessert.  I have a wonderful time!  Handsome Husband can feel a little overwhelmed, but doesn't complain.  I'm glad he is on my team!


This menu worked really well for both of us this year.  Quite a bit of prep was done each evening a few days before.  During crunch time, OUR KITCHEN was all mine and Handsome Husband was outside with the smoker.  This may just be our "Go To Menu" forever!  I wanted to post it so I can remember for next time!  ;-)  This little blog is a handy reference tool for me.  ;-)

Big Family Holiday Menu: 

Appetizers:
Our Daughter's Cheese Ball
Relish Tray
Cracker Tray

Main Course and Sides:
Smoked Turkey
Smoked Brisket
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Green Beans
Corn Casserole
Cornbread Stuffing
Rolls
Cornbread

Desserts:
Peanut Butter Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Coconut Cream Pie

As I read thru the list, I think I should publish some of these recipes!  How big is your family?

;-)  -Marci

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gift Wrap Theme for 2017

Our Christmas shopping is almost complete, so wrapping has begun!


I'm generally not a big fan of traditional paper, but




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist Linky Party & Happy December!

Our news this week...  We enjoyed a little weekend getaway to nearby Branson, Missouri.  Our agenda included a bit of Christmas shopping, but mostly just relaxing.  Handsome Husband and I are The Worst about getting all wrapped up with work, chores and other daily tasks instead of remembering the importance of our relationship.  It was nice to have a couple days reconnecting and resting.  Photos coming soon!  ;-)  Did you notice the Winter Holiday Link Party that began just before Thanksgiving?  You are welcome to link any posts relevant to the theme that are family friendly.


 I am so glad you are here today for this party.  There is no limit on links as long as they are family friendly including giveaways, Etsy shops and other link parties.  Please remember to visit some fellow party animals and leave positive comments!



Monday, December 4, 2017

You're the Star Blog Hop {December}

Welcome to a new week and new features for this little blog hop!

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg

Before we continue onto the Linky party 




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Link Party Feature!

Exciting news!





post is being featured at


Across the Boulevard



I am so very honored! 

;-)  -Marci

Travels with Marci A Windmill

My full time job (besides blogging) has me on the road quite a bit these days, regularly buzzing around eight different counties here in Arkansas.  I am so very blessed to live in a beautiful area.  When something catches my eye, I snap a picture or two with my phone.


How pretty is this spot?  This is another shot on Highway 103 which has to be one of the prettiest drives in Arkansas.  Where is your favorite scenery in or near your home?

;-)  -Marci

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Book Review: The Mountaintop School for Dogs

and other second chances

by Ellen Cooney



A partial synopsis from GOOD READS:  The Sanctuary. High up on the mountain, the Sanctuary is a place of refuge. It is a place where humans save dogs, who, in turn, save the humans. It is a place where the past does not exist, where hopelessness is chased away, where the future hasn’t been written, where orphans and strays can begin to imagine a new meaning for “family.” 


My thoughts:  I did not want this book to end.  It will have me thinking about the characters for quite some time, imagining the next chapter in their stories.  Where are they now, I wonder?  That's my favorite kind of book!  Giant George completely stole my heart and made me cry with his gentle generosity.  Evie's curiosity and resilience is really quite remarkable especially the last few pages of the book.  Everyone deserves a second chance, don't you think?  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs or stories of rehabilitation.

What have you been reading?

;-)  -Marci

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Transforming a Brother's T


Granted, this cutie pie with a missing front tooth could pull off any look, but...




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist - The Last One for November

Our news this week...  Thanksgiving was wonderful, filled with the people we love.  One of our granddaughters asked to spend the night, and of course, we said "Yes".  We are getting some Christmas decorating done now.  Did you notice the  Winter Holiday Link Party that began last week?  You are welcome to link any posts relevant to the theme that are family friendly.  I am so glad you are here today for this party.  There is no limit on links as long as they are family friendly including giveaways, Etsy shops and other link parties.  Please remember to visit others and leave positive comments!


This guy is such a good host!  He greets everyone with a wag and small kiss.





Monday, November 27, 2017

You're the Star {December}

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg

WELCOME!  Do you know I am also co-hosting a Winter Holiday Link Party?  If you have time, I'd love for you to join the fun!




Sunday, November 26, 2017

Travels with Marci at Square Rock

My full time job (besides blogging) has me on the road quite a bit these days, regularly buzzing around eight different counties here in Arkansas.  I am so very blessed to live in a beautiful area.  When something catches my eye, I snap a picture or two with my phone.


Can I just say how much I love this series of posts?  It has me watching for photo ops wherever I go.  This pretty little barn would not have caught my attention if it weren't for the quaint, old church across the highway.



Saturday, November 25, 2017

A Hazy Day with Carter


Don't you love a fellow that is tall, dark and handsome?  ;-)  This is Carter.



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thank You!

This little post is just to express gratitude to everyone who has supported and encouraged my humble little blog.  Thank you very much! 


From our family to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party

Our news this week...  We have been prepping to host a Thanksgiving party!  Being from a large family, I absolutely love having a house filled to the brim with our loved ones!  Did you notice the  Winter Holiday Link Party that began yesterday?  You are welcome to link any posts relevant to the theme that are family friendly.  I am so glad you are here today for this party.  There is no limit on links as long as they are family friendly including Etsy shops and other link parties.  Please remember to visit others and leave positive comments!


The Rocky Mountains are so beautiful!  I seriously need to get more posts published from our trip to Colorado!





Monday, November 20, 2017

Winter Holiday Link Party

I've joined a group of talented blogging friends to bring you a month long holiday party.  We’ll be sharing ideas for holiday decor, crafts, cards, tree trimmings, recipes, holiday traditions, activities, and more! 

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We invite you join us and share yours, too. There is no limit on the number of links as long as they are family friendly and related to any of the Winter holidays.  New or older posts are welcome.

My Favorite Pillow Covers & De Stash Challenge

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family in the US!


I am co-hosting a Winter Holiday Link Party later today.  New as well as older posts are welcome as long as they fit the theme and are family friendly.  Please come back, OK?

Right now, though, this is my post where I join other bloggers for a monthly challenge to create from what we have hoarded stashed in craft supplies, spending no more than $10 for miscellaneous bits like glue or ribbon.



You're the Star Blog Hop {November}

Is Thanksgiving really here?!  It's my favorite holiday!

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg

Before we continue to the Linky party I wanted to let everyone know I will be co-hosting a Winter Holiday Link Party later today and Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party tomorrow.  Will you please come back and join me for those, too?


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Travels with Marci near Green Forest

My full time job (besides blogging) has me on the road quite a bit these days, regularly buzzing around eight different counties here in Arkansas.  I am so very blessed to live in a beautiful area.  When something catches my eye, I snap a picture or two with my phone.


Even on a hazy day, you can see all the way into Green Forest from this spot.  (Please ignore the spots from my windshield.)  I sure do love my Ozark Mountains!

Where have you been lately?

;-)  -Marci

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Buckeye Harvest 2017


Another Silent Saturday post.  I hope you enjoy the photos!



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Custom Toddler T-Shirts and Headbands


Our small town is filled with sweet people.  We have the cutest little neighbor who has become our honorary grandchild!



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist #

Our news this week...    Three of our grandchildren spent the weekend with us.  We had a blast playing at a couple of parks and just being rowdy in general.  They bring such joy!  I am so glad you are here to party with us.  There is no limit on links as long as they are family friendly including Etsy shops and other link parties.  Please remember to visit others and leave positive comments!


This beautiful rose was photographed while we were in Colorado.  I seriously need to get more posts published from our trip!





Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Travels with Marci Thistles and a View

My full time job (besides blogging) has me on the road quite a bit these days, regularly buzzing around eight different counties here in Arkansas.  I am so very blessed to live in a beautiful area.  When something catches my eye, I snap a picture or two with my phone.


If you enjoy this series, you can find more on my blog page titled My Ozarks.



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Silent Saturday - Girls' Weekend


We love it when our girls visit!



Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Morning Walk with Molli


This sweet girl is a such a great walking partner!