Saturday, December 16, 2017

Green Friday at Hobbs State Park

When our sweet granddaughter asked to spend the night after Thanksgiving dinner, we of course said "yes" and started looking for something to do the next day.  Hobbs State Park was one of the first spots we checked.  Thankfully, they offer a wonderful program called Green Friday!


The feathered welcoming committee consisted of a beautiful Barred Owl and native Turkey Vulture!  As cars were pulling in, these friendly birds were waving and smiling.  What fun costumes!  The excitement began before we had even unbuckled!



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Garden Guest: Tired Tiger?

The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  You can do the same by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young.  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I have a series of posts to show you our Garden Guests.  If you would like to see more posts like this one, please hop over to my Garden Page.


When these shots were being snapped, the creamy color made me think this beauty was a Zebra Swallowtail.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's Party Time! Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party

Our news this week...  December weather has arrived and we spent most of the weekend inside.  I finished a couple of sewing projects and did quite a bit of wrapping.  We are on the very edge of being ready for Christmas and getting excited!


  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 11, 2017

Glitzy Clip Board *Fail* - Dollar Store Craft Challenge

It's time for another Dollar Store Craft Challenge!  I love partnering with this talented group of bloggers! 
My project begins with a very humble clip board from our nearby dollar store.  It was only $3.50 and I actually need one for a couple of places I visit for my job outside the blog.  I thought this would be quick and simple.   Wrong!



You're the Star {December} Merry Christmas!


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

WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December "You're the STAR" blog hop!

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