Easter on the Mountain

I was invited to spend Easter on Petit Jean Mountain with the Ettmans and Giovanninis. We had lunch at 1:00 at Peter and Elizabeth’s. I love this meal. Easter you can have anything you want.  We had ham, mac and cheese, potato salad, green bean casserole, asparagus, deviled eggs, bunny cake and chocolate pie. It was all wonderful and the company was great. This was the first Easter without Mama. In the past few years she enjoyed getting out and coming. She was greatly missed this year.

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Engagement Party on Petit Jean

The Saturday before Easter I was invited to an engagement party on the mountain at Mather Lodge. Well, sir I didn’t know that Easter weekend was a big park and camping weekend. People were everywhere.  There were no parking places. Well, the kids got engaged and we had a nice buffet lunch with both families. It was a really nice afternoon.


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W. N.S. April 19 – Meat Loaf

I wanted to cook meatloaf for W.N.S.   Myron Sweeden had the best meatloaf at the Better Burger. I loved the red glaze/sauce they always made. I couldn’t find Mama’s recipe, so I looked up Paula Deen’s on the net. Of course, I called Mrs. Rita to see if it was close to what that generation made. She said keep it simple with simple ingredients and it would turn out fine. So, I did. But, I had 13 coming for supper.  So, I made 3 big loaves out of 4 1/2 pounds of hamburger. Judy and Jeanie were my taste testers. I gave them some to try it out.

My Old Fashioned Meatloaf:     1 pound ground beef, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, 1 egg, lightly beaten, 8 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice, 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats.  Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon prepared mustard. Mix all meatloaf ingredients well and place in a baking dish. Shape into a loaf. Mix ingredients for topping and spread on loaf. Bake for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

What do you serve with meatloaf? I had mac and cheese, peas and mushrooms, fried okra, black-eyed peas, squash and onions, mashed potatoes, rolls, gravy and Aunt Martha made brownies. It was Ben and Debbie, Uncle Stewart and Aunt Martha, Pete, Beth, Robert, Blake, Will, and me. Then, Mama Zoe, Cindy, and Maggie came in after dress shopping in Little Rock. I really didn’t have much left. It was a fun night.

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Sewing with the Gang at G-Maw Mary’s

We had our weekly sit and sew at G-Maw Mary’s. It was a quiet uneventful day.  Three were gone.  Mary L. had Fannie, Kay, Mary P., and me.   Margaret, Deanna, and Wanda had other things. It was really quite nice. I did some paper cutting while the others sewed.

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The New Petit Point Purses

When I was at the quilt show in the Fayetteville area, I always go to the little shop or boutique that the guild runs. They are always selling neat and unusual things to make money for the guild. Well, this time I spent a whole dollar and got a petit point purse. Great luck. Just sitting there with a dollar price tag on it. I grabbed it up and ran to check out. It didn’t have a handle or a closure, but I can make something out of it or repair it.  Then a friend of mine was on an on-line auction. He found one and got it really, really cheap. BUT, when it is on-line you have to pay a premium and shipping and handling. That rose the price up a bit. But, it was a great purse with a wonderful scene for only $28.00. Well, done, my friend. Thanks for thinking about me.

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Easter Wood Burning

Well, I lost this post. So, I’ll do a quick version:  I wood burned some items for Ashleigh for Easter.

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Antiquing Around Tulsa

While I was at Tulsa to teach at Waggoner, OK, I went antiquing with Gary, Butch, and Dianne. I am getting more selective. I guess more picky in my old age. I really don’t need anything, but I do find lots of presents for friends later. This trip I got a petit point pill box, a petit point pen, a small strawberry pot, and 2 crystal candle holders. Oh, I did find a wooden fishing pole with 3 wooden fish for a friend’s fishing cabin. You never know what you’ll see or take home. Oh, the china painted vase was a prize for winning a card game.


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