Beach · summer · Surprise · Vacation

Weekend Getaway part 1

Jeff and I don’t really get away from the ranch very often.  Usually people come visit us, like Misha and Jimmy.  Plus we always have animals to see after, which makes trips a little hard.  But this summer we managed two long weekend trips.

This past weekend we ventured to Galveston.  My old stomping grounds.  Oh how I love the beach!  It is my happy place.  If you have ever seen the movie, City Of Angels with Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage, and then you know the scene when all the angels go to the beach and you can just feel the presence of God.  Well that is how I feel about the beach.  I think it is the most amazing wonder God created.

On our way to Galveston, we made a stop and visited my Mom and Dad.  I got to see my older sister Libby too.  It was a nice visit.  I haven’t seen them in forever.  After that we headed to the Galveston with a pit stop at the boardwalk in Kemah.  If you have never gone to Kemah you should.  It is a little town on the west coast of Galveston Bay.  They have a boardwalk with restaurants and carnival games and rides.  There is an aquarium and you can watch gorgeous sailboats on the bay.

We enjoyed some Bubba Gump seafood and couple of rides and games before heading back on the road to Galveston.

My favorite hotel to stay in Galveston is Hotel Galvez.  It is old historic hotel built in 1911,  and has survived so many hurricanes.  There is a documentray on the History Channel about Galveston.  If you like Texas History it is a must watch.

We did a little shopping and visited an art gallery on the strand, we walked the seawall and ate some delicious seafood, we had an afternoon of spa time,  and of course we went to the beach.  Each day Biv and I would take a walk on the beach and look for seashells.

The beach is so relaxing to me.  And Galveston brings back so many memories.  If you have never been to Galveston, you need to make a trip there.  Especially if you love history.  There is so much Texas History in Galveston.  It was a major port for the United States.  There is the Bishop Palace, which is a must tour.  There is a tour of wood carvings around Galveston.  You can walk or rent motorized bikes.  There is pier 21, Moody Gardens and Aquarium and Pleasure Pier.

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Just to list a few things to do.  Now I know the water is not gorgeous blue like Florida beaches but it is just so relaxing to sit under an umbrella and to feel the ocean breeze.

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Oh how I miss living on the beach and smelling that ocean air.

But you know what I miss the most?  The fresh seafood!!!  And did we eat seafood, even for breakfast.  The Hotel Galvez is famous for their Sunday Brunch.  You don’t have to stay at the hotel to have Sunday brunch there.  Many locals come to brunch after church on Sunday morning.  The food is amazing.  The best buffet I have ever eaten at.  They have waffle, omelet, pasta, prime rib stations with a chef to cook up whatever you want.  Jeff had an omelet with shrimp, not to mention all the other food he ate.  Like his second plate with prime rib and mashed potatoes…which he said reviled mine.

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I had gulf shrimp, raw oysters and  eggs Benedict. Yum! And of course some seafood gumbo!

Here are a few pictures of the Brunch buffet.  And these are just some of the buffet.  I love the pelican ice sculpture with the gulf shrimp. oyster and crab legs.

Then we hit the dessert bar.  OH MY!  All these wonderful desserts.  I didn’t stay on my diet here.   Bread Pudding, Creme Brûlée, Red Velvet Cupcakes, tarts, Chocolate Creme Cups ( which tasted so similar to my chocolate pudding ) ,  Cherry Cobbler and Cheesecake to name a few.  Here are some pics.

Brunch may have started our day with a bang but it was the fireworks out over the Gulf, that really gave us a great finale to our Sunday.  Jeff was so tired from our day of exploring he took a nap on the Adirondack chair on the lawn waiting for the fireworks.


So if you have a chance for a weekend getaway, don’t forget about Galveston, Texas.  So much to do and enjoy there or just sit back and relax on the beach.

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Baking · Surprise

Sweet Taste of Summer

We had guests over and we went to grillin’.  We grilled fajitas and made all the fixin’s…  good ole guac, pico, grilled veggies, rice and beans, and don’t forget that homemade salsa.  I had promised George and the crew I would make them a pie, to thank them for all the work they had done on the house.

Well I couldn’t make up my mind so… I made two desserts.  A friend of mine gave me some extra rhubarb that she had left over from making strawberry rhubarb jam.  Oh YUM!  That jam was delicious.  So I made a strawberry-rhubarb cobbler.

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Since I was making two desserts, I kinda cheated and used Pillsbury pie crust.  I do that sometimes when I’m in a hurry.  No one ever notices that it’s not my homemade crust. Or maybe they just don’t say anything.  Well I think it taste pretty good to me.  For the Cobbler itself all I did was mix rhubarb cut up and strawberries chopped. ( I leave my strawberries pieces big. ) I don’t really have a recipe, so here is what I did for this large casserole dish.

  • I used about 5 cups of rhubarb chopped in about 1/2 in or so pieces
  • about 3 cups strawberries chopped
  •  about a cup of sugar (depends on the sweetness of your strawberries my strawberries were really sweet)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of tapioca to thicken (I had some on hand but your can thicken with cornstarch)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons or so of orange zest

Just mix all the ingredients together and put in a pie or casserole dish.  I didn’t put crust on the bottom of this cobbler I just topped with crust.  You can even do a dump type crust with this cobbler.  Bake 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until crust is nice and brown and cobbler is good and bubbly.

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Lil Biv took the extra pie crust and cut out Texas Shapes and baked with cinnamon and sugar.  This was so good served with a scoop of Blue Bell vanilla bean ice cream!

 

If you need a specific recipe to follow because sometimes I do.  I found this one on-line that is real similar to what I made.  Strawberry rhubarb pie

My second dessert was a lemon meringue pie.   It must have been good.  I didn’t get a picture before it was sliced.  And all that was left was one slice by the time I had a chance to take a pic.

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I couldn’t find my recipe for lemon meringue pie that I usually use.  But Lil Biv had made this pie filling before and it was so good.  It didn’t make as much as my recipe does but boy is it good.  So here is the link to the Lemon Meringue Pie.  And it is so yummy!  I may have to bake 2 pies and see which I like better.  My recipe or this recipe.  Now for the meringue I used 6 egg whites and half the sugar and sometimes I use cream of tartar when making my meringue.  People think meringue is hard to make.  It is not.

  • Chill your bowl in freezer
  • only use glass or stainless steel bowl
  • Make sure the bowl is good and clean
  • do not get egg yolk in your whites….any fat at all with keep meringue from fluffing  up
  • beat on high-speed… I mean high
  • slowly add sugar and if you have fine baking sugar use that.  (but most of time I just have regular cane sugar on hand and it it’s fine.)
  • add cream of tartar if you want stiffer peaks than what is forming.
  • whip until peaks are standing up

Next time I make meringue, I will try to remember to record the process and show y’all.  I’m trying to get use to this blogging stuff.  And I know I like lots of how to pics.  I promise to get better with the pictures.

What are some of y’alls favorite pies to make?  Please share, I love new recipes to try!

Y’all have a blessed day today.  Stay cool in this summer heat.

Family · Party · Surprise

Facetime Surprise

I was sitting here quietly working on my many projects I have going and about to fix dinner when I got a text from my sister. (This happened a few weeks ago.) Marie asked if I was available to Facetime. Sure! I pulled out my iPad (I don’t have an iPhone, I am a Samsung girl) and called her up. What to my surprise, she and my niece Ashley were with the wedding planner talking about invitations.

 
Yikes! All I could think about is here I am with no make-up on, my hair a mess and I am in a tank top with sweats. Oh, please don’t let them be able to see me. I just can’t be seen like this outside my home. I must wear make-up to the grocery store people! I don’t do this! Yes, I freaked out! Don’t laugh, it’s not funny…okay, maybe it is but no! We need to work on our communication skills…

 


So, I am pacing in my kitchen as she flips the camera angle around, so I can see what is going on. Whoa! Forget about me, look at all the pretty paper. There are these beautiful invitations before them. I listen and watch as they discuss what is what to get me caught up.

 
I had my own ideas of what Ashley and Joshua’s invitations should be like. I had made a mockup of what I had in mind for her a couple weeks ago because I am horrible at communicating my ideas. I am one of those people with hand gestures and different words to describe things when I talk. Yeah, it drives my husband crazy, but he still loves me. Anyway, Ashley had liked my idea and was excited to see what can be done like it.

 
I loved the laser cut on the paper. It is expensive but exquisite and would have been great. Not in the budge though. There is such a huge variety of papers and weights as well as foiling and embossing available these days. So, as we went through everything and KC her planner helped pull it all together, Ashley was able to give them an idea of what she wanted. The art design will be a first of it’s kind for the stationary company they said. Everyone is excited to see the mockup when it is done.

 
No, I am not going to give the details away. My sister will share all that when it is all done. But to hear the excitement in Ashley’s voice as she was seeing it all come together was priceless. The little touches that show the many facets of who she is are going to be amazing. Oh, I am so excited for her! Just you wait and see!

Family · graduation · Party · Super Heroes · Surprise

Our Future Superheroes

Saturday was graduation day for my son Belvy.  We had a  party for Belvy and a few of his friends that were graduating, to celebrate the big day.  We adopted Belvy, who is from Haiti, when he was 13 years old but he wasn’t able to come to the U.S. until he was 16 1/2. …lots of bureaucracy…  But we were so excited when he finally was able to come home to us.

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Belvy and his dad on graduation day.

Belvy didn’t speak much English when he first got here.  I homeschooled him for a couple of years working on his English and filling in gaps in his education.  He then enrolled in Peaster High School where my older 2 children graduated.  Four years later, he is a high school graduate.  We are so proud of Belvy!  All the hard  work he has put in to his education.  He is our super hero.

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Belvy’s favorite bible verse

The  party was so much fun.  We went with a Super Hero theme.  I think Belvy loved it.  He is so into action movies… Marvel and DC…

 

Kids swam for hours, ate hamburgers, hot dogs and nachos, and  played video games in the Game Truck.

Then as the sun went down, we watched a movie outdoors on a giant screen.  …The Adventures of course! My favorite part.  Sitting and relaxing with popcorn and a good movie.

 

CRONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2018

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She is Here!!!

My brain is fried and I am so tired but all is good.   Misha is in Texas.   Yesterday was a packed day.  At church they had tables to celebrate the graduates of 2018.

Then dropped off lil’ Biv at a birthday party.  Then it was time for Belvy’s Baccalaureate service, which was beautiful.   Three of Belvy’s classmates sang a couple of songs.  They were amazing.  I love the song, “I am no longer a slave to fear”.

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Belvy with his Sister Ashley and soon to be brother-n-law Joshua.

Then home.  Guess who finally arrived, Misha and Jimmy! Oh the fun we are going to have this week getting ready for Belvy’s graduation.  Last night we made Mexican food.  TexMex that is.  Enchiladas, beef fajitas, guacamole, so so good.  I meant to take pics but with all that was going on, I forgot.  We ate and visited.  I love when we get to visit.

Today Jimmy is off on the ranch and doing ranch hand work, building fence and checking on cattle.  We thought we would be cutting hay this week but Jeff wants to wait one more week before cuttin’.  Misha is going to help me hang back up all my pictures and decorations on the wall.  They are still bare after the remodel.  By the way she loved my kitchen and living room.  And all we did in living room was paint the walls and restain a cabinet.  What a difference a fresh coat of paint will do.

So remember if you are on a tight budget but want  a new look, a nice fresh coat of paint and move the furniture a bit.  It makes a huge difference.

Y’all have a blessed day and I am ready to decorate.

Crafts · Recycle/repurpose · Surprise · Vintage

Something Borrowed

I love crafts.  Any type of crafts.  Sewing is one I wish I did better and had more time to do.  As I mentioned in my last post, Miss O taught me to sew.  I inherited quite a bit of Miss O’s hand work pieces.  I also had a few pieces of beautiful handwork from my husband’s grandmothers.  They were just packed in a drawer sitting there.  I would take them out and sometimes use them in the house but really I didn’t get to enjoy the beautiful pieces.

So my beautiful Tennessse was getting married last March and wanted something to walk through going down the aisle.  I told her I could make curtains that she could hang to walk through.  I had pinned these beautiful curtains and I wanted to make them.

So first I laid out all the linens I had collected over the years.   I needed a few pieces to pull the 2 panels together.  So shopping I went.  I collected some ole hankies and some newer ones to make it coheisive.  The hardest part was cutting up the linens that the woman had worked so hard on.  I cut longer pieces in half and put one on each panel of the curtain.

The only thing I added after laying out the delicate linens was some fringe.  Oh how I love ribbon and gorgeous dangling ribbon is at the top of my list of must haves.  So I scrounged through my ribbon collection and here ya go.

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Finished patch work curtains hung. I love the fringe and lace tabs.

 

Now I use these curtains in my bedroom.

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I love when I can repurpose items and make something!

 

 

Surprise

Momma Tried

There are so many woman who have influenced my life.

My momma, Ann Wilson,  I believe is where Misha and I get our love of Arts and Crafts.  My mom would make Christmas decorations, (because we didn’t have much money) and I loved them.  Maybe that’s why I love homemade ornaments on my tree.  She has made me jewelry and so has my sister.  What I like the most that she does is paint.  I love her drawings and water colors the most.

 

Thank you Momma for giving me the love of arts and crafts.  Well I just craft, Misha is the Artist.

Then there are my aunts, Aunt Charolette, Aunt Carolyn, Aunt Janie Sue,  Aunt Elise, Aunt Arlise.  Each woman had special gifts of love they shared.  Aunt Arlise and I share the love of teaching.  I had so much fun at Aunt Elise house growing up.  We played and played there growing up.  My love of trampolines and why I always have trampoline for my kids comes from my Aunt Elise house.   I ate my first and only frog leg at her house.  I love and miss you Aunt Elise.  When I stayed stayed with Aunt Janie Sue, we would go to the beach, we camped up the California coas and stayed at the Red Wood Forest. – My favorite vacation of all time – She painted ceramics at one time and I loved to go and paint with her.  And then there is Aunt Carolyn and Aunt Charollete.  The Queens of Florida Strawberries.  A biscuit with Aunt Carolyn’s homemade strawberry jam or a piece of angel food cake with strawberries and cream from Aunt Charlotte.  What I wouldn’t give for that.  I guess that is why I love to make jelly and bake yummy desserts.  And we couldn’t leave out Aunt Betty.  My love for checkers comes from my wonderful Aunt Betty.  Thank you my Aunts for all you showed me growing up.

And then there is Aunt Retta.  She was my husband’s Aunt.  She was the sweetest woman I have ever known.  She kind and loving.  She love to play games like croquet and canasta.  We would go over just to play cards with her and Uncle Wayne, Miss Susie and Frank.  Oh how I miss those days.   She made the best enchiladas and a mean chocolate pie.  Here’s a pic of a pie I made recently using Aunt Retta’s recipe.

Aunt Retta how I miss you and love you so much.  Thank you for all you taught me in my young married life.

One women I could not write this blog about without mentioning is my Grandmother.  She was a woman of God.  We lived with my Grandma when I was little, early grade school.  We always had dessert after dinner and homemade biscuits for most mornings. The  best biscuits you ever put in your mouth.  However, it is my love for gardening that I got from my Grandma.  She had a green thumb and her yard was filled with magnificent plants and flowers.

Thank  you Grandma for teaching me how to be a Godly woman.  I strive for that but fall short so many times.  I am your namesake and I am so proud and glad to be Treva Marie.

And the final woman that has influenced me was my mother-n-law, Odessa Perkins.  I only got to spend 9 years with her but she poured so much love into me in that short bit of time.  She taught me how to sew, cook, and how to be a wife.

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Curtains I made from Miss O’s old crochet and handwork. I added a few hankies for finish it off.

She was a business man/ranchers wife.  But that is not what defines her.  She loved and everyone, I mean everyone, loved her.  You could walk into her house and you never knew who would be sitting at her kitchen bar drinking a cup of coffee. It could be Dub Riddle, dropping something off for Bob, but stopped for coffee and chat with Miss O. – what I called her- Or Dr. Shelton,the pastor ,or Wanda Todd, her amazing friend just chatting and drinking coffee.  She was the Jack of all trades.  She fixed everything and anything that broke in her home.  She made most of the clothes she wore and I wore.  Could chicken fry like no other and when it was Jeff’s birthday, you knew a lemon cake would be coming out of that oven.  Thank you Miss O for loving me like a daughter.  I was so blessed to have you for a mother-n-law.

God has bee good to me by giving me all theses Christian women, who have influenced my life.  I hope I have come close to sharing the kindness to others that was given to me by all these wonderful, amazing women.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers reading this blog!