I’m a Happy Empty-Nest Mom




 As any empty-nest mom knows, it’s a happy day when all the “kids” are home.  And mine are.  Including our oldest son, (center) a lst Lieutenant in the Air Force, who arrived home on Christmas Eve…just like the Hallmark card commercial.  While all the chicks (in my case, men!) are in the nest, this blogging mom will be keeping it short and sweet. 


Hero and I just returned from a three-day trip to visit our families, with our three sons and daughter-in-law.   Shown with us here are my In-Awes (a term I learned, and love, from Shalee at Shalee’s Diner – see Blog Roll.) 


I’m still speechless from the sheer wonder of what a gift family is.  This is the Christmas season, but I am definitely in Thanksgiving mode!

Thanksgiving – Preserving Apple Pie



The best way to preserve Apple Pie is with a camera.  This is the pie I made this afternoon.  It’s baked with Harralsons we brought home and froze, after our trip to the orchards in early fall (see Oct. 21 – Sunrise Apple Orchard Trip – Part II).  I took the photo because I want the pie to last.  It took at least an hour to make this masterpiece (not counting baking time), and it’s gonna disappear at our Thanksgiving Dinner in 10 minutes or less.  So, I thought I’d preserve it for just a little while longer.  I’m sure you other holiday cooks and bakers can relate.