Monday, October 20, 2014

Our week - A trip to Ship Island and Fall Muster at Beauvoir

This week has been super busy and the weekend was even busier. Last month our family was invited to go to Ship Island to help cleanup the island, so we jumped at the chance to go. This was part of the bigger coast wide cleanup, where people volunteer to help clean up the beaches.

Ship Island Sign
 The Ship Island cleanup is an all day affair and we have to go take a ferry to get there. Since we were part of the clean up crew, we got a free ride on the ferry. For our family this is a savings of $125. We work on cleaning up a certain section of the beach and then we have lunch that we brought with us. Then after that we are able to enjoy the island for the rest of the afternoon. This year we even got a coupon for a free meal at The Shed. This is a local barbeque and blues restaurant.

Fort Massachusetts

Entrance to the fort

Part of the beach

This was our second time out to Ship Island, so we were very thankful for the opportunity to go to Ship Island for the day.

Sunday was a busy day also. We went to Sunday School and then we were off to The Shed to turn in our coupons for our free lunch, a pull pork sandwich and chips and a drink. None of us have ever eaten at The Shed before, so this was definitely a treat.

The Shed

My pulled pork sandwich with out the top on.

After The Shed, it was time to go to Beauvoir for the afternoon. It was time for the annual Fall Muster. Fall Muster is a 2 day event that recreates a Civil war battle. You can go and walk around the tents and reenactors and the highlight of the day is the actual battle.

Beauvior


Mr and Mrs Jefferson Davis


Some of the tents


Some of the reenactors

Some of the reenactors

The Fall Muster has been a favorite of ours to go see for several years now.

We have had a fun filled weekend and now it is time to rest up a little and catch our breath.

Weekly Goals for the Week of October 20, 2014


Boy has this past week flew by. I am amazed at how fast it has gone. It was a busy week with an even busier weekend. I must admit we are not making as much progress with my list as I would like. This is what I wanted to get done this past week.
  1. Continue working on going through stuff in our bedroom.
  2. Finish reading A Robertson Family Christmas.
  3. Work on a couple of new craft ideas. This is going to be using puzzle pieces. (We worked on this but didn't quite finish the project.)
  4. Write a post for the Mickey Moms website. 
Well as you can see I haven't gotten much done on my list so I am going to have to just stick with this list for next week also.
  1. Continue working on going through stuff in our bedroom.
  2. Finish reading A Robertson Family Christmas.
  3. Work on a couple of new craft ideas. This is going to be using puzzle pieces.
  4. Write a post for the Mickey Moms website.
Hopefully I get this list done this week.

How about you, What is on your goals list for this week?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Our family loves pumpkin bread so much that we are known to enjoy this tasty treat all year long not just in the fall. Here is the recipe  that we have been using for some time now. I am not really sure where we even got this recipe from, but this is our tried and true recipe for pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin Bread

1 cup cooking oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups pumpkin or 1 16 oz can of pumpkin
4 eggs
nuts optional

Mix all ingredients.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Makes 3 loaves.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekly Goals for the week of October 13, 2014


This past week was just what I was expecting. Cruisin' the Coast was here for the week. This is a week long car show along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We all enjoy going to different locations to look at the classic cars so that is a big part of our week. Every year I purposely don't plan much for this week so that we can go looking at the cars.

So this is what I wanted to get done this past week.
  1. Continue working on going through stuff in our bedroom.
  2. Read A Robertson Family Christmas. We are reading this as a family. ( we are about half way done with this book.)
  3. Enjoy Cruisin' the Coast.  
We all had a wonderful time looking at all the classic cars but it is time to get back to business around here.

Here is what I am hoping to accomplish this week.
  1. Continue working on going through stuff in our bedroom.
  2. Finish reading A Robertson Family Christmas.
  3. Work on a couple of new craft ideas. This is going to be using puzzle pieces.
  4. Write a post for the Mickey Moms website.
I am only going to have 4 goals for this week because we are going to have a busy weekend. We are planning to go to Ship Island to help clean up the island on Saturday. That is if the weather holds up. Then we are going to a Civil War reenactment on Sunday. We are going to be running all weekend, but we should have lots of fun.

What is your goals for this week?

Friday, October 10, 2014

The wonderful World of Disney - The Magic Kingdom


Today we are going to talk about the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971 and consists of over 107 acres.

This is the park most people think of when someone says Disney World. Yes, this is the park that has the castle in the middle.

Cinderella Castle

The Magic Kingdom is broken up into 6 areas:
  • Main Street, USA - This is the long street that you walk down to get into the park. This has different shops and restaurants on it.
  • Adventureland - This is where you find the Swiss Family Tree House, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise as well as other attractions and place to eat. By the way this is where you can find Aloha Isle and get a dole whip.
  •  Frontierland -This is where you will find Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as well as other western theme attractions.
  • Liberty Square - Here you will find The Hall of Presidents, the Haunted Mansion and the Liberty Square Riverboat.
  • Fantasyland - Here is where all your classic rides are located. It's a Small World, Peter Pan's Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Tea Party as well as others.
  • Tommorrowland - Here you can find the Tommorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin as well as other things.
Many people love the Magic Kingdom since it is so family friendly and also for the fact that, where else can adults act like kids? The Magic Kingdom is so busy during the year that it is ranked as the top amusement park for annual attendance.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Off the Natchez Trace - Natchez Stae Park



Mississippi has some wonderful state parks and some of them are located near the Natchez Trace Parkway. One such state park is Natchez State Park. Natchez State Park is located near Natchez, MS and can easily be reached from the Natchez Trace Parkway.

This state park has cabins that you can rent so that you can plan a few days around the area to sight see. This is an option for nature loving people who really don't want to spend the night in another hotel room. The cabins are nice and inexpensive. Towels and linens are provided.



If you want to find out more about Natchez State Park be sure and go here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Persimmon Cookies


Fall is in the air here and when it starts to feel like fall, my thoughts turn to persimmon cookies. I love persimmon cookies. It is a special treat I love to get. I was first introduced to persimmon cookies at my in laws house and I have loved these cookies ever since.

Have you ever had persimmon cookies? If you haven't here is a recipe for them.

Persimmon Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 stick margarine
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 cup persimmon pulp
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
little cinnamon
If desired add raisins or nuts.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. This could take some time to mix this all together if mixing by hand. (My mother in law uses a mixer to mix the dough together.)

When finished mixing, drop on greased cookie sheet by the tsp. I make them a little larger than that.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

Let them cool for a few minutes and enjoy.

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