This is my Mississippi, is a new series that I am starting. Every Wednesday I will share a picture of different things, places, or anything else that has to do with Mississippi. Mississippi is a state that seems to have a lot of negativity associated with it, but over the years of living here, I have fell in love with Mississippi. Mississippi has a lot to offer and I hope to share some of my love of Mississippi with you.
This picture was taken around sunset in Gulfport. Yes we live right near the beach. I have grown to love driving along Highway 90, it follows the beach and it has some awesome views of the beach and water.
As soon as Thanksgiving is over around here, it is time for Christmas.
That magical time of year that I look forward to every year. It seems like every year Christmas time gets busier and busier. Our family has to purposely slow down and take it easy.
Last year we started a new tradition of going to the Christmas tree farm and buying a live Christmas tree. It was such a big hit that we did it again this year. So on Friday, we went to a new farm and bought our tree.
We were so excited when we got it home, that we couldn’t wait till after dinner to put up the tree. Well as luck would have it, I wound up spending the night in the Emergency Room with my mother. So no putting up the Christmas tree for us. But have no fear, the family got the tree put into some water. The only problem was that the tree wasn’t put where it is going, so now we have a tree in the living room where it doesn’t belong. Have no fear, it will be put where it needs to go shortly.
So around our house, it is looking a lot like Christmas. Even though, we were expecting the decorating to be done by now. Sometimes life takes unexpected turns, especially when you have to spend time unexpectedly at the hospital all weekend long.
We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
From everyone at Families Around the Kitchen Table.
Thanksgiving at our house has become a holiday that everyone enjoys. I would happen to say that it is my husbands favorite holiday and it has become one of our families favorite holidays as well. Everyone looks forward to this particular holiday. Shoot I even look forward to this holiday, my only complaint is that I wish it would be colder sometimes. There is just something wrong with cooking a turkey in the oven when you are running the AC. But I have come to embrace the idea after 23 years of being in the south. But it is nice when we do get that cooler temps on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving at our house starts with homemade cinnamon rolls. Yup I spend hours making these cinnamon rolls so that we can have home made cinnamon rolls while we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Years ago I started this tradition of cinnamon rolls (we used to make Pillsbury) on Thanksgiving out of a need to have something simple because I cooked the Thanksgiving Day meal and didn’t want something that took a long time to prepare. But one year, I decided that I wanted to try making homemade cinnamon rolls. Needless to say it was a hit and there was no going back to Pillsbury.
Like I said I prepare the Thanksgiving meal. I have made the meal for just about every year for the past 23 years. I think there was 2 years when I didn’t. We have lived away from family members for years and I have learned to cook turkey and all the trimmings out of shear necessity. Now that my mom is here, I still do the Thanksgiving meal only because I like my turkey moist and my poor mom cooks hers so that it is dried out. Sorry mom, don’t take it personally.
So after we have our Thanksgiving meal, it is time for some rest and watching TV. Some of us even go for a walk.
Basically we have a very relaxing day, except for the cooking. This is the way we like it, a nice relaxing day of eating and chilling.
We are just 3 days from Thanksgiving and it is hard to believe. We have been quite busy around here processing pumpkins and freezing them. We have also been super busy going to this thing and that. Somehow we have managed to get a turkey and also have it defrosting in the refrigerator. I haven’t even planned what we are going to have for our meal. I have a basic idea but no hard fast menu planned yet.
I am still very thankful even though it has been busy. I am thankful for a 22 pound turkey that I was able to get for $6 at the grocery store. I am also thankful for a small turkey that my mom gave us for Thanksgiving, even though it is smaller than what I would have bought. That is why I have a bigger one. My thought on turkeys is that if you are going to make one, make sure it is the biggest one that you can find so that you can have leftovers.
I am thankful for a car, even though it is shared by 3 people in the family. It gets us from point A to point B.
I am thankful for our family. We have so much fun together. I am amazed at some people lately who have commented that we as a family do some fun stuff together and they like to see and hear about our adventures. Someone actually said something about it yesterday and I had to add that we did free stuff.
As you can see, I am thankful for things in life. I think at times you have to choose to be thankful because life can get hard and you can get down. That is when it is hard to be thankful, but that is when you really need to choose to be thankful.
I would encourage everyone to make a conscious effort to be thankful. It helps you have a pleasant attitude in life.
Since November 1st we have been processing pumpkins that we have gotten for free and making pumpkin pulp for the freezer. This has turned into a family project of all of us helping cut, clean, bake and making the pulp. Then putting it into 2 cup bags for the freezer.
A few years ago we started making our own pumpkin pulp because I refused to let our pumpkins that we decorated with markers go to waste. My husband used to get 3 pumpkins for our children and then let them decorate them with markers and then we would have them as decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Some years these pumpkins would go bad and then we would throw them out but one year I decided to make pumpkin puree out of them. This started our love of making pumpkin puree.
This year, my mom gave us a couple of free pumpkins and then we went back for a couple more. A local church runs a pumpkin patch and sells pumpkins as a fund raiser. Then when Halloween is over, all the leftover pumpkins are free for the taking. All you have to do is go there and pick them up. So we have been processing a few pumpkins and making the puree ourselves so that we can have pumpkin pies, breads, and cookies this next year.
I put this puree in Ziploc bags and freeze them for easy use. Each bag contains 2 cups of pumpkin puree which is the equivalent of 1 small can of pumpkin puree. This saves us a lot of money and we personally think it tastes better this way.
Our family has been on a low carb diet for a few months now and one thing that we enjoy eating is salads. On my birthday I decided to have salads for my birthday meal. I knew this might not go over real well with my family unless I incorporate some kind of meat into this salad. So I had the idea to make our own cobb salads.
These were so simple to make and it was actually a big hit.
To make these all I did was get some salad mix for the salad greens. Then I got a rotisserie chicken and took all the meat off of it. Then I bought cucumbers, cheese, peppers, onions and tomatoes. I cut up the cheese, peppers and onions. Of course we had some shredded cheese as well.
When it came time to eat, all we did was make our own salads. Everything was put out on the table and each person made their own salads.
As you can see from the pictures everyone had a different salad. Somehow I didn’t get a picture of the other 2 salads but they were just as different. Everyone liked this as they were able to put what they wanted on their own salad. This was definitely a win win dinner.
Sometimes life gets busy and is hectic at other times. When this happens, family life tends to go by the wayside. It is at these times that we have to step back and purposely plan some family time together.
This weekend was one of those times where we planned to do some things together as a family. We went to the Highlands and Islands Celtic Heritage and Music Festival on Saturday. We haven’t been to this festival for several years and it turned out to be an enjoyable day. We saw sheep herding with border collies and jousting. We also got to see some recreations of daily life at the time frame of 1000 to 1200. Then of course there was the food and music.
The weather was perfect and we had a really good time as a family.
Sometimes it also pays to do some things spur of the moment, like on Sunday when we decided to go to a local park and enjoy a picnic and the park. We were originally going to go for a walk on the trails but we wound up just letting the kids do some fishing. It was the perfect weather for it also, which helps when you live in South Mississippi.
I urge you to take some time and spend time as a family. It doesn’t have to be expensive, you only have to spend time doing things as a family. It will also create memories as well.
We live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and every year we look forward to going to a few attractions during the fall. Some of these things are held yearly and have come to be a highlight of our fall adventures.
In early October, we have a week long gathering of old cars called Cruisin the Coast. This event has grown over the past 20 years and has more than 7,000 registered cars for this event. Plus there are cars that show up that aren’t registered. Then you add all the people who come here just to see the old cars and you have a really big block party.
One of the highlights of this week is the Long Beach parade, held on a Monday night. This parade is not your ordinary parade. Spectators line the streets as the parade of cars drive down the parade route, sometimes throwing out Mardi Gras beads, stuffed animals and candy. This parade is limited to 400 cars and lasts a couple of hours. We enjoy going to this parade because in a sense the cars come to you and you get to sit and watch the cars drive by.
Another fun thing we look forward to is going to Beauvoir and seeing the reenactment. This reenactment is a civil war reenactment. Beauvoir just happens to be the last home of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. This event is a 2 day event where you get to see the museum and grounds as well as explore the reenactors villages and see the battle.
Every couple of years, we get invited to help with the coastal cleanup that goes to Ship Island. Ship Island is part of the National Park System that is located about 12 miles from the Gulf Coast. You have to take the Ship Island Ferry out there, which is a fun activity in itself.
When we get invited to help clean up Ship Island, we get a free ride out there. Then we help clean up trash for a couple of hours. After we clean up, we eat our lunch. This year we got a free lunch from the snack barn, which was nice. Once lunch is over, we have time to enjoy the Island. You can tour the fort or enjoy the beach until the ferry leaves to go back to the mainland.
A new tradition that we also do is go to the Biloxi Cemetery tour. Every year people portray different people from history that are buried in the cemetery. This has been an interesting event that we happen to learn a lot about our area. We have learned several things over the years. An interesting side note, the creator of Barq’s root beer is buried in this cemetery.
This is some of the things that we look forward to doing in our local area just during the month of October.