Saturday, December 26, 2015

Squirrel Number 3

Pecan Bill and the war of the squirrels.  Bill loves to shell out pecans but not for the squirrels. They become aggressive and bothersome if he is not generous or there is a shortage of dropped bits. To counteract this problem, Bill has been trapping them and finding them new homes. When taking the last one for a ride, squirrel number 2, they passed by an old pecan grove so Bill pulled in and dropped number two off in the middle of squirrel heaven. So when he caught number 3 today he took him to the pecan grove too. He said the minute he opened the trap door number 3 took off like a rocket! Lucky squirrel.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Eve Pictures

Deon checks her music before playing the piano.

A feast awaits 

Char W. and Larry C. picking and choosing.

Santa Fred an his reindeer Rudolph played by Geneva.

Rudolph needed to be coaxed to come forward.

Barb B. read a different take on "Twas the night before Christmas.

Roasted Vegetable Medley

I made this dish for Thanksgiving and again for Christmas. Not a drop came home with me. I followed the recipe precisely and it is soooo good. I nibbled on it several times this morning as I was cooking it. I cooked it early and then put it in a crockpot set on 'keep warm'. This recipe can be found in the recipe page on this blog. And on

Roasted Vegetable Medley

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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.

MAKES: 7 servings


  • 3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into small wedges
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T. of Morton Season-All salt.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, red peppers, squash, sweet potato and onion. In a small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar and seasonings. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to two greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Yield: 7 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 152 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 347 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

I prepared this in my NuWave oven. Oven set on 350 for 30 minutes-used extension and 3 “ rack- stirred once during cooking. Loved it!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone from the Magnolia Family to our readers. We are celebrating with a Christmas dinner in Allen Hall as we do each year. It is always a feast that much thought and preparation has been given and we are remembering it is a celebration of Jesus's birthday.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Quilts that were sent to Children's Haven International. 

Pictured from Left to Right: Elaine, Dorothy, Phyllis, Mary, Margaret, Janice, and Irma.
These women have all played a part in getting the quilts put together

Monday, December 21, 2015

Park Pigeons

We have quite a flock of pretty pigeons in the park. Due to the feeding of them by some residents, they are not very afraid of us either.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Pool League (out of park)

Several parks have formed a pool league and our park takes part in it. On this fine day, Magnolia park was hosting the event.

Joyce says...

 Joyce says this is how Jay looks when she says they are going to WalMart.
There are many that agree with Jay.


We know where part of our Magnolia family was this fine South Texas Sunday. They were enjoying a meal at Riverside, south of Mission Texas. As the name implies it is on the Rio Grande Riverside. U.S. side not the Mexican side.
Pictured from left to right are Donn, Eldon, Patty, Joyce and Jay.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

2015 Christmas Parade

Santa either did not smile even once or he smiled all the time without fail!!

Santa and Dorral

Dorothy and Mary

Ray visits with Dorothy and Mary

Gail and Elmer visit with Duane

Lorele waits for Duane

Bob and Dawn

Phyllis, George, Molly and Wampus.

Elaine is all set but where is Spike

Ron and Nancy

Joe and Linda

Santa Peg is checking twice

Anita and Dick

Barb (me) and Peg

Santa (Larry) and Dorral

Dawn and Bob

Ring that Iowa Cowbell, Peg

Dorothy and Mary

Anita and Dick

Bob and Dawn

Santa and Geneva

Santa and Noreen

Santa and Dorral

Santa and Doris

Don, Santa and Marty

Santa and Don

Donn (Nope), Santa and Peg

Pecan Bill and Santa Larry

Santa and Chris

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