Hello my friends ...
Sorry I haven't had much paper crafting to share with you this week (I'll take care of that NEXT week...LOL). It's been crazy busy around here with my freelancing job with JoAnn Fabrics Headquarters and the Annual 3-Day Morgan Family Reunion being this weekend!
I was down at the reunion spot last evening (held on a 100 acre farm my oldest 1st cousin owns) with several more of my 1st cousins (I believe there are [were] 47 First Cousins from the original 12 Morgan children). And, for the last 26 years we've had a Friday night/All Day Saturday 1st cousins reunion followed by a FULL FAMILY REUNION on Sunday.
Everyone brings a covered dish and this year I decided to make some of the dessert recipes from our Morgan Family Cookbook. Cousin Nancy, myself and my daughter Carolyn decided back in 2004 to pull together a Picture/Story/Cookbook for this amazing large family before it was too late. At that point in time, we had already lost 5 of the original 12 children and with the recent passing of Aunt Ruth, there are only 2 of the original 12 remaining. My mother and her youngest sister MaryJane.
Anyways ... as some what of a tribute to these fabulous folks, my daughter & I decided to pull recipes from this awesome cookbook and recreate them for the reunion this year. Especially since we realized last year that the dessert table was pretty sparse after the loss of our Aunts who always provided those yummy treats. Carolyn is making 2 recipes from the 'Cookie' section and I was to make 2 recipes from the 'Dessert' section but I ended up doing 3 ... what can I say ... they all sounded so good!!
Selection #1 was Aunt Marc's Pistacio Tube Pan Cake
Selection #2 is Aunt Elizabeth's Pineapple Dump Cake
And, last by not least, Aunt Marie's Lemon Cake Supreme
The surprise is hidden INSIDE on this one!! They all smell so YUMMY!!!
I pointed out in the above photo 'My Mom' ... she is presently 83 years old and doing GREAT! She still works 2 part time accounting jobs and sings with her friend Pam (who plays keyboard) at several nursing homes around the area as well as Treasurer of the church and sings in the church choir. This lady lets no moss grow under her feet and is a true inspiration to us all!
Unfortunately, all of her siblings in this photo have passed away now and she misses them all so much! You can't grow up with EIGHT sisters and THREE brothers without having an extremely close bond!
Well ... baking is done and ready to pack up for the big EAT FEAST (Reunion) tomorrow so maybe I can now take a little time to get creative in my crafting cave.
Hope you're having a FABULOUS weekend!
Be sure to TELL and SHOW those around you how much you love them ...
they won't be here forever!!!!
God Bless You All!!
As always . . .
Do you remember this photo from last month where they started to vine up around my Home Sweet Home plaque?
Here's what they look like today!
Can you find the plaque now??
I know they are taking over but I just don't have the heart to tear them out yet! Maybe in October ... or November ... for sure before the snow flies! LOL! They are just too pretty and make me smile!