Saturday, December 3, 2016

Fridays are the yummiest days of December

Our December menu calendar is full of delicious wonderfulness.  We have every day planned out with meals like Stuffed Cornish Hens, Standing Rib Roast, Homemade Lasagna (including the noodles), Pot Roast, Pork Roast with Figs, and Lemon Chicken with Orzo just to name a few! Our dinner meals are set. Last December we made the mistake of waiting to make all our favorite dessert dishes until it was almost Christmas. We pretty much baked non-stop right before Christmas Day and then we were faced with too many desserts to possibly eat.  Calamity! This December we are being much smarter.  Every Friday is "Baking Day".  That way we can spread out the Christmas Cookies and Cakes and Candies for the entire holiday.  Our baking list is almost as long as our dinner list!  We need Wedding Cake Cookies and Springerle Cookies and Thumbprint Cookies and Shortbread Cookies and Cut-Out Cookies and and....so many more!  Yesterday started the first Friday baking day. Bri made a delicious loaf of Banana Bread, and today we are finishing up our Caramelitas and homemade toffee.  Everyone knows....Fridays are the yummiest days of December!

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like

One thing you can count on around here is the second the clock strikes 12:00:00am on December First - It is officially Christmas.  Mr. Yesteryear Acres (aka Mr. Claus) starts playing the Christmas music while bringing down the Christmas decorations and begins the Christmas Meal planning right then!  This year Mr. Yesteryear Acres made sure he would win the "Happy December First" proclamation and with that, the festivities began. We already have our 31 dinner meals planned for the month. It is going to be one tasty December!
Of course he didn't stop there. My living room looked like this today

Let the wrapping begin! 
This picture was sent to the kids in order to start the Christmas "I cannot wait" torture.  What is it???!!!!!
Mr. Yesteryear Acres is a really good wrapper!

Time for the clean up crew.  
We have the best Christmas helpers ever!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Cuties To Love

Petunia's Goldendoodle Puppies are here!!!!  We have 7 beautiful new babies to love... 4 perfect boys and 3 perfect girls! Petunia is a great mommy and is taking wonderful care of her new little ones.  
Our newest bundle of joy

Boys on the left

Girls on the right

And kisses in the middle!

Happy December 1st!!!!!!

Thankfulness Day 30- A Month of Thankfulness

Hello doodle friends! It is Amelia once again reporting from Yesteryear Acres. Since I was the one to start our annual Month of Thankfulness, it only felt right for me to bring it to a close. For the month of November I am thankful that most of my days looked like this...  Surrounded by furry family members 


Both new additions 


As well as


 'old' 


I am thankful for many days like these

Where you are never alone

Even when you have to fold laundry

I am always thankful for my beautiful happy life surrounded by my family and friends. (Including Human and Doodles of all kinds!)

I am Thankful. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thankfulness Day 29 - Joy

I am so thankful for the joy that doggies bring to our lives. There isn't a day that goes by that isn't filled with happiness and tail wagging devotion. We are so blessed and grateful our lives are full of doggie and puppy antics.
Ohhhhh Mr. Yesteryear Acres - I found your big leaf pile! 
Come on Olive.....I will show you how it is done!

First you need to smell the leaves....ahhhhhhh 

Then you need to dig a big hole 

Deeper

Deeper

Almost there

Now it is essential to bury your head

You need to be sure to coat both sides evenly

Don't forget the top of your head 
That should about do it
Oh the final step
This part is crucial 
Cover all the evidence as quickly as possible!
Now wasn't that fun?!
Joy!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thankfulness Day 28 - Safe

On a very serious note, I am thankful my son is safe.  There was an active shooter alert at his campus and it happened right near his dorm and the garage where he parks. My son would have been right there had he not stopped for a bagel this morning. I have never loved bagels more. Needless to say, I am so grateful he is fine and my heart goes out to all the families affected. How I wish the world we live in would be one of safety and peace.  For today, I am going to hug my Doodle Doggies and Doodle Puppies a bit tighter and count the days until I can give my son a big hug again.
Here are a few pictures to bring comfort and puppy hugs
Grits Double Doodle Boys

An armful of cuties!


Why Hello There!

Sweet Puppy Face

Everyone loves puppy hugs

Getting the girls ready for their picture

Say cheese!

Good little puppies

How I love them! 
Wanna hug?

and a cuddle?

Happy Monday

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thankfulness Day 27 - Missing

This morning we had a final breakfast/brunch feast before the sad goodbyes started. We wanted to make sure to have everyone's favorites so our menu was rather plentiful.  Everything made from scratch of course... Eggs Made to Order, Maple Glazed Thick Cut Bacon, Buttermilk Biscuits, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, Caramel Cinnamon Pull Aparts and Fresh Baked Croissants. Needless to say, we have full bellies and maybe a few leftovers!
My daughter's coffee cake 
I almost forgot!!!! Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup for lunch!  With fresh pasta!  
It was a delicious feast. Then sadly and surely, one-by-one, it was time to say goodbye.  I already miss them all so much.  The doggies are all so sad too.  The doggies' weekend was full of this:
Lots of hugs 
and mid-day snuggles 
and cuddles.
Dear Doggies, I know just how you feel.  I want them all to come back too!  For my Thankfulness today, I am thankful the weekend happened.  I am thankful for having a full house this weekend. I am thankful I have so much love in my life.  I am thankful for the missing them part too.  I miss them so much because I love them so much.  And they love me that much right back. If it weren't perfectly wonderful to have them all home, today wouldn't be so hard.
I miss you!
Come back!
Stay Safe!
Counting the days until we are together again.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thankfulness Day 26 - The Bakers and The Pasta Makers

It is no secret that we LOVE home cooked food here at Yesteryear Acres. We try to make most things from scratch and we really appreciate good food. A leisurely delicious home-cooked meal is essential to our days of happiness and thankfulness. Today my 2 daughters took a class on making homemade croissants.
The perfect croissant dough 
Looks like expert level to me! 
Ready for the oven 
Would you like some croissants?

2 of my favorite chefs 
They made chocolate ones too! 
Mmmmmmm! SO GOOD! 
Back at Yesteryear Acres Bri held her own cooking class 
Our son's friend from Hawaii is staying with us all Thanksgiving Weekend and Bri showed him how to make homemade pasta. 
He mastered fettuccini! 
Pretty happy with his pasta making abilities 
"Thanks for the lesson Bri.  I am now a pasta maker!"
Many thanks to my bakers and pasta makers.....
 deliciousness made with love!!!!