Live a Little!

OK, I don’t have too much new to post, but I could not resist sharing this happy picture.  Can I get a big AMEN for my dear mother-in-law Jan and her sassy pose in this fun family photo from John and Danessa’s wedding this summer?

Sure we’re all looking into the sunlight and it’s a little overexposed, but darnit, gotta love the attitude.  It’s contagious!  We had a fabulous weekend in Yosemite in late July at Tom’s sister Sandy’s son’s wedding.  Life is too short.  Smile, kick up your foot when others least expect it, and you will find that everyone will smile with you.

We enjoyed an Oktoberfest party tonight in the neighborhood clubhouse.  There was German beer tasting, grilled brats, and we all brought our “favorite German dish” to share.  Had to call my sisters on that one, and purchased ingredients to make either Karen’s Bavarian Meatballs or Sue’s “German” Apple Dumplings.  I went with the meatballs, and now I can make Sue’s dumplings for a treat tomorrow watching football games.  In case you want a couple tasty treats, here are the recipes:

Bavarian Meatballs

1 can Bavarian style saurkraut, rinsed

1 can whole cranberry sauce

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 c. chili sauce (or I didn’t have that so substituted can tomato sauce plus some chile powder, onion powder and garlic powder, so typical me)

32 oz. bag frozen meatballs (optional, bake at 350 for 25 min before adding to sauce)

Mix all in crockpot up to 4 hours and serve

Apple Dumplings (can be dessert or breakfast treat)

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Mountain Dew


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Cut each apple into 8 wedges and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in crescent roll dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew™ over the dumplings.
  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

So thankful for family and the fun times we have when we’re together and the joy they’ve instilled in my children.  Please remember my dear high school friend Terry in your prayers, her sweet “Pop”/dad Harold is in hospice and the family needs all our prayers.  (Terry “loaned” me the dress I’m wearing in the wedding pic above and then insisted it be a permanent loan,  love that sweet gal.)

Live a little!

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4 Responses to Live a Little!

  1. Sandi Kemerling says:

    Love it! Haven’t seen this photo thanks for sharing! Have to tell ya your heading on today’s blog brings to mind a great song. Beaches, Bette Midler… ” You’ve got to give a little, take a little, and let your poor heart ache a little. That’s the story of that’s the glory of love.” Love it , love you, love family, and thank you for sharing in that beautiful day in June. Great memories….
    We will certainly keep your friend Terry and her family in our prayers.

  2. Northwoods Sue says:

    What! The ‘German’ Apple Dumplings didn’t make the party? Well, the meatballs were probably easier to transport and serve. What were some of the other dishes? I need to make an appetizers for our annual Halloween party, so start thinking.

  3. Aunt "B" says:

    Boy oh boy, both of those receipes sound yummy and will have a place at our family gathering in December to celebrate the holidays. It’s good that you have sisters that like to cook and share. Our prayers will include your friend and family – it is a rough time for all….
    Luv, Aunt B

  4. Happy Picture, indeed! And very yummy sounding recipes!
    Thank you for the kind thoughts re: my dad and family.
    Life is short, embrace is and be thankful for each day.
    Carol, I am very thankful for your friendship…and your snappy blog!

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