Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!
I am enjoying a long weekend with my family right now, but I wanted to thank each one of YOU who have supported my little blog this year! Its been one of my highlights of 2016 and I look forward to continuing on in 2017. Wishing you a safe, fun, hopefully and Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Kee Family Christmas

As I mentioned before, I was really happy the Christmas holiday feel on a weekend this year, it meant we had a long weekend so my family got to come up and stay with us a little longer! We rode the train together and the next day Mom & Dad came up for Christmas Eve. Here are some pics of the fun we had!
Here is Hubby getting his ham ready, and you'll this is a HALF ham, can you imagine how big a whole one would have been?!
 Here is the ham after he seasoned it and put the clove's in, he picked this up from Publix. For the sides we ordered some green beans, hash browns, stuffing and mashed potatoes from Cracker Barrel, everything was cooked and all we had to do was heat it up for Christmas Eve dinner!
 I found another easy and yummy recipe from Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles, its called Iced Tea Punch and all you need is the items pictured above!!
-1 cup of Lipton Instant Iced Tea Mix with Lemon ( I used the raspberry flavor)
-(1) 2 liter of Ginger Ale
-Lots of crushed ice
Pour everything into a punch bowl and enjoy!! My parents and Hubby seemed to like it, I did too! I had a couple of glasses myself!
  I cleared off our kitchen table to make room for lots of festive snacks! All it it I picked up a Walmart! We had summer sausage with assorted cheeses, egg nog, punch, tea, Omma's Chex Mix, Edwards pie, white chocolate Oreo's and Mrs. Mary's spice bread, YUM!

Mom also surprised me by bringing up a lovely yellow bed skirt for our guest room, doesn't it look great?! It really completes the bed, I love it!! Now I just need to find some nice matching sheets!
One paycheck at a time :-)
 Uncle G had to work on Christmas Eve but was sweet enough to make the 2 hour trip north to spend the night with us. Our dinner started late, I had wanted to take everyone to see some really cool Christmas lights that were synchronized to the radio, but we were a little too late getting there and they closed, maybe next year! We did have time for Daddy to read The Night Before Christmas, does your family do this too? Here are some pics of Daddy reading thru the years I love:
 After we read our story the girls went to bed and waiting for Santa to come, YEAH!!
It was defiantly a Paw Patrol Christmas at our house! Taylor got the Paw Patroller, the tower and some other gifts. Nicole got a popper and pop up animal thing, see Gigi playing with it in the background?
 Nicole and her new Peppa Pig blanket from Gigi and Granddaddy!
 For breakfast we went as easy as possible. I put together my crock pot cheese grits that night. I've have made these twice this Christmas season and they are great! Get a big crock pot and add:
-12 cups of water
-3 cups of grits
-1 stick of butter
-2 cups heavy cream
-4 tablespoons salt 
-4 cups of cheese
They come out really creamy and tasty!! Cook on low for 8 hours
These 3 make Christmas so special for me and the girls, we always have fun and laugh! They also give some of the best gifts, its a great time!! I can't say enough how thankful I am for all their love and support, especially this year, they have been there for me and the girls and I am so grateful for them all.
I mentioned earlier we got Cracker Barrel for our side dishes, well I also ordered this chocolate chip pecan pie and it is SO very good!! I am not a huge fan of pecan's BUT this is one of the best pie's ever! If you live near Cracker Barrel you most try this ASAP!!
My parents left that afternoon and the girls played with all their new toys, I guess it wore them out cause Nicole feel asleep in my lap while I watched one of my favorite movies, Love Actually!
 Later that night one of my best bud's Demetrius (pictured above) asked if I had heard about George Michael. I was heartbroken to hear of his passing. I grew up a huge George Michael fan!! I thought he was so good looking and so talented!! I even went to his concert a few years ago and danced the night away to all his classics. He will be missed for sure!
 Christmas 2016 was a lot of fun, I am thankful for another year to celebrate with my family!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blue Ridge Santa Train

When Taylor was 1 we took her on our first Santa Express trip, its a super cute train ride by the Blue Ridge Railroad. This year was the best yet because all our family joined us!! It was a pretty day, a little cool but not too hot. And I was surprised, all the kids did pretty good! Here are some pics from our fun trip!
 But before we left I picked up some Dunkin Donuts, yum!
 Located right in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge is the train station! Its really pretty, decorated with lots of Christmas decor and plenty of places to eat and restrooms.
An attempt to get a pic with Daddy and the girls!
 Picking up our tickets to ride!
 So much to take in! The girls got a lot of compliments on their matching outfits, they came from the website Screaming Owl :-)
Right next to where you load the train is a super cute snack station
Gigi and Granddaddy loading up!
Kisses from Poppie to start the ride off!
My loves
Love the big wreath on front of the train
Hello Frosty!
Aunt Amy and Avery ready to roll!
Granddaddy was SUPER excited about this trip!! I know he can't wait to ride again!
Love this pic of TayTay, she was so happy to be on the train!
Here we roll!
My nephew Ryder AKA RyRy!
Amy on CoCo duty, its a lot of work!
The great thing about this train ride is all the character's that come by for pics!! We saw an Elf, Frosty, Ginger and The Grinch! Look at Taylor holding Max the dog.
The Grinch again!
Ginger and Frosty
Gigi and Taylor
Love this sweet smile and leggings!
How does Granddaddy feel about being stuck on a train with loads of kids?!
The super hyper elf after Avery!
Santa and Mrs. Claus came out and each kid got a bell and candy cane. They also read The Night Before Christmas, so much fun!!
Our train ride was so much fun, I think everyone enjoyed. It is really special for all of us to get to do something together, I am so blessed to have the best family in the world!! And a special THANK YOU to Gigi for helping with our tickets XOXO
If you are interested in the Blue Ridge Train check out their website, its a lot of fun!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Home Alone Movie Night

Hey everybody, did you have a nice holiday weekend?! I hope yours was great, my family had a fun time too. It was great to be together with our parents, eat lots of yummy food, relax and play with all our new stuff! We ended this Christmas season of movies with one of the biggest and best ones, Home Alone!! This was so much fun to do and all the food was great!!
 Hopefully you have grown up watching this movie like I have, both my Mom and Brother love it too, I wish Uncle G could have joined us!! Remember that scene were the family is eating the night before their plane leaves for Paris? They are eating pizza and drinking Pepsi. I am a Coke girl, but got Pepsi for the movie, "Go Easy on the Pepsi kid". No one wants to sleep with a bed wetter :-)
 Although I think this is more of a young adult movie, Taylor did actually watch it and laugh at the buglers, Marv and Harry, especially when they were climbing out of the house into the tree house, she thought it was so funny!! I put her in Hubby's hat, here is Taylor the Wet Bandit :-)
Through out the movie, all Kevin wants is some cheese pizza, when his family finally leaves and gets one all to himself!
 One of the funniest moments in the movie and when Kevin is going thru his brothers treasure chest and see's a pic of his girlfriend, he goes "Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF!" So I picked up some Scooby Doo graham crackers, Nicole loves them!
 Right before The Wet Bandits hit, Kevin sat down at the dining room table to enjoy a nice plate of microwavable mac and cheese, Nicole was all over that!
And of course when he sat down to watch his favorite dirty movie and ate nothing but rubbish AKA a huge ice cream sundae!! Plus he got some Tic Tac's from Santa :-)
Trying to get the Wet Bandit hat on Coco, it didn't last long!
Daddy and Taylor having so much fun!
Over the Christmas Holiday, we ate and cooked lots of  yummy food, I wanted to share some recipes with you in case you want to try them. All this is super easy, cheap and can be done holding a baby in one arm :-) This dip came from Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles, she has a fabulous website and Instagram feed, she is one to follow!

Here's all you'll need:

1 pound breakfast sausage, cooked, crumbled, and drained
3 8 oz. packages cream cheese
1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies

Put all the ingredients in a crock pot, I put mine on low and eventually on warm so we could munch on it all day, its just like the famous Velveeta and Rotel, except this is with cream cheese. Hope you enjoy!!