New Years Weekend & Little Baskets

New Years Day morning was one degree with a wind chill of -15.  The youngest was watching a friends house and staying there with his dog Koopa. I ended up with Merle overnight….none of the action shots of him playing with my dogs came out ; they were just a blur.

I had Merle because my middle son and family wanted to go to their friends house and stay overnight. They have done this for several years. The friends have a big old house and a big family. I took one of the photos that the girls uploaded to Facebook this morning and played around with it a bit. It looks like they had four of my son and DIL’s, their five, and three more around the table. The children are saying their first grace of 2018 :)

Here, pork roast with caramelized onions and some apples simmered in the crockpot, and sauerkraut was in the oven.  The traditional New Year meal around here is pork, kraut, and mashed potatoes, as well as keilbasa oftentimes.   I had enough to send some home with my son when he came to collect Merle.

For my Little Baskets, I had been following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month. It kept me on track to make a few each month but in November and December I focused on some floral applique blocks instead.   Playing catch-up, the colors for the end of the  year were browns or blacks.

Now I have a recommendation for you. I stumbled across “The Shelbourne Hotel” on Amazon, thinking that it might be a period piece like Downton Abbey or something similar. If you like that sort of show, you will like this ( I think! ) though it is a real-life series.  The Shelbourne is a famous hotel in Ireland and this series walks you through its 190th year.

If you think “Upstairs Downstairs” this is all about the Downstairs and what the staff go through to created absolute perfection for their guests. Each segment is around 20 minutes or so…an easy watch while having lunch or something.  On Friday, I watched one while having lunch and came up for air 3 or 4 segments later, lol!   I especially enjoyed what goes on in the kitchens….anyway, try it out if you are looking for something new to watch:)

Happy New Year  :)

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13 Responses to New Years Weekend & Little Baskets

  1. Karen says:

    happy new year – no special tradition meal here – but I was in the kitchen and baking bread to stay warm – the fireplace going too, 8 degrees this morning and only warmed to 26 and more of the same tonight and tomorrow – not our average of 40 something for sure.

  2. Eileen says:

    Hello, cute photos of Merle. He is a beautiful dog. The children saying grace is sweet! The pork sounds yummy. This cold weather has to go, it is too cold. Stay warm. I wish you and yours all the best in 2018, happy New Year! Have a great day and new week!

  3. Sherrill says:

    Mmmm, that used to be one of my favorite meals..pork roast, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes! Haven’t had that in a LONG time since it’s just me and that’s so much food! Baskets look wonderful.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Sherrill I am lucky to have a family of seven down the road to share with ! :) Still, what I had left here was two dinners and a lunch.

  4. Kim says:

    Happy New Year, Deb! We ate stew and soup on New Year’s Day. It’s not really a tradition, it was just really, really cold!! ;)

  5. Susan says:

    I love those little baskets. My best friend was making a bunch before she died. I have no idea where the pattern is from, though.

  6. Jane says:

    Super pics, Deb—how I love those pups! Cool pic of the kids, such a great idea of setting the mood in black and white!

    Happy New Year!


  7. Ann says:

    Happy New Year. I’ll look for The Shelbourne Hotel. Thanks.

  8. The photo of the kids around the table is truly a keeper. :-) Your dinner sounds delicious, love the baskets, and you sure do keep busy with all the grand dogs. :-)

  9. Kyle says:

    Your traditional New Years meal sound great. A delicious way to start 2018. A wonderful photo of the kids . Happy stitching those delightful baskets.

  10. Berni says:

    I love the picture if the kids saying grace. So sweet!
    Thanks for the recommendation of the new show. Sounds like it is perfect for me!

  11. Joyce says:

    That is such a sweet, touching photo of all the kids linked in prayer. The sepia tone does it justice, making it look timeless.
    Merle is a character! What a cute ball of fun energy!

  12. Susan says:

    BTW, I do remember sending the repro fabrics! I’m so glad you are using them. If you run short, let me know. I have tons still! LOL

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