enchilada soup

November is the best...

Today is Honey’s birthday. An honorable day to be sure! 8 people years/ 56 dog years and still holding strong.

Honey & James, 2010

Honey & James, 2010

November was once my favorite month because of my birthday; in my childhood days, I looked forward to this month because I could not wait to turn another year older. Ha! Stupid, youthful, Ruth—you never dreamed you would begin to hate gaining another year! But these days, I love November for a whole new set of reasons.

Firstly, my married children (3 out of 4) have all wed individuals with November birthdays. I often joke that I hate sharing my birthday month (you know, celebrations all month long—it’s a thing) with them but it just makes these 30 days all the more special.

Second, the weather will definitely turn this month. Cool, almost cold nights and crisp mornings that smell like damp leaves, cozy sweaters, fireplaces burning, warm cider simmering on the stove, pies baking in the oven, all of the senses are involved in the changing of the season.

Third, Thanksgiving is one of my all time favorite holidays. We host a crowd at our house and eat So. Much. Food. Card games are played (Oh Heck is a family tradition) and puzzles are assembled. We’ll take pictures, trying to secure the Christmas card image. Oh, and the Turkey Trot is definitely happening. It’s all family goodness packed into a couple of days. And it’s all about giving thanks because we have so much to be thankful for in this country.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie

Let’s do this, November! I’m ready.

Thanksgiving items are available to order online. Please order these items separately from your weekly menu items. Also making their debut at the online site are the Holiday goodies. Feel free to add these at any time, but keep in mind that for the gift boxes & platters, we may need more notice than 24 hours.

We have a great soup on the menu this week and breakfast is available to order through Sunday. I am here for your questions – Ruth 214/675-1932.

The joy of adult children

It’s a fact: Mother’s Day is a made-up holiday. An occasion maximized by retailers, greeting card purveyors and florist shops across America.  And for those in the current generation, a weekend whereby you may be made to feel guilty unless you pronounce your undying love for the woman who raised you on some form of social media.
Last year, I reflected here on my own mother and the next week I spoke of my mother-in-law. This year I want to talk about the honor it is to be the mother to my children in our ever-changing landscape.  For Mother’s Day 2016 we had such a nice weekend with 3 out of 4 children and 2 spouses. The guys golfed, the girls shopped, and we all brunched. it was both fun and relaxing.

When the kids are young and growing up in your home, the parents are in charge. We decide where to vacation, what the meal plans will be, how we will celebrate holidays. The year our family discontinued the trips to New Mexico for Christmas with the grandparents, and instead began to celebrate within our own family unit, the children didn’t have a say. But as they mature and create their respective independent families, I can no longer tell them that we expect their company for special events. I must ask or invite them to join us.  This is a good thing.  Because now when they are here, I know they’ve chosen to be with us. The goal is for the grown children to enjoy spending time in our home, now that they have options.

So on occasions like Mother’s Day, when we are trying to take so many pictures (my ever-patient John claims that we take more pictures than any other family on the planet!) I can look around the table and sigh a little with happiness. These amazing, special individuals of whom I am so proud, wanted to be here to share our table and toast me over mimosas. They laughed a lot and teased each other and I couldn’t have had a better day. I so enjoyed those sweet years of baby kisses, and all of the milestones that followed but this is a pretty amazing time. How can it get any better than this?

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Back to a full menu this week…after all, I do have a 19-year-old back in the house and he needs some home-cooked meals to fatten him up! Pick up times are as follows:

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

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Fall fun and every day blessings

It was an interesting week! I was so excited about the promise of change in the weather…and the opportunity for rain.  Well, it came alright!  Dallas was hit with a deluge of wild thunderstorms for a very short period of time and it left the city with downed massive trees and loss of power to 250k residences and businesses!  Our power went out at 4:45 pm on Thursday and stayed out until 3:45 pm on SATURDAY!  It was very frustrating for me and for my husband who works out of the home.  Friday we found ourselves playing wifi vagrants…going from cafe to cafe for internet access and trying not to wear out our welcome.  The loss of power also meant that I had to find storage for my four freezers’ contents!  I was able to store much of the perishables at the Cafe Gourmet shop and surprisingly, two of the freezers retained their frozen state.
Because I was so frustrated by the lack of power, I felt so grateful when we regained electricity, which I take for granted every other day of the year.  So that was a positive that came out of the storm.  And it also brought the promised cool weather for Saturday morning when my son had a cross country meet.  Sadly, the event that our school was to host was cancelled due to the storm damage but we were able to move the meet to another location so our team could still race.

And the power was back on in time for us to catch some fun NCAA football matches on the telly.  I haven’t had the opportunity to sit down this season to watch any games and this turned out to be a great weekend.  Go Frogs! :)  I hope you all had good weeks too and I would love to hear how your neighborhoods fared from the storm.  Here’s what I’m cooking this week. Menu for Oct 6