Sunday, April 17, 2011

Full House!!!

Red Rooster was full to the brim (and even overflowed down to the Snowbird) with a group of 25 scrapbooking ladies organized by Pat Morris and Sue Bartlow. They worked through the storms on Friday - ready to evacuate to the basement if the need arose. Thankfully, Smith Lake was not the tornado target - this time. We didn't even lose power!

Digital scrapbooking is very popular.

Sunday afternoon eventually has to roll around and we have to say goodbye to this group and get ready for the next. Who will it be?

Wish it was you!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Celebrating Birthdays at the Snowbird

Snowbird had a group of very "young at heart" ladies this week. They were celebrating 2 very special birthdays - one just turned 70 and one 80. They loved to play games (they weren't at all competitive - ha!). The Snowbird Retreat is a great place for friends to reconnect and relax.

One of the ladies requested our famous salad trio consisting of chicken salad, dilled shrimp salad, and fruit salad with orange cream for their final lunch. The recipe for the dilled shrimp salad is below.

Dilled Shrimp Salad:

1 (16 oz.) pkg. shell macaroni, cooked

1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed and drained

4 large eggs, hard-cooked and grated

1/4 c. Celery, chopped

2 T. Green onion, minced

2 tsp. Dried dill

1/4 tsp. Salt

1 c. Mayonnaise

1 c. Sour Cream

1/4 c. Salad vinegar

3 T. Sweet pickle relish

1/2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

In a large bowl, combine macaroni, next 7 ingredients and relish; set aside. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream and vinegar. Spoon mixture over shrimp mixture; toss gently to coat. Cover and chill. Sprinkle with paprika before serving. Serves 10 - 12.

Wish you were here!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring is Finally Here!

We have 2 days without guests at the Red Rooster Retreat so we take advantage of that time to make much needed changes. It is time to take down the last of the "Winter Decor" from the 10 ft. ledge in our big workroom. There's just one problem: Jim, who usually does the "ledge"work, is taking medicine that makes him dizzy as a goose and Shelia, our household engineer, is very short. So that leaves me (Jennifer) a 60+ yr. old coward to climb the ladder and bring down the deer.

DID IT!! Winter is finally coming down! Now, how do we say Spring/Summer on a ledge?

Spring is here!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Scrapbooking Weekend!!

Snowbird had a group of scrapbookers from Priceville, AL. They did a lot of relaxing, hot tubbing, and reading along with the scrapbooking. Its always good to have a little play along with the work!!

Red Rooster hosted consultant Sandy Lovell's "Close to My Heart" Group. Creativity was rampant this weekend!

These are album covers for Road Trip albums! The button wheels are too cute!

This is a beautiful Christmas album made by one of the ladies in the group.

They even make creative cookies!!!!

Wish you were here!!

Mystery Solved!!

The ladies from Quilters Refuge shop followed steps to complete their "Mystery Quilts".  Their instructor, Aida, revealed the finished quilt named "One More Time".

It is amazing how the appearance of a quilt changes by using different color schemes.  They are all beautiful! 

The beginner in the group wasn't as fast as everyone else but she was persistent! 

The quilters left the Red Rooster after lunch and scrapbookers began to arrive (met each other at the door!).

For dinner tonight we are serving Meatloaf (Miss Mary BoBo's Boardinghouse Recipe), Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Rolls, and Seven-layer Salad.  For dessert we have Texas Sheet Cake.

Our macaroni and cheese is an "adult" version because it has green onions, pimento, and mushrooms in it.  It is a nice change from the "kids" packaged mac and cheese.

"Adult" Macaroni and Cheese:

8 oz. Macaroni
1/3 c. Pimento Pepper, chopped
1/3 c. Green Onion, chopped
1 can Golden Mushroom soup
1/2 c. Mayonnaise
2 1/2 c. Cheddar Cheese, grated

Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain.  Combine macaroni with all other ingredients using 2 cups of the cheese.  Place in a 9 x 13 casserole and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serves 12

Wish you were here!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mother / Daughter Retreats are fun too!!

The Snowbird Retreat had a family reunion this week.  Shirley and her four daughters were able to get together and share some "girl time", (no kids - no husbands)  We all need that sometimes.  Danisa was celebrating a very special birthday and received the retreat as a present from her husband.

Time was spent in playing games, taking long walks, and just enjoying each others company.  Happy Birthday Danisa!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Quilters Refuge Group

Monday we welcomed the quilters from the Quilters Refuge shop in Decatur, AL.  The shop is doing a fun mystery quilt workshop for the group.  The quilters don't know what the finished quilt will look like and they are given the instructions one step at a time. 
 The first step was to cut and sew strips.

 Then they cut the strips into smaller strips.

We will show more steps and eventually the finished quilts as we follow the quilters progress on this mystery.

Meanwhile, here some of them are hard at work!

Wish you were here!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fun Weekend!!

This weekend we have scrapbookers at both the Snowbird and Red Rooster Retreats.  Red Rooster has the group of North Alabama.  They are from all over the U.S., with the fartherest one being from Australia. 

Candy all the way from Australia!  Wonder if it lost its calories on the flight over? 

Most scrapbooking groups come in with loads of paper and "stuff".  These ladies walked in with just their laptops.  Amazing!!!

An appropriate container!

The Snowbird has a scrapbooking group from Birmingham.

All work and no play makes for a dull weekend.  Leslie helps everyone relax a little after a hard day of scrapbooking.

Wish you were here!

Friday, April 1, 2011

What's For Lunch?

The lunch menu today was:
Chicken Salad
Dilled Shrimp Salad
Fruit Salad with Orange Cream (recipe below)

Wish you were here to share it with us!

Fruit Salad with Orange Cream

Fruit Salad

1 cantelope (cubed)
2 cups seedless red grapes
2 cups strawberries
3 kiwi (peeled & sliced)

Combie fruit & serve with orange cream on the side!

Orange Cream

1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese (softened)
4 Tbsp Orange Juice

Beat cream cheese and the remaining ingredients until creamy.

The Red Rooster Has A Revolving Door

We had to tell the GO-Go Stitchers goodbye after lunch yesterday & we welcomed the ladies from Scrapshare just in time for supper!

When is your group coming?