Our Blessings,2016.Yours?




We live in the greatest country in the world.

We elected a new President and Vice-President.We are very proud to be part of that movement.


I’m praying our country takes a new direction where we respect life and rediscover the tried and true values of the past.

I had 2 of the best parents and still blessed to have  a terrific (twin)brother.He dedicated his whole life to teaching-thankful he retired. i think he knew from the time he was in first grade that he wanted to be a teacher. We were sure he would be a scientist. Dad kidded him about being a garbage collector.

We found a home and started a new life.(i still miss the old hometown, of course).

The turkey is in the oven and we’re having twice baked potatoes with shredded cheese and bacon,peas and sweet potato pie(i really wanted pumpkin,but husband wanted a change)


Recipe By:Tay
“A slight twist to an old favorite, this cheesy recipe will surely set their mouths to watering. For a creamier casserole, use a potato masher and mash potatoes thoroughly.”


  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 1/2 pound lean bacon
  • 3/4 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish.
  2. Poke a few holes into each potato using a toothpick.
  3. Bake potatoes in the preheated oven until fully cooked, about 1 hour. Cool for about 15 minutes.
  4. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels and crumble.
  5. Cut a thin slice from one side of each potato; carefully scoop out the flesh and transfer to a bowl. Discard skins. Mix 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, sour cream, milk, butter, chives, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder with potatoes. Spread potato mixture into the prepared casserole dish; top with 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until just bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

We lost 2 gorgeous Boxers,Brutus and Mace, but now have 2 of the cutest little dogs-Cocoa Puff and Cisco.The 2 little dogs are more viscous(ankle biters). Go figure.
We attend a beautiful church that is 5 min away from us. St Gregory Thaumaturgus or Gregory the Miracle-Worker also known as Gregory of Neocaesarea.The icon is in our church with an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

It’s amazing to live by the Lake and be surrounded by so many vineyards. Welch’s plant is located here.We’re even a hop,skip and jump from the NY state border. We’re blessed by the summer breezes off the lake and spring brings out the cherry blossoms down the street.

So what do you count as YOUR blessings this year? What are you thankful for?


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