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Whether you’re ready or not, the holidays are fast approaching. In fact, Thanksgiving is less than a week away! My goodness, where does the time go?

Have you considered yet how you’ll feed the hungry throng of family members or perhaps it is just three or four of you? Dreading spending all that time in the kitchen? Wishing you could spend more time with loved ones and provide them a healthier-than-usual meal at the same time?

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Yucky… Gross for Sure!

Not pretty I know. Really, pretty disgusting thought. I know.

But this is what all that holiday butter and fat looks like inside our life flowing arteries that are just trying to keep us going, one heart beat at a time.

Now I am not trying to be the Grinch that Stole Christmas!

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The True Heart of Cypress

 
After sharing my favorite things about my kitchen this past Sunday, I got to thinking about how the words and photos didn’t really do it justice. The kitchen truly is the heart of our home – as you’ll see in this new vlog.

 
 

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My Favorite Things

I can’t wait to show you all of my favorite things about Cypress, our beloved home. And yes, after all we’ve been through and have yet to go through, it better be our beloved home!

My beverage bar is one of my favorite things. Oh, this is not your ordinary beverage bar. Oh no, this is the over-the-top, crème de la crème beverage bar and I will tell you why.

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Beyond the Ohio Fall Beauty

Beyond the Ohio fall beauty, there was a purpose for my daughter, Kara, traveling from Denver, and myself, from Kansas…a very special purpose indeed.

That remarkable woman is our mother, grandmother extraordinaire who absolutely refused to allow me to give her a 90th birthday celebration.

I wish I had time and space to tell you about mom’s zillions of examples giving her time, food, money, and energy not only to our family and to her friends; but to still helping out at the food bank, still cooking and serving those in need at the community center, and on and on and on.

So because of all she is and all she does I wanted to honor her with a significant celebration with her tons of friends and family. Man oh man did she not only not like this idea but told me in no uncertain terms – the Ellen Garrett way. She said to me, ”Mitz, DO NOT give me a surprise either” and she really, really meant it.

You see, she is a behind-the-scenes worker with a servant’s heart. She said being the center of attention is just not her. Okay, mom, I get it but what then…it’s your 90th birthday!

Ellen Garrett, as my late dad used to call her, got her wish for her birthday. Here is a glimpse into how we spent our quiet, but rich in family and Ohio fall treasures, birthday celebration.

It was Ellen Garrett’s 90th birthday celebration!

And this is at 90 years of age mind you!

Spending a day in Amish Country

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