Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grateful on Buck Mountain!

Sadie says LET’S GO!!

We are so enjoying our time up here.

Friends Irene and Dave arrived on Tuesday night late so yesterday we got to show them our surroundings on Buck Mountain by daylight.

I love it when people see this place for the first time.

I love sharing this part of me with them.

And we have Sadie to lead the way!

I think Sadie enjoys the mountains more than all of us combined.


Walkin’ down a dirt road!


Enjoying Buck Mountain Waterfall!

I love taking folks to this special spot.  Irene, Dad, Sadie and I hiked to the top of the waterfall while the two Daves took the Razor for a spin and met us at the top.

I can never get enough of the sounds of the waterfall either! 

Little Youtube video:


Go, go. go Dave 1 and Dave 2!


Beat you to the top!


Me and Irene!


Irene and Dave kicking back in the gazebo!


Sunset happened like this!

Things to love about the winter time – all of the leaves are down in the surrounding woods, leaving a view of the mountain ridge to the west through the bare branches.  I love watching the sun go down behind that ridge from my front porch!


Last night’s dinner!

We had Irene’s crock pot pulled beef tacos and all the fixings for dinner.  That crock pot cooked all day and smelled so good!

Her recipe is simple, and I’m posting it here for you to enjoy:

2 1/2 lbs chuck roast
14 oz can beef broth
1 1/2 Tbl chili powder
1/2 Tbl cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lime

Spray crock pot with non stick cooking spray.  Place roast in crock pot.  Pour broth over the roast and then squeeze the juice of one lime over the roast.  Mix spices together and sprinkle over the roast.  Cover and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 hours, or on high 5 to 6 hours.

Remove beef from pot.  Shred beef with forks, removing any fat as you go along.  Return beef to broth in pot.  Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes.  Remove with tongs to drain juice before serving with tortillas and all of the desired taco toppings.

It was a FABULOUS dinner followed by some cut throat Mexican Train dominoes --

Jason and Jeff both arrived late night – so happy to have them here!

As I sit here and write this, contemplating my many blessings over the past year I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving if you are in the USA – if you are outside the US, take a moment to think about your past year and focus on those things you are most grateful for.

Life is good in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC!

And guess what happens TOMORROW?!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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  1. so many of us have so much more than people around the world...it is a great day to be thankful for everything AND everyone!

  2. Sounds like a great way to share your Mountain with family and Friends. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie!

  5. Love your beautiful mountain. Thanks for sharing all it's glory. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Enjoy!!!

  6. Sounds like you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Nothing like family, friends, food and some home time to make life seem really great.

  7. Happy thanksgiving Bonnie to you and all your friends and family! Is it awful as I am cooking my own thanksgiving meal all I keep thinking about is tomorrow the MYSTERY gets to start! Thanks for giving us all such a wonderful gift for the holidays!

  8. We have already celebrated last month here in Canada but wishing you all a great day full of fun and laughter! Can't wait for tomorrow!!!

  9. So grateful for many thing. But utmost is Family and health. Enjoy your time with family and....ONE MORE SLEEP...just saying. LOL

  10. Happy thanksgiving!

  11. Have a wonderful, blessed, Thanksgiving. I know I am grateful for all you have shared with us this year!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie, the quilting community is grateful for you. Your posts are always so upbeat, what a good way to start each day. Enjoy your time off and I am so looking forward to the mystery.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie. May all your family and friends have a wonderful blessed day. Enjoy your mountain.

  14. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie! Has the official photo of you and your Dad holding the finished Mystery Quilt over the balcony been taken yet lol?

  15. Great information! Your blog is the first one I look for in my inbox everyday. Love this new series.

  16. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie and family you and of our facebook friends here ,many thanks for family and friends . thank you so much Bonnie for all your hard work that you do for us with your teaching, sharing and traveling to show us how to make so many beautiful quilts. you are a big blessing to me thank you .Nellie

  17. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  18. Bonnie and family "Happy Thanksgiving"! Thank you for all the inspiration you give our quilting world. The big moon out side makes a perfect ending to a wonderful day with our family. God Bless you and your family.

  19. Happy Thanksgiving!

    I opened a bottle of Vernaccia di San Gimignano to celebrate the beginning of our Tuscan adventure tomorrow--Allietare! :)

  20. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie! Wishing you and yours a very blessed weekend!

  21. Thanks for sharing your special family time! The recipe looks like it would be an awesome addition to "crock pot cooking for quilters"!! Thanks. Staring at my golden wine label fabric, trying to decide if it will be cut in little pieces are saved for borders and backing!!!! :_

  22. Anonymous11:08 PM EST

    So glad that your having a wonderful Thanksgiving. Yes we have so much to be Thankful for!!! Sonya W. sonyawood@tds.net

  23. So beautiful, Bonnie! Enjoy your time on the mountain!

  24. Your mountain is just gorgeous Bonnie. Sadie must be thrilled walking through those leaves loose..
    Thanks for this post I will make the recipe for my family it sounds very good. . Thanks for sharing. We sure have to be Thankful for all our blessings. I was able to sew some blocks and was so happy not seeing double late afternoon.Thanks for your post and your pictures Bonnie. You are one in a million super woman. Blessings to you and family!!!
    Yoka Bazilewich

  25. Happy Thanksgiving, thanks always for sharing your wonderful mountain home with everyone.

  26. Happy Thanksgiving, thanks always for sharing your wonderful mountain home with everyone.

  27. I truly am thankful for family and friends, especially the time I for to spend with you at a time that now seems so long ago. Grateful that you have this time to spend with family and friends and relax. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  28. I know you love a good slow cooler recipe. Have you ever done Italian beef sammys!!!?
    a roast
    jar of sliced pepperoncinis
    A can if beef broth (I use low sodium)
    a packet of zesty Italian dressing mix!!
    Slow cooker and shred the beef!! Serve on a hearty roll and don't forget the provalone cheese!! And the leftovers broth makes for a GREAT soup start!!!

  29. It looks like you and your family had an amazing time enjoying the beach. Camping is one of our favorite family activities.


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