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VVDDP – 2018 Edition – Scavenger Selfie Date Challenge

It’s been six years since we began our tradition of having a couples dinner party in February.  The excitement as the date approaches always gets me into such a fun mood!  I will admit there are moments of frazzled Julie but I just turn some music on and dance in my kitchen to remember to have fun!  The evening has never disappointed in the entertainment or laughter department with this group of friends!

POST #1 from this years event can be found here!

VVDDP 2018

This year we decided to start the fun about 30 days prior to the party!  Most of the time we like to get the couples to spend time together doing something together, whether it be before, during, or after our gathering.  This year we sent them on Scavenger Selfie Date Challenge! I was inspired by this blog post I found on Pinterest!

The rules included ten topics for them to obtain selfies and send to me prior to the party.  I then put them into a powerpoint presentation, with each couple choosing a song for me to play during their slides.

Right here is where I am going to make a suggestion.  DO THIS!  GO out and and play this game with your partner or friend or other couples.  I can not tell you HOW much I laughed, felt sappy, laughed again and felt inspired to put FUN back in my own marriage! Even if you don’t  normally do things like this…. DO IT!

Milton & I did choose to head out one day to try this experience after seeing all our friend’s selfies/photos!  I am using our photos for the blog post.  We had such a good time doing the entire challenge together.  I think we might do similar things in the future to keep our connection & laugh more often!

Click on the photo to read more about each photo!

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Here’s an explanation of the slides. I feel it’s needed!

VVDDP Instructions

You will notice we do not have a #2 or #10 in our slideshow.  We did do a #10 and figured it would work for #2 as well.  We laughed so much while creating it that it’s an epic memory for sure!  I could post it but feel that my husband would probably get some major razzing about it and although he doesn’t care, I tend to be protective of my family.  The best part about it was that he came up with the initial idea and then we kind of worked together to create it.  Let’s just say…. It’s rated G, very G. Think…..

Ward & June from Leave It to Beaver… but I’m pretty sure you won’t be picturing it right! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by & know that friends a  blessing in life, so come together often, allow them to inspire and lift you up!  Have fun and love your partner!

Julie

 

 


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Annual Landlord Appreciation Dinner – 2017

If you happen to follow us on Instagram or Facebook this past weekend you probably saw quite a bit of activity.  I was posting photos throughout the day Saturday while preparing for our annual landlord appreciation dinner.

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Our dinner table. I went with simplicity this year.  I made the tablerunner with fabric I bought when I visited The Mercantile Store ( Pioneer Woman)

Including our family of three we fed 16 people! We had to drag out the white six foot table to add to our dining room table to have enough spaces.  We are fortunate to be blessed with eight families as landlords and all but one was able to attend!  I love to host dinner parties and this is quite a special one to me!  There is just something about all of us sitting around the dinner table, I guess because some of my own childhood memories were made around my Mom’s table is why it means so much to me.

The menu we chose this year was…..

HamCreamy Rosemary PotatoesSouthern Style Green BeansWatergateDinner RollsCustard PieBlackberry PieCheesecake

Everyone seem to enjoy it.  The potato recipe I pulled from my Pioneer Woman cookbook, they are kind of labor intensive.  But I found that the taste of them made it well worth the work!  The green beans were found via Pinterest and they were quite delish!  I used frozen verses fresh as that was less expensive for me.

The blackberry pie was from our own blackberries I had in the freezer and the custard pie was made with farm fresh eggs.  We have an abundance of eggs right now so I made two of those pies.  My mother used to make custard pie, I never cared for it but my other three siblings like it.  Whenever I fix this recipe at least one or two people rave about it, so here is the recipe if you want to take a try at this very simple pie!  The cheesecake was a box mix by The Cheesecake Factory, I personally mixed my small piece with a piece of the blackberry pie.  YUM!  YUM! YUM!

The farmer baked the ham on his Green Mountain Grill and we served the dinner rolls you buy in the freezer section.  We kept it somewhat simple, we wanted it to feel like a Sunday dinner with family around the table.  To be honest, it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had.  We listened to stories and laughed and it lasted for almost three hours!

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Son and Father. I am thrilled with this shot from our evening!

One thing that came out of the conversation was that Milton’s father started farming some of the rented ground after he came home from being in the Army in the Korean war that ended in 1953.  So in 1954 Richard began farming the land that sits next to his homeplace to the east.  Milton and I began farming this particular set of rented acres in 2015. Sixty three years.

When one of the current landlords said “that has a lot to say”  it felt very profound to me.  I talk about legacy here on the blog and this is part of that legacy.  The point they were getting across was that their family had owned the same land for many generations and then that the family that had rented from them was still the same people for sixty three years.

That has something to say about both families, especially my father-in-law since the landlords can pick and choose whomever they want to farm their ground.  It was a proud moment and I hope the legacy continues for many years for both our families.

No one knows what the future holds for us.  One year we may lose some rented ground, another year we may gain some.  I’m proud of my husband because he has done a good job on farming, not only for his own acres but the rented ground as well.  Milton really does care for the land.  He doesn’t just throw some seed in the ground and not do the work that needs to be done to produce good crops.  There can be areas with drainage issues or weed issues.  Needless to say I’m proud of the work he does.

Our evening ended with little bags of goodies going  home with the guests!  This year we included sticky notes with our farm name and address, a seasonal pumpkin, some candies, and of course homemade jam! I hope they enjoy it all!

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A couple of the landlords brought us this BEAUTIFUL flower arrangement too!  I just love it!  Fall colors always are so lovely to work with!

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Until next year!

Julie