Salty Heirs

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Little Bits of the Past

Cleaning out my desk today and found these! A ton of old memory cards-AMAZING!! How awesome it is to look back on some of the photos I took when we first moved to Williamsburg and get to reminisce about the adventures we had when we first got here. 

Ava's First Day of School Attending Matthew Whaley

Ava's oldest friend Cameron in the pink and yes, that is Sage!

Ava in the waves at Virginia Beach

Extremelly blonde hair moment at Virginia Beach.
A bit later with my try on brown hair moment. 
The girls in the yard on Yorkshire in Williamsburg. This was our rental house and it was amazing!





The Only Christmas Cookie Recipe You Will Ever Need

Last Christmas, we visited my family's farm in Rogersville, Tennessee and stayed at the Hale Springs Inn. What a beautiful place filled with so much history! I'm not going to veer too far off course here though, we are talking about cookies! Well, My Aunt Sallie had made these cookies for our celebration and I fell in love. They are simple to make and though take like a regular butter cookie when you first bite into it, after you let it simmer and melt into your mouth, you want more. I would suggest these to anyone who is trying to watch their weight because you can't just eat one. 



What You Will Need:

A Cookie Press
Sheet Pans

Ingredients:
1 Cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tsp. Vanilla
3 Cups Self Rising Flour
Pinch of Salt

Preheat Your Oven to 350 Degrees.

Mix First Four Ingredients
Add flour, one cup at a time. You will need to mix by hand the last cup. 
Roll onto a cylinder and dive into three sections.
Press into Cookie Press. 
You should be able to get at least nine cookies on a small cookie sheet. They don't rise that much.

Bake about 8 minutes. 10-12 minutes the edges with brown.
You will want to let them cool but they are amazing fresh out of the oven.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Celebrating Christmas Early

This year's Fisher Christmas Celebration was held at Joe's dad, John, and step-mom's, Martha, house up in Saluda on the Rappahannock River. Every year, John and his sister Helen trade off where Christmas and Thanksgiving will be held. Because Helen did Thanksgiving, John was elected to throw Christmas.


We drove up after noon and arrived at the river around two. Joe's sister, Lindsey, had arrived earlier from Washington D.C. and his cousin Janis from Richmond, moments earlier. After we unloaded the car of presents for the girls, luggage of all of ours and food to cook later we began our visit.

Every year we have always played "Dirty Santa" but this year we decided to hold off on the gifts for the family game and contribute to The Wounded Warrior Project. What a wonderful charity to give too and though we are not active military the family works with the military in other aspects. Giving back to the men and women seriously wounded in combat is just an amazing offering. I hope everyone this year takes the time and reflects on what is truly important to them and hopefully gives back in some fashion or another. The holiday season to me is not just a time to give to our family but to the many others out there that need our help too.






The Fisher Family all began arriving around four. Drinks flowed and food eaten. I made one of my favorite appetizers, Pear and Caramel Bruschetta. I will update this recipe very soon. It was a hit and many asked for it. Mental Note. There was too much food as always. Vegetable plates, crab bites, buffalo chicken dip, Joe's salsa, meatballs, ham biscuits and more.





I believe I might have drank a wee bit too much (yes) but I know I ate too much. Being a Fisher, I have to say we might get our name a bit honest. Even with all of the food available Joe made a hilarious quote. "We don't make sides, we make drinks." You can understand his saying a bit more knowing when his dad built the house instead of a dining room, he put in a full bar.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

If I Had All The Money: Gifts

I was about to throw all of my gift catalogs away when I decided I was going to flip through them once more and pick out the pieces I would choose if I had all the money. Unfortunately I don't have all the money and none of these will actually be mine unless someone decides they think I need them. 

So from my Anthro and Free People Gift Mags, 

I give you:

If I Had All The Money: Gift Edition
Anthropologie: Winter Rose Robe
$168

Anthropologie: Thermal Leggings
$68

Anthropologie: Faux Fur Ear Muffs
$49.59

Free People: Ice Cream All Day Dress
$118

Free People: Malliot Poncho
$168

Free People: Animal Instincts Romper
$168

Anthropologie: Shearling Hobo Bag
$348

Anthropologie: Neve Sweater Wrap
$148


Apparel Candy

Can you believe Christmas is almost a week away? Are you done shopping yet? I am so excited to share with you today a wholesale clothing company you can order from that will send you gifts to share with tons of your friends for not a ton of money. Apparel Candy is a US based company from California that sells wholesale to retail customers. 


Check out the selection of cosmetics available and stock up for small treats to hand your friends. How about this beautiful Red Nail Polish for the holidays. At only a $1 a pop, you will have a gift for all your girlfriends. Or try the Nude Lipstick at $1 a tube. Who doesn't love to give gifts and especially when they are so inexpensive? I have fell in love with nude lipstick more and more over the years because they seem to go with every skin color.




We love Apparel Candy for their assorted collections you can purchase at rock bottom prices. For $33 you can select to receive a selection of six dresses for $33? Yes, $33 and you have six new dresses. Also the best wholesale dress collection is something you check out. 

Apparel Candy is a great company to buy wholesale even is you are only a retail customer. Save money on your clothing, accessories and more.



 My favorite item of the moment is this Black Stars and Grommets Embellished Zip Top Purse for only $7.50.


You might even decide you want to sell some of these items while on tour, from the comfort of your own home or by opening your own store. Who knows? Maybe this is your calling!


Right now, new customers get 15% off their first order! 

Have a Happy Holidays! 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Try This: Get to Know Your Neighbors

Long years before when people moved into a new home or a new apartment, these folks called neighbors would pop by with a pot of coffee and a fresh baked cake to share. You would get to know their names, if they had kids or animals and what gossip they could fill you in on. Nowadays this doesn't happen as much and it's sorta sad. I'm hoping to change your mind today on getting neighborly. Let' call on your neighbor even if you have lived in the same spot for years. 


Thought One: Bake a Cake. One from the box is fine. People like cake and it doesn't have to be super fancy. You can either deliver the cake in a non-returnable baking pan or to maybe get one back.... your own baking dish. Knock on the door or ring the bell and hand it over and say, "Enjoy!" 

Thought Two: Lend a Hand. If you see your neighbor struggling with a bag of groceries, offer help. If they are heading out of town, offer to keep an eye on the house. Get the mail, feed the dog or water their plants.  If they need to borrow something like a cup of sugar, be generous. If you help them, they will help you.

Thought Three: Set Boundaries. Resist the temptation to snoop over the hedge or lurk in the distance. Aim to be friendly not obnoxious. Respect their privacy and you can only hope they do the same.

Thought Four: Pipe Down. At most there is a yard or a thin wall that separates you from the people next door. Play your music at a reasonable decibel. Quiet your yappy dog. Run your vacuum during the day and don't get to carried away in the bedroom. If in doubt, ask yourself what you what you'd like to hear your neighbors doing. 

Thought Five: Keep it Clean.No one wants the neighbor who lets his grass grow as tall as the kids heads. Keep it reasonably manicured. You want your neighbors to enjoy living next to you, not cringe everytime they pass your way.

Thought Six: Call the Kids Home. How wonderful your kids have it when the neighbors have kids that yours can play with. Call them home for meals and make sure they realize they shouldn't eat or drink everything next door. 




Saturday, December 6, 2014

Williamsburg Christmas Parade















We have never gone to the parade since we moved to Williamsburg almost seven years ago! I know, I know... terrible parents. We are not morning people or we used to not be. As we age, we are starting to get up and out of the house on a Saturday earlier than we once did. 

What a fun event. We parked in the parking garage off Scotland where we were happy to learn parking was free today! Yay! I think because of the events of the weekend, (It's Grand Illumination weekend) Colonial is being generous. We did park on the top level but we were good. I'd brought a carafe of coffee to help my eyes stay open and we headed to Confusion Corner as it is called. This is where Jamestown Road meets Richmond and for tourists and locals alike, confusion sets in here. As soon as the parade was beginning to start, the road was blocked and the fun began. 

The fire trucks started us off. Molly was not very happy about the horns but she calmed down and wanted every person that walked by to pet her. Old cars followed along with local businesses and troops. The older girls school, Lafayette High and Berkeley Middle had a combined marching band which was nice to hear. Our favorites had to be when the herd of 50 St. Bernese walked by followed  by about 30 Newfoundlands. We love these dogs. The kids want a St. Bernese but Joe is adamant our next dog is going to be a Newfoundland. We will see. :)

After the parade ended, we scooped up Sage and her friends who came earlier and stopped at Food Lion so I could buy some sausage and juice. When we got home I whipped up pancakes and sausage before Ava and I headed out again for her WAC practice. Never a dull moment around here. 

Have a happy weekend!

Leigh Ann