Lucy’s First Christmas

Today’s photos are courtesy of Lisa Marinelli Murphy, my nephew Robert’s wife.


I’ve shared photos from Robert & Lisa before. They share their photos of the autumn trips to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan celebrating their anniversary. Their honeymoon photos are at Fall in Michigan.

Robert adopted a rescue basset hound some years ago.  His wife had an old beagle and old cat.  When they married, they called their home the old animal rescue as a joke.


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April Morning

The white frangipani (Plumeria alba) is a deciduous plumeria tree that is native to tropical areas. 

Magnolia grandiflora, Southern Magnolia, is a native of Florida and the southeastern U.S. It is one of the most widely grown trees in Florida and also one of the most widely cultivated Magnolias in the world. It is a large, stately, evergreen tree that can grow 30 to 80 feet tall with canopies spreading 30 to 50 feet wide.


Last week I went into the front yard one morning and examined the frangipani tree for leaves. Due to the late cold spells in March, they are very small.  In previous years, I ‘ve had frangipani blooms before the end of April.  With the temperatures in the 80’s, I’ll watch to see if they grow quickly.


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Turkey-Veggie Meatloaf

A moist and tangy meatloaf complemented with the perfect glaze is today’s dish.  It’s made with sautéed zuccuni, carrots, mushrooms, and onions as well as traditional bread crumbs. Whether you are trying to add more vegetables to your diet or trying to stretch your ground turkey, this dish accomplishes both with great taste.  Serve it with mashed potatoes and a salad.

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