With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Our Anniversaries

Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Anniversaries

John and I celebrated out 39th wedding anniversary and my cousin, Karen and her husband John will be celebrating their 33rd anniversary early November.
So, we decided to spend a day together.
We picked Atlantic City because John and I haven't been there since we were children.
 And, guess what we did when we first arrived...
we attended a cooking class at Viking Cooking School, located in Harrah's, making southern specialties from the movie "The Help".
We had a blast making Southern Fried Chicken, Mac n' Cheese, Slow-Cooked Southern Greens and Feather-Light Biscuits.  We sipped on Arnold Palmer's, nibbled Deviled Eggs, and chatted with other class attendees before we began cooking.
We started with the collard green because they take the longest to cook.
The guys took their job seriously!
We almost let the liquid simmer dry but thanks to our cousin, John, we caught them just in time!
 Chef Elaine explained how to make a rue for the cheese sauce that was stirred into the macaroni for the Baked Mac n' Cheese.
 Karen and I did our share cooking as well as took lots of pics!
Next it was on to another southern staple.
Adding seasoning as John cuts in the shortening for Feather-Light Biscuits
Counting each turn of the spatula as not to over-mix!
 No photos of the messy job of coating pieces of chicken that had been marinating in buttermilk.
An eye on the clock for perfect timing to insure perfectly cooked, juicy chicken.
 No one was getting the tongs from this guy :)
Just look at that face! 
 Karen and John made the day extra special!  Love spending time with them!
It was a three hour class ~  we cooked for two hours and spent the last hour dining on the delicious meal we had just created.
Waiting for everyone to fill their plates.  Such a great group and great instructor.
For dessert, we were served a slice of Minny's Chocolate Pie (without a surprise, "secret ingredient", of course)

I plan to make the recipes again at home and will share them in a post.

Yes, it has been 39 years since John and I were married and we vowed to love one another forever. Isn't it just amazing that you can love someone with everything in you and find you love them even more year after year. We have much to be thankful for!
oh, let's go dancing in the minefields
and sailing in the storms
oh, this is harder than we dreamed
but I believe that's what the promise is for

Dancing in the Mindfields ~ take a listen


Debbie Huffaker said...

You truly don't look old enough to have been married 39 years! Happy anniversary!!!

~ Lisa ~ said...

What a sweet and different way to celebrate and Happy Anniversary. Thank you for letting us share. Can't wait for the posts.

~ Lisa from Indiana ~

marie said...

What a wonderful way to spend your day...it looks like you had a great time!!
Happy Anniversary to both of you!

Lorrie said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the cooking class you took. And the song you included is one of my favourites!

Haddock said...

What a lovely way to celebrate..... and what a coincidence (its our Anniv today)

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a fun, interesting, and educational way to celebrate your 39 years together! It is a monumental thing to celebrate in today's world, and the four of you did it well. I really enjoyed reading about your adventure, but I liked looking at the pictures even more.

John and I wish you two, many more special years together! And, we wish the same for your cousin and his wife!

This upcoming anniversary will be our 40th! Happy 39th to dear friends!

Ann Thompson said...

what a fun way to celebrate. The food looks delicious too.

Nonnie said...

Congratulations to all of you! You're talkin' my kind of food, although I'm not sure about the collard greens. You all look as though you're having a wonderful time!
Happy Anniversary.

Lea said...

What a fun way to celebrate! I took a Viking Cooking Class about 5 years ago and we had the best time.

Great photos of a great memory making time!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Such a fun way to celebrate!

The pictures are great, it looks like you had a wonderful time! =) Happy Anniversary!!

Cynthia Chapman said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!

Lynn said...

Happy Anny! It looks like you had a great day:@)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Happy 39th! What a wonderful celebration you had! It looks like fun and I know the food was delicious!

The video was great! My husband and I danced in minefields, sailed in storms, God saw us through it all. Love continued to grow and for me now still grows. It's been almost 2 years since my dear husband of 43 years, went to his heavenly home and one day we will be reunited and will dance together once again, praising God for everything.

Again, Happy Anniversary.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Maryann said...

What a great way to celebrate an anniversary, it looks like so much fun. Photo of you and your husband on the beach is terrific. Happy Anniversary.

Maggie Ann said...

Belated Happy Anniversary! You are a very special couple, and your cooking lesson must have been a lot of fun, especially with your friends. I enjoyed those wedding pictures, and want to say...I love the way you wear your hair now...you look wonderful. =) My hair is shoulder length and I like it...its just so thick I have to pull it back it a barret to keep it out of my eyes. Have a nice day!

Dayle said...

Happy Anniversary to you and John. I love all of the photos. You both look terrific!

That Southern meal looks like home to me and makes my mouth water. How fun to cook together.

Debbie Petras said...

What a fabulous way to celebrate your anniversary! I love the photos and the song. Happy happy anniversary.

Blessings and love,

Debbie said...

What a fun, fun thing to do!! I'd love something like this. We have been married 39 years as well (though it will be 40 on Feb first!) and your right. It's a lifetime together (I was just a teenager when we met!) and it is incredible how the love continues to grow. Whatever would I do without him? Happy anniversary to you both!!

lindsey said...

Congratulations! And what a great way to celebrate, your cookery lesson looked a lot of fun, love the photos of then and now :)

corners of my life said...

Happy Anniversary.
You have the best adventures ever.

corners of my life said...

In your wedding photo your beautiful smile looks so similar to my daughter-in-law's.

SarahGeorge said...

Happy Happy Anniversary dear LDH to you and Mr. John. Those pictures of you both are simply beautiful! And those last lines you've written touched my heart! We celebrated our 7th the day before yours :) I feel happy for the dates :)


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