WW #46: Cornbread, Sunsets and Smiles

Hello everyone.  Writing from the midst of a long weekend of family time with my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, I have lots of things to be grateful for.  It is said that gratitude erases negativity… I’ve been trying to embrace that mantra in order to focus on the happy things in front of my eyes, rather than what I sometimes wish were different.

We have had a few bumps in the meal department this weekend.  On Tuesday we drove to Connecticut to begin the holiday with my parents.  A two hour drive took us five hours, and we arrived bleary-eyed at 1 a.m.  We also left my two freshly made lasagnas in the car.  I had planned to freeze and then serve these our party of 20 people tonight (Saturday) for my Mom’s birthday party.   Three days outside in the car does not a safe lasagna make.  Alas, we’re moving on the Boeuf Bourguignon (thankfully, my sister is in charge).

On a brighter note, my cornbread turned out just fine and the kids gobbled it up.  I plan to post the recipe soon.  We also made chocolate mousse, and that turned out thicker than in the past – look for that recipe too coming up soon.

Do your kids love cornbread?  What are their favorite holiday treats?  Comment below and enter our Weekly Giveaway!
corn bread recipe

Before the Thanksgiving meal, we attempted to take our Christmas card photo.  Not wanting to spoil the holiday surprise, I’ll just give you all this early glimpse of Hedley.  Getting all 5 to smile (or look less than miserable) simultaneously proved even trickier than in years past.

Christmas card photo

Here in Connecticut for these few family-filled days, we’ve enjoyed some burning sunsets …


And time with Aunt Kiki and our other aunts and uncles and beloved cousins.  Since Grandma and Grandpa took everyone to a movie Saturday afternoon (thank you!), Mommy was able to write up this weekly wrap up.  Thanks G & G!

family time

Thank you all so much for reading and hope that you have had a wonderful few days with reminders of what you are thankful for this season.

Check back in next week for some fun new shows, and thanks so much for following Cloudmom!

Melissa xoxo

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WW #46: Cornbread, Sunsets and Smiles

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  • L

    That cornbread looks good!

  • That sunset is beautiful!

  • shellypeterson

    We love cornbread, your looks delicious!

  • abfantom

    My daughter likes cornbread, but she likes my Christmas cookies even more.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • cynthiac

    I feel your pain about the lasagna. Love’s labor lost!

  • Julie Wood

    We love Cornbread with chili! It is so delicious. Your cornbread looks so yummy!

    • Yum! That is a great combination.

  • Meghan Malicoat

    My kids would rather have cookies than cornbread, lol.

  • dglitter

    We all love cornbread.

  • Kay Saunders

    I hated cornbread growing up but one day I found myself craving it and now I love it 🙂

    • It’s a Thanksgiving must for us!

  • mommyto2girlz

    My family loves cornbread. We will be having some later this week when I make hamburger soup. Our favorite holiday treat is pumpkin roll. It’s sooo good. Thank you!

    • A pumpkin roll sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • lee mckoen

    I love cornbread! Hubby wants it with soup and chili for sure!

  • cyndi br

    I like cornbread biscuits

  • Shakeia Rieux

    Cornbread is my favorite.The only time we eat it is when my in-law makes turkey or chicken pie

  • Gina Ferrell

    I love cornbread and especially when eating Red Beans and Rice.

  • paula s

    I love a good cornbread.

  • Shirley Smith

    I enjoy Cornbread very much. It tastes so good, with honey, or butter, Jams or just plain.

  • Elisabeth

    Oh no! That stinks about your lasagna, they take so long to make! :/

  • Stephanie Larison

    I try every year to get a nice photo of the kids together for Christmas cards. Pfft, it never works out, lol. They end up screaming and I say forget it. 😛

  • Daniel M

    yep we all like cornbread

  • Karine Martin

    We love corn bread very much ! Seem it goes with almost everything and add a little sweet !

  • Natalie

    I love to make corn bread stuffing! My family is from the south so we all love cornbread!

  • Julie Wood

    The Sunset is so pretty!!

  • Rachel Dean

    I don’t have children, but I love cornbread!

  • Susan Smith

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • slehan

    It’s hard to get more than one kid to smile in any picture. Good luck with yours.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • natasha lamoreux

    Corn bread is one of my favorites..My kids also enjoy it because it has a sweetness to it. Thanks for a great giveaway.

    • It always seems to go down well with everyone! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Brandon Sparks

    Great Giveaway!

  • Richard Hicks

    You have a nice looking family!

  • Bridgett Wilbur

    Thank you for a great give away.

  • AmandaSakovitz

    thank you!

  • Sounds like all in all it was a nice visit. Love spending time with the extended family.

    • Yes! Love being able to get together at this time of year.

  • Sharon Braswell

    Bless your heart, something good is coming your way for sure!! Look for it!! <3 Love your family photos and that cornbread looks yummy!!

  • Betty Curran

    I’ve been on a few road trips that had significant drawbacks, but the end result of time with family makes it all worthwhile.

  • Betsy R Barnes

    Mt hubby and son love cornbread! When you live in the south, it is a must at every meal almost. My son loves cookies too, this is his favorite time of year. 🙂

  • Thomas Murphy

    Thanks for the giveaway!