Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Manteo, Mom and Me

Here are some pictures from our latest trip to Manteo.

The first one shows the very first meal I ever cooked for our family in Manteo. A special occasion, indeed. I went with Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti but substituted two cans of cream of cheddar soup for the cream of mushroom. In my opinion, it makes it twice as yummy. (I'm not a big fan of mushrooms, anyway.)

Plus, I was able to freeze half of what I made and will take the rest of it on another trip.


Thanks again to ALL of you who sent such great ideas for "traveling food." I am going to be putting them to good use in the weeks to come.


This is what the table looked like when we first went into the house. Someone from the church went to all the trouble of buying this fresh fruit and arranging it in a lovely fashion. We felt very warmly welcomed. (She even included a chew treat for Snowy so she is now Snowy's new best friend.)



The lady in the church who owns this house (she's letting us use it every weekend in October) had a book lying out about the history of the Outer Banks. Turns out her great grandparents knew the Wright brothers and her grandma even helped the older brother sew up some fabric that had ripped. There were pictures and memorabilia all over the house about Wright brothers history--fascinating stuff! I was especially intrigued by the fact that after that first flight, when the Wright brothers dismantled the plane, they took the white linen fabric from the wings and gave it away so that dresses could be made out of it.

Here is another cool part of the house. Don't you love the idea of using faucets for hooks? I had to go ahead and hang something on it just because I've never hung something on a faucet before.



Do you remember this photo from last week?


What a difference one little word can make. Here's the sign from this weekend where "Rev." is changed to "Pastor." There's a whole world of change in that simple, small word.



Even the sign in front of the youth building next door to the church was part of the welcome.






Here's one of the entrances to the church.


And the lobby.


And here is Snowy, who is very diligently checking out the church property to be sure that all is well.



This is our view on the way home as we cross the bridge going from Roanoke Island (where Manteo is located) back to the mainland.







I have quite a few of your questions lined up to answer and a few miscellaneous stories to tell, but I'm going to sign off for now with a brief medical report.

I'm still sore today from my fall (and kind of weak and shaky) but I was able to rest most of yesterday and felt renewed by that.

My mom is still in a lot of pain from her fall; I hadn't realized it earlier, but in addition to the shattered collar bone, she also scraped a whole bunch of skin off her arm and has a lot of bruising all over her chest and arms. My sister, Debbie, has brought her home to stay with her family for a little while so that she can keep a good eye on her. And since Mom checks Smithellaneous on a regular basis, excuse me for a moment while I stop and say, "Hi, Mom! I love you!"

Thanks to ALL of you for stopping by . . .

22 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, can you post the recipe for the Pioneer woman's chicken? Looks delicious and like something I would make :o) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/chicken_spaghet/

There is the link to the Chicken Spaghetti. You can also substitute cream of chicken for the cream of mushroom.

Jessie - B-Town WA

Anonymous said...

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/chicken_spaghet/

There is the link to the Chicken Spaghetti. You can also substitute cream of chicken for the cream of mushroom.

Jessie - B-Town WA

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link, unfortunately this is the message I got when I tried to go to the recipe :o(

Not Found
Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn't here.

Anonymous said...

Becky - What beautiful pictures of Manteo - REALLY cool about the Wright Brothers. Bet if the faucets were upside down they'd make great coat hooks! Will send a pic if I pull if off. Rest well and easy in the Lord's hand while He takes care of the rest of your cares with His other! Love - Guerrina

Pam D said...

Hi Becky's mom... we all love you, too! :<)
And Becky, that picture of the road going over the water looks like it leads straight into Heaven. How wonderful! Everything just "feels right" about your being in this place; I know it was a long and challenging wait, but I truly believe that this particular hallway led to an amazing new place. Thanks for letting us "partake" of the experience...

Shannon said...

Oh my gosh, I missed your post about your Mom falling. Needless to say I have been a little confused your last couple posts with the little mentions of your Mom, so I finally had time to go back. Oh that just breaks my heart to read her first medical issue without your Dad. I hope you both have a SPEEDY recovery!!! Prayers from Nebraska!

MaryH said...

What a welcoming, wonderful community. How thrilling all of that must have been and every picture I have seen of Manteo is just lovely. I am so excited for all of you. And Snowy has already made a friend!

I am so sorry that your mom is still in so much pain and discomfort. It takes such a long time for the body to heal and as we age, it takes even longer. Both you and your mom need to take the time necessary for this process.

So, in case your mom reads the posts - Hi, Becky's Mom - I hope you are feeling better. I am praying for your and Becky's completel recovery.

Loved the table setting and the faucet idea has me thinking and pondering about where I could use that in my house - or at my daughter's barn with all those horses.

Can't wait to see more pictures.

MaryH said...

What a welcoming, wonderful community. How thrilling all of that must have been and every picture I have seen of Manteo is just lovely. I am so excited for all of you. And Snowy has already made a friend!

I am so sorry that your mom is still in so much pain and discomfort. It takes such a long time for the body to heal and as we age, it takes even longer. Both you and your mom need to take the time necessary for this process.

So, in case your mom reads the posts - Hi, Becky's Mom - I hope you are feeling better. I am praying for your and Becky's completel recovery.

Loved the table setting and the faucet idea has me thinking and pondering about where I could use that in my house - or at my daughter's barn with all those horses.

Can't wait to see more pictures.

MaryH said...

Seriously, someone PLEASE tell me how to delete an entry! This is embarrassing. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky,

First, I'm so darn sorry about your fall and hope you're recovering quickly. Get as much rest as you can! I hope the same quick recovery for your Mom. I know she's a special lady since her daughter(s) are so special!

Love the photos of Manteo! Thank you for sharing them! I KNOW I should be envious but I am (just a little bit) that you're going to be living in such a wonderful place! I just know the people will be wonderful too.

I'm going to try that chicken spaghetti recipe - it looks wonderful! I didn't come up with any brilliant traveling recipes for you but I DID come across this website that looks like it has some terrific ones. Check it out if you get a chance!

http://mennonitegirlscancook.blogspot.com/

Love and prayers to you all,
Sandy/Clayton

Anonymous said...

ACK - that should read..."should NOT be envious"!

Sandy

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love The Pioneer Womans site and have been fixing a lot of her recipes lately. My hubby says it has to stop cause he has gained 8 pounds!! Yikes!! But the recipes are so good! I have spent lots of time just sitting and reading Rees Confession blog and looking at her recipes and her photography! Great!! The spaghetti Chicken is awesome!!
Kaye Joyce
Mount Airy, NC
kayej09@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Do you know what the meaning of the pineapple is all through the south? I was always baffled why there were pineapple images all over the southern states in particular, when there were no pineapple plants! And then I went to Savannah and found out....
How about you?

Lynie

gfrena said...

Becky question if you guys do find a house in Manteo... Will Sarah still go to Duke for her medical check up or will she have to find a other doctor?

thanks

Georganna

amysahoot said...

Becky, I love the view across that bridge, but I am afraid I would not be taking pictures. I would be in the back seat praying to God not to have to stop on that bridge and for who ever was driving to speed as fast as they can across the bridge. I do not like bridges at all, long ones that is, and I certainly don't like stopping on them I don't care how short they are. Anyway, glad you guys enjoyed the house and the view.

Anonymous said...

Becky, I know you look up to and love your mom. I know that imitation is a form of flattery but I bet she would have been fine with you NOT taking a tumble like she did!!!

Hope you are both feeling less bruised and battered soon.

Prayers and hugs,
Connie F-G

Anonymous said...

Not sure why it didn't work.

Go to:
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/

On the left side bar go to Main Courses and click on Casseroles. It's the 4th recipe listed.

Jessie - WA

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