March 24, 2014


There are some people that you instantly fall in love with!
She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes!
Miss Ann turned, dare I say it.....89 years young!
One of the best things to do in order to make a house, a home, is to
celebrate those special family moments!
 Nick and Cat entertained her family with a delicious
 Italian feast in their new home last week. 
The guest of honor was her maternal grandmother!
Thanksgiving dinner in 2012
This was our first year back in Texas and we celebrated with extended family
Clearly, Miss Ann has not changed a bit

Don't you always wonder what the secret is to aging gracefully? Well, I can tell you that Miss Ann looks glamorous at any event she attends. They know her by name at Nordstrom's!
She loves a good glass of wine and watches her diet!
 She watches her handsome husband Bob's diet also,
although I hear he has been know to sneak in some ice cream when he can!

The scrumptious chocolate cake Catherine baked bought

See......there's her glass of Cabernet and she probably blew out her candles in one breath!
She exercises daily.....that is probably her secret for keeping such a stylish figure!
She is certainly a girl after my own heart with her love of jewelry!
 You will always see her in high fashion and stunning jewels!

 The lovely Miss Ann (AKA: GRAN) and Mr. Bob
These two clearly have a "love connection!"
A celebration for All in the Family!
This is what memories are made of!
Nick has bragged on Cat's infamous spaghetti for some time,
so I asked her to please share her recipe with us!
Thank you darling Ann for being such a lovely inspiration to all who love you!
Catherine’s Spaghetti
1lb ground beef 
1lb ground Italian sausage 
1 yellow onion (chopped in Cuisinart)
1/8 teaspoon orange peel chopped fine
4 large cloves of garlic (minced in Cuisinart) 
1large can of diced tomatoes (Hunts)
1 large can of tomato paste (Hunts)
1 1/2 large cans of tomato sauce (Hunts) 
Splash of Worcestershire
1/4 cup Cabernet 
1 teaspoon fresh parsley 
1 teaspoon dried parsley 
2 teaspoons dried basil 
1 teaspoon of fresh basil (finely chopped) 
2 teaspoon salt  
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
1/4 teaspoon black pepper fine 
1 1/2 teaspoon dark brown sugar 
3 lbs. thin spaghetti noodles 
Fresh Parmesan cheese flakes 

 Cook sausage and beef, drain grease from meat. Add onion and garlic and orange peel stir until all is soft. Add basil, parsley, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper and stir. Add diced tomatoes, paste, and sauce and stir. Add wine, Worcestershire, and sugar then let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Boil the water and add noodles. Drain noodles. Pour sauce on individual servings of pasta. Garnish with Parmesan flakes.

The Franz


  1. The photos of Miss Ann's 89th birthday are wonderful! A lovely gathering!

    Thank you to Catherine for sharing her spaghetti sauce recipe! It looks and sounds delicious!

    1. Hope you try this Beth! I never thought of adding a touch of orange rind....tastes incredible! Thank you for stopping by today!

  2. Dear Estelle, I just loved how Miss Ann enjoys herself and wears her beautiful jewelry! Her life sounds like she has always celebrated everyday! Sweet family memories and dinner and cake :o)
    Loved the dog photo!!
    Love, Roxy
    I am just loving my new maid :o)

    1. I know you must be Roxy....loving your new Kitchen Aid! Ann is an incredible lady! What a lovely 89 year old! Thank you for stopping by today!


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