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November Events at the Clinton Presidential Center

The Beatles

The Fab Four at the Clinton Center

Beatlemania has taken over the Clinton Center! Our new exhibit, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!, includes more than 400 pieces of memorabilia, as well as a sing-along booth where guests can record their own version of “Yellow Submarine” with Ringo Starr, and a wall graphic of Abbey Road where guests can recreate the iconic album cover!

clinton centerClinton Center November Calendar
Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! – Now –  April 2, 2017
FREE Admission Day for Veterans –  November 11
12th Anniversary FREE Admission Day –  November 12
Ideas Matter Essay Contest Deadline – November 19
Deadline to Order Thanksgiving Dinners – November 19

Thank You, U.S. Veterans!
To honor and thank our country’s veterans for their service, all active and retired military members and their families will receive FREE admission to the Clinton Center on Veterans Day. 
The Clinton Center Celebrates 12 Years12years
Each November, the Clinton Center celebrates its grand opening with a FREE admission day. Tour the permanent exhibits, as well as the current temporary exhibit, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!, free of charge, on November 12.
Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest, Deadline: November 19
For the sixth year in a row, the Clinton Foundation invites Arkansas students in 11th and 12th grades to participate in the “Ideas Matter” essay contest. First prize is a $2,500 scholarship.
Start Holiday Gift Shopping Early!
The Clinton Museum Store is your one-stop shop for gifts this holiday season! From our new Maya Angelou collection and lovely scarves to toys, books, and autographed items, we have something for everyone on your list!
Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinnersturkey
Let Forty Two, the Clinton Center’s award-winning restaurant, do all the cooking for your Thanksgiving dinner this year! Order your turkey, dressing, side dishes, and desserts by November 19, and enjoy your holiday with family and friends.

Our Big Fat Valley Thanksgiving

My husband Anthony comes from a BIG family. He has 12 siblings, hygiene and Thanksgiving is THE DAY for the Valleys to get together. This year though, viagra here several of the siblings couldn’t make it. Nevertheless, we had a houseful of Valleys at Sandra’s house in Helena, Arkansas, yesterday. Niguel Valley is a professional photographer, so lucky for us he captured the entire day in beautiful photos.

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Quinn and her Aunt Lillian
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Kristen and Sandra cooking and laughing.
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Anthony and Kristen in the kitchen
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Madison, Quinn, Maya, me, Anthony and Kennedy

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Valley Thanksgiving 4
Mother Valley and Anthony (her #11 child)
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Gathered around the table singing praises to God before we eat
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Quinn and her Aunt Kristen
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Me and my littles, Quinn and Maya
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Valley Bunch Thanksgiving


Thank you to Niguel Valley for the lovely photos. If you need a photographer, you need to check out his website. He specializes in couples and weddings, but does other types of photography too. He is so great.
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Leftover Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins

My mom makes a great sweet potato casserole — the kind with pecans on top, not marshmallows. However this year for Thanksgiving, she was off her game. Her sweet potato casserole was a little too sweet and just a bit runny. But all but about 4 cups of it were eaten anyway. It’s that good.

This morning, I made muffins with half the left over sweet potato casserole. (I’m freezing the rest for later.) I also had about 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree left also, so I added it as well. Here’s the recipe:

2 cups white wheat flour photo 2(5)(can use all-purpose flour if you prefer)
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 – 1 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (optional)
2 cups sweet potato casserole (nuts and all).
Bake in greased muffin tins for 15 minutes. (makes 18 muffins)

Not to brag, but they were delicious!
0 sugar 0 calories 0 diet sweeteners

Leftover Thanksgiving Soup

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, purchase and we had 33 people here at our house. It was fun and loud and the food was fantastic!


After everyone finished eating, hepatitis I cut up the turkey carcass with the help of my mother-in-law and placed it in my electric pressure cooker along with several cups of water (didn’t measure — about four?) and cooked on high for 30 minutes to make stock. After it cooled, I strained out the broth into plastic storage ware and then separated the meat from the bones. The meat filled up half a gallon zip lock bag. I also saved the drippings from the turkey roasting pan along with the chopped onions and celery that I cooked with the turkey. I placed it all in the frig til I figured out what I wanted to do with it today.

Leftover Thanksgiving Soup: photo(29)
Turkey broth and drippings (minus the fat that had accumulated at the top)
Turkey (only used half of what I had — freezing the rest for another day)
Bacon-wrapped green bean bundles, chopped (brought by my niece Rachel)
Broccoli-rice casserole (brought my my sister-in-law Sandra)
Baby carrots, chopped
Giblet gravy (only about a 1/2 cup left)

Combine all in a large soup pot and heat. That’s it!

Thanksgiving Menu and Recipes

2013-11-27 17.11.08-1I’m hosting my husband’s family for Thanksgiving today. We just got married in April, vitamin so this will be the first time that I meet some of these people. I’m looking forward to a fun day. To reduce my stress, sick I did most of my cooking yesterday, injection and my mother came over and helped me decorate.

2013-11-27 17.08.36My Cranberry-Pineapple Sauce is based on this recipe. I added a cup of crushed pineapple and cooked it on low on the stove top instead of the slow cooker.

I have never made giblet gravy before, so I was nervous about it — but it turned out great. I used this recipe. 2013-11-27 17.08.21

I mixed up the cornbread dressing last weekend, then froze it until yesterday when I let it thaw in the frig. All I had to do this morning was put it in two slow cookers on low for four hours. (I doubled the recipe.)

2013-11-27 14.45.34My youngest daughter helped me make this yummy Pumpkin Pie Cake. It took all my willpower not to eat it yesterday!

And finally, I prepped the turkey last night. I injected the turkey with Cajun Injector Creole Garlic marinade. I stuffed the turkey with chopped onions and celery (some of it left over from the giblet gravy recipe). I’ll post a photo of the finished turkey later.

In addition, other family members are bringing ham, sweet potato casserole, greens, rolls, broccoli-rice casserole, mac & cheese, fruit tray, pecan pies, sweet potato pies, turtle cake, and pecan cobbler. Yeah, I have on my stretchy pants.

2013-11-27 17.09.30P.S. The day was marvelous.


Autumn 2013 Bucket List


I love short hair. I’ve had my hair this short off and on since high school. Thank you to Natalie Carr at Salon on the Hill in North Little Rock, order AR, for the new do!

2013-09-28 18.20.53Last night, bulimics
we had John and Carol over for dinner along with their four sweet children, page
as well as Gran Gran. We decided it was time to tell the kids that their twin babies and my 4 year old have the same birth mom, so they are siblings! The kids were unmoved by it all and just asked, “Can we have ice cream now?”

2013-09-28 18.20.00-1The girls really had fun playing together. I look forward to getting to know this precious family better. We are family now — our very own version of Modern Family.

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Thanks to Whitney Loibner for the idea of a bucket list for each season. Here is my Autumn Bucket List:

1. King Biscuit Blues Festival weekend, buy
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2. Go apple picking.
3. Take the kids to a pumpkin patch.
4. Carve a pumpkin.
5. Sip hot cider on the front porch swing.
6. Visit viagra buy
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7. Make pumpkin doggy treats.
8. Drive through the Ozarks and see the fall color.
9. Hike an Arkansas State Park.
10. Send a care package to a soldier.
11. Build a bonfire at the lake house and roast marshmallows.
12. Be thankful every day — not just on Thanksgiving.