Not a creature was stirring…

Though not your typical landscaping blog thought it was fitting for the holiday season. We all know the famous poem that most of us read as children or our parents read to us, however, we are  all rich in our own family traditions.


I am no different from any of you reading this article. I come from a wide background of different European heritages as well as Native American. One of these many heritages is my Irish ancestry. My family immigrated from Ireland like many others. Upon arriving and going through Ellis Island my great-grandfather, Edward Kehoe, was from the small village of Ross in the county of Wexford, Ireland. After some time he got a job with the railroad and he eventually became a train engineer in the New England area and moved to New Mexico after being laid off in New England.

In the early 1900’s one of the last land rushes they did in Oklahoma was near what is now the Cleveland, Oklahoma area. My great-grandfather Keho (he dropped the ‘e’ from the end of his name when he moved to New Mexico because before the unions were prevalent companies would lay people off and hire new cheaper workers. So, to stay with the company he just changed his last name) and his family were involved in the land rush.  The document we have signed by President Teddy Roosevelt is dated March 27, 1903. This is how my family became rooted in Oklahoma. One of our family Christmas traditions is to make Oyster stew on Christmas eve. This tradition is alive and strong within our family and each of us makes this dish every Christmas Eve.


Recipe: oyster stew

1 stick real salted butter

10-12 cans of oysters (and pour the broth in) You can use the same equivalent of fresh oysters

About 3/4 of a gallon of milk

Salt and pepper to taste

You can add finely chopped celery or onion, however, our family recipe is just the very simple recipe without these.

You do not need to salt it before you let everything simmer for a bit.


All of us here at Roanoke Landscapes are one big family. Mary and Randy, our owners, care very much about their employees as well as our clients. They strive to make this business personal within every facet of the company. Not only do we here at Roanoke Landscapes provide professional design, installation, and maintenance of all phases of landscaping, irrigation, lighting, pavers, walls, ponds, waterfalls, fountains, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens but you will speak to the same people from beginning to the end of your project.  We enjoy what we do and are constantly striving for excellence.

We would love to hear some of your family traditions from around the world (please comment below) and we hope that you have a blessed and wonderful Holiday this year and we look forward to working with you in the new year. Ringing in 2016 together!



By: Michelle Cappai

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Roanoke Landscapes have a happy and safe holiday season.



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