National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Have y'all visited with Ashley at I'm Just Too Jazzed To Sleep? Well, if you have then you know she is young and gorgeous and she is battling ovarian cancer.

Oh gosh, I was just reminded that Ceekay at Thinkin' of Home also has Ovarian Cancer. I'm sorry that slipped my mind! Ceekay is also going through chemo right now and needs to be remembered!

The month of September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Now girls, this effects all of us! Take a minute to go to one of the many websites and read the signs and symptoms. Here's one I looked at ovariancancerawareness.org

So many of our blogging friends are fighting scary health concerns. We think of you all the time!

Just Remembering Last Fall

It's so cool here that it's definitely making us happy that Fall is on it's way.
I've just been reminiscing a little.



Pretty Mums.
 

Tailgating.

The teenagers went with me to pick...


...the perfect pumpkin.


Homemade potato soup.
Yes, we are ready. Are you?

Celebration!


One year ago on August 28, 2008, after lurking around many of you for awhile, I wrote my first blog post. You can read it here.

It's so interesting to look back at that post. Nobody commented and that was ok. For a long time I was embarassed to tell people I had a blog. Sometimes I still am embarassed because it seems like such a frivolous way to spend time.

But in this past year I have said, "I love my blog!" so many times. It's really not just the actual blog itself but the connections I've made communicating with you. You are the nicest group of people. It's just so cool that we can connect in this way and discuss things that we have in common! You all inspire me to cook, decorate, plant, pray, learn, and be a friend. Those are good things!

I want to tell who I met first in blogland...though she didn't know me. I first found BJ at Rate My Space. I loved her decorating style and how friendly she was. Now I can't remember exactly how I found out about her blog. Seems like it was mentioned somewhere on RMS. When I visited for the first time and was just stunned by the world that opened up there. BJ, I used to sign my name Stacey in Oklahoma before I had my own blog. :)


Anyway, I just want to say THANK YOU to BJ and all of you from the bottom of my heart. You have coffee with me every morning and I just enjoy it so much! If you are ever coming through town I would love for you to stop and have a chat!

To celebrate this anniversary we will have a give away...be on the lookout...I haven't been shopping yet!

In the Yard at Dusk

Joining in with Susan today for Outdoor Wednesday. Thank you Susan!
Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. ~George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932


It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. ~James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~Author Unknown

No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~Hugh Johnson


Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else? ~Betsy CaƱas Garmon

(new bed waiting for plants)
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Taking a Break


Taking a little break from blogging while we get back into the school groove. Happy Days to Everyone!

Julie and Julia

We loved it! Julie & Julia was heartwarming and funny! Meryl Streep and Amy Adams both were perfect for their parts. Go see it! You'll be in the mood to cook and eat.

I still don't ever see myself deboning a duck but the butter definitely called to me.

The Best Coconut Pie Ever!

Last weekend my in-laws came for a visit. My mother in law, Linda brought this pie...I begged her to. This is the best coconut pie in the whole wide world! I promise! Give this a try and you will be convinced. :)

Coconut Pie by Linda

Brush egg white on uncooked pie crust. Bake.

Combine:

3 cups whole milk
4 large beaten egg yolks
5 Tbs. corn starch (little more than level)
1 1/2 cups sugar
Dash of salt

Cook and stir until thick. Turn down heat and continue to cook 2-3 more minutes. Add 5 Tbs. butter, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. coconut flavoring, 1/8 tsp. butter flavoring. Add 1 1/2 cups coconut to mixture.

While mixture is still hot, add meringue on top.

Meringue

4 egg whites beaten until frothy. Add 3/4 tsp. cream of tartar. Beat slowly adding 3 heaping Tbs. powdered sugar, one at a time. Beat faster after adding sugar. Test meringue to see if it forms peaks. Spread on hot mixture. Sprinkle coconut on top.

Bake at 325 for 10 minutes or check oven for light brown color.

** I have to add that Linda said this wasn't her recipe originally. She got it from a friend at church.

Feathered Friends Party

Welcome to all my feathered friends. Today we are flitting around blogland to see all the ways that people have incorporated birds and nests in their home. I can't wait to see what everyone has done.

When I first found out about the party, I wanted to fly out and buy some new birds. Then I realized that I should just move the ones I have around the house. Let me confess that when something lands in a good spot at my house...it might stay there for a year. This party has encouraged me to move around a little. :)

I love this little glass terrarium. It has never been home to a live plant. It's the perfect way to display pretties. Why is it that something can look so much prettier in a glass container?

This little birdy landed on a new book. Next week I'll share some of the pretty pages.

I bought this little bird feeder back in the spring. It has been in the house all summer because I like it so much. Can you see the sweet little rock? It says, "Be blessed".

I hope you all have a great time flying around to see all the birds today.

Be sure to visit The Shabby Chic Cottage for a full list of participants.

To Top it Off

Woo hoo! Today I'm joining the Ruby Tuesday party for the very first time.


After painting my kitchen awhile back, we put the plate rack back in the same spot. We didn't put back the vine that had been hanging above for a long time. I kept thinking that the plate rack looked naked. Something needed to be on top....

Then a quick pass through Hobby Lobby led me to this plaque that is just perfect above the plates.


Yes, those are really glass doorknobs. I love it! Since it came from the Hobby Lobby half price sale it was a bargain too. (Please excuse the 4 o'clock shadows.)


Be sure to visit Mary and all the other Ruby Tuesday participants. Happy Tuesday!

Paula Deen Talk

Do y'all get the Paula Deen newsletter that comes via e-mail?


Well, I was just talking to her about eating too much dessert and needing to watch my figure....

Kidding!
I was talking with you girls about this the other day. Anyway, Paula's online newsletter has a tab where she talks about her new exercise program and the need to watch portions. Can you imagine exercising with Paula Deen? I bet she would put her shoes on and walk with Carolyn and me in the mornings. Wouldn't that be the best?
She is truly my sister in Savannah!
Saturday Edit: Here is the link under Get Cookin' where you can see her talking about exercise. Yesterday they had a picture of her working out with her trainer but it has changed. :)
http://getcookin.pauladeen.com/episode/view/3/32/48/1

I've Been Very Lucky!


I have been very lucky lately. I won Nancy's giveaway a couple of weeks ago that went along with the Shoe Show.



The package arrived yesterday. It was packed with the most adorable shoe plaque, the book we are all dying to read "Honey, It's All in the Shoes", stationary, cute little kleenex, and a sweet card. Everything had the shoe theme.




I also count myself lucky because Nancy is one blog friend like so many of you that I'm sure I could just hang out with...in real life. If we didn't live a zillion miles apart. You know, we could go shopping, eat lunch, all that good stuff. :)


Thank you Nancy, my friend!

Dreaming of Cute Sweaters and Cooler Weather

I admit that it has been a beautiful summer. We have enjoyed many cookouts and our yard is dreamy. But at this point I can't help but start to think just a little of cooler weather and sweaters. I'm liking the look of cardigans lately although my girlfriend who is much more hip than I am says, "No."

Want to dream a little with me?


This red cardigan from Talbots caught my eye. Love the crispy white shirt underneath and the jeans.
I like the soft look of this Ann Taylor Loft sweater. Looks neat when you wear a tank underneath.

This JCPenney sweater is cute for transitional weather. In Oklahoma that would be until Thanksgiving.


Love this one above. It's on my list and it's from JCPenney. :)

I don't ever wear these longer sweaters because they are not so flattering on me. Love how they look though. This one is from JJill.

Just imagine hot chocolate, a sweater, and a chill in the air.

Sigh...

Good Habits and Bad Habits

Think back with me to January 1, 2009. Remember how we were all swearing to be healthier, exercise, save money, etc. Well...I have failed!!

Now I'm talking mostly about food here. You just have to know that we are a family that loves to eat! We like good food. Preferably homemade! We gather with our friends constantly and it's all about food. We love hamburgers, potato salad with lots of mayonnaise, ice cream, etc.

We do all try to watch our waistlines though and that's where the trouble is right now.

I start my day off in a pretty healthy way almost every day. Love my Raisin Bran! I know it's a little like gerbil food but I love it.

It's so easy to be smug at 8:30 in the morning and think you are good, Right? Then lunch comes and what's a sandwich without a big pile of chips? And don't forget the Diet Coke!

Here's where the downfall really comes at our house. Dessert!
I'm telling ya I want dessert every day! It's true. We don't save up our calories and eat something special on the weekend. No sirree Bob! We have dessert daily.
In the last couple of weeks I can remember Spencer's cake, another birthday cake, a Sonic milkshake, a peach cobbler, and pie!

So it's time for this girl to get the good habits back in the lead. Carolyn, if you are reading this, I have my walking shoes on!

Just let me finish off this French Silk Pie with whipping cream on top. Shh!
French Silk Pie from The Southern Living Cookbook

2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 (4 ounce) container of Cool Whip
1 baked 9 inch pastry shell
3/4 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Shaved chocolate (optional)

Melt chocolate squares. Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in chocolate. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 5 minutes after each addition. Fold in whipped topping, and spoon mixture into pastry shell. Chill 2 hours.

Beat whipping cream until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream on pie; garnish with shaved chocolate.

Happy Monday

Just wanted to say hi to everyone. We are busy today taking care of dentists, eye doctors, etc. It's almost back to school time for us.

Have a wonderful day!