Monday, August 31, 2009
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!
...the perfect pumpkin.
Friday, August 28, 2009
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!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson
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
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I still don't ever see myself deboning a duck but the butter definitely called to me.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Coconut Pie by Linda
Brush egg white on uncooked pie crust. Bake.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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 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.
Monday, August 10, 2009
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!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Well, I was just talking to her about eating too much dessert and needing to watch my figure....
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. :)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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
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.