Loving the Ruffles


I heart ruffles!  Do you? 

I just can't seem to get enough of the ruffled blouses and sweaters that are so popular right now.

Look at these beauties from the Talbots website.  Each item shown here is on sale right now. 

Sigh.

Let's Have Cake

Poofing the Pillows Hummingbird Cake

Someone in our house had a birthday this past weekend (me).  You know how that goes...way too much eating. :)  The men in the house made me this Hummingbird Cake and it was to die for!  You have to try it. Of course, this recipe is from our trusty Southern Living Cookbook.

Hummingbird Cake

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups chopped bananas
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.  Do not beat.  Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; then sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top.  Yield: 1 three layer cake.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8 ounce) packaged cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (16 ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Hummingbird Cake is a southern favorite.  Definitely one of my favorites! 

Happy Monday!

An Awesome Give Away!


Girls, in the last few weeks I've discovered a completely new to me kind of blog. 
 There are lots of gals out there who love fashion and love showing off their clothes. 

Classroom Chic is one blog I've been following closely.

Now she's having an amazing give away sponsored by Talbots!!

I hate to tell you about this because I don't want to lessen my chances, you understand right?

Classroom Chic is having a give away for a $250.00 gift certificate to Talbots. 



Sweet Summer Time

It's a Hot Tamale kind of day today!


The kind of day when you could be tempted not to leave the air conditioning.


But the view outside is so much clearer.


The locusts are singing just like I remember from childhood.


I just love summer!!


Hope you are having a wonderful day today.

Summer Fun in The Great State of Texas

We took a quick trip to the beach.


Perfect company.


Fun times.


Wet and cool.


Sweetest sister in law in the world and cousin Jill.
We had supper at Willie Gs that night.


Heaven!


Of course, my family indulged me with some drive by time.


Our trip included Gaido's and Moody Gardens. 
Can you guess where we went?

Home


There's no place like home...right?

I know you bloggers will understand that sentiment. Please say a little prayer for my sweet friend Ellen and lots of other Oklahomans who had their homes flooded yesterday.

It is quite uncommon for flooding to occur here. 
My friend and most of the others affected do not have flood insurance because they do not live in flood prone areas.  Insurance isn't going to cover any of the expense at all.

It's quite overwhelming.

Thank you to those of you who have checked on my family. We are fine here.

We are off for a few days.  See you soon!

McKinney, Texas Home and Garden Tour

Just spent the last couple of days in Texas with my BFF, Rochelle. 
She's the beautiful blonde in the picture. :)


We made our way to McKinney for the Home and Garden Tour.
It was spectacular!

Just look at these gardens....


We had the best time! 

There were gorgeous gardens, sweet and inviting homes, and friendly people everywhere!

One great bonus of this trip - got to meet Valarie of Glimpse of My World.

Hi Valarie!!

Walking In the Yard and a New Project

Happy Tuesday.  I'm linking up today with Ms. Jean for Bloomin' Tuesday. :)
We've been spending the evenings and mornings out in the yard. It's pretty hot here already!
Fortunately, it keeps raining and that's what we need to have beautiful plants and flowers.


We have happy hostas all over the yard.
I didn't get a picture of it but the moss that grows on the boulders is gorgeous!

The nandinas all have these flowery things on them. Honestly, I don't know if that's flowers or the start of berries. Whatever it is..it's gorgeous.

Just a pretty pot at the edge of the pond.


You know I'm partial to this pathway.
 The new path on the other side of the yard is coming along nicely too.  The pennywort is taking off.


What? You've never seen red gummy soil? Well that's what we have here.
Took me forever to get used to it. It's not very pretty but it's fertile.

This is a new bed going in behind the house. It's the sunniest spot in the yard and will still only get about 1/2 day of sun.  Hubby would like for us to have it planted by the time he lands back here on Friday. Can we do it? Sure!!

Yesterday son #2 said, "You know, really, our yard is kind of epic." Not a bad compliment coming from an 18 year old guy. :)

A Little Drive By Time

On my way to take hubby to the airport today, I diverted from the path and took some pictures in one of my favorite neighborhoods here in Oklahoma City. 


This pretty flower bed below is in a median.  Isn't that a great way to beautify a neighborhood?



Now doesn't the home below just make you sigh? Love that ivy!


A great Beaver Cleaver type home.

I would have loved to take more pictures but Paul said, "Stacey, you know you are kind of eccentric." I said, "Wouldn't you just love to live in an older established neighborhood like this?" He said, "I don't think these are my kind of people....it all looks a little too hoity toity civilized."

Why is it that most men think they are Daniel Boone at heart?

You can see more pictures of this gorgeous neighborhood by clicking HERE.


Pie on Saturday

Hi Bloggy Friends! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It's hot here. We just finished a wonderful meal with ingredients from the farmer's market and this homemade by hubby pie.

Poofing the Pillows Lemon Cream Pie

Lemon Cream Pie

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 can Eagle Brand milk

Mix all ingredients well.  Pour into graham cracker crust and top with Cool Whip. Chill.

So easy and so delicious!!

June

"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the
promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh
young beauty will ever fade."
- Gertrude Jekyll, On Gardening