Friday, July 18, 2014

Strawberry Pound Cake

If you were my neighbor, I'd call you over right now for a piece of Strawberry Pound Cake.
I'd share with you that I just found the recipe at this beautiful website.
Her recipe calls for blackberries but I like strawberries better.

We'd talk about how wonderful the rain has been today.
And we'd marvel at the fact that we've only hit 100 degrees a couple of times.


If you were my neighbor, I'd ask if you'd like coffee with your cake.
I love coffee in the afternoon.
We'd talk about the fact that it's bathing suit season but we don't care!
We want cake.:)



If you were my neighbor, we'd chat the day away.
I'd probably tell you that my dog is so spoiled and she's driving me crazy.

What would you tell me?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Master Bedroom

Our master bedroom needs some TLC. 
It's a nice big room with a beautiful ceiling line, wood floors, and a whole wall of windows.


We've had everything in here for years and I'm ready for a change.
Now don't get me wrong, according to my husband they will bury us before we buy new furniture.
That's about the only thing decorating wise that he puts his foot down about. :)


But I sure would love some new bedding and accessories.
It's so hard to pick that stuff out and commit!
Do you agree?

We need a chair or two and maybe a rug.
That's a big maybe - we like the wood floor.


This set at Birch Lane keeps haunting me.
Their ads show it mixed with a little red - which would work for me. :)
What do you think?
This would really be a departure for us but that's probably long overdue.


I found this color clip that was saved to my hard drive. 
No idea where it came from but the color combo is pretty.
This could work!



For now I'm clipping roses and looking for inspiration.
What do you think?


Do you have a hard time choosing sometimes?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Lovin' - Fried Green Tomatoes and Cream Peas


There's nothing better than waking up on a summer morning and
 heading down to the local farmer's market.  
That's what we did yesterday and we found just what we were looking for!

Our mission was to find cream peas. 
Do you eat cream peas? 
They are tiny little green peas similar to black eyeds but with
a really mild taste.

We found the peas and moved on down the line only to find 
the prettiest green tomatoes you've ever seen. 
The idea for the perfect summer supper was born!

Fried green tomatoes, cream peas, and corn bread.


I'm not big on frying but these were so worth it.
I used this recipe which was chosen because it included corn meal.
We love the texture the corn meal gives food.


Is your mouth watering yet?
Fortunately, my hubby and I both grew up eating good 
home cooking like this.

No gourmet here.
Just great food.


What is the perfect summer supper to you?

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Best $1.59 I Ever Spent!

This morning we woke to the unexpected sound of thunder and rain.
It's rare around here so we were so happy!
I ran outside to take a peek because you know how much nature 
loves to be washed off with a good rain shower.


And it was glorious!
Just look at the zinnias that all came from one or two seed packets.
The best $1.59 ever spent!


So a couple of days ago, I bought 5 more packs of them and scattered them about.
They are about an inch tall now.
I can't wait for them to grow big and tall. 


I'm just taken with them. 
Can you tell?


Happy July 4th to all of you.
We plan to enjoy good food, homemade ice cream and fireworks.
How about you?

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On Our Patio

On our patio we rest with a glass of iced tea.
We take a good look around and call it, "surveying".


We seek the shade and wish for rain.


We think about a new table and chairs but reminisce about the 26 years we've had this set.
We appreciate the flowers that grow in the heat and 
cuss about something eating the hibiscus and sweet potato vine.


On our patio, we listen to the locusts and tree frogs.
We let some of the stress fade away.


And we remember that we are blessed to have a beautiful home and each other.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hello Sunshine :)

In the past few days, I've been on the road to and from my Dad's house.
Traveling the interstate highway isn't always the prettiest way to go
but this year there are miles and miles of sunflowers.

It is stunning to look out and see acres of them all leaning towards the sun.


These sunflowers aren't from the roadside.
They are from my husband and son - a gift on my birthday last week.
Today I wanted to share them with you.


By the way, so many nice people have left comments lately that I've been unable to answer.
No reply blogger is so frustrating.
Even if you don't have a blog you might have that setting.
If you haven't heard from me, know that I love your comments.
They make my day!


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Blog Tour Continues

Hi Girls and Happy Monday!

 I was recently invited by Lisa at Texas Decor to participate in the 
Blog Tour that's going around.  I couldn't say no to such a sweet blogger. :)
Lisa is a fellow Texan not too far down the road from me.
That makes us immediate friends in my book.

We all blog for different reasons and with different goals in mind. 
With this post I'm supposed to answer a few questions...


What am I working on?

We moved to this house two years ago. It is quite different from our previous house that we lived in for many years. I would say that I'm working on feeling at home in this place.  So I've been asked lately if we feel all cozy and at home here...I would say yes and no. But mostly yes. :) I've tried to inject our style into a house that probably really isn't our style. Does that make sense?

Right now I'm working through the slowest door painting process on earth. I'm not your furniture painting friend in blog land...just saying. I kind of hate it. Anyway, the door came from my dad's 104 year old house that he is currently moving out of.
The door is kind of a reminder of the house of my dreams.
It will go in our girly guest room upstairs.


How does my work differ from others?

Oh gosh, it probably doesn't. The only difference you'll find with me is that I am still in love with color during a time when so many people are loving lots of white. I love the white too but can't live without color. It makes my husband and me happy!


Why do I create what I do?

In our house I create for my family and for a sense of home.
My goal is to make a happy, pretty home that we enjoy living in. 

In my garden, I create because I can't live without it! I love to dig, plant, and watch things grow.
This love was passed to me by my parents.


My blogging goal is simply to connect with others who love the same things.
It's a great feeling to "meet" others with whom you share common interests.


How does my writing/creating process work?

In decorating, I'm very visual. I'm inspired by magazines, blogs, and Pinterest. It's fun to look at photos of homes I love and see the commonalities. They are usually repeated somewhere in our house and for years at a time. When I love something in decor - I love it! I don't change things
all the time. (though it would make for a lot more blogging material if I did)


My blog process is pretty spur of the moment. Periodically I brainstorm ideas for blog posts and keep a running list but more often than not something pops up in my mind and I go with it.

I'd like to pass the torch of for this process to:

BJ at Sweet Nothings.
BJ's blog was the very first one I ever stumbled across and I will
forever be her fan. Go visit her and be prepared to see some beautiful
decorating and amazing food. You'll also be inspired by her kindness
and love of family.

Carol at Carol's Heirloom Collection
Carol and I have actually met in person. :)
She blogs about home, her grandkids, and lots of other
things near and dear to my heart. Oh and she loves her
Oklahoma State University!

Leslie Ann at Fairhope Supply
Leslie Ann lives in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama.
She shares life on the Gulf Coast mixed with lots of southern tradition,
recipes, decorating, and fun in her town.
Each time I read her work, I want to pack my bags and head for Alabama!

Have a great day y'all!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Plants

I know I keep taking pictures of plants.   Isn't that eccentric?
It's just that so far this year it isn't too terribly hot and 
we are actually getting a tiny little bit of rain
which we desperately need.

Things are looking really pretty here for now.
I wanted to share three of my favorite plants.

David Fanick Phlox
Known to work well in Texas because it likes the heat and dryness.
Stands up straight, has beautiful blooms, and the bees love it.
So far it's gorgeous. ;)

Texas native. Stands tall, covered in blue blooms, loves the heat.
I pulled a handful of this out of the ground and plopped it in another place.
It's growing there now. I love it and the bees do too. :)

Kimberly Queen Fern
Heard about it, read about it, love it!
Stands up taller than Boston fern and doesn't shed very much.
Doesn't mind drying out every few days either.
Works for me!

What are some of your favorites?

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