Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sunshine Cornbread

Sunshine Cornbread

2 c. Aunt Jemima Self-Rising Yellow Cornmeal Mix
2 eggs,    1 c. sour cream,    1/2 c. milk,    2 Tbs. sugar
1/4 c. chopped onion,    1/4 c. chopped bell pepper

Preheat oven to 400.  Add 3 Tbs. oil to iron skillet, and heat in oven till oil is hot.
Pour mixed batter into hot skillet; bake for approximately 30 minutes to 
golden brown.  Let cornbread cool about 5 minutes, then invert onto
a plate.  Slice, and flip every other piece upside down.  Oh yum!!!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Novelty Of It

Bought this plant
 in a nearby town. 

It's called a 
Peanut Butter Cassia because  

the leaves smell like peanut butter!

Also called a 
Popcorn Cassia
the flowers 
smell like popcorn!

I'm enjoying 
the novelty of it.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Betelgeuse \ˈbē-təl-ˌjüs

If you dare to take a bit of your time
 to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life
with its toil and struggles, and distractions...

to boggle your mind with the reality of our Creator
and put things in perspective...

this YouTube video will aid you in that endeavor. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

One, Two

These are the first two in a set of twenty blocks that I will be sharing here.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Work of Love

My Mother made this beautiful, one-of-a-kind masterpiece for me several years ago. 
 It has graced a bed, hung as a wall display, or been folded in my quilt cabinet.

She found designs from various sources and adjusted them to her liking.
I remember she traced from coloring books for some of the patterns, 
and even looked in the encyclopedia to get the coloring right on some parts.  

Every time I see this quilt, I'm impressed again with all the hours of work
that went into its making.  Cutting all the little odd-shaped pieces for the applique work! 
And how many times did she have to stop and thread a needle?! It's a work of love.

I will be posting more detailed pictures of the individual blocks in the days to come. 
They're just so cheery and bright, and I must share with you!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Showing Off

This deep pink 
crinum lily 
popped up among my ferns
and was showing off 
before I realized it was there! 

It's about 4 foot tall, 
and this stalk will produce 
at least 14 blooms! 
I counted them!

Oh, I dearly love bulbs!
You can plant one, 
and within just a couple years 
you'll have several.  

Quite a bang for your buck! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013







Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Our local Wal-Mart sells Gladiola Bulbs in early Spring. 
But I waited and bought a large bag of bulbs after they were discounted! 
They're so easy to grow, yielding bright color year after year...and they multiply! 

Now I cut the beautiful stalks and enjoy them indoors because 
they're so top-heavy they fall over when left outside in the wind. 
The stately stalks will keep for several days...
as blooms wither at the bottom, new blooms open at the top.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I'm Glad

“... there is something about everything that you can be glad about, 
if you keep hunting long enough to find it.” 

Eleanor H. Porter, Polyanna

I'm glad I'm not a spider :-) 
I'm glad I didn't run into this spider web.
And I'm glad I was able to capture this picture! 

How amazing that such a little creature 
has the instinct and ability to make such a work! 

And even more amazing...
that the One who created this little marvel 
also made us, knows and loves us intimately, 
and has a plan for each of us.

Gathering Bouquets

Gathering bouquets with my camera 'fore the blooms fade and fall away...
Such bright bits of color awaiting...let me capture them while I may. 

Some folks get away to ballgames, to the beach house, or maybe a cruise...
But for me, it's a mini-vacation when I'm tracking down beautiful blooms!

Monday, May 13, 2013

I Love Lucy

A card, some Reese's candy, some roses, 
some phone calls, some singing, some hugs, 
some texts, some family to share lunch with... 
and some "I Love Lucy" for Mother's Day!
 (Seasons 1 & 2 from my 19 yr. old son...and he's watching them with me!) 

Sunday, May 12, 2013


forth·com·ing adjective \fȯrth-ˈkə-miŋ
being about to appear or to be produced or made available 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013


We enjoyed an evening with the Piano Guys 
to celebrate my son's 19th birthday. 

That was an early celebration. 
Today they celebrated at work...kind of.
Sunday we will celebrate again with the family.  
Because schedules are not coinciding till then.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Clover Patch

We have a patch of polka-dots, just spots of White Dutch Clover,
When mowing our back yard this time, went 'round instead of over. 

The little blooms, bright spots of white, blow softly in the breeze,
And what is more, I'm sure it's so, they bring the honeybees!

A clover patch would sure delight a little hungry bunny,
And bees will gladly find it too, to make sweet clover honey.

And so we left a patch this time, and maybe we left two...
It will add nutrients to the soil, just because it grew. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It's a Dill!

This dill was planted last Fall from seed, and I think it is so pretty!
Now I just need to learn how to incorporate fresh dill into my food preparation...

Monday, May 6, 2013

Vintage Wisteria

My daughter and I 
our time 
cutting, sewing, 
trimming, ironing

B O W   T I E S 

for a friend's 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day of Rest

We enjoyed a meal together on a beautiful Sunday afternoon after church service.
Pork Fajitas, Spanish Rice, Black Beans, Corn, Guacamole.....and Strawberry Shortcake!

Took pictures, searched for an escaped turtle, surveyed the flower beds, 
listened to the birds, felt the breeze, watched the clouds, relaxed. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

No Thistles

"Where you tend a rose...
a thistle cannot grow."
-Frances Hodgson Burnett

Friday, May 3, 2013

Blueberry Jam

So much flavor packed into these jars, and it took less than 30 minutes! 
Following the directions on my Jel-Ease pectin package, I crushed the
1 1/2 quarts of frozen blueberries as they were heating on the stove, 
added the Jel-Ease and 2 tsp. of lemon juice, and heated to boiling. 
Next I added the 5 cups sugar, and brought back to a hearty boil, 
then boiled it for two more minutes. And that's all there was to it! 
Poured into jars and sealed to savor later... Oh yum!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


My husband and I were able to get away for a few days
and visit with the grandbaby and his parents :-) 

I especially enjoyed the wildflowers lining the highway...masses of them in a variety of colors!
I didn't get pictures of all, but imagine yellow added to the palette here.