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Terra Cotta and Cloche Vignette

This is a spot that has needed just a touch of something.  I wasn't 

quite certain what it was that would perk up this spot on 

my bookshelf

until I came across these two charming glass cloche's at Michael's.

The history of the glass cloche bell jar is quite interesting.  The 

cloche was developed by the French.  The purpose was to protect 

an early garden plant from frost.

It is not the season for sprouting plants or protecting them from 

frost, but I do have an abundance of marigolds blooming.  I picked

a few and used two marigold blossoms and tied a simple bow out of 

twine around their stems and placed them under the cloche.  

The French knew that by placing the plant under the dome it would

hasten the crop to maturity.  So, it seems that not only were they

decorative they were are also very functional. 

I like this seasonal arrangement and mix of terracotta and glass 

together.  These two saucers were natural terracotta-In order to 

achieve a scratchy chippy appearance I dry brushed painted them.

I simply dipped the tip of the paintbrush into the paint, I usually 

just use the lid of the paint can that has a small amount of paint on it.

Then wipe the paint off the tip of the paintbrush and apply light to 

medium brush strokes.  For me this all adds an artistic interest to 

our home.

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Polka Dot Brownies

I was simply looking for an extraordinary brownie recipe.

So, I pulled out one of my many, many cookbooks, a 1985 

Southern Living one to be exact.  Flipping through the pages 

two pieces of notebook paper fell out with two recipes, in my

handwriting. was my handwriting from a much earlier period in 

my life.  You know how when you are younger you 

experiment with different styles of writing?  This was my 

period of loops and swirls.  Life was good in 1985-so this just 

had to be a great recipe.  Please, please do not ask me where 

or who I copied this recipe from...It is as much of a 

mystery to me as to you.

But, honestly it won't matter one bit when you bite into this 

heavenly treat.  They are a cross between a bar cookie and 

fudge!  The consistency is amazing and they are oh so, so 

easy.   I made a few little adaptations here and there just to

take them to the next level of pure decadent delight! 

Polka Dot Bar Cookies With Vanilla Frosting & Caramel Icing

Ingredients For Polka Dot Brownies: Preheat Oven to 350 

1 box fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup white chocolate morsels

1 can vanilla frosting
Caramel Icing (recipe below)


Spray a 9x9 inch non-stick pan with Baker's Joy so bar cookies will
not stick.

Combine first 3 ingredients in large mixing bowl stirring well until all
ingredients are well combined, add morsels. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes on cooling rack.  Flip pan upside down on cooling rack.  Cool for 45 minutes.
While cooling prepare Caramel Icing.

Ingredients For Caramel Icing: 

This recipe is from Chris at The Cafe Sucre Farine, she is my go to girl for many, many wonderful and dependable recipes.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar packed
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla


In large saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until butter melts and blends with brown sugar. Continue stirring until smooth and bubbling about 2-3 minutes.

While stirring add milk and bring to gentle boil.  Remove heat . 
Cool to room temperature.  

Add vanilla and powdered sugar-beat well with wooden spoon or wire whisk   If frosting is too thick add more milk, if it is too thin add more powdered sugar. 

Place bar cookies on desired serving plate, frost with vanilla frosting and drizzle Caramel Frosting over the vanilla frosting-that's it!

Caramel Frosting recipe will make more than is needed for Polka Dot Brownie recipe.  So you may refrigerate Frosting for several days, and bake something else that is wonderful or cut recipe in half!

Love these-a perfect dessert for any occasion-

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Inspirational Thursday-Roses & Apache Blessing

I bought two rose buds for myself and I would like to share 

them with you.

What is the special occasion you may ask and I will reply - is

there really any need for one?

I spent a good bit of time picking them out, because it was a treat 

for myself.  I was savouring the moment like it was a perfect piece 

of rich chocolate.  It was a splurge to remind me that I need to be 

kind to myself.  

"Would you like them wrapped up?"  The Florist asked.

I hesitated for a moment thinking well they are just for me, so not 

really.  But then I caught myself...

"Why, yes I would, I replied."  With a slight lilt in my voice.

The florist wrapped them gently and tied them with a very 

special twine...I was smiling inside, these were my gift

to myself.  

Oh, I receive lovely and thoughtful gifts from family and 

friends and the treasures they have given me are priceless.

These rose buds were a gift to myself  to help me to 

remember to worry less, find more energy and strength in the 

glorious world that is ours, and to walk gently through this 

beautiful thing called life.  

When I am able to do even a few of these things, I am being kind to 

me, and thats a good thing-

This beautiful Apache Blessing resonated with me so I just had

to share it with all of you-

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Pink Vintage Lamps-Revisited

Well, the last time we visited about these adorable  Vintage 

Pink Lamps  was when I returned from my  little visit to Oklahoma 

in April.

This is where I found these two little dreamy pink lamps and also

when I fell in love with adding pink as an accent to my formal living 


These little darlings actually work, however since they are dear to 

me I am a bit leary of plugging them in on a full time basis.

Because of their age, I would imagine that the wiring has seen better 

days for full time use.  

I have been carrying one of these pink and precious darlings with 

me for several months, just in the event I might find the perfect

lamp shade for them.

It has been extremely challenging to find a perfect lamp shade for

these two pink sweetie pies.  I suppose it is because of their age.

(Hum...perhaps there is something for me to learn here...wink...)

I really did not see this post going in this direction!  Perhaps, 

I will just save this topic for another day...

So, my current dilemma is this, should I keep these two lampshades

or should I keep my eye open for something  just a bit more

dressy-especially for these two darling pink ladies?

Please let me know your thoughts!

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Banana Tres Leches Cake

Have you ever experienced the joy of a moist, rich, buttery cake 

soaked in not one, not two, but three varieties of milk?  A cake

which actually tastes best after being refrigerated overnight?

And it all begins with a white cake mix and bananas that weren't 

eaten in time...

You know the routine, buy a bunch of bananas and there they sit.

No one wants them on their cereal.  Oh there is always the banana

bread, the banana cake and the banana muffins.  But truly I wanted

to bake a real treat.  

So, on this day I was just in the mood to step it all up a notch.

First off, I had to begin with a mind set of forgetting about 

counting calories, embrace every single bite and basically throw

all caution to the wind.  

This Tres Leches Cake recipe has some qualities of the poke cake, 

which I adapted  from Betty Crocker.

Correction on this recipe, 2 packets of whipped topping mix combined with 1 1/2 cups whipping cream whipped until spreadable. I use Kroger Brand Whipped Topping mix, found in the baking section.  I believe the original is Dream Whip Dessert Topping.

It is such a pretty cake too-would be so lovely for any special

occasion.  I felt as though it was just perfect on the second day.  

Amazingly enough it never ever becomes soggy.  I know that sounds

impossible, but it is true.  

I was interested in finding out a little more about the origins of this 

delectable little treat.  Tres Leches Cake is eaten all throughout

Latin America and Nestle helped to make it popular during World 

War II.

The banana flavor is very subtle and the frosting is very light.  Please enjoy this cake with your favorite cup of coffee or tea!

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Fashion Friday-Crush Worthy

I know, I might just be rushing into Fall.

I really can't help it-it truly is my

favorite time of the year.  Leaves crunching,

fires burning, cozy warm sweaters.

I love this casual look and it is a great 

style for anyone, and any age. Simple and 

timeless and oh the colors-yummy.

 I must admit I am a bit of a dreamer.


Like this Burberry purse! (Isn't this just

sooo beautiful!) 

A little leather, always looks good.

Isn't all of the detail just a delight-

Love this neutral top and the feminine cut.

Of course, a pop of color for the nails.

And a tint of color for the lips!

I love Fall!

All of these items are from the same Source .

Inspirational Thursday-Be Ever So Still

Be ever so still, be ever so quiet, let the rush of the

wind caress your weary limbs.

Seek not to hear with your might...

                                          But your soul.

Rest quietly on these steps and hear the singing of the cicadas.

If you listen carefully the rhythm of their song will quiet you.

You will hear the perfect cadence of the life that has been designed

for you and you alone.  You needn't question, wonder or worry.

The smallest of creatures know their perfect plan.  Let nature

engulf you and comfort you with the knowledge that you are

right where you need to be.

May peace reside in your soul always...

Thank you to my daughter and her husband for these photos  

they were taken at their home in Ft. Benning Georgia

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DIY Mid-Summer Wreath Makeover

So, seriously is Summer passing as quickly for you as it is for me?

Seems as though June was just here and I was busily preparing for 

the 4th of July. 

I enjoy the traditions of this holiday, the potato salad, cookouts and 

such and I always make a 4th of July for our front door and this 

year was no exception, but this Holiday is long gone and it is time 

to do a wreath makeover.

burlap wreath on antique secretary desk with mums, ribbon and bows

Well, Red, White and Blue are wonderful for the 4th, but not so 

much for the upcoming months.

So let me share with you how I took this Patriotic Wreath and 

transformed it into a Mid-Summer Wreath, that will easily 

transition you into Fall too.

red, white and blue wreath with stars, stripes, deco mesh and ribbon
As cute as this was, it had to be taken apart.

  Which I did, and only left the white deco mesh.  

deco mesh, burlap, beautiful late Summer and Fall wreath for your home

Oh, I was really so close to cutting off all of the deco mesh too,

but then it occurred to me, the fuller, the better.  I don't know why

I suddenly had this epiphany, I should have know this all along.

easy to make fall wreath for your home athomewithjemma shows you how

So, with snips here and there the old was gone and the new was in.

Just in time for welcoming Fall and a little cooler weather.(Please

cool weather come our way!)

decorate your home with wreaths,at home with jemma shows you how

You know the routine, a trip to wonderful, magnificent, colorful

Hobby Lobby.  Burlap, wire edges with an ever so subtle amount of 

glitz woven through.  Off white mums, and stripe ribbon for the

bow and I was in business!

striped burlap bow for your wreath or door

I am super pleased with this bow.  Bows aren't my true "thing,"  so

naturally I was a bit of a skeptic.  After cutting beige and white 

ribbon into 24 inch lengths, folding, wiring and then hot gluing, my 

bow was ready to place on the wreath.

Decorating your home with wreaths is easy

As usual I have moved my wreath from one spot to the other.  I 

really like the mix of grey on the antique secretary desk with the 

browns and creams on the wreath.  However, I also like the wreath 

on the black front door with the lead glass.

Decorate your desk, hutch, door with handmade wreaths

My Rooster is years and years old and is from an outlet mall, while

the cute little pewter clock is a gift from my oldest daughter.  These 

treasures are true keepsakes.  I found the little wire basket 

at an antique store- not really certain if it is an antique, but for 

$5.00, I felt as though I wasn't breaking the bank. 

Inspirational Thursday-Balcony Gardening In New Orleans

As you know our journey to  New Orleans was a delight.  We 

enjoyed good food, listened to great music, and appreciated the 

natural beauty of a well loved City.  We also took a little

walkabout and with camera in hand - this is what we saw! 

Beautiful Balcony Gardening in New Orleans, where abundant 

flowers and foliage are mixed together with wrought iron, rich and 

vibrant hues and a colorful History.

Ferns and trailing vines grace this terracotta colored stucco home, I 

could almost envision a Historical figure emerging from one of these 

illuminating grey doors.  

Such a beautiful balcony garden graces this charming and cheerful 

yellow home.  Planters with tumbling sweet potato vines, 

periwinkles, and graceful trellises.  We watched tentatively

as a mysterious looking fellow carefully watered each and every 


Variegated spider plants, lime green foxtail fern, and a forest 

green pine tree enhance this nestled balcony.

Perky peach blossom tinted balconies, accented with basic black

provide the perfect backdrop for flowering hibiscus and english 


Cool, light white trimmed with grey, swaying boston ferns and

happy caladiums bid us a fond farewell...

All Photos By Athomewithjemma