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Fabulous Friday

Reflecting on a good week makes for a Fabulous Friday!

We had a few surprise showers this week,  which made all of my plants 

smile, and while walking in between these heavenly showers I found this 

wonderful wrought iron basket discarded along the side of the street.

You know some of the best treasures just sort of leap out at you! 

Wouldn't a fuchsia bougainvillea be just perfect nestled among the detailed


While out and about I discovered this phenomenal anti-aging and hydrating


Between walking, gardening and a little dip in our pool, and yes

(my age) whisper.... my skin needs a big drink of pure goodness and this

Pure Fiji lotion is amazing! 

I chose guava because, well, it smells delightful!

These products are made with some organic goodness and leave my skin

lightly softened and smooth.  

Hydrangeas anyone?  

Can you believe these colors-these are the real deal!

Have you ever had Lemonade with a little fizz?

Yummy-yes yummy!


And doesn't this  silk color block dress look so cool, refreshing, carefree and 


I love the way the fabric moves and I would imagine that by just

slipping it on we would feel like we were on a vacation without even

leaving home.

In the very back of my suburban yard I have nestled a few powder pink 

petunias in the vibrant green English Ivy along with a few boxwood.

These are a few of my favorite things from the week and when you put them 

all together, they have made for a Fabulous Friday!

Have a sweet weekend my friends!


Lemon Icebox Tart

Do you suppose if fifty is the new forty,

And- Orange is the New Black

( I hear this new series based on the novel is intriguing.)

Could Lemon be the new Chocolate?

In a world where renaming and reinventing seem to have become the

new way to go, the sky seems to be pretty much the limit.

So, today on this blog Lemon is the new Chocolate!

My oh my this sweet and sassy little tart is going to bring your taste buds

alive and sing with glee once you take a bite into the buttery 

graham cracker crust and melt in your mouth fresh lemon filling.

So, lets begin and naturally lets use fresh lemons.

I found this picture on Houzz, isn't this just so appealing and 

what a treat to have fresh lemons growing in your own kitchen.

This graham cracker crust recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart.

  Ingredients For Graham Cracker Crust

12 graham crackers finely ground, (12 crackers) (1 1/2 cups)

5 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 tsp salt


1- Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2- Spray bottom and sides of spring foam pan with Bakers Joy

3- Grind graham crackers, butter, sugar and salt in blender until combined

4- Firmly press crumb mixture into bottom of springform pan.  Bake in oven 12 to 14 

minutes or until golden brown and crust is fragrant.

5- Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack

Ingredients For Icebox Tart 

1, 8 ounce cream cheese softened

1, 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup pasteurized egg product ( I used egg beaters)

1  1/2 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin 

3 tablespoons boiling water

Directions For Icebox Tart

In a large mixing bowl combine softened cream cheese, condensed milk and 

pasteurized egg product.  Blend together on medium speed for about 2 minutes

until creamy and blended.  Add lemon zest and lemon juice and mix another

30 seconds.  

In a separate small bowl combine unflavored gelatin and boiling water.  Beat this

mixture well until gelatin is completely dissolved, around 3 minutes.  Cool completely

then combine with the lemon mixture.  Pour this filling over graham cracker crust in

springform pan and chill overnight.  Garnish with lemon slices or berries then slice 

and serve .

This is truly a no fail dessert and will be perfect to serve for any of 

your Summer celebrations and you might even agree...

Lemon is, or maybe could be the new chocolate!