Pecan, Coconut and Strawberry Cupcakes

Forever and ever I have loved  caramel frosting.  I remember Mom making this frosting, and me waiting for the smooth, rich, and  buttery  crystals on the spoon that had been used for stirring.  Heaven, I tell  you!  Well I whipped up some of this luscious frosting  and then I  needed something to frost!   Oh, you might think I should have baked first and then made the  frosting.  But, by now you know me- and well, this isn't the first  time  that I  have been known to put  the cart before the horse... For the sake of sensibility,  this recipe will begin with the cupcakes! I have been in the mood to experiment with cake mixes, this is one of those recipes and it really is quite delightful and simple.  I wanted to incorporate the fruits of the season into this recipe. Fresh strawberries are in the batter along with coconut.  I topped  the cupcakes with fresh blueberries from our local Farmers  Market  and spruced them up with white sprinkles. 

Fashion Friday-Winning A Dress

I would like to begin this post with a thank you to all of you who  spend time preparing your blog, for sharing your lives, joys, talents,  inspirations and dreams. Thank you to those who read my blog-the  connections which I make with all of you add substance, interest  and joy  to mine!    I follow a variety of blogs and this brings  me to one of my favorite  photography blogs:   Photo by:  A Rural Journal A Rural Journal  -  Nancy is the creator of this beautiful photographic journey of her Rural life in Nebraska.  I encourage you to hop on  over  for a visit-you will leave a little happier-I promise. So, it was  about a  month  ago Nancy had a giveaway... I have never ever entered a giveaway before-but when I saw this dress I was taken with it! I decided to enter Nancy's contest and  let the chips fall where  they may- Oh, I knew I would not be able  to  wear this darling dress- but I  knew I had a daughter who would!                                                            

Inspirational Thursday-Country Roads

Do you remember Country Roads, by John  Denver?      Source Well, I had the opportunity to explore  very similar roads to those with our  daughter Rebecca and our granddaughter  Molly.    They do not live in  West Virginia, but they do live   country... Acres upon acres of cornfields which meet   seemingly endless horizons.  Sweet earthy smells of fertile soil. Creeks filled with abundant water. Livestock grazing in gentle pastures. I left the confines of the city far behind. Blinking lights, horns blaring, engines  idling, not here, not now.  Bull Frogs croaking, crickets singing,   mooing, neighing, comforting sounds of  nature. Soothing, calming, quiet, restful.   Precious time spent with precious family. Have you traveled down any Country Roads  this Summer? Please Join Me At These Parties: Viewing Nature With Eileen A Rural Journal

Savvy For Blue Style

A cool blue door, a blue chevron bow on a  wreath, two blue  antique jars, a shimmering blue pool.   What could all of  these items  have in  common - Blue -  and when you live in a  State as hot  as Texas, anything that looks cool, will make you  feel cool, and  that has to be a good thing. Our daughter recently re-painted her front door. I love the color she chose-cool turquoise. When she asked for a welcoming  wreath, I made my way to Hobby Lobby and grabbed the last roll of blue chevron ribbon.  As I was adding the last twig of ivy.. And adjusting the bow, I  put her wreath on our antique  armoire.   A mazingly enough just  that touch of blue seemed to make our  bedroom feel cooler and  breezy. This is when I began to think about adding more blue to our own home.   I found these darling Blue vintage mason jars at a little antique  store in  Oklahoma,  while visiting our youngest daughter.  The  owner of  the  booth  shared with me some  information  on  choosing  vintage  jars.  Th

Industrial Chic-DIY Napkin Rings

While I garden and water I find myself daydreaming.  Sometimes  my daydreaming is of wonderful and mysterious places.  Other  times it is wondering what I could do with various left over parts of  gardening equipment. Seems as though I should be able to do  something creative with some of it. I had been dealing with a leaking hose for some time and was tired of wasting water.  I really didn't want to buy a new hose so I  decided I could repair it with couplings.  Repair work went well, all leaks taken care of.  As I was gathering up these leftover  couplings, I couldn't help but notice how cute they were...  I thought the turquoise was especially trendy and fun.  And the silver screws add just the right amount of glitz. We were having a little get together the following weekend, my mix of paper plates, silver chargers, and roosters were the perfect blend to add my napkin rings to. My marigolds are thriving and have such nice sturdy stems for cutting. A little mix of garden fres

Inspirational Thursday-Mama Chris and Her Tea Set

Mama Chris, is my very special mother-in-law who has embraced  me  as her own daughter for 11 years plus.   Mama Chris has some  beautiful, collectible Tea and Chocolate Pot Sets.   While we were on our Southern  journey we spent several  days with  she and Papa.   Mama Chris and Papa will be celebrating their 80th Birthdays, this August.  Although many things in their lives have changed-many  have not and that is their love and warmth.  Their lovely gracious Southern home reflects their entire lives.  A vase here, a photograph there.  A screened in porch, draperies  carefully chosen, a certain color for a particular wall and the tea  sets. Oh, the many tea sets carefully displayed and cherished.   I love the charming colors on this particular tea set-and the detail  of each flower, petal and scroll. These cherished and fragile Tea sets are much like Mama Chris and Papa.   They have seen the changing tides of time, lived  through many seasons.  Some days are better than others,  less