Raspberry & Almond Cake

Momma always baked for family and friends, it was her way of making them feel special  and  welcomed to our home. Whenever "company," was coming into town she always assembled her best recipes together, freshened up her linens and got her best pots and pans altogether .  Thankfully she passed this ceremonial gene onto me, because now I do the same. The best part of it all is that I enjoy preparing it and hopefully my family and friends enjoy  eating it! This past week we had my hubby's 83 year old Dad and his sister from Mississippi come  for  a little family visit.  They drove those long 10 hours and arrived safe and sound. We enjoyed seeing them so much and I baked a couple of desserts in honor of their arrival. Back tracking a bit here, I felt as though I needed some new cookbooks. I do have a gloriously delightful collection of cookbooks that I really do need to show you all  sometime. One dates way back to 1895, it is the Presidential Cookbook. I need a cookbook or t


Newest Neighbor & Thoughts Of Home On Thursday#4 Winner

I am happy to be able to share two snippets of good news with you today. One is our Thoughts Of Home On Thursday number 4 winner and our newest neighbor. Our newest neighbor arrived less than 24 hours ago, right after torrential rainstorms. I was actually worried about the little one and her Mother. The pasture was water logged, with a hard wind blowing and the new foal was lying so still  that I was fearful she might not be alive. But low and behold she is staying close to her Mamma, looking a wee bit bewildered and  very  hungry too. Her companion stayed very close by. With a very watchful eye. Isn't life grand and isn't the cycle of life a miracle to behold! Congratulations to Mimi In The Middle Of Nowhere  who was selected by Random.org. Marigene was entry number 132, and shared with us her lovely April Cornell tablescape. Please email me with your address and I will send out our Spring Giveaway. Once again, the ladies of Thoughts Of Home On Thursday say thank you for your


Texas Bluebonnet Blog Hop

Welcome to the Texas Bluebonnet Blog Hop and a big Texas thank you to my Rockwall  neighbor and  friend Stacey,  from  Poofing The Pillows  , for organizing this little gathering. We are all so very happy to have you join us, it warms our hearts and our lives to see you  here with us in the Lone Star State. We savor Spring time here in Texas because we know that within just a few short months  we will  have gone from abundant blooms and Blue Bonnets to withered flowers and browns. So, today I welcome you to our new home where I am sharing a few glimpses of what Spring feels like in our neck of the woods! I am certain you have heard of our Bluebonnets, so each year I usually write a little tribute  to  them. A few years ago I shared a little post on  a Bluebonnet Spring , where I included a little Texas fact  about the pretty  Bluebonnet. For those of you who have so gently followed me along in 2015, you know the agony and  ecstasy  of our  effort to build  our dream home from sticks .


Wandering Wednesday

Good Wandering Wednesday morning, thank you for stopping by! This is a little place in blog land where we share moments, thoughts, projects, dreams or even constructive ways to cope with the aggravations of life. In this little niche, my hope is that we will all connect with one each other on another level of compassion and caring. Last week was our first week of  Wandering Wednesday and many of you really enjoyed it. I hope that you will continue to visit, and share your thoughts and dreams. I so enjoyed reading about your lives and discovered that we all share a common thread and that was making the most of our daily moments no matter what they might be. Many of us think in the shower and solve the worlds problems, some of us are busy planning family gatherings, travel is always on our lists. We are movers and doers, thinkers, planners and have much faith in the world around us. We had a little give away last week and the winner that was chosen from Random Number Generator, is Tina f


DIY~ Easter Wreath

Happy Second week in March! Can you believe it? Well, I just about cannot.   I started looking around the house and realized that we did not have a wreath for our front door. How did that happen?? I love to make wreaths and while we were in our apartment waiting for our new home to be completed, I think I made one or two wreaths...maybe. I also think I forgot that I could make a wreath, does that make sense? For this wreath I wanted to incorporate the symbolism, of the Resurrection into my DIY Easter Wreath. Some of you may not know this about me but I have a passion for making wreaths and I have been making wreaths for twenty years or more, oh goodness, that really dates me, doesn't it?? When I had my little Etsy shop I usually filled my wreath shop with brightly colored wreaths. However, I find that I am becoming partial to neutral hues, earthy elements and natural materials. For me personally, Easter is a somber as well as euphoric period of time. So for this


Easter Vignette & Mercury Eggs

Yesterday I put together a little mini Easter Vignette on my Kitchen table, then posted it on  Facebook.  Many of you fell in love with the Mercury Eggs, so I thought I would share them here on my  blog  today. I picked up these glorious Mercury Eggs while shopping at Pier 1 this year, if you are  interested in getting some. In between gardening and rummaging through my Spring craft boxes I found this rustic  basket. It spoke to me and said I need a makeover, and I knew I had just what it needed to become  an Easter basket. As you can see it was all very simple. I tucked in a little grass, added some pink faux rosebuds, shimmery ribbon around the  handle and added some decoupaged Easter eggs that are also from Pier 1. I did a very simple  Spring in my dining , last year, it was just before we moved and many  things were packed away. Another simple project that will add some Easter joy to your home is this Easter Terrarium , which I enjoyed putting toget