Easy Monster Cake & Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to one and all! This year I am writing this post and celebrating Halloween here at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina with our youngest daughter and two granddaughters. Rebecca's husband is nearing the halfway mark of his deployment so while he was away we decided to celebrate a spooktacular Halloween together. Before I hopped on a plane I made this cake for young Wyatt and Avery, they were delighted with the amount of eyes. Avery oohed (she's only two) Wyatt gasped and asked if it was Frankenstein. Both of them just had to poke their fingers on the eyes and get a great big dollop of frosting too. Grandchildren just make my heart so happy! Just thought I'd share this fun cake with you and because it's a monster cake...it's made to be messy and easy. You can easily make it today. There are days when I have patience to be particular when I decorate a cake and there are days when I do not-so this is a great no pressure cake, with endless possibilities too


Southwest Simplicity

Welcome Friends to my revised, updated and easy to navigate blog, I am super excited that you have joined me today and if you were here with me you'd hear me squeal! Please take time to peek at the categories and I made a little welcoming video too. At Home With Jemma is southwest Simplicity made from my heart and home, I am embracing all things handmade and home cooked. My little craft shop is a reflection of myself and the creative mindset of both of my Parents. They have given me the gift of artistic expression. Everything in the shop is hand painted, glitterfied, blingified and made by me. (I am having fun) In a world where products are mass produced it feels good to me to make something just for you. Here on our front porch you will find a comfy chair, southwest congeniality and a genuine simplicity that comes from my heart to your home. Take off your boots or shoes and stay awhile. You will still find the same Jemma here, the one in her craft room, kit


Taffy Colored Pumpkins

Hello friends! I have been gone for a bit, but I have returned  refreshed, renewed, revitalized and recharged-Fall does that to me, how about you? I have a new lease on life and I'd like to share the joy of it all with you. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives where we are able to chat and exchange ideas. You know I really do believe that we can be anything we want to be at any age, we just have to go out and embrace it all. Not to say there won't be hurdles, but anything worth doing is going to have bumps along the way. Thank you too for your sweetness in your emails, I loved, loved hearing from you and  I missed you too! During the course of the last few months the garden was a little neglected. One of our wee pumpkins was budding out ever so slowly and was going to be a little late for Halloween cheer. But my motto is never let a pumpkin go to waste (especially homegrown!) If it can't be turned into a carriage, well how about a taffy colored planter for some pansie


Desert Chic And A Cactus Or Two

Many of you are great decorators and I have a question that I hope you can help me with today.  I have been puzzling over this for awhile. It is about decor and the labels that are associated with it. Labels..labels and more labels and truly can decor be just one label? You can label a can of pears, you can label a species of a flower. But can we truly corral decorating into one style especially when there are so many fabulous colors, textures, accessories, fabrics, furniture, art, lamps, and more to choose from when decorating our homes. Not to mention so many styles are blended together now and just when I thought I had it all figured out a new label appeared or at least to me it did and I love it best of all!  I grew up in era where our choices were limited and some of those colors and choices were just plain ugly! I love the decorating and fashion choices that we have in 2017 there is pure joy in discovering new ways  of dressing myself and our home!


Easy Summer Squash With Spaghetti

I made this yellow squash and spaghetti dinner about a month ago for the hubby and I. Our garden was being overtaken by these bright yellow and ferocious Summer squash. (Until the squash bores) took over, but that was another saga that you can read about right here. During the height of the squash frenzy I was putting these squash in everything, seriously everything. My husband would walk past the stove and just shake his head. Well here is why, I even put the squash in our scrambled eggs, just add a little cheese and hot sauce and you have a mighty tasty morning treat. Is hot sauce on eggs a Southern, Western, or Southwestern regional thing? My garden vegetables motivate me to cook on these endless Summer days, because sometimes  I just want to read and take a nap! But then I think of the vegetables and I know that I can't let them down, they did their part, now it's my turn to do mine. It' s just that in Texas that big old blue sky just seems to hold onto the Sun like i


A Month Of Flowers

It has been a glorious month of flowers for my North Texas garden and especially considering it was July in the Southwest. So many of our Southwest Summers can be brutal.  Truly, neither fit for man nor beast and certainly not conducive for a flower farmer and her flowers. Do I sound dramatic? Well I might, but seriously it is so true. When I hear Summer In North Texas I cringe and I live here! This post is dedicated to my Mama, she would have been 97 today and she is the woman who inspired me to plant and grow! Her nimble fingers tended to my sister, Dad, me and the farm. She was a beautiful and powerful role model for me. We grew flowers together from the time I was old enough to take care of them myself. Thank you Mama, I love you! We have been making the most of these showy blooms with colorful vessels and bouquets on the patio. You know I have just given into the environment that I live in...I can amend the soil, adjust the water and fertilization methods. But I can't fight th