March 23, 2018


This is a recipe I have made since the 1980's!
Some of you may be too young to remember this,
but long ago, our electric and gas bills included recipes!
I can remember this tradition all the way back to 
Mississippi, Alabama and yes, Texas!
This is a winning recipe that I had saved
from a Texas electric bill shortly after we moved here.
Everyone in the family adores this cake.
I had not made it for some time. so I decided today
was THE day!

Bohemian Coffee Cake
 1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups all- purpose flour
 1 cup buttermilk
 1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 cup shredded coconut
 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add the baking soda to the buttermilk and mix together and set aside. Cream together the sugars, eggs, and oil.

Mix together until well combined.

Add dry ingredients together (flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix well. Add in the vanilla and buttermilk mixture. Stir in the coconut and pecans.

 Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick spray and add in the cake batter. Bake for around 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool and then carefully remove from the Bundt pan.

Powdered Sugar Icing
 1 cup powdered sugar
2 T. milk (maybe a tad more)
1/4 t. vanilla extract

Mix together until smooth Pour over the cooled cake.

March 20, 2018


Welcome to our home all dressed for Spring and Easter!
The colors are softer and the decor is just"happy!"
This year, I decided to go a bit more casual and just
choose alot of items that had a bit of a country flair!
On our backdoor, I made this wreath of purple hydrangeas,
a burlap bow and added this adorable bird for it's centerpiece!
I smile every time I look at it........

Our front entry is featuring our new rustic greenhouse
which was the perfect place to house our ironstone bunnies.

The mantel is always my favorite area to decorate for every season!
This year, I have this handsome bunny couple to display
all dressed in their Easter finery!

The colors are soft greens, peaches and pinks
with a touch of turquoise......

Aren't they just the sweetest couple....
both are from the Valarie Par Hill line.

And...never forget the banner....
always a necessity no matter what the season.....

The mirror over the buffet is adorned 
with another springtime wreath, with added
bird's nest and a darling whimsical bunny.
Then I draped the egg banner from end to end!

I chose to dress the dining room with a vintage, cottage feel...
I love using quilts for a tablecloth and even chose to use
beautiful white stoneware plates, along with sweet little
paper plates and napkins for dessert.

I am breaking my own rule this year.....
by mixing pretty paper napkins with our wedding silver......

I so look forward to Easter dinner with the family!

I love the burlap bunnies from
Christmas Tree Shops!

I had looked at this lovely 
Bormioli Rocco glassware set from Target
for some time, and finally bought a set for Easter...
IT IS GORGEOUS....perfect for some peach tea!

The colors in the kitchen are letting us know
Spring is here and we are seeing GREEN!

It's time for strawberry sweet endings........

I loved that you stopped by today and hope you enjoyed helping us
welcome Springtime!

March 18, 2018


Hello's the weekend going?
Over Hot-Lanta way, Miss M joined
Luke the Duke, and Caden for
Munchkins with Moms on Friday morning!
Cutest little boys ever!!!

Our Texas kiddos have enjoyed SPRING BREAK
this week, so local excursions were on the agenda.....

A friend of ours visited The Silo's down in Waco this past week....
he noted it was CROWDED......BIG TIME CROWDED!

We had plans for a few months to drive down one
weekend and go shopping however, I believe I have changed my mind...
I don't enjoy anyplace this crowded and jammed with people
and traffic!
Waco is a small little town and this is just too many visitors!!
The Darling seemed somewhat relieved I have decided to put this off awhile.......

Saturday was a marvelous day.....
we enjoyed a late morning breakfast....our favorite kind.....

Then, it was off to Trader Joe's and a great shopping trip
with a basket full of goodness coming home with us.
Orange Chicken with fresh Broccoli and Spring Rolls 
are on the menu this there's something to look forward to....

Then, we took off to Colleyville for the final Select Volleyball play-off's....

Now that Spring Break is over, it will be on to Prom
and Graduation at lightening speed.......

 I still can't believe our beautiful and sweet grandbaby
is now 18 years old and college bound.......

Sunday morning always call of hot cinnamon rolls....

I love using these early morning hours to sip coffee
and catch up on my You Tube channels.....

I am treating the darling to a new recipe which I found
on BJ's blog last week.....I knew I had to try it as
Strawberry Pie is a favorite of the Darling's......

Viola'.....we're going to eat well tonight...thank you BJ!
You can find the recipe over at BJ's blog......

March 17, 2018


We talked about it.......Miss M and I.....
she asked me if I had seen THE CAKE STAND....and OH YES....
I had seen it and loved it.......she loved it too...
so I said I want to buy one for you!
And so I did......

Then I flew home and purchased one for myself.....
Honey, there is no way to be sad when eating cake!

this one has so many uses....can't wait to bake!

So, speaking of baking....
here is one of my favorite recipes from
Southern Sideboards....been a favorite since we were married!

March 15, 2018


Our four days in Atlanta were packed with shopping,
fabulous food, relaxation in the sun, touring historic homes
and spending time with Luke the Duke.
Every visit, I like to do a craft or activity with him
which is "our" special time.
This becomes a little more challenging as he grows older,
so this visit, he and I decorated the mantel for Easter!

Oh, how I love sitting in the living room
while having morning coffee and enjoying the sun!

We were blessed with beautiful spring weather...perfect for
sitting out on the deck with Piper and watching the world go by...just sitting.....

The golfers always wave as they pass by.....

taking a selfie with Luke, who is in constant motion......

Mr. Basemore is doing well.....would you believe
he is in his eighties and still maintains this beautiful home?

Now, my FAVORITE activity, is shopping with my daughter.....
honey, we put some miles on our feet as we shopped through
Publix, WalMart, Target, Joann's, Kirkland's, Pier One and Michael's!
We had a certain goal in mind, which was to design
a wall vignette in Miss M's kitchen.

Watching Luke play hours of basketball reminded me of myself
at this age, not to mention, my four kiddos loving this same activity! 

Our cocktail hours are always fun.....steaks on the grill
and baked potatoes in the oven...yum-o!!!

It was fascinating to see Jay's car which is in perfect condition....
this car comes with history and a story which I shall reveal
in a future post......grab a tissue when you read it.....

Sunday afternoon, it was time to design her vignette...
farmhouse style.
This is not an easy task to pull together different decor items
which will blend and not overwhelm any one piece.....

We accomplished our mission....we all loved it!

You can tell how happy they are with the update and change...
I love the message it sends.....

My favorite part of the day...the gloaming... 

We had a marvelous, marvelous time....
hopefully, we don't need to wait so long between visits..
our nine year old is growing into a happy and handsome young man...just LOVE
this kid!!!