March

March

March 24, 2017

CHOCOLATE GRAVY ...PERFECT FOR YOUR BUTTERMILK BISCUIT!


Hey Darlin'!
Now listen....this is going to be all about 
THE BISCUIT today!
Oh yes.....and the GRAVY.....
CHOCOLATE GRAVY no less!
This is a southern delight through and through 
and
I am going to bet, you probably never have tried this.....
but I ask you,
would you turn this down?


This recipe comes from our favorite gal,
Miss Paula Deen!
I'm with Paula.....nothing goes together better
than biscuits and gravy....
Perhaps a side order of bacon is called for.......


CHOCOLATE GRAVY
1/3 stick butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 T. flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups milk

Heat butter in a saucepan over low heat.
 Mix in sugar, flour and cocoa. 
Slowly pour 1 cup of milk into the saucepan and whisk well to remove lumps. 
Whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick. 
Serve hot over biscuits.
This is divine decadence!

Postscript~ Estelle's recommends homemade biscuits

March 23, 2017

SPRING AROUND THE HOUSE



There is so much beauty in a Texas sunrise!
I absolutely LOVE the vibrant color of green
in early spring!


Everyone gets a bounce in their step and thoughts
turn toward new garden plants and accessories!


A new garden flag in my new colors
for spring...deep purples and yellows!


The azaleas are particularly beautiful this year!
They always bring me back to Mother and Daddy's
yard in Jackson....and our home in Dothan....
we had beautiful and bountiful azaleas!


I have been in love with these Mexican Pottery Sun Faces
for a long time.
I came across this one at Home Goods down in Austin...
One of our chores this spring is to freshly stain our fence,
so when that's done...I will find the perfect place to display her!


One of my favorite coffee table books
from former Southern Living at Home Hostess days.


I must buy some tulips this weekend......


It's the perfect time to find new Spring recipes....


I am planning a spring brunch....
French Toast with Caramel Apples
Potato Fritata
Waffle Napoleons
Wild Rice Quiche
Kiss My Grits


Now here's a fabulous treat for your springtime breakfast....
ever since my waffle maker went kaput,
I have occasionally craved a hot yummy waffle for breakfast!
These Thick and Fluffy Belgian style Eggo waffles are divine!


You know you want one........


As far as baking day on a spring afternoon........
how about an old fashioned Butter Cake!!


What are your plans for this Spring day?

March 21, 2017

TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD


A classic.....
THE TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD!
Everyone most likely has their own version of this salad,
but I make mine very similar to 
The Divine Miss M....with a bit more kick!
By request, this is Estelle's version of this fresh and tangy delight!


5-6 Roma Tomatoes
1 large cucumber
Red Wine Vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes

Dice the tomatoes.
Peel and dice the cucumber.
Mix together and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
(We love lots of Peppah!)
Sprinkle with red pepper flakes....maybe 1-3 teaspoons
depending on how much of kick you prefer.
Sprinkle with olive oil, 2-3 teaspoons.
Add the red wine vinegar....1/8 to 1/4 cup.
Allow to marinate for about 30 minutes in
the refrigerator. Serve immediately.
Now your measurements may vary depending on taste.
Be cautious not to add too much oil or vinegar.
You want a very light flavor.
Enjoy!

March 20, 2017

BLUEBONNETS ON THE WAY TO AUSTIN



Spring is blooming all over in the 
Great State of Texas!
We spent our weekend in Austin
to add a few flourishing touches to our youngest
son's new apartment!
We were fortunate enough to be joined
by Greg and Jenn on this weekend excursion!


You know the food must be pretty awesome
when you return over and over to your favorite lunch spot!
We all couldn't wait to visit Lucy's for our favorite
fried chicken, sweet potatoes and fried okra!
We listened to the tunes of a live band
since this was South by Southwest weekend...
music could be heard throughout Austin.......


Oh the sight of a bachelor's fridge...in a new apartment....
a six pack of beer and the coffee cake his mother gave him.....
oy vey!


We spent the afternoon at two of my favorite stores...
Target and Home Goods!
Oh yes.....I forgot to mention...
Mae Mobley traveled with us on her first trip to Austin...
she was a real trooper!
Since Mae requires her medication every morning...
she goes where we go...this limits our travel for the time being,
but she really did well adapting to the travel.
We found some great art, bedding and a new
coffee table for the new home away from home!
And...like any good MOM,
I loaded him up with cleaning supplies!!!


This was OUR first time to stay at an AIRBNB
and I must say, we were guests at a darling urban style
home....pottery barn worthy!
I myself, cannot imagine strangers staying in my home,
but this couple must be comfortable with their arrangement.
It was a three story condo that was just gorgeous!
This is Mae exploring the spiral stairway
leading up to the third level, which was their home office!



Then it was on to dinner on Congress Street!
Lights, people, music and great food......


Greg and Jenn had not experienced Perla's yet, so we
decided to return to a place we have learned to love!


The weather was perfect!


The patio was a perfect spot to people watch!


Beautiful isn't it?
Reservations were at 9:00 PM,
which is a bit late for me to have dinner,
and it actually ended up being closer to 10:00 PM
before we ate...very busy night with all the 
people in town for SBSW!
To all a goodnight after this......



Greg and Jenn wanted
Juan in a Million breakfast tacos before
heading back to Dallas....



we opted for a more traditional small breakfast...
old tummies I think....
we visited with Rob in the morning and then
said our goodbyes....
miss him already!



I LOVE this time of year in Texas....
Easter is approaching and the wildflowers
can be seen on our Interstates and Highways....


These photos of course are taken at a blur pace
while traveling...but I love the Texas countryside!


I simply adore the sights of the
Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush....
it really makes my heart sing!

I look forward to seeing what y'all did for the weekend!
Happy Spring everyone!

March 17, 2017

LUKE'S MAD HATTER PARTY



I simply love party themes that revolve around
Alice in Wonderland.
It's hard to imagine the Disney movie goes all the way
back to RKO Studio on it's original production!
I chose this classic theme for throwing Luke
a party that I hope he had fun with!
Here are some highlights from our afternoon 
Mad Hatter Soiree!


When you have your grandchild visit
from out- of -town, time is precious!
You want to create memories
that they will carry with them for a lifetime.
Luke and I have done projects and
created little parties for some time now,
so on THIS visit, together...
we threw
A MAD HATTER TEA PARTY!


The first assignment was to enjoy
our afternoon watching
Alice in Wonderland!
We wanted to refresh our memories
on the cast of characters!


Then it was a "Luke and Mom project" of setting the stage!


This was fun for "ME" watching the decorations
begin to appear throughout the house......


They make a good TEAM!


The Place Settings....
each adorned with a big chocolate bar!


Heirloom tea cups and my grandparents watches
added a perfect touch of wonder........


The Queen of Hearts.....
complete with Strawberry Marshmallows......


All tea parties must come with
TEA COOKIES!


"Vintage Alice" adorned the napkins......


Pretty drinking straws for tea and lemonade


Grandmother Estelle would have loved this......


The Cheshire Cat was Luke's favorite!


Luke and Miss M did a marvelous job
putting this together!


Luke could not control his laughter every time
he spoke of , "TwiddleDee and TwiddleDum!"



There's the CUTEST 
Mad Hatter ever!


This is a grandchild indulging his
grandmother taking photos!


They hung signs all over nooks and crannies 
showing the way to the party......


A signed copy from Maine Grandma
to add to his library......
another heirloom watch too!


Cupcakes....
with a key to my heart!


Our tea sandwiches....
Pimento Cheese, Pineapple Cream Cheese and Egg Salad...
cut in his favorite shape!


The Italian Pasta Salad


Whole Grain Chicken Fingers


Rainbow Chip Cupcakes


I hope they had as much fun as I had
at
Luke's Mad Hatter Party!


A sweet ending.....


This smile made it all worth while.......


Another treasured memory!