June

June

June 24, 2016

MARRY ME.....NEAR THE OCEAN....



I like weddings....
it's a celebration of making promises to love....
and
to care for each other...

Three years ago we celebrated the wedding of son #1....
Jenn was a beautiful bride....

It rained on the ceremony....and it was glorious...
we danced the night away....

As I look back at the photos,
I see the beautiful expressions of loved ones faces...

joy and happiness shines through.....



The groomsmen


The ring bearer arrives


The Father-Daughter dance


Slow dancin'...swaying to the music.....


family


She's still got it....night moves


And...
they are living happily ever after....


Y'all have a great weekend!

June 23, 2016

SUMMER IN ATLANTA...A HOME WITH CHARACTER


The very first thing that greets you
when walking into her kitchen
is a lovely clean, linen- fresh scent
and 
then summer blooms in every nook and cranny!
You can't help but relax and breathe deeply!
There is just something about SUNFLOWERS
that seem to say....
"Don't worry....be HAPPY!"
They are the ultimate summer bloom....don't you think?


Just look at her Peonies...
can you believe these were found
at the local Publix....
Mother's favorite flower...
just stunning!
Oh, and the little glass jar...
a dollar find at Target!


At first, I thought these might be faux tulips....
but no...fresh and velvet soft...
LOVE the color combination!
I think these are going to be my new
summer colors....just like pink lemonade!


Hey....it's five o'clock
our cocktail hour.......
Jenn gave Miss M this little sign
which was found ....at our local
Third Monday Trade Days, no less!


Good conversations go on here....
our favorite place to sit and relax...


Now, while Texas has been experiencing HOT June days,
Atlanta was enjoying cool low 80's...
just lovely to sit and enjoy the golfers drive by!
I think I see Miss Piper on her morning walk with Miss M.......



The boys must be up to some mischief....
always.....


The lawn has been recently relandscaped and sodded....
simply stunning!!!!


I tell you...
Atlanta is simply lush and beautiful!


As I was standing in the kitchen, talking to 
Miss M while she was preparing dinner,
I noticed all the pretty little vignettes she had created...
so it was time to snap a few photos....


I fell in love with this container...
would you believe another dollar find at Target?
I gave her this little tray years, I mean, years ago........
It was perfect for a southern home with
lovely dogwood blossoms!


Lovely choice of summer peach for the bench...
The Williamsburg print belonged to my
Mother and Daddy which she reframed...
I LOVE that she has those prints!


A beautiful spot on Mother's secretary...


You know...of all the pieces of furniture that belonged
to my Mother and Daddy....THIS is the one piece I LOVED...
I knew when the time came...there was no other place
that would feature this more beautifully,
than Miss M's home in Atlanta......
I was so right...Mother would be so proud!
Not only that it has been refurbished so beautifully,
but that it graces the home and belongs to her 
favorite granddaughter!


This is my FAVORITE room...
The windows are simply stunning!


Another lovely visit...
memories made for our Summer trip...
we packed alot into a short time....
  the swim meet.....
shopping, celebrated a birthday, golf, a movie, the zoo.....
I saw lightening bugs for the first time in years.....
thank you for a lovely week of fun!

June 22, 2016

BEST EVER BANANA CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING




"Ah, yes, he said...
I remember coming into the dining room
on that hot summer day in the Delta
and
having a glass of sweet tea and a serving
of Mama Lady's banana cake!"


There is probably not a Mississippi girl around
that doesn't know how to make a good banana cake.

"What could be more Southern, than a Mississippi Grandmother,
referred to as "Mama Lady!"

This was the darling's paternal grandmother,
and yes she was quite the lady.
They lived in the Mississippi Delta,
where she raised six children, two girls and four boys!

Now it was "Mama Lady" 
who was known as a phenomenal cook in Indianola!
Her banana cake was known far and wide.

But....
Perhaps this recipe may be equal to her prize wining cake! 
I love taking THIS recipe to family gatherings
when I want to feed a large crowd.
The manner in which to bake this cake
sounded like a mistake to me when I first
read the directions, but I found it
to be exact.
It is the moistest and lightest cake ever!


The darling always remembered Mama Lady's
banana cake being served on the big
dining room sideboard every Sunday
after Church, along with a big roast beef luncheon!
Now that's a lovely memory from childhood! 


THE CAKE
3/4 cup butter
2 1/8 cups white sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas

THE FROSTING
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8- ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (yes....this low temperature is correct). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. In a small bowl, mix mashed bananas with lemon juice, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place directly into freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

For the frosting: In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

~ Estelle's Sweet Tip: Sprinkle toasted walnuts on top of cake 

June 15, 2016

AMERICANA ON DISPLAY



Yes, my loves, THIS is how it goes in 
The Great State of Texas these days...
It's Summetime.......

I'll be off for a a few days, so I thought
it would be nice to gather some ideas to 
celebrate this great country of ours next month!
This a look back at our July 4th celebration a few years ago!


This is my favorite store on the Square...
they have the most beautiful Folk Art decor.


How vintage!


How I love my Mother's dress me up plate of milkglass...
it's so much fun to "dress up" for any holiday!


Oh my...
my Oak Hill Chocolate Fried Pies...
these disappeared quickly!


It's fun to see how a tablescape comes together....
the family loves a festive look with good food!





DIY cupcake toppers


I remember the cheeseburgers were exceptional......


as was the potato salad, deviled eggs and baked beans!


I know Maypole....
now I'm hungry too!
Celebrate y'all....
it's the
Fourth of July!!!
I cannot wait to see how YOU put
the Red, White and Blue on display in your home!

June 14, 2016

FATHER'S DAY AND JULY 4TH SNEAK PEEK


We celebrated Father's Day a week early
this year and it all turned out to be just a great Fun-Filled weekend!
The best thing about our kiddos is that
they ENJOY and LOVE each other!
They laugh  ALOT and make our times together memorable!
The only problem is we miss 
The Divine Miss M and her family at most of our celebrations...
so we are headed to HOT-LANTA to spend
some time with them and celebrate 
THE DUKE's birthday!


Is everyone preparing to celebrate the 4th?
I am having a ball gathering decorations
to have a fabulous table and menu!
Here's a bit of a look into what's going on
at Estelle's! 


It's all about the
Red, White and Blue


We're going Nautical.......



mixed with Americana


Estelle's July 4th Menu
Smoked Boston Butt
Madison County Corn Salad
Hashbrown Casserole
Baked Beans
Coleslaw
Slider Rolls
Petite Banana Pudding's
Watermelon
Red Velvet Cupcakes


Can someone please bring the Sparkler's!


Hmmm....did she mention kibble? 
I don't see it on her list....someone please remind her
that I am requesting a bite of that Boston butt....
never had it before, but it sounds interesting.....

June 13, 2016

AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE....A COOKBOOK REVIEW IN THE READING CORNER



He likes pie for breakfast.......


and....
we add dairy.......... compliments of Blue Bell.......


You know, if it's a cookbook with Southern recipes
and
deep rooted family favorites, then it's going to be
in Estelle's collection!
THE CHURCH LADIES' DIVINE DESSERTS,
features heavenly recipes and sweet recollections.


"A homemade dessert is a way to demonstrate affection
while scoring the bounty of God's blessing on the home."
~Brenda Rhodes Miller

This cookbook features more than 200 recipes
that were family treasures from the "church ladies"
who have contributed immeasurably to their
communities and churches.
Their stories are inspiring and funny.
They share a common bond, feeling
there should be an extreme importance
placed on the family dinner table!


So my first recipe to try
was of course, the darling's favorite..
APPLE PIE!


APPLE PIE
1 store bought pie crust package
1 egg white
1 t. cinnamon
1 1/2 T. cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 . nutmeg
1 T. lemon juice
5 cups cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3 T. butter, sliced

Combine the cinnamon, cornstarch, sugar and nutmeg in large mixing bowl.
Sprinkle sliced apples with the lemon juice
and toss in sugar and spice mixture.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. 
Spoon apples in prepared pie crust.
Top with second crust and pinch edges together.
Cut slits in top and brush with egg white.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, of course!
Be sure to spoon some of that warm
cinnamon syrup over the top!