April

April

April 1, 2015

BELL'S BEST BANANA NUT BREAD.....A TASTE OF MISSISSIPPI



Everyone has their favorite......banana nut bread recipe, that is!
Often times, Miss M will call me and say
 "I have bananas I need to use, so which recipe do you normally use?"


It's an easy enough question to answer.
My worn old copy of tried and true recipes
from Bell's Best!

Miss Judy and I both bought our copies years ago....I mean years!
This cookbook was compilied by 
The Telephone Pioneers of America
Mississippi Chapter No.36
1981

Remember landline telephones?
Many Bell telephone employees, both active and retired
shared their favorite family recipes for this book.
There were also so many submitted
that they published a No. two and No. three edition.
But the original remains my favorite and it's well used!


There are TEN banana bread recipes in this edition, but this one is my go-to!
There was actually a "typing staff" that complied all the recipes.
Can you imagine that?






March 31, 2015

SPRING DAYS ARE BUSY AT MY HOUSE


I don't know about you, but our days are busy
with sports, grandchildren and yes, the last of Easter decorating.


What's your favorite room in your house right now?
Perhaps the back porch?


What's the the most recent item you have bought online?
Mine? A new swimsuit......


What's your favorite ritual?
Mine? A nightly bubble bath.....


What did you get a great deal on recently?
Mine? Lily Pulitzer perfume.......


What's your favorite junk food?
Mine? Vanilla cupcakes.....


I never leave the house without......
my lipstick!


Bad habit?
Reality TV....


Favorite things.....
a weekend visit from grandchildren....


Favorite hour of the day?
5:00 PM


What's your most recent music download?
Mine? Nashville.....


Shreveport tournament for Select Volleyball....
Silver Division Champs


Little Atlanta Braves...
Jay was "Dugout Dad!"
He said...."never again....." 


I hate to shop for......
Are you kidding me?
I love to shop.....

March 30, 2015

HOT MILK CAKE....A CHILDHOOD FAVORITE




Holidays aren't the only reason to turn on the oven
and
pull out a cake pan........


Lunch and dinner in the south can be fancy or modest.
I can remember that there was always a home baked cake on the sideboard
at both Mother's and both Grandmother's.
In those days, neighbors dropped by for coffee 
and to exchange a bit of gossip.
While the grown-ups were busy in the living room,
the children were gathered at the kitchen table
with a piece of cake, along with a glass of grape juice over ice with sprig of fresh mint! 
We would often savor a slice of Hot Milk Cake, either served
with fresh cream and berries or toasted in the oven
with butter and confectioners sugar!
Hot Milk Cake is one of those
old Southern favorites! 


HOT MILK CAKE
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a bundt pan. In a small saucepan. melt the butter and the milk together. Do not boil. Set aside to cool for a a bit.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and the sugar until thickened. Add the flour and baking powder. Now add you vanilla and mix well. Pour in hot milk/butter a little at a time while continuing to mix. Batter will be somewhat thin. Now pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then invert on serving plate. 

March 28, 2015

SPRING PASTELS FOR THE FOYER AND THE OUTTAKES THAT DIDN'T WORK


Spring has arrived in Texas! 
The trees are in bloom and the lawn services are starting their Spring spruce ups. 
We have new sod being delivered, so I am ready to create a welcoming entryway.
 Ferns, petunias, hydrangeas.....oh don't you just love this time of year!


Easter will be here in a very short time, so 
it was time to bring some freshness into the foyer! 



I love seeing florist shops chocked full of colorful spring blooms. 
But I especially love a pastel palette!


The renewal of spring can be so enchanting


All things bright and beautiful to celebrate the Easter festivities


What creative way do you decorate for Spring?
I would love to see your homes all spruced up for the season.


Again, I used whatever I had on hand...
nothing new in this vignette and have really enjoyed how it came together! 


Define your style by using things you love

The Outtakes

I decided to take the vignette
into the foyer.
Impossible to keep all the eggs from disappearing....





March 27, 2015

WARM APPLE COMPOTE AND BUTTERMILK BISCUITS



When you really want to impress at the table, 
just make something you yourself really love. 
It may be something fancy pants with a million ingredients and 
even more steps, or it may be a simple, homey dish. 
Whatever it is, as long as you’re excited by it, 
whoever’s eating it will be, too. 
~Carla Hall


WARM APPLE COMPOTE
3 apples, peeled and cubed
1/8 cup raisins
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground Cloves
1 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Salt



To make the Apple Compote, add the apples, raisins. granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to a medium sized saucepan and cook, stirring often, until the apples are tender and it has a jam-like consistency. Take one-half of the apple compote and blend in a blender until a smaller, yet chunky consistency. Add this mixture back into the remaining half of the compote still in the saucepan. Allow to cool slightly. Ready to spoon onto hot biscuits!

It's Foodie Friday!!

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March 26, 2015

EASTER TABLESCAPE 2015


The Sweetest Easter


Welcome spring with a beautiful Easter table


Start with an inspirations centerpiece.....
A pink dogwood wreath, a pedestal cake stand 
layered with a pink toile dinner plate
and
topped with a beautiful Easter rabbit


Colorful shades of springtime....
Pink pastels and spring greens


Springtime kisses are too pretty to hide


Embellished with adorable Easter bunnies to celebrate a festive Easter dinner


Pink Toile Churchill dinnerware 
and 
Grandmother Estelle's antique linens


Vintage inspired porcelain


Celebrate the sweet side of the spring season.
All dressed up for Easter dinner

Joining Tablescape Thursday
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/

March 25, 2015

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SPRING..EXCLUSVE SNEAK PEEK IN ATLANTA



Now that things have settled down just a bit over in Atlanta,
Miss M has been able to spend some time getting ready
for Easter day. 
Her beautiful basket of florals greet you as you enter her lovely home! 


We all start with an "inspiration piece" 
and 
this gorgeous wreath was hers! 


Don't mind the price tag.....she was sending me pictures as she was decorating for a second opinion!
She never needs a second opinion since her own style of decorating always is spot on!
Now, that little darling bird is just about my favorite ever!
 Love, love, love the deep purples in her color scheme.


How colorful!
Don't you just love this table runner?


Too cute!
I just love Easter.....


Love the frames also!
These will be perfect for Luke's past Easter pics!


The egg hunt of 2014!

That was fun Miss M......
Now we're begging for more.....



Mae Mobley modeling the new
throw and spring pillow