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May 30, 2016

WELCOME SWEET SUMMER



School's OUT for the summer....
Here I come...SECOND GRADE!!
And so Summer begins in Atlanta
by celebrating Memorial Day weekend
boating on Lake Lanier!


Best dressed homes have 
daylilies!
We find ourselves at the start of
Summer 2016!
I'll meet ya' poolside!


Now aren't these the cutest little floatie drink holders
you ever did see?


SPLASH!
Ole' BoBo is the first one in......


There is no separating a dog and his ball!


Look who's home from Austin for a few days!!


Fire up that grill boys!

There is nothing that makes the tummy growl more
than smoking a rack of ribs and a brisket!


How about trying a new summer cocktail Jenn?


"Cake by the Ocean!"


Delish!
Now all we need is the ocean......


Cute...cute....cute!



We had a very fine Memorial Day in spite of
some very hot and humid weather!
The boys made it safely back to Austin and
we are always so thankful for their safe travels!



After all that cooking...
we decided to treat ourselves to date night!



Greg selected a new place to dine .......
Kona Grill!



It was a dark and stormy night
here in the great state of Texas....
time to rest the weary!!!

May 27, 2016

GERMAN CHOCOLATE CHIP BUNDT CAKE WITH BOURBON VANILLA GLAZE


We honor Memorial Day
and
are so very grateful for everyone who
bravely served and gave their life for our country and our freedom.


We are going to have a small family gathering
and 
prepare a good southern barbecue!


What's on the menu for this Memorial Day 2016?
Smoked ribs and brisket
Skillet fried corn
Baked Beans
Green Beans
Dinner Rolls
Deviled Eggs
and
German Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
with
Bourbon Vanilla Glaze


This tried and true recipe can be made
with a vanilla, yellow or chocolate cake mix!
Some version of this is always at a holiday meal!


1 box German chocolate cake mix
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup sour cream
3 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 t. vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix first 7 ingredients together in mixing bowl.
Beat at medium speed for two minutes.
Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
Pour into a prepared bundt pan.
Bake in preheated 350 degrees F.
for 40 minutes.
Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before inverting
on cake plate.
Glaze while cake is slightly warm.


 Bourbon Vanilla Glaze
1 1/2 T. butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 t. bourbon
1-2 t. milk

Mix in a small bowl until smooth.
Pour over slightly warm cake.

I hope you all have a safe
and
Happy Memorial Day weekend.
Take a moment to be reflective and
give thanks.


May 26, 2016

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS....THOUGHTS OF HOME ON THURSDAY


When you visit someones home,
you can instantly gain an insight as to their
interests, their personalities and their passions.
I love seeing what others love to display!
Here are some of my favorite nooks and crannies
in our home...welcome to Estelle's!


Faith...Hope....and Love...
It's the foundation for our family..
this graces our entryway
and 
will always be what binds us together.
I also display the darling's parent's
vintage wedding invitation.
I treasure this so much!


I refer to the darling's office as
"Mr. Big's office!"
We surround ourselves with family photos of very special times.
The Divine Miss M's wedding photo is framed 
where we can see our lovely daughter every day.
We had such a grand time at their wedding
which took place at The Ritz Carlton in Puerto Rico!
I made her wedding bouquet and we shipped
her gown down to the resort!
We then hurried down to the Dawn Princess
and
sailed away into the Caribbean for a week! 


My Dad's movie camera....
I can still hear the low hum of the filming
as he recorded our family vacations and celebrations!
I would not take a million dollars for this! 


Sometimes, it's the little things...
a tiny iron scottie which I purchased
right here in our beautiful historic district....
he's just a touch of whimsy!


I probably have angels in every corner....
this particular one is a favorite and is 
displayed in our family room
atop my grandparents gateleg table.


Who doesn't love their fireplace mantel?


Grandhchildren photos are in every room.....
ever so precious.....


The Master Bedroom....
touches of romance....


The Master Bedroom...
my mother's vintage cherub was always on
the sideboard in our dining room growing up...
she now graces my Mother-in-law's
antique dresser.


Our Butler's Pantry...
one of my favorite spaces in the house....


The beautiful mirror 
belonged to my parents...
heirlooms honor your family's history...
My motto is...
Surround Yourself with the Things
that Matter Most....
Thank you for stopping by Estelle's today!

Thoughts of Home on Thursday



May 25, 2016

FAVORITE NEW FOOD FINDS!

I LOVE it when
everyone shares their latest favorite food finds!
This is what is the latest and greatest at Estelle's!


I will give a big round of applause
to our dearest fun-loving BJ at
BJ makes me SO very hungry everytime
she snaps a picture of her breakfast!
She recommened both of these breads last week, so 
of course, I simply HAD to try them and boy oh boy...
she was SO right!!!
The first is the Cinnamon Chip bread!
Oh honey....heavenly!!!!


The second one recommended is the 
White Chocolate Apricot bread!
Divine!!!!
This is little trick I learned from my mother-in-law,
Miss Bobbie....
she always preferred to butter her bread, then
toast it in the oven rather than a toaster
and 
she was so right...it's much, much better!!!
Thank you BJ for the recommendations!
You were spot on!
I found these at Market Street bakery!


Next up, is a perfect little healthy serving size
of Trail Mix...which is really just right for an afternoon snack! 


Have you tried the latest flavors of M&M's?
We bought the COFFEE NUT package and
were both OVER THE MOON CRAZY over these!
There are two other new flavors of
Honey Nut and Chili Nut...
the Coffee Nut tasted like a mild cocoa mocha..
what's not to love!


We love a bowl of soup for lunch...
it's low calorie, filling and heart warming!
This is very inexpensive and is just like a
very flavorful homemade chicken soup!
Just look at all those lovely noodles....


Our favorite is the
LIME CHILI SHRIMP!



This a food find recommended by Greg and Jenn,
who are super health foodies!
These are BIG healthy cookies that can
easily be shared with your bestie!
They can be found at Whole Foods or grocery stores
in the organic section.
We put ours in the microwave for about 10-13 seconds
and there you have it....a warm delicious cookie!
They were so good, I ordered a set of eight from Amazon!
Everyone has their favorite....from
Snickerdoodle, to Lemon Poopy Seed to Double Chocolate Chip!


I have saved THE BEST for last...
this is a recommendation from
The Divine Miss M!
What a divine looking Chocolate Mousse.....


Fooled y'all didn't I?
Its Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt!
Luke LOVES this stuff..he thinks it's pudding.....


Miss M is a VERY SMART Mama!

Hope y'all found something to try and enjoy!!!

May 23, 2016

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CUSTARD PIE....SEMI-HOMEMADE


It's as good as it looks......
What a lovely way to begin the summer!


Some of the VERY best recipes can be found
on the back of the can or the box!
I know you already know this if you have been
baking and cooking as long as I have.
Today I noticed a delicious pie recipe
from the back of a Lucky Leaf can
of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling!
I had a pint of fresh strawberries I needed to use,
so I thought, 
"why not marry the two together!"
The result was absolutely beautiful and delicious!
So good.....
we had pie for breakfast!! 


STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CUSTARD PIE
1 package of store bought 8-inch pie shells, unbaked
1 21-ounce can of Strawberry Rhubarb pie filling
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and sliced
8 ounces of sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 T. flour
2 t. vanilla


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Lay one unbaked crust into pie plate which has been sprayed with
cooking spray.
Spoon pie filling over the unbaked pie shell.
Lay fresh sliced berries over the pie filling.
Mix the sour cream, sugar, egg, flour and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Pour this custard filling over the berries and pie filling.
Cover with second pie crust,
Cut slits into the top for steam to escape.
Place pie plate on cookie sheet and bake
at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes until golden brown!

Life is Good when eating Pie

May 22, 2016

SPRING FLING WEEKEND



Hi Everyone!
Welcome back to Estelle's!
Did y'all have a busy weekend like we did?

It's always fun to hop over to "Hot-Lanta"
to see what The Divine Miss M has been up to....
I just had to share this gorgeous picture of
Miss M and her bestie, Missy!
Two little Georgia peaches who met for breakfast
and
laughed when they realized they were almost
mirror images of each other!
By the way....
I want one of those Cracker Barrel rockers in black!


The wall of mirrors was finally added to their lovely Atlanta home!
These are from Ballard designs and I think they
added such interest!
Obviously they are just at the right height
for Luke to check his hair before going to school!


Miss M and Luke attended Miss Izzy's first dance recital!
Now I ask you....isn't she THE most precious ballerina ever!
Luke and Izzy have been friends since they were babies!


I think he really enjoyed the dances, from
the youngest of dancers to the young teens!


Miss Piper Rose went for her bath at
Countryside Pet Estates...
she is no longer a big fan of bath time and I simply
think it's because she has some separation anxiety!
What a love she is!


The daylilies are blooming away!


It was a day of errands for the darling and me.....
we got all thirty day lily bulbs planted which was
a rather back breaking chore for the darling!


Market Street was alive with shoppers, flowers and delicious summer
fruits on display! I think it may be time for a new
peach cobbler recipe!
Oh yes, burgers on the grill and peach cobbler in the oven!
Those are perfect for the start of summer!