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August 28, 2015

DATE NIGHT.....DINNER AND A PLAY




I am a follower of our local morning news program here in Texas..
called Good Morning Texas.

As I was listening/watching yesterday morning, the play of
"LYNDON" caught my attention.
It is a one man play acted by Laurence Luckinbill.
Now, I don't know if you remember him, but I certainly did
and was rather excited at an opportunity
to see him perform!

The darling and I love going to the theater,
so we had an imprompt Thursday date night! 


What an interesing theater this is...
it is located in Grand Praire and dates it's beginnings all the way back to 1950.


It's location is not the best area of town,
however we were very pleased to see
how this area and especially the theater
has been restored and is thriving
due to a following of faithful season ticket holders.


This was a somewhat older crowd,
which was to be expected.
The darling and I were only in Junior High School and High School
when Lyndon Johnson was president, so many of the attendees this night
were older than we were.
Many of them knew each other, being frequent patrons of the theater,
so it was rather delightful to "people watch" before the play began
and also during intermission.


Wine and cocktails were being enjoyed before the seating began
and yes, you could take your cocktail into the performance.


As everyone was being ushered to their seats,
I snapped a quick picture...
he quickly told me to STOP!


People watching....


The play was interesting and entertaining. It is amazing to know that Mr. Luckinbill is now 80 years old and still charming, witty and a delightful actor who still performs and acts across the country. The play was written using the own words from President Johnson and covers his early years before entering politics, then transitions into becoming a young politician in the Senate, being the Vice President under Kennedy, taking the oath of office for the presidency on Air Force One, the struggles of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. It is listening to the words of a president telling "his side" of what he faced as President of the United States. There were heartwarming moments of talking with Lady Bird, his daughters, and his sweet little grandson. He admitted to being "rough around the edges." Mr. Luckinbill talked with all of us and graciously and warmly answered questions after the play was over. He was charming and delightful....I am so glad we were in the audience...BRAVO!!


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In case you did not know.....
Laurence Luckinbill
has been  married to the lovely
Luci Arnez for the past 35 years!!!

August 27, 2015

CHANGING SEASONS..WE'RE CLOSE TO TURNING THE PAGE!



Yes, I  live in Texas.
We still have August heat and sunny skies! 
But....
those gorgeous crisp, cool Autumn days fill my thoughts! 


I wanted to share this beautiful new pitcher
that my darling Miss Judy presented to me for my birthday!
One of her fabulous Estate Sale finds down in the Big P! 
This is going to grace our Thanksgiving table!


I have a new art print that needs framing!
I am planning on finding the perfect space
in our formal living room!
The name of this print is "Hydrangeas!"
What's your art style?


Afternoon pick- me- ups
are now composed of hot lemonade tea and gingersnaps!


Have you browsed through all your fall catalogs yet?
I love spending an hour in the afternoon
dreaming about all those lovely decor items
that I find decorating inspiration from.


We are still anxiously awaiting the return of
BLUE BELL!
They are being welcomed back in Austin this weekend,
so I told Rob to be sure to put this on his grocery list!
I know Blue Bell will ALWAYS have reserved freezer space
in our home!


Here's what's on my wish list for fall.....
Hunter Boots in this gorgeous wine color....and
a new quilted jacket to match! 

I hope the darling is reading this post......


The Divine Miss M is already tempting
me with her delectable early fall dinners!


Now THIS does look like an autumn morning doesn't it?
She took this shot of the fog over the lake
while taking her morning walk on the golf course!
Lovely and peaceful......

Fall has a way of making us all feel thankful~





August 26, 2015

APPLE CINNAMON CROCKPOT OATMEAL...ALL GOOD THINGS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL!


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Mornings are sooooo busy for little back-to-schoolers. The alarm goes off, out of bed, dressed, and downstairs for breakfast by 6:15 AM! Perhaps this will be a delicious time saver for a good morning start! We LUV this any time of year.....especially when the first signs of fall appear! 



APPLE CINNAMON CROCKPOT OATMEAL

In the bottom of your crockpot,
 scatter two sliced apples, 1/3 cup of brown sugar and 1 t. cinnamon. 
Top with 2 cups of oats. Pour 4 cups water over all. 
DO NOT STIR! 
Cover and turn your crockpot to the LOW setting.
 Cook for 6-8 hours

I serve mine just like Daddy liked it...
topped with a little cold milk!

August 25, 2015

WHAT WARMS THE TUMMY AFTER SCHOOL? HOW ABOUT A WHITE TEXAS SHEET CAKE....WITH PECANS!




And so it begins...
Texas Back To School Days...
Time is just flying by at warp speed...


Grandson Noah begins Middle School...
or in our days we referred to 7th grade as Junior High School!
Miss Abbie begins her sophomore year of high school!
I simply cannot believe how much taller he grew over the summer
and is now towering over his big sister!
These two have been very, very close since they were babies!
And...they are both as sweet on the inside as they appear on the outside!
We wish them happiness and success during this school year!


We have already attended Volleyball tournament scrimmages
for the new Junior Varsity Team at Joshua High School.


I thought this was a darling picture of their team..
pretty Texas girls...with their Coach,
who is the one in the pink shirt in the middle!
I simply love, love, love Texas!!!


School is going great over in Atlanta!
This was about darling...
the principal of Luke's school
presented all new students with
their very own Husky Mascot!!!
Luke named his Snuggles!
(I simply adore the fact that he's not outgrown his babies yet!)

That will be a sad day indeed when that happens...
I'll probably cry a river......


Looks like the very first Cub Scout meeting was a fun time! 


Now, on to Flag Football...
this year the program is being organized
by a former Pittsburg Steeler football player!


The games are only thirty minutes long which is plenty of time....it's still HOT!!!!



What a perfect way to cool down after two flag football games....ice cold lemonade at Pure!

Now, speaking of back to school, it reminded me of my own school days at McWillie Elementary school in Jackson. Mother always had a homemade snack waiting for Miss Judy and me...without fail. I thought about baking cookies, but as I was going through my recipes....the old tried and true Texas Sheet cake jumped out at me....if you want to be the most popular mom in your neighborhood, then put this on your "must bake" list for the week. It is DIVINE! I used to bake this for coworkers and potlucks all the time and always, always came home with an empty cake pan! It's home cookin' honey....your family loves you for that ya' know! It's a gift from our kitchens! The heart of our homes.....


WHITE TEXAS SHEET CAKE
1 cup butter
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
12 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting
12 cup butter
14 cup milk
4 12 cups confectioner’s sugar 
12 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup chopped pecans



In a large saucepan, bring butter and water to a boil.

Remove from the heat; stir in flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, almond extract, salt and baking soda until smooth.
Pour into a greased 15x10 inch baking pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until cake is golden brown and tests done.
Cool for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, for frosting, combine butter and milk in a saucepan; Bring to a boil; remove from heat; add sugar and extract and mix well. Spread frosting over warm cake and sprinkle chopped pecans on top! Lovely served warm!

August 24, 2015

BIRTHDAY CAKE...A DELIGHTFUL END OF SUMMER CELEBRATION!



A CELEBRATION


I can describe the weekend in one word....
DELICIOUS!!!

We gathered together to 
celebrate Jenn's birthday in Dallas
for cocktails and a delicious dinner at Hibachi!
Long time friends and family....steak and sushi
and
the most divine 
Devils Food Cake! 


Her sweet husband had ordered her cake
from
Bread Winner's!
Gorgeous place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner...
now just tell me you could resist one of those delectable pastries?


This one is located at North Park
which is just amazing in itself...
upscale.....you will need to dress up just to go shopping!
Eye candy everywhere.......


Happy Birthday!!!


We were introduced to a new place that we simply fell in love with....
Oh, this little market was breathtaking....
Boccelli was singing......
bread was baking, flowers were everywhere,
chefs were in every corner waiting to serve
you wine, cheese, homemade sandwiches
or their infamous
Tiramisu....


I could not take all this loveliness in
fast enough...
I said.....to the darling,
"I just want to LIVE here, it's so beautiful and yummy!"


Their divine Hatch Chili Cornbread....
O-H- M-Y G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S


After feasting on this fresh and delicious lunch
of sandwiches, crostini's, A LUCIOUS chicken salad, fruits, and cheeses....
and sharing the best Tiramisu ever....
it was pool time!


It appeared that Bo was making the most
of his weekend at Grandma's and Papa's...
he swam his little heart out!


While he rested and dried off in the sun....


I took time for iced tea and catching
up on the new Southern Living...
one of my favorite things to do!


We were so blessed with another lovely weekend and
family celebration!
Now, just look what my gift for Sunday morning was....
a sign of Autumn.....
How perfect! 

August 23, 2015

CRISPY EGGPLANT, TOMATO AND PROVOLONE..A SOUTHERN LIVING RECIPE TO SAVE!

THIS....
Is a recipe to clip and save!


Now that we tried the Stuffed Italian Eggplant....
we are not quite finished with trying new recipes
using that gorgeous eggplant veggie!

While visiting Atlanta,
I had the honor of making dinner one evening
and letting Miss M put her feet up with a glass of wine!
Oh honey baby....
this was a sooooo divine!
Y'all run out to the store right now and pick up a fresh eggplant or two...
you are gonna thank me for this one....
and
Southern Living of course! 


I served ours with
fresh Tortellini,
stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach! 

This is now one of our best loved recipes! 

August 21, 2015

ITALIAN STUFFED EGGPLANT




The Divine Miss M sent me this recipe
saying that I would just have to try this! 
It just so happened that I had two fresh eggplants in the fridge,
so it was just the inspiration I needed for dinner that evening!


This was dinner prepared by Miss M......



Now you know this must be good when a little
seven year old gives this two thumbs up!
Looks like he enjoyed dinner since his plate is licked clean.....


2 eggplants,              
halved lengthwise
2 T. olive oil
1/2 pound bulk Italian
sausage
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder          
1 t. dried Italian
seasoning
1/4 t. black pepper
2 T. dry Italian bread
crumbs
2 cups marinara sauce,
divided
2 cups mozzarella cheese,
divided
1 egg, beaten





Brush cut sides of eggplant with olive oil and place, cut-side up onto a baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then remove and allow to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, brown the Italian sausage, garlic and onion in a skillet over medium-high heat; drain off the grease. Place into a mixing bowl, and season with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Stir in bread crumbs, 1 cup of marinara sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and the beaten egg; mix well.
Once the roasted eggplant has cooled enough to handle, scoop out the flesh to within 1/2-inch of the skin to create a shell. Roughly chop the eggplant meat, and fold into the sausage mixture. Divide evenly among eggplant shells, and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake in preheated oven @ 350 degrees F. until the filling has set, and the cheese is bubbly and golden-brown, about 30 minutes.

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