March 28, 2016


I hope everyone enjoyed a blessed and happy Easter day!
We began the start to our weekend by driving a few hours
south to a city in which we lived for over twenty years.
It is where, for the most part, we raised all our children.
What a glorious sight the bluebonnets along I-75 are!

The darling has a new hobby.....
and "it's smokin'!"
This is our first time to attempt to smoke ribs!

Saturday was an absolutely glorious day
with sunshine and perfect weather to enjoy outdoors!
The boys began this "all consuming" cookout!

There is quite a lot that goes into this method of cooking....
deciding on the rub ingredients, keeping the temperature steady,
at what point to wrap the ribs....etc. etc.....this goes on and on!
For their first attempt.....these were mouth watering delicious! 

My little purple tulips are just SO SO pretty!
I am still so surprised these sprouted up since I just
planted them as an afterthought last year! 

There she is!!
Mr. Big's new black beauty!

We decided to "smoke" the Easter ham!
Oh honey....how delicious!
I think I'm going to like this...
he prepares the entree' and I take care of the sides!

Easter sunday started out overcast and a bit windy and cool!
Perfect to warm up the firepit!

Mae was watching all the outdoor activity
from the safety of our bedroom window!

Such a flirt.....

Bo was trying out his new pool cabana!

The new pitmaster......hubba, hubba!

This is a typical scene at our house....
for some reason a wrestling match always breaks out before dinner!

Smoked ham. scalloped potatoes, mothers Asparagus casserole,
honey glazed carrots, deviled eggs, fresh fruit and 
homemade rolls, along with fresh lemonade...
Sour Cream Lemon Pie 
Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake! 

Easter dinner 2016

The Sour Cream Lemon Pie...
so light and fresh!
Love this recipe!
I think I will have to publish this one sometime this week!
It's a keeper!

Some of us couldn't decide...
we opted for small pieces of each!

The Divine Miss M and her family 
celebrated Easter by dying Easter eggs...
I see Luke's is on top!
Beautiful job y'all!

What a gorgeous basket for an seven year old!

Luke the Duke sent me his picture to say
"Happy Easter Maine Grandma!"

Again, we are so blessed.
Easter Sunday gives us hope and forgiveness of our sins.
We need the love from above.....
Y'all have a good week! 


  1. Morning, Betsy and I can see you had a wonderful Easter. Oh, those bluebonnets are so beautiful and I do miss that from Texas. The new grill looks like it got a good first time workout. Your food looks and sounds divine and what a sweet looking family. Oh, your pie looks so good and I would love that recipe.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. What a lovely Easter you had. Those ribs look sooo good! How nice to have good weather and all the family around! Thanks for sharing. -Jenn

    1. Hi Jenn! Thank you for visiting me today! Hope you are enjoying a lovely Spring season!

  3. Had to laugh at the before dinner wrestling match. One just can't keep everyone civilized. Ha! Everything looks wonderfully celebratory!

    1. Ah, ys....the fightin' Irish I think...drives me crazy sometimes...!!!! Have a lovely week Miss Vee!

  4. Smoking... Not to be confused with deep frying the turkey... I take it!!!! :-)

    What a spread! Deeelicious...

    Glad to see, we aren't the only one, where a wrestling match breaks out! Middle son with the various grand kids. ,-) They never grow up. :-)

    Just noticed your picture, under "What's Cookin'?" It's just gorgeous!!!!

    Gentle hugs,

    1. Thank you so much Tessa! Kind comments....hope you are seeing signs of Spring and enjoying some warm weather! Have a great week dear one!

  5. How lovely your Easter celebration was, Betsy! You did a much better job of photographing the beautiful memories than I did ours. Our son is a lover of smokers as well...We love the taste of meats cooked in a smoker. Great photo of the Luke the Easter bunny and your family at the table. Enjoy your lovely memories! ♥

    1. I thank you for sharing every day Martha Ellen! You are such a love!

  6. What a lovely Easter you had, Betsy. Your food looks amazing and I'm looking forward to you sharing the recipe for that lemon pie with us! Yum!

    That's an amazing basket for a kid!

    It was a wonderful Easter here too!

    1. I am so happy you had such a great day on Easter Deanna! Spring is showing up there around your lovely home! Enjoy your week!

  7. What a lovely Easter you had! Smoking is something I love and admire but haven't the first clue as how to do it! My step son and his wife smoke cheese and I am in heaven when they do!! I buy a LOT of Gouda and watch as they smoke it for me. It is SO delicious!
    I will be waiting along with everyone else for your lemon pie recipe. Louis Dean hooked my laptop to a printer so I no longer bring a recipe card with me when I visit you! Now I can print them off! Pretty soon I will have a whole notebook full!!!

    1. What a fantastic idea Linda...we are going to have to try this! Of course, I will share the lemon pie recipe...even for those who don't care for lemon (imagine that?) they loved this pie! Big hugs!

  8. I read this beautiful post on my phone yesterday and I have been wanting to get to my computer to say how pretty and happy it is.
    The food, decorating and family look picture perfect.
    Glad you had such a blessed and beautiful Easter,

    1. Hi Jemma! Thank you SO much for stopping by today! Thank you for such kind comments! I hope you also enjoyed a very blessed Easter...have a lovely week!


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