April 17, 2017


Hello Loves!
How was everyone's Easter Sunday?
I so hope it was glorious and renewing for you all.
Here are a few fun highlights over in Atlanta and down 
in the great State of Texas! 

Piper is hearing about the Easter Bunny
for the very first time!

Luke the Duke was treated to an
afternoon lunch date with his Mom and Dad...
he obviously was enjoying the food and the atmosphere!

It turned out to be an amazing weekend for baseball...
he hit his first GRAND SLAM
took his turn, successfully, at kid pitch!

The Atlanta family held true to tradition
shared their Easter luncheon with dear friends.
Miss M was in charge of the deviled eggs!

Our weekend was spent mostly outdoors...
yard work took most of our Saturday..
everyone is  mowing, trimming, edging, blowing and planting!
By the way....here is my obsession for a spring and summer
refreshing drink....Prickly Pear and Orange!
Add a splash of Rum or Vodka...even better!

I took Stacey's tip from
planted some Zinnia seeds......
can't wait for them to sprout!
Thanks Stacey!

I fell totally in love with this Koi Fish!
I thought about him for a while
before I bought him and am ever so glad I did.....
I think he's a marvelous addition to the pool!

I just cannot stop admiring him!
The darling likes him too
so I am probably going to add another similar
accent piece to the other side of the hot tub.

We drove over to Market Street
to pick up two Hibiscus I saw last week...
while checking out we were so tempted 
with all of their beautiful Easter cakes!
Aren't they just too cute!

This took most of the day to do yard work!
That's my darling....
way down there.....

I really had my heart set on a Coral Hibiscus,
but there were only red and pink, which is just as
I love, love, love Hibiscus plants!

Greg and Jenn had some rest and relaxation time
after a week of travel for work....
D.C. for her and Las Vegas for him.
They were down by their lake in the backyard
and came across this little guy unexpectedly!
Teeny, tiny.....

Nick and Cat were down in Midland
for a big wedding soiree...
these are her Aunt's and cousins!
Lovely, lovely people!

So, Easter Sunday turned out to be the two of us!

And...it was special and marvelous!
Baked Ham with Dijon Glaze, green beans with new potatoes,
an amazing creamy Mac N' Cheese, Deviled eggs, and yeast rolls!

I have a new favorite recipe for Mac N' Cheese
and THIS is going to make an appearance at Thanksgiving!

Our sweet ending was
Miss Norma's chocolate cake with a
buttercream icing...
Sprinkle and Peeps were added just for fun!

We are blessed....
I have loved seeing all the Easter Day photos
on Facebook.....
Mae Mo was snug as a bug in a blanket
when I took her photo!
We just love this girl!
I do so hope you share your Easter celebrations
with us....hugs from Estelle's!


  1. I did yard work too! I've been adding mulch to all of my flower beds--42 yards! Your weekend looked fun with family. We had the grands here in March, so it was a quiet weekend, but I did make a cake with Sprinkles too--we are sisters!

    1. Sounds pretty fun Susan....quiet weekends are a welcome time....glad you had a good one! Have a lovely week!

  2. Piper rose understood the "bunny" part I bet!
    Teeny tiny turtle is a red eared slider. It will grow to "big"! My granddaughters found one in their swimming pool several years back, took it in as a pet, it is now in a 55 gallon tank at my house!Neither of them have room in their apartments for it. What we won't do for our grands.
    Tell them to leave it where they found it :-) Baby Mae Mo is having sweet dreams---shhh!

    1. well that is interesting Blanche..they returned him to the lake....they also have Herons and Egrets visit from time to time...so lucky to have that in their own backyard...thank you for letting us know what kind of turtle he is! Enjoy your week love!

  3. Your Easter dinner looks delicious! Devilled eggs are one of my husband's favourites. Did you plant the zinnias directly in a garden or are you starting them inside? There are so many different colours to choose from. -Jenn

    1. Hi Jenn....I have never been too fond of Zinnia's, but I love adding color to the garden...I planted the seeds in pots actually on the patio....I love growing flowers from seeds...don't you? Have a great week!

  4. I think you koi is lovely, too. Yummmm...Easter dinner looked wonderful. I so love zinnias. I don't think they get the attention they deserve.

    1. Thank you Terri for reminding me the correct spelling of the fish...whatever he is,,,, I love him! Thank you for visiting today and have a great week!

  5. Betsy... looks like you had a wonderful time. Love all the pics. My fave is of Piper - what a riot. Enjoy your week!

    1. I hope your Easter was a great sunny day for you Katie! I know your Mister must have had a fabulous luncheon prepared! Thank you for stopping by and I wish you a lovely week!

  6. All your pictures are so nice. I love zinnas...they have some of the prettiest pink and orange colors. You dinner looks perfect. Mac n cheese is one of my favorite foods. LOL Blessings for a great new week ahead. xoxo, Susie

    1. This recipe is my new favorite Susie...creamy and easy to prepare too! Hope you all had a lovely Easter Sunday...warm hugs!

  7. What a yummy looking meal! Glad that you had a wonderful day!

    1. i so hope your Easter Sunday was a blessed and happy day Vee. Wishing you a lovely week!

  8. your blog just always makes me smile.
    to start with a picture of the most expressive little face I know!
    WHAT??? there is no easter bunny??? it's all right there! in his eyes ...
    even in the little mouth forming the question. LOL!!

    it's all wonderful! and delicious. I don't eat pigs ... but ohmygosh!!
    the deviled eggs and that mac n cheese and all the rest!!! and CAKE!
    I had a very busy long day today myself.
    and beautiful mae mo's idea of the ending for it ... cozy and perfect. ♥

    1. Oh dear Tammy....once again, such lovely comments! You re a love! I hope your Easter was happy and warm! Enjoy your week!

  9. Lovely times all around, Betsy. The photo of Piper Rose is so funny! Have a great week. ♥

    1. Thank you Martha Ellen. I look forward to hearing about your Easter Sunday!

  10. Looks like a perfect Easter weekend! I love how your family is spread out a bit and yet you have a knack of bringing them all together with your blog posts!!

    1. Thank you Linda. I enjoyed reading about yours and all the fun and laughter...enjoy your week.


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