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July 16, 2019

ATLANTIC BEACH PIE from CROOK'S CORNER in CHAPEL HILL, NC


THIS PIE.....lovies, THIS PIE is going to be an all time favorite
for your Summer gatherings!
It's heavenly, and so, so easy to prepare!
This pie took the Internet by storm after becoming a favorite
at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina!
This pie is an original creation from Chef Bill Smith!!!!
It was interesting to note, that the filling is just like my Mother's
Lemon Pie, but the crust is made with saltine crackers, rather than 
a graham cracker crust!
You can read about the diner and chef's in this article.....



Don't let summer pass by without making this pie for your family!


I chose to use lemon and lime, but you can easily choose to use just lemons!
Grating the zest for the topping on the whipped cream will add to the flavor!


The combination of sweet and salty from the saltines is genius!


Oh this filling....you just want to grab a spoonful, right?


Believe me, this pie won't last long....everyone loved it!


For the crust
1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers (about 6 ounces or 60 crackers)
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
For the filling
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup lemon or lime juice or a mix of the two
Fresh whipped cream, for garnish
Coarse sea salt, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Crush the crackers finely, but not to dust. You can use a food processor or your hands. Add the sugar, then knead in the butter until the crumbs hold together like dough. Press into an 8-inch pie pan. Chill for 15 minutes, then bake for 18 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
While the crust is cooling (it doesn't need to be cold), beat the egg yolks into the milk, then beat in the citrus juice. It is important to completely combine these ingredients. Pour into the shell and bake for 16 minutes until the filling has set. The pie needs to be completely cold to be sliced. Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of sea salt.


July 14, 2019

EASY SUMMER LIVIN'

Hello Loves.....
can you believe that summer is half over?
The grandchildren will be going back to college
in just a few weeks and the younger ones begin
a new school year around August 10th!
It's time to enjoy the remaining few weeks of Summer, 2019!


We love grilling out in Summer...
fresh grilled corn on the cob....crab cakes with fresh salads!


Grilled burgers are a staple!!!!!


Puzzle time.......


Hallmark Christmas movies......


Oh yes......new fall scents!!!!!


I can feel it....Autumn is coming....whoop!

July 11, 2019

BECAUSE IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY


It is a well known fact that I do not like my birthday...
I know that must have some type of deep meaning with all sorts of issues
however, it is ....what it is.
I am extremely thankful to live another day and to have gotten
to this age without a major health crisis....
but I am always glad when the day has passed and the attention
has moved on to someone else!
I received sweet cards from the darling and my sister, Miss Judy..
I adore fun and cute cards!
I loved receiving phone calls from my kiddos and my sister-in-law in Mississippi!


I can now plan a fall shopping excursion to Kirkland's
with my birthday gift card....oh am I excited!!!!


I decided to make the well known Cheesecake Bites topped
with fruit filling...cherry and mixed berry!



Y'all know this recipe has been around for many years
and I have always wanted to make these for the holidays. yet never did...
so today was the day!


 I made these from the recipe found in my Atlanta cookbook,
Drop Dead Delicious!
They were a big hit, so they will be part of our Christmas Eve gathering!



Our sweet daughter-in-law Jenn, brought me these
adorable cocktail napkins when they visited us a few weeks ago...
I LUV them!!!


Mae was my faithful assistant in completing my
Fall Apple wreath....she loves napping in our living room
on the back of this chair...which now has a permanent "squish" in the cushion!



I planned the menu for a special dinner
with Nick, Cat, Miss Abbie and the darling.....
Fresh corn on the cob, Cajun Shrimp, Cilantro-Lime Rice,
hot crusty baguettes and fresh salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette!


I think we all enjoyed such good food...
being a weeknight, it is hard to drive up to our home
after work, with heavy traffic, so I greatly appreciate
their effort to join us for dinner....and they
brought me a gorgeous birthday cake....with
sparkler candles...I loved it!!!


The OLD birthday girl....
It was an ordinary day, but my sweet family made it special..
I am so very thankful....wishing each of you a lovely day...
be blessed and be kind....



The sounds of a summer evening....



July 7, 2019

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DINNER, GOOD FOOD, CANDLES AND FIRST FALL DIY



Friday, July 5, 2019 was the actual 40th birthday of our
son, Nicholas Patrick!
That meant an actual date night for the darling and me!
Our family threw the big surprise birthday bash last weekend
as that was the time all the kiddo's from out of town could make it in from
Austin, Atlanta and San Francisco!


This was the second celebration with Cat's side of the family....
and they are lovely and special people from Weatherford
and Midland!
We met for dinner over at Clearfork in Fort Worth!


Great service and delicious food...yes, we will go back soon!


The grandchildren brought the special birthday cake
which was a Confetti Nothing Bundt Cake....


40 flaming candles....quick...make a wish and blow.......


This was the birthday that lasted two weeks....
it was an event to remember I think......


Oh y'all.....I have a new favorite scent from 
the Bath and Body sale....
French Baguette.....divine....
notes of  warm baked bread, toasted crust and warm sea salt.....


And....this one called Paris Cafe!
Notes of Rich Roasted Coffee, Sugared Brioche and Vanilla Creme



I made THE BEST grilled cheese ever....here's the recipe if you want to try it!


We also tried Mamie's Pies for the first time...
Cherry, Maine Blueberry and Apple.....oh yes....we are loving them!


I am creating, or attempting to create a new fall wreath...
the theme is Apple Picking Time.....I hope it turns out
as beautiful as I have designed it in my mind....


And, I love choosing the ribbons....always three in various
colors and patterns!


Driving home from Fort Worth Friday night....
this vintage Rolls Royce passed us....
I am not one to swoon over cars...but THIS ONE....this one...
had me at hello......



July 5, 2019

BEST EVER SHORTCAKE FOR YOUR SUMMER STRAWBERRIES and THE 40TH SURPRISE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION



HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY 2019!


We had a quiet celebration with burgers on the grill
and Mother's homestyle baked beans!


The ultimate summer dessert for the Fourth of July celebration
is Strawberry Shortcake!
This is THE shortcake which will compliment your sweet berries
and is so easy to prepare!
This recipe uses cake flour and buttermilk so you know it's
going to be moist and light!


I think this pattern from the Pioneer Woman is just gorgeous
to serve a round cake....just look at this beautiful border!!!


BEST STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 T. vanilla
1 1/2 cup cake flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream the softened butter and sugar.
Add the two eggs, and continue to mix until blended.
In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk
and then add the vanilla.
Beat with hand mixer about 2-3 minutes.
Pour batter into a 9-inch cake pan which has been sprayed
with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Mix fresh berries with 1/4 cup sugar and allow to marinate
until you are ready to serve your shortcake.



Top shortcake with whipped cream, then fresh berries!

We pulled it off...the SURPRISE 40th birthday party....
here are a few highlights from this fabulous celebration!


July 2, 2019

SUMMER CITRUS SALAD DRESSING...AN ALL- TIME FAMILY FAVORITE


SUMMER CITRUS SALAD DRESSING
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T. Dijon Mustard
1 T. Honey
1 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together in a small blender and whisk until smooth.
Store in refrigerator.
This is delightful on a crisp green salad loaded with fresh veggies!

June 26, 2019

THE SUMMER COFFEE BAR



I know that many of us love changing out our coffee stations every season.
Summer should be relaxing, casual and whimsical, don't you think?


What is more fun and whimsical than the designs from Mary Engelbreit?


I love bringing out my seasonal collections of mugs to
enjoy for next few months and these mugs are so adorable!


Oh, fun paper napkins can remind us to make life enjoyable......


It's good to embrace our inner child and remember how
those carefree days of summer once were.......


This sweet mug holds delicious Lemon Biscotti!


Tea flavors are the citrus blends for a light seasonal afternoon beverage.....


Which mug would you prefer for the first cup of coffee in the morning?


This particular mug reminds me of the Divine Miss M when 
we took her to Anna Maria Island when she was a tiny little two year old....


How lovely to think of floating in a pool on a hot summer afternoon...
perhaps sipping on a cool cocktail....



Gather up any little kitchen item you have to bring together your theme.....


Coffee or Tea , along with a sweet treat.....


Don't forget about an iced coffee too....
an ice cold Caramel Macchiato is delightful on a hot summer day....


Yep, it can be as easy as a little snack cake......


 Creating a little coffee station can make your family
feel like you want to make life a little bit special just for them!