Saturday, March 30, 2013

Working Backwards

 I have so many projects not shared, I decided to just start with today and hopefully, work backwards!
On one of my recent vintage hunts, I found these T.V. trays...
four of them, with the stand. They were all in pretty good 
condition but May I just say UgLy? I almost did not buy them,
but somehow I knew I would be sorry if I didn't.
 After going back and forth,
at the register ( I am sure the clerk thought I was nuts )
I finally said... answer.

Here they are, all set up outside to be spray painted white.

Already looking much better, simply painted white.
They were not special enough though,

I loved the decals so much, I decided the 
stand needed a couple of little ones, too!

I am having an urge to decal away. I might google how to make my own decals... Now there's a thought.

Hope you each have a lovely Easter Day, however you are celebrating or doing.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Yummy Coconut Cake

My dear friend, Suzanne, writes a column for her son's newsletter. Jonathan is a financial planner in Franklin, TN. I have almost become a bully regarding asking her to paleeze write a novel or short stories. I asked her permission to share her latest column with you. It is below and I have no doubt it will be enjoyed. The coconut cake will also be a winner, if you give it a try. I made it for Saint Patrick's Day and colored the cake green... Accidentally, way too much green made it's way into the batter. I decided it would be best not to share a picture! Besides, it has been long gone. :)
Enjoy the column and the recipe!

Recipes from Jonathan’s Mom
        One of the best things I have ever eaten was my Grandmother Miller’s homemade coconut cake.  She carefully measured the flour and sifted it.  She used farm fresh eggs.  She bought the rare, real, fresh coconut, cracked it, drained the “milk” from it, pried the meat form the shell and grated it with an old fashioned grater into a milk glass mixing bowl.  She used real butter and real vanilla and the tall glorious white cloud of a layer cake was a wonder to behold.  But to look at it was just the beginning of its glory because the texture was fine and moist and sweet with the exotic flavor of the coconut milk and the silken frosting (the boiled “marshmallow” kind) covered in a fluffy blanket of grated coconut had a flavor that could only be described as heavenly.
        As a young wife I tried several times to reproduce that wonderful memory – but my best effort never quite equaled the treasured delight of my grandmother’s cake.  I didn’t know what was missing because I used the best and freshest ingredients I could find – even the fresh coconut – but the secret to making my grandmother’s wonderful coconut cake still eluded me.
I have finally come to realize that the missing ingredient is my grandmother!  Her tender voice, her ready smile, her strong arms, the comfort of her presence -   like the warm bustling kitchen that was the heart of her home – translated everything good and pleasurable to my youthful mind.  Not to diminish her lovely cake – I simply came to understand that her cake exemplified the beauty and “deliciousness” of the relationship of a much loved child with her grandmother.
       Since I know that I can never duplicate that wonderful cake, I will offer a simple and truly delicious substitute that has been very much enjoyed by my family and friends.  I am amazed at how good this simple substitute for the old fashioned, made from scratch coconut cake is. NOT my grandmother’s cake, but a very good cake indeed!  In fact, it is the best coconut cake I have ever made.

The Best Coconut Cake I Ever Made

One packaged cake mix, white or yellow, prepared according to package directions in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish
One can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
One can Cream of Coconut
One large carton of Cool Whip
Two cups of sweetened flaked coconut         

Bake cake according to package directions.  When cake is done, remove from oven and use a meat fork to poke holes all over the surface of the cake.
Combine the Sweetened Condensed Milk with the Cream of Coconut and slowly pour it over the surface of the hot cake, allowing time for the cake to absorb the liquid
When cake has cooled completely, spread the Cool Whip over the entire surface.
Top with the flaked coconut, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight (or at least 3 to 4 hours)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring Tulips

Tulips Speak of Spring

I love them on my dining room table,
centered between many things inherited
from my mom...
Silver candelabras,
lovely linen place mats
 Waterford Easter Baskets.

See the beautiful pitcher that holds them...
Let's take a closer look...

This pitcher is a prized possession.
 In 1891 it was given to my husband's 
Great, Great Grandparent's
as a wedding present.
I am so honored to have it to add
graceful, sentimental beauty
to our home.

The tulips came from my favorite
flower source,
Trader Joe's.
I had to break away today from
my projects and go to the
grocery store.
It actually ended up being 
lots of grocery stores.
I am cooking for
Saint Patrick's Day.
I am trying a new ( new for me, anyway )
cake recipe sent from my Tennessee Special friend,
Will let you know how it turns out and
share the recipe later.

My honey is sick,
and a sick honey means
a needy man.
Poor Thing
He seldom gets sick.

Hope each of you is having a
HeAlThY Day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


My newest favorite place to view flowers...
This sits behind a couch, in front of a huge mirror.
When I walk into the room, I see the flowers in the mirror before I ever truly set eyes upon them.
I don't have a clue where to begin, so I just picked this picture.
I am so inconsistant when it comes to blogging...
So many projects...
Broken computer... seemed like forever...
Thank You
Over $700. worth of repairs because no one could figure out what was causing the problem...
ago! edition..number 11 of photo shop has not been as easy or free...
I was not very good with number 8
and now number 11 is like learning again
and I do not have learning time built
into my schedule.
:) or :(

I do have soooooooo many projects that have been
so why aren't they here, for all to see?
Time, Priorities, Intimidation...
just pick one..
Each and every one is real.
Just had to say hello...

Sunday, March 10, 2013