Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lemon Dessert

When I was a teenager, I copied several recipes onto index cards and put them in my Hope Chest for when I got married.  I have been so glad that I did that.  These recipes have been used over and over.  I remember eating this lemon delight when I lived at home, but it was not something we fixed very often...
probably because the ingredients were expensive to buy.

You will need:
2 cups graham crackers
1 stick oleo

1 cup powdered sugar
1 pk. dream whip
8 ounces cream cheese

3 cups milk
2 small boxes lemon instant pudding

1/2 pint whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar

Begin by putting graham crackers in a baggie and crushing with a rolling pin.  Measure out 2 cups.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs and the melted stick of oleo.

Press this mixture in the bottom of a 9x12 inch dish.

Now, mix the package of dream whip according to the directions on the package.
You will need some vanilla and milk for this.

Add the powdered sugar and cream cheese to the dream whip and mix together.
(There is a lot of beating with a mixer for this recipe.  Wearing an apron is a great idea.)

Spread this mixture onto the graham cracker crust.

Throughly mix the 3 cups of milk and the 2 boxes of lemon pudding with a mixer.

Add the lemon layer...yummmmmm.

This is my favorite layer...
whipping cream.
Beat the whipping cream with the 1/2 cup of sugar at high spead until stiff.

The whipping cream is the final layer to add.

This dessert is better the second day...after the graham crackers have a chance to soften a little.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Teen Bedroom

Last summer we painted my daughter's bedroom four different colors (turquoise, purple, gray, and green).  I thought I would show some updated pictures of her room, since she has made a few changes this summer.

Remember Jimmy???
He always looks so relaxed no matter where he is sitting.

It is hard to tell from this picture, but the lamp in the corner has shades in all the different colors.  We are hoping to paint this desk in turquoise soon, and change out the pink chair.

                    Mickey was added at Christmas time...
after our trip to Disney World.

Which wall color is your favorite???

Saturday, July 21, 2012


We are sooooo thankful to have received quite a bit of rain the last few days in the Big Woods.

Even though there are still places showing the damage from the recent spell of high temperatures and drought, my plants are beginning to turn green and grow again.

The vine that grows around the trees here in the Big Woods bounces back quickly when we receive rain.

This plant I just purchased on Wednesday at the Springhill Farmers Market.
I think it is a nice addition to the Big Woods.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Monteagle Inn

Wow...it has been 25 years since
my husband and I said "I do". 
Time just goes by so fast.
It has been a wonderful 25 years, and yes I would do it again.
We wanted to do something special to celebrate, so we decided to spend a couple of nights at an Inn on the top of Monteagle Mountain.

I would highly recommend the Monteagle Inn to anyone wanting to get away for a few days.  We had a great time.
This porch was so relaxing...there is a swing on the other end.  Fresh lemonade and cookies are available whenever you like. 

The gardens are beautiful even though it has been so hot and dry in our area.

We enjoyed walking around the gardens late in the evenings.  The Methodist Church next door has chimes that play on the hour with occasional music.  This is a very nice touch.

There are places to relax all over the property. 
They even have hammocks on the lawn.

Even though there are 13 rooms in this inn...there are so many places to sit and relax, we felt like we were alone the entire time.

Each room is decorated differently.
My favorite thing was the blue and white draperies that were all over the inn. 

The breakfast is included and was prepared using produce from the garden.
It was delicious both days we were there.
I definitely hope to go back again someday.
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