Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Christmas 2015 has come and gone in the Big Woods.  
The week after Christmas is my very favorite of the season.  The rush of getting ready for Christmas has suddenly come to a stop, and we are now 
spending time together as a family.  
Life is easy and slow. 
 This is the week that I have time to catch up on things that 
I enjoy, but never seem to have time to do.  
Some years, that is crocheting or crafting.  
This year, it is blogging.  
Hopefully, I have some of the kinks worked out in my blogging routines, so that I can begin to post again.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Big Woods.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Monster Cookies

I made these monster cookies today, and my family cannot stay out of them.  The recipe is super easy, and they fall apart when you are eating them.
The recipe came from a blog that I can't wait to spend a little time looking through,
There are several recipes on this blog that I hope to try soon.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Time Porch

I am in love with my Lynchburg sister's front porch.  The red and white accents are perfect for a Fourth of July porch theme.  Every detail from the "Summer Time" chalkboard to her grandsons' BB guns by the front door make this home welcoming and fun.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


 Three cheers for summer!!!
So glad to have had a day to spend working on a few projects in the Big Woods.
The new porch swing is finally painted and hanging in its place.

 Plants have been watered and tended for the day.
 Porches have been cleaned and prepped for lots of summer sitting and relaxing

 The oak leaf hydrangea bush has done its part by producing some beautiful blooms for decorating.
Happy Summer.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Flowers

I remember playing with snapdragons when I was a kid.  If you've never opened the mouth of a snapdragon, you haven't lived.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mr. Miller's Nursery

I love my first trip to Mr. Miller's Nursery
every Spring. 
His greenhouses are filled from floor to ceiling with gorgeous plants. 
 I was glad to be able to snap a couple of pictures before these plants begin disappearing to eager buyers.
I purchased a few violas and some snapdragons on this day.  Temperatures here will be in the 20's tonight, so I am glad I resisted the urge to
purchase more.
It will not be long before some of these plants will be blooming and begging to be planted in my flower gardens.
Have you visited Mr. Miller's Nursery?
It is located on Hwy 64 in Giles County; just past the Lawrence County Line.
His plants are very healthy and reasonably priced!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ice Cream Cake

This is the ice cream cake that I normally make for my daughter's birthday. 
This year, it is my birthday cake. 
Lucky me!!!
I have included a link to a video of this cake being made in a previous blog post, but I thought I should blog about it myself for my children to have as a future reference.
 You will need:
12 ice cream sandwiches
1 tub cool whip
1 small box chocolate instant pudding mix
1/2 cup hot fudge sauce
8 crushed Oreos

Warm the hot fudge sauce; then mix with
1 cup cool whip. 
Add the instant pudding mix and Oreos.
Mix well.

 Place 4 ice cream sandwiches on foil and cover with 1/2 of the fudgy topping.

 Repeat with a layer of sandwiches and the rest of the fudgy topping.
 Finish with a layer of ice cream sandwiches.
 Now cover the sandwiches completely with cool whip.

 Now, you can add colored sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, or cover with crushed Oreos.
 Wrap completely in foil and place in the freezer until ready to serve.
I usually make this at least a day before I serve it.
That's all there is to it.
This is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts ever!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentines Day!!!
This plant was given to me by my Nashville brother on Christmas Day.
I am proud to say it is still alive and is blooming beautifully.
I have really enjoyed it in my kitchen.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deer in the Big Woods

 Look closely...
How many deer do you see? 
There were actually 4,
but I think I only got 3 in the picture.
When we built our house in the Big Woods,
I looked forward to looking out the window and watching the deer. 
We have lived her for 22 years, and this is the
first year we have had deer that will
come up to the house. 
They don't even care if our dogs are barking. 
They are now part of our family.


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