Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blue and Violet

I am really liking this combination of violet and blue.
I am wondering if this would be a new color combination for my bathroom.
The vinca vine is really blooming now with the warmer weather we are experiencing in January. 
I am wondering if it gets colder and kills back the blooms, will it bloom again when the weather warms back up? 
I guess we will just have to wait and see...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lite Cake

I have too many hobbies and interests.
My latest one is a strong following of the website Pinterest.
There are just soooooo many wonderful ideas to be found there.
I recently came across this recipe for a 3 ingredient lemon cake. 

lemon cake mix
20 oz. diet 7-up
fat free cool whip

My version used diet Sprite (2 1/2 cups) in place of the 7-up.

I really liked this cake.
It is very, very moist.
So.....I decided to try a different flavor.
Notice that I have added another ingredient.
I am really enjoying using Pam for Baking.
If you haven't tried it, it includes flour in the spray. 
It is great to prevent baked goods from sticking to the pan. 

You will also notice that the batter for this cake is very thing.
Once baked, the cake does not rise very much, and you will see that it cracks around the edges.

But, once the cool whip is added to the top, it looks like and tastes like a delicious cake.   The longer it sits in the refrigerator, the better it gets.
It is really very good for a "lite" cake.
Next, I am going to try strawberry.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Winter Bouquet

It is January...
It is January...
It is January...
I have been picking flowers in my yard today...
and it is January...

Oh what a beautiful day we have had in Tennessee!!!
The Big Woods are surprising me with early blooms here and there.
I picked a few of these today and discovered a lovely bouquet in my hand.

This bouquet has found a new home on my screened porch.  I just freshened up the last bouquet.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Animal Kingdom

Look closely at this picture???
Do you notice anything out of the ordinary?

How about now???
Do you see them???
Of course, you do...

I absolutely love this picture!!!
These pictures were made the day we spent at
Animal Kingdom.

I declare this cat has been trained to pose
when the truck comes by.

He seemed perfectly delighted to have his
picture made.

And what do you think about this fellow???
The real thing... or a man in a gorilla suit???

We enjoyed our day at Animal Kingdom.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lenten Roses

There is a reason that I love Lenten Roses so...
It has to do with today being January 21st.

And this is what I saw when I went outside today blooming in my back yard. 
Snow will not hurt, cold weather will not hurt... my lenten roses are here to stay until well into the summer.

I just had to pick one stalk to bring inside.
The greenery came from a plant that I purchased at the Nashville Lawn and Garden Fair a few years ago.
This plant is also growing in my back yard.

The inspiration for the fruit jar and burlap came from Pinterest.

I just love a little spring in the dead of winter!!!
Don't you???

Friday, January 13, 2012

Disney World

The dreams that you wish really do come true...

You're never too old to go to Disney World!!!

My family just returned from our trip to Disney.
I am so glad we waited until our kids were older to make this trip.
We had the best time, and we all got to be young again.

My soon to be eighteen year old son had the chance to spend time with his favorite movie characters from Toy Story.

My husband got a few days to act a little "Goofy".

My fourteen year old daughter had a few days to be a little girl again.

And I got to remember the magic that comes from fairy tales and dreaming.

Everybody says..."What was your favorite part?"
My favorite thing was watching the fireworks over the castle.  It was a moment I will never forget.
Truly magical....