With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 7/5/09 - 7/12/09

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Playing With Frames and Borders

What does one do with beautiful flowers and pretty babies? Take lot of pictures, of course! And then play with frames and borders to get just the look you love. Visit Big Huge Labs to do lots of fun stuff with your favorite photo's.
(Little Ella spends Monday, Wednesday and Friday at my house and since it has been perfect weather, we play and eat outside a lot)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blueberry Boy Bait

It's Blueberry pickin' time of year again and because of all the rain that delayed picking, the berries are extra large! This is one of the very first recipes I made as a new bride (thirty-three years ago) and it has been a favorite we never grow tired of. I have substituted blackberries and raspberries for an equally delicious cake perfect for breakfast or desert. ummm... imagine a large dollop of sweet whipped cream atop this piece :)
yellowed and well used recipe...
(click on picture to enlarge for easier reading)
Look at these beautiful blues...
simple ingredients...
Sugar and cinnamon topping ready...
(I just had to get a picture of the sugar in motion...)
lots of sugar and butter ~ no wonder it's so yummy!
Beat for three minutes...
Dot the top with berries ~ I added about 1 1/2 cups
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar... and bake!
Blueberry Boy Bait
2 cups Pillsbury's Best All Purpose Flour
1 1//2 cups sugar
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
2/3 c butter or margarine, softened
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup blueberries, frozen, fresh
1/4 c sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
Oven 350 13 x 9 pan
In large mixer bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, milk and eggs. Blend at low speed until dry ingredients are moistened; beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour into
greased and floured 13 x 9 pan. Arrange blueberries on top.
Combine sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cut in squares and serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.
umm... this is nice!
here we are just married... well early married just after our twin babies were born and brought our quiver to three.
Happy Summer!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Finished Projects Part 3 ~ Main Bathroom

Here are pictures of the newly painted Main bathroom located at the top of the steps... the one Abbey uses and shares with guests (which is usually her sister Jill and family).
~ I painted the room with left over paint from our Master Bathroom.
~ The mirror is an old one that once belonged to my nieces dresser. We added wood trim around it to give it character.
~ The sea shells were collected from a trip to the Cayman Islands (our 25th anniversary)
~ The little white chair also belonged to my niece and is used often by little ones needing to wash their hands or brush their teeth.
~ The hand covered box, amber oil lamp, crocheted doily, lilac postcard and jar of potpourri are sweet items I received as a gift from Marie of Spun By Me for her recent give~away. I love the way they all work together in this room!
~ I made the glass bottles sitting on the mirror ledge by printing out a graphic and attaching it to the bottles. You can't see it very well, but the bottle on the left has Abbey's name on it.
~ I made a simple curtain for the bottom of the vanity using a piece of fabric from my mom. I have also made patio cushion covers from the same piece.
~ The glass door knob is something I got a while back from Ebay.
~ After removing the builder medicine cabinet we filled the area with a back, sides, shelves, trim and embellishment for a built-in look.
~ Sorry about the three faucet pictures... hard to remember which pictures I had already used. It was was cool to get my reflection in it!
hmmm... think Abbey will keep this room looking like this???

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bountiful Blooms

Current beauties... 1. Japanese Maple
2. Hosta flowers
3. Hydrangea bush
4. Phlox just beginning to bloom
5. Day Lily
6. Monarda (Bee Balm)
7. Astilbe
8. Hydrangea (pink, purple and blue all on same bush)
9. Trumpet vine
10. giant Hydrangea bloom
11. Beautiful sky
12. Chubby Bunny making himself comfy between meals
13. Knockout Roses
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.
Matthew 6:29


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