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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I Goofed....

Most of my blogging friends know we belong to a
Home Fellowship group.

We meet each Sunday evening in different homes
and we always share a meal together.
Boy.....
some delicious foods show up and we surely are glad to share.
This  past Sunday, I signed up to bring my favorite cake in the whole world...
a white cake
with a homemade Fudge icing....


 I started with a white cake mix....


 added an extra egg....



I always add vanilla...

(and I may or may not always add a drop behind ea ear just the way my Aunt Lillian always did...:)

I like pure vanilla but am out of it and I think Adams Extract
is really good.


looking gooood....

 but, then...
everything went SOUTH...

...my fudge icing...
not sure what happened but it got thick before I could spread it on the cake.
And...

not quite enuf to cover so I had to step in,
add a bit of milk to the icing left (hard) in the pan.
Cooked it for a little and poured it over the whole cake...

even an UGLY cake looks pretty sassy with enuf nuts sprinkled on top.


After covering it with those chopped pecans,
I was on my way to Fellowship....


 There were a few pieces of cake left....
 so I had a piece with my Monday afternoon tea.


My little Autumn Roosters wanted to have tea, too.


Yummmmm...


 I brewed up my large TEA mug full of BLACK CHERRY BERRY herbal tea..
one of my favorites



I absolutely adore seasonal and cute paper napkins...


 I just bought this adorable THANKFUL candle at
Home Goods.
(I luv that store)


I love using my mama's vintage golden flatware...
The color is perfect for Autumn.


Even with a broken heart,
I am BLESSED...
and
SO VERY THANKFUL.

XOXO, bj

Sunday, October 15, 2017

..a hard time

Dearest Blogging Friends...

I say THANK YOU again
for all the prayers, love, caring, and support you have given me 
during the worst time I can imagine.
Losing Mr. Sweet has been such a hard blow
and I don't mind confessing it has been a nightmare for me.

I know, on the one hand, he will never be back on God's Earth...
but, for some reason I can't explain, 
I wake up every morning, thinking,
maybe this is just a big ole bad dream.

But it's not...

I also don't mind confessing that I have cried for days on end,
never getting off my sofa.
Our kids have taken such good care of me...
and they decided, along with me, that I was in a depressed state
and needed something to help calm the way
at least until I can get my feet back on the ground.

The trauma and stress since February has brought on several
health problems for me but I am under good doctor care
and I think things will even out in time.

Along with GOD'S help, family support, meds and friends,
I know I have to MAKE myself get up ea morning,
shower, dress and put on makeup...
these have always sounded like such little things
but.....now, they are HUGE.

I have to MAKE myself get out more...
It's only been 3 months since Mr. Sweet arrived in his Heavenly Home..
it's all so very raw right now.
Being with him for almost 60 yrs just ripped out most of my heart when
he left us.

When I cry...please know I am not crying for HIM...
Oh, no...
I am so thankful he is where he is well,
where he has no job at all other than to walk and talk with our sweet
Jesus Christ...
and to love our Heavenly Father.

I cry for our children and grands..
I cry for me....
I've never been alone in my whole life...
but, now, my life partner isn't here anymore.
...and it's hard !
To ease my way back into blogging more regularly,
I want to share just a few photos of our new WHITE kitchen.

Before all the whole house was painted WHITE,
the kitchen had brown doors on the cabinets...


This photo taken in 2015 is the only one I found quickly showing the brown doors...






but now they are a beautiful white...







and I am really enjoying the new large, black iron handles for the doors and the drawers.


I added a cute washed turquoise "farmer's market" sign.

and, staying in with my usual FOOD post,




 These were always one of Mr. Sweet's favorite...
and mine, too.

I just add melted butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon
and bake to a golden brown..
in the frozen food department at your grocery store....

Love to all, bj