Saturday, August 25, 2007

Breakfast on the Farm

At 7am we were awakened by a wonderful sound.....thunder and large raindrops hitting the windows! After several weeks of triple digit temperatures and no rain, our grass and hayfields were brown and crisp. A thunderstorm was exactly what we needed to brighten the landscape and our spirits!

We headed to the porch with coffee cups in hand and sat quietly, enjoying the sound of raindrops, first pounding and then settling down to a steady tap-tap-tap, on our metal roof. Shadow the Cat was the first to join us there, ready for his morning petting and purring session. It wasn't long until one by one our houseguests arrived on the front porch to enjoy the cool, breezy morning rain with us. Later, after the shower ended, my husband's sister and brother-in-law rode down on their 4-wheeler to enjoy a cup of coffee on our front porch.

Somewhere along the way breakfast was mentioned and before long my husband and I were in the kitchen preparing a hearty farm breakfast for everyone. Crispy bacon was fried along with slices of country ham, and bread was buttered and toasted in the oven. My husband prepared his "world's best" homemade hashbrowns and fried country eggs to order for everyone. Homemade peach and blackberry preserves were set on the table and another pot of coffee was made ready for our breakfast guests.

Days like this are what weekends are meant for.....spending time with family and friends and counting all our blessings.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Easy Italian Tomatoes

With fresh tomatoes in great supply right now I thought it was a good time to share one of my favorite tomato recipes.

Slice fresh tomatoes in thick slices and place on baking sheet sprayed with Pam or similar product. Sprinkle sliced tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a little chopped basil. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and broil until cheese is bubbly....this only takes a few minutes. Place on serving platter and enjoy!

What I did today........

Isn't this the sweetest little chest to hold all of those items that clutter up your dresser or powder room? When I found this it was an ugly little wooden chest in need of some TLC, but it had pretty little ceramic drawers with roses....yes, ROSES! I took it home, filled the cracks, sanded and painted it pink and VOILA! a beautiful swan was created from this ugly duckling!

If you need to add a little pink to your life, just go to Cozy Cottage Gifts and Decor at and make this little chest yours!

Thursday, August 9, 2007



I found this recipe years ago in a fundraiser cookbook and it's been my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe since then!


1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring

Mix all ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork to make criss-cross pattern. Bake for approximately 10 minutes at 350*.

This makes about one dozen 2-inch cookies.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Pink Chocolate.......mmmm, mmmm good!
Deep velvety chocolate brown paired with pretty pastel pink....what a luscious color combination! "Pink chocolate" fabrics and accessories are readily available for you and your home (and even for your pet!). I just did a "google" search and here are a few of my favorite finds:

Cozy Cottage Gifts & Decor has a luscious pink chocolate lap throw made from vintage lace paired with a rose pink cotton fabric.

C’est Chouette has an absolutely gorgeous tuffet fashioned of pink and chocolate dupioni silk.

Bella Pink Boutique has a lovely blog designed in pink chocolate.

So Shabby Pink Boutique features
pink chocolate terra cotta pots.

Natasha Burns Artistic Creations offers faux chocolate cupcakes with pink icing that look good enough to eat!

Visit these fine shops and all the other boutiques at for even more pink chocolate items for you and your home (and maybe even for Fifi!).

My #1 pink chocolate find was right here at home! Bryan, Brittney and Bailey Grace