Thursday, November 27, 2014

~ Be Thankful ~

Wishing each of you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014

~ Pumpkin Trifle ~

I shared this recipe last year, however, I thought perhaps there might be new peeps that might like to try it. Great recipe for a crowd!

This is a dessert that everyone will love!  You must try it and see if you agree.

1 box / bag pumpkin bread mix (such as Pillsbury Pumpkin Bread Mix or Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread Mix)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 15 oz. can pure Pumpkin
½ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup Grand Marnier
¼ cup water
1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Bake bread as directed in a bread loaf pan.
  2. Let cool completely before slicing into ½” slices.
  3. While bread is baking, beat whipping cream, vanilla and sugar on medium - high speed until it forms peaks.
  4. Add softened cream cheese and mix on low until well blended.
  5. Fold in pumpkin with a large spoon. Refrigerate mixture until ready to assemble trifle.
  6. In a saucepan, combine syrup, Grand Marnier and water over med - high heat and bring to low boil. Turn heat down to medium - low and simmer for 4 - 5 minutes.
  7. To assemble, form a few bread slices around bottom of trifle dish (filling in little holes with bread pieces).
  8. Lightly coat bread slices with sauce using a pastry brush.
  9. Spread pumpkin mixture evenly over bread.
  10. Repeat layers up to three or four times depending on size of trifle dish.
  11. Garnish top of pumpkin trifle with pecan pieces. 
  12. May serve immediately or refrigerate several hours before serving.
There are a few steps to making this but it's absolutely worth it! It feeds a large group, believe me. Just look at the ooey gooey goodness that's layered one on top of the other!  :)

I added pecans to the pumpkin bread mix also...of course, I love pecans!  The directions did not state where to add the cinnamon and my bread was already baking when I realized this. I just added the cinnamon to the Grand Marnier mix! This recipe was adapted from Amy @ My Texas Today. She's delightful and has lots of great recipes for you to try!

Joining ~ 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

~ Silent Sunday ~


Philippians 4:6

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Psalm 107

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his faithful love endures forever!"

1 Thessalonians 5:18

" ... give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
I am so very grateful for each of you!  I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and especially for the lovely comments. You make my heart smile ~  :)  If I don't "see" you before, I hope that you and your loved ones have a safe, blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

~ The Size of Texas ~

Texas is 790 miles long. The red on this map represents the area that is within 790 miles of Texas. That is to say, if you are within this red zone, you are closer to somewhere in Texas than other parts of Texas are…

Looking for a few more,
Beaumont is closer to Tampa than El Paso.
Brownsville is closer to Mexico City than DFW.
Texarkana is closer to Atlanta than El Paso.
Corpus is closer to Cuba than Denver.
Austin is closer to New Orleans than El Paso
Downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas is longer than the Gaza Strip is long, longer than the English channel.
Dallas to Houston is nearly the same distance as Paris to London.

Monday, November 17, 2014

~ Monday Musings ~

Seems everywhere I look, it's all about Christmas!  I heard today that it's 5 weeks away. The big blogs are planning another tour of homes, the stores are currently full of Christmas items and the trees are appearing. I just don't have the spirit. I picked up a few things at Michael's on Saturday and haven't even emptied the bags. :)  When I moved I gave a ton of decor away ~ just didn't care about it.  I used to be such a Christmas girl ~ all the decor, music, baking, parties, clothes, etc. A lot of the excitement went away with Abby. I do realize though that she would be on my case for this mood I'm in!  :)


It's very, very cold here!  We had a dusting of snow last night. Seems West Texas received a few inches and they have travel difficulties. The sun has been shining today so that does make a positive difference even though the wind is icy cold. Typical Texas, we went from 80 one day to low 30's/high 20's the next!

Bill Cosby Performs At The Treasure Island

What are your thoughts re: the allegations being made against Bill Cosby?  I am going to be extremely disappointed if they are proven to be true. I loved "The Cosby Show" and always thought it would be great to have him as a dad. Just a note...I do NOT agree that there is a statute of limitations regarding rape. Some girls/women are too frightened, embarrassed or intimidated to come forward immediately. 

I've probably mentioned once or twice that I'm a certified candleholic!  Haven't found a 12 Step Program for it so I just continue with my addiction which is total bliss. Do your tastes or fragrances change for scents each season?  I love, love fall and the spicy scent of cinnamon, apples, pumpkin, etc. The season is gone way too soon for me!  Yesterday I was thinking about favorite fragrances for the Christmas season. These are more difficult for me for some reason. My daughter recently purchased one called "Champagne" and I love it! What are your favorites?

These images are NOT me but could be!  My back has been horrible the past couple of weeks. I've had injections before but I really prefer not to do them ~ dislike having too many steroids. The cold and wet weather doesn't help. No one told me that getting older would bring these things! :)

I think I've rambled enough for one day. Hopefully, I'll get around to visiting more!  Have a wonder*filled week my friends!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

~ Laura Bush’s TEXAS Buttermilk Coconut Pie with Whipped Cream ~

I just want to say upfront that the recipe, photos and history are from 

Lea Berman's blog "America's Table"

Lea served as the White House Social Secretary during the George W. Bush presidency. This is NOT about politics but about a gracious First Lady and one of my favorite recipes. I had this recipe eons ago and somehow lost it. While trying to locate it, I ran across Lea's blog and she had posted this for Laura's birthday on November 4, 2014. 

I hope that you enjoy the pie as well as a bit of history. And I'm sure you realize "Texas" is a part of this too.  :)

Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie
Serves: 6
Prep time: 50 minutes
1 unbaked nine-inch pie shell
½ stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sweetened, shredded coconut, plus ½ cup of toasted coconut for garnish
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 cups whipped cream 
Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, coconut and buttermilk, and pour into pie shell. Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie-batter

Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie fillingBake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
In a dry frying pan set at low heat, toast the coconut until it is golden brown.
Garnish pie with whipped cream, and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie topping

Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie

I learned a lot about hospitality from Laura Bush.  She understood and exemplified the desire to give every White House guest a memory of a lifetime, and beyond, because each guest’s visit becomes a part of their personal family history.  She thought carefully about every event she hosted: how it could be exceptional, how the food and flowers could in some way reflect the occasion, how the calligraphy honored the attendees – it was a package of small but important details that led to a great party. With the exception of the Christmas party buffets (which had at least one dress rehearsal to make sure every dish was delicious, beautifully presented, and complemented the meal as a whole), we never served the same meal twice.  Every tablecloth, centerpiece, menu card, and meal was unique to that specific event.
Laura Bush knew how to please and impress her guests. She and the President once hosted a lecture for a large group of scholars and historians of Abraham Lincoln, to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday. As the event was about to begin, she called me aside and asked me to arrange for guests to be invited to visit the Lincoln Bedroom, which is upstairs in the private family quarters. The Secret Service quickly made the adjustment to escort guests upstairs, because it was not common for a big group to suddenly troop up to the family quarters. For those scholars who’d been studying Lincoln and the Civil War all of their adult lives, it was a singular moment. There were even a few tears at the sight of the Gettysburg Address on display in the Lincoln Bedroom, the only one of five copies signed, dated and titled by Lincoln. They wandered through into the Lincoln Sitting Room, and reluctantly, back down to the party. She gave those people the memory of a lifetime.
Laura Bush was very popular among the White House staff because she always remembered to thank people for the job they were doing. It made them even more loyal and willing to pitch in when things became hectic. She would invite her East Wing staff up to the family dining room on a regular basis for lunch, complete with menucards, lovely centerpieces and careful seating arrangements.  It made me realize how thoughtfulness can be a very potent leadership skill. And another thing about Laura Bush – she never misspoke. Can you think of one other public figure about whom that can be said? Plain-spoken, forthright, and always willing to give another person the benefit of the doubt – also important elements of leadership.  The best bosses are also teachers, who make us better at what we do and how we live.
Today is her birthday, and I want to thank Laura Bush for her service to the nation, and also for the education I received in her employ. And in her honor I’m happy to share her recipe for buttermilk coconut pie. Happy birthday!
Joining ~ 

Monday, November 10, 2014

~ A bit of trivia ~

If you're familiar with Texas and the city of Dallas, you probably have heard of the Hunt family. Just thought I'd share a bit of trivia and history. Bunker (photo below) was the son of patriarch H.L. Hunt.  Bunker and his wife, Caroline, provided financial support for the movie, "Jesus".

Nelson Bunker Hunt Obituary Photo

Honoring Nelson Bunker Hunt (February 22, 1926 - October 21, 2014)

Bill Bright prayed 40 years for a film on the life of Jesus. He asked Bunker
& Caroline Hunt if they would loan $5,000,000 to produce the JESUS Film.
They ended up donating all of it and more.

Some years ago I had dinner with Bunker & Caroline. I asked him how he felt
about his investment in the Film. He said, "That's the best investment I
ever made!"

When Bunker died last month this was part of his obituary:"Possibly his
greatest impact on the world was his funding of The JESUS Film..." At his
memorial, the following testimony was printed on the back of the bulletin:

"The Best Investment I Ever Made"

In 1976, Caroline and Bunker Hunt committed to fund a Biblically accurate
production of the Gospel of Luke - The JESUS Film. Since its premier in
1979, The JESUS Film has been translated into 1,271 languages and has been
officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most
Translated Film" in history.

Through its use by Campus Crusade's The JESUS Film Project, as well as more
than 1,500 Christian agencies, the film has had more than 6 billion viewings
worldwide since 1979, and most of those watching heard the story of Jesus in
a language they easily understood.

As a result, over 200 million people have indicated decisions to follow
Jesus after viewing The JESUS Film. In fact, every eight seconds, somewhere
in the world, another person indicates a decision to follow Christ after
watching The JESUS Film.

Now that's "Return On Investment."

Here is an excerpt from Erick Schenkel's tribute to Bunker: "We thank the
Lord for Bunker & Caroline Hunt's willingness to pour their resources into a
film on the life of Jesus, when no one else was ready to invest. The film
and the Project would have never existed, were it not for the risk-taking
boldness of one man, and his wife. Now he is surrounded by grateful men and
women--speakers of nearly every language on earth--who are standing before
the Lord with him because of his generous gift."

"Only one life, twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last."

Thank you so much for your investments for Christ and His kingdom.
~ Author Unknown

His father ~ H. L. Hunt
Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr..jpg
Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr.
BornHaroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr.
February 17, 1889
Ramsey, Illinois
DiedNovember 29, 1974 (aged 85)
Dallas, Texas
Other namesH. L. Hunt
OccupationOil business
Net worthUSD $1 billion at the time of his death (approximately 1/1474th of US GNP)[1]
Spouse(s)Lyda Bunker
Frania Tye
Ruth Ray

Haroldson Lafayette "H. L." Hunt, Jr. (February 17, 1889 – November 29, 1974), known throughout his life as H. L. Hunt, was a Texas oil tycoon and conservative Republican political activist. By trading poker winnings for oil rights, he ultimately secured title to much of the East Texas Oil Field, one of the world's largest oil deposits. From it and his other acquisitions, he accrued a fortune that was among the world's largest; at the time of his death, he was reputed to have the highest net worth of any individual in the world. His personal life, which featured many children by three wives, was among the chief inspirations for the television series Dallas, whose character J.R. Ewing was largely based on popular perceptions of Hunt. The Texas city of Hunt is named after him.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

~ Not So Silent Sunday ~

Just an fyi ~  so sorry I haven't been around to visit or post more.  My back is giving me fits and the pain meds make me sleepy.  Extra naps are not so bad but I have things to do.  So, I stay up as long as I can and then ice, rest, heat.  The maid hasn't shown up in forever so just had to fire her!  :)  Wouldn't it be nice though to have someone come in and clean, etc.?

Yesterday there was an issue with AT&T.  There's construction nearby and someone cut a line. No land line, internet or TV.  Everything is working today except for my TV's. I think they're so old they can't keep up with the latest technology. :) Technician is scheduled for this afternoon so we shall see!  I did read a lot yesterday and that's a good thing!

Hope you're having a wonder*filled weekend!

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

~ There's No Place Like Home ~

>>> Disclaimer:  Please forgive the photography!  This is a small and very difficult space to try and take decent photos + I'm not the best you know. :)
This is a small wall to the right as you enter my apt.

I wanted to share this print from Sasha at Lemonade Makin Mama. If you haven't visited her blog and Etsy shop ~ you must!  She is incredibly talented and her prices are very reasonable. She will close her shop for the holidays Dec 12th so hurry over to shop for Christmas!

Now, let me say that the print is adorable. However, as I said here, glitter runs in my veins. Sasha, please don't hate!  I just needed some glitter on these darling red shoes ~

I just painted some white glue on the shoes, added red glitter and allowed it to dry. Once it was dry, I shook the glitter off.  Some areas did not cover well so I went back over them with the glue & glitter. The photo below is a "before" ~

I tried so hard to change the lighting, took many shots and it just would not photograph well.
This one shows additional glitter that was added.

I had the frame and just painted it red with regular acrylic paint. I did remember to photograph that process, however, now I can't find them!  :)

I bought the "Home Sweet Apt" a long time ago on Etsy...wish I could remember the shop to give them credit. Just added the little mirror for a quick check prior to going out the door!  :)

I so appreciate your stopping by!  Now that you're inside, I'll make some coffee and/or tea and we can visit. Guess I should find some cookies or coffee cake to share also. I do hope you'll return!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

~ Saturday Spotlight ~

I'm over at Susan's wonderful blog,  Must Love Junk
I'd love for you to stop over ~ you might learn a bit more about me!  :)