Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Pretties

I thought I'd share a few pretties from my garden....

For Friday Pretties..........

The last 2 years my father-in-law has come over and

helped us start our garden......

Look how pretty..........

Check out this monster of a zucchini..............


we have some yummy watermelons growin'.........
We hope to enjoy this year! Last year we picked them to early :[

Very thankful my father-in-law gets us going!

Defintely not the greatest at tending to a garden! But it sure is
fun and rewarding to watch things grow! Especially when you
get to enjoy the yummy goodness of your own garden!

Some more joys of summertime..........


We've been enjoying lots of this pink stuff this summer.......

Refreshing Pink Lemonade.....yum!

How about you? Whats been your favorite drink this summer?

Well.........

I had a giveaway this last week and now it's time for the winner.....

#7


Congratulations Dana D!

If you leave me an email with your info I will get that

right out to you! You could also let me know if you want

the blocks that are shown or if you would like to have them

say something else!

Thanks all who entered in the giveaway!!!

I have one more pretty to share if you want to check out the

link. I couldn't figure out how to get it on my blog and my computer

is running like a snail tonight! errrrrrrrrr!

I have created my very first treasury on Etsy! Very cool! Lot's of fun!

It's called Summer Goodness. To see click here

Hope you have a lovely day!

For lots more Friday Pretties give Joyce a visit at I love Pretty little things.

for lots of links!

Elizabeth

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blueberry Buckle Comfort Food

Are you in need of some comfort food!

Well this is one of those recipes!

Especially when the blueberries are in season!

This is one of my boy's favorite treats!


Look how giant these blueberries are.........

I love when you can get them fresh, and they aren't
so darn expensive!

Are you ready for the recipe.......


OK.......

Here it goes.......

Pre -Heat the oven to......



Beat 1/2 cup butter on medium speed until creamy:gradually
add 1/2 cup sugar.


and one egg, mix well.


Combine 1 1/4 cups of flour, 1 tsp.baking powder and
1/4 tsp. of salt.
then.....

Alternately add the flour mixture with.........


1/2 cup of milk. Beginning and ending with the flour mixture.



Add 1 tsp. of vanilla.


Grease an 8" pan .
I use a 9x13 dish, because I double this recipe,
My gang, loves it so much and they gobble it up!


Pour the batter in the baking dish and........


top with 2 1/2 cups of yummy blueberries.
You could get away with less blueberries and it would still be fine.


Now for the yummy crumbly topping............

Add...
1/2 cup sugar. {I used brown sugar this time.} Either is tasty!
1/4 cup flour.
1/2 tsp. cinnamon. {I use a bit more.}
1/4 cup butter.
With a pastry blender, {or fingers work well}
Mix until crumbly and add sprinkle on top.

Put it in the oven.....

Bake it for 40 to 45 minutes.
Smell the yummy aroma!


Oh, yum!



It's quite tasty on it's own.

It's also very good with


vanilla ice cream, or my fav, coffee in the morning!

If it lasts that long!

I had just taken this out and went out to the back to do a few things

and this is what I came back in too. I told ya they gobble it up!

The recipe is from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook.

Don't forget to check out my little giveaway Here .

Hope you enjoy! Have a wonderful day!

Elizabeth

P.s

Here is the run down of the ingredients you would need.

I double this recipe.

The Batter...

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

The topping....

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup butter

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Doin' What Ya Love!



I've been a bit away from my blog lately....

Partly because of life stuff.....

and...

as Fiona & Twig once called it....

I think I've had....

Bloggers constipation...... LOL

But also because of a little something new

I'm trying.....

{If you've noticed a new link to Etsy on my

sidebar}...

well....

It's my new Etsy shop called Bits Of Vintage.....



There you will find bits of vintage clothing, jewelry,

little bits for the home and some ....

altered and upcycled things.

A few weeks ago I woke up with this name rolling around in my head...

Bits Of Vintage.....

and a strong desire ....

{Which is usually not me}....

to take the leap and just go for it...

and add my other passion...

Vintage,salvaged,altered to the mix!

I really love the fact that not only is vintage fun,but your

helping out this lovely planet that we live on when you

are reusing and recycling these lovely treasures.


My number one passion is creating things, but I do have a

huge love for vintage and time worn treasures.

Here is a bit of what you will find in my new shop.....

Bits of Vintage Clothing.....

Pretty In Pink Pleated Skirt


Vintage Silky Nightgown

Bits of Vintage Jewelry....

Sunshiny flower Enamel brooch


Chunky,Funky 80's Bracelets


Faux Pearl Necklace

Altered Bits.......



Altered Vintage Slip Dress

Vintage Bits for the Home.....

Mr. and Mrs Bookends......


Pretty mixed and matched china.

A while back.....

I came across this article in Country living or Home.....

{not quite sure because I do love to save my magazines so

when I went back to find the article, well you know how that

goes}......

The article was about a lady who made her career

doing what she loved, her passion....

I had written down these questions from the article.....

They really caught my attention....

When do you feel most alive?

When are you happier with yourself?

The answers could be in your next big adventure.....

Listen to them!

So as I hold on tight and listen....

I will see where this next big adventure leads me.......

If anything I'm having fun and enjoying what I love....

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway- Here

Take a peek I've added one more new thing
from my new shop! .......

I also added a button to grab on the sidebar.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A thanks and a little Giveaway.........

Giveaway has Ended.

Where does the time go?

I wanted to thank every one of my blogging friends

for your kind words and prayers for my sister!

Words can't say enough!

She is recovering very well!

Still has pain, {Maybe cause she can't sit still!}
and it was a rib that got removed....

She also ended up with a bit of a collapsed

lung from the surgery, but that also is healing

well.

At her week check up the Doctor told

her that she was doing better than most

who have this kind of surgery.

So that's a good thing!

Well.....

I've been a little away from my blog lately

and I've missed all my bloggin' friends.

you know.......

Family,life,stuff......

Also trying some new things.....
I'll fill you in on my next post.....

So I wanted to do a little giveaway as a thanks

and because...........


So for a chance to win........

These cute I love to blog blocks or customize

your own blocks......

and......

This pretty lil' smile canvas..........


And from my new Etsy shop Bits Of vintage
This cute Vintage brooch.

Just leave a comment........

For more chances,feel free to blog about it

and leave a comment ........

Feel free to Grab My Button

I will use the random number counter.

Giveaway ends July 29th at 9pm pacific time.

And the winner will be announced on

Friday the 30th.

Happy Friday!!!!!

Elizabeth

Friday, July 9, 2010

Pink Raspberry Cupcake Cheeriness

This has been one of those weeks when ..........

Life........

Steps in and .........

It's hard to keep up!

My sister also had surgery.......

She had her first rib taken out! Ouch!

And her hospital stay will just say....

WOW! and leave it at that!

So I thought she needed some yummy cheeriness!

Don't these look delish!
They are also gluten free.
My sister also has a wheat allergy!
So I made them special for her!


She has one of those, not so common things.....
It's called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
My mom also has it.....
Long story how it was all discovered.

Hopefully removing the first rib will help
relieve the pain and pressure that comes
with this not so fun thing.......
Otherwise it's staying on a blood thinner for
the rest of her life.....
Because of the risk of a blood clot forming.
and at 37 that's not something she wants to
have to stay on.

So I thought she could use some yummy pretty cheeriness!





My family didn't mind enjoying the rest of the gluten free

one bit!

They also are corn free which my son has an allergy to.

Crazy!

So he was quite happy to also enjoy the yummy cheeriness!

You would never know they were gluten free!

Well, that's just a bit of my week!

I have not had much time for one of my favorite things to do!

And I was very sad to not participate in Friday Pretties : [

Or visit all my favorite blogs!
But what do you do.....

Life!

Hope your having a great start to your weekend!

Elizabeth

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pretty lil' Figs

Figs..........

I think they are such a pretty fruit..........
and very yummy!

Pretty colors..............


Our neighbor has this beautiful old fig tree.......
This is right outside my front door......
It brings us lots of shade.........
And she is nice enough to let us pick these pretty figs
when they our ripe...

Aren't they pretty..........
Fresh figs are available just twice a year...
from June until July...
and September to mid October.......

So I look forward to this pretty fruit...
and getting to use this
yummy recipe....
Fresh Figs with Walnuts and Mascarpone...


Here is the recipe......
1/4 chopped walnuts
12 ripe figs
2 tbls mascarpone cheese or
you can use whipped cheese
pinch of ground nutmeg
1/4 cup orange honey or
honey of your choice.
Dry fry the walnuts on med./low until toasted. cool.
Slice the stems of the figs. Cut an x in the top of each fig,
about 1 inch. Carefully squeeze each fig to open slightly.
Spoon 1/2 tsp. of the cheese into the opening and sprinkle
with nutmeg.
To serve divide the figs among individual plates. Sprinkle
with toasted walnuts, dividing evenly.Drizzle each serving
with 2 tsps. of honey.
And you have a pretty and elegant end to any meal. Yum!


Hope you are enjoying lots of pretties today!
If you haven't been already to Joyce's blog, ...
There is lots of links to lots of pretties!
Hope your having a wonderful Friday!
Elizabeth