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Talk of the Weekend #22

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Happy almost-summer-vacation weekend!  We are down to our last week of school, and things are in their craziest and busiest of times in the school year.  So I am sending you this post as quickly as I can, and then I am off to get some desserts together.

The living area above and dining area below came from the same home.  Take a peek at it in the links below the photos.


Do you remember my ugly lemon cake from our Mother’s Day post?

Southern Lemon Cheese CakeI found a recipe for it here.

lemon cheese

And another recipe here, but they frost it with a 7 minute frosting in this one.

Smitten Kitchen lemon

If you don’t want to go through all the trouble of making one and you happen to live in Alabama, Florida, or Mississippi, you can actually purchase a 7 layer beauty here.

If you have plans for any summer entertaining this year, this post if full of great tips – like cooking large amounts of corn on the cob in a cooler!

cooking corn in a

I found an interesting place to stay if you happen to be vacationing in the Seattle area.  You can peruse Treehouse Point here.  They have quite a few treehouses on the property.


Love this house I ran across the other day.  You might want to check out several of this architect’s projects on his website.


Ken Linsteadt

Here is another pretty house for you to drool over…this time from Traditional Home’s website.

Southampton House

Southampton house

We have a graduation ceremony to attend today and then a small get-together for desserts here tonight…. nothing major.:) I thought this themed Sail Away party was cute for a graduation celebration…lots of clever and creative ideas! See what you think…

Sail away graduation

Our Disney daughter made it home yesterday, (yay!) and a sweet reader sent me flowers to celebrate daughter’s homecoming and my upcoming retirement.:)(And they go with all the lemon stuff!)


I love Disney music, and I ran across this video a month or so ago.  It features the very talented Peter Hollens in a duet singing a medley of some of my favorite Disney theme songs.  Well… recently I was browsing online to see if the Piano Guys had any new videos out.  And yes they do.:) Imagine my surprise when I saw that the new one features…Peter Hollens!

This new video is beautiful, the words meaningful, and the story behind it is powerful.  I hope you enjoy.

Thank you for stopping by my friends.  I hope your weekend is wonderful.:)

Until next time…

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Nancy - May 16, 2015 - 11:21 am

What a great white kitchen, it’s just beautiful! I’m crazy about your decor for the graduation party, just too cute and perfect! Okay, must tell you, I’ve been looking at your home and oh my goodness, it’s awesome! Everything in it is just fabulous!

Enjoy your day and have fun at the party!


Susan - May 16, 2015 - 11:33 am

Oh, what a beautiful duet! Thank you for including it in your post. Beautiful music soothes the soul~

Debra - May 16, 2015 - 11:45 am

I’ll take the home you featured from Traditional Home. The Hamptons, ……Oh the Hamptons! Some of the décor was a bit modern, for my liking. I loved the kitchen, bedrooms and of course that pool area. Sigh! Overcast through the weekend here, but hope to get out anyway. A vintage shop, to checking out vendors at the one day event, called Gardenology in Geneva. Have a great weekend. That bouquet was so pretty. How sweet.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - May 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Kelly, wonderful house eye candy once again! I have a severe case of kitchen envy, for sure! Loved the fun link to the tree houses in our Seattle area. My son would love to stay there. The newest video with the Piano Guys was so beautiful! I imagine the ending of this school year is bittersweet for you…retirement after years of teaching. I’m sure you will enjoy the new chapter in your life though! Have a great weekend!

Garden, Home and Party - May 16, 2015 - 5:11 pm

I love, love, love each and every kitchen here! I will enjoy checking the links you’ve given us. We have a quiet weekend and believe it or not, today’s high is 61 degrees! Mother Nature decided we deserved a little of the winter weather she withheld as she was so busy with her delivery on the east coast. :-) I am going to put a fire in the fireplace and curl up with my computer and a few magazines.
Enjoy your day…how nice to have your Disney daughter home…I’m sure she loves that new label. :-)

Louvina - May 16, 2015 - 8:17 pm

Another refreshing post– on the run!:) love white kitchens, tree houses and that trick with corn on the cob really works when serving large groups! And any left overs can be cut off and frozen for later! So happy your daughter got home safely and hope she gets to stay for awhile or will be returning soon for a nice summer with her retired mama!:) fun times ahead!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - May 16, 2015 - 9:54 pm

Oh— My — Gracious!!! I took one look at the lemon cake from Heather PJ and instantly knew it had to be the same recipe as my grandmother’s “Cheese Cake” which has absolutely no cheese in it, but is lemon flavored. I clicked over to Heather’s site and sure enough, not only is it the same cake, but she explained it was called ‘cheese” cake because everyone thought it looked like a big wheel of cheese!
The funny thing is, is how regional it is. No one has ever heard of it, but Heather is from Andalusia, AL and my Grandmother was from within 30-40 miles from there in DeFuniak Springs, FL!
Such a small world, and now I know how my family’s “Cheese Cake” got it’s name!
Thanks for the info, and good luck with the last crazy week of school.

Dawn - May 17, 2015 - 11:26 am


Those house pictures are all nice, bright spaces. I always thing a doggie in the picture takes a house to a home for me. I do love dogs though. I am so glad that your daughter made it home safely. The desserts graduation celebration you hosted sounds super fun! I hope all went well. Good luck with your last week of school. It is our last week of school as well. Craziness and celebration all the same time. Thanks for sharing! Take care.


LJ - May 17, 2015 - 6:27 pm

Who would’ve thought…corn in a cooler! With every visit to your site I learn something new.

Paula B. - May 18, 2015 - 9:35 am

Beautiful music, lovely flowers. I am thinking that this is your very last “end of the school year”? With graduations and your kids going in so many directions this must be a busy yet bittersweet time. Enjoy, hold fast to the wonderful memories you are making. Good luck!

christi in ma - May 18, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Smitten Kitchen recipes are foolproof. She and Ina Garten are my go to for excellent recipes that become family favorites. So definitely try her version of lemon layer cake. The s’mores cake in her cookbook is wonderful too.

Kim - June 2, 2015 - 8:17 pm

Love your blog. Just found it today. BTW, you might want to read up on making corn in a cooler. It’s not good for the plastic to heat up as it releases chemicals you really don’t want to ingest. I was bummed when I found that out – cooking large amounts of corn is time consuming and a cooler would speed things up!
Thank you visiting Kim! Welcome! And thanks for the info on the cooler…I had no idea, but that makes perfect sense. I guess we will have to resort to a huge pot on the side burner of our grill.

Boxwood and Blooms – A Tour of Gardens

garden 1 2One of the Methodist churches in our area hosts a garden tour every spring.  This year’s event was held last weekend – just in time for Mother’s Day.:)

Boxwoods and Blooms Garden TourSo my mother and I spent last Saturday walking through several wonderful gardens, doing a little shopping (in the garden center at Lowes no less!), and eating lunch at Cheddar’s.  (You should try their Monte Cristo sandwich with raspberry preserves…very yummy.)

garden 1 1My father treated us to the tour. (Thank you Daddy!)  When we purchased our tickets we were happy to see that one of the gardens belonged to the general with whom my father worked for many years. So we headed to his home first.

garden 1 3His yard was quite large, and it fronts a lovely lake.  The general was quick to tell us that his wife was responsible for all the beautiful landscaping.  He humbly admitted to building brick walks and moving large plants and rocks.  His wife is a very petite woman, and she is proof that gardening must be good exercise!

garden 1 4Isn’t the view of the lake just perfect from his yard?  (He’s talking with my mother in the next photo.)

garden 1 5I think just sitting out on their dock would be so peaceful; don’t you?

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garden 1 7This little pool was also part of their yard.  My mother was intrigued with the ground cover you see in the foreground of the photo.

garden 1 8The next garden we toured was quite different from the one that belonged to the general and his wife.  This one was designed and installed by a professional landscaping firm, Fern Valley.

garden 2 1Just look at all those ferns that were planted in mass there!

garden 2 2This was my mother’s favorite of all the gardens we toured.  She said it gave her a feeling of being in the mountains.

garden 2 3As part of the garden tour, we were allowed to step inside the foyer of the house.  Here is the living room. There was a large aquarium off to the right and a small koi pond as you walked in the door (sorry my photo of it was too fuzzy to see anything.:()

garden 2 4In the back of the house was a pool with a small waterfall and bridge.

garden 2 5Back around the front was this planting of daylilies.

garden 2 6

We left this home, enjoyed lunch nearby, and then made our way to the next home – located on another lake.

garden 3 1Again, we were told that the wife did all the gardening in the yard.  I loved that this one had so many little places to sit and relax.

garden 3 2

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garden 3 4This fountain area reminded me of Savannah.

garden 3 5For some reason, this next photo of the river birch tree with the boxwoods was my favorite of all that I took on the tour.

garden 3 6Here is their view of the lake. Loved that light down there by the water!

garden 3 7Another sitting area…

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garden 3 9I liked the stonework here.

garden 3 10After that lakeside garden we drove to the home of a former educator.  She worked several years at the office of our board of education but has since retired.  She says that she now spends her time gardening – and she is the one responsible for this beautiful one here.

garden 4 1Those hostas were amazing!

garden 4 2Great stonework…

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garden 4 4She had quite a few roses in her garden (and a pool that I somehow did not get a photo of.)

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We left there and went to our final stop – a small, but sweet yard…again with many rose bushes…

garden 5 1and a couple of seating areas.

garden 5 2And that was our Saturday.  Lots of inspiration for what I would like to do in our yard!  Once retirement rolls around in a couple of weeks, I hope to get to work on it. (It needs a lot of it.) Do you do much work in your yard?


We’d love to hear about it.

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Carol - May 13, 2015 - 12:09 pm


You will find after leaving the classroom that a lot will consume your time. How you choose to name it will determine your attitude… I don’t do “yardwork.” I “groom the garden.” Attitude is everything! Good luck on your future gardening projects. We look forward to seeing the results on your blog!

Good point Carol! Then I am looking forward to grooming the garden very soon.:) (among other things!)

Susan - May 13, 2015 - 1:27 pm

I think that gardening is a form of meditation. I feel so at peace while gardening, and also afterwards. It’s my favorite activity May through October!
I believe you are right Susan. It is definitely a relaxing activity…AND you can see the results of your work (especially when weeding!)

Garden, Home and Party - May 13, 2015 - 1:52 pm

I love garden tours. I liked all of the gardens you and your mom visited. I’ve always thought I’d like to live with a view of a like or pond or some body of water! I love working in my garden, although it’s a little stressful due to the drought. Are those pine needles that everyone has mulched with? Is that from winter prep, or summer? Do they sell the pine needles in your area? We use mulch mostly in the summer to help with water evaporation, but I am curious about the ground covering in all of your pictures.
I agree that a view of some body of water would be wonderful. I was just drooling over some beach houses online this evening. I don’t know how you deal with the drought in your area, Karen. It would certainly make gardening a challenge. We use pinestraw year round. We rake up as much as we can when the trees drop their needles, but it is not enough for our entire yard. So we have to buy bales of it to finish out the yard. Not only do they sale it in bales here, but there are also people that drive to your house to sell you bales off the back of their truck! Pinestraw and boxwoods – big in the South. :)

Louvina - May 13, 2015 - 1:59 pm

What a lovely way to spend time with your mother! Beautiful memories for sure. I loved the sitting areas to rest and meditate. I don’t do very much of the gardering- really do not have a very green thumb and heat sensitive. Early morning and late evening is when I love to walk around our garden– I plan and my wonderful husband does the sweaty work! We have lots of bird baths, birdhouses and plants that attrack butterflies and birds. I really try with my herbal plants but still not very good with them.:( Hope to glean many ideas from your future blog and posts. Have a wonderful weekend with your daughter’s Welcome Home Celebration!! Prayers for travel mercies on her trip home!!
It was a fun way to spend a Saturday for sure. Now I would have pegged you for a gardener, Louvina. You surprised me! Heat sensitive is not good. You are lucky that your husband takes orders/suggestions so nicely! Thanks for the travel prayers for our daughter. :)

Barbie - May 13, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Emily Gravitt - May 13, 2015 - 3:42 pm

I have loved gardening for quite some time, but after I retired, I took a Master Gardening Class, and really fell in love with gardening. I love playing in the dirt and watching new life sprout from it. Gardening is hard work, but it feeds my soul! Visiting nurseries, garden shops, and gardens is such a joy for me. Hope you will enjoy gardening as much as I!

Carolyn - May 13, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Lovely! I think the ferns are my favorite (are those oak leaf hydrangeas behind them?), perhaps because I can relate that to my own ‘yard’ the most, though ours is not so formal or structured – actually looks pretty wild. We have tons of ferns here on our property in the mountains, and my husband and I are now learning to identify them and move some around. We have a little stream (no lake, though) that’s a good moist area for the ones that need it, but we also have huge swaths of native ferns (mostly New York and Christmas ferns) in our woods. My husband and I spend most of our time spring through fall messing with plants. Only have a little sun right around the house where most of the planted flowers are, but we also have lots of native wildflowers in the woods, especially spring ephemerals right now including pink lady’s slippers, trillium, and shooting stars. So, we spend time encouraging these and getting rid of poison ivy. I could spend all my time weeding and mulching – it’s endless, but I do small areas at a time and stop whenever I feel like it. It is very calming and meditative. We’ve planted over 50 rhododendron and most are blooming right now. Gorgeous!

Dawn - May 13, 2015 - 5:14 pm


We don’t do much yard work around here really. We just cut the grass and trim the trees. I have lots of potted plants everywhere…the front porch, the back screened in porch and deck, out on the driveway etc. We do have a garden though. We grow tomatoes, squash, peppers, lettuce, spinach, pumpkins and sunflowers. I enjoyed seeing your garden tour. It looks like you and your Mom had a nice time. Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Sue - May 13, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Beautiful gardens Kelly. I feel like my husband and I work in the yard all spring, and we have nothing as lovely as those to show for our hard work. This year we are mourning the loss of several roses as they have been affected by the disease that is killing so many. We still have several left but they say once it’s in your area you’re doomed:-(
Lots of inspiration in your lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.

Martha - May 13, 2015 - 8:02 pm

These gardens were all just beautiful! Like all the other posters today, I love to garden too. I couldn’t help but wonder if deer are a problem at all for this area. I battled voles for years, they ate my hostas and any other tender plant. I finally started putting my hostas in large pots. About the time I got things the way I wanted, our deer population grew so much that they began eating the hostas like they were salads set out just for them. I have learned that deer don’t seem to like ferns, so over the last 5 years I have fallen in love with ferns, especially autumn fern. Mine are all up now with their beautiful reddish new fronds. Could the ground cover your mother was interested in be Creeping Jenny?

Donnamae - May 13, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Great garden tour! We (hubby and I), have been reworking our beds. Removing overgrown evergreens, adding hostas….thinning ferns…and replacing what was lost during previous polar vortexes. Or is that vortices? Love to putz in the garden…and discover new to me nurseries! Planting flowers, and feeding birds, has become my new pastime! I think you are going to have a blast…I know we are! 😉

Vicki Crowe - May 13, 2015 - 11:08 pm

Retirement? Congratulations!!! Just in time to enjoy Jan Karon’s new book out in the fall. Hopefully you can do an update on her for us when the book comes out! I love visiting gardens, your pictures were beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - May 14, 2015 - 9:51 pm

I adore hostas and think they look so peaceful. I grew them in Georgia, but now on the AL coast, they don’t do as well. Boo hoo. Horticulture sadness.

Love the tour!

Debra - May 15, 2015 - 9:54 am

You did have such a nice Mother’s Day weekend! Garden walks are always fun and inspiring. Hosta is in abundance in my backyard. I keeping adding more, as they are great fillers and are so low maintenance. I love ferns too. I have just now started to add them as well. I spent all day yesterday planting flats of impatiens. Lots more to do, but Mother Nature brought rain last night, so I will give my body a much needed rest today. The sounds of birds tweets as I type and look out the kitchen bay window…Oh, Nature, soothing to the soul. :)

Teresa W. - May 16, 2015 - 10:23 am

I wanted to try to get to this garden tour this year, but my husband and I ended up planting fifteen Nellie R. Stevens hollies over the weekend. Thanks for posting pictures from the tour, it adds some inspiration to do more yard work. Have a wonderful weekend!

Our Mother’s Day (and an Ugly Lemon Cake)

Lemon wreathLemons lemons everywhere!  After this weekend’s post on lemon inspiration, you knew where I was headed with it; didn’t you?

The lemons started in a wreath on the front door, then came in the foyer in the form of lemonade bottles in the jar and a lemonade candle.

spring vignette on buffet

Can you smell it? mmmm…

I put the green plaid pillows in the family room, and mixed them with some yellow pillows found recently at Homegoods.

cottage living room green and yellowThen the lemons showed up again in the jar on the mantel.

(And there are lemon drops in the jar on the coffee table.:))

fireplace mantel lemonsMore lemons are in the jar atop the cabinet in the family room.

lemon vignetteI found this cute gingham bucket in Michael’s over the weekend.  Don’t you think it makes a perfect ice bucket for lemonade and water? I wrapped my mom’s gifts in kraft paper and tied them up with lemon yellow grosgrain ribbon.

Mothers Day giftsNow let’s go in the dining room.  Remember, I said I wanted to use lemons because they work so well with my new dishes?  Well take a look.  I used lemons for the “place cards” with a green leaf pinned on.

Mothers Day place setting with lemon place cardHere’s the whole table.

lemon table for mothers dayAnd now all the food…a salad of mixed greens with peaches, blueberries, almonds, and Vidalia onion, grilled lemon pepper chicken, rosemary roasted potatoes, sauteed squash and zucchini, and grilled garlic toast.

Mothers Day lunch

dining roomOf course I had to use that lemon inspiration in the kitchen.  There’s a recipe for lemonade on the chalkboard by the desk.

kitchen desk
And now for desserts… 

I made lemon squares early in the morning, and they were fine, but I was hoping our best dessert would be a good old Southern Lemon Cheese Cake – not to be confused with cheesecake.  This is totally different.  This is a layer cake with a lemon curd-like filling and icing.  The layers did not rise as much as I had hoped they would, but that wasn’t the biggest problem.  The lemon filling (which is also the icing) just would not thicken. My husband worked and worked on it, and after adding cornstarch, he finally gave up and left it alone.  I did my best to “frost” the cake with it, but as you can see, it turned out quite…ugly. I even tried garnishing it with lemon slices hoping that would help, but it was useless.  :( 

Such a sad cake…

Southern Lemon Cheese CakeBut even though the lemon filling never thickened, it tasted delicious.:)

And one last room before I call this post finished.  The porch also had its share of lemon yellow and green for Mother’s Day weekend.


porch wickerI hope your Mother’s Day was a wonderful day for you.  This was the first time we have had none of our children here for it. All three of them called early in the day, and we even Skyped with our daughter while her grandparents were here for lunch.  The boys are hiking in Zion National Park, so I was amazed to even hear from them!  Our daughter finishes her Disney internship this week and will be home next weekend.  Yippee!

Hope your week is off to a great start.


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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - May 10, 2015 - 11:46 pm

Kelly, What a beautiful job, incorporating lemon yellow all over the house, as well as your beautiful table setting and delicious food! I recently made a German Chocolate where the ganache icing wouldn’t thicken either…so frustrating! But, I always say, it really is the taste that counts in the end! There are many beautiful cakes that really don’t taste good at all. Anyway, love the sunshine yellow accents…what a happy color! Sounds like you had a good Mother’s Day…glad your sons were home recently :).
My husband says it is the taste that counts too, but you know I am all about that presentation as well! LOL But you are right. There are many gorgeous cakes out there that do not taste very good. That’s when the looks don’t count for anything. In my mind, you have to have both. :)
Glad you liked all the bright yellow accents. It sure makes it cheerful looking around here!

Katrina - May 11, 2015 - 3:43 am

Happy Mother’s Day Kelly! I honestly don’t think that cake looks bad and it definitely does not look like it tastes bad! I had a fun day which ended with a huge hot fudge Sundae from Rocky’s, our 50’s soda shop downtown.
I keep thinking about you and how I kept marking days off my calendar when I was soon to RETIRE! I am really excited for you.
A belated Happy Mother’s Day to you too, Katrina! A hot fudge sundae sounds divine! I have been craving one from Sonic for the last few weeks.
Definitely marking the days off the calendar now. :)

Nan, Odessa, DE - May 11, 2015 - 7:26 am

Happy Mother’s Day!
Just so the cake tasted good and it sounds like you and your husband had a project! Not all bad.
Home looks lovely as usual.
Like your yellow but being a red woman, RED is the best.

How many days until retirement?
What are your plans for that first day retired?
Thank you Nan. It does/did taste good. I agree that red IS the best, but sometimes a change now and then is good.:) 9 school days + a few post planning days. The only thing I have planned for my first day is a hair appointment. LOL I probably won’t really even consider myself retired until school starts back next August. This will just be summer break. :)

Lynne - May 11, 2015 - 7:27 am

That cake doesn’t look sad to me, it looks delish! The whole dinner looks so good and I love the yellow and green together. Its a keeper!
You are too sweet Lynne! It was all quite tasty (even the leftovers today aren’t bad!) I like the yellow and green, but red will have to come back for Memorial Day and summer…along with some blue.

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - May 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

So of course now I want to go buy tons of lemons………you never fail to inspire me!! Your STILL my fave!! Hugs to you!!
Thank you for your always encouraging comments Jennifer! I am so glad that you can find some kind of inspiration here. :) Hope your Mother’s Day was wonderful.

Arlene@Nanaland - May 11, 2015 - 8:02 am

Kelly, my MIL used to make lemon cheese cake like that. The first time I heard she was making a lemon cheese cake, I was looking forward to cheesecake! I had never had this kind before but it is one of my husband’s favorites. I am sure the cake tasted good! Looks like you all had a great Mother’s Day! Our sixth grand made her appearance at 10:28 on Friday pm at Northside Hospital so we had a weekend in Atlanta loving on her!!
Oh dear…no, it’s definitely not a cheesecake. I hate it wasn’t the dessert you were looking forward to…but it IS good….just different. What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a new baby! Couldn’t get better than that!

Lisa - May 11, 2015 - 8:07 am

Everything looks wonderful! Your home always looks so inviting! I’m curious about your daughter’s internship at Disney. Our youngest will be doing an internship at Disney starting in August. She is in Hospitality and Tourism, with the idea of being an Event Planner in the end. What did your daughter go for and how has she liked her experience? If you don’t mind my asking!
Thank you so much Lisa. Our daughter is studying marketing. I wish they had a hospitality degree where she attends, because she too wants to go into event planning – hopefully wedding planning. She has been working in concierge at one of the resorts in Walt Disney World – but she says she is ready to come home. It lasted long enough for her to enjoy it, but it has become like work for her (imagine that!) and some of the fun has worn off. She has definitely learned a lot there, and she has had a fantastic bunch of roommates to really make it a memorable time for her. She would do it all over again I am sure.

Anne Boykin - May 11, 2015 - 8:55 am

Hi Kelly, What a beautiful table of yellow goodness! I love the touches of yellow. Glad you had a great Mother’s Day. The cake looks delicious.
Hi Anne! Thank you so much for all your compliments. The cake did taste very good, even though it wasn’t very pretty to look at. I am glad you liked all the yellow (because there sure is a lot of it around here!)

Louvina - May 11, 2015 - 10:18 am

Happy, happy, happy! That’s how this post made me feel! Loving the yellow and touches of green! So refreshing and a great segway into early summer! Loving this time of year– even here in FL –it isn’t too hot yet to enjoy being outside. Hope you are getting all those last minute things done at school so you can be “out of there” ASAP when the last bell rings!! :)
Good Louvina! Happy is the goal here. :) It is already hot here…90+, and I know our upcoming field day will bring on the sunburns. :( My last minute things at school are days full of testing testing testing…still! I hope I can get all the paperwork finished by that last bell.

Gina - May 11, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Well, after reading your post yesterday I did make myself some lemonade. 😉 I love the lemon (yellow and green) theme. I had yellows and greens out for spring including lemons and lemon drops. :) This week I am adding red, white and blue for the summer. :) I’m sure you are excited for your daughter to come home!!
Cute! Have you tried the frozen lemonade from Chick fil a? I keep telling myself to go get one but haven’t yet. Great minds thing alike on the yellow and green decorating. :) I am thinking about adding the red, white, and blue for summer too, but I have a dinner party next weekend to plan first. The red will be out after that for sure. Yes, I am excited to have our daughter home (along with her friends who will be around too!)

LJ - May 11, 2015 - 12:35 pm

Love the look in your home with lemon yellow and green.
So glad you have “Mom” to celebrate with you.
Yes, we always want presentation to meet our expectation and even more importantly we want it to be dee-lish—-Mission Accomplished.

Here’s a tip from a lesson I learned when we made Chinese Hot ‘n Sour Soup at home: When using cornstarch as a thickening agent bear in mind that continued cooking/boiling after a certain point can actually cause the recipe to thin out.
The cake did taste very good. I tried a recipe for the layers that had 7 beaten egg whites mixed in, and I think it did a good job of making them light. Thank you for the tip on using the cornstarch. I typically use it in gravy, but it does not cook very long with that, so I was unaware that it would thin out. Good to know!

Sandra Sullivan - May 11, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Of course your lemon cheese cake looks sad, where’s the mint? Lemon Cheesecake, my all time favorite for a looooong time, always my choice for my birthday. Without question my choice for Christmas from my stepmother, Big Mama, without doubt the best ever tasted by humans. Again, I should know, June, I’ll blow out the candles on my 71st birthday cake. Sadly my Big Mama is no longer with us to bake me one. Any chance you and your husband can bake one for me? I’ll bring the mint. Thanks for letting me feel a part of your home, family, and life style, Sandra
The mint? Oh..I didn’t know it needed that! But that would make it look better. :) Why didn’t I think of that…my tea is at its best with lemon and mint! Duh. Big Mama needs to send both of us one of those delicious lemon cheese cakes down from Heaven. Do you have her recipe? There are soooo many versions out there.
Thank you for reading and leaving your comment here today Sandra. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday. :)

Dawn - May 11, 2015 - 6:21 pm


I really like how fresh everything looks with your lemon and dare I say, lime touches. We went to my In-laws for lunch and brought a sun-dried tomato dip as an appetizer with carrots and crackers and then I made a tortellini cold pasta salad as a side dish. My parents were invited to lunch too so my Mom made homemade pecan and strawberry pie to go with my mother-in-laws grilled chicken, broccoli salad and rolls. It was a feast and we had lemon slices in our tea. Thanks for sharing your feast with us. Take care! I hope your daughter has a safe trip home.
No you better not say lime. ha ha. Your meal sounds heavenly!! Good grief at the food! I would have loved the pies (and the appetizer and salad too.)
Sounds like you had a great Mother’s Day with all your family. Thank you for the well wishes for our daughter. I am a little concerned because she will have her car packed to the roof, and she will be driving in rain. Pray for safe driving for everyone around her on the road!

Garden, Home and Party - May 11, 2015 - 7:33 pm

Sometimes homely little desserts are the best…it’s like they ramp up the flavor to overcome their shortcomings. :-)

I absolutely love how you find a way to subtly insert the color du jour in places around the room without it seeming contrived. Yellow and green just say, “hello, Spring” to me.
You have a good point about the desserts Karen. Perhaps they do make up for their looks by tasting good! :)
I am liking the yellow and green now, and yes they do look like spring around here (but goodness, the weather is already feeling like summer here!)

Donnamae - May 11, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Everything looks wonderful…even your so called ugly lemon cheese cake! It still looks delicious to me! See you are back to yellow…so is the red coming back for Memorial Day? My Mother’s Day was lovely…good food, lots of laughter….and the company was terrific..(2 out of 3 sons)! 😉
I am glad your Mother’s Day was such a nice one. You did well to have 2 out of 3 sons home. We had 0 for 3 children..not too good. :(
Yes, the red will most certainly be back for Memorial Day. It is patiently waiting in the closet! :)

Peggy - May 11, 2015 - 10:31 pm

It all turned out so beautiful! I love the pops of yellow everywhere! That yellow quilt on the porch is gorgeous! As for that cake, as long as it is delicious, who cares about looks? We had the best time at Christmas eating a cake with ganache icing out of the pan with tablespoons. My husband and big kids laughed themselves silly. Don’t tell anyone our silliness over baking mistakes. :)
Thank you Peggy. I like all the cheerful spots of yellow too. I would have devoured chocolate ganache with a spoon whether it looked good or not! Sounds like yummy fun!

Debra - May 12, 2015 - 10:31 am

Everything looked picture perfect, as usual. Your parents must love coming to your home for such delicious fare. I always drool over your porch and I love the angle in which you took the picture of the family room. It must be fun to get up on a ladder and change those drape panels in there. Eek! Hubs on ladder, (?) Please tell me….. :( I love lemon chicken and recently came across a easy pan fried version. I made it several weeks back and it was definitely a keeper. So easy. Your cake still looked lovely. I agree with others here, that all that matters is the taste in the end. My Mother’s Day celebrating started on Thursday, with my Chicago one making her way back home and treating me to High Tea at The Herrington, in Geneva Il. It was fun along with more spoiling of flowers and a candle she presented me from a new store in Chicago called Goop. Gwyneth Paltrow’s newest opening. Mother’s day was full of visiting with my twins, family, a big bowl of my mother’s recipe of homemade potato salad, brats and cupcakes for dessert. It has been of and on rain and overcast, but urns still got planted, patio furniture out and pool opened. Hopefully tomorrow will bring some much needed sunshine and more planting. Life is good. Feeling blessed. :) Thanks again for bringing some needed sunshine through your Lemony posts. It felt good.
Debra, I don’t change out the curtains in the family room…too afraid of heights and it takes toooooo much fabric to make those. So that is why they are in a neutral. I stand on the kitchen stool to change out all the other ones. :) It sounds like you had a fabulous Mother’s Day – from High Tea to shopping to a lovely meal. I know you enjoyed it all! Wish we had a pool here to “open”. Lucky you!

Emily Gravitt - May 12, 2015 - 1:11 pm

I am happy to see that everything you do is not perfect. We all goof up sometimes when trying to make that special dessert! Bet your lemon cake was terrific! Love the yellow-rimmed dishes!
Gosh far from perfect Emily! The lemon cake did taste great. I want to try a different version of it next time to see if the lemon icing will turn out better.

laura yadusky - May 13, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Well, I LOVE your lemon cake. Reminds me of my Grandma’s cakes. Hers were leaning and somewhat sloppy and full of love!
Aw Laura… how sweet! I think leaning, sloppy, and full of love must be a good thing!

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