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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!

Lemon Inspiration for Mother’s Day


I’ve been wondering about something…

You know how you call a car that is always having problems a lemon?  And then there’s that old saying When life gives you lemons make lemonade. Right?

Well, who decided that lemons were a bad thing? It doesn’t make sense to me because I personally think they are quite good. Don’t you?

Afterall, who can resist their bright cheerful color? That yellow just gives you a smile.:)

tulips and lemonssource

And then, there is that crisp fresh scent.  mmmmm

Back in the 70’s teenage girls (including me:)) went wild over it.

Remember these?

Loves Fresh Lemonsource

lemon up shampooYou can still purchase it here!

Are you wondering…

 Why is Kelly talking about lemons?  

There is a perfect explanation.  :) You see, I’ve been thinking about Mother’s Day.  Last year I went all fruity with strawberries. This year, I really want to use my new dishes for our Mother’s Day lunch.

Kate Spade Rutherford

And lemons just seem the natural thing to go with them.  So I want to share with you some of the inspiration I have found.

Decorating inspiration…
(I know I have shared Tracy’s kitchen here before, but it was too good not to show you again!)


Table inspiration…

lemons and flowers centerpiecesource


lemon place

And then all the food inspiration for our meal!

Lemons pair wonderfully with chicken…

one pan lemon garlic chickenlemon garlic chicken recipe here

lemon chicken romanolemon chicken romano recipe here

lemon butter chickenlemon butter chicken recipe here

And lemons also work with potatoes…

lemon herb roasted potatoeslemon herb roasted potato recipe here

And oh my goodness at all the lemon dessert inspiration I’ve found!

lemon curd tartletslemon curd tartlet recipe here

lemon cream pie diplemon cream pie dip recipe here

meltaway lemon cookiesmeltaway lemon cookie recipe here

white chocolate lemon parfaitwhite chocolate lemon parfait recipe here 

lemon tart with rosemary crustlemon tart with rosemary crust recipe here

lemon meringue pie in mason jarslemon meringue pie in a mason jar recipe here

lemon pie aka Atlantic Beach Pie from NClemon pie aka Atlantic Beach Pie recipe here

and even a dessert drink

Chick Fil A Copycat Frosted Lemonade - the perfect warm weather treat.Chick-fil-a frozen lemonade recipe here

After all the food inspiration I began to find Mother’s Day gift inspiration.


(I wish I had bought these when I saw them a month ago in TJMaxx.:()

lemon plate from

Love these from Pottery Barn!

Pottery Barn lemon salad

Not to be outdone by its sister company, Williams Sonoma has this gorgeous platter.:)

Williams Sonoma citrus

They also have this deliciously lemon scented gift set that any mother would love…

Williams Sonoma lemon soap gift

and this great baking set.:)

Williams Sonoma lemon baking

Perhaps you or your mother would like a new wreath for the door.

I thought both of these were beautiful.


lemon wreath with

Or then there is always a cookbook.:)

lemon cookbook
The Lemon Cookbook: 50 Sweet & Savory Recipes to Brighten Every Meal
photographs by John Valls

Whew! That was a lot of inspiration!
And to think it all started with my yellow Rutherford china.

Did you know that it also comes in green?

Kate Spade Rutherford

Hmmm…I wonder how it would look with…


limes… :)
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)


Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Clarissa - May 9, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Oh my goodness, Kelly! Your post came at the most perfect time today. I just placed an order for the plates and napkins from Pottery Barn. I love using lemons for my summer decor and you just gave me so much more inspiration. Thank you so much! Have a wonderful mother’s day!
I would love to have those plates and napkins. They are so cute! I hope your Mother’s Day was a good one Clarissa!

Connie - May 9, 2015 - 7:11 pm

Oh my word! I haven’t thought about the Love’s Fresh Lemon products since, well…since the 70’s. I can just smell them. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
You are so welcome Connie! Doesn’t it take you back?! :)

Lynn A. - May 9, 2015 - 7:29 pm

I can just imagine the refreshing smell. Delicious.

Happy Mother’s Day to you!
I hope you had a good Mother’s Day Lynn. Yes, there is nothing quite like the scent of a freshly cut lemon. :)

Donnamae - May 9, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Oh my…my mouth was watering because of all those pics! Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day Kelly! 😉
Thank you Donnamae. I did have a good one. And I know what you mean about your mouth watering. I sort of went overboard on the food pictures in this post!

Shirley@Housepitality Designsi - May 9, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Fabulous lemon inspiration. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Thank you Shirley. I am glad you liked all the lemon eye candy. And I hope your Mother’s Day was one of your best!

LJ - May 9, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Loads of inspiration here and you are tempting me but I’m resisting buying any more dishes. However, may I suggest a recipe that’s a relic of the 70’s but always a favorite no matter where I bring it. Lemon Pudding Cake from the Farm Journal–made it into the FJournal’s all-time list of favorites.
I will look for that one LJ. It sounds yummy! (And it sounds like one my mom would love. :) )

Liz - May 9, 2015 - 10:14 pm

I STILL love all things lemon! Love’s Fresh Lemon was my favorite until they quit making it! Beautiful post today:)
If you love lemons, then you could definitely appreciate the lemon post Liz! I always liked Love’s Fresh Lemon too. It just smelled soooo fresh and clean. :)

Louvina - May 9, 2015 - 10:25 pm

So refreshing!! I have that lemon loaf pan and have made the lemon loaf from W&S! Just got back from Celebration and had lunch at the Columbian Restaurant and driving around looking at all the lovely homes!! Were you ears burning? Because my daughters and I were talking about you and your outing there not too long ago!! We went shopping at Home Goods and attended a Baby Owl Shower at the Audubon Center for birds of prey an annual event every year on Mother’s Day weekend! Lovely time!! Hope you enjoy your Day tomorrow!
Oh I love that pan! I think I will buy it the next time I am in Williams-Sonoma. How wonderful that you got to visit Celebration! We did not eat at the Columbian restaurant, but it sure had great reviews, and the menu looked very interesting. I bet you shopped at that same Home Goods where I got my Kate Spade dishes. I can’t wait until we have one closer to us here. Our day was a nice one, full of visits with family.

Design Chic - May 9, 2015 - 11:03 pm

I am the biggest fan of yellow – have it in my kitchen and it makes me happy every morning! Love all of your images!! Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Yellow IS such a happy color! We had it in our kitchen when we first built this house. I hope your Mother’s Day was a fun one!

Peggy - May 9, 2015 - 11:16 pm

Delicious! And yellow is a favorite of mine in the summertime. Having a serious crush on those dishes! Some great menu ideas that might go all the way to July 4th. Happy Mother’s Day!
Glad you liked it Peggy. All those chicken dishes work great for the summer, don’t they? Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Garden, home and party - May 10, 2015 - 1:49 am

I love lemon anything and some of these ideas look delicious.
Have a very happy Mother’s Day!
Yay! Another lemon fan. :) Can you believe my daughter does not like lemon?? What is wrong with that child? I hope your Mother’s Day was a good one with those you love.

Frances in England - May 10, 2015 - 3:10 am

Well, that is lucky – I’ve just taken some chicken out of the freezer to defrost for tonight’s dinner, thinking that I’m not sure what to do with it but something will turn up… so now we’re having a version of the garlic-lemon-chicken you posted above (we won’t be having pasta, so I guess it’ll be “inspired by”! LOL)
I adore lemon-y anything, so this is a wonderful post for me :) Happy Mother’s Day!
Yum…I hope your chicken dish turned out delicious, Frances. Like you, I adore anything lemon-y too. :) I hope your Mother’s Day was a good one. :)

Debra - May 10, 2015 - 8:33 am

LOVE LEMON!! Such a fresh scent and one of my favorites. I do remember the Love’s products and yes, it was a favorite. Thank you for so many wonderful sources. This was such a “fresh” post. Why are my lips starting to pucker ?? :) Happy Mothers Day!
Ha ha! Too funny Debra. :) Yes, it was a fresh post…especially if you like lemon. :)
Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

kandy - May 10, 2015 - 8:38 am

Oh my gosh,just the other day my friends and I were talking about scents that we used to wear in our teenage years,and I told them I remember wearing Loves Lemon lotion.I can still see the bottle.I can still smell it.I loved that scent.It’s funny that I’m seeing it now on your post.Thanks for showing.Wish you could still get that stuff! Happy Mother’s Day to you too!
How uncanny Kandy! It was just the freshest smelling scent around. Isn’t it amazing how a smell can take you back?
Hope your Mother’s Day was a fun day. :)

Linda - May 10, 2015 - 9:09 am

Love, love all the the lemon ideas.
Thank you Linda. I am glad you liked them!

Diane@InMyOwnStyle - May 10, 2015 - 9:23 am

Oh how I wish Loves Fresh Lemon was still made…I would buy a case of it. Hmmmmm that smell… so fresh. I have not seen a bottle of Lemon Up since my teens. What a blast from the past. So cool that you can still purchase it!

Happy Mother’s Day Kelly XO
Maybe someone in marketing will see your comment and start making that cologne again, Diane. :) Did you remember that every bottle of Lemon Up had the juice of one whole lemon in it? I am tempted to order a bottle of it, just to get that smell again!
Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Laura - May 10, 2015 - 11:12 am

What a great post. Loves Fresh Lemon was my favorite in the 70’s too! I wish they’d bring that back also :) I love everything lemon. They just make me happy!
I am so glad you enjoyed it Laura! Between the yellow and the tart, fresh scent of lemon, I would agree. It is a happy thing!

Doris - May 10, 2015 - 11:15 am

Happy Mother’s Day, Kelly! Wonderful lemon inspiration and recipes!
Thank you Doris! Glad you liked all the lemon things!

Marianne in Mo. - May 10, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Anything lemon makes my heart sing! We’re at my oldest daughter’s house in Texas and my son in law made Mothers Day breakfast today. Lemon blueberry bread and tropical smoothies. Yum!
That sounds delicious Marianne! What a great way to start your Mother’s Day. :) I know you enjoyed that!

Tricia - May 10, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Lol…I love the unexpected ending!

Lemon is one of my favourite things and I use them often. As a matter of fact we had lemon roasted potatoes with dinner last night and a lemon pie is cooling on the dining room table.

What memories you stirred up seeing the Lemon Up shampoo. I was a teen in the 70s and used this shampoo.

Hope you are having a wonderful Mother’s Day. You could win Mother of the Year!
I have not tried lemon with potatoes, but between your comment and the recipe, I am going to have to give them a try. Yum to your lemon pie! Wasn’t that shampoo great? It just left your hair smelling so clean and fresh. I hope your Mother’s Day was a super nice one. Thank you for your sweet comments Tricia!

Carmen Dacosta - May 10, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Kelly!
I follow your blog weekly and sometimes daily.
You were the inspiration for our spring break trip to Savannah.
We went everywhere you went and had a ball!
For some great inspiration we stayed with Savannah Dream Vacations. You will love that website.

I work from home and your blog is my morning and lunch treat.
Thank you and Happy Mother’s Day!

What a sweet comment Carmen! I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to Savannah! It is such a beautiful city (with a lot of good food and shopping. :) )I will be sure to check out the website you recommended. I am also glad you enjoy the blog. I hope your Mother’s Day was filled with happy surprises!

Teresa W. - May 10, 2015 - 4:40 pm

Happy Mother’s Day! I love lemons and some of those recipes I must try. I bought the same yellow Kate Spade set & love it. It’s very versatile and goes with a lot of different patterns for mix and match. I saw it in green a few weeks ago in Atlanta & it’s next on my list. I think I also saw it in navy, but can’t remember, I looked at a lot of china. She needs a nice bright red, I’d snap that up in a second. (I have a small china fetish). Hope you have a wonderful week!
Aren’t those dishes just wonderful?! I wish I had purchased more of them. You and I both seem to be addicted to china. If we had more space to store them, I know I would be buying more…the green for sure!

Dawn - May 10, 2015 - 6:11 pm

Oh Kelly,

You are teasing me! I do like lemons and always have them around to go in my tea but you know I love those green Kate Spade dishes! I love green! I have been gifted a canopy green Kitchenaid mixer for Mother’s Day this year! Thanks for the inspiration! I will have to be on the look out for things with limes on them to compliment my mixer now. Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for sharing. Take care.

You NEED those green dishes Dawn! They are calling your name. :) How wonderful that you received that lovely green Kitchenaid mixer!! That was such a smart gift for you. Now you need to go mix up a cake with it!

Nona - May 10, 2015 - 10:54 pm

I love anything with lemon. It smells great and tastes good and is a wonderful, natural cleaner. Can you imagine ice tea without a slice of lemon? Once, when I was in Massachusetts and ordered tea, they brought me lemon in a squeeze packet. Like my mother says, that is just tacky. Go the extra mile and cut up a real lemon for either hot or iced tea. No artificial lemons in beverages please. Loved also the reminder about the shampoo Lemon Up. Can’t believe I had forgotten it. All the girls in my dorm used Lemon Up and also ironed their hair to straighten it. Those were the days!
No, I cannot imagine iced tea without a lemon slice (or a glass or water without it either.) I agree with your mom about the packet of lemon juice being tacky. Just don’t even offer it, if that is all you can do. I remember the hair ironing, but never did it. I used to think that was sooooo unhealthy for your hair, but it probably is no worse than all the blow drying and curling iron use we do today.

A Welcome Home Weekend – Part 2

dining room tableAnd now…more food!  In the last post, I told you about the start of the weekend when our two sons were home for a visit.  We had enjoyed donuts from a new local donut shop and lunch and ice cream from Lane’s Southern Orchards.  Now I want to tell you about our dinner.

Here’s a look at the table.

dining room table settingRed dishes, black and white gingham napkins, and red geraniums.  Just my normal everyday things, but I did add a small chalk sign that read, “There’s no place like home.”  And I added one more small kraft paper house for the welcome home dinner.

dining room table centerpiece

dining room

We started our dinner with an appetizer of apple slices with Heath Brickle dip (recipe here.)  The dessert is also in this photograph. I set them both out on the small table in the family room.

welcome home party appetizer and dessert

For our entree, we set up cut up steak, chicken, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and added 5 different sauces for a make-your-own-shish-kebob-bar.

build your own shish kabob bar

Here’s a batch ready for the grill.

shish kabobs ready for the grill

And here they are, all finished.  We served them with a Caesar salad, rice pilaf, bread, and a dessert of strawberry shortcake made from fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and cream cheese pound cake.

shish kabobsAfter dinner we went to visit with other relatives.

On Sunday morning, we drove to Atlanta for brunch at Local 3 – our sons’ favorite restaurant. (Our oldest thinks their brunch is the best plate of food in Atlanta!) The restaurant is named for the three local chefs who came together to open it.

Local 3Here are a couple of their dining areas.

Local 3 restaurant interior

Local 3 dining areaThe wonderful thing about Sunday dining at Local 3 is their all you can eat brunch buffet.  The food is amazing.

Local 3 menuAnd what’s even better is the location of this buffet…it’s in the kitchen!  You actually go through one of the largest restaurant kitchens in Atlanta to fill your plate.
Local 3 brunch

(Sorry these are fuzzy..I was in line and filling my plate with all the yummy food.:))

Local 3 brunch serving lineI loved this at the end of the kitchen.:)

Local 3 brunch remindersHere’s my first plate: tomato soup, scrambled eggs, custard french toast with berries, bacon, L3 potatoes, egg salad crostini, and my favorite…the beet salad.  Oh my goodness was it delicious! (I had several servings of it.)

Local 3 brunch plateOur younger son works for an Emory University professor, and he invited him to join us for brunch. We had quite a delightful meal together.:)

Local 3 is located in a beautiful development in downtown Atlanta called the Piazza at Paces.  There is European styled architecture among the four large buildings and wonderful gardens.

Piazza at PacesAfter brunch, our Emory working son headed his way in Atlanta, and we took our Seattle son to the airport.  It was soooo good to see our boys for the weekend.

the boysWe will be empty nesters for only a short while longer.  Our daughter finishes up her internship with Disney in a week and will be headed home for a break until August. We are excited to see her!

Thank you for letting me share our weekend with you.  I will have more pretty houses for you to see in the next post. So please come back for a visit again.:)

Until next time…

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Frances in England - May 7, 2015 - 4:49 am

I *love* the ‘corrected’ signage – so much more fun than swapping the platters round!! LOL
And OH the food… your posts are not good for my diet Kelly (but I forgive you :-))
Frances, this is not our normal everyday intake. That weekend had waaaaay too much yumminess…nope these posts are not good for anyone’s diet!

Arlene@Nanaland - May 7, 2015 - 7:59 am

How do you stay so skinny Kelly??? I think I gained some weight just looking at all that food. I am definitely going to try that restaurant sometime. Now that we have Charles and Nancy living in Canton, we will get to visit Hotlanta more. Still waiting on that baby!!
I’m not skinny. In fact, I hope to lose some weight once I retire. (School lunches have helped to put the weight on me.) Still waiting?? Good grief! She needs to hurry up and make her appearance! But on the other hand, a birthday of 5-10-15 would be pretty neat! (That’s the math teacher in me coming out. :) )

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - May 7, 2015 - 9:44 am

What a great weekend of visiting with your sons and eating great food! I didn’t know about this restaurant, but the next time I’m in Atlanta, I hope to look it up. Glad you had fun.
It was a great weekend for sure! (Tooooo much eating!!) Do look it up the next time you are in Atlanta. They only do the brunch on Sunday morning though, so that is the best time to go. One summer they did a special month of Burgers and Brew (I think that is what they called it.) Anyway, our sons still to this day, rave about the burgers they had there….best ever. So if they do that again, you should also check that out.

Debra - May 7, 2015 - 10:53 am

Food Overload!! Love it! Between your Kabob dinner and your fun brunch…Well, I’m drooling! :) Loved your little theme and special sign of “No Place like Home”. Agree! How sweet of your sons to be cooperative for such an endearing picture. Good looking men, I’d say! P. S. With a Mom like you, who always goes “all out” for her family, who wouldn’t want to come home! You get my vote for #1 Mom! Have yourself a wonderful Mothers Day, Kelly!
That’s a good way to put it…an overload! I think the boys humored me for the photo because we were in a hurry to get off to Atlanta, and they knew I would not take long. (Just a short period of torture for them! :) )Thanks for the vote, but I am far from a #1 Mom. Happy Mom’s Day to you too Debra. Thank you for your always sweet and encouraging comments!

Gina - May 7, 2015 - 1:05 pm

What a fun weekend!! As always I love your table. My daughter and son-in-law hopefully will be here in a few weeks to stay a week so I have been meal planning. Kabobs, rice pilaf and strawberry shortcake is on my menu! Well, I’m sure Caesar salad too since it is our son-in-law’s favorite salad. :)
Thank you for your sweet compliments Gina. :) How wonderful that your daughter and her husband will be able to stay for a week. (I’m jealous!) I bet they would love the meal with the kabobs. We’ve done them several times, and they can be messy when you pour sauces on them, so keep a large tray or platter nearby when you assemble them. And we assigned everyone a “last item” so that we would know whose kabob belonged to whom. (All of mine ended with a mushroom, my husband’s ended with green bell pepper, etc.)

LJ - May 7, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Glad to hear more details of the visit. Sounds like it was memorable….all the elements were there–good food, good times with people you love.
May God bless you with many many more good times and good memories.
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend…well actually, I could have asked for it to be longer! :) There was indeed good food, good times, and good memories made with good people.

Sue - May 7, 2015 - 5:09 pm

It’s all wonderful, but I’m sure the time with your boys was your favorite part:-)
I’ve got a big weekend of cooking ahead of me and your kebobs look so good. I think I will try that for a change. Thanks for the inspiration.
You are quite right about my favorite part of the weekend Sue. :) Enjoy your big weekend! The kabobs were good. I put Dale’s sauce on mine, and I really liked the flavor. It can be very salty so I used it sparingly.

Garden, Home and Party - May 7, 2015 - 6:16 pm

I love the little wood/cardboard(?) house on the table, such an appropriate touch “no place like home”. :-)

Buffets are a delicious danger…all you can eat of wonderful food. What could be better?

You have such handsome sons, it sounds like such a great visit.
Glad you liked it Karen! The houses are made of kraft paper covered cardboard. And yes, buffets most certainly are dangerous things. Thank goodness they did not have too many desserts. I think our oldest ate 10 of the tiny peanut butter shortbread bars! I’m lucky that a salad was my favorite thing there. :) Thank you for the compliments on the boys.

Tricia - May 7, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Hi Kelly

The food looks amazing but what I love most about this post is the great photo of your handsome sons. My wonderful son is camera shy and what I treasure most are the rare good photos I have of him. Glad you all had such a great time together.
Thank you Tricia. I loved that photo of our sons too, and I know what you mean about camera shy boys. Ours used to make goofy faces when I tried to get a picture, but they eventually learned that I would leave them alone more quickly if they would just give me one good shot with a “normal” expression. (I really shouldn’t be so demanding of them since I hate having my photo taken too!)

PATTI - May 7, 2015 - 9:59 pm

What a couple of great looking fellas! As a mom of 2 sons I can appreciate the long awaited visit. You must be so happy about your daughter coming home too! Your love for your family really shines through – Happy Mother’s Day! :-)
Thank you so much Patti! If you have two sons, you do know how excited I was for their visit! Definitely looking forward to our daughter coming home…it certainly livens up the place around here when she is around!

Donnamae - May 8, 2015 - 7:10 am

Oh…everything looks so good, both at your home and Local 3! And your sons…bet you missed them the minute they were out of your sight! (Always happens to me.). Enjoy the week with your daughter! 😉
I did Donnamae. As our youngest went to his car and our oldest went in the airport, I had to swallow that lump in my throat. You know what that is like I’m sure.

Lisa - May 8, 2015 - 9:06 am

What a great homecoming! So happy you enjoyed your boys’ visit. There is nothing like having your “babies” home. :). Our baby girl (who turns 25 next month) is coming home next week from Scottsdale after being away for nine months. We are so excited to have her home! You are an inspiration, Kelly.
Whoa…away from home for 9 months. That definitely deserves a big welcome home! I know you are enjoying her visit. :)

Emily - May 8, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Love the red with the black and white on your table! The best Mother’s Day gift is having your children home for a while (even if it was the weekend before Mother’s Day for your sons). Since you are getting so close to your retirement day, I can’t wait to see what your posts will have in store for us!
Thank you Emily. I am glad you liked it! Yes, I am looking forward to being able to get more done on the blog in retirement. I might actually have time to read some blogs!

Dawn - May 8, 2015 - 8:38 pm


Your entire weekend looks like it was delightful. I wish everyone safe travels and returns. Thanks for sharing. Take care.
Thank you Dawn! It was a very fun weekend to be sure. :)

classic•casual•home - May 9, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Good looking boys!!! You put such love into everything you do.
I try to. :) Thank you for the compliments on our sons.

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