Meet my daughter!

Meet Alyson! This is my daughter, she has been a source of joy since her birth! 

You know how when you pray for your children and become estatic when those prayers are answered? That's how I'm feeling now! I raised my children in church and now they are grown and continue following the Lord. Alyson is very creative and has just started a blog to sell some of her creative messages. I'm so proud of her new blog and want to share with all my friends and fellow Christians. In addition to her little business she includes some freebies for all who subscribe to her blog - a weekly bible verse to frame, or use for wallpaper on your iPhone, etc. And the best thing is that they can be downloaded immediately, no waiting for the mailman to deliver!  This is the name of her website:

I said the best thing, here's the best thing -- Her blog also includes short bible studies! They are simple, but very informative and inspiring! Also on the blog is a book review of what she is reading! And sometimes a project she is working on will be shared. This subscription blog is only mailed once a week (on Thursdays) There's no cost to join - free subscription! Just send your name and email address.

Please click on each of the pretty "tabs" and read what she offers - see if you can find where she mentions her mom - ("Me!") I'm so happy to be included in her first message. (Hint: it's on one of the "click here" tabs.) You can also find out why she decided to do this blog, by clicking on "spending time", and a little about her on "about."

If you would like to join Alyson's blog and/or purchase some of her handpainted scripture (she even uses a brush and watercolors for some of the calligraphy! These verses can be used for gifts - framed for decor and daily reminders, or included in a photo album, etc. I will soon share some of mine and how I display them.

Please help me spread the word around, if you know of someone who may be interested, please forward to them, or send me their email and I will send them the info! Thank you! Thank you!

P.S. - The blog was built by none other than my grandson (Alyson's son!) who is a Senior Web Designer and Developer! Yes, I'm a proud grandmother! Isn't it a beautiful web site!

BTW, Alyson tells why she named her blog this, check it out - under What is "them?"



Caden's Favorite Bible Verse

When the family visited during the holidays, I was delighted to see that my 10-year-old grandson, Caden, colored a few pages in my journaling bible! Above is Caden's favorite bible verse, I love that he colored it and surprised me!

Joshua is a wonderful book of the bible with some beautiful promises.

Can you see where Caden wrote at the bottom that it's his favorite verse?
What joy to have Christian children and grandchildren! Praise you Lord for this -- precious gifts!

Here's a picture of handsome Caden! He's holding a Nativity I made for him.

What is your favorite bible verse? Please share it with us!



Eat Cake For Breakfast!

When my family was here for the holidays we had a special ceremony for a new sisterhood we formed: 
The Eat Cake For Breakfast Society! 

When I saw these Eat Cake For Breakfast mugs I had to have them for the girls in my family!
The guys don't care for cake for breakfast (they prefer bacon and eggs!)

My two daughters and I have always enjoyed eating cake for breakfast! 
There's one special cake that we always eat for breakfast! My grandmother's Jam Cake!

Back in the 70s my grandmother used to mail us a cake each Christmas! When my daughters went away to college they received a jam cake at the dorm at Christmastime! 

Somehow we stopped making them after Nana died, but a few year's ago 
Alyson renewed the tradition and started making the Jam Cake each Christmas!

Here are the ECFB Society members:
L to R: "Me", Heather (my grandson Tanner's wife) Ashleigh, and Alyson, my two daughters.
One other member, Emily (grandson, Taylor's wife) wasn't
present when this picture was taken. She also
has two little girls who are future members!

We love jam cake!
Especially for breakfast!

Do you like cake for breakfast?

Here's the recipe!
Jam Cake

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup blackberry jam
1 and a 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup pecans

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bundt pan. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add buttermilk. Add flour, soda, baking powder, spices and beat 1-2 minutes. Fold in jam, then raisins and pecans. Pour into prepared pan and bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool completely before taking out of pan. 

Let me know if you make it and how you like it!


Milestone Wedding Anniversary!

Joe and I have a special milestone wedding anniversary 
and celebrated it by going back to where we married. 

Do you recognize this beautiful place? St. Augustine, FL! I'm standing
in front of the Flagler College in St. Augustine.

Across the street here:
 is the Lightner Museum

 and below I'm standing in front of the statue in front of the Lightner Museum:

 Below are pictures of the koi pond in the middle of the courtyard at Lightner Museum. I'm standing on the coquina stone bridge that crosses over it:

The pretty koi fish

The pond goes in four directions:

 There are also antique shops, coffee shops and restaurants as well as the Lightner Museum.

 We also walked over to the former wedding chapel where we were married 20 years ago.
 It is a beautiful Victorian House.
 It is now empty and for rent, but still in good shape. 

The picture below shows the Lightner Museum in the background, closeby.

The owners of the wedding chapel that used to be in the Victorian house have now relocated inside the Lightner Museum building. Here's a picture of the new chapel, isn't it pretty!

A lovely place for a wedding.

We thought it would be fun to have our picture taken in the chapel!

The owners weren't there, but their grandson was and he gave us a tour!

The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed going back to where we married!
There's a reason why we didn't have family with us that day we married, stay tuned
to April and I'll tell you the rest of the story!



Partridge in a Pear Tree

Six years ago I started collecting these Partridge in a Pear Tree ornaments from Hallmark. A new one comes out each Christmas. I'm half way done, six more years to go! I won't say how old I'll be that year!

Above: Two Turtle Doves, French Hen, Goose

Below: Represents Four Calling Birds

Bird below represents Five Golden Rings

Two Turtle Doves, French Hen

Below: French Hen and Goose

 The goose was presented this year.

 Displayed on a miniature tree. Partridge is at the top.

Merry Christmas!


Woody Christmas!

After finding the Woody plates at Walmart, I found this beautiful ornament at TJ Maxx, for only $6.99, so I knew I had to do a tablescape for Christmas!

The plates:

Since Susan at Between Naps on the Porch did two beautiful tablescapes using Woody and another talented person used the adorable plates for her grandson's birthday party, I had to try to come up with something different for mine.

I used a Christmas plaid tablecloth

with woven placemats and green napkins

Copper toned initial napkin rings works well with the gold in the plaid and around the flatware.

The Centerpiece:

The Woody ornament is on a crystal cake plate with faux greenery


Thanks to Susan for hosting Tablescape Thursday, click on her name for lots more inspiration!

Have a seat and join us!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!