may I bore you with more garden pictures (and a recipe)?

sloaney in garden

I am sorry, but my Mexican Sage is not around for long… a few weeks at the  most, so I must savor it.  It is delightful.  I buy 90% of my plants on the clearance racks at Lowes.  Do you know about these?  When the plants start to droop they mark them 50% off and stick them on rolling racks at the back of the garden center.  I love a challenge.   This Mexican Sage and Lantana came off those clearance racks.  I bet I didn’t pay more than $10 for all these flowers in bloom.  They took quite a bit of nursing to get them back to good health (not really, just water and the occasional fertilizer).  I think the reward is far greater when you have to resuscitate from near death.

butterfly in flight

butterfly 2

hummingbird perched

salvia and hummingbird

sloaney picking flowers


Penelope is on point, protecting our family from tiny green lizards.  The blanket drying in the sun (in background) was a victim of Sloaney’s stomach bug.  That blanket deserves a post of its own … it’s a beautiful blanket, I’ll tell you about it when we get around to a post on Sloane’s big girl bed.

I love ornamental Sweet Potato Vine.  And somehow at the end of the season after the bugs have had their way with it, it’s even more beautiful.

sweet potato vine

sweet potato vine lacelike

Last week Leigh Ann said she made pumpkin bread.  I asked, “that simple kind on pinterest!?”


She said it was delicious.  I like simple recipes and I love Pumpkin Bread, however, I was a little skeptical of how few ingredients, but gave it a whirl.

 pumpkin cake


(On the pinterest version the blogger used yellow cake mix, but I went for Spice Cake.)

- One Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix.

- One small (16oz) jar of canned pumpkin.  (read: not to be confused with canned pumpkin pie filling)

- 1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix them up.  Grease & flour your pan of choice.  Bake at 350 degrees for…. well… until you get a clean toothpick.  It took longer to bake than I anticipated (a little over 30 mins), but I used one of those silicone loaf pans, which might have been the culprit.  I’m trying it again in a multi mini loaf pan and I think they will bake faster.

The blogger glazed hers with an Apple Cider Glaze, but I didn’t have any Apple Cider and thought it was so darn tasty it didn’t need it.

Try it, you won’t be disappointed!

Back. In. Action.

I’m baaaaack.  I’ve been in the Big Apple working a teensy bit, gallivanting, and lollygagging. Mostly gallivanting.  I’m working on a post of substance… but in the interim here a few fun tidbits for you.

  • Do you know how fantastic my sister is?  Well if you don’t… let me tell you, she is FANTASTIC!  She had this brilliant idea to hand sketch designs and screen print them on super soft vintage weight childrens tee shirts.  Honey Bee Tees .  Cutest things you ever did see!  Go buy a shirt!

  • Thanks to Meg I discovered a new blog last week… as a result I lost a few hours, but gained much inspiration.  James Farmer is a good ole Southern boy.  An Auburn graduate (Landscape Design + Art History) and he now has a landscape and interiors business and a BLOG.  A phenomenal blog.  All Things Farmer. So well written it makes me want to give up on my own!  And the recipes, my goodness at the recipes.  They make me hungry.

  • A month or so ago my friend Erin Gates @ Elements of Style included me in her Product Junkies series.  You can check it out HERE.  Just this weekend while I was in NYC I sat across  the table from my friend Marla and said “why does your hair look so good today!?”… her reply:  “Because I helped myself to that Paul Mitchell Quick Slip I found in your bag!”  Hilarious.  She introduced me to the mascara and I introduced her to the Quick Slip.  Our hair couldn’t be more different, hers is curly, mine is straight.  It just works people.  Trust me.  Tames the hair.  Whether straight or curly.  We also both LOVE Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray.  Surf Spray + Quick Slip = True Love

  • La Dolce Vita.  I’m sure you read.  It’s gooood.  Paloma is a blogging machine.  How she does it, I do not know.  But she does it well.  And she included me in her Style Files series not too long ago.  Thanks for having me Paloma!!
  • A little while back Jamie of iSuwannee opened an online store… and yes, it’s good.  FURBISH. Go shopping!

  • And let me close this on a serious note.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I flew Delta to and from NYC, and instead of the normal red and navy their flight attendants and pilots wear, this month they are sporting PINK.  Pink and Navy.  It’s preppy and cute and an awesome way to bring awareness to the fight to find a cure!  Mrs. Blandings does her part every October 1st and invites her friends to join her in posting pink, I’m always tardy for the party… but better late than never!