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Wednesday, September 21, 2011


to our 18 year old
"LACEY, you've brought us all so much joy and love, I can't even
find the words to say it all."
"Your beauty is so deep and so true and you make us all so so PROUD."
We all love so very much.
The last of summertime...
It will be hot here in West Texas for awhile longer...
but maybe the 3 digit temps are behind us.
Even tho, we out here in Texas, are PROUD to see this long, hot, dry summer end,
I will miss the FRUITS of the season.
 This pineapple was so juicy and sweet....
Mr. Sweet says that when he was a little boy, his mom CANNED fresh pineapple.
He and his brother and 3 sisters would help her peel all the pineapples and  his mother
said they could have the rinds to eat the pineapple that was left on them.
Well, Mr. Sweet ate so much of it that his entire lips and all around them were BLISTERED.
It took him several years before he even WANTED fresh pineapple.
THIS summer, the grapes were better than they have been in ages.
Every bunch I have bought has had large grapes, full of juicy sweetness
and they have all been so firm......just delicious.

These photos were taken with a cell phone..
when BROOKS, my sweetie grandboy, was
helping me, he said
"No one's gonna believe how RED those strawberries are...they are gonna think you altered this photo." :>)

Yes, indeedy....they were very RED and some of the sweetest, most delicious ones we've had this summer.

"I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the SHADOWS and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene."

 A really GOOD fruit dip...
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme 
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • Add just enuf pineapple juice to make it dipping consistency
You can use all kinds of fruits to dip and, boy, are they goooood.

"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows,
the light and dark which that thing provides. "
No matter how uncomfortable the scorching summer has been,
it seems one is never REALLY ready to turn loose of this time of the year.
We hate to give up *living by the seat of our pants* ....
going back to schedules....
pretty flowers to cut and bring inside...
staying up late, watching that awesome movie...knowing we can sleep a little later in the morning..
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you."
I hope you all have a blessed and FUN weekend...
I am joining:


♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Happy Birthday Lacey~!

that fruit dip sounds good enough to eat with a spoon:) thanks for the recipe.

The White Farmhouse said...

Happy Birthday Lacey! I love all the fresh fruit. I am thinking a trip to the cider mill is in order this weekend. Those are some really red strawberries! Yummy looking!

Mitzi said...

Another good fruit dip is simply sour cream with brown sugar added to it. Give it a try.

Kathleen Grace said...

The fruit looks so good, I will surely miss the good prices on the fresh fruit of summer! Happy birthday to your beautiful grandaughter!

Marla and Steve @ Always Nesting said...

Another great post! Thanks for showing all of us a piece of your heart. Your love for your family shines.

Nancy's Notes said...

Well, I am sure Lacey is a beauty and is so deep, her photo is just heartwarming! Happy Birthday Lacey! Thank you for that fruit dip, I've got it printing now! I have a version, but not this one.

Of course, it's going to be cooler!

Vee said...

Cell phone cameras are really pretty incredible aren't they? I'm very impressed with these photos. I want to sit down to fruit and dip. Wow. A grown-up grand. That gives a grandmother pause I'm sure. She's a cutie.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Mmm...the fruit looks wonderful. I love all the fruits and vegetables of the summer months. What I hate giving up the most is the longer days of sunshine. When the time changes and it is cold and dark here at about 4:00 in the afternoon-I'm not a happy girl. But, fall is amazing and I'm going to try to enjoy every moment!

Patti said...

my mouth is watering!! I just sent susan branch a note requesting to use something from her blog (not the same as you have) -I love her willards and blog and especially her books!

Julie Harward said...

Beautiful fruit does look unreal! I love fresh pineapple so much, canning it would be a great idea. I love Susan's painting for your blog, so sweet! ;D

Anonymous said...

Hello! That fruit dip is just what I've been wanting with some fruit.
Thank you! Pat

NanaDiana said...

Lacey is just adorable. You can tell she is just a bright bit of sunshine in your life. That fruit dip sounds wonderful- I copied the recipe for when the girls come over. xo Diana

Kathleen said...

Happy bday to your sweet g'dau!
All the fruits look so good, we will really miss them once winter sets in! But I don't even want to think about that!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I copied your recipe for fruit dip. It sounds wonderful. I also will miss the fruite and summertime goodies..
Our fruits here in California were wonderful this year too. Just finished prepping the strawberries and washing the grapes and then came in and saw your post and smiled. Patient Husband just brought them home this afternoon..we keep lots of fruit in the house so I am anxious to try your dip. Thanks for sharing it, bj.
Happy Birthday to your adorable granddaughter! Grands are just so neat. All 14 of mine are grown and out of high school now. It's hard to believe.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

p.s. Your header is precious! :)

Love Of Quilts said...

Oh my wouldn't we love to be that age again....and know what we know now. Wishing Lacey a Happy Birthday.She is a pretty girl. Trish

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lacey~!
Beautiful header and new look.

Have a nice day, kisses:)

Pondside said...

Your posts always make me smile!
Happy Birthday to your lovely Lacey - you're understandably proud of her.
That fruit all looks so good!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Happy B-Day to your GD! The fruit dip sounds great BJ! I had high hopes for the grapes on the fence this year, but it just wasn't meant to be. Maybe next year:@)

The French Hutch said...

hi bj, Happy Birthday to your Lacey. All the three digits are long gone here thank goodness so I know how happy that makes you. Its still warm in the 80's so it still feels like summer. You are so right on, its so hard to give it up, the long carefree days of summer and all that goes with is. like all the wonderful fresh fruit your showing. I know what I want for breakfast........

The French Hutch

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

That fruit looks so good! I love fresh pineapple but when I try to buy it in the store, it never is ripe enough! I don't know how to tell.

Theresa said...

Happy Birthday Lacey! Pineapples are beautiful! We went to the Dole Plantation when in Hawaii! Gorgeousness all around! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I hope you have a lovely weekend as well, BJ. What a beautiful granddaughter you have! I have to admit I'm looking forward to fall. I think it's the best time of year here in the Pacific NW.

TexWisGirl said...

happy birthday to your sweet granddaughter! and yummy fruits!!!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday to Lacey! My oldest son will be turning 18 in December. I feel very old saying that. That fruit looks delicious. I can't believe the vivid color. It really is perfect. We love fruit and my teenage son eats it ALL the time. It's one of his all time favorite snacks. Now I'm hungry for some.

On Crooked Creek said...

Gorgeous photos...Brooks is a wise young man, indeed. Thank you for your sweet comments and visits recently. You continue to bless my little heart, dear friend!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Those strawberries are gorgeous! Thanks for posting the yummy fruit dip recipe.

I hope that Lacey Jean has a fantastic birthday! She is too, too cute!



Sherry said...

Happy Birthday to Lacy Jean! She is beautiful BJ! I love Grandma Moses a role model for my later years, ha!
Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!