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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day

is April 22nd
but KATHLEEN wanted to celebrate it a little early on her
plus some other great parties going on for Thursday.
I actually have very little to create anything worthy for her party...
but, I had to TRY, at least. :)
The awesome sky above was over OUR TOWN on Monday night and
"nary a drop" of water did fall at Sweet Nothings .
I think I mentioned to you that I own a SUSAN BRANCH
calendar and she did
the adorable art on
EARTH DAY being her main theme for the month.
Her calendar is really really cute so next year, you may want to to to her site, and order the 2013.
 Better Homes and Garden inspired me to go with a GARDEN THEME
for this Earth Day post.

I added a small,thrifted white plate atop
one of my Sunflower Beauty plates.

This is a Dessert For One Earth Day post...
Mr. Sweet was away for a day so I treated myself to this luscious dessert.

R U READY...??

This is a plain, vanilla cake with the 
that my mama used to make for me all the time.
Just smelling it gently boiling on the stove transports me right back
to my mother's kitchen and I can close my eyes and tell you just what she was wearing
on the days she would make this sauce.......I can smell her clean fresh scent....
My Aunt Bonnie would put vanilla flavoring in everything (so do I) and she would
always put a dab of vanilla behind each ear. I've seen her do it a thousand times
and her face flashes before me every time I reach for the vanilla flavoring.
I surely would rather have my MAMA and my AUNT LILLIAN  than this
stinkin' ole dessert..............*tearing

1/4 cup BUTTER
1/4 cup MILK
1 cup SUGAR
Boil gently on medium heat for 7 minutes...taking it off the stove and letting
it cool just a bit.
Then, beat until just the right consistency for pouring.
It won't take but a few minutes until it's ready.....
if you beat too long, it will harden and then you have 
In case you couldn't see the fudgy goodness in the other photos,
here's a closer look.....:>)
P.S. Excuse me, but does ANYone else see a pig face in this sauce...??
"EARL has taught you good to spot piggys."
Love to
Also Joining in the fun at:


TexWisGirl said...

i was all set to scold you about flaunting the dessert, again, then you got all mushy about missing your mom and aunt. then you made me laugh at the pig face, so i'll let it slide, just this once... :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your sweet story to go along with your chocolate syrup makes me smile! Happy Earth Day! Hugs, Linda

Barbara F. said...

I did see a pig face! And I want this sauce right now. That sky photo is awesome. xo


What a yummy and pretty celebration! I love your lovely and adorable story just made me crack
Happy Earth Day.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I just love Susan Branch. Your yummy dessert looks like the perfect way to celebrate Earth day.....or ANY day for that matter!

kitty said...

I believe I do see a pig's face, but I'd rather have a bite of that delicious looking sauce!! Happy Earth Day!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi bj, Your momma's dessert looks so delicious. I think your vanilla memory is so sweet! And I do see the piggy nose. Happy Earth Day! Linda

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

It's MUCH TOO LATE at night to be craving CHOCOLATE!!! "See what you did"...BUT...You also put a BIG SMILE on my face,hehe!
Thank you for the YUMMMMMY Recipe that will JUST HAVE TO wait "AT LEAST" till the sun comes up"...
Happy Earth Day to you,
Big Hugs,

Kathleen said...

Earth week, Tartan week, everything is a week these days! :)
Thanks so much for taking part, and your dessert contains some of the best this good Earth can offer.
Wishing you rain to quench your earth's thirst!
So are you ok with the Mother's Day theme for May?

Coloradolady said...

Thanks BJ....I will be wanting chocolate now....ugh!! Looks divine!!! Love all your dishes, and your tables always look wonderful. I love Susan Branch too,cute stickers!

Linda Chapman said...

What a lovely gift to all of us....the recipe for this old fashioned chocolate sauce. I am hungry for an old fashioned sour cream cake. This weekend I intend to make one - topped off with YOUR chocolate sauce!

LD and I are going to celebrate something we used to take for granted - being HOME together!!

Glad your hubby wasn't away long.

Cathy said...

I see chocolate sauce and cake in the near future. You also brought back thoughts of my great-aunts chocolate pie, that was yummmie. It was a Sunday lunch regular.

Cathy's Cupboard Calamity <;)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That is one yummy looking dessert! I see the pig!!! Just one question, does it taste like bacon?:@)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I always enjoy the illustrations from Susan Branch. Yummy dessert! Happy Earth day BJ. I am still smiling at the beautiful shelf that your King made.

NanaDiana said...

Looks good to me! Of course there is a pig in there- it IS an Earth day post and is there anything earthier than a pig?

I love Susan Branch, too. I think she is kind of an Earthy gal, too! xo Diana

Theresa said...

Yummilicious fudge sauce! I know it tasted even better than it looks... IF that is even possible:)

Enjoy your day my friend! Happy DAY! HUGS!

Madeline's Album said...

Dessert looks so yummy. Your post are always so meaningful. Happy earth day to you and a blessed day. Madeline

April said...

That sauce looks amazing...and I do see the piggy face! lol.
I laughed when you said that about the vanilla--I wear a vanilla fragrance all the time(though I haven't resorted to the extract!)
I loved this post, and thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog!

Sarah said...

Oink, oink! Do I have chocolate sauce on my face? Oh, my, BJ. You do make the most delicious and tempting sweet treats. Perfect idea to go with the garden theme. That's where I am most days right now. ;-)

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Did you post this, before the NEW BLOGGER CRAP-O-LA was installed this morning/Thurs.???

My only words for this NEW BLOGGER CRAP-O-LA, are...

"Damn, damn, damn, DAMN!"
~Professor Henry Higgins
Quote from "My Fair Lady"

Karena said...

Bj I would have this even with my morning coffee!! Yummy!! Happy Earth Day!

Came over from Katherine's..

I have a $100 Giveaway from Soft Surroundings on my site if you would like to enter!!

Art by Karena

Linda said...

Your chocolate sauce looks yummy and I do see a pig's face. Happy Earth day to you....

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...
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Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

p.s. Pretty vignette with the magazine. We are a green family here and recycle everything!! Twice! I'm joking but we are very careful.
Your dessert looks delicious (ate a cup of chocolate chips last night, that's how desperate I got for chocolate.. You should have called me to help you with that dessert!! I wouldn't have minded one bit... :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Talk about screw things up.. *sigh*
Sorry..and yes, I DO see the piggy nostrils there!

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Love your vignettes with the mags. But...there you got me again with that yummy looking cake and fudge sauce! I've already gained 5 pounds just drooling over it! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Love the hint of Earl, BJ. He is Your dessert is beautiful even with a snout thrown in for good measure! Happy Earth Day.

ellen b said...

Well now that you mention it I do see a pig face in that sauce! But Dayum that sauce on that ice cream looks sooo good . It's been ages since I've visited here. Nice to see you still have your spunk and good humor!!

Schotzy said...

SO glad I stopped by.. your post completely charmed me... pig face and all!!!!

Pondside said...

You are too much BJ! First you make me gasp (that sauce!) then you make me feel weepy and then you make me laugh because I saw the pig's face too!
I love your posts!
PS I have found the rock - just have to get it moved here!

LV said...

Wish I could have been there to enjoy the extra piece with you.

Jacqueline said...

Oh, girl, that is the most mouthwatering plate of yumminess ever! It looks so moist and covered in chocolate!

I love the BH&G in your scape. What a pretty table. No table for me today as we just got back from Spring Break but it sure is fun seeing everyone's beautiful tables.

Robin said...

This would be a great ad for BH & G! I absolutely see the pig face. Hmmm, I wonder if it means something?

Robin Flies South

Katherines Corner said...

A lovely story and chocolate too!! Wonderful. Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop! xo

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful post. I loved hearing the story of your aunt and mother making this yummy looking sauce. thank you for the recipe. Happy Earth Day!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Oh, my goodness, I see Isn't that something, it looks so good...yummy!
Always love to hear about your mother, she sounds alot like mine♥


Came back to thank you sweet BJ, for your lovely and generous comments. I love the dishes you've used and I always admire the mosaics..wish I knew how to make them, gonna find out and learn. Have a terrific weekend.

Miz Helen said...

What an awesome photo of the two of you on the anniversary and birthday, you'al are a treasure! Your dessert is just awesome and that chocolate sauce is going in my recipe box! Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

grammycarolynn (flickr) said...

Springtime and Chocolate!!! What could be better than that?
What a joy it is visiting your blog, my friend!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Carolynn x x x

Vee said...

Good heavens...I didn't see the whole pig, but I saw his snout.

The sauce reminds me of something that went on at my childhood home quite often as well. I'm glad that you know how to provide yourself a bit of comfort when Mr. Sweets is away...that dessert looks wonderful.

Alicia@eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh what a sweet post. That fudge sauce looks amazing. I am new to your blog and am so glad that I found it!!