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Sunday, July 18, 2010


We woke up to the nicest, softest RAIN this morning....
...and I had a brand new
* called for BROWN SUGAR...ummm

Speaking of brown you have one of these little BROWN SUGAR Bear's to tuck into your brown sugar ?

He keeps it SOFT.... not sure just how it works..he seems to be made out of ceramic or something close.

A light rainfall outside my kitchen window...

A hot, right out of the oven, COFFEE CAKE, cooling on my window sill...

I'm livin' the good life !

A perk of RETIREMENT... breakfast at 10:30 isn't half bad !
For Streusel:
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T. flour
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 T. cold butter
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped.
PLACE brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in bowl. Work in butter with your fingers until mixture resembles course sand. Add pecans and combine.
1 1/2 cups flour
3 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 t. vanilla
PREHEAT oven to 350. Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8 pan with foil, shiny side up. Coat with butter or vegetable spray.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add sugar. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into dry ingredients. Add egg, milk and vanilla and combine.
PLACE HALF OF BATTER in pan and sprinkle half of streusel on top of batter. Add the rest of batter and top with remaining streusel.
Cool on rack completely before cutting into squares.
(I never can wait until it's COOL...I like it straight out of the oven,
crumbly or not !! )

A cup of steaming hot and very sweet DUNKIN DONUT coffee....

A pretty lawn and beautiful flowers, thanks to GOD and a tropical storm
sending us plenty of RAIN.....

A PORCH SWING to enjoy my breakfast while listening to
I think, sometimes, that we forget to count all the LITTLE things as blessings...
We tend to count just the BIG things... today's paper DOES have a BIG THING...
BP saying they HAVE THE OIL LEAK stopped....FOR NOW...
linking with:
BLUE MONDAY (not a LOT of blue, Sally...but a little)


Lift Like A Mom said...

That looks to die for!!

Jeanette said...

The entire image is wonderful, you are right so many times we forget to be thankful for the little things.

Theresa said...

Hi there BJ, all is well with my soul too:) I had a great morning at Church after having my hot coffee! I came out of Church to rain, and it has been raining this afternoon! I just woke up from a tiny nap and it was NICE! Have a blessed day and thank for the brown sugar bear tip! I'll have to get me one! HUGS!

Annesphamily said...

I am coming for a visit? DO you have an extra space for me to rest my weary head? Hee Hee. I love the smell of fresh coffee cake right out of the oven Hmm...
I noticed your "W" button. Oh boy, what else can we say?!
Love and Hugs sweetie pie. Anne

Anonymous said...

What a delightful post!! Oh Yeah... I remember John Anderson's song Swingin'. I loved it & I am not a country western lover!! LOL!!

LeksiDesigns said...

Oh that looks good!

I am just stopping by to say I love your blog and am presenting you with an Award! Yay! To get it go here:

Happy Sunday!

Stacey said...

Hi BJ. :) You have the best posts of all!

The coffee cake looks wonderful. I will definitely give it a try soon. We'll be eating it hot out of the oven too.

I saw that it's only 89 degrees at your house right now. Lucky for you, it's hovering around 100 here right now.

Thanks for the reminder about little blessings. My hubby and I were just talking about that a few minutes ago. In a day or two, I'm going to post about one of the little blessings in our home.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

That looks so yummy!!

B said...

Oh, BJ, I absolutely LOVE your blog. I start every morning with a cup of coffee and your blog. Thanks for sharing with the world. You are wonderful!
Another Texas Gal

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ~ the title of your post reminds me of one of my favorite hymns! It IS well... with my soul!
YOur morning of baking and eating that delicious coffee cake sounds perfect. Especially the soft rain. We could use some here.
I hope the rest of your day was as lovely!

Deb said...

Thanks for the yummy recipe, BJ. I love coffee cake anytime. My heart is lighter now too that the oil spill has stopped. I have a yummy recipe too if you like cookies. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

Kathleen Grace said...

It sounds like a beautiful morning BJ. I love the little comforts of rain and warm goodies right out of the oven. Have a good week my frieind:>)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love Sunday mornings and if it rains even better! Your coffee cake sounds wonderful. I have never seen one of those brown sugar bears! Where did you find yours? My brown sugar gets hard all of the time.

Linda said...

What a lovely post on a lovely blog!! I noticed your Facebook I made one as well. Thank you for a glimpse into your beautiful life! Have a great week!

Sarah said...

BJ, totally agree with these thoughts! It's often the little things in life that make it so sweet. We went to a birthday party at 5:30 and came home around 8. It had rained while we were away, and the temp is really nice. Yes, it's these little things that make for a good life. :-)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, my dear BJ, your coffee cake looks divine! Such beautiful photos too!
I was going to email you but then I decided to just answer your question here regarding my Tea Time party. There are a few ladies who wish to have their links added automatically to my post every week. If you feel like you would want me to do that for you, just let me know. You can always let me know when you will not be participating on a particular week.
Your post is delightful, as always!


Cottage Rose said...

Hello BJ; OH what a lovely what to start the day... the coffee cake sounds and looks so yummy.... lucky you to have gotten some rain,,, we really need some here in Ind.... we did get a bit but could use more....I love where you are enjoying your breakfast,, so lovely.... and cozy..have a wonderful week.


Sonia said...

That coffee cake looks wonderful!! Yes one day I look forward to retirement and having breakfast at 10:30...LOL ..glad you are enjoying the good life!

Miss Bloomers

Carol said...

Your coffee cake cake looks fantastic! Love the Sugar bear, it works wonders!

Anonymous said...

This was a wonderful and very delicious post-thanks for sharing that delicious recipe!

That is great news about BP stopping the oil too.

Happy week,
Natasha, Stacey and Holly.

Journey said...

Your posts are always so pretty and the recipes sound delicious!!! I collect cookbooks and I'm ashamed to say I don't use them nearly enough!

Journey said...

Your posts are always so pretty and the recipes sound delicious!!! I collect cookbooks and I'm ashamed to say I don't use them nearly enough!

Lemon Lane Studio said...

I absolutely love coffee cake with my hot morning coffee and it looks like I have all the ingredients in my cupboard to try this recipe...Yummo! You are so right, BJ...we must remember to be thankful for the little things. Have a blessed week, Patty

Millie said...

Beautiful words...lovely photos...scrumptious looking food...what could be better!

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Oh my sweet BJ, I'm going to have to stop reading your posts at night as it always makes me want to go to the kitchen and make your delicious breakfast treats!! Reading all your posts just puts such peace on me... love ya girl!!

A Garden of Threads said...

Thanks sooo good for breakfast, a soft rain and porch swing. Perfect, enjoy!!

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful floral mosaic and yummy recipe. Have a great week, Mary

Nanna said...

I enjoyed your post today, it was refreshing to my soul!

SmilingSally said...

How I wished that I lived close enough to visit!

Happy Blue Monday.

Nancy said...

I SO needed this recipe! Thanks so much!

Marie said...

Hi's 8:15 am here in San Diego, and I soooo want a piece of your beautiful lookin' coffee cake. If I could only grab it from my computer screen :)

Anonymous said...

Hi BJ, it's 8:35 here in San Diego ;) and i could use a piece of that coffee cake too, to go with my peach yogurt. I love your "Swangin'" song and I'm so glad "all is well with your soul". bye for now~

Sweetladyelaine said...

I have to tell you that I could smell your coffee cake! It looks so yummy!!!! I would love to have a cup of tea with you!!!I'm glad you reminded me to thank Our Father for the little things!I think we forget. Thank you for such a lovely post....

Sue said...

What a happy post...made me smile. I can almost smell that coffee cake and I would love to smell a gentle rain. We have thunderstorm watches out now, so we may get rain but I'm not sure it will be gentle.

Kathy said...

You look so sweet - the two of you!
The coffee cake looks scrumptious, BJ!
What a lovely post - you transported me...
wishing for soft rain,

Laura said...

What a relaxing post with a very true message.
I am doing a mental checklist right now wondering if I have all of the ingredients for that coffee cake!



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Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

The best mornings start with Dunkin Donuts coffee for me. Your coffee cake looks amazing. I need a good calm rainy morning...soon.

The Charm of Home said...

That looks delicious!! I love your dishes and pillows setting by your paper. Just beautiful!

ksarra said...

Hi BJ, thanks for stopping by. I love the way you celebrate LIFE. Everything you do seems to be filled with joy, from the big things down to the simple ones. What an inspiration you are.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

sweet food,
lovely blue on the bottom.
way 2 go!
your blue post is homely, inviting, and elegant!

April said...

Looks GLORIOUS! I know what you mean-I am on vacation and it is WONDERFUL. Not retired yet, but I can pretend on vacay!

April said...

Oh I forgot...I found you on SITS!

Pondside said...

You are an excellent advertisement for retirement!
Your little sugar man is cute - I have a brown sugar pig to keep my brown sugar soft.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post - picture and word wise. I'm so glad I found you!