Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lemon Cake and Pansies

Well if you haven't forgotten me here I am again. So much to say and yet so little time to say it I suppose.  I've been popping in here and there to visit you but I have woefully neglected my own writing.  That signals time for a change in my mind.  I seem to have backed myself into the corner of 
saying yes to way too many projects and I am feeling a bit the worse for wear because of it.   That feeling of being overwhelmed and overbooked has finally made me sit down and re prioritize. I will be giving up some things I like in favor of some things I love, this blog being one of the things I love.
Triple Lemon Blueberry cake made by sweet hubby for my birthday!
 I suppose turning 58 last week triggered some of those deep thoughts.  Fifty-eight!  I spent the day with a dear friend who I have known since I was first married. (We had the best day, Coffee, estate sales, lunch, junking, ending with ice cream!) At one point I turned to her and said, did you ever think we would be this old? We discussed it for a while, decided we didn't feel old and that is what mattered and continued our adventure. Still, a little thought about where we are going in life is warranted every once in a while.
Find the recipe HERE
 The cake was made by my darling husband to celebrate my birthday, it certainly made getting a year older much sweeter! It's one of my favorites. If chocolate isn't on the menu, I want lemon :)
 I got these violas and pansies on clearance at the grocery store.  Searching my generous stash of "junque" in the basement I found an old tin baking mold that I knew I would never use and it had a slightly rusty patina that appealed to me. I poked some drainage holes in the bottom and popped my pansies inside.  
They are topping the tiered plate holder that I use for fruit on my counter top.  The morning sun lit them so beautifully I had to share :)

So that is the quick update. More to come I swear! (You know you are in trouble when your daughter texts "I demand a new blog post!")


  1. I love lemon, too! (and chocolate, of course!)

    Happy birthday! It is amazing to have children the age you are in your head, isn't it? :) I know this from experience!

    Glad to see you will be blogging regularly again!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sounds like you had a nice day celebrating with your friend. That lemon cake looks divine and what a sweet hubby to make it for you. 58 is young! I'm in my early 60's...WOW..

  3. Happy Birthday Girl! Sometimes birthday do have a way of making us stop and think. My best friend and I have been friends since elementary school. Pretty regularly we wonder how we could be this old. And she's a Gigi now!

    Your cake looks amazingly delicious, by the way. :)

  4. Don't think about the numbers, think about how you feel. (which is sometimes worse!)

  5. oooohhhh! That cake looks and sounds wonderful Kathy! It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. I think it is great to stop and look were we are heading in our life at different stages...

  6. Yummy cake and pretty pansies! Love them both!

  7. ...love the flowers...and the cake looks so amazing...must try it.
    Have a good weekend....xoxo

  8. Oh my I am jealous that your hubby would make you a cake! I adore things made with lemon and this looks divine! Happy Birthday! I just turned 59 in March so I know where you are coming from on your thoughts. It really is a matter of how you feel inside isn't it. Sounds like you had a perfect day with your friend. Love the pansies and violas in the baking tin- great idea!

  9. Happy belated birthday Kathy! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

  10. I am so far behind and trying to catch up. Again! Loved your words about priorities. I'm caught up in the busy-ness of life and must let some things go to do the things I love. I need to get back to blogging, too. Belated birthday wishes (and hugs) to you, dear friend! Your cake looks delicious. Love what you did with your pansies, too. Such a simple thing that adds such fun to life.

  11. Hi Kathy,
    Enjoyed looking at your blog. Love your Fall decorations. Its a beautiful time of the year. I always press a lot of leaves, I feel like I should save some because they are amazing.
    I see you like England. do you follow the Susan Branch blog or have any of her books? Her book Falling in love with the English countryside is such a nice book. Makes me want to go to England, such History there.
    Maybe I had to much coffee, better go now.
    Nancy Jo


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