Friday, January 02, 2015

Fashion on Fridays

Released last September, Pantone's Spring palotte is just now coming onto my radar.

Marsala (bottom left) is the *color of the year* which has received mixed reviews.

I'm open to incorporating these colors into my wardrobe planning and home decor, even when I dont *like* them because they help me feel organized.

Like Lucite Green....

stay tuned for a picture of my fashion statement necklace,

and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Coconut Pound Cake

Sharing food is a delight for me, whether it's around the dinner table or the proverbial water cooler.

In this case, I wrapped up pieces of coconut pound cake and shared with whomever I met the weekend after Christmas.

Here's the recipe ~

1 1/2 cups butter
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup half 'n half
1 tsp rum flavoring
1 tsp coconut flavoring
1 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Sift together two dry ingredients and set aside.  Add flavorings to milk/half 'n half and set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs one at the time.  On low mixing speed, alternately add dry and wet ingredients until combined.  Do not over beat.  Stir in shredded coconut.   Transfer batter to a large greased and floured tube pan.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until golden brown and cake test comes out clean.

After removing the cake from the oven, allow it to rest in pan for 5 minutes.  Turn onto platter and glaze with the following mixture.

Combine these four ingredients in a saucepan and cook 2 minutes over medium heat after sugar is dissolved.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp almond flavoring
1 tsp coconut flavoring

Friday, October 03, 2014

Fashion on Fridays

Yesterday I wore this outfit... probably for the last time this Fall now that the temperatures are actually cooler.

In August, as I was prepping for the change of seasons and the new palette, I was pleased to discover these floral twill pants already in the closet.

I had worn them a couple of times last month before I realized that the pattern is a perfect blend of aurora red, cognac, and cypress.

Bronze (very similar to cognac) flats complimented the scheme and were comfortable for working on my feet.

Since September is a hot month in Georgia, it's tempting to keep wearing the same summer outfits.

But where's the fashion in that?  

The key is changing to autumnal colors in light-weight fabrics.

Pantone's palette is helping me do that.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Constitution Day

“Dedicated to the coming generation of Americans, with the prayer that they will:
 1)restore the Constitutional principles we have abandoned,
 2)protect the freedoms we have neglected, and
 3)preserve the Republic we have almost lost,”

 Larry McDonald thus introduced the 1976 reprinting of his insightful commentary on the U.S. Constitution, We Hold These Truths.

Re-read the US Constitution today and purchase a copy of this insightful book. Our future depends on an informed electorate.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Independence Day

O! say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming:
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming,
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:

O! say, does the star-spangled banner still wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mist of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam—
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream

‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is the band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country would leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave!

And the star-spangled banner in triumph cloth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the foe’s desolation;
Bless’d with victory and peace, may our heaven‑rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just—
And this be our motto—“In God is our trust!”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Francis Scott Key

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Favorite book I plan to read to my grandchildren ~