Saturday, June 6, 2009

I Won Deena's Giveaway!, Thrifty Finds, and Thee Best Cherry Dessert Recipe!

Greetings and Holykisses!

What an awesome day! I hope yall are havin a great weekend as well! First, I had to show you the beautiful print that came in my mail just today! Deena of Can I Be Pretty In Pink, had a giveaway to celebrate her 400th Post! If you haven't met her yet, Deena is beautiful inside and out, sweet, courageous, a true inspiration, and it has to be said, she's beeeeautiful in pink! Please drop by, read her story, and say hi! I know she had a lot of comments to win this cute picture and I couldn't believe it when she wrote me saying she drew my name! I tried to time the days to when the mailman might be putting this beautiful picture in my mailbox. We had a hunch today was the day, and it was!!!!!!!
I had to have Myguy take a quick picture, but goodness, that's some picture alright;! But I had to show you Deena how HAPPY I am to have this... -- not only because I totally love the print, but because it's from YOU! I love it and I still can't beeelieve that ....
she matches my china dolly! Thank you sooooo much Deena! You'll never know how much this means to me!!! I'm blowing you holykisses to Illinois all the way from Arkansas! ;) ahem...please note: ( I really do wear shoes*) heehee (sometimes)
I told yall this mornin that I was going yard saling! They were everywhere today! I really didn't find very much, but liked what I did find! ~So I already told you, no more dishwasher for me! I love washin dishes by hand! But ... I never said ANYthing about lovin to dry* heehee Ohhh it's not that I don't like to, but ya know, good ole fresh air does wonders for dryin dishes! I've just been putting towels down on the counter because I don't like those plastic strainers at all. They look too new. lol So when I laid eyes on this olde girl today, .... Ohmystarsngarters! She came home with me! ....Yes, so did the brown transferware plate!
This was my favorite thing, and cost $4.00 Another brown transferware... with pink, yellow, and a little aqua!
It's FRUITY! It reminds me of the fruit of the spirit! I look in this plate and remember:
"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness." Galatians 5:22

(If anyone knows the name of the pattern, please let me know... I don't feel like googling it.)
Another "mater pincushion," and milk of magnesia bottle. This bottle is older than the last I came across, and it's marked hazel atlas.
This little garden print standing in front of it, was in a picture frame that I already tossed. It was even beyond altering; but the print is what I liked anyhow. Nasturtiums, birds, watercan, and painty-peely bench.... - I think it was the front of a greeting card maybe- but I'll turn it into somethin.
This afternoon, I felt like tryin a new recipe. If only I could hand you a piece through cyberspace!
I came across this recipe blogging and I can't for the life of me remember who's blog I found it on? If any of you have seen it somewhere please let me know so I can give credit where it's due!
This turned out so good.... it's my absolute NEW FAVORITE!
What do you think? The recipe called it Cherry Almond Squares. I promise you, it tastes 10 times better than it even looks and .... looks pretty yummy don't you think?

Try it... I can hardly wait for a potluck, because I'll definitely be bringing one of these along!

Cherry Almond Squares

(oven 350)
1 cup sour cream (I used half regular and half fatfree but next time it will be all fatfree)
1/4 cup water
3 eggs
1 package Betty Crocker super moist sour cream white cake mix. (I used plain white because they didn't have the sour cream cake mix)
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling. (Next time I'm trying strawberry, and then blueberry!)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Frosting glaze (recipe below)
The recipe says to grease and flour a jelly roll pan that is 15 1/2" x 10 1/2" and 1" deep BUT, I just used a plain ole 9x13 cake pan and sprayed it with Pam
Mix the sour cream, water and eggs and then add the dry cake mix. Spread into the pan. Then drop pie filling by generous spoon fulls on top of the batter. It almost covers the whole top of the cake. Bake until cake springs back when touched about 25-30 minutes. Let cool.
Sprinkle with almonds and drizzle with the glaze.
Glaze: 1 and 1/2 cups pwd sugar with 2 Tablespoons milk. Add more milk if you need it; just don't make it too thin.

Here's your piece! It looks so much like those bear claw pastrys only with cherry filling.
Hope you like it as much as we do. I took Trent a hearty slice and he gave it *****FIVE***** stars!

Thanks to all of you who have been signing my guestbook and leaving such sweet comments.
You'll never know how you make my day! And Deena I soooo love my picture! Thank you with all my heart!

Holykisses Yall,
Have a great sabbath tomorrow!
God's good!


ozjane said...

I think I see a resemblence between the sweet gift and the sweet new owner.
Very cute.

Denise said...

Congrats on winning sweetie. I love that picture, you are so cute. That cherry dessert looks yummy. I love you.

Angela said...

I didn't get to do my yard sale morning, my girlfriend had to work..I told her though..'wow, I sure get a lot done when I'm not with you', LOL...I MISSED our morning together though. Awesome finds..I too love those plates..

You and I were both baking together girl,,just at different houses,,LOL.

I baked about 4 batches of peanut butter, two batches of chocolate chip cookies and two batches of rise crispie..and added some macaroni salad to the list..LOL. Had my play list on from my blog and just praised and worshipping while I baked...

blessings to you.


HI Lea..
OH CANNON -CARTER whatever -LOL ..they are both babies to me(:)
LOve what you won an the pic of you is sooooooo cute 2 !!!
I am gonna printout that YUMMY cherrie dessert ~~ and when I am up and running again try it..Thanks ~!! Hugs, Patty

irene said...

Lovely Lea....almost more then anything else you post here I love to see your beautiful smiling face (the rest of you too of course, especially the bare feet) God Bless you today my friend XXOO

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

That dessert looks so yummy, I'm saving the recipe! That brown/fruity plate looks like it was made in England? I adore english china! Congrats on winning!

Mel said...

Hi Lea, Saw you stopped in for a visit at my place, great to hear from you. WOW, that picture is Awesome...Congratulations, and yes it does look like the doll, how cute is that!

Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment back at my place. See you again soon.
Blessings, Mel

Vintage Inspired Jewelry said...

Thank you so very much for entering my giveaway. I wanted to let you know your comment warmed my heart. God Bless..Kathi

Bliss said...

Awww man! I LOVE your drainer and transferware plates :) Good thing I wasn't at that same sale!
I love the cute barefoot picture of you :) and your prize from Deena! How is she?

My mama had that recipe laying out for months and had me to assemble it one day awhile back for her as she thought it sounded soooo good...well you are right, it is quite a tasty dish! I will have to remind her about it.

Thanks for all you've done for me :)

Debra said...


Congrats on your win there sweet is precious...just like you. Thank you for your kind words on my blog today. I have so missed my bloggin sisters, just let me tell ya! But you gals have just edified me so with your love and prayers and words of encouragement while I was away.

The cherry dessert is making my tummy growl at this very moment...

Love ya! Big hugs!

Edie said...

Congratulations on your cherished prize! I can't believe how much it looks like your doll. How cool!

That cake looks delicious!!

How are you doing Lea! I have missed you!


The voting -REACTION- by the comments is so neat.. it takes acouple a hard clicks to make it work though..just thought I'd tell ya (:)
OH Lea was so nice to hear your voice yesterday and I love the new banner..