June

June

June 23, 2017

RASPBERRY LAYER CAKE



I love summer months...
that is until temps reach 100 degrees.
We all look for easy recipes to keep us cool, calm and collected.
This is a delightful and easy dessert to put together in no time.
It allows you to serve your guests and family an elegant
refreshing sweet ending showcasing those beautiful summer berries!


Raspberry Layer Cake
 2 frozen pound cakes
3 c. vanilla ice cream
4 c. raspberry sorbet
1 pt. fresh raspberries
3 tbsp. Chambord

Cover the bottom of the pan with a single layer of pound cake slices and spread the ice cream evenly over the cake. Freeze until ice cream hardens -- about 25 minutes. Spread 2 cups sorbet over the ice cream followed by another layer of pound cake slices. Return cake to the freezer for 10 minutes. Combine the raspberries and the Chambord together in a small bowl. Remove the cake pan from freezer and place the berries evenly over the cake. Top with a final layer of pound cake and the remaining sorbet. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until firm -- at least 4 hours.

June 22, 2017

SUMMER LIVIN' IN "HOT-LANTA!"



SUMMER is in full motion over in Atlanta...
Luke the Duke is enjoying play dates and
afternoons poolside......
not a care in the world.....


There is something special about
Saturday nights....
our tradition growing up was 
Daddy grilling steaks with a scotch whiskey in his hand
and spinning memories .....
the tradition continues throughout the family....


I will say our son-in-law makes
THE BEST soft shell crabs....


It took me a few times to get used to eating these,
but boy oh boy.....it is pretty delish.....


I can just smell that aroma of the grill from here....


Luke has a rather sophisticated palette....
PIPER on the other hand...wasn't too sure about it!.


Boy Scout camp begins.....
and as he said.."It's a blast!!!!"


He also continues his summer reading program....
I LOVE that Miss M continues to make this a priority...


Summer evenings are enjoyed
down by the pond on the golf course......


There was a big 9TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!


HEY....an early morning road trip.....


to the Gaylord Marriott in Nashville


I know we want to go, don't you?


A mini-vacation
was worked in to Daddy's work week....
Looks like our MAD HATTER party last month was perfect
for this Alice in Wonderland theme......

Remember all the fun you used to have during
Summer vacations......

June 20, 2017

WHIPPING CREAM COLESLAW



Fresh berries just go hand-in-hand with SUMMER.
I picked up this precious little berry basket at Kroger last week
and isn't this prettier in the fridge than a plastic container?
So....this made me think of adding fresh blueberries
to Grandmother Grace's most loved whipping cream coleslaw.
She was well known and loved for her potato salad
and
her coleslaw....it's a most treasured family recipe!


WHIPPING CREAM COLESLAW
1 head of cabbage
1 pint of whipping cream
5 T. sugar
3 T. white vinegar

Estelle's sweet tip`
you can adjust the sugar and vinegar to taste...
just like Grandmother Grace did...


Shred the cabbage head.
Place in a large mixing bowl.
Sprinkle cabbage with sugar and vinegar.
Then add the pint of whipping cream
Mix gently and you are ready to serve.


Adding the blueberries is optional but it is oh-so good!

June 18, 2017

A DUO FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION



I believe it proved to be another fantastic FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION.....
There was alot of preparation for pool time
and
a picnic style lunch
when all the gang arrived.....
including a Labrador, a Rottweiler and a German Shepard......


We honored the darling
and
number 2 son.....


We finally got to spend a weekend with the grands...
growing up all too fast....
soon to be a freshman in high school
and 
her senior year.....


LOVE...fresh gulf oysters......


Calamari.....


the boys.....


our daughter in laws....
I think they have become good friends......
we could not have wished for better.....


We had a precious waitress who took such good care of us.....


good to the last bite......


His gift from Mae Mobley......



Sharing toast....

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY Y'ALL

June 17, 2017

MY SUMMER BEAUTY BAG....NEW FAVORITES FOR THE AGING FACE

Primping
The Art of Getting Ready


I confess that I have always had a lipstick obsession!
If I am ever feeling like I'm in a funk.....
a new lipstick can make me perform cartwheels! 

Summer is almost here so it's time
to change it up a bit!


I think it is important to take care of your skin
and make a good attempt to look your best!
 I do love sharing reviews on brands that I invest in and love.
My summer beauty bag is all about Milani make-up.
Their products are affordable, beautifully packaged, smell lovely
and
have proven to be quality beauty products from my experience.

MILANI CONCEAL AND PERFECT FOUNDATION
I think we all have tried numerous foundations
and I am happy to tell you, I am very pleased with this product.
I use 02 Natural.
It is not heavy, covers well, blends easily and does
not appear cakey or turn orangey as some do.
This is a lightweight oil-free foundation
in addition to being
water-resistant so it's great to wear outdoors.

I am going to include my review of
IT BYE BYE UNDER EYE
This was actually a sample given to me
and I do love it.
It only takes a tiny bit to smooth under
eyes for a light, luminous coverage.


Must Have Naturals 
This palette has a soft mix of
shimmers and mattes.
The neutral colors are flattering to a mature eye.


The colors I selected for spring and summer are
Tea Rose and Coral Cove.
The compacts are large and beautifully sculpted.
I rate the blush five stars.

I have used Instant Age Rewind for some time now.
I love this as a concealer and have found it goes on smoothly
and covers redness very well. 


Always, always put your lipstick on.....
I really love, love, love Milani lipsticks.
The colors I am loving for summer months are
Coral Addict and Blushing Beauty.


To complete the summer look...
it's Corrupted Coral for a Mani/Pedi spa day!



Now, just when I thought my beauty bag was full,
I came across this GORGEOUS bronzer....
It is the last favorite I added to my summer bag!



A good bronzer is known for the golden glow
it gives your skin, but it also adds a lovely luminosity!
To make your face look a bit thinner,
apply bronzer along you cheekbones and the side of your nose.
This is so pretty!

So, these are my favorite beauty products for summer.
I so enjoy hearing what products you have tried and loved.


As my mother always told me...
"Pretty is as Pretty does!"
Remember to be kind!

June 15, 2017

ESTELLE'S SUMMER BLOOMS


Good Morning Loves....
hope your week is going well.
It's always a good day
when you can see the sunrise.....
Y'all come in and take a little tour
of the yard and see what's blooming this June....


FLAG DAY 2017


I have planted Marigolds from seeds
for as long as I can remember....
I JUST LOVE THEM.


All of these blooms from a packet of seeds....
marvelous....


I always like to have something blooming
around Daddy's angel.....


The hibiscus are just blooming away...
they must love this location of
filtered sunlight....


I was so happy to see a bloom coming
from the Zinnia seeds I planted...
this was recommended by Stacey from
POOFING THE PILLOWS.


I planted new HENS AND CHICKS succulents 
in my little Zen garden...one of my favorite little spots


This is the hibiscus which sits in full sunlight
by the pool patio


We planted three Butterfly Bushes in whiskey barrels
last year, and they are doing beautifully this year.


This bloom is from the ENDLESS SUMMER DAYLILY
collection from COTTAGE FARMS.


The bunnies have been problematic this season
in chewing all our daylily's...
these bloomed just this week...gorgeous....


Pretty in PINK


Isn't summer just a happy season......