Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Taking a Short Break

Thank you so much for all the very sweet comments, prayers, and thoughts on the death of my dad. I read each comment and email and am so thankful for you all.

When I told my dad that I created a blog and what I named it, he wasn't sure how to access it so I pulled it up for him on his computer and bookmarked it in his favorites. That made him happy and he was thrilled that all he had to do was click on it and there I was. He really enjoyed reading Lillie Mae Acres.

I think I'll take a short break because my heart is just not in a writing mood right now. Please don't leave me though, because I will be back. I hope to be back soon.



Lillie Mae (that's me) and Papa taking a break from cooking to pose in front of the Christmas tree.
James Norman Brannon
Sept.30, 1940 - Feb.19, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Mother First!



I had to make a decision, a decision to go ahead with Matthew's 16th Bluegrass Birthday party Saturday night or cancel it and just crawl in bed and cry. My dad went to Heaven Friday night and of course as a Christian I know he's so much better off and no longer suffering. On the other hand as a daughter, I already miss him terribly and am so sad. The decision to go ahead with the party was supported by everyone which helped. Grieving came before and after the party. I kept it pulled together during the party so it wouldn't be ruined. I'm a mother first!

The banjo cake turned out great. I was proud of it and it got many compliments. The music was great, a lot of picker friends showed up so the house was filled with laughter and music. My dad loved Bluegrass music. Until recently, he traveled close by to neighboring cities just about every weekend to be at different jams. He was so proud of Matthew's banjo playing. He constantly told me he loved to hear Matt pick but according to his brothers, that's just about all they heard too. So instead of calling me by my name during my dad's brief hospital stay prior to passing away Friday night, I was the "one" that her son picks the banjo. Hmm, I guess it's ok to be known as the "one". I'm a mother first!

The cake creation and Matt's upcoming party was just about all my dad and I talked about as we set through the long hours of a chemo treatment last Monday just before he passed out and was taken to the hospital. We talked about that, Bluegrass, and me taking him to The Barn next week, which is a local pickin' place where Matthew picks every Monday night. Well, tomorrow night is Monday night and as I sit at The Barn, I plan to put my purse in the seat next to me because that's where my dad would be sitting if he could. I know he would not have wanted the party cancelled, so for a few hours Saturday night I was a mother first and a grieving daughter second.

I'll leave you with a few pictures from the party. This week will be a long sad and tuff one for us to get through. We all have our theories about Heaven, so if my dad can tune into what is going on here I know he heard and enjoyed some great pickin' last night. I know he saw my cake and was proud of me for creating what I had probably spent an hour describing to him last Monday. By the way, I have two dad's in Heaven. A wonderful biological dad and this dad that took me and raised me as his own when I was 11 years old. What a reunion that will be, along with grandparents.





Oh, I forgot about the chili and homemade oreo cookies. They turned out good too and was enjoyed by all! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bluegrass Birthday Comin' Together

Saturday is almost here and I've got the menu ready for Matt's Bluegrass Birthday Party. He'll officially be 16 years old on Tuesday the 23rd.

On the simple "help yourself" menu is chili with all the fixings. Fix your own, top it off with whatever you desire, and enjoy. I'll be cooking 2 pots of chili with ground beef in it, and Wayne is talking about slow cooking a pot with deer meat in it. The choice of toppings will be saltines, fritos, and shredded mexi-blend cheeses. Doesn't that sound yummy and simple enough for a crowd?
Dessert will of course be birthday cake and ice-cream. For a little something extra (and because I'm about to die to make them) I'm making homemade oreo cookies. I'm so excited about getting started on that banjo cake. I've got a lot of pictures for ideas from the internet and plan to print them out, lay them out, and try to create a pretty cake. I raided the Wilton isles of the stores in the city that carry them, and I have my needed ingredients and supplies. Michaels and Hobby Lobby both had great coupons in last Sunday's paper, so that helped out. Lillie Mae LUVs them coupons!

This has been and will continue to be a real hectic week for various reasons to do with my health and a family member's health, so my stress level has already peaked! My head is pounding, and I feel like my blood pressure must be through the roof. For all of that I am barely hanging on with God and prayers from wonderful friends who know what is going on. All I can do is pray that I can have these next few days uninterrupted to make my son's 16th birthday memorable. Ain't God good???

My mom used to make professional cakes out of our home after taking a Wilton class or two. She hasn't done it in a while though. She has a little project going that she needed a few Wilton supplies for and was amazed at all the new tools and accessories they now have. YUMMY to even think about, huh?


Well, my coffee break is over and I have way too much to be doing and phone calls to make to be sitting here on this laptop. Oh how I wish I could just sit here and read blogs all day! Not this week though.

Thanks for stopping by Lillie Mae Acres, please come back soon. Maybe the next posting will be a little more interesting, like maybe about a new primitive decorating idea. You just never know about me!

Wish me luck on my Banjo Cake making for Saturday's party!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy LUV Day Sweet Friends


Since Valentine's Day is on a Sunday this year, I guess just about everyone went out to eat Saturday night. We did, and it was so yummy. We thought about going to Olive Garden but so did everyone else. The wait was going to be way too long so we decided to eat Chinese instead. As usual, we stuffed ourselves with all our favorites then decided to walk it off at Walmart. I wonder if Walmart knows that on Friday and Saturday nights people are in there trying to get relief from over eating? I know we can't be the only family that uses them for that reason.


Valentine's Day is all about love. I love God! He's got the number one position in my heart. He's such a wonderful loving God, I wouldn't want to live life without Him. And yes, I love everybody. Those I call family, friends, and strangers. I believe I'm aloud to play favorites, and these two guys are my favorites!



There's a lot of things I love in this world also. I love the color of pink. I love the color of yellow (certain shades). I love large bright yellow roses with large thorns, bright golden yellow sunflowers, and soft comfy pj's. There's way too many things to list.

I hope each of you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and stop to count your many blessings from above.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Now that's love!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Busy Little Life

Lillie Mae is busy busy busy! I've got so much going on right now. It's all good though, well most of it.

I received "the letter" the other day. You know, the letter all of us Gooseberry Patch followers and collectors dream of receiving! The letter informing me that one of my recipes has been chosen to be published in a future cookbook! That letter! So real soon I'll be able to apply the button to the side of my blog that says I've been published.

I'm still just tickled pink! Still smilin' wide, and of course my joyous news overshadowed hubby's joy of getting himself a new pickup truck. I mean, a truck is not nearly as important as being in a Gooseberry patch cookbook, we all know that! Well, maybe they are about equal, but hubby let my news be the news of the night around here until after supper.

I'm also designing a birthday cake for Matthew that looks like a banjo, almost true to size. All of this designing is going on in my head, and it's just whirling around from one idea to another. I have no fear though, I know what I want and how I want it. I just have to pull it all together for a finished delicious tasting birthday cake for his 16th Birthday party. We're just going to have a few friends and family over on a Saturday night for Bluegrass pickin' and a fun night of chili and cake. I also plan to whip up a batch of homemade oreo cookies. The more chocolate served the better!

Below, are a few pictures I found on the internet to go by when making Matthew's birthday cake. These are wonderful and mine may not be as pretty as these, but I'm gonna give it a try.
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Now if mine doesn't turn out even half as good as the ones above, you won't see pictures. If it does, of course I'll show ya'll.

It's way too COLD again here in Florida and we have a busy weekend planned. Ugh, I do not like getting out in the cold. I'm over winter now and I have spring fever so bad.

Hopefully tonight won't be too cold because we have plans to go to band practice for the group Matt's in, and that'll be fun Christian fellowship indoors. Then tomorrow morning, I have a day planned with some wonderful ladies from church. There are four of us that get together for coffee and of course it goes on into lunch. Matthew named us The Golden Girls, and of course the name stuck. We call ourselves that now. Of course our day together is spent with good clean fellowship and laughter. I remember The Golden Girls tv show could get a little dirty. We just call ourselves that because there are four of us, varying in age, and we have a wonderful time when we get together. And two of them are mother and daughter.




Well faithful followers of Lillie Mae Acres, please stay warm and have a wonderful weekend. Meet me back right here on the farm early next week for coffee and fellowship. Remember to come to the back door because that's where all my friends come in. You don't have to take your shoes off either. These poor ole' floors are swept so many times a day around here with all the boots tracking in and out. Our little shoes won't hurt them.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Not Finding The Good Stuff Here Lately

Don't you just love thrift store shopping? I love them, and a good flea market. Hubby and I have to take a road trip these days to get to either. The city that I do my weekly shopping and banking in has several Goodwills, but here lately I can't find anything in any of them. They also have a little Salvation Army thrift store, but I haven't found any good treasures in there lately either. Oh well, I'm not giving up.

I sure do enjoy looking at the wonderful thrift store finds all of you have been posting. You all have been finding some wonderful pieces to decorate your homes with. In the past, I've found a lot of good stuff too. I'm looking forward to me and hubby being able to take a Saturday real soon and just ride. There's a flea market in Alabama that we just love, then we drive on a little further and eat breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. They also have a few antique stores that we stop off at to plunder. He doesn't know it yet, but the next time we set out on one of those Saturdays, we're also gonna look for all the Goodwills we can find.

My sweet hubby and son mounted the tv on the wall tonight in the living room instead of going out Bluegrassin'. Usually on Monday nights, they're at a little pickin' place called The Barn. I go with them sometimes because Matthew picks the banjo there and I love watching him. The music is mainly gospel bluegrass, but there's a few country ones scattered in. It's open mic, so anyone can play and sing if they get there in time to get their name on the list.

Anyway, now that the tv is hung, I'll be deep cleaning the living room and wanting to rearrange the things sitting around. That's why I was thinking about the thrift stores. The household decorations is the reason I go in them and plunder. I just wish the ones close by had better stuff.


Isn't the sign above funny? If you look real close, it looks like a Goodwill store.

Well, it's getting late around here and I want to get up early and clean and rearrange the living room a little in the morning. I hope you all have a wonderful week and if you go thrift store plundering, ENJOY!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Sneaky Lit'l Nooks Hiding the Pretty Stuff

If you came to sit a spell and visit me here on Lillie Mae Acres, you'd probably come and go without ever seeing these pretty items tucked away in little nooks and crannies. They aren't really out in the open as part of a theme or dacor. They are just pieces that were handed down or given as gifts, and each one too special to just pack away.

There is nothing fancy about our home. It is mainly decorated in a mixture of primitive, farmhouse, and lodge or cabin. That's what we love and makes us comfortable. The items in these pictures aren't what you would really expect to be blended in with rustic furnishing, that's why I don't try to decorate with them.

I was doing some heavy duty dusting yesterday and thought to myself that I should share these with you. I have a curio cabinet with glass doorfronts attached to each side of my beautiful wooden linen closet. The hallway is dark; therefore, whatever is in the curio cabinets doesn't really get noticed. That's fine with me, it just means I don't have to dust inside them as often, hehe.


Above, the small blue candy dish is one of the last Christmas gifts my grandmother gave me. The bronze candy dish was a present to my parents in the 70's from an aunt and uncle. You see why I just can't pack these items away?



Above, I don't really like the milk glass look, but these are a few of the pieces that I do have.



Above, the beautiful frosted blue ginger jar was the very first piece of Home Interiors that I ever purchased for myself. The blue footed fruit bowl was a wedding gift to my parents in 1960, and the old liberty bell bank holds special pennies.



Above, these little shelves hang in a corner of our bedroom. It always irritates me that the shelves don't match my bedroom furniture but for lack of another place to put them, they ended up there. I love the items on them, so they stay! The little birdhouse is just one of the precious items I just won from Jackie's Journey in her givaway.



The pig collection above is more Wayne's doings than mine. For some reason, he started me a collection of pigs (I never said a thing about it???), and finally he stopped. That's why these lit'l piggies are out and not in storage. They're cute I guess, but sure do collect dust!



And finally, my beautiful tea set. Every little girl has to have a china tea set. My teapot winds up and plays music. When Matthew was a baby, I let him drink something out of a teacup and he broke it. A broken teacup created a memory to talk about in my later years while having a tea party with a granddaughter perhaps!

I have so many other items tucked here and there that don't belong, yet they do! I guess everyone's home is filled with such. In the last few years I have been sharing a few things with others. Why not slowly pass things on as time marches on like they were passed on to me? Some things, if taken care of can live forever!

I have a lot more heavy duty dusting to do around here, so that's it for now. No telling what the next posting will be about, whatever brings a smile to my face and has a story behind it I guess!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I Blinked and They GReW Up!

I would like to go back. If I could I wouldn't blink, because I'm pretty sure that's when it happened. I'm talking about my niece and my son growing up.

My wonderful handsome son Matthew will be 16 years old on February 23rd. My beautiful niece Amanda will be 26 years old on March 3rd. Who gave them permission to grow up?


I've always kept a camera close to capture those wonderful
crazy moments with Matthew!


I'm currently trying to plan a get together the weekend before Matt's birthday. He wants a few of his friends over to eat chili and pick some Bluegrass. I'm hoping it's a beautiful Florida night so maybe we can use the front porch. I've been designing a birthday cake that looks like a banjo in my head. Our private birthday supper tradition is to have whatever the birthday person wants for supper, and a cheesecake with strawberry sauce from this wonderful little bakery on Panama City Beach. We will do that on the actual night of his birthday.


Matthew - Dec 2009


Always the cowboy!


Matthew just hanging out! 2009


My niece Amanda (Mandy) called me Monday, she knew I was in town. She wanted to know if we could meet and have lunch somewhere. What a nice surprise! She has a 3 1/2 mo old baby girl "Lily", and she cares for her friend's 2 mo old son "Gage" so that he doesn't have to go to daycare. She was already out and about town running errands and wanted to have lunch. So we met, each of us fed a beautiful baby, changed them and then went to eat good ole' Mexican food at our favorite Mexican restaurant. We had the best time, and so did the restaurant employees. They went crazy over Lily's light auburn hair, big blue eyes, and fair skin. She's a little Irish beauty!

Amanda and Lily - January 2010


Amanda playing bride (always the lit'l diva)


Sporty Amanda modeling her new denim jacket for school.


Amanda's family today: Mandy and Aaron with the kids Blaise
and Lily - Jan. 2010


You'd better not blink or the same thing will happen to you! All the wonderful kids around you will grow up. When that happens, I just know you'll be as proud as I am and love them even more for the adults they have become or are becoming.

Remember friends, you're always welcome at Lilly Mae Acres. When I see you comin' down the lane (long dirt driveway), I'll put on a pot of coffee!