Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Monday, June 21, 2010

Obstacles & A full Schedule can be a Good Thing

It has been so hectic around here, more so than usual. I've been saying that I was dreading Father's Day since my dad passed in February. Well, the closer time came, the more hectic my schedule became. Wayne's and my birthdays, Mother's Day, a family wedding just this past Saturday, and getting the backyard prepared for a new patio.
I know now that I was thinking less and less about Father's Day. Even in making sure Matthew had Wayne a card and gift, the doom and gloom of grief didn't set in. Not until after my nephew's wedding Saturday evening. Then it hit me that I was fixing to have to face it. But, Sunday morning plans were hectic and rushed. I thought about my dad and was sad but I didn't have time to give myself a chance to sit and think about it and cry. Sunday afternoon came fast, then Sunday night church. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks!
My Monday plans all along were to go to his favorite restaurant, the one we met at every year, the Monday after Father's Day so I could buy his lunch and laugh and eat our favorites. Nobody was available to go with me, so I planned to go alone no matter what! Well, wouldn't you know the cement for our patio was scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning and Wayne wanted me to hurry in town and get back so maybe I could fix the crew a lunch.
That's where the title of this post comes from! Obstacles and A full schedule can be a good thing, On my way to town this morning I was praying and crying when God brought that to my mind. He put all of these activities, events, schedules upon me in the last few weeks so I would be able to make it through Father's Day. Now isn't that just like our Heavenly Father? He knows our every little need, He knows exactly what we need and He knows exactly how to deliver that need to us. I needed obstacles and a full schedule. I didn't need to go today and cry my way through a lunch just because I thought I wanted to do it in my dad's memory, I didn't need to have a melt down yesterday and not be with my 2 favorite guys enjoying ourselves. I love and miss my dad very much, but he is in Heaven. He is happy, healthy, pain free and care free. I wouldn't want him back here suffering and constantly worrying about the future. I have the assurance of knowing that I will see him in Heaven one sweet day so I am not going to cry!
God is so wise and I love Him with my every breath.

This is my 100th post. I thought about having a giveaway but have decided to wait until my one year bloggaversary. Thanks for stopping by Lillie Mae Acres and reading about my happy life on our little farm. Come back soon and know that I sure do appreciate you! I sure wish my Gooseberry Patch cookbook would come, I'm receiving it free since I have a recipe in it. I don't know the page number yet but it's my Georgia Tomato Roast in the slowcooker.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Goodness Gracious they're Good

Goodness gracious, good and light. Aunt Martha (Martha White) helps me make the best muffins. She makes it so easy and they're packed full of fruit and flavor.
Yummy anytime of the year. And before you question it, please know that my blog is all personal. I am not paid by any company. I enjoy blogging too much to have someone tell me what to say.
But don't you just love those muffin mixes that I'm just so sure she puts together with her own little hands? Of course she's been around since 1899 I think. I do like to keep several packages of her mixes in my baking cabinet all the time so I have something to whip up and serve with coffee.

Well, my mom was gonna come have coffee with me this morning so I baked up my two favorite flavors in my Texas Muffin pan. I know you don't get as many muffins when you use those pans, but I love the larger size, don't you?
All sorts of delicious crops are ready for the picking here in Florida, vegetables and fruit. The strawberries are just about gone here so I had to buy some at the grocery store but the blueberries are just getting plump for the pickin'and these came off my bushes.
Since the berries were in the refrigerator, I thought I'd use a few to garnish the delicious muffins for our little morning get-together. Pretty, huh?

And you all know how I just love any excuse in the book to use my Pfaltzgraff Folk Art. I've collected this pattern as my china since they appeared in the Gayfers Dept. stores in the 80's. I even registered it as my wedding pattern and received so many pieces.
We both really enjoyed the morning with good coffee, good muffins, and a whole lot of good conversation. I hope you can get these muffin mixes wherever you grocery shop. Sweet n Happy baking from Lillie Mae to all of you sweet faithful readers.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Simple and Special - Just My Style

Here's a big ole' hello from Lillie Mae Acres. Everything around here has been just fine, I hope you can say that too. I had another birthday, but I have one of those every year and have for 45 years now. I don't mind them like I hear some people say they do. I just let the day arrive and thank God for another year, thank friends and family for the birthday wishes and wonderful thoughtful presents, and enjoy it usually in a simple fashion. Simple and special and just my style.

Let's see, I guess this year I can say I started a day early. My good friend and neighbor Dawn and I had not met for coffee in a while. It was past time for that so we did that over here Thursday morning. I was so glad to see her since she has just gotten back from England. She came bearing a very nice and thoughtful birthday gift, plus wonderful pictures of England. We had fellowship over coffee and muffins. I neglected to get a picture of us like I had planned. The camera was even sitting right there so I wouldn't forget.

The wonderful gift she brought me was a Gooseberry Patch cookbook and sweet goodies from England.

This is the wonderful cookbook she gave me. She also loves these wonderful books and collects them. She has quite the collection herself.

Then Friday came. My 45th birthday so I spent most of the day with the wonderful lady that gave birth to me on a stormy afternoon in 1965. My mom had a doctor appointment so I drove her there. After her early morning appointment, we stopped off at a Walmart then she treated me to lunch. I chose Dairy Queen! Yep, I sure did! Her and my aunt are the only two people I know that will go there with me so when she said she'd buy my lunch I said Dairy Queen. It was yummy too!
Her and her hubby Charles gave me a beautiful pair of pajamas as my gift. Oh how Lillie Mae likes lounging around in fresh pj's! There's just nothing more comfortable is there? And yep, I showered, put them on, and got all comfy for an evening at home!

My two special guys asked me where I wanted to go out and eat, but I decided to stay in and have pizza. Wayne went to get pizza and some ice-cream and I made brownies. That was just perfect for me.

In the picture above, those bright eyeballs under Wayne's arm is where I tried to include Banjo in the family birthday picture. He just wouldn't behave himself. Imagine that! You see that beautiful pink linen strawberry napkin on the cakestand? That was my grandmothers. I have a set and never do get to use them because they don't match anything. I love them so much and am so grateful to have them.

Wayne came home from work with the beautiful pink carnations and a wonderful card from him and Matt. I almost cried! He's just way too sweet of a hubby.
I told Wayne not to buy a gift because since my nephew is getting married this month I plan to go out and buy a new dress that I can wear there and later to church. Unlike most ladies, I do not enjoy hunting and buying clothes. Your mouth is probably hanging open right now or you've got a puzzled look on your face but it's the truth. I do not like shopping for clothes. If I happen up on a sale, I look and if I like it and it fits I may buy it! That's when I get clothes.
Just a little note about the wonderful weather we've been having, we've been blessed with rain every day for a week now. We've been sunny in the mornings, then an afternoon shower except for one day that it flooded almost all day. As I sit here typing this post it is drizzling. Yay for the garden and flowers.

I hope you've been doing just fine and having beautiful weather too. Thank you for dropping by Lillie Mae Acres again. Take care, and come back soon.