Good afternoon, everyone.  A while back, my co-worker Desiree baked this delicious pecan cake, for our  Thanksgiving themed ,” Give Thanks” celebration luncheon for our staff , it was complemented as “so light and moist”  by our boss.

Shortly thereafter, I bought a pecan cake mix at William Sonoma store, and have been “saving” it for just the right occasion.  Well, here it is.

I’ve found a  recipe that I’m reposting.

One of the purposes of my blog is to book mark recipes that I find that I plan to make.  After I bake the cake in the bundt pan, , I’ll come back to this page and upload a photo of my cake.
This is so easy and delish that I have to share…

Butter Pecan Bundt Cake

· 1 package butter pecan cake mix

· 3 eggs

· 1/2 cup oil

· 1 cup water

· 1/4 cup maple syrup

· 1 (15 ounce) container coconut pecan frosting

Preheat oven to 350. Spray bundt pans with Pam and sprinkle the bottom of the pan with sugar.

Mix all ingredients together and pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Remove and let cool for 5-10 minutes then invert onto cake plate.

Stand back and wait for the praise.

by Beckie of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Earth Day 2011

Who could have known that what started on  November 11, 1969 as an idea proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson
for a “teach-in  on the environment,” a proposed day when college scientists, public leaders , students and faculty to  discuss threats to the ecology of the world simultaneously, would continue to be an annual Earth day, now forty-one years later.   University of Minnesota students were one of the first by”conducting a ceremonial burial of an internal combustion engine and included the prediction that Nelson’s teach-in “could be a bigger and more meaningful even than the antiwar demonstrations.”

“Venerable conservation groups, like the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society, found in Earth Day a new audience for their traditional call for land, water, and wildlife protection. Environmental societies also began to expand their agendas into emerging ecological concerns.”

“While some of these groups had a long history of fighting particular environment battles, Earth Day drew strength from this convergence as they found common enemies and common goals. This diversity of concerns now brought a unified environmental movement into existence.”

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970.

Here is a photo of an Earth Day hike on the Sourland Mountain preserve several years ago.

Hike in Sourland Mountains on Earth Day

The hike on the Sourland Mountain preserve took place today.  They looked for some early wildflowers, met early migratory songbirds and encountered other signs of spring along the way. This program is co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

Tomorrow, my community is participating in Earth Day by  hosting their annual Earth Day clean-up from 09:00am to 12:30pm. My husband and I will be out there doing our part to join in the conservation efforts.

Even Google has a representation of Earth day  in today’s search engine header. Go on over there and take a look.

Earth Day update:

I read a day too late that Lowe’s Home and garden big box store was giving out ” free” , yes,  free tree seedlings to all customers on Earth day only! Missed out on that one.

Our local grocery store weekly ads promoted Earth day with their ads for products that are green and healthier for the environment.

Our Earth day clean-up was postponed to the following Saturday due to the rainy weather and  I won’t be able to participate, but Hubby will.

Mellow Yellow Monday


MELLOW YELLOW MONDAY, this week occurs during Easter’s holy week.

Here  is a photo of an Easter basket that my husband and I put together for a young child for our community that is receiving by way of our church’s ministry program.

A peep of yellow among the colors of Easter!

Easter basket

I’m participated in the meme called “Mellow Yellow Monday at

Saturday – Weekend Caravan

You'll see cows grazing along a county road.

We’re going on local weekend caravan ride.  We’re taking a drive down a long and windy county road, crossing two thoroughfares along the way, we will see a pasture with cows and be tempted to stop and take more photos of the cows grazing.

cows grazing along county road 518

Emu says "hello!"

Hopewell Museum, a 45 min tour became a 2 hr with all my talking!

We rode into the town of Blawenburg and stopped there for the Reformed church’s spring flea market and sale. It was the last day of the sale, so fill up a bag for $5.00.  We put in there a spring wooden door decoration, 4 picnic paper plate holders, a small handmad wooden jar with lid, a spatula, Ekco-made in the USA, a tortilla cookbook, a Babi movie, a few more books, a tube of lotion, a Santa hat with ” Mr’ Claus” in red and green glitter.  What a find!

Then we drove into the next town of Hopewell.  It is a historic town.  After lunch, we walked across the street, to tour the Hopewell house museum.  Perferct for us , it opens at 2:00 P.M. on Saturdays.

The Hopewell Museum is a four level brownstone building   built in 1877 by Randolph Stout .     In 1967, a two story addition was added due to the generosity of Dr. David H. Hill, to display additional fine collections, including his collection of Southwestern Native American crafts.

The first inhabitants were the  marriage of Mr. Stout.   Guests came from Philadelphia, and Trenton, and other large cities for the wedding.

During this era, the  mode of transportation was horse and buggy;  Displayed in one of the rooms of the house are memorabilia   of the early Hopewell.     There are old wooden signs for places of business . For  example, the” American Grocer ” which had the option of delivery of groceries first horse-drawn, and later by car.  In the photo , there is a row of delivery cars, that look similar to the a PT Cruiser car.  photos of Main street with the horse stables.   Even the Fire Company wagon was horse drawn.

One of the museum ladies asked us if we’d like a tour , it takes only 45 minutes.  Of course , with me interjecting comments and taking a long time to gaze at each of the rooms, we were in there for two hours.

The first floor has Period rooms, a Victorian parlour with 2  mannequins dressed in vintage wedding dresses.  No you cannot take photos. 😦   On the opposite side oof the hallway in the front is the calling room.  There was an antique sofa , beautiful furniture , and the box for the ” calling cards” .  Every room in the house had a fireplace since during this time in the 1800’s, built in 1877 by Randolph Stout, there wasn’t electricity.  In 1967, a two story addition was added due to the generosity of Dr. David H. Hill, to display additional fine collections, including his collection of Southwestern Native American crafts.

We  walked upstairs, and toured about 4 or 5 rooms , some of them bedrooms, and then I was surprised that there was yet another flight of stairs for more rooms to tour.  There was a children’s toy room.  The toys included two dollhouses, and one boy’s castle complete with metal soldiers.  Also were antique dolls with porcelain faces and wax arms and legs sitting in doll carriages with big wheels.  Many of the possessions are of local origin.

On this topmost floor, was a room with Civil war, and  World War I mannequins dressed in uniform.  The uniform was a dark green britches, and a wool “Ace Wrap-looking was wound around the lower legs, to keep warm  winter when they fought.

There’s another room with Fire Department uniforms and their Fire Department hats, and photos of the horse drawn fire truck.

This is worth the time if you are enthusiastic about history, and live close to the state of New Jersey.  There are several floors, be prepared for all of the flights of stairs!!    If you’re hungry, the town has quite a few nice restaurants  and sandwich shops.  Stay for the evening, and you can take in a play at the Hopewell Dessert theater.

Recipe-Spaghetti Leonardo

“ I was raised with home-made spaghetti sauce every week”, one thing is for sure, “  the smell of tomatoes and oregano  and basil is soothing to my soul.” I have re posted this recipe from  Kelly at the Spunky Coconut;  many  of her recipes are gluten-free.

Spaghetti Leonardo

Add to Crock pot:

4 cups chopped vine-ripened tomatoes

4 Italian sausage (casing removed)

1/2 an onion, chopped

1/4 tsp garlic

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


Set to 4 hours high.

After cooking throw in about 3 cups fresh chopped spinach to wilt.

I also added a drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil, and a few cranks of fresh ground pepper.

Serve over noodles. I use Tinkyada.

She writes the reason why  she’s  calling it “Spaghetti Leonardo” .  Whilst looking for an Italian name, and who better to honor than this hero, Leonardo DiCaprio. No, it’s not his acting career, although  his movies are great.   It is  what Leonardo does in his free time. There’s  a link to one of  her  favorite organizations, the Natural Resources Defense Council. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the board members of the NRDC, along with Robert Redford.  If you can, check them out and give them your support too.

Thrifty Things Friday-The Thrifty Groove Giveaway!

Hello, For the first time I am joining up with the blog,  ” Diann’s Thrifty Groove”,   for  “Thrifty Things Friday”.  She is having her first Linky party with a Giveaway;  It is called “The Thrifty Groove Giveaway and is from now until April 6th!    Only a couple of days left .

Some of the pretty spring theme things she purchased at the Christmas Tree shops and she is sharing with us in case your state does not have a shop like this.  Oh …….,so lucky.


This past weekend, I went on a little shopping trip to an antiques auction and to an antiques shop.

The antiques shop is filled with every sort of antique imaginable in the space of an old A & P grocery store; I can tell by the shape of the outside building and the automatic opening door reminds me when I was a kid.

First , here’s a pic of the outside of the shop.

Beyond this door is yesteryear!

This store is semi-arranged by category and the first aisle that we spent some time looking was the cutlery.  If you are on a budget or just feel that you need a change from  your  everyday cutlery or need some for another blog party,” Tablescape Thursday “, you will find on the shelves, many   spoons, knives, and  forks in assorted sizes  among the plastic boxes.  Why pay full price, some spoons here are just .25 cents each with bigger slotted spoon, .50 cents and the soup  Ladle was .50 cents.

Here’s a photo of the spoons!

Could you ever imagine so many spoons?

Me being moi , I keep a keen eye out for kitchen items  with the inscription , “Made in the USA”.  You see during both my mother’s time and grandmother’s time, it was an everyday occurrence to purchase an item that was made in the U.S.A.  On one of my last shopping days, I was looking for any kind of baking pan made in the U.S.A. and upon reading all of the labels, of familiar names like Cusinart, Calphalon,  I could not find one.  Hmmmmm.  I was thinking in the back of my mind to make a mental note and start looking at the antique shops and yard sales.

Since I like to cook soup and being thrifty, would better spoon -like item to take home with me than ” A long-handled ladle” and inscribed ” Made in the USA”, was music to my ears.  I’ll post a photo as soon as I take the picture.

Can you imagine, What's inside "The Keeping Room"?

This is another aisle which has a combination of furniture and a stack of off-white dishes.  At the end of the aisle , we spotted a  sign on the door, “The Keeping Room”.  Hmmmm .  I asked my husband, wasn’t there an old-time saying about ” a keeping room”, or was that the ” drawing-room, a parlor the old name for living room.  Does anybody know what a keeping room is?



I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. ~William Penn

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