Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter, fabulous Mail, Cupcakes and Baked Chicken that will knock your socks off!

Wishing you a very Happy Easter Sunday!
I took these photos of the blooming pink Dogwood tree by the pool
last Wednesday after the forecast indicated a freeze was headed our way!
I couldn't bear the thought of losing everything that is blooming in the
gardens so I photographed everything and then brought in what I could!
These tulips were just taking selfies in the bright
warm sunshine on the deck a few days earlier... See?
But by Wednesday they were closed tight and shivering!
So I conducted a mercy-killing and brought them inside...
Where they immediately thanked me by smiling again!
Fortunately for all of us, Spring returned just in time for Easter!
By the time I finished having a pedi on Good Friday, Army Dad had the gardens
cleaned up and the lawns mowed in preparation for our long weekend together!
Oh, how I love this view!
As I admired this view in front of the living room window, I wished there was a
way to bring it inside. So often we hear birds chirping from the Japanese maple
trees as we sit in the sectional, which is just below the window... I find that I'm
turning around to watch the birds in the garden more than I watch television!
Then it hit me! What I needed was a rear-view mirror for the television wall!
Fortunately, I found one that fits right in! Now, I get that most people who
see it will consider it poorly placed on this wall. However, for us, this mirror
delivers the perfect view of the garden! Reclined in my favorite spot, I'm able
to see both Japanese maples, lots of birds and even the new birdhouse!
Speaking of rear-views... I finally got around to having my annual haircut
yesterday so as you can see, my hair is no longer resting on my butt! My
mom called just as I was leaving the salon and when I told her how short I
went, she made me promise to post a photo (to prove it!) So here you are,
mom... I know it's not quite as short as you would have it, but it's a start!
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you that Good Friday was an
especially great mail day for me - Here... See for yourself!
How perfectly fitting it was to receive my autographed copy of Martha's
book on the same day a package sent by my dear friend David arrived!
You know, I consider David the go-to source for all things Martha by Mail
on-line... Therefore, when David shared with me that he might be willing to
share some of his duplicate Martha Collection (for Macy*s) products and
vintage Martha by Mail items, I eagerly asked him to please... Count me in!
Especially where these charming wire trays are concerned! I missed them when
they were available through the Martha by Mail catalog and, since we didn't yet
have a Macy*s here when they came back there, I missed them a second time!
Fortunately, David and I are very similar so he purchased extras... Extras
which are thankfully now part of my kitchen! David is indeed a purveyor
of Good Things and I'll always be in his debt for sharing these wire
racks and so many other things with me! Speaking of Good Things...
Thanks to a Facebook posting by a friend, which I noticed just in time... I
picked up this autographed copy of Martha Stewart's beautiful Cakes,
which came wrapped in this fun linen tea towel by STUDIOPATRO!
Which got me thinking... I sure have been missing my collection
of Martha Stewart books, which have been part of my kitchen's d├ęcor
since Martha first began publishing! I removed them from the wall
after installing the pot rack, assuming it would look too cluttered...
But I regretted it... So I moved them to the wall by the kitchen table
after giving my collection of Jadeite away, (another decision I still
regret!) However, over the table always made them difficult to reach!
So yesterday, I decided to rush home and pull those shelves out of
storage! Of course, convincing the man who just took those shelves down
two weeks ago because I found a plate rack I wanted over the table a little
more would be a challenge. So I stopped at the market... Because surely
mentioning that I would be using the Beekman 1802 Bourbon barbecue
sauce over my baked chicken he loves so much would do the trick... Right?
Of course it did! In fact, those shelves were back up on
the wall before the chicken made it into the oven!
And, while the clutter-bug inside of me gave a slight kick...
I think it's well worth having my collection back on display and within reach!
In fact, I was so grateful and so inspired to stay in my kitchen, I decided to bake!
Cupcakes worthy of being displayed on David's wonderful wire racks!
Which, I'm delighted to say these are!
After the cupcakes finished baking I also decided only a chocolate Bundt
cake dessert would do for today's Easter Sunday dinner! But, it wouldn't
be this boxed one I passed at the Honey Baked Ham store as I picked up
our Easter ham! By the way, did you know that during holidays, the ham
bones I use in my ham and bean soup are buy-one-get-one? They are,
which is why there are now four of those ham-laden bones in my freezer!
Seriously, I have yet to find a more delicious honey baked ham than those
at the Honey Baked Ham store; however, dessert must be home-made!
So I baked a chocolate Bundt cake with
all that time I saved not baking our ham!
A few sprinkles on my Easter cupcakes later...
And, my baked BBQ chicken was ready for dinner! Honestly... If
you haven't already ordered some of this Fabulous Beekman Boys
barbecue sauce, you absolutely must... Because it is incredible!
My husband said it was the best my baked chicken ever tasted,
which is saying something because he always raves about it!
So, ladies... If you need shelves installed a third time or even
your whole kitchen remodeled... Now you know how to get there!
Happy Easter Sunday to you and all you love! To me Easter always feels
like a second New Year's celebration! There's Spring and the rebirth of our
gardens and most importantly, Easter is the Promise of Ever-Lasting Life!


  1. Happy Easter and the chicken looks delicious and so does everything else.

    Love it all,

    Cottage Making Mommy

  2. Your gardens are just, love, love those pink dogwood blossoms! Ours aren't even close to blooming. Rear View Mirror for watching the birds.... Brilliant Sherlock! The wire trays from David are fabulous........ love seeing your shelves up and the Martha Cookbooks back out....they make such a beautiful display! Between the gardens and the shelves I'd say Army Dad earned his Easter Dinner! Cupcakes & chocolate Bundt cake.....what's not to love? I so wanna try some of that Beekman's Barbeque Sauce........but tonight our Honey Baked Ham is going to be enjoyed with roasted asparagus, carrots & parsnips, homemade chedder cheese biscuits and....... Cookies of course!
    Happy Easter to all!

  3. Love love love Janet!!! Happy Easter to you too.

  4. Janet, I absolutely love your idea of displaying your Martha cookbooks, I may have to do something similar! I too, am a huge Martha fan! Just another thing you and I have in common guess that's why we'll be forever friends.
    Hearts and Toodles, Barbi

  5. Janet,

    Your post was so much fun to go through and the thought of rearranging things in the kitchen, reorganizing and rethinking one's collections, is indeed in keeping with "Good Things". I'm forever looking to do something a bit better or smarter. LOVE the shelves behind your pots & pans! A perfect way to showcase those classic Martha books. :)

    To think that those racks have found a good home in your kitchen is another good thing! Enjoy creating my friend!

  6. Hi there, just catching up! Can I just say one thing - love love love love love that bunny tin!!!! Hope that you are having a good weekend and that all is well with you. xx


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