Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

With a Grateful Heart I Wish my Friends and Family

Happy Thanksgiving

Photo is from P Allen Smith's Foyer
Pumpkin House from Moss Mountain Farm

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Upcoming Trip to Moss Mountain, P Allen Smith's Farm

I am planning a road trip to Little Rock, Ark. to see Moss Mountain.
Moss Mountain is the spectacular 650 acre working farm of P Allen Smith.
In the last couple years I have followed his PBS - Create TV shows and
I find them so down to earth and inviting.
Why not I say, so I am packing my dog up and we are taking a road trip.
I will be attending his Thanksgiving fall tour of the farm, animals, garden and home.

His farm has many aspects to the area anart studio, design studio and much more. 

His produce is the rage in town and he sells to local restaurants in Little Rock and is also proud of his
extensive poultry and egg production. 

I just love fall and Thanksgiving is such a special time, it's our last chance for orange before the holiday season get hectic with gold, white, silver and red.

We are treated to lunch at the farm after we enjoy the tour of the farm,
gardens, orchards and his animals.
I just know Allen will be in the kitchen preparing mine.
Oh well a gal can dream.


My buddy, Jake, and I have never taken a road trip but I found the most divine B & B, Rosemont Inn,
that is  pet friendly and there's lots of walking, parks and gardens close by.  .
I know we will enjoy lounging in her lovely garden, peaceful is my mission.
Wish me luck!  Kathy

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Casey Rowell and Cayden
If you have never order flowers from Sam's  - try it you will love it.
Good bulk prices, overnight shipping and very fresh.
Ashley wanted peonies but with them out of season that was next to
impossible but I did find from Fifty
a Peony Rose that was delightfully full and round.


Rose petal toss cones
"I have found the one whom my soul loves."
Song of Solomon


Now for the painful part, paying for it.  This photo should
be reversed Paula, Robert's wife was the
truly the one that made things
happen. She used her
secret ways.
OK - No more post on the wedding, I promise.  I just had to share
this very special occasion of my dear
niece Ashley.. 

The End

Now Let's Party

The Magnolia Manor was the charming historic setting for this wonderful southern wedding.

Ashley and Casey's first dance

The Bride and Grooms - Bridal Party Table

The guest tables were accented with silver tea pots filled with flowers
along with white ironstone tea pots.

The Next Chapter - The Ceremony

Ashley's two bridesmaids Kadija and Ryann are her very best friends from grade school.

The proud father, my brother Robert

Mr. and Mrs. Casey Rowell

Time to Celebrate!
Ashley's new son Cayden is the frosting on the cake and makes three in this happy new family.
Now Let's Party

The First Look -

Ashley looks just lovely but butterflies are making her nervous 
 anticipating the first time her true love sees her.

Taking in that wonderful breath of fresh air.

Go To Him
She enters the room were her true love is and softly goes towards him.
He is thinking how can any man be this happy for he is  marrying
 this perfect woman whom his heart loves deeply.
Their first look and then the kiss.
Two hearts will soon be one.
This romance story continues. Now lets get this wedding on.


OK the wedding is over and now it's photo time.
Yes, I am now a believer that the Cake is so very important.
My niece Ashley Morgan recently wed Casey Rowell at the Magnolia Manor House
in Mobile.  The night could not have been more perfect.
The Flour Girls Bakery on Hillcrest created her cake and
I embellished it with lovely flowers and pearl initials
Sitting on top of an exquisite antique cloth, borrowed from my
close friend Russie, the scene couldn't have been any lovelier. 
I have had so many tasteless cakes at weddings so I just couldn't get excited
about it except to make it look lovely.  What a nice surprise this beauty was a winner.  
The cake tasted divine, full of
flavor and very moist and the icing was to die for.
Flour Girls Bakers - GREAT JOB!
Alicia Marie the Photographer captured the vignette perfectly.
She was able to blend two tables and in the background insAshley's
Grandmother Nana's wedding photo for 1943.
What a big difference from my phone  photo.   Where the heck the color?
Thank you Alicia Marie!
A good camera, great filters and flashes to capture the perfect light along with the
perfect photographer .......there is no comparison.
Thank goodness for professionals. 

I was so happy Ashley asked me (Aunt Sissy) to do the flowers and to decorate the venue.....
get ready, this is only the first of many. 
# 1 The Cake for The Wedding.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow is always a Halloween favorite and so many to choose from. 

"The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback, without a head."
 W. Irving

Now there is a new Sleepy Hollow, TV's new series and it is well worth the hour on Mondays.

 "It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary War, and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind. "  WI

 Ichabod Crane

"His haunts are not confined to the valley, but extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance ... the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head, and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak."
—Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
 This great guy graces  yard haunt on Mordecai St.  I imagine he is from Grandinroad and is wonderful.