I had a lovely Mother's Day with both my children at home. My daughter gave me a pretty gift basket filled with goodies including 3 of my favorite magazines and the beautiful tulips which opened the next day were from my son. The bottom of the bulbs are in water and I will plant them when they are finished blooming.
Our son also brought KC Strip steaks and grilled them to perfection. I nearly fainted when I saw the price tag, but they were sooo good! Daughter fixed the potatoes and I put together a salad and popped some crescent rolls in the oven. Yum, yum!
Dessert was a devil's food cake I made in honor of my mother who often made it when I was a youngster at home. The recipe which was typed over 40 years ago is worn and faded and well used. As you probably know, the soda in the recipe is baking soda. You'll also see that my mother used lard for shortening. Back then we raised our own meat, beef and pork, and when a hog was butchered there would be a lot of lard. If I remember correctly, my dad would bring a 5 gallon can of it home from the butcher.
I used Cool Whip Lite for the topping. My dad almost always had a milk cow and my mother would save the cream which rose to the top of the milk cans stored in the refrigerator. Then she would make the yummiest whipped cream. Oh my goodness, it was sooo good! Especially on devil's food cake, which my mother made so often that she didn't need to use a recipe. I always wondered how a cake that was so good could have such an ugly name!
We have had lots of rain lately. At least every other day, it seems. I have been enjoying sitting on the patio in the late afternoon and watching the birds coming to the feeders. The one pictured above is a House Finch.
There is much to do inside the house but I love patio sitting and bird watching. When inside, I'm afraid I'm a bit of a news junkie and I spend a lot of time reading various news sites. This election year has me fascinated. Love him or hate him, it's obvious that the presumptive Republican nominee has certainly shaken things up in the political world. The state of the world has me worried. You can't read the news without knowing we are in a downward spiral with all that is happening. What used to be right is now wrong and vice versa.
I had to go to the Big Town yesterday and while there stopped by my favorite resale shop. I found some great books for a dollar apiece. The first book that I saw on the top shelf was A Fine Romance by Susan Branch. I had already read the book which I had checked out from the library, but I was excited to find a copy for my very own for just a dollar bill. Score!! It is just like new, too. It is one of those books that I will enjoy reading again. It has lots of wonderful photos and information about England, which I'd love to visit.
I was quite pleased with my finds. Max Lucado is one of my favorite Christian authors. And while I don't entertain much these days, I couldn't resist Martha Stewart's book. The BH&G book, Garden Style, has lots of decorating ideas for inside and outside the home. Anyone remember Lynette Jennings? I loved her show when she was on HGTV years ago, so her book should be interesting. Some things never go out of style in decorating, in my opinion.
Have a wonderful week...what's left of it. I can't believe how fast it has flown by!