Soup, Salad and Sandwich luncheon with Hummingbird Cupcakes

I took an opportunity to rekindle some old friendships since I moved to the country and invited several friends from my younger days to have lunch in our renovation project home.  I settled on a menu that included a Creamy Broccoli Soup, Croissant Sandwiches, a fruity  Romaine Salad and decadent Hummingbird Cupcakes topped with PinWin pineapple flowers.  All of the recipes are easy to prepare for an informal luncheon with old friends that left me stress free so I could enjoy the visit with them.
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Shamrock crust on a fruit cobbler

When my son was about 3 years old, we sat together in the back yard having a snack of fresh apricots.  I showed him how to break it in half and then explained how God planned for more apricots by leaving a seed in the fruit to plant.  Of course he asked if he could plant it, and off he went.  He pushed the seed into a crack he found in the dirt next to the privacy fence.  We were both delighted the next summer when it came up!  My son is 30 now and that tree is a mature fruit bearer. 
Shamrock crust on peach or apricot cobbler


Texas back roads

Take a photo journal ride with me down some Texas country back roads where the sky is big and the land stretches beyond the horizon.  On this winter day there is no snow and the wind is laying low.

Texas fence row


Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake

Boy Grand likes to help in the kitchen and he loves cupcakes so this week we decided to make an almost homemade cupcake version of pineapple upside down cake.  We turned a packaged cake mix into an easy special treat with pineapple and cherries.  We started with one of those small packaged confetti cake mixes just right for a dozen cupcakes.  I chose the confetti mix because it seems to be more appealing to the kids that are tempted to eat only the icing.  He approved.
 Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake


DIY Home Renovation–The Roof

A good roof is about as important as a good foundation and now that we have the foundation stabilized new composition shingles are being installed on our 1956 Fixer Upper.  After careful consideration we chose a roofer that is known in our area as reliable with a good product. The estimate was not the highest or lowest.  We made our decision based on the 35 year product, recommendations from local customers, and the fact they would install a tube sky light at no additional fee.  Hubs thought he wanted an earth tone brown for the roof but after we saw the samples outside on the roof we settled on a dark grayish color similar to the old roof color.  The contrast with our red brick and white trim looks very nice.