Friday, May 20, 2011

Cloudy Days Rock My World!

Hello friends...yes, I love a good cloudy day.  I know, I are all out of your seats yelling "but Janet... all we have had are rain and clouds".
But, come on guys....just look at my sky yesterday!
Clouds and sun....that's what I'm talking about!!!
I finally figured out the Panoramic setting on my camera....DUH.
Such cotton ball puffiness. It makes me smile.

I will never understand how folks can not stop and take a moment to appreciate what hangs in their sky everyday. People waste hours looking for beauty in movies, fashion magazines, movie stars. When all along it is right out their windows, if they would only look up.
Speaking of things in the sky (birds) my Mockingbirds are doing beautifully. So far, of the four eggs, two have hatched.
Poor Mama Mockingbird, she has been so very diligent in protecting her babies. We have had horrible winds, rain and really bad weather for the last couple of weeks. Her nest is very low and exposed, but she sits there and doesn't matter what.
Can you see the second baby?
I thought at first that this was a Robins nest, because I kept seeing this guy going back and forth. Turns out he has a nest in a tree right next to the Mockingbirds rose bush.
So it looks like I will have baby Mockingbirds and baby Robins very soon.
On an even sweeter note, and I'm talking mouth watering sweet, My secret agent celebrated his birthday last night with a luscious cake.
I was planning on Chocolate, but ran out of good I chose my next best cake.
Vanilla Almond with fresh fruit filling and cream cheese frosting.
This is one my most requested cakes. It is moist and so full of flavor you would never guess it began life as a box mix.
Seriously....this cake is as close to tasting like a scratch cake as I've ever eaten.
Just ask anyone in my family (and I have a huge family!).
I'll happily post the recipe if anyone is interested. Just leave me a comment.
You know how it is, when you go to a party and the cake is one of those store bought things with gobs of sickly sweet icing that has been dyed multiple colors. During clean up you notice almost no one has really finished their piece. 
Well, with this cake you will be picking up licked clean plates. Just put those babies back on the shelf.
Ok, just kidding, you really do need to wash them, but just a little. 
So that's it for today...hopefully I will be organizing a really cool fabric giveaway very soon and getting back into some cool creative stuff. 
Be sure to come visit again.
Until next kind and stay creative.


Kim said...

Please... pretty please... post the cake recipe... it looks awesome!
Love your blog, especially your kitchen redo!! I will be stealing some of your ideas... please don't rat me out to your husband! :-)

Bev said...

Please do post the recipe. If it's even half as good as it is pretty, then I can't imagine. My mouth is watering just looking at it!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Love all your pictures. I love those kind of skies.

And I totally want that recipe!

Stitchfork said...

Clouds, peeps and cake - what's not to love? Great photos!
xo Cathy

Pomona said...

The cake looks wonderful - very tempting indeed!

Pomona x

Maison Conti said...

Such a delicious post in so many ways! That aqua sky with the beautiful clouds and your GREENGREEN hills...I love green, I must say. Baby birds too. Goodness, how adorable and wonderful is that. And the cake looks fabulous. Happy Birthday Secret Agent Man!

cschnuelle said...

Oh, that cakes looks delicious.....please post the recipe!

Amy W. said...

Hey glad you're back blogging! Missed seeing your posts!
This particular post is..... Clasp My over-the-top for me as baking is one
of my most favorite past-times!
I'd be eternally grateful to you if your wonderful looking cake recipe is shared with me!
My mouth is salivating as I write this!
Also enjoy seeing the life you see around your home! Absolutely Beautiful!
Take Care for now!!

Little Blue Mouse said...

Mmm, that cake looks scrummy!

Snappy Di said...

Oh ya... that's what I'm talking about. Vanilla Almond cake!


Kathleen Grace said...

Oh do post the recipe Janet! It looks and sounds wonderful. This time of year everthing is so fresh and sweet and pretty. We finally got a day or two without rain an the green of spring fairly glows:>)

tammylovesdishes said...

Great shots of the clouds! They are beautiful. I do try to notice the beauty the Lord provides us each and every day. Today it was rays of sun streaming to the ground while I was commuting home. I am blessed to have a commute that involves some beautiful scenery.

Please do post your cake recipe. It looks delicious!

Hines-Sight said...

That cake looks divine. Yum!

The clouds are beautiful. You'll have to eat at The Pit when you're in Raleigh. Saw your comment earlier. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

please post the recipe for the cake! Looks delicious!

Diane in TX said...

Yes, Yes, Please post the recipe!

Knightsparkle said...

Oh - don't make us beg...please...for the recipe.

Claire said...

Oh Janet, I am drooling over that delicious cake, please post the recipe. June is birthday month here, with two significant birthdays (doh...) and I would love to try it.....

Beautiful cloud pics, the countryside is looking peachy perfect at the moment. I love the post and rail fences, is that what everyone has around their properties?

Glad the birds are doing well and are safe and sound after all that rain. You are so lucky to have them nesting in your garden.

Hope The Secret Agent had a very happy birthday and enjoyed a slice or two of cake. Bet it didn't last long, yum....

Claire :}

WendyW said...

Oh the cake looks soooo yummy, I have a birthday cake to make this week. Pleeese can I have the recipe, Thanks so much !!

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Gorgeous sky photos! Your cake looks so divine please post up the recipe!!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

Cake me baby!!!!!


Paperpretties said...

Oh yes, please, do post the cake recipe. It looks delish!

Emily said...

Beautiful pictures!!

Liana said...

I'm originally from Texas and one of the things I miss is the sky.... the wide open sprawling sky.

I totally get what you're saying.