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Here I am in White Oak, Texas, enjoying the early morning and waiting for my coffee to boil.  That’s right, I said boil.  Micah and Drew aren’t coffee drinkers so it’s always a little panick-y when I come to visit.  Several months ago, Roger taught me how to make coffee the way it is made in Romania, so that’s what I’m doing this morning.

Yesterday, my lovely sister and I and the two girls went looking for thrift stores.  We struck out with the first one: too smoky.  Goodwill wasn’t much better but I did find a pretty awesome wrought iron bird cage.  Can’t wait to get it cleaned up!  At our third stop, Clothes from the Heart, we found a veritable treasure trove of nice things.  Don’t let the name fool you, she’s not all about clothes.  She had some furniture pieces, jewelry, fabrics and trim and much more! I may have to send her back on occasion.  The little shop is right outside of Gladewater, Texas and is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Except she won’t be there this Saturday–she’s going deer hunting!

Clothes from the Heart

Clothes from the Heart

When we came home, Micah made me the long-promised Pockets of Lemon cake, as made famous by Grandma Thatcher.  I’m going to go ahead and add the recipe here:






1 Can Pillsbury Lemon Frosting

1 8 oz. Carton Cool Whip, thawed



1 Pkg Pilsbury white cake mix

1 ¼ C. water

1/3 C. oil

4 Egg whites

1 Can (15.75oz) lemon pie filling

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 13”x9” cake pan, grease and flour or spray with Crisco No stick cooking spray. Prepare cake mix as directed on package, using water, oil and egg whites. Spread batter in prepared pan. Drop pie filling by heaping teaspoonfuls evenly over the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the edges pull away from pan and top is golden brown. Allow cake to cool in pan for 45 minutes or until completely cooled. In medium bowl, combine frosting and cool whip blend well. Spread over cooled cake. Best if served chilled. Store loosely covered in refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings

I would also like to give a parting nod to my friend Amanda who has recently (as of September) begun to blog.  Please take a look at what she is doing over at Cook’s Cove.  Bravo Amanda!  You’re so comfortable with your words and your writing style is a true joy!