Today was a lovely day for going to yard sales. The temperature was right, we had the free time, and there were great deals to be had.
Today we got this beautiful desk, which we will use for our computer when we move in a couple weeks for only $20!
I bought the manequin for $6 even though I’m not sure where we’ll store it, because I had a really hard time passing up the Gottschalk’s liquidation sale manequins for much much more. I’ll be using him to model things I make to sell.
I found these fun stamps for $2 and I’m excited to make some cards with them.
And, last, but not least, I found 3 lovely hardback books (total of $1.50) which I will be heartlessly abusing and turning into book purses.
I’ll have more about book purses in a forthcoming post. Don’t fall off the edge of your seat.
More importantly, today was my Momma’s birthday. I think shes like 35 or 50. Somewhere in there.
Happy Birthday Mom!
Mom wanted chicken for her birthday dinner, and I thought lemon pepper chicken sounded yummy. I threw in some fresh parsley and some basil from my garden and it was BEAUTIFUL!!
I’m sorry I didn’t have a chance to photo-document the finished meal. I’ll hang my head in shame for the rest of the week.
It really was beautiful, though.
I roasted the chicken as you see it in the photo and served it right out of the oven. I also grilled some petite baby carrots that I had been marinading in lemon juice since last night. I love my carrots a little al dente, and the grill is perfect.
I steamed some asparagus in Mom’s lovely, shiny, new asparagus steamer. I also made Pioneer Woman’s Baked Lemon Pasta. It was the star of the meal. I wish I had been able to squeeze my way around the table and grab my camera, but I was stuck.
I’m so sorry.
However, I did manage a picture of the birthday cake.
I didn’t say it was a very good picture.
Mom wanted a coconut cake and I thought it sounded like a good idea to throw a little lime in there.
It was a good idea.
I made a regular white cake but I threw some coconut cream powder in there with the dry ingredients, and a little lime juice and zest with the wet ingredients. I also substituted the milk with coconut milk. I baked it in 3 8 inch pans and filled it with coconut creme pie filling.
For frosting I made a cream cheese frosting with liberal amounts of coconut milk and shredded coconut. I finished it off with a little lime zest on top.
I can now say I put the lime in the coconut and then I feel better!