Hometown traditions and Sunshine Cupcakes

Friday, July 3, 2015

Have you ever heard of a Pig Pickin'?

If you grew up in eastern NC, then of course you know what that is!

A Pig Pickin' is a true pig roast on an large open cooker.  The pig is cooked anywhere from 12 hours to 24 hours depending on the opinions of the cooks.  In my family it was always the men who sat up all night socializing around the cooker.  Of course they claimed they were "watching" the pig.

In eastern NC the barbecue sauce is a sweet and very spicy vinegar based sauce found to be mostly used east of Winston Salem.  No red sauce used in my home town!

At a southern style Pig Pickin', one family would host the event, the men would all help cook the pig, and the women would bring the fixins' - which meant lots of cornbread, fresh vegetables from their own gardens, and lots of desserts.

One of the most popular desserts was Sunshine Cake - also known very well as Pig Pickin' Cake.

In honor of this tradition that I missing out on this weekend, I am sharing my sister's recipe for Sunshine Cake made instead into cupcakes.

I think they turned out quiet well and were very yummy!

Fresh from the oven

And so very yummy when frosted.

Enjoy your weekend.


"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  Colossians 3:17

Why I love Red, White & Blue Decor

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I have always loved a patriotic theme to party decorations and even in my decor.  Blame it on my southern roots or the fact that I'm a military veteran's wife, but I just love the combination of these three colors used in a home.

These days I certainly don't have a plan to use only these colors in any of my rooms, I think the overall color scheme of red, white and blue in a room would eventually drive me crazy.  Using just a few accent pieces in a patriotic theme though suits my tastes just fine.

Unless it was in one of these homes:

Southern Living
Love this cozy bunk room.  

Better Homes & Gardens
And this kitchen is awesome and bright!

Midwest Living

Country Living
And these two porches just make you want to relax with a glass of sweet tea!

This Old House

The abundance of white paint and trim really  makes the other colors become the background colors.

But since my own idea of using red, white & blue in my modern home would lean more to just accent pieces I just might have to try out these projects:

Better Homes & Gardens

I absolutely love love love this idea!  My dad loved baseball and I can't think of a better way to embrace his love of the sport combined with a patriotic theme.  I just need some old baseballs to get started on this project very soon.

Via Pinterest.  greenacreshobbyfarm.blogspot.com

This painted chair would be cute anywhere in the house.

via Pinterest  indulgy.com
Who doesn't love a painted pallet!

For a list of all my favorite red, white and blue decorations favorites, view my Pinterest board here.


A few crazy days before surgery

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If you have read my blog in the last couple of weeks you know that this week I am having my second foot and ankle surgery.  Honestly I don't know if it is worse knowing what I'm in for this weekend with pain and discomfort, or best because I know what I'm in for with the pain and discomfort and can plan for it.

Once again...Where has May gone?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I remember two years ago writing about where had the month of May gone for me.  It was 2013 and my son was graduating from high school.  I was busy that month working on preparations for the band banquet and the Baccalaureate ceremony for his class.   Then I had to travel round trip over 28 hours to pick up my mom in NC for his graduation and take her back home.  May just quickly disappeared for me that year.

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