Thursday, May 9, 2013

{ P,H,F,R}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

Linking up today with Aunt Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter for another volume of Pretty, Happy, Funny Real.
{ Pretty}
I love being outside this time of year.  We have a glider on our back porch that looks out over the garden, but I feel very isolated when I am back there.  Most of the time that is fine.  The quiet is needed after a long day of noisy, busy, children.  But, there is also time when I want to gaze at the front garden and watch the activity of the neighborhood, cars returning home at the end of the day, pets being walked and sprinklers coming on.  This bench belonged to Mr. Golfer's father.  You may recognize the style and be able to date it from the 1960's.  It was once white, but I painted it black years ago when the house shutters were black as well.
I want to put a porch swing here.  It is on my "asking" list for the summer.  Maybe a birthday?

When my girls were little I used my needlework skills to smock for them.  I really have never liked seeing small children dressed like mini adults.  They are only small for a short time and little girls should be little girls.  My four always looked very feminine.  I saved all those dresses ( not sure of the actual number) and now my granddaughters can wear them.  Lilah Grace is all about being a princess these days, so when she saw there was a Cinderella dress she lit up!  She also is sitting still for the camera more and more, so I enjoyed capturing this sweet face.
Evelyn on the other hand does not want to smile or sit still!  She was not happy with Grandmother for trying to pose her even though she was wearing a "pretty "dress!
I took the afternoon yesterday to make a new recipe.  I have never attempted stuffed peppers and wanted to use the package I had purchased.  I cooked them for 20 minutes in the oven at 400 then filled them with this delicious mixture.

I made chips from low carb tortillas and homemade guacamole.
Of course I forgot to take a picture of the finished peppers with all the filling in them and topped with grated cheese and sour cream!  But they were delish and making a nice light dinner tonight as I write this!
What was you r contentment this week?  I look forward to reading!


  1. Those dresses are absolutely beautiful. I know smocking takes a lot of time and patience. You are right - little girls should look like little girls.

  2. Your granddaughters are precious! Oh how I love and miss smocked dresses! And how special that these can be passed down. My girls are now 8 and 10 and will no longer let me dress them in sweet frills. Maybe one day they'll get a baby sister :)

  3. Nice! the dresses are so lovely! so good to have little girls be girls and have beautiful modest truly little girl dresses!

  4. oh, those dresses!!!! such a labor of love......and being loved again! i did just a teeny little bit of smocking when my daughter was little....i was never as accomplished as you. just lovely!!