April Spring Days

There always comes a spring day when barely there green appears without warning on yesterday’s bare trees.  Maybe we undergo change in the same way.


Spring chalkboard in Lavender & Linen's garden 

How about joining me for an appetizer in the garden.


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We despair of reaching the and of a long winter of the soul when suddenly we feel a tiny inner shift, an unfurling in some part of our life.

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Spring at Kentucky's State Capital



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“The dry seasons in life do not last.  The spring rains will come again.” Sarah Ban Breatnach



Spend a day watching clouds instead of working the cloud.

Think and wonder, wonder and think

Has spring arrived at your house?

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

I hope you’re having lovely weather wherever you are!

It really perks up our spirit and nurtures our soul doesn’t it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Strawberry Cake Recipe


Hi there!

I’m just dropping by to hello and to share this wonderful cake recipe with you that I made this week.

I also added a few tweaks to it.


The Best Strawberry Cake


by Paula Deen


. 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix (I bought two and added a 1/4 cup to make the correct amount)

. 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry - flavored instant gelatin

. 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed (I used unsweetened)

. 4 large eggs

. 1/2 cup vegetable oil

. 1/4 cup water

. Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows

. 1/4 cup butter, softened

. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

. 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thaw and pureed

. 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract

. 7 cups confectioners' sugar

. Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin, add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water, beat at

medium spread with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes (I left mine in oven for another 8 min)

or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.


In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat 1/4 cup of the strawberry

puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.)

Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.

Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries if desired.

(This cake stays moist 3 days later....very heavy cake)


I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

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