Friday, August 04, 2006

Corners of my Home ~ Outside

I am trying to sneak in late, hoping no one will notice...sorry Lisa! :)
On my back deck I have an old enamel top table, which I thought would make a nice spot for tea ~ a 'Summer Corner' as Clarice would say. I covered it with a thrifted linen table cloth and brought out the bentwood chairs from the dining room.

I made this blueberry buckle with some of the blueberries I picked the other's scrumptious!

Blueberry Buckle

1/4 c. butter, room temp

2/3 c. sugar

1 egg

1/2 c. milk

2 c. flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp lemon flavoring

2 c. fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter with mixer, add the sugar and beat, then add the egg and beat for 1 minute. Add milk & lemon flavoring, beating til blended. Combine dry ingredients & add to creamed mixture. Beat about 2 minutes, til combined. Gently stir in blueberries. Spray or butter an 8 inch square pan; pour batter into prepared pan & smooth the top.


1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp lemon flavoring

1/4 c butter, room temp

1/2 c. coarsely chopped pecans

Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, & lemon flavoring. Add butter and cut in with a fork til it is like a coarse meal. Add pecans. Sprinkle topping evenly over top of batter. Bake about 60 - 70 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Our garden is in front of the barn. In one section I planted flowers...these are the zinnias. Jessica, our darling pony, is in the background...

Here are the sunflowers, with dark blue morning glories (volunteers) climbing up...

Some more zinnias against the blue morning glories...

We're having a beautiful, sunny day here...hope you are too!


  1. Love the photos...and I am thinking that some blueberry buckle would taste mighty fine...

  2. What a charming summer corner. It looks like you have an amazing piece of property !!! I want too see more !!!!

    Thank you for the recipe I will make it this weekend. Have relaxing weekend Clarice

  3. Lovely photos!

    The Blueberry buckle looks delicious :-)

  4. Wow!! I've never seen morning glories that deep shade of blue. They are stunning mixed with the yellow sunflowers!
    Your summer corner is so sweet.

  5. Well, since you threw in a recipe. ;) Beautiful, as always. Love the pic of the zinnias with the pony in the background.

    My stepdaugther rides. I'll have to show her that pic. She loves horses so much.

  6. I just love your summer corner. You have the most beautiful yard, it looks so serene and peaceful. Your blueberry buckle sounds delic.
    and I think I will be trying that very soon.

  7. I love sunflowers and zinnas too and have them in my backyard. Although my backyard doesn't include the pony. =)

    Simply beautiful.


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