Thank you for visiting!
Porch scenes & other photos are mine/ our home. I often stage it for you-Grab a chair. Let's visit.

~Dabbling in Decorating, Remodeling, fruit & vegetable gardening, herbs, flowering anything. Family always has reserved seating with a place set for friends and blog followers.

It's all about Faith, Family, Friends and Fabulous Flowers.

May 23, 2015

Gramma's Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe ~

Somebody's Gramma's Recipe

Southern Pimento Cheese


With a few changes [options]  made by this Gramma



  • 8-ounce package cream cheese

  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded

  • ¼ cup pimentos

  • pinch of salt and pepper

  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)



  1. Cream together cheeses.

  2. Stir in pimentos and salt and pepper.

  3. If you prefer your pimento cheese to be a bit thinner for spreading, add in optional mayonnaise to preference.

Gramma Options

  • This Gramma  omits the CREAM CHEESE
  • Cheeses:  Mix the different cheeses or use two of the same CHEDDARS
  • I ALWAYS use an entire  [medium] jar of chopped pimentos
  • A Pinch of salt is fine; TASTE TEST to determine if  it seems to need ANOTHER PINCH
  • BLACK PEPPER - by all means please tell me you use COARSE BLACK PEPPER- to showcase but not to be the star~
  • LASTLY:  Please invite GARLIC to the party adding a DISCREET DASH.
REALLY LASTLY:  I prefer Real Mayonaise but Miracle Whip works too-  careful not to add too much just enough to give it a creamy texture/taste but if you really notice the mayonnaise/miracle's  too much. [You can always add more but you cannot take it out once it's mixed in.

One really, really last note: 
 Locally [the Troy, Alabama area] 
 There are two restaurants who make pimento cheese I will
order and recommend.
That's  Byrd Drug Store
on the
downtown square--
Also the  Chicken Salad Chick -
They are a wee bit different but both Yummy Good.
I occasionally
Stop by Byrd Drug Store
and grab a Pimento Cheese Sandwich to go-
In a brown bag w chips and enjoy it across the street
.. in the Park/Swing.

 - N I C E -




May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites - Stringtown Home

Heather is expecting  us:


Stringtown Home

Friday Favorites

What are your plans for Monday (Memorial Day)?

What is the one thing you wish you knew how to do?

What made you smile this week?

What is on your nightstand?

What tune is stuck in your head?

#1.  Most of my family will  be at work or winding down with school activities- No Special plans here. 
But I promise you will see our U.S.A.  Flag flying from the front porch. Don'tcha love it!!!!
#2.  I wish I could SING WELL- but I cannot.
Several members of my family have amazing voices but that came from their Dad's DNA. I shall be content with enjoying theirs.

#3.  S.M.I.L.E.......The enthusiastic  ladies at the fitness center on Tuesday & Thursday mornings made me smile.  Having a sense of humor is of the utmost importance...basically being willing to laugh at our selves. We did~Now we get to do it again [laugh at ourselves] Saturday morning for the whole world to see out in the parking lot.




#5.  On my night stand [table beside my bed]  There is a vintage silver teapot with dried blue hydrangeas, a stack of books- 'Crazy Love' by Francis Chan and three Richard Paul Evans Novels and a wonderful  Candle given to me by 'one of the girls'..


#6. A song stuck in my head ....well that changes from time to time..I love a really sweet  praise chorus that goes like this:

"I love you Lord and I lift my voice to worship you....Oh my soul rejoice..Take joy my King in what you hear, may it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear."

When I start singing it ...oh well it just goes on and on.



May 20, 2015

Introducing A Weekly Series - "Everything Has A Story" at the Gramma's House

Yes,  Everything Has A Story -

At Gramma's House anyway ! Call me a cheapskate or just a good shopper-Take the House Tour~ Every thing has a Story!

This is the Post for sharing some of those stories from our stops along the way in flea markets, antique or junk shops and sometimes just being in the right place at the right time or no money changed hands- many times a treasure was an outright gift from someone who knew how much it would be appreciated.

 There are times when we buy with the head [buying smart] but oftentimes it's with the heart [paying too much].  Most of my 'bragging' is about being a cheap...and paying very little for the things we think of as treasures. And yes I usually do remember the actual amount paid.

This early 20th century bread  box was delivered to me in a brown paper grocery bag just barely escaped being trashed. Two lovely dear ladies, Rue & Shirley were doing some volunteer cleaning in the church kitchen when they came upon this stashed down in the bottom -no telling how many years it had been left there unused and forgotten. Shirley saw no need to hold onto something that no one ever used. It was just taking up space.
 My friend Rue who had been dear prayer partners for several years knew me quite well and intervened quickly saying: "O no, I know someone who would love that breadbox." Shirley was doubtful but after Rue's insisting she was sure Jonell would consider it a real treasure they stuffed it into a grocery bag and Rue couldn't wait to present her surprise 'find.'
It has indeed been a treasure in my house since then. Both Rue and Shirley have gone on to be with the Lord now -Thank you for salvaging a distinctive reminder of another time.

Gramma is sharing Today at Jann Olson's

Have A Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

May 19, 2015

H. O. M. E.

Don't you love when your children & Grands enjoy  



 He went immediately to the front porch swing!

As noted in other posts everything around me especially outdoors is something my husband [of 54+ years] built.  Well this is one of the few things he did not. He found this old swing in the overhead storage of our shop building. 

It should have a bold sticker attached saying:
  "Danger- the back is slanted backwards-"
 We are sharing today at:


May 17, 2015

My Calendar ~ #21

I really like wonderful CALENDARS
My choice calendar each year hangs on the pantry door
and usually has lots of notes, names, dates and special occasions marked on it.
May 18, 2015
- the notation on my calendar
reads 21 months.
My husband thought it total foolishness to spend time visiting a cemetery where
 loved ones are buried.  His thinking was perfectly valid-

"I won't be THERE."


May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Heather at Stringtownhome is the instigator of this weekend activity!


#1. What is happening around you right now?

You mean RIGHT we speak ???

Okay, it's about to be school's out and time to get off work time for many people.
The atmosphere is kinda overcast, dark clouds gathering, rumbling thunder in the distance...
A promise of things [weather] to come?
Who knows..but that's allright.
I have been planted in my big rocker on the front porch HERE

For quite a while-[ a Southern phrase ]

Reading another John Grisham Book-

kinda sorta got lost in the mysterious activities of

the characters in  THE BROKER.

May 11, 2015

While We Wait ~

While we wait....for the next burst of blooms here and there let's take a peek at a few that get an early start.

Coming Soon  - Crepe Myrtle- Front Yard and in My favorite color....



May 09, 2015

Blooms, Buds, Petals & Leaves ~

They Are Knockouts

Yes, I know there is a significant difference in the wonderful 'traditional' Roses but I am working with what I have and the double KNOCKOUT ROSES WORK perfectly...they will for you too!

You don't have to be a trained and licensed floral designer to pull off wonderful things using

Whatcha Got

May 08, 2015

Mama - The Teacher ~

She had no idea she was a teacher - She was!

Primative wooden settee- I still love them 


When I was a toddler it was "mama" who allowed me to get on a stool and help make the biscuits.  I know I was in her way. That was my job-wonder how the biscuits looked..mmm.

May 07, 2015

--- My People Who Are Called By My Name ~


"My People"

That's Us - We Christians


II Chronicles 7:14: 

if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

May 05, 2015

Early Mornings & A Second or Last Cuppa Coffee- Grab Yours & Come Along With Ruth Again~

My daily walk in the gardens today
Gives me cause to pause and thank God
 For the beauty all around me.
 It is the Roses' time to shine
And make my day one of joy
in my God.
[Ruth Walker]

April 23, 2015

Ruth and Charles' Garden~ Early Spring 2015

A huge thank you to friends Ruth and Charles
for sharing their personal gardens with
 'Like Gramma's House'

 Ruth and Charles' Garden has been an ongoing labor of love for decades and  like the changes God put in place for all of Creation-

Our Gardens

 Are a slide show of

The Seasons  

Our Creator made provision for the humans we are- who tire of sameness, look forward and long for Changes in the weather, the landscape and personal  gardens around us...our homes, woodlands, roadsides or designated tourist garden spots.

His plan was and continues to be perfect.  And just like the original Garden of Eden these spaces require the loving and never ending  care- we still know as work no matter how much we love it. 

April 18, 2015

A Spring ReRun ~ #20

Just In Case You Missed It Last Spring

March 2015
[All photos 2012 -2013- earlier dates mean I did not change dates on my camera settings]

April 04, 2015

Add Maintenance Planner and Landscaper to My Resume ~

After being a willing  helpmate for more than 54 years,

 I am claiming yet another title in this new life.

As I ponder this I remember my husband's last work title in industry management was "Maintenance Planner".  As I recall he was responsible  for anticipating, scheduling , overseeing, approving  [ an on and on and on] the maintenance in a specific area [ I THINK] of the Paper Mill. Sorry, that's the best I can do with that job description.

Today I recognize that I can now add the job of  

 "Maintenance Planner"  

to my life resume.

April 03, 2015

About The House-

About The House- Some Familiar-Some Seasonal 2015


 Spring Cleaning

Can Be As Simple As

A Fresh Coat of PAINT


It's easy to forget how long it's been since the last time  they were painted

and a can of good quality spray paint can give one such

A feeling of Accomplishment

April 01, 2015

And the W I N N E R is - ME

SYC the party where you share the things that make you HAPPY

Jann's Blog Anniversary Giveaway

It's Here!!

March 30, 2015

A Garden Tour Anyone?

In the interest of FULL DISCLOSURE- Some of these are my photos- Some are from
The Harrison House Yardens
Others are contributions of family / friends

March 27, 2015

Let's Do This AGAIN~ While the Bridal Wreath is Blooming~

A scene as pretty as this should not be called a Spring Re-Run
Spring 2010


Decorator secrets- I never, never buy new table cloths, napkins etc.  I always keep an eye out for basic supplies that someone else has paid the new price for and usually only gently worn.  Flaws & imperfections- signs of use are not an issue for me.  My old and new Fiestaware is the most all purpose stash of supplies in my home.  They are not fragile and mix with literally any dishes I enjoy using.  I never have a real plan for coordinating dishes, pottery, linens- "I just make it up as I go."

March 22, 2015

Some Things Just Make Me S M I L E ~

The birds singing-
butterflies flitting ~ Children Playing~


  • Pretties- the icing -  the fluff -   the extras -
Source  Southern Living Magazine