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Thursday, April 16, 2009


I am participating in Hopeful Friday, sponsored by Cielo at The House in the Roses. For more hopeful posts, please go to The House in the Roses. I am also participating in Foodie Friday, sponsored by Gollum at Designs by Gollum. For wonderful recipes, please go to Designs by Gollum.

Did you receive this email? As I viewed these photographs, I couldn't help but think of the beauty, the power, the majesty, the brilliance, and especially the logic of all of God's creation. When our world overwhelms me, and I start to think that the problems I see in this world are just too big to overcome, I look at God's creation, and I know that nothing is too big for Him, and I am hopeful.

The following photographs were taken by Clark Little, who has published a book of photographs of waves.


My friend, Susie, gave me this recipe (Since I'm always mentioning Susie on my blog, ya'll probably think Susie is my only friend--you may be right!) She is one of my BFF, but she is also my friend who always has the best ideas, gives the best gifts, has a wonderful home, and has the best recipes. Those are just some of the reasons her name keeps coming up on my blog. (I do have another friend or two). I served this frozen salad for Easter dinner, and it was soooo easy and soooo delicious. The children ate theirs out of these "footed" silicone cups. (I did give most of the adults a regular silicone cup and some were served in ramekins. However, some of our adult family members preferred a cup with feet-you saw my sil on my post the other day, wearing Easter grass hair-you know he'd want a footed holder!)

EZ Frozen Banana Salad
3/4 cup sugar
3 large bananas-mashed
2/3 cups sour cream (regular or lite)
1/2 cupped chopped pecans
1 cup undrained crushed pineapple
2 Tblsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped cherries(optional)
1 Cool Whip-8 oz (regular or lite)

Mix all ingredients..stir in Cool Whip last..pour into 9 by 13 pyrex pan or cupcake holders..(Susie uses heavy duty paper cupcake holders-or doubles the regular holders; puts them in a muffin pan, and freezes them; after they freeze, she removes them from the muffin pan and puts them in a Ziploc bags in the freezer). These do not have to be thawed before eating, so you can take as many as you need out of the freezer when you serve your dinner.

I know I have only participated in Foodie Friday twice, and the other time I shared my recipe for Banana Pudding. I just want to tell ya'll that we do eat food at my house that doesn't have bananas in it!

EDITED TO ADD: Some of you have asked about these photos, so I did a little searching, and found his website. Not only does he take beautiful pictures, he is a pretty beautiful hunk himself! Here is the website, which features an interview with him on Good Morning America, along with more of his photos.

Don't forget to go to The House in the Roses and Designs by Gollum to follow the tracks to some great posts today. Thank you so much for visiting me ! laurie


Four Paws and Co said...

You are just too cute for words! Hee hee hee, no bananas...

The recipe sounds delicious & the pictures are so amazing. ☺♥☺

Kat said...

This sounds really good Laurie. Love the "footed" dishes! The wave pictures really are amazing, how on earth does he shoot those? The last one in particular - it looks like glass. What a talent, thanks for sharing these. Hugs, Kathy

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word Laurie, the pictures of the waves are just unreal. They are simply gorgeous.
Love the frozen dessert recipe. I will have to try it, it sounds so good and something I can do way ahead. Love the footed dishes. Cute. Hugs, Marty

KBeau said...

I got that recipe from Susie, too. I hope to try it soon, but I really do have no bananas.

As for the pictures, those are something else. I just love good photography.

~CC Catherine said...

Laurie, What unbelievable artistry in the photographers pictures of the ocean and, they don't even need words. Breathtaking, and you are so right...when all seems hopeless, look at God's creation...and HE IS BIGGER than any problem this world or human can create. I love your frozen banana dessert recipe, sounds like a PLAN! I'll print this one off, for sure! ;) Have a blessed weekend friend! ~CC Catherine

Chandy said...

Those waves are amazing! Especialy the last one!

Great frozen banana salad!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Wow! I feel like I should be wet!
I make that frozen salad too! It's great because it can be made ahead - sometimes I make it when we're serving soup - I think the cold makes a nice compliment to the hot soup.

xashee's corner said...

you crack me up and i thank you for that!! :) LOVE your post and thank you for sharing such a YUMMY sounding recipe! :) LOVE those photos too! Have an AWESOME day!! :)

Domestic Designer said...

Your pictures are unreal! The recipe sounds delicious. I am definitely going to try it!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Laurie, The wave pics are amazing and the banana desert sounds yummy! I'll have to try it. Kristen

Cass @ That Old House said...

gorgeous wave pictures... and a great recipe also. I love those footed cups! So cute... Cass

Candy said...

Those are some of the most awesome photos I have seen. Way cool!
Cheers, Candy

Joyce said...

I think the footed dish is cute but this recipe is one similar to one they serve at the Swan House in Atlanta and the reason I like to have a ladies lunch at the Swan. It is so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

ellen b. said...

I love those amazing wave shots. Yikes. God's creation is amazing and speaks volumes about Him. Your little banana treats sound good and Yes I do have bananas...Bananas I have some today...Enjoy your weekend!!

The Raggedy Girl said...

The wave photos are incredible. And your frozen salad banana thingy sounds really good.

From Roberta Anne--The Raggedy Girl

Nancy Jane said...

I thought that I got every forward in the world, but somehow I never got the waves! So glad you posted them. I am in awe since I have trouble shooting food that doesn't move! The banana pudding looks excellent...What a great dessert to store in the freezer for the coming months! Hope you had a wonderful Easter...Nancy

Ginger said...

I loved seeing those pictures.
The banana salad sounds good, I wrote the receipe it 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or teaspoons?

imjacobsmom said...

Wow Laurie those photos are amazing, as well as your banana salad. Sounds refreshing and by making it in individual portions it would be handy for lunches, too. ~ Robyn

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl if I would have been there I also would have wanted a footie cup..Loved all your pictures just awesome..May you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Salmagundi said...

I've seen these pics before. Aren't they amazing? Those dishes with feet are too cute!! Have a great weekend. Sally

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Oh Thank you for sharing Laurie! They are so beautiful!!!! I've never seen anything like them! I love your banana recipes! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Laurie, I've got've got Vanna on your prayer you know what's going on with her? I've been really worried and saying some prayers myself! Left lots of messages and emailed to no avail! Let me know please! Thanks! Lauralu :(

Nancy Rosalina said...

Laurie, I love the pictures...I have not seen them before so thank you for sharing!

The recipe sounds delish!!!

Hopey you have a wonderful weekend! Nancy

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are amazing. Happy Hopeful Friday. Your dessert looks delicious too.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Those wave pics took my breath away!!! Wow girl. That salad sounds amazing and how about those footed cups, your grandkids must be the happiest ever! I'm going to print that recipe right away. Have a wonderful week-end. Cindy

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Those wave pictures are incredible! Wow! I am in shock! Also, yummy're making me hungry! Linda

Sharing with Sherri said...

Those photos are awesome!!!
I think it's so cool how that his wife's wanting a picture, and his love for surfing lead him to something so amazingly special!!
I love these kind of stories!! I'm thinking God must of had a hand in his destiny too!

Speaking of awesome, that desert sounds really YUMMY! I'll have to try it sometime!
Have a nice weekend!

puddin07 said...

Laurie, those wave pics are amazing, just like our Creator! The banana dessert looks delicious, and leave it to you to have footed cups! So cute and fun, like you! Love Ya! Connie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Ohhh...what fantastic photos!!! And you worded it so perfectly, my friend...Our God IS an awesome God!!!

Mmmm...yummy! Your frozen banana salad looks so good and it sounds fairly easy to make (which is a requirement for me...hehe!) I just love those cute little footed silicone cups!!! Darling!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, my friend...I'll have to give it a try!

Love ya,

Kathleen said...

I HOPE that banana dessert walks right over to my house.Sounds really good!

xinex said...

Beautiful photography and amazing photos, Laurie! The babana dish looks delish too. I forgot to tell you that I made the banana pudding when my mom was still here. I missed the part where you layer with Nilla wafers so I only had the wafers at the bottom. Needless to say, it was very creamy, very good though. It was so big for just the 3 of us so I served it for my mom's breakfast. She forgets that she's already had it the day!...Christine

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Miss Laurie~You are ALWAYS the SUNSHINE in my rainy northwest day!!!! Those wave pictures are spectacular! I can't even take pictures for my blog...speaking of which... what camera do you use? Forgive me if you've answered this question before. Due to the pause in menopause I don't have very good recall. I can't imagine how those wave pics were taken. That's one telescopic lens.

Thanks for sharing your BF's recipe. My sweet mother in-law use to make a frozen dessert very similar. I had always wished I had gotten the recipe from her. I'm going to make this for my family. I go bananas over your banana recipes, keep on bringing em'.

Sweet wishes,

P.S. Do you know what happened to kristen from somethin about nothin?
I've tried visiting her but her blog has been closed.

Kathy said...

Hello Laurie, those photographs are amazing. We love bananas around here and need to eat more salads so your FF recipe is perfect for us. I am off to check out the wave guy now :-) Kathy.

Anonymous said...

those pics are awesome.great advice my sweet Laurie.
whenever i slow down and "ook"at what God has made.there is no way to NOT believe in him.
that is one reason ilove my birds so much.HOW can you look at a bird and NOT see God?the colors.the thought that they just liftthemselves and take off.under their feathers is the masters graft.Swanee ,as you know has very little feathers.his skin is an arhaitech(sp)would draw up his did God.
it is just miracle after miracle when you REALLY look....ann

SmilingSally said...

Amazing photos.

Nicole ~ said...

Wow, those pictures are amazing, and double wow, he looks pretty darn amazing too!! I am going to check him out a little more in a bit.

Thanks for the recipe, that looks really good & refreshing. Especially on one our warm days here in Texas. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Nicole

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Laurie,

Thank you for sharing the fabulous photos of waves - yes - God's creation is amazing.

Love the forzen dessert recipe. Sounds yummy - especially now that it is getting hot in Southern California.
Have a wonderful week.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Those wave photos are just amazing! I hadn't seen them before so thanks for sharing them!


Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Wow! My most favorite thing in nature is seeing the power of the ocean and it's waves! These are beautiful and I will visit the link you provided! Thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for the yummy recipe...looks yums!!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I left a little something for you on my blog...stop by and check it out when you get a chance!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Femin Susan said...

Those are gorgeous shots.

Judi said...

Those are beautiful pictures I am going to go to his site and see what this is all about.
Isn't it incredible?
Bananas...I love bananas and this is a really interesting recipe that I am definately going to have to try. Maybe on the weekend..yum.
thank you for sharing
and have a great evening

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Laurie, I looked back on some of your posts and found some pics of your concrete. I love it! That's what I had in mind for mine. I worked on it today and it looks kind of like that, but the colors are a little different. I used a brown and tericotta and just mixed them together. I should have had someone who knows what they're doing to come do it, but I was determined to do it myself and save money. I'm still a little nervous because it's a little different and WAY darker than I had in mind. I'll just have to see how it turns out!! Kristen

Unknown said...

dropping by with a dandelion, my first flower of the year! LOL...sure hope all is well in your part of blogland!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

What awesome photos. And it's true he is a hunk!

I'll have to try this recipe. I love banannas. Hugs, Terrie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laurie, just looking at those photos again is amazing. Such talent some people have. Thanks lady for stopping by my MM post and you always leave such sweet and wonderful comments. I really look forward to your visits, they always make my day and lift me up. Hugs Marty

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Laurie! Whoa, what amazing pictures on this post! Awe inspiring. Nature is amazing.

Thanks for your support for my "stuck in staging mode" rant! I'm starting to get my mojo back, lol, and am digging around finding all my "stuff" again. Yay! Time to make the house my home. :-)
PS LOVED your post with your birds -- SO funny and adorable. I also am among the Target-bird-deprived!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Dearheart...

Just read the sweet little note that you left in my kichen...thank you so much for all of your nice compliments, Sweetie!!! know that I'd just love to sit and have coffee and a chat with you at that breakfast bar!!! Bet we could just sit and solve all of the world's problems!!! Hehe!!!

So happy to hear that you're interested in doing a "Sunday Favorites"...I'm going to have to figure out how to do a "Mr. Linky"! Thanks honey!

Have a marvelous Monday!
Love ya,

Soosie said...

Hey, Eve..I guess i will be going to Hobby Lobby now and springing for the footed silicone cups..I saw them there last Friday when I was there for my weekly pilgrimage..Wilton..very cute..
Thanks for the wave pics..they are so fabulous and now you know a professional photographer..he should be writing you a thank you note, as many hits as you get! Susie:>)

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the wave photos... FAB FAB FAB!!!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Laurie,
Chiming in with the others to say those are simply amazing wave pictures! Wow! When I was a young girl of 14 I used to think I wanted to be a surfer! hahahahahahahaha, I can't stand to put my head under water hardly now and do duck if I see a big wave coming at me!

thanks for the banana salad recipe. You know I think I used to have that long ago and forgot all about it. I bet my little grandsons would love that. thank you!

I had to go back to read Susan's mealworm post! LOL! Ick! I'm not real sure I could store those in my refrigerator. Maybe it's a good thing I don't have bluebirds yet! ha!

Thanks for your visit. It's also so good to see you. I'm not the best blogger! :(


kari and kijsa said...

those photos are unbelievable!! Wow!!
kari & kijsa

Kathleen Ellis said...

Awesome pics, Laurie! They are just breathtaking!
The recipe sounds yummie...will have to give it a try!
Have a FABulous week!

The Stylish House said...

I smile when I come to your site, but I am saddened when I see your blog roll of people I care about losing a loved one or face the loss of employment. The world has always been an uncertain place and no one escapes its trials and tribulations. So I say and extra prayer, hold my family a little tighter and hope these turbulent waters pass quickly. I have seen your kindness shown to all and respect your approach. I am glad to have met you.

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Those pics are beautiful...but water terrifies me so those pics scare the heck out of me...but they are a scary sort of way! :-) Susan

Donna said...

Those photographs are phenomenal, Laurie! And I am SO going to try the banana dessert! Oh my gosh, it sounds so good! Regarding the photos of Spotty with the rainbow, it was made by one of the prisms hanging in my window... I was photographing him when my daughter came into the room and started petting him, so I also got the rainbows on her hand! Have a wonderful week!!!... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

xinex said...

Hi Laurie, thanks for coming by. Our bday has not come yet, it's on the 29th but thanks for the early greetings....Christine

Decor To Adore said...

What gorgeous photographs of waves. I can't wait to show my husband.

Cindy J. said...

Laurie my precious friend.. I can't tell you the inspiration I received from these photos.. Oh my the composition.. the colors..of course these were all created by God but such a master photogrphay and artist was able to caputure their moment.. simply astonishing..
This dessert sounds so wonderful, just like everyting you do. Love, Cindy

Stacey said...

What a great post Laurie! I love the needlework with words of wisdom. I have some that I made years ago...even though I don't have them on the wall I can't part with them.

We make that frozen banana salad all the time. My hubby likes it to stay in the freezer as often as possible. It's delicious and good for you!

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Hi Laurie.. Thanks for sharing your inspiring thoughts. You have such eloquent ramblings. For the record I'm always interested in the things you have to say. The samplers are just wonderful and the photographed waves breath taking. Thanks for stopping by my place and being so polite as to leave nice comments about my craziness....LOL ~Athella

Connie said...

Hi Laurie,
If you ever want to see this house in person, come visit me as it's about 15 minutes awayl it really is prettyl

Connie said...

Hi Laurie,
The colors of the waves is fantastic I can't conceive of taking a picture that nice.
I also want to that you for sending the warm weather up or way. It was 30 degrees this am, and went to 82 this afternoon. Things are starting to get green again. Yeh !!!!!
All that and I had a brownie with real hot fudge on it tonight. Life is really good !!
Please don't worry about leaving a comment on my blog. When you have the time will work out just fine.
Have a good weekend!