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Friday Confessional: Sometimes You Just Need to Walk Away! *plus* a Recipe

Friday, June 14, 2013

It's time to fess-up with Aubrey and her peeps @ Friday Confessional!

For the most part this week, I've been walking away from things that are bad for me....especially my wallet!  ;P

I confess...

I confess that I had some shopping to do at a local mall, and I had to be in a close proximity to Anthropologie.  I need to stay out of that store because I always spend way too much.  Plus my mother and grandmother just gave me stuff from there for my birthday.

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Cafe de even sounds cute, doesn't it!
But I walked away...

I confess...

I confess that my youngest daughter really needs some new shorts for summer.  She found these:

Now, I have nothing against Daisy Dukes as long as they fit and aren't ridiculously too short, but Bedazzled Daisy Dukes?  They're a bit much.
We walked away.

I confess...
I confess that I finally finished my containers.  Yay!  I'll post photos next week. But in the meantime, I keep seeing some pretty containers on Pinterest, and I really need to stop looking at them because I can barely take care of what I have!

Love this upcycled planter made from an old lamp base.  Isn't it stunning!
See the pretty streaming succulent called strings of pearls?

Then I saw this at Oak Street Garden Center:

Pretty container, and more strings of pearls!
I walked away.  I must stay away!!!

I confess...

I confess that I always have a hard time walking away from all the pretty flowers at our local market.  But lucky for me, our roses still look great after two weeks.  Remember this arrangement?

The viburnum didn't last, but the roses have lasted!

I walked away from the market without buying any flowers this week.  Yay!

I confess...
I confess that I'm OCD.  I spring cleaned the cabin last weekend, and I really need to do the same at home.  But we've had a very busy week, so I walked away from my huge list of chores.  There's always next week!

A tiny corner in our cabin kitchen.  So nice everything is clean and smells good.

I confess...

I confess that we have lots of fresh, ripe cherries around because I've been making this recipe, so I decided to bake an old-fashioned upside down cake that's been in our family for a long time.

Cherry Upside-Down Cake


 3 tablespoons butter, melted
 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
 3 cups cherries, pitted and cut in half

 1/2 cup Crisco
 1 cup white sugar
 1 egg
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 2 teaspoons baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350.
Pour melted butter into the bottom of an 8 inch square pan making sure that the bottom is evenly coated. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter. Arrange the cherries to cover the bottom.  Next, cream together the shortening and white sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk, starting and ending with the four mixture.  Pour into the baking pan completely covering the cherries.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Immediately invert onto a serving plate.  Enjoy!

This is what happens when you use a butter knife to cut cake!

I need to walk run away from this cake!  But I didn't have to run far, because it didn't 'ast very long!

What do you have to confess today?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Your confessions are sweet, especially that yummy cake confession. I've never been to an Anthropologie store, can you believe it? It is probably just as well, since our house is full.

  2. lol Ricki Jill.
    I too need to start walking away a lot more...

  3. I've learned to walk away - with quick sharp jabs to my chest - but I still manage to do it LOL
    Your cakes looks delish!

  4. I don't think I would have been able to walk away from that little shop. Curiosity would have gotten the better of me. Those shorts on the other hand...

  5. Hahaha! You crack me up. :)
    I walk away often, but I always pine a little bit. I'd definitely need to walk away from the cake, but only after I've had some of it (to burn the calories ingested). ;)

  6. That cake looks amazing!!!! I have lots to confess... but I need to get busy cleaning my house. :)

    Love that little store you shopped at and how about you walking away from the flowers? :)
    Have a great Father's Day Weekend!


  7. RJ,
    Your container of succulents looks great. The cherry upside down cake also sound delicious.

  8. I CONFESS that I can eat that whole cake in one sitting and I am telling you the truth! My husband would vouch for me and still wonders HOW, after 31 years, can I do it. I don't know, but I can. LOVE CHERRIES! And your little dog is so precious! Thanks dear for coming to visit and I will be around! I will be taking a poetry class at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis for the entire summer, so I need to see how much time I will have to post!

    Love those flowers and your darling kitchen bench! Anita

  9. Wow, those planters of succulents are amazing! Wouldn't mind a piece of cake either... Happy Weekend:@)

  10. Olá amiga,Obrigada pela visitinha!!!Amo sua atenção!!!
    Amei o cantinho da cozinha,muito fofo!!!

    Volte sempre!!!

    Beijos do Brasil, Marie.

  11. Never heard of cherry upside down cake...............I also love pretty flowers.......and lastly daisy dukes are nice if someone has the figure for them and they look good

  12. I don't know if I should confess right now. I am of the age that denial is a wonderful crutch! LOL! That cake looks delicious!

  13. I think I'd have a hard time walking away from those planters. I love succulents.

    That cherry upside down cake sounds amazing.

    Thanks for joining the Friday Confessional party. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend so far.

  14. I pinned that lamp planter quite a while ago - Just LOVE it - and there it still sits in my Pinterest file, along with a gazillion other things I want to create!! Cute post - and great restraint on your part :-)

  15. I confess that I need to drop about 10+ pounds and I'm craving a slice of that cherry cake. And we both know I have the same Anthropologie habit. Fabulous succulent arrangement! Wish I could do something like that. What WOW factor. Wouldn't that be pretty for a wedding? Great idea to use the lamp base.

  16. Hi Ricky, I love that you were so able to walk away from so much temptation. Especially the Daisy Dukes, LOL! One must remember I am 73 I just can't get the torn and ripped jeans and clothes. I would have felt so underprivileged if Mama said that was all I could wear. Wish we were that liberated, could'a saved a lot of money!
    I have never had cherry upside down cake, it looks yummy and I am pinning.
    Have a blessed week,

  17. I couldn't believe the high school wore those shorts and weren't stopped by the administration. I guess with 5000 kids that is pretty hard to do. Yes, the cherry cake looks wonderfully delicious. And I love the string of pearls in the planters - just lovely.

  18. Haha, probably better to walk away from the shorts, they're a little special... And that cake looks so yummy!

  19. I just love ANTHROPOLOGIE! They have unique items there, right? I can see why you have a hard time walking away from the pretty flowers at the market. Those roses are so pretty. I bought some orange ones today to cheer the house up a bit. That upside-down cake looks amazing!


  20. What will power you have to walk away from all those temptations! I'm glad Anthro is off my beaten path :) I have that repurposed lamp base pinned too~ love that!!

  21. Girl, you should be tired from walking away so much! LOL, that cake looks amazing. I'm on a starvation era, I stressed ate during all this stuff and then traveling 2 weeks in a row did my system and stomach in. I've been eating a lot of vegetable, fruit and yogurt! But I'd love a piece of that cake!!

  22. I saw way too many young girls with too short shorts walking around California.


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