You may notice that I’ve changed the header image and also the “background” image on this blog.  I didn’t mean to do it… I was just experimenting with various styles and backgrounds and fonts… as you do… and once I got this image put in as the “background” here… I could not find the old one I was using at all!  It’s gone from the options I had to choose from!

This particular image, down the right and left sides of my blog here, is an image that I had saved in my computer from when I was buying material to make curtains for our “breakfast (& dinner) room” at our house. The header photo is that room and those curtains that I made this past spring. I got the small image of the pattern from the web site where I found this fabric.  I ordered it online and it came on a giant tube.  I still have to make a long valance out of this fabric for over the two windows in the kitchen but I haven’t gotten myself “in the mood” for that job yet.  I have to be “in the sewing mood” to do any kind of sewing these days.


Above is the image.  So somehow I worked it so that was my background.  I love this pattern.  It’s so bright and cheerful.  It’s a good thick fabric, too, and should keep the cold from escaping into the room.


We are having a weather week.  Nasty wet and windy weather. We do need the rain badly, so I can’t complain too much, but Paul is home from his work as a lobsterman and when he’s not working, he’s not 100% happy!

To help ease his un-ease about not working (and,therefore, not making money), I made a decadent dessert this week… I found it on Facebook and never thought I’d actually make it for us, but I did.  It’s called Lemon Icebox Cake.  It’s not something you’d want to have around ALL the time, either… but now and then you just need something sinful for dessert, no?

Sunny No-Bake Lemon Ice Box Cake Recipe.


It’s so easy, too!  The biggest hassle with this “cake” (there’s no flour in it… it’s more like an ice cream cake) is that it needs to go in the freezer.  I made it in a large rectangular glass baking dish, and to tell the truth, I don’t normally have space for such a large dish to sit in my freezer, with nothing perched on top of it.  But I rearranged the frozen foods (in the side-by-side fridge/freezer) and made room.  We’ve been having a small piece each night while we are watching our nightly British DVDs… and it’s just pure heaven to savor this dessert.



2 packages lemon pudding mix (instant)

1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip

3 cups whole milk

1 (16 oz) package graham crackers

Lemon  Frosting:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons lemon juice


Line a 9×13 inch pan w/parchment paper or alum. foil, then cover completely with one layer of graham crackers, breaking the grahams into smaller pieces to fill gaps.

In large bowl, combine pudding packets, Cool Whip & milk, & pour 1/3rd of mixture evenly over the grahams.

Add another layer of grahams and top with 1/3rd remaining pudding mixture.

Add another layer of grahams and top with final 1/3rd remaining mixture.

Cover with one final layer of grahams.

In separate bowl, combine frosting ingredients.  Start with 1 cup of powdered sugar and add more until frosting is at desired consistency.

Spread frosting evenly over cake, cover, and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Remove from freezer. Slice, serve, and enjoy.

No, it’s not “good for you” as there is Cool Whip in it, and lemon instant pudding mix, and graham crackers (but you don’t have to do a thing to the crackers, just lay them flat on the mixture – I used the whole box, making 4 layers rather than the 3 they suggest.  As the dessert ages… in the freezer (or fridge), the crackers become much softer.  Anyway, it’s our splurge and we haven’t had a good splurge like this in ages.

Well, not since our birthday splurge in August for Paul’s birthday… the clams and scallops…

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Clams & Scallops from Dube’s

OK.  Now I’m getting hungry for those scallops!  I actually liked the scallops better than the clams this last time.  I may just go with those in the future.  They are to die for from

Dube’s Seafood Restaurant, of Salem, MA.

OK.  Enough about food.  It’s 11:30 am here now and I have not had any food yet today.  Going out and scrounge around for something to eat.


Bex & Co.


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7 Responses to Patterns

  1. Nancy says:

    I absolutely LOVE the room pictured in your blog header! The curtains are wonderful! Go you, for making them! I haven’t done any sewing at all other than a little hand sewing in 2 years. I think the room is so cheerful with those curtains! Thank you for the Lemon Icebox Cake recipe! It does sound pretty sinful but I love just about anything lemon flavored so I will have to put this in my “recipes to try” file! Have a great day!


  2. meriset says:

    I like the cheerful curtains and the use of their design as a background, too. Very nice coordinated look!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bex, I love your curtain material!!! Where online did you find the fabric? I want to make curtains for the living room when the new windows go in (someday!).

    The cake looks yummy!


    • Bex says:

      Oh dear, Maggie, I have no idea where I got that fabric. Also, the fabric was kind of weird… I’d never buy that type again, it’s very stiff and hard to work with. If you put a hot iron on it,it melts! It’s some type of upholstery fabric, maybe made for outdoors… I looked at thousands (it seemed) of fabric sites and samples before I found this one. I’ll just take a look thru my amazn orders but not sure if I bought it thru them or not.


  4. Sandy says:

    love having the recipe☺and like new look

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Bex says:

    I will post the recipe… here.
    OK… done.


  6. Teri says:

    That’s a great curtain pattern, Bex. I can see why you like it.

    I can’t get the lemon cake to load on the tablet. I’ll have to go look at it later, it looks tasty!


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