All Smiles

Dishes done, dessert in the oven, the house wide open and plenty of evening left.


On Easter we enjoyed an early dinner after the guys played nine which gave this mom time to pause & appreciate the day.  I rarely “pause” in the kitchen so I decided to document it.  This always clears the room!

Everyone made a bee line to the family room to watch the final round of The Masters.


Finally! Time to share with you a couple of little Easter treats that landed in my basket at the market. Nope, not the fruit silly. I’m talking about the adorable Lilly Pulitzer box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers!

DSC_0191 I must have been in an exceptionally good mood while shopping because all sorts of bright & cheery products were finding their way into my basket. Listen, Christ had risen & it was time to celebrate!



Have you tried

Sanpelligrino Limonata?!?


They come in a sunny four pack to share nicely with others – if you want to.


The roar of the gallery in the other room and my dessert timer going off paused my “pause”…


I stashed my goodies & continued with tradition by dishing up my Great Aunt Eloise Stinson’s Apricot Cake for us all to enjoy while watching the adorable Bubba Watson win his first Masters!

note This year, Lilly Pulitzer and BARNUM'S ANIMALS have partnered with Operation Smile, an international charity that provides free surgery for children born with cleft lips and cleft palates.

source As the adorable boxes create smiles nationwide, they also are creating awareness for children who can't smile because of these facial deformities.

  I urge you to read this wonderful interview at A Colorful Blog

where Kathy Magee, Co-Founder and President of Operation Smile shares with Lilly Pulitzer how she & husband Dr. Bill Magee began their wonderful mission to bring smiles to those in need.

Operation Smile 

And one more thing…if you love Barnum’s Animal Crackers as much as I do you’ll appreciate that Lilly's Animal Cracker Tracker is back!  See the map below - I pinned the location where this darling box jumped right into this mom’s Easter basket!  Come on Lexingtonians - The greatest gift one can give is a smile!

Animal Crackers Tracker via Lilly Pulitzer

BTW, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Bubba won.



Thank you dear readers who have inquired.

Here’s the story behind the recipe of


Aunt Eloise Stinson’s Apricot Cake 

I hope you love it!



Unless sourced, all photos Lisa Porter

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