March 27, 2023

Monday Morning Coffee


Good Monday morning, my friends! I hope your coffee (or tea) is extra hot today! We are still hacking like crazy dealing with a beast of a chest cold here, and of course, it has been kind enough to give each of us a few days in the spotlight before moving on to the next victim person. At times like these, I am thankful for many things, among them, readily available hot water and Vicks Shower Soothers, my comfy set of The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown flannel sheets, puppies who like to snuggle, plastic cups with straws, and family members who deliver food and medicine at a moment's notice. I have cleared our calendar for this week, calling and rescheduling appointments and plans because I would not want to expose anyone to sickness if I can avoid it. 

The weekend was not all coughing and sleeping, though. I witnessed a true feat of determination from my very own couch. This little guy was not giving up, I tell you!

I was also treated to this most beautiful reminder that God is always with us...

Beautiful, right???

Finally, I must share this surprisingly delicious little coffee cake I found. 

It is a peanut butter coffee cake. Want a closer look?

There you are! And it is delicious!

I, of course, want to share the recipe with you. 

Yep! I found it at Walmart and was skeptical. But it is actually very easy and very good! I did add a few mini chocolate chips myself, but otherwise, I followed the directions on the box. And now I am going to have a little piece with another cup of coffee.

Have a wonderful day, my friends. Stay safe and cozy, happy and healthy. And if you watch The Bachelor, enjoy the finale tonight! I am going to watch it with my friend Heather, and she isn't free until Thursday, so I am going to avoid all info until then!

Thanks for visiting!

Billie Jo

(Google for the images)


  1. The coffee cake looks delicious. What a determined squirrel he was! I hope you are all feeling better and kick the cough/hacking to the curb. Thinking of you!

  2. I sure hope you get over those bad colds. They really do seem to hang on at this time of year. We already have allergy symptoms here. Love your squirrel fun! Enjoy your day!

  3. I'm so sorry your still sick over there! Hope you start to feel better soon. I can admire the determination of the squirrels but still wish they'd leave the bird food alone. The coffee cake looks delicious, that would probably be a hit around here. And beautiful rainbow! Hope you have a happy, healthier week!

  4. I hope you all are feeling better soon. Gorgeous picture of the rainbow.

  5. Uuugh to the colds! Hope you are all doing better soon!
    I love the squirrel, and that rainbow - so pretty,
    Coffee cake? Yes please!

  6. You really have my attention with the Vicks Shower Soothers. I am going to add them to my list! I also SO SO appreciate you and your recipes, both the from scratch ones and the from a box ones. That is my real life!

    Happy Monday!

  7. Sure hope you all are feeling better by the time you read this. At least while you are laid low you have the squirrels to keep you entertained. I got such a kick out of those pictures. Blessings!

  8. Awww, I am so sorry you have all been so sick! But nature sure did put a show on for you! Keep me informed on how you are feeling!! Lots of things are going around here, as well.

  9. Happy Monday! I hope you are all feeling better soon!! I would love a piece of that coffee cake right now! And that rainbow... spectacular! Thinking of you! Have a great day, bestie :)

  10. Sorry to hear everyone's been sick. Eucalyptus oil also works wonder. A few drops in the shower, your pillow or even a handkerchief you can breathe into.
    I have had no coffee in 6 days.. I am really looking forward to a cup. Just 24 more days to go.

  11. I feel for you, Billie Jo! I've been battling a plethora of illness (of one sort or another) since early November. Alas, I think that I am, finally, on the backside of it and am feeling much better! I pray that you can say the same before the week is over! One thing that I have found absolutely invaluable (I mean even during the first round of full-blown COVID back in 2021) is NOW Brand Eucalyptus Oil in a diffuser. My poor little diffuser has, at times, run for months on end delivering the healing vapors into the air, loosening crud, and keeping my airways open. There have been times that I honestly don't think I would have survived without it. Don't know if you've ever tried it, but it sure helps me. Thinking of you and praying health and healing over you and your family! Blessings Dear Girl!

  12. Gorgeous rainbow and the squirrel made me smile. The cake looks absolutely delicious, I could very happily eat some right now. Sorry you've been ill, I hope you are back to full strength very soon. And yes, hurray for puppies, always. CJ xx

  13. Dearest Billie Jo,
    Hoping that you soon will feel much better!
    Well, drinking lots of water I have to and also follow up.
    Coffee or chocolate is no longer on my list due to its high potassium levels that harm my kidneys further...
    But life goes on with the memory of the good times! No sugar since 2007 so desserts are not on my list either.
    Still love making them for others that still can enjoy them!
    Oh, those rascal squirrels they are fun to watch.

  14. Hello my Lovely!
    Sending chicken soup wishes your way to feel better! It always seems the way with those bugs - we gotta share them with all in our immediate world. Lol I hope the Bachelor finale is a good one!
    That was one acrobatic squirrel. Wowzers 😮
    And that coffee cake sounds SO good - I'm going to need to look for that one.
    Blessings on your week. Stay cozy and hydrated! 🤗 xoxo

  15. I'm so sorry your family is under the weather! Hopefully all of you feel better quite soon! So nice to rest and just heal. The peanut butter coffee cake looks delicious, and I wouldn't blame you for enjoying another piece, along with a great big cup of coffee :) Blessings to you dear friend!

  16. I am glad you are feeling better. My daughter used Robitussin elderberry cough syrup for awhile. She is feeling better now. I like the thieves household cleaner, thieves essential oils and a few other eo in a diffuser is a good use in bedroom or other places in house we aren't feeling good. Thieves chest rub has no petroleum in it (petroleum not good for your body. We aren't a vehicle!! :- |) Just a thought. I had a good day and not at work til Thursday. The squirrel photos made me laugh and I liked the rainbows!!! Hugs and blessings!!

  17. I enjoyed seeing the squirrel antics and that pretty rainbow. That coffee cake sounds really good! Thanks for sharing the info!

  18. My word, what beautiful pictures! I love watching the squirrels in our yard, and I also love a great rainbow! 🌈 I’m so sorry y’all have had such a rough time with this chest cold and pray that everyone is feeling better really soon!

  19. Oh I hope you all feel better very soon. I do love your sense of humor even when not well. That coffee cake looks amazing and the squirrel does teach us persistence doesn't he, (she?)

  20. I hate that you're all getting a taste of the dreaded cold. I'm living on Claritin around here, due to the pollen that is covering everything. Great pictures of the squirrel! We have bird feeders hung just so we can be entertained by the squirrels :) I hope you and your family recover soon. Have a cozy week :)

  21. Hope you are all feeling better soon!! Oh my - that pesky squirrel! They are determined little critters! And the coffee cake - at the top of my list! Feel better friend!

  22. I hope you feel better soon, and enjoy your cozy time...cancelling appointments and staying home is a nice perk of being sick, in my opinion. But I do hope you feel better soon. I love love love the rainbow, you do have a beautiful view...that squirrel, what a brat, ha.

  23. Oh, that mischievous squirrel. These are wonderful window photos, Billie Jo. I also see the squirrel every day on my lawn collecting pine nuts and such for food. The Reese's coffee cake looks Yummy. You can never go wrong with Reese's. I think adding a few chocolate chips is a good idea. And that rainbow! I got very sentimental when I saw it, as I believe that when we see a rainbow it is a gift. Thank you for the beautiful rainbow on your post today, Billie Jo. I am looking out my window, and we are buried in snow.....again! But it allows me to stay cozy in my house and have many cups of hot coffee.

    Loved your post today, my friend. It was delightful. And I do hope ya'll feel better real soon.


  24. I am so sorry your family is still dealing with such illness! Sending you healthy vibes!


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Billie Jo