Southern Morning Glory

This is my Metamorphosis and Blue Monday with Between Naps on the Porch and Smiling Sally.

Morning Glory bird feeder.
Morning Glory bird feeder.

This lovely tray bird feeder was made for me by my wonderful step father. If you have read my blog you may have met him. His name is Chester Ward and he and my mother married after the death of my father. My husband, Joe B. and I are so happy to have him as a part of our lives.

The bird feeder was originally green. When the paint started to fade, I painted it this color of blue and planted it in a pot along with some morning glories. I love the way it turned out.

This is the view from my porch. I fill it with bird seeds and the beautiful birds love it. I love watching them from my porch.


The pretty blue morning glories make me smile. I hope they make you smile, too!


Today’s Lagniappe:  Basil Cheesecake
I’m still hung up on basil this week.  I love using herbs from my herb garden!

* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
* 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
* 2 1/2 cups basil, fresh
* 1/2 cup parsley
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 clove garlic
* 1 lb ricotta cheese, room temperature
* 2 lbs cream cheese, room temperature
* 1/2 lb parmesan cheese, grated
* 5 eggs
* 1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
2. Butter bottom and sides of 10″ spring form pan.
3. Mix bread crumbs and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
4. Sprinkle mixture into pan, turning to coat completely.
5. Mix basil leaves, parsley, oil, salt and garlic in food processor until smooth paste forms, about 2 minutes, scraping sides occasionally.
6. Put ricotta cheese, cream cheese and Parmesan in a mixer bowl and mix until smooth about 2 minutes.
7. Mix in the eggs.
8. Remove about 1/3 of this mixture to a small bowl.
9. Into the original 2/3 cheese mixture, fold in the basil mixture until well blended.
10. Pour the basil mixture into the prepared pan and carefully spread an even layer of the cheese mixture on top.
11. Sprinkle with pine nuts.
12. Set pan on a baking sheet.
13. Bake 1 1/2 hours.
14. Turn oven off and cool cheesecake about 1 hour with the oven door slightly ajar.
15. Transfer to a rack and cool completely.
16. Serve at room temperature, or slightly warmed.





16 responses to “Southern Morning Glory”

  1. Kathleen Avatar

    Beautiful morning glories!

  2. Terry Avatar

    Happy Blue Monday.
    What a fabulous Morning glory.
    Thank you for sharing this today.
    It is so beautiful.
    I have always enjoyed them.
    Wish I had one after seeing yours and being reminded of their beauty.
    Blessings of joy to you.
    happy trails

  3. Gina Avatar

    I love your morning glories. They are so pretty!

  4. ellen b Avatar

    How fun to look out your window and see this bird feeder. The pot with the morning glory in it was a fabulous idea!!

  5. ButterYum Avatar

    Looks so nice… happy day to you!

  6. srp Avatar

    We had some wild morning glories growing on the fence at our old house… at least I think they were wild. There is a chance that my grandmother actually planted them before she passed away.

  7. Mary Avatar

    The color of the morning glories is just beautil. I’ve printed a copy of your basil cheesecake. I hope to try it soon.

  8. Susan Avatar

    beautiful morning glories…and a wonderful bird feeder! Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

  9. Sandi Avatar

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing and Happy Blue Monday.


  10. Linda Avatar

    Is there any more beautiful than blue morning glories….. gosh that blue is perfect….

  11. Sally Avatar

    Who wouldn’t smile with that beauty to gaze upon? Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

  12. Cindy S. Avatar
    Cindy S.

    Beautiful morning glories! And you were smart to contain them, they look great with the bird feeder. Hugs, ~cindy s~

  13. Sherrie Avatar

    Pretty morning glories. They have such vivid color! Your recipe looks yummy!
    Have a wonderful day,

  14. Sheila Avatar

    Christi, I love morning glories! I have them on some Laura Ashley wallpaper in a bedroom in our residence. They are such happy flowers. And I always appreciate your recipes. You are so sweet to share!

    Happy Blue Monday…


    Sheila 🙂

  15. Christine Avatar

    Pretty morning glories!….Christine

  16. Traci Avatar

    Your flowers are beautiful. I don’t have any morning glories, but I would love them. The tray bird feeder looks nice.
    What a wonderful gift from your sweet step-father!

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