Southern Sunday Favorite

Submitted by Christi



Join Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday favorites and Charlotte and Ginger at Blogger Spirit for Spiritual Sunday and enjoy your Sunday!

Today’s favorite is from August 18th. I think the verse is perfect for this post:

I am always in awe of the beautiful things in nature. Today, for Outdoor Wednesday with A Southern Daydreamer, I want to show you some pictures taken by Jim Gaston of Gaston’s White River Resort. Photography is one of his hobbies and he does a beautiful job at it.

Enjoying Bull Shoals White River State Park:

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A bluebird in flight:


And, a bluebird at home:


A bluejay posing on the fence:


A flock of geese in the evening:


And . . . the majestic eagle:


Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not;
and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these.
Luke 12:27

Today’s Lagniappe: Fig and Mozzarella Bites
Do I love figs? YES! I found this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis that sounds divine.

  • 6 sheets phyllo dough
  • 6 ounces smoked mozzarella, cut into 6 equal pieces
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 8 ounces dried figs, stemmed and quartered
  • 3/4 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 teaspoons black sesame seeds

In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F.

Place 1 sheet of phyllo on a dry work surface. Place one slice of cheese about 5 inches from the top of the narrow end of the sheet. Fold the top of the narrow end over the cheese, leaving 1 inch between the fold and the cheese. Next fold over 1 of the long sides then the other, again leaving 1-inch between the folds and the cheese. Then fold the cheese over, again leaving 1-inch between the fold and the cheese. Continue folding to make a package about 3 1/2 by 4-inches. Continue with the remaining pieces of cheese and phyllo.

Fry the phyllo and cheese packages, 2 or 3 at a time, in the oil until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

Meanwhile, heat the figs and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until the honey is warm. Set aside until the cheese packages have finished frying.

To serve, place 1 cheese package on a plate. Spoon some figs and drizzle some honey over the top of each cheese package. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and serve immediately.

12 Responses to “Southern Sunday Favorite”

  1. Sue Says:

    Beautiful birds. And how fitting a bible verse to go along with the photos.
    🙂 Sue

  2. Lisa Says:

    That verse is such a beautiful one. Perfect to share for my Sunday today. I’m writing it on our white board. Thank you. <3

  3. Jillian Says:

    A great reminder…thanks for sharing it along with the photos.

  4. Mary Says:

    Beautiful photos that so beautifully depict God’s great love!

    God bless!


  5. rcubes Says:

    Those are beautiful pics and great reminder of the Lord’s awesome creations. Glory to God! Have a great Sunday and God bless.

  6. Ginger Says:

    Beautiful pictures and the verse is great. I’m glad you shared them today with us.
    God Bless,

  7. Denise Says:

    These pictures are beyond awesome, thank you.

  8. KBeau Says:

    I remember when you first made this post. I still think those photos are beautiful. I’m heading to Arkansas this week for my 45th high school reunion. Can’t wait.

  9. nannykim at spindlecottage Says:

    Beautiful pictures–I have often thought of the delight God took in creating vast arrays of color and kinds. We too should take delight in doing this in our homes and lives!

  10. Charlotte Says:

    Beautiful reminder of God’s beautiful creation. Thank you for sharing with us.

  11. Charlotte Says:

    I don’t now why the question mark after my name. I thought I was putting a heart there.

  12. Chari Says:

    Hello Christi…

    So sorry that I’m so late at getting by for a visit, my friend! We had a very busy holiday weekend! This is a great post…so happy that you shared it with us for Sunday Favorites this week! You’re right, Jim Gaston is certainly a talented photographer…sure enjoyed all of his bird photos! I especially liked the bluebird in flight photo…that’s amazing!!! Thank you for sharing these pretty photos with us today!!!

    Warmest wishes,

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