Southern Winter Color

Submitted by Christi

Yesterday, I was writing about the monochromatic color of the snowy world. Well, Jim Gaston of Gaston’s Resort in Lakeview, Arkansas proved me wrong. He has such an eye for finding that spot of color in the midst of the snowy white.


Just waiting for Spring

Let's play

Let's play

Getting cold feet.

Getting cold feet.

At the top of Bull Shoals Dam looking down at the White River

At the top of Bull Shoals Dam looking down at the White River

Tall Grass in the snow.

Tall Grass in the snow.

Thank you Jim for once again reminding me what a beautiful area we live in! Wednesday Feb. 10th is the last day to enter to win the Donnadot give away. Don’t miss it! Be entered by 4:00 p.m. central time to have a chance to win 🙂

A little outdoor pic for Outdoor Wednesday with A Southern Daydreamer and Rednesday! with It’s a Very Cherry and today’s lagniappe is a great idea for Crockpot Wedneday with Dining with Debbie.

Today’s Lagniappe: Crockpot Chocolate Pudding Cake
Somthing chocolate-y and decadent to share on Valentine’s Day!

  • 1 pkg. two layer chocolate cake mix
  • 3 oz. pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Spray a 4 quart crockpot with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and pudding mix. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the water, then add the sour cream and oil and beat until smooth. Add to the dry ingredients and beat well. Stir in the chocolate chips.Pour into crockpot. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until top springs back when touched very lightly with finger. 8-10 servings


23 Responses to “Southern Winter Color”

  1. Tracy Says:

    Fabulous photos! I especially love the cardinals. They are one of my favorite birds. The recipe sounds great! I will have to make that for my kiddos for a special treat.

    ~ Tracy

  2. debbie Says:

    I love cardinals!! Beautiful photos!!~

  3. luna miranda Says:

    wow, that’s a bunch of wonderful colors you captured! great shots!

  4. Jean Stockdale Says:

    What a gorgeous set of photos. Thanks for sharing. I am blog hopping from the Southern Daydreamer meme.


  5. LaVoice Says:

    I am sure you are tired of the winter as most of us. It certainly provided you with some very nice scenes for today. Snow is very pretty if you can stay out of it.

  6. Denise Says:

    I love the birds! I wish we could see cardinals here. The recipe sounds like a keeper! Thanks Denise

  7. Eileen Says:

    Beautiful photos, I love the cardinals. Awesome shots!

  8. Dawn Says:

    What beautiful photos. I’ve never heard of a crock pot cake! I’ll have to try it.

  9. manang kim Says:

    The birds are so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

    Rednesday~Red Shade

  10. SueLovesCherries Says:

    I want a piece of that cake right now! No, wait, I haven’t had breakfast yet! 🙁

    Pretty, pretty pictures – thanks for sharing them with us!

  11. [email protected] Porch Musings Says:

    Gorgeous photos and thank you for the link. I just clicked over to the resort page, for a minute. I’ll be going back. Looks like a place we would enjoy and it’s close to home!:-)

    I have happy memories of staying with a friend and her family, in a little cabin on the White River, when I was 14 years old. Absolutely wonderful week!

  12. Debbie Says:

    Beautiful photos! The presentation was breathtaking!
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  13. [email protected] Says:

    BEAUTIFUL…i just love cardinals!! Your recipe looks yum too 🙂


  14. Carol @ Old Glory Cottage Says:

    Such lovely pictures! I would love to be able to get such great shots of the cardinals that come to my feeders!
    Happy REDnesday!

  15. Donna Rafferty Says:

    I love those beautiful shots of the cardinals. I was so surprised to see you are near Bull Shoals area. I live in MA, but I have property nearby on Norfork Lake in Missouri. We always spend a couple weeks there each year for vacation. It’s such a beautiful area!

  16. Helena Says:

    These are really beautiful photos! Your recipe looks great too … I bookmarked it so I can try that. I’m always looking for new stuff to make in my crockpot. 🙂

  17. SnoWhite Says:

    Love the beautiful images …! And, that dessert sounds tasty!

  18. Myrna Says:

    Very beautiful winter pics!

  19. LeAnn @ See Great Things Says:

    BEAUTIFUL pictures that just make you feel great as you view them. To have a great recipe to top that off, what’s not to like!!! Thanks for sharing. ~

  20. Alison @ Hospitality Haven Says:

    Your photos are gorgeous!!!

  21. The Happy Homemaker Says:

    What beautiful little birdies…and doesn’t winter weather just SCREAM “crock-pot”???I’ve never made anything sweet in my slow cooker…can’t wait to try this! Happy Rednesday!

  22. denisemarie Says:

    TFS. I love cardinals and these are terrific shots of them.

  23. Shelley G in Iowa Says:

    Love the birds and nature you’re captured. Really, really nice!

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