July 22, 2014

Delicious & Easy Chilled Breakfast Idea

We love hot oatmeal for breakfast but it doesn’t really appeal to us in the summer. With our days being super busy getting our house ready to put on the market…well most days we hit the floor running! Here’s a healthy grab and go breakfast that’s perfect for busy summer mornings. Delicious refrigerated make ahead oatmeal and strawberry breakfast in a mason jar
This is a yummy cold “porridge” and you can change the fruit out to whatever you have on hand.

Make ahead strawberry and nut oatmeal.

You Need
1/2 cup of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
3/4 cup of milk (we use almond milk)
1/2 cup of fresh cut strawberries (you could of course use any fruit that you like instead of strawberries)
1 oz of your favorite nuts or seeds (optional)
2 tablespoons of sugar (optional)- Can substitute with honey, agave, maple syrup, jam etc.
sprinkle of cinnamon

Put your rolled oats and milk into a microwave safe bowl. Stir and heat for about 30 seconds in the microwave.  Don’t worry if it seems runny. The oats will absorb the milk overnight.  Add  some sweetener of your choice and taste test to see if you want to add more. Add nuts/seeds (like chia, sunflower, hemp) and sliced strawberries and stir gently.  Sprinkle with some cinnamon. Cover your bowl and refrigerate overnight and eat chilled. If you like,  you can transfer to a mason jar and then sprinkle cinnamon on top and refrigerate.  *I’ve kept them in the fridge for 1-2 days and they were fine (depends on the fruit you use). makes 1 serving

grab and go oatmeal breakfast in a mason jar

It’s so convenient to just be able to wake up and grab a healthy breakfast! Mason jars are so easy to take to work with you and they make it easy for overnight guests or kids to get they’re own breakfast!

Vegetable Garden Tour 2014

Hi everyone! I have a pictured filled vegetable garden tour for you today. I took tons of photos since this will probably be my last year of gardening here since we will be listing our house in a few weeks. I thought I’d share a few with you. This is very bittersweet…I’m ready to move but I’d like to take my yard with me :)

Vegetable garden tour

I didn’t plant as much as I usually do since I think we won’t really be around to harvest much of it.  I also got a late start because I had some other things to finish up (like my deck). So the garden is not as far a long as it normally would be this time of year.

A Cultivated Nest Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

My Vegetable Garden

growing cantaloupe in a raised bed

I’m getting lots of cantaloupes this year! You never know what will do well :) Still no zucchini! I always laugh when people say that zucchini is the easiest thing to grow!

tomatoes planted in a raised bed with marigolds and basil

I’m not growing many tomatoes this year so I put them all in this bed with some marigolds, basil and micro greens (at the other end). The tomatoes in the front are romas. If you want to know how I plant my tomatoes you can check out my post here.

potting area in vegetable garden

I moved my potting bench into the garden when I did a back door area makeover. My daughter and I built this paver patio one summer.

container garden

I planted a few things in pots so I could take some veggies with me.

potting bench with a sink

My husband built me this potting bench out of salvaged wood ( link here).  It’s really wonderful – so large and it has a sink! There’s a bucket underneath the sink to catch water – which is great not only when rinsing vegetables but also when it rains.

growing eggplant in a raised bed

I only planted this one eggplant this year.

banana peppers companion planted with eggplant

peppers companion planted with eggplant

I have lots of different peppers. Which I companion planted with eggplant and cucumber in one raised bed.

bean teepee

The beginning of a bean teepee. This first planting didn’t grow so these are ones I replanted a few weeks back. There’s a pumpkin plant in that bed as well.

I also have a  herb bed. I grow my most used herbs in a container on my deck (link here) so they’re easy to get when I’m cooking . The bed in the garden has mint, dill, thyme, and lemon balm.

There’s also one bed devoted to greens – swiss chard, 2 types of kale and some lettuce.

compost area in the vegetable garden

The compost area.

vegetable garden seating area

A seating area. You can see more of that in this post (link here)

And there are  lots of flowers!

teacup birdfeeder in  clump of zinnias

I like to just let the flowers that pop up stay where they are.

carrots gone to seed make pretty "flowers"

That white puffy flower is actually a carrot that popped up outside this bed gone to seed. So pretty!

flowers in the vegetable garden

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the garden. I’m going to be doing a video tour of the garden in a week or so that I’ll post to YouTube but I’ll let you all know when that is ready.

Have a great weekend!

Mini Pumpkin Bread S’more Trifle

We love pumpkin treats all year long not just in the fall. As a matter of fact I just made pumpkin pie last week! It’s my husband’s favorite pie. I buy cans of pumpkin when they’re dirt cheap after the holidays (and I usually grow a few pumpkins every year that I cook). So I always have plenty of canned pumpkin on hand. Here’s a tasty take on a summer time campfire treat that uses pumpkin!

Delicious Mini Pumpkin Bread S'more Trifles

I’ve included a easy pumpkin bread recipe but of course you can use your own favorite pumpkin bread recipe.

Mini Pumpkin Bread  S’more Trifle

Ingredients -

1 15 oz. can of canned pumpkin
1 C. oil or applesauce
1 ½ C. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon

For the trifle -
chocolate chips
mini marshmallows
whipped cream (I used Reddi-Wip but make your own from scratch if that’s what you like)

Directions -

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

#1. Combine all the wet ingredients: pumpkin, oil, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix well.

#2. Slowly fold in the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix well.

#3. Pour the pumpkin batter evenly into the two greased loaf pans.  The bread will pop right out!

#4. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Bread will turn a light golden brown color.

#5. Remove the two loaves from the oven and let cool completely. Turn the pans over and remove the loaves onto a large cookie sheet. Using a knife and fork cut the bread into small chunks. *If only doing a few trifles only use what you need – cut the loaves in half if needed.

Pumpkin S'more Mini Trifle Ingredients

How to Build the Trifles

Next, begin layering the trifles -
Layer 1: pumpkin bread – enough to cover the bottom of your trifle dish.
Layer 2: chocolate chips and mini marshmallows – I just went by eye and sprinkled a small handful on top of the pumpkin bread.
Layer 3: whipped cream
Layer 4: pumpkin bread
Layer 5: chocolate chips & mini marshmallows – again, I did this by eye, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Top Layer: Whipped cream with some chocolate chips on top.

These are so good! Mini pumpkin s'more trifles

*Serve immediately. I do not recommend saving (the whipped cream melts quickly). If you have any bread leftover you can save that in an airtight container up to 1 week.

*Makes approximately 16 mini trifles.

10 Household Organizational Tips You Need To Know

When you take a little time to organize each and every day, you will eventually have an organized home. Check out the following 10 household organizational tips that will help you clean, organize, and get your home in tip top shape. My only advice would be to take a break in between each tip, so you don’t wear yourself completely out!

10 need to know organizational tips
#1. Household Chore List—Isn’t it time everyone helps pitch in around the house? Check out this household chore list.
#2. 12 Steps to Deep Cleaning—Don’t wait for spring to get your household clutter, cleaning, and organization under control.
#3. Organize Those Scarves—Since scarves are in style, you may need these tips to help you organize them.
#4. Organize the Linen Closet—6 easy steps to organizing your linen closet.
#5. Organize Your Kitchen Pantry – Don’t have a huge pantry? See how to organize a small pantry closet.
#6. Organized Computer Desk Station—The kids need a little help organizing too! Check out how you can make your kids a DIY computer desk station and organize it too.
#7. Closet Shelf Organization—Now is the time to get your closet shelf a little more organized!
#8. DIY Jewelry Organizer– Don’t let your jewelry just around in your bedroom. This DIY jewelry organizer is perfect for organizing your jewelry.
#9. Make a Family Command Center—Have one place for schedules, notes, school papers, bills, etc.
#10. DIY Refrigerator Mats -  Make your own refrigerator mats and spend less time on cleaning the fridge shelves.

There you have it! Ten tips that will help you organize different parts of your home.

What part of your home do you feel you need help in organizing?

My Chalkboard Kitchen Wall & Some Kitchen Organization

I wanted to show you guys my new chalkboard kitchen wall and a few little changes in the kitchen! My kitchen has been in a crazy state lately because I’m clearing my counters off, re-organizing cabinets and purging lots of stuff.

What a cute idea! A chalkboard wall with a  kitchen measurement conversion chart on it!

So this chalkboard project started because I  had lots of stuff sitting on this part of my kitchen counter (next to my cook top) that I moved to other places and then, since this area looked so nice, I just wanted a new look. :)  So I painted that wall with some chalkboard paint that I already had and for now I have a sort of kitchen measurement conversion chart on it.

DIY Toile Art

This is the before. I made these pictures I think about 10 years ago. They’re just pieces of toile fabric that I glued onto some cardboard and framed. This wall is a little strange in that the wall oven is behind it. This wall is actually covered in white with gold fleck formica! I’ve painted over it many many times because this kitchen has been about 7 different colors!

Cooking measurements chalkboard wall

This is the after. I thought cooking measurements would be cute for now.  I can always change it to something else like dinner menus or a saying later on. That’s the beauty of chalkboard – it’s definitely for those who like to change things up!

organize your cooking oils on a lazy susan

Some changes I made to this little counter top area -I used a Lazy Susan that I was using in my refrigerator to organize my most used oils (not sure I like it in the fridge – I think it took up too much space). I would have liked to have put the oils in the cabinet with the spices but those shelves don’t move so these bottles don’t fit. That’s my fancy Davis & Waddell pepper mill that I got at the thrift store in May!

Target Threshold white utensil holder

I don’t have a lot of drawers so I like to keep my larger utensils out since it makes them easy to grab when I’m cooking. I cook a lot! I sometimes cook 3 meals a day – most days at least 2. So whatever makes things easier for me!  I just got this cute utensil holder at Target – it’s part of the Threshold line.

black and white marble checkerboard floor and chalkboard wall

So this little counter space used to be filled with all kinds of things that have found new homes! Now I have a little more room to the left of my cook top and I was really shocked at what a difference this little change makes in my enjoyment of cooking!

Chalkboard wall in the kitchen with cooking measurements

My favorite thing though is the chalkboard wall!

I also re-organized my broom closet turned pantry and a few other things in the kitchen – so look for those future posts!

Have a great weekend!

9 Scrumptuous Crockpot Slow Cooker Desserts

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to heat up my kitchen in the summer! Yet I don’t want to stop making our own baked goodies. Enter the crockpot! I love using my crockpot and I know most of you do too! Since the temperatures are heating up, I thought I’d put together a few dessert recipes that you can make in the crockpot/slow cooker.

9 Scrumptious desserts that you can make in a crockpot/slow cooker!

Did you know you could bake in your crockpot? Well you can!  All recipes can be found at the linked sources.

9 Crockpot Desserts

Dreamy Crockpot Hazelnut Cupcakes by Crockpot Gourmet

Dreamy Crockpot Hazelnut Cupcakes by Crockpot Gourmet

crock pot 7 layer bars by Tammilee Tips

Crockpot 7 Layer Bars by Tammilee Tips

Crock Pot Carrot Cake by Moms With Crockpots

(From Scratch) Crockpot Carrot Cake by Moms With Crockpots

White chocolate raspberry cream cake by Betty Crocker

White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake by Betty Crocker

Slow Cooker Lava Cake by Easy Slow Cooker Meals

(5 Ingredient) Slow Cooker Lava Cake by Easy Slow Cooker Meals

apple butterscotch crisp by Crockpot Ninja

Apple Butterscotch Crisp by Crockpot Ninja

crockpot candy by Cookies and Cups

Super easy Crockpot Candy by Cookies and Cups

slow cooker monkey bread by Passionate Penny Pincher

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread by Passionate Penny Pincher

Crockpot S'more Dessert by Mummy Deals

Crockpot S’more Dessert by Mummy Deals

Don’t let the summer heat keep you from baking desserts. Pull that crockpot out and try a few of these desserts. They’re super easy!

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

New Seating Area In The Veggie Garden

Hi everyone! We’re still plugging away at projects here. But I wanted to share with you a new seating area in my vegetable garden. Some of you may remember that my daughter and I built a paver patio in the veggie garden a few years ago (link here).

A pretty seating in a vegetable garden

Anyway, we moved my potting bench into the garden onto that patio when we re-did our back door area (link here). Plus I took out my strawberry bed and my reclaimed door garden shed. So I had a big open space that I felt needed to be filled with something. So I decided to stage it as a little seating area. I used furniture I already had. I only bought some new seat cushions from Target and solar light/plant hanger from Big Lots.

Let me show you around. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Entrance into the vegetable garden

As you walk into the vegetable garden you go past our blueberry bushes to your right (we took down the blueberry hut as well link here if you want to see what it looked like).

garden display of coleus, old shutter, old bench and plate flower

This little bench is from a picnic table set we first had when we moved to this house. The shutter I’ve had for a while. I have two- one I actually finished re-painting and it hangs in my screened in porch. Don’t remember where I got the wire basket from but I painted Home Sweet Home on the front.  It’s filled with some coleus (which I really like because they are super easy to propagate). The dish flower is from Cracker Barrel.

old french door repurposed in a garden

This is the door from my garden shed which I’m repurposing as garden art. I was going to hang a window box on it but decided that I didn’t want to damage it since I’d like to reuse it at some point.  The blue pots in iron hangers I’ve had forever. They’re planted with some potato vine. Love their chartreuse color!

blue transferware in an old iron planter

I used to keep some garden tools in this iron planter. Now it’s filled with some blue transferware that I don’t use any more. The blackberry vine is from blackberry bushes I have growing on the outside of the fence.

a concrete chicken in the vegetable garden

The only chicken I have :)

seating area in the vegetable garden

The view is pretty nice from this seating area and it’s a great place to take a break from weeding!

looking out onto the vegetable garden

Tour of the garden coming soon!

zinnias growing in the vegetable garden

13 Unique Ways To Save Money

Written by Jess Weaver for A Cultivated Nest.

Are you tired of being in debt? Maybe you just want to save some money for something special. Well, there are many ways you can save a bit of cash, while still living (and loving) life that may not be your ordinary way to save money!

13 Unique Ways to Save Money

Here are 13 unique ways you can start saving money right away:

#1. Get Weird
Hear me out, start picking up every penny, nickel, dime, and dollar you see on the street. People may look at you a little weird, but it’s a great way to save up money over time.

#2. Leftovers
Make it known that you are willing to accept any one’s hand me downs and leftovers. This leftover thing doesn’t need to be weird. Just take leftovers when people offer them to you (after holidays and family gatherings, work functions, church functions). Better you use them than to have them thrown out.

#3. Don’t wash your hair
If you usually wash your hair every day try every other day or every third day. You’ll save money on hair care products and water.

#4. Go With a Store Bought Phone
In today’s day and age, you can save a ton of money by going with a store bought phone. Straight Talk has the same service (in most locations) as the bigger brands, like AT&T and Verizon.

#5. Hang Around Thrifty People
If you are spending a lot of time with people who spend money, then you will probably spend a lot of money as well. Hang around cheap/thrifty people and you are less likely to spend money.

#6. Be “Stingy”
Americans spend way more money than they really need to. It’s time to get a little stingy with your money. You don’t need to go out with your friends every weekend or leave the house every day (unless you work of course). Stay home and watch the dollar signs add up.

#7. Go to Bed Earlier
I know some of you have to stay up and work or whatever it is you do at night. However, going to bed when it gets dark outside is one way to save money on electricity.

#8. Detail Your Own Car
You probably ignore this part of your car anyways, but in case you get the itch to pay someone to do this. Don’t do it. Simply wash, wax, and detail your own car to save some money in the long run. If you’d like to make extra money, you could even start a little side business in the car detailing department.

#9.Use a Clear Jar
Every time you get some change –  a penny, quarter, or dime put it in the clear jar. It’s amazing what you can save over a short (or long) period of time. The clear jar helps you see your progress a little better.

#10.  Clearance Section
Have you ever stopped and looked in the clearance/markdown section of the grocery store? It’s not just old food that’s sitting there to be bought. Most of the time this is food that is simply changing labels (companies decide to upgrade branding from time to time). They put it in the clearance section to make room for new stuff or a new meat sale starts and they have to get rid of meat to make room.

#11. Get Rid of Not Only Cable but Your Internet
If you want to really save money, consider getting rid of your internet. This might take some getting used to, but there are plenty of free WiFi spots all over town.

#12. Skip Couponing (if you’re an over spender)
If you are an over spender, sometimes couponing can lead to you spending more money than you would without couponing. Only coupon for what you need.

#13. Recycle Everything
No joke, recycling  or repurposing can help you save a lot of money. However, you don’t want to be one of those people on a television show because you decided to collect every single piece of paper you came across (trust me).

I hope these tips for little things you can do to save money help you!

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My Fourth of July Chalkboard

4th of July chalkboard art

I only did a little decorating for the 4th of July since we won’t be home for most the day anyway. I re-did the chalkboard in my dining room with a 4th of July theme.

Fourth of July Chalkboard Art

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Refreshing Strawberry Lime Basil Infused Water

With the weather getting hotter and hotter it’s important to stay hydrated! I’m really loving the infused waters I’ve been drinking all summer. Here’s a new one – strawberry lime basil! I have a ton of basil growing in containers and in raised beds plus strawberries are in season so those two ingredients were just naturals. The lime gives it a refreshing citrusy flavor. Give it a try – it’s a delicious way to get your daily water requirement in!

How to make refreshing strawberry basil lime infused water.  A delicious way to stay hydrated this summer!
Wouldn’t this be pretty to serve your guests for the 4th of July!

Prep time is short but for best flavor they do need to steep for a while. Overnight is ideal but at least a few hours if you can’t do the overnight steep.

Strawberry Lime Basil Infused Water Ingredients

1 16 oz. canning jar
3-4 fresh strawberries, halved
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
3-4 lime slices

strawberry basil lime infused water recipe in a mason jar

Directions

Add all the fruit to the canning jar and use a spoon or a fork to gently mash the fruit and leaves down – this will let the juice out to infuse your water (it’s called “muddling”). You can strain them out later or leave in – it’s up to you.

Next, fill the jar with filtered water, place the cover on and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

I strain mine and then I add some more fresh sliced strawberries, lime slices and basil (looks prettier if it’s not just you drinking it).

**If you’d prefer to use a larger or smaller canning jar, simply double or cut the recipe ingredients in half and refrigerate overnight.

***This will keep about 2 days in the fridge.

These infused waters really taste as great as they look. Plain water can get boring so give this a try!

Apple Trees That I Grow In Pots

Love apples but don’t have room for an apple tree in your yard? Grow a Columnar Apple tree in a pot!  I do have a mini orchard in my backyard but I was fascinated by the idea of these fruit trees a few years ago and ordered two from Stark Bros.com (there are lots of other places that sell these trees).

Columnar apple trees are great  for balconies, patios or urban gardens where you don't have room to plant a tree in the ground.

These trees are created to mostly grow up (like columns) not out so they’re perfect for a patio, balcony, urban garden or any space where you don’t have room to grow even a dwarf variety of fruit tree. They fruit on the main trunk on spurs, but if you let some of the side branches grow you get a sort of tall apple bush!

columnar apple trees grow up not out. Making them perfect for small space garden areas!

These grow between 7′-9′ tall and you can plant them in the ground but they do well in whiskey barrels. I bought mine several years ago and these are not self-pollinating. I don’t know if they offer a variety that is these days. But that’s something to remember. If it’s not self-pollinating you’ll need two. I’ve had these for about 4 years (when you first get them they just look like sticks!)

Columnar apple tree planted in pots

I was using them as a screen to block the view of the compost bins (there are 3 in a row) since we had a seating area to the left of the trees.

apples on a Columnar Apple Tree

But now I’m just glad that I’ll have some apple trees that produce when we move! I can’t remember what varieties my two apple trees are. But if you’re interested in this type of tree you can search Columnar fruit tree .

You can get other varieties besides apple like plum, cherry, peach, pear etc!

11 Small Bathroom Organization Ideas

We are overhauling a lot of rooms in our home in effort to have things be more organized and tidy looking. One room in particular that I’ve been searching ideas for is our tiny master bathroom (actually all our bathrooms are small)!  There’s not a lot of room and not a lot of storage. So I’ve been looking on Pinterest for some small bathroom organizing ideas and thought I’d share a few with you today.

See how you can maximize your bathroom storage with these 11 small bathroom organizing ideas.

Here are some great ideas to help you maximize storage in your bathroom!

bathroom shelving for storage from 320 Sycamore

I’m pretty sure we’re going to install some sort of shelves to utilize the vertical space. I like these floating shelves from 320 Sycamore.

organize with plastic shoe boxes via Mary Organizes

Organizing with plastic shoe boxes like this from Mary Organizes keeps the undersink area nice a tidy.

bathroom cabinet organization with a lazy susan from Mini Manor Blog

Using a lazy susan for bathroom organization in a cabinet is so clever! via Mini Manor Blog

hair dryer over the door bin via A Bowl Full of Lemons (bathroom organization round up)

I actually just bought one of these hair dryer over the door bins at Ross! via A Bowl Full of Lemons

Shelf over toilet bathroom storage idea from The Butlers

I like this shelf, towel-bar combo from The Butlers

mason jar bathroom organizer from DIY Playbook

Use your wall space with this DIY Mason Jar Organizer from DIY Playbook

back f the cabinet door bathroom storage via BHG

Love this idea to use the back of the doors for storage. via BHG

Custom DIY under cabinet bathroom storage

I also really like this custom DIY under cabinet storage system because the pipes in one of our bathrooms is set up strangely. via Pretty Handy Girl featuring  Pink Toes and Power Tools

window boxes used as bathroom storage by Our Fifth House

Wall mounted wicker window boxes or baskets would also be a good storage idea. via Our Fifth House

hang wire baskets on the wall for bathroom storage via A Beautiful Mess

I also love the idea of hanging wire baskets on the wall like these from A Beautiful Mess

painted & distressed ball jars used for bathroom organization

Using small painted mason jars to hold little bathroom items like cotton is such a cute idea! via Rusted Treasure 

I’ll be sharing more organizing ideas for your home as we go through each of our rooms!

 

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

My Summer Porch Tour

I thought since it’s now “officially” summer that I would share what my screened in porch looks like this year. We’ve made a few changes. We moved some furniture down to the patio to stage it and I moved some other furniture into the porch.  One thing I’ve realized is that in the summer I don’t need a lot of “decor” on the porch.  The stars are the scenery since it’s off our top floor,  the birds we see in the trees and the delicious breeze we usually get. So I didn’t do a lot of decorating of surfaces and stuff like that this summer but I did paint and repurpose a lot of items. So I’ll just start in one area and work my way around! Be warned there are lots of photos so this is a long post.

Lots of Summer Porch Decorating Ideas

 Welcome to our summer screened porch!

Summer Porch Tour - small dining area on the porch
Our porch is long so we’ve always divided it into two distinct areas – dining and seating. We moved our large patio table and chairs downstairs and I repurposed a little bistro table I had. I had to spray paint it white and then I took a glass table top that I’ve been storing in my closet for about 12 years (that’s why this is not an organizing blog!)  and put that on top of the table.  Our “living room” area used to be on this end but this summer I switched it up. I’m still getting used to it!
Green geometric indoor/outdoor rug

It’s really just my husband and myself that come out here these days so a table for two is perfect. My husband comes out here with his work laptop before I get up  in the morning to get some work done. Which is why that power cord is there in case his battery dies.

hydrangeas from the garden

*I took these photos during the course of a day and my husband kept switching pillows on me!*  I spray painted that blue metal table since it was a really faded green and a bit rusted. He often has his personal laptop out here as well as his work one so he needed a place to put that (he does his Swagbucks in the morning on his personal laptop).

begonias in galvanized planters

Moving on…this plant stand is from Ikea. I think I got it last year or the year before. It might make it one more year…might. Anyway, I usually have ferns in these galvanized buckets (from Home Depot). But I saw these two big Begonias and remembered that I used to have a huge Begonia while I was in college. So feeling a bit nostalgic…I went for the Begonias instead of ferns this year!

Decorating with a fern on the porch

I did have to have at least one fern. I think it’s a requirement for Southern porches! I also spray painted this old plant stand to give it new life (I’ve done sooooo much spray painting this month).

screened porch decorated for summer

The seating area is now sort of in the middle of the porch.

industrial look galvanized lantern

I love this galvanized lantern and my planter cup of lavender! I put them on a tray so they would be easy to move when we want to put our feet up on the coffee table. :)

wall fountain in screened porch

There’s a wall fountain close by that we like to turn on.

DIY mosaic topped yellow buffet on the screened porch

This is a buffet that I did a  little makeover on long, long time ago. I did a mosaic on the top with broken plates and tiles with some tips from my blog  friend Penny @ The Comforts of Home. That’s a vintage galvanized watering can on top that I use to water the porch and deck plants and  a container of lettuce that I just started. There’s a skylight over this table so I’m hoping I can grow some lettuce on the porch without it bolting in this heat!

a planter filled with white petunias and a chalkboard plant marker

A planter of petunias with a little iron fairy peeking out which was a gift from my blog friend Linda.

Summer screened in porch tour

That’s it – those blue doors are the entrance to the dining room.

I hope you enjoyed the porch tour!

 

Linking to: Wow Us Wednesday, Creative Ways Link Party

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