The joy of a stack of yet to be read books! I already started Made from Scratch and am really enjoying it! A comfy chair with a pretty vintage pillow case from the thrift store. Thanks for stopping by today! Make time to do something for yourself – you deserve it! I love reading your comments but instead of leaving me a comment today – find a new to you blogger and give them some love and encouragement. My Comments Are Off Today.
Home grown strawberries! I picked some today to make a strawberry-rhubarb crisp. But you know what? They taste so incredibly delicious plain and warmed by the sun. That I’m going to have a little bowl of them just as they are! Au naturale! This is my strawberry bed. The pots on the sticks are so I don’t poke my eye out when I go to remove the netting! As you can see, once the berries start to turn red we have to net them or the pesky birds come and take nibbles out of them! I really want to encourage… [Read More]
Fresh flowers on my dining room table. I love having fresh flowers in my home and I’ve found that the best place to buy them is at the grocery store. I’m fortunate that my local grocery store marks down their flowers every week. But even if they didn’t, I’d still buy a bouquet. I budget $5-10 every other week for flowers – it’s that important to me! I’ve found that I don’t have to buy them every week. If you take care to change the water frequently and remove the leaves below the water, they will often last up to… [Read More]
Don’t you just love rituals! Every afternoon when my daughter was in school she would come home and I’d have a cup of coffee and she would have a cup of tea, or hot chocolate and tell me about her school day. We’d always have a little snack. Most of the time it’s something I’ve baked. Like this Southern style cola cake I made recently! Now that she’s finished with High School we have Afternoon Coffee Breaks where we have some one on one time and talk about what we’ve been doing or just random things. On the weekends my husband and… [Read More]
There’s no place better to be than home on a cold blustery day! There’s no room in my house that’s as cozy in the fall as my kitchen since it’s always the warmest place to be! It’s also usually the best smelling room in my home as there’s bound to be something good in the oven, stove top or the crockpot! It was 40 degrees when we woke up today! Just a few days ago I had to turn on the AC it was so hot. We have our first freeze warning for tomorrow so I went outside this morning… [Read More]
I used to love watching Kitty Bartholomew’s show on HGTV (ah the good old days before all the real estate shows). She used to always end by say “It’s not what you don’t have. It’s what you do with what you do have!” That’s something I firmly believe in! If you’re like my family and trying to cut back on eating out, one thing that I’ve found to make eating at home more of an “event” is to try to take a few extra moments and make the meal a bit special. That way you’re not so focused on “oh… [Read More]
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making jam for quite sometime now. Thanks to Hip Chick’s Home I found out about Freezer Jam. I picked up a package of Freezer Jam Pectin at Kroger last week so I could give it a try. It takes about 20 minutes to make and no cooking is required! You have to try it if you’re like me and have been wanting to make jam but have been intimidated with the whole processing jars in boiling water thing. Sometimes you just have to take baby steps! I live in Georgia and peaches… [Read More]
I was thinking about this last night. I was thinking about what I had accomplished, I felt it wasn’t the best day I’ve had. Why? I was feeling frustrated. I sometimes feel like there are not enough hours in the day to do everything. I’m sure at least some of you feel that way too! As much as I love to garden I really don’t want to spend my entire day doing chores in the garden. But that’s what I did yesterday. Lifting rocks out of the pond because a stinkin chipmunk made holes in the liner (why it wanted… [Read More]