Vegetarian Green Coconut Curry Recipe

Vegetable Green Coconut Curry Recipe

Did you just read the title of this post and think, "What the heck is that?"  If not, then you're a better foodie than me because that's the reaction I had when I got last week's food shipment from Blue Apron. I've now received 2 shipments of food from them and so far am enjoying my experience trying new recipes with all the ingredients shipped fresh to my front door! Each week they send enough stuff to make 3 meals for 2 people. The most recent … [Read more...]

Decorating with Painted Bead Board ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Farmhouse Kitchen with Painted Bead Board

Cottage decor is one of my favorite decorating styles and nothing says cottage style like painted bead board. It lends a simple architectural charm no matter where it's added in the home. Today's Humpday with Houzz focuses on my love of painted bead board. (Click on pictures to see original photo on Houzz.) Traditional Laundry Room by Petoskey Kitchen & Bath Designers Designs by Dawn at the Lake Street Design Studio I can't believe I'm … [Read more...]

Sweet and Simple Easter Table Setting


I'm sitting here thinking of Easter as it's blowing snow outside. Every few years we get an April snow and I guess this is the year we're blessed with one last flurry of the white stuff. It promises to be in the 60's later this week so the snow will be gone soon, thankfully. I'm also sitting here thinking of how quickly Easter approached this year, with all its pastel beauty. I love the colors of Easter and sprinkled them across my Easter table … [Read more...]

Antique Farm House Giveaway!

Antique looking farm animal sign from Antique Farmhouse.

Today I'm super excited to offer you a special giveaway for a $50 gift card to Antique Farm House, which is one of my all-time favorite places to shop online! Antique Farm House features unique farmhouse style décor, vintage reproductions and home decor design sales up to 80% off retail. Their prices and shipping costs are extremely reasonable ... all the more reason to love them! (Details on how to enter are given at end of post.) My French … [Read more...]

Charming Shabby Chic Farm House ~ Heaven’s Walk


If you love farm houses as much as me, then you are going to LOVE today's featured home, which is the second feature in my new Charming Home Series! And if you love the shabby chic style, you'll love it even more! Laurie at Heaven's Walk has the most romantic and charming farm house I believe I've ever seen. She has a gift for adding soft, romantic details to every room. But why believe me?  Come see for yourself ... Laurie's front porch is a … [Read more...]

The Phenomenon of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


For many years I've been a huge fan of painted furniture. I love that you can transform a junky old piece into a thing of beauty with just a few coats of paint. I do not, however, enjoy painting furniture ... that is until I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. The paint adheres easily to all surfaces (I painted my claw foot tub with it) and doesn't require a lot of prep work. Score! I no longer use regular old house paint for furniture pieces. … [Read more...]

Spicy Tilapia Recipe from Blue Apron

Tilapia Veracruzana Recipe

Have you heard of Blue Apron? I just started using this wonderful service that sends you produce and ingredients to make 3 meals each week along with the recipes. You don't have to shop for anything! It's delivered right to your door. I decided to give it a try because A) I don't like to shop for groceries and B) I don't really enjoy menu planning. I do love to cook and I always enjoy trying new things. So when I found out about Blue Apron via … [Read more...]

Small Space Living Rooms ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Farmhouse Living Room

Lately I've turned a critical eye to both my living room and family room. Neither room is particularly large, but they're adjacent to each other with a fairly large doorway so the spaces feel spacious. I thought I would use today's "Humpday with Houzz" to do a little research and find small space living rooms that I like for future inspiration. Farmhouse Living Room by Atlanta Architects & Designers Historical Concepts I've loved this room … [Read more...]

Kane County Flea Market Finds ~ April 2014

Kane County Flea Market Finds

Our local Kane County Flea Market is touted by USA Today as one of the 10 top places to shop for antiques, and I have to agree. It's a pretty big flea market and it's always a highlight for me each month. As with any shopping spree, some outings are more productive than others.  In March, there weren't a lot of vendors and I didn't find much of anything, but April was better and I found some good flea market finds this past weekend for decent … [Read more...]

Charming Log Home ~ Creative Cain Cabin


Are you ready to see the most charming log home ever? Today I'm featuring Dawn's beautiful cabin home in this first segment of my new Charming Home Series brought to you every Sunday! I can't tell you how excited I am to bring you the best of the best in charming homes! My goal is to share a variety of styles with you since charm isn't confined to just one genre. For my first feature, I'm showcasing Dawn who blogs at Creative Cain Cabin. I've … [Read more...]

Run or Dye 5K in Chicago – Win Free Entries!

Chicago Run or Dye 5K

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know I sometimes talk about running ... my absolute favorite fitness activity. If you've ever thought about taking up the sport, I highly encourage you to do so! It doesn't take a lot of coordination and you don't have to buy a bunch of fancy equipment. And ... you can sign up to run fun races like the Run and Dye 5K that's happening at Toyota Park in Chicago on May 24th at 9 am. So today I'm happy … [Read more...]

How to Make Moss Covered Garden Pots

How to make moss covered pots

Last year at our local flea market I came upon a vendor with gorgeous topiaries sprouting from moss covered garden pots. Her plants were a little pricey but I loved the pots and caved to temptation, taking two of them home with me. But a few months later their appeal lost its luster and I neglected the plants, almost killing them both. Thankfully, I was able to nurse them back to health, but the moss growing on the pots faded. Lucky for me, I … [Read more...]

Exposed Brick Walls ~ Humpdays with Houzz


After spending a little time on Houzz the other day, I had a whim to dedicate one day a week to stuff I love other there ... and so begins Humpdays with Houzz! Each week I'm going to focus on some type of design element and share it with you. Houzz lets you easily embed their photos onto your own site. If you click on the photo - you'll be taken to the original for more information. My goal is to provide creative design and decorating … [Read more...]

Spring and Easter Decorating

Easter Decorating with Bunnies and Flowers

Easter is still about a month away but I've started bringing a little of the holiday into my home, along with touches of spring. I love the colors of spring and Easter decorating ... I've always been attracted to white and pastels. All week a group of us bloggers are bringing a little Spring and Easter decorating to you ... be sure to visit the other blogs at the end of this post. My living room shelf is populated with bunnies, chicks, and … [Read more...]