Apple Upside Down Cake

Fall Recipe - Apple Upside Down Cake

When the weather cools it never fails. I get severe cravings for baked goods. Maybe baked goods just help me through the process of mourning the loss of summer. Since apples are in season, I thought I'd try out a recipe for Apple Upside Down Cake. (I'm joining a group of bloggers for Festival of Fall week - see the schedule below!) Mmmm. Baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon mixed in. I used Jazzy apples for this recipe. I'd never heard … [Read more...]

Celebrating Fall with a Busy Week

White Ironstone in Dining Room Hutch

Today is the first day of Autumn and I hope you'll join me in celebrating Fall all this week. Today officially starts a week-long tour of over 30 blogger homes decorated for Fall. My home tour is on Friday and at the end of this post you'll find the line-up for today's tours. Then tomorrow I'm joining another group of bloggers to bring you some delicious recipes perfect for ushering in the Fall season. So I hope you've got some time to grab … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Daisy Mae Belle

Vintage Style Dining Room

Today's charming home tour has loads of vintage appeal and I always enjoying visiting Melissa's blog over at Daisy Mae Belle. I'm sure many of you are familiar with her talent and style, but it's always fun to take another look, isn't it? So without further ado, let's step inside Melissa's pretty home! Lots of interesting details greet you at the front porch! A lattice screen creates a bit of privacy for the seating area, complete with porch … [Read more...]

Fall Decorating on the Front Porch

Place mums in a stoneware crock for instant country fall decorating style.

Fall isn't officially here for a couple more days but I think it's safe to say that autumn has arrived in Illinois. Today was sunny and near 70 degrees. The perfect day! I just got back from a couple days in Vegas ... a business trip so no secrets to share! It was 97 degrees in Vegas so today's temps were a relief. I'm sprucing up my front porch with a little fall decorating. I figure it's time. For instant country style, place mums in a … [Read more...]

Hallway Decorating Ideas ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Hallway decorating ideas - a farmhouse hall gives great examples

Hallways can be a real challenge to decorate. If they're narrow (like mine) there's not much you can do with them. If they're dotted with doors, you're limited in what you can hang on the wall. Today I've collected 10 hallway decorating ideas from Houzz. Farmhouse Hall by Acton Home Builders KISTLER & KNAPP BUILDERS White beadboard and yellow wallpaper create a charming farmhouse hallway. White cafe curtains pair with lantern style … [Read more...]

How to Paint Pine Cones

Fall Arrangement of Baby Boos and Painted Pine Cones - all in a wooden dough bowl

Pine cones are a great decorating resource because you can find them for free on the ground! The only problem is, they're always brown. So I thought, why not paint them? You can easily customize pine cones with the paint color of your choice. This post shows you how to paint pine cones ... it's so very easy! Once your pine cones are painted and dried, pair them with other objects in a wooden bowl. In no time you'll have a pretty centerpiece … [Read more...]

Painting Our Victorian Farmhouse

Painting a Victorian Farmhouse

Sometime in the middle of the summer we started painting our house. It's a big job because our 140-year old Victorian Farmhouse is all clapboard siding and lots of trim. The temperatures really dipped this week and now we're scrambling to finish the paint job. Luckily I bought paint that's good in temps as low as 35 degrees. Normally you'd paint the house starting from the top down. But we just bought the new ladder that hubby is standing on … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ So Much Better with Age

French Style Dining Room

Have you heard of Industrial Beachy French style? If you've ever visited Jamie at So Much Better with Age then the answer is probably yes since she coined that term to describe her decorating style. Jamie loves vintage and anything French, which you'll see as we take a tour of her charming home. Jamie loves neutrals and her choice of muted colors looks great with her dark wood floors. The dining room hutch on the far wall looks rich against … [Read more...]

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce ready for freezing

This is my second post this week about tomatoes so you can safely guess that I'm frantically working to do something with our garden tomatoes before they spoil. In the midst of all the food prep we're still painting the outside of the house. To say that I'm feeling a bit crunched for time is an understatement. So I was happy to find a simple recipe for homemade tomato sauce that I could freeze as opposed to canning, which takes more … [Read more...]

Tuscan Style Tomato Soup

Italian Tuscan Style Tomato Soup

My little veggie garden performed pretty well this year and our tomato plants are busting at the vines with heavy fruit. Last week hubby and I picked all the ripe 'maters and hauled them into the kitchen for cooking and freezing and eating. I found an easy recipe for Tuscan Style Tomato Soup and decided to whip up a batch. This tomato soup is a little different from others. It's light and clean with a true tomato flavor.   The original … [Read more...]

Country Style Fence ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Country style fence - white picket with a gate

One of these days I would love to get a new fence. I like our rustic style fence in the backyard but it's really more shabby than chic. I found a collection of pretty, country style fences on Houzz for inspiration. Let me know which one you like best! Traditional Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts Here's the typical white picket fence. I've always adored houses with a picket fence out front. And I … [Read more...]

Late Summer Vignette with Sunflowers

Late Summer Vignette with Sunflowers

When I went for my morning run today I had to wear light gloves; it was that cold. I wore shorts, but my fingers would've been too cold without a little protection. I am so mourning the departure of summer, as I do every year. Luckily the store still has sunny yellow sunflowers to brighten my home. I created a late summer vignette with sunflowers and a spray of tiny yellow flowers. I love these beautiful, sunny flowers and decorate with them … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Florida Beach Cottage

Coastal style kitchen in Florida Beach Cottage

Today's charming home tour is a little different, but still inspirational. I kinda screwed up my own schedule and didn't have a blogger's home for today. I have a calendar and everything, so it was just oversight on my part. But have no fear ... I have an adorable Florida beach cottage for you to tour. Simply click on any photo to be taken to the entire home tour at Houzz. Beach Style Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers … [Read more...]