Shabby Chic Reading Corner

Shabby Chic Reading Corner

One of my favorite summer activities is reading. Summer can be busy and winding down with a good book is a great way to relax. Since we've had a ridiculous amount of rain this season, the mosquito population is definitely up. Unfortunately, this means reading out on the porch isn't always ideal so I made a shabby chic reading corner to enjoy when I don't want to deal with the bugs on the porch. The double window on the east side of the … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Little House of Four

Entryway with planked walls and painted door

Today is the first Sunday in August and that means two things ... it's flea market weekend ... and it's time for another charming home tour! Hubby and I will be heading out to the flea market a little later but before we go, I want to share the charming home of Katie who blogs at Little House of Four. Step inside the entry way to Katie's home where you'll be greeted by the walls she planked and the door she painted. Katie is truly … [Read more...]

Spinach and Mushroom Breakfast Casserole

Egg and Hashbrown Casserole

Are you a breakfast eater? I've never been one to eat a full meal at breakfast, opting instead for a muffin or some fruit. But I do love a good breakfast casserole and will often make one for brunch. Since I'm always looking for ways to add more vegetables to my meals, I opted for a spinach and mushroom breakfast casserole. Some breakfast foods are heavy and sit in your stomach like a lead weight all morning. I'm always looking for lighter … [Read more...]

Country Kitchens to Love

Collection of Pretty Country Kitchens, filled with decorating inspiration!

How old were you when you started looking at decorating magazines? I was in my early 20s and my favorite magazines were Country Living and Country Home. I've always loved country style decorating whether it has a farmhouse, cottage, or modern influence. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house and I never tire of thumbing through magazine pages looking at country kitchens. And now, we have sites like Pinterest, Dwelling Gawker, and Houzz to … [Read more...]

Summer Mantel with Butterflies

Summer Mantel with Butterflies

We've been doing a lot of work on the outside of our house this summer, so I'm a little late in getting my summer "mantel" together. I used the quotes because technically it's not a mantel at all, but is a display shelf in my living room (we have no fireplace). But I decorate it like a mantel so ... I hope you'll humor me in calling it that. I chose a butterfly theme for this year's summer mantel. For starters, I applied a vintage butterfly … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Dans le Lakehouse

Cottage Style Kitchen in Turquoise and White

Today's the last Sunday in July and since it's mid-summer it seems only fitting that today's charming home tour features a lakehouse!  Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse has been transforming her Lake Superior home since she and hubby purchased it a little over a year ago. They enjoy a gorgeous lakeside view and are doing a fabulous job redecorating. Tanya's colorful kitchen is perfect for a lakeside home!  Note how the artwork on the wall mimics the … [Read more...]

Farm to Table ~ Basil Pesto Recipe

Easy Basil Pesto Recipe

It's Farmhouse Friday!!  This month my farmhouse blogging friends and I are sharing the farm to table movement with you. I'm a huge fan of growing your own food, or buying local produce. Food that's fresh and unprocessed because I believe ideally, this is the type of food that our bodies were designed to consume and use for energy. My vegetable garden is very lush this year due to all the rain we've had, but most of the veggies aren't quite ripe … [Read more...]

Baby Shopping with Bridget’s New Found Money

Baby Shopping with Bridget

Have I told you the good news yet? My daughter Bridget is expecting her first child in November, and we know it's a boy! I remember when I found out the first time I was pregnant. Although I was happy, I was scared to death that I wouldn't be able to afford a baby. I think back to that time now and laugh, but back then the responsibility of raising a child was very real to me. I know Bridget has a little of that financial concern herself, so … [Read more...]

Quaint Village Homes in Geneva, Illinois

Tour of Village Homes in Geneva, Illinois

Older homes with wrap around porches and architectural detail have a charm all their own. Normally when I post walking tours of neighborhoods I choose to share the historic homes. But today, hubby and I ventured to Mill Creek subdivision in Geneva, Illinois to bring you a sampling of newer "village homes" that have quaint appeal. What I love about this neighborhood in Mill Creek is the nostalgic feel of the homes and the streets. This bungalow … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Top This Top That

Summer Living Room in a Charming Home

Today's home tour is a special one for me. Laura's blog at Top This Top That was one of the first I started reading and as I scoured through her blog for photos to feature today, I was amazed all over again at the beautiful work she's done with her home.  Her recent kitchen transformation and her daughter's room makeover are absolutely stunning! Rather than talk about it, let me show you what I mean ... Last year, Laura painted her kitchen … [Read more...]

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Do you enjoy a good Friday night fish fry? I'm a vegetarian but I do eat fish on occasion for its health benefits. Although I love fish, I don't like it fried. The coating is usually too thick and greasy and takes away from the flakiness and flavor of fish. My favorite fish is salmon and halibut, but unfortunately it's sometimes hard to get fresh halibut where we live. Tilapia and cod are nice alternatives, and this Broiled Tilapia Parmesan … [Read more...]

10 Butler’s Pantry Ideas

10 Butler's Pantry Ideas

When I was a freshman in high school and cleaned house for Mrs. Ashby, I admired her butler's pantry and told myself I would someday have one. Her service pantry was a small hallway between her kitchen and dining room and was the first one I had ever seen. She always had a bottle of brandy tucked by the small sink and drank her libation out of an English tea cup. Since then I've always been fascinated by butler's pantries. Clemson Architects … [Read more...]

Romance with Cookies and Creme Pie

Edwards Cookies and Creme Pie

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EDWARDS®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EdwardsPies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I don't know what it is about summer, but I love cooking from scratch this time of year. Perhaps it's because I get excited about my vegetable garden and the whole farm to table movement. But honestly, after putting all that effort into a home-cooked … [Read more...]