Happy Friday sweet friends! Fallish temps are present in North East Georgia. How about where you live? This week I tried to do everything I could to avoid the news. Don't know about you, but the whole Ebola situation completely freaks me out. A virus that we know little about, limited to no vaccinations available, misdirection and innocent people getting infected....and some succumbing to this virus. What are your thoughts? These amazing projects brought some well needed distraction from it all.
Hello October!! These next few months always seem to be so fast and furious, don't they? Fall and all it's natural beauty helps to level set my mind and also serves as a reminder to slow it down. What helps you slow down? We are enjoying some amazing family time this week with the kids on fall break but found a few other things that made me smile. Loving this apple wreath from The Wood Grain Cottage
Although we have some amazing things going on in July, it's not one of my fav's when it comes to the temperatures. Way too hot. When you walk from the house to the garage ( approximately 8 steps) and sweat is already dripping from the forehead..... too hot.
Here's a few highlights from June, in case you missed any of it.
We are in the patriotic spirit around the house with my mantel here
and a fun tablescape here that I created out of .99 duct tape.
Enjoying my hot tea and cheerios here in our Summer breakfast room.
I am ready for you on the front porch here where I shared 5 tips every porch lover should have.
I turned an old plant stand and planter into a fun ice bucket. Perfect for those hot days outside.
and after a few long months, we finally finished the kitchen and revealed it here.
How was your month? Got any fun things planned....besides sweating?
I had a little fun with some .99 duct tape (you can read about here), and created this 4th of July table setting and patriotic mantel, as we get ready to celebrate our nations independence this week.
Our 4th of July tradition around here is a backyard barbecue with tons of watermelon and messy popsicles, accompanied by a firework display hosted by dad in the backyard. One of his favorite highlights of the year....kids too.
We top our evening off with smores around our firepit and talking about our favorite highlights and fireworks of the day, and hoping that the day would not have to end. What do you have planned for the 4th of July this year?
For this great nation
PS- to make my stars and stripe pillow before the holiday, click here
I promise you, the Apple cobbler is not going to get up and start singing the Star Spangled Banner. That would be far too predictable. What I can assure you is, that this is going to be the best Apple Cobbler..... Patriotic Style, that you have ever tasted.
I imagine our founding fathers nibbling on this, with a bit of vanilla ice cream, as they were declaring their Independence back in 1776. Years later....just a mere 238, this is such a popular treat around my house and at family gatherings . The reason....it is so simple, easy and requires just a few ingredients....and it feeds a crowd.
What you will need: 8 x 8 baking pan or 1.5 quart baking dish 1 cup Biscuit Mix - any kind 1/2 cup of soft butter Spray butter- for the bottom of your baking dish. You can also melt some butter to coat the pan. 1 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of raw/cane sugar- I used 'Sugar In The Raw' 3/4 cup of milk- I use 2% 1 can of pie filling- I used apple but I have also done this with cherry. just as delish.
Here's what you do: Spray or coat your baking dish/pan with butter Mix butter, biscuit mix and sugars together Add milk and continue stirring until completely mixed Pour into your baking dish Add pie filling over the top, distributing evenly. DO NOT MIX the two together. Bake 30 mins at 350 temp.
Taste so good that after that first bite, you'll be seeing fireworks! Do you have a favorite desert that has you seeing fireworks?
Click here if you missed my 4th of July tablescape.
lazy summer days and a house that looks just as lazy!
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For the record, I have never used duct tape for decorating or crafting purposes...ever. There I said it. It's out there.
I have sat back and ohh'd and ahhhh'd over all the ridiculously creative projects done with duct tape, in hopes of one day being accepted into the duct tape Hall of Fame...... by giving you that same ohhhh and ahhhhh moment.
So here goes.
I thought maybe that time could be today, and the project could be my 4th of July patriotic tablescape . A project where I was inspired by a pack of duct tape that I picked up at Home Depot....for .99.
I was hoping that you might be inspired by these green plastic plates that I turned into patriotic chargers with a little white spray paint and duct tape around the perimeter.
And with it's festive flair down the middle of the table, my very used burlap runner ......with some duct tape.
The glass jars that use to hold pickles, spaghetti sauce and beets, will now be used to hold utensils and then for serving up some of my famous Georgia sweet tea, got the once around with some tape too.
And remember those fun wooden buoys that I used in my Summer mantel here, well they got a little dressed up for the soiree too.... with a little duct tape. They are sitting on top of an old wicker charger that I sprayed painted red and then placed what is technically a candle holder, but using it as a vase, for some hydrangeas and ferns that I cut from here.
Duct tape perfection.
So tell me, did it work..... am I in? I will be back tomorrow for some more of my 4th of July ideas....just in case.
Are you apart of the Duct tape Hall of Fame? If not, you should be. But hurry, I don't know how long that tape will be in stock.
To live in such a great country, that I love
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Wow... I can hardly believe that in 2 1/2 weeks my kids will be out of school for the summer.....already.
But, before I start planning our summer activities and my backup sanity plan...just in case, I need to think about those sweet teachers that have supported, cared and loved my children all year. And, while I am finalizing this years appreciation gift, I have put together a few ideas that I have done in the past, that the teachers have loved.
These canvas totes are always such a big hit. You can find how simple they are to do here.
Seeds of knowledge with a flower pot filled with garden gadgets
'Thanks for being sweet' with chocolate bar and gift card
Do you realize that it's been 2 years since I first posted about this wreath and it still remains a favorite of every burlap wreath lover in America...... and beyond. But just wait until today......I am introducing the fraternal twin of the original burlap wreath.
Speaking of which, did you know I was a twin ...but sadly, she doesn't love burlap like me.
I know, I know, don't hate me. Burlap, burlap burlap. But I just couldn't help myself when I saw blue burlap. Besides it just screams 'Hello Spring' as you approach my front doors.
I found this pretty little shade of blue at Hobby Lobby and I thought it would be perfect to whip a couple of wreaths for the Spring Season.
I tucked some faux yellow stems behind a little grapevine nest and secured some eggs in yellow, green and blue. The nest is attached with floral wire so I can remove it with ease once Easter is over, or I eat all the kids Easter candy.....which ever comes first.
Please tell me I am not the only one to start snarfing the candy while filling the baskets!
Perfection....and so is the candy. Just don't tell my kids.
Hope you are having a lovely Spring Season!
That you put up with all my burlap wreath creations.... me and the burlap thank you.