Front Porch Tour

Welcome to my front porch. It is a place where I love to sit and take in all the nature around me. There are hummingbirds, turkeys, deer, and I’ve even seen a bear! We live in a wooded area so nature is all around us. Sitting quietly and watching with a cup of coffee in the morning or a  cold glass of lemonade in the afternoon is so relaxing and refreshing!

 

 

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When we built this house 10 years ago, one thing I wanted was a large front porch. It is something I’ve really enjoyed! Let me take your on a tour.

The front door entrance is at an angle into the house. On the left side is a $5 bench (I found at a garage sale) that I painted white. The little concrete dog was a piece that my dad found and always had at their front door. Now, it greets people at my door!

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To the right, I have an antique red wheelbarrow. In the summer it holds ferns and in the winter I put evergreens and birch logs. An old weather vane adds some height.

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Further to the right is a wood burning stove. This was the working stove in the cottage that was originally on this property. The cottage needed so much repair so we tore it down, but saved the stove.

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Peeking through the ferns and window boxes, you can see the vintage wrought iron table and chairs.

 

 

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I had a wicker sofa and chairs, but the squirrels chewed on it so I went with wrought iron! You can see the redo of this set at Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo.

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Now, to the left of the entrance on the front porch……

 

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The little antique table and chairs is a French Barrel Garden Chair Set (I think that is what it is called). I found it at a little out-of-the-way antique store where a woman was bringing it in to sell. I asked the price and bought it right away. It was a steal! You often see these in garden magazines.

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The rocking chair is where you will find me in the morning with a cup of coffee! It has the best view of the hummingbirds and the hosta garden.

Imagine yourself sitting on my front porch in these rocking chairs and this is what you see close up.

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Two of the hummingbird feeders hang from the vintage Dutch girl weather vane. I had to add a bit of “Dutch” since we are of that heritage! I found them in Alpharetta, Georgia at an antique store that was closing. I’m sure, because they were a Dutch girl, not everyone wanted it so I snagged them at a very reasonable price.

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So that’s my front porch tour. I hope it gave you some ideas for using some old vintage pieces. If you want a tour of my hosta garden, go to Hosta Haven! I have over 60 varieties!

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If you’re in the area, drop by for a glass of lemonade on my front porch, of course!

Phyllis

 

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Flower Arranging Using Hosta Leaves

 

With an abundance of garden flowers this time of year, think of using hosta leaves along with your fresh flower arrangements to give more dimension, color, and texture. Fresh flowers from the garden sometimes don’t have enough leaves to compliment them in an arrangement (especially Asiatic Lilies). Combining them with hosta leaves gives you lots of dramatic possibilities.

This little vase has Angel Winged Red Begonia along with Kabitan Hosta Leaves. It makes a striking color combination.

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Another idea is using a shallow glass bowl and adding water. Now, float lilies on top of hosta.  Asiatic lilies have spike leaves that don’t work in an arrangement, but these leaves look beautiful with the lilies! I used a combination of Christmas Tree and Chiquita Hosta.

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I happen to have a green depression glass dish that I like to use to display flowers. This is such an easy arrangement to do!

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Try some climbing roses with Fanfare Impatients  – and, of course, some dramatic leaves!

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This little arrangement uses Dark Victory leaves….

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 These are Guacamole  leaves….

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Don’t you think the hosta leaves add a great dimension to these arrangements? Have you used them in your flower arrangements? If not, try it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Tabletop Woodland Garden (no maintenance)

When I saw the article on a Tabletop Woodland Garden in the May 2004 of my Country Gardens magazine, I knew this was something I wanted to try making. There’s one difference, however. Their garden needed watering and mine doesn’t! I didn’t want to mess with watering little miniature plants and besides the artificial succulents look real anyway. I figured I would try to make mine no-maintenance! Then, when we go on vacation, I don’t have to worry about watering these little plants!

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Here’s my inspiration article from Country Gardens (May) 2004

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The Tabletop Woodland Garden looks like a miniature peek into the deep woods. It’s fun to discover lichen covered wood, various types of moss, and small plants tucked into little nooks and crannies. The interesting nature display invites close-up looks for sure!

Materials Needed:

Tray ( This was their suggestion, but I found this wasn’t needed as you can duplicate various heights with layers of cardboard or poster board. Because my version didn’t need watering, the tray wasn’t necessary for protection. The tray pictured was from the Dollar Tree. Because I had it, I used it anyway for a layer of height.)

Poster Board, scrap wood pieces, styrofoam balls, etc.

Moss Collection  (found at Michael’s) this had various kinds of moss and lichens

Decor Naturals (found at Dollar Tree)

Spanish Moss ( found at Dollar Tree)

Miniature accessories – turtle, small pinecones, seedpods, pieces of wood, rocks, etc.

Glue Gun

Small artificial plants…   succulents, ferns, etc.  Small pieces of artificial plants cut from larger ones.

With these supplies, you have more than enough for more than one Tabletop Woodland Garden.

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When I first thought of doing this project, I asked my grandson to search for some interesting pieces of wood that I might be able to use. He found my main piece of driftwood. Besides the driftwood, he found the interesting tangle of wood or roots. How excited I was that he found them! They were perfect!

Directions:

Work on this project outside. You’ll have lots of debris so make it easy by working outdoors on a picnic table and let the wind clean it up!

Step 1

I covered the base (included the upside down tray) with the display moss and glued it to the items. Cover a piece of styrofoam or small cardboard box for a  small  “hill” to vary the different levels of the base.

 

Step 2

Next, I started placing the various items on the base. I didn’t glue them until I  liked  their placement. Add lichens on the wood and a moss strip on the wood piece (cut from the sheet of display moss). Notice the  piece of styrofoam with Spanish moss to make a small mound to vary heights. Keep building and adding until you like the finished product….

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Step 3

Add miniature cones, seeds, etc. and a cute turtle or mushroom. (still looking for a small mushroom)  Now, one last check just to see if it looks interesting from all angles! Notice the little turtle climbing up the driftwood?

 

When satisfied, check all views from front, side and back.

Back view……

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Interesting from all sides!

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This craft is nature inspired for indoor enjoyment. It will last a long time with no upkeep or watering!  Each one you make will be entirely different.

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Now, I’m still on the hunt for some small artificial mushrooms! I’ll add them later.

Start collecting those interesting driftwood pieces and other nature finds!

Enjoy and have fun creating!

Phyllis

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Hosta Haven

I enjoy sitting on my front porch in the morning gazing at my Hosta garden. I call it my little “Hosta Haven” as it is so relaxing with the multitude of textures and shades of green! There’s not much else I can grow in this spot between the pine trees. It is very shaded with lots of roots from all the trees. Pine needles, from the White Pines, create a needle bed under the plants. At first, I thought they would never grow in such soil, but they find a spot and thrive among all those gnarly roots! They’re tough and seem to like the acid pine needles!

 

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Scattered through the hosta are a few little pieces I’ve found to highlight the garden.  Of course, I have a windmill. Found it at a yard sale! Being of Dutch heritage, it fits perfectly!

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A few large rocks for interest….

 

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The different shades of green change with the sun throughout the day.

 

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Each year it gets better and better as they mature and fill in little open spaces. Sprinkled in are Huchera, ferns, and a few other shade loving plants. I try to mix color, texture and size.

This grouping is right next to my front porch. I like the gradual decrease of sizes. The large hosta in back are Montana, next is Chiquita, Christmas Tree and finally Kabitan.

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From the front porch, there are Guacamole Hosta, Red Salvia and Stella-de-Oro Daylillies .

 

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Coral bells, so delicate, against the hosta.

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Throwing in a bit of color, with Impatients planted in a little cart, gives a striking contrast. Hosta Garden 068p Hosta Haven

Even my little turtle enjoys the view!

 

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I like to divide my plants in the Spring just as they are coming up. That way, they never look like they’ve been touched. It is hard to distinguish one from another so in the fall, I place a red plastic knife beside the plants I intend to divide and write the name of the plant on the knife (both top and bottom). In the spring, I know exactly which ones to divide and what variety I have!

Hope you enjoyed my “Hosta Haven” tour. I have some hosta around a tree in the back, but this year the deer ate them all! I didn’t get my Coyote Urine ( yes, gross!) deterrent on fast enough! Ugh!

How is your garden growing?

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Lemon Blueberry Pie

Perhaps my two favorite flavors are lemons and blueberries! This delightful Lemon Blueberry Pie combines those flavors so well that this pie pleases everyone!  With fresh blueberries in season, this pie is easy and delicious and perfect for a summer dessert! No need to heat up the oven on a hot day as this is a no-bake pie! I use an Oil Crust on my no-bake pies.  If you haven’t tried an Oil Crust, it is also a “no-brainer” as far as pie making goes! So don’t be afraid to try it! It’s very simple with no rolling the crust out! The crust is like working with Play-Doh! A graham cracker crust works, too, but I prefer the Oil Crust! lemon blueberry pie 7 Lemon Blueberry Pie

Lemon Blueberry Pie:

Ingredients- 1 baked Oil Crust (see link below for crust instructions) 1 cup sugar 3  1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup milk 3 beaten egg yolks 1/4 cup butter lemon zest of one lemon and 1/4 c. lemon juice 8 oz. sour cream 2 cups of blueberries Heavy whipping cream for topping.   Directions: In a saucepan, add sugar, cornstarch, milk, egg yolks, butter and lemon zest. Cook and stir over medium heat until it is thick and bubbly. Cook and stir constantly for 2 minutes more after it starts bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice. Cover and chill. Lemon Blueberry Pie p Lemon Blueberry Pie

When  cooled, fold in 8 oz. sour cream and 2 cups blueberries lemon blueberry pie 2 Lemon Blueberry Pie Put in cooled crust.  Cover lightly with foil.  Refrigerate for 3 hours. LEMON BLUEBERRY PIE 3 Lemon Blueberry Pie Whip cream and serve on top with additional blueberries. Now, that’s a scrumptious pie!     Lemon Blueberry Pie 5 Lemon Blueberry Pie I know you’ll enjoy this Lemon Blueberry Pie recipe! My husband thought it was a real winner! Thanks to my cousin in Washington state that sent me this wonderful recipe! For the Oil Crust recipe go to: Fresh Blueberry and Strawberry Pie (no-bake)  

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Enjoy!

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Corn Relish Dip – 1 minute recipe

Got a minute? Then you have enough time to make this delicious Corn Relish Dip! It makes a great appetizer for a party or just for a snack at home. You can make a little or a lot depending on how many you’re serving.  The ingredients are easy to have on hand, too!  The corn relish is usually zesty so this dip has a little bite to it! I’m not one for really spicy things, but I do like this dip! It will vary, a little, according to the product you find on your local grocery shelves.

 

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I am in no way compensated for this post. The products I have pictured are ones that I’ve found available in my area. One is from a specialty shop and the other is available at my local grocery store.  Here are the ingredients…..

 

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Ingredients:

Jar of Corn Relish (16 oz.)

8 oz. Sour Cream (regular, light, or fat-free)

Yup! That’s it!

Directions for the Corn Relish Dip:

For a complete jar (16 oz.), add 1 cup of sour cream and mix well.  If you want to make a small amount, just add the sour cream until it is a desired consistency that you like.  I told you this was quick and easy! See, it’s less than a minute!

 

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If the Corn Relish you are using is a little juicy, strain some of the liquid and add later, if needed. Both of the jars that I used were thick.  Now, enjoy a wonderful Corn Relish Dip and when your guests ask for the recipe, just send them my way! Tell them it is too complicated to remember! HA!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Wild Rice Chicken Salad

Wild Rice Chicken Salad is so healthy and good for you! Make this salad with all wild rice; not a combination. Wild rice is available canned, but I prefer to cook my own. It does take more time to cook than regular rice, but it’s worth the wait.

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In the Midwest, finding wild rice is easy. It comes in 1 pound bags. If you live elsewhere, it may be harder to find. If you have a friend in the Midwest, have them  send you some as this salad is so good! It is gluten-free, too!

There are two kinds of Wild Rice. One is a cultivated Wild Rice, grown in paddies, and has a dark color. There is , also, a wild rice that is naturally found growing in lakes. The Native Americans harvest it. It is lighter in color, takes less time to cook, and is fluffier. The real wild rice is harder to find.  I use the cultivated type of Wild Rice.

Wild Rice Chicken Salad Recipe:

Ahead of time, cook chicken and cube (enough for 3 cups or more) If you boil the chicken, add lots of spices to the water. Grilled chicken is also great!

Cook Wild Rice  – enough to make 3 cups

Combine the following…..

2/3 cup Mayo

1/3 cup milk

1 Tablespoon  lemon juice

1/4 tsp. crushed tarragon leaves

Mix and set aside

 

In a large bowl, combine:

3 cups of cubed, cooked chicken

3 cups of cooked, wild rice

1 (8 oz.) can of water chestnuts (sliced)

1/3  cup chopped green onions

1/8 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

Blend in the mayo mixture and refrigerate for 3 hours or more.

Before serving, add 1/2 pound of sliced, green grapes and 1 cup of salted cashews.

If you like more crunch, you can add some chopped celery, too! However, the water chestnuts and cashews are enough for me! Wild Rice Chicken Salad 007p Wild Rice Chicken Salad

 

I served this Wild Rice Chicken Salad at a Bridal Shower recently. The guests loved it!

 

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This is one of my favorite salads! It’s so good!

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S’mores – 7 Recipe Variations!

 

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Make a S’more even better!

 

Spring was late in arriving, but in the grocery stores they featured all the makings for S’mores! They knew it was time to stock up on the ingredients. It seems that summer campfires and S’mores go together. I’m sure you have lots of memories sitting around a campfire on a beautiful evening, roasting marshmallows, and making S’mores! Well, try a twist on some new flavors and combinations this summer. Perhaps even offer a” S’mores Bar” where guests choose their own makings for one. Here are some ideas I’ve tried and love!

#1

Red, White & Blue S’more

Just in time for Memorial Day is the Red, White, and Blue S’more! Now, that’s patriotic!

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First add a nice, thick layer of sweetened, spreadable cream cheese.  Now, place strawberries and blueberries on top.  Of course, add a toasted marshmallow and eat! YUM!

Here’s a better look at the inside ingredients…..

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#2

Double Strawberry S’more

Now try a Double Strawberry S’more!  Add strawberry, spreadable cream cheese with fresh strawberries and top it off with a gooey marshmallow.  If you like a bit of chocolate, add a piece of chocolate bar and spread the cream cheese and strawberries on top of that! WOW!

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Fresh strawberries and strawberry cream cheese!

 

#3

Pecan Pie S’more

If you love Pecan Pie, you’ll love this combination.   Spread honey pecan flavored cream cheese on the bottom of the graham cracker. Sprinkle pecan pieces over it. Now, drizzle caramel ice cream topping and add a toasted marshmallow. Enjoy!

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All the flavors of Pecan Pie!

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The taste of Pecan Pie without the work!

#4

Peanut Butter and Jelly S’more

Make it just like the sandwich and top it off with a marshmallow.   Another variation is to spread one side with Nutella and the other side with peanut butter and place the marshmallow in the middle!  Of course, you can put the jelly in there, too! Cold you consider this lunch?

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Better than a sandwich!

#5

Peanut Butter and Banana S’more

Layer peanut butter, banana and marshmallow. Add Nutella, too!

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#6

Butter-Brickle Toffee S’more

Instead of a plain chocolate bar, use butter-brickle or toffee pieces. Put a layer of Nutella and add the toffee pieces or just use a toffee candy bar whole. The whole toffee bar is a bit hard for the kids to bite so breaking up the bar makes it easier for them to eat.

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#7.

Nutella and Peanut S’more

I love the flavors of sweet and salty together especially chocolate and peanuts! For this variation, I used Nutella for the chocolate part.  I needed a spread that would secure the crushed peanuts. Altogether, this really satisfied my taste buds! Try it!

 

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A great combination of sweet and salty!

#8

Chocolate and Bacon S’more

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Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. You might be surprised how good it is!

Now, don’t scoff until you’ve tried it. At our state fair they sell bacon dipped in chocolate so why not include it in a S’more?

For the picture, I put the chocolate on the bottom, but by placing the chocolate in the middle, it melts on the bacon better! Yes, it is GOOD! It’s another sweet and salty flavor combination.

 

You may notice this is more than seven. Yes, once I got started on this idea, my grandson and daughter got in on the ideas and came up with more.

Here are more combinations for you to try…

#9

Cookies and Cream S’mores

Spread sweetened cream cheese on a graham cracker and top with broken Oreos. Of course, add a roasted marshmallow.

 

#10.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough S’mores

Spread pasteurized cookie dough on a graham cracker. Top it with a chocolate bar and marshmallow.

 

M-m-m-m-m- Good! I’ll have some more, please!

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Lots of ideas for delicious, mouth-watering S’more recipes!

 

Is this enough ideas for your summer campfires? Perhaps try a different one each week! You almost have enough variations for the entire summer! Now, you add the fun and sing some favorite songs, too!

Enjoy and make memories!

Phyllis

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Lemon Angel Pie

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When Spring arrives, my dessert cravings turn to the flavors of lemon. One of my favorites is Lemon Angel Pie. It is so lemony, light, delicious, and easy to make! It satisfies my cravings for a great lemon dessert. It’s a wonderful pie to serve for Easter or anytime!

I’ve been told that this is the Lemon Angel Pie recipe that Betty’s Pie Shop serves  in northern Minnesota. You don’t have to go that far to enjoy this pie as the recipe is here, but if you go that way, be sure to stop in. Make the first two steps (meringue crust and custard filling) the day before serving! Add whip cream to the top when ready to serve.

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Meringue Crust:

4 egg whites  Be sure these are at room temperature! (I break the eggs and let the whites sit until at room temp.)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Custard Filling:

4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1  cup heavy whipping cream.

Extra whipping cream needed for topping….

Beat 4 egg whites well until stiff peaks form. Add cream of tartar. Gradually add sugar – slowly add about 2 tbsp. at a time while beating.

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Spread all around the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9″ pie pan. Bake at 275º for 1 hour. Turn oven off and leave door ajar and let the meringue cool.

 

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This is how the meringue will look…..  not brown, but all cracked! It is supposed to be that way!

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Custard Directions…..
Beat 4 egg yolks and stir in 1/2 cup sugar and 3 T lemon juice. Add a drop of yellow food coloring, if desired. (I didn’t use it.) Pour into small saucepan and cook on low heat stirring continuously until thickened. Cool.

Whip 1 cup heavy cream until you have peaks and stir into cooled custard mixture. Pour into meringue pie shell and refrigerate. Carefully cover with foil!

Before serving, beat extra whipping cream for topping – lightly sweeten with sugar and add vanilla. (or use ready-made whipping cream)

Serves 8.

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My mouth waters just thinking about this pie! So good!

Serve this anytime of the year, but it is especially great as an ending to your Easter dinner!

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Now, you have your dinner planned!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 4

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 The living room and sunroom, from the Spring Idea House 2014, provide more interesting decorating ideas! While these ideas are done by a team of decorators,  perhaps you’ll be inspired by some of their unique designs to try something similar in your own home.

As you enter the living room, you are immediately struck by the blue color scheme and the focal point of the fireplace.  The soothing  sound of water from the fountain makes it such a relaxing and inviting place. Backlighting  the plant arrangement give lots of drama, too!  It makes me wish that I had a non-working fireplace to decorate.

The wall art above the fireplace is a wall mount light fixture! Very striking when lit.

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What a beautiful arrangement in the fireplace!

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To the right of the fireplace……..

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Notice the candles in the blue shell? Here’s a closer look…..   just stuck in sand!

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The small table to the left of the blue chair had an interesting detail. At the top of the table, it had about an inch depth to it. White sand along with colored rocks, that matched the color scheme, made a interesting design. Glass covers the top!  Now, with little kids, this may not be the perfect idea for you! I can just see this getting tipped over, ugh! It is a beautiful detail, however.

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Opposite the fireplace is another seating arrangement. Notice the unusual light idea using a re-purposed vintage post.

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I thought the drape detail was beautiful! Instead of one color of drapes, they used a blue and white combination. The finial at the end is a wicker-type ball.

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  Hung on the wall are two huge industrial drawers showcasing beautiful items to highlight the colors of the room.  The smaller boxes inside add more dimension and display areas.

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Upon entering the sunroom, so bright and cheery, a white loveseat sits in the middle highlighted by plants and colored glass. Spring idea house 057p Spring Idea House 2014   Part 4

To the right of the loveseat is  an indoor garden. This garden reminds me of the Chihuly glass exhibit that we visited in Arizona. Everything is arranged in an old water trough. The gazing ball, glass bowl and orbs give lots of color against the various greens of the plants. I thought this was spectacular!

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This picture shows the trough and how it is elevated on top of an old wooden box.

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Across the sunroom on the opposite corner, the Spring Idea House decorators added another beautiful grouping.

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Wow! Enough decorating ideas for you? I certainly will be on the prowl for some of those vintage items. How about you?  Did it generate new ideas for your own place?

 

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Decorating!

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 3

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Come with me for a peek into the Spring Idea House Part 3, where we enter a bedroom, den/reading room, hallway, and small bathroom. Many of the ideas, the decorators used, have the ability to be incorporated into your own home.  I know you’ll be inspired by their beautiful rooms.

Walking up the stairs to the bedrooms and den, the decorators  hung  framed wall panels backed with teal colored fabric and embellished with large artificial flowers. Very striking, don’t you think?

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At the top of the stairs is the Reading Room/Den with many re-purposed vintage items.

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The shelving is made from re-purposed gym benches.

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This lighting fixture was one of the most unusual ideas. They took a plastic lampshade and cut slits all around the outside. At each slit, they pushed in a folded book page. Perfect for the “reading” room!

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Here’s a better look at the inside….

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You need to make sure the bulb is a safe distance from the pages!

The coffee table in the room is a re-purposed industrial cart!

 

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Have a shadow box that you don’t know what to do with? Fill with artificial succulents! Succulents look artificial anyway, so no one will really know! This makes an  interesting wall accent!

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The master bedroom color scheme is navy blue, white, teal, with an accent of the bright green! The main wall is dramatic when painted navy blue. The stencil  goes right around the corner. Half of the stencil is painted as a blue shadow against the navy background. Great look!

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Here’s a closer picture showing the stenciling. Love the chevron drapes, too!

 

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Next, is the spare bedroom……

The wall pattern is repeated many different ways in this room. Look for the repetition.

I may be showing my age, but before computers, we used these metal stands for typewriters. It now serves as a night stand.

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Look at how a vintage luggage or mail cart is re-purposed as a bench/coat rack with storage below.

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Because of this house being very old, there isn’t a large master bath. However, the small bathroom always has some unique ideas.

The decorators used a bookshelf as storage for towels and various bathroom items. Also, a piece of driftwood makes a “one of a kind” wall shelf!

When the ice is off the lakes, I’ll be looking for that perfect piece of driftwood to use in my home, too! 

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A dish towel with a napkin ring highlights the small bathroom window.

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Now, that’s easy to do for a small window! Do you remember the kitchen windows in Part 1? This is a variation of that  idea.

I have a small kitchen window in our cabin where this treatment would look great! Just need to wait for warmer weather to get there. Until then, I’ll be looking for the perfect kitchen towel to use.

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 2

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Today’s tour of the Spring Idea House takes us through the dining room, kitchen and small bathroom. This is an old house so some of the ideas are unique to this house, but certainly can be altered to fit other places in your home. I love that it gets the creative juices flowing!  Some ideas are trendy and some are timeless just by incorporating vintage items. 

 Upon entering the dining room area of the Spring Idea House, your eyes are immediately drawn to the white sideboard.  Above it,  squares of garden art with mirrors are hung in repetition on the wall! The mirrors are an addition to the back of them.

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The same garden art is hung in the windows and used under the glass top table.

 

 

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Here’s a better view of how it is used under the glass top table…..

Notice the candles wrapped in twine! Great look and easy to do!

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The napkin rings on the table are like “beaded bracelets”.  I found a beaded bracelet in my jewelry box and used it, too! For a women’s luncheon, wouldn’t these be a fun favor to make for your guests to take home!

Their version…..

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My version…..

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Here’s a unique dining room light tied with macrame cord. This might inspire you to try something like this with a lamp shade you own. The macrame cord is supported by a wire ring both on top and bottom of the shade. This is above my patience level! How about you?

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Next on to the kitchen…..

The window treatment was awesome! What a simple and cute idea to secure coordinating kitchen towels with a colorful napkin ring! Do you have a small window where this idea would work?

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Open shelving in the kitchen shows off the color scheme.

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There’s a small niche’ in the kitchen.  A cute hand-painted, whimsical tree gives life to this space. Attached to the tree are three-dimensional flower magnet accents.

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Here’s the secret of how they stay in place……

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That’s right! They put a screw in the wall! The magnets now stick! So clever!

The bathroom off the kitchen used a unique wire piece as shelving storage.

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Here’s another easy accent idea for a small window…

 

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They used rebar for the rod and set it on hooks! Another easy idea!

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 Which decorating idea, from the Spring Idea House, inspired you today ?  There’s lots more to come!

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 1

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The Spring Idea House 2014 in our area is always a treat for creative minds! There are  new decorating twists and ideas to start your own creative juices flowing. This old house is redone each season by several decorators and  open for tours in Spring, Fall and Christmas. I always look forward to going to be inspired! The home reflects the current trends and mixes them with vintage finds.

There are so many ideas that I will take you through separate areas of the house for each post. This is Part 1!

The first part is the porch entrance. As you walk in there is an old rustic table set in turquoise and greens.

Notice the cute bird cages on the table and the turquoise trivets used as coasters…..

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I noticed that they used floral foam wrapped in a sheet of artificial moss. Vials are filled with astromeria and stuck into the floral foam along with rocks and an artificial bird. OK! I can do that!  I knew I had most of the supplies at home.

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Here is my version although I didn’t use the vials, but just stuck the artificial greens right into the floral foam.

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Here’s my version on my table. I loved the narrow centerpiece as my table is long and narrow!

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On their table, they used a simple idea of brown paper wrapped around a napkin attached by a pin and used as place cards.

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This display was on a side table of the porch. The candles are wrapped in an artificial palm leaf. They used artificial Boxwood balls throughout the house on candle holders, in cages, window boxes, and hanging from lights.

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A salvaged window is hung as art with metal butterflies added as an accent.

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Interesting spring window box inside the porch.

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What was your favorite detail in the Spring Idea House – Part 1?

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Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft

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The real reason for celebrating Easter often gets lost with the bunnies, eggs, chicks and Easter baskets. I’m not against all those fun things, however, let’s get across the real message of Easter, too. This Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft is an easy reminder of what Easter is really about. This craft is simple enough to use for kids’ Sunday School classes, Wednesday church activities or just for a special craft at home.

The materials used are inexpensive and easy to come by simply using mis-matched puzzle pieces. Planning ahead involves spray painting the puzzle pieces. Depending on the size of the cross, plan on about 25 pieces per cross.

Materials:

2 sticks per person

I used craft sticks that I had on hand. They were 8 inches long. I cut the horizontal stick to 5 inches.) Crafts sticks may or may not be painted. Popsicle sticks work, too! If you are doing this cross on just a piece of paper, no sticks are needed!

Small Puzzle Pieces  and spray paint (Yellow)

 

Step 1

Glue sticks together to form a cross.

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Step 2

Glue puzzle pieces on the vertical stick.

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Step 3

Add puzzle pieces to the horizontal stick and repeat so that each area has double pieces.  Try to use the border pieces with a straight edge on each of the ends as the final piece.

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Glue onto a piece of cardstock and add the words. (Print the words out on computer, cut and add.)

Talk about how God loved us so much that He gave His son to die as a payment for our sin. We have the gift of salvation by accepting what Jesus did for us and living for Him! It is not a “puzzle”, it is a gift!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.  Whoever believes in Him, has  life everlasting!

Display the Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft to remind you of the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers to us!

Happy Easter!

 

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DIY Spring Centerpiece

 

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I didn’t have the right vase or pot, but wanted to make a DIY Spring Centerpiece! I had some burlap on hand so decided to use it instead of going out to find the right vase. It was more cost friendly anyway!

I started by cutting a square piece of floral foam around 3″ by 3″. Vary this size if you want to make it larger. I , also, had some artificial greens on hand with different textures and shades of color. OK, now to put it together.

 

Materials……

Floral foam

Variety of artificial greens

Burlap

Bird or butterfly (optional)

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I just started cutting and poking the greens into the floral foam. Vary the heights of tall, medium and short. Start with the tall, add some medium and finish with short around the edges. Add a little bird, if you wish. 

When it was full enough, I cut a large square of burlap. (enough to fold up and gather together )  From a larger piece of burlap, I pulled two strings to use as ties.

Place the floral foam base into a plastic bag. This will keep the floral foam from sifting through the burlap and making a mess.

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This DIY Spring Centerpiece was quick, easy, and very inexpensive. When you see the cost of floral arrangements, it certainly saves money to make your own. Doesn’t it?

I needed a little touch of Spring on my side table. Quite a difference from the white snow background outside! Spring is sure slow to come this year!Spring Idea House 023p 684x730 DIY Spring Centerpiece

Try making your own DIY Spring Centerpiece. Make it any size to use as a centerpiece on your table or as an accent anywhere you need a touch of Spring!

If you make it larger, add a flat weight of some sort under the floral foam. Another idea is to add some small rocks or kitty litter inside the baggie to keep it anchored down. Finish off with the burlap covering it all.

 

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Spring Tablesetting with Birds

 

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So tired of winter that I needed a taste of Spring. To me, the sound of Spring is when the birds are singing again.  This “Spring Tablesetting with Birds” accentuates the greens of Spring and displays a few of my birds. I’ve used some of my green depression glass pieces along with vintage water glasses.

 

This little bird I found at Michael’s on sale for $1.00! Couldn’t pass them up! I just simply placed the birds on the napkins.

 

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This one is from mainland China – a souvenir from a trip some years ago.

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I have a passion for hummingbirds. With feeders around in my gardens, they are active all summer. If I don’t have my feeders out before they return, they come to my window and just look at me to let me know they’re here! Can’t wait until they return! Meanwhile, I have this hand carved piece to remind me of them!

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Just another little bird that I liked…..

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Whatever collections you have, incorporate them into your tablescapes or tablesettings to make it interesting.

One fact about the color green, almost any shade works with another. Look at creation with all the shades of green!

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope I have inspired you with my Spring Tablesetting with birds!

Now, if Spring would only hurry up and get here!

 

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10 Spring Tea Tablescapes

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Since I have a “dish disease”, I am partial to beautiful tablescapes and tablesettings! Whatever you’re eating, tastes so much better when you sit down at a wonderfully arranged  table with pretty dishes!  Don’t you think? These Spring Tea Tablescapes look so lovely and inviting. Inspirations for Spring are just what you need after a long, cold winter. The women that attend this tea look forward each year to this special event! You will see why!

I am sharing 10 Spring Tablescapes using a variety of themes and color schemes. I’m sure you’ll find ideas for your own Spring tablescape, too!

#1

Love the purple, don’t you!

 

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#2

The doilies on the back of the chairs give a great old-fashioned look!

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#3

Gold, green and deep red roses – an elegant combination!

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#4

Aren’t these pink cherry blossom plates unusual?

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Here’s a closer look…..   I think they must be hand painted.

 

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#5

On this tablescape, a plaid tablecloth coordinating with the colors of the dishes makes a big  impact.

 

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#6

This burlap and black tablescape would work for many seasons by changing the flower accents.

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Using clear glass plates lets all that texture show through!

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#7

At this tablescape, there are pretty blue plates mixed with a variety of flowered teacups! What a wonderful way to use your teacup collection!

 

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#8

A combination of a blue tablecloth, green chargers along with perky yellow and white daisies sets off this table.

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#9

Subdued grey, pink and black combinations make an elegant statement for this tablescape.

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#10

Notice the different colors of depression glass used on this garden-like tablesetting….

Mary, Mary, quite contrary! How does your garden grow?  Isn’t that how the rhyme goes?

So colorful and fun!

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Which one is your favorite?

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