15 Garden Tablesettings

Garden Tablesettings

I am crazy for dishes,  love a beautiful tablesetting, and beautiful garden flowers so going to a garden luncheon was my cup of tea. The 15 Garden Tablesettings were absolutely lovely and each table had a flower centerpiece that accented the colors in the china! It was so gorgeous! Perhaps they will inspire you!

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Each garden flower centerpiece accented the colors of the tablesettings. The mirror reflected the flowers beautifully!

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This was our lovely table!


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Close-ups of some of the garden centerpieces…….

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The luncheon was lovely to say the least.

Did these Garden Tablesettings inspire you?

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1-Dollar Vases Upscaled

1 Dollar Vases Upscaled- 4 different Ways!

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When I saw these cute vases at the Dollar Tree, I knew they would look great upscaled.  They look fine just plain, but by upscaling them, they look even better! They make a great gift with a few fresh or artificial flowers. They come in several colors, but they don’t last long on the shelves. You may want to ask when they get a shipment in so you know when they’re available.

Some of the supplies I used…..

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I purchased 3 items from Dollar Tree. They had some nice grasses and a small bunch of chrysanthemums – total $3.00  The rest of the supplies I had on hand……various ribbons, a little bling, and some twine.


Let me show you four different ways to make these vases upscaled…….

#1  Add twine around the top neck of the vase!

This gives it a casual look.  Wrap the twine around the neck a few times and adhere with clear tacky glue. I added some fall flowers and grasses using only half the mums.  It makes a nice  centerpiece for a small table.

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#2 Add some bling!

By adding a bit of bling, it really dresses it up! I used a rhinestone ribbon for that extra sparkle touch.

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#3 Add ribbon!

Whatever the occasion, Christmas, Wedding, 4th of July, Easter, etc., you can always find cute ribbon to accent the vase. Add a single rose, ferns, Baby’s Breath, and you have a beautiful gift!

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#4 Add hot glue!

This method gives lots of texture.  This vase was also from the Dollar Tree. I used hot glue for the bottom only, but you certainly could do the entire vase. Mine is not perfect, but it still looks great!

I  saw this method used on the back side of a glass window on a piece of furniture in an exclusive furnishings store.

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Take a hot glue gun and start going around the vase. It is best to set it on a paper plate or something that you can turn and get all sides. You’ll need lots of glue sticks, too! This method, however,  is permanent.

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Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect….. It still looks great!

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Do check on these vases ASAP! As I said, they don’t last long. The slender vases are 8 ” tall. The red vase with the rounded base is also 8 ” tall. I figured that if it didn’t turn out, I was only out one dollar!

So easy to get these 1 Dollar Vases Upscaled – many ways! You may want to keep a few extra on hand for gifts.

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Hint for Dividing Hosta!

A Fall Hint for Dividing Hosta……

When Spring arrives and the hosta start to peek their heads out of the ground, it’s hard to remember which hostas needed dividing. They all look the same! Here is a fall hint for dividing hosta in the Spring! It is an easy way to remember where that specific hosta is located that you wanted to divide.


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Take a red, sturdy, plastic knife and label both ends with the name of the hosta using a permanent black marker. The winter elements of snow and ice may wear away the top label, but they won’t harm the bottom one.

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Stick the red knife half-way in the ground securely by the hosta that you want to remember to divide. Place it either right, left or center, whichever you choose, but be consistent with every one you place. Now, when Spring comes, the red knife will be a reminder of where that hosta is that needs dividing. You won’t be mistaken. If the name has worn off, you still can identify it by the lower half of the knife that is in the ground.


When you are dividing  hosta before the leaves unfold, the hosta  look like they’ve never been touched.   Dividing later still works, but they won’t look their best until the next year.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu – the easy way!

No pounding, stuffing, rolling, or dipping with this Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe! This one is “the easy way”.  

Now, did that get your attention?

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With this recipe, you have all the wonderful flavors of the “hard to prepare” recipe with the ease of  quick preparation. Absolutely true! I like that, don’t you?

Chicken Cordon Bleu – the easy way,  simply involves the layering of the ingredients. (That’s my kind of recipe!) Keep the ingredients on hand and you can have company over for a delightful meal on short notice.

It takes only 35 minutes to cook, so when the first guest arrives, I pop the dish in the oven and start with appetizers. This gives just enough time for the dish to bake.

When I have served this meal, my guests have always asked for the recipe so I know you’ll enjoy this , too! It is fancy enough for company, yet, simple enough for everyday.



6 chicken breasts – cut fairly uniform in size – pat dry

6 pieces of  thin sliced ham  ( I use turkey ham, too) approx 1/16 inch thick

1 box chicken flavored stuffing mix

1 can cream of chicken soup ( when out of this, I’ve used cream of mushroom)

2  tablespoons Dijon Mustard

6 slices of Swiss Cheese

chopped, fresh parsley



Make the chicken flavored stuffing according to directions on the box.

In a greased 9 x 13 pan, place chicken breasts

Place a slice of ham on top of each chicken breast.

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Mix Dijon Mustard with the soup in the can (no extra dirty dishes required)

Spread soup mixture on top of breasts

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Sprinkle stuffing on top and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.   Plus extra 3-5 minutes with cheese on top.

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Hint: Do not mix thighs and breasts as they get done at  different times. This amount of time is for chicken breasts only.

Remove from oven. Place slices of Swiss cheese over each chicken breast and bake for 3-5  minutes until melted.

Serves 6

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Chicken  Cordon Bleu is ready to serve! Add a colorful vegetable, salad, and you’ve got a lovely dinner that is so good!  Sprinkle fresh parsley on top of each chicken breast for color!

See the different layers?

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Now, wasn’t that easy?

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Our family really enjoys this recipe! Hope you do, too!


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Purple Wedding Shower

The color of purple has become very popular this year. I really like all the beautiful shades of purple. Another niece is getting married and the bridesmaid dresses are purple so I gave a Purple Wedding Shower on her behalf! This was my second wedding shower to give within a month’s time!

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As I got into planning, the  purple ideas kept coming. Here’s the list of purple things I did….

Purple Corsage:

Three artificial pansies with a few greens and a purple tulle ribbon made a cute corsage for the bride to-be. I couldn’t find my floral tape, so I hot glued the pieces together and it worked!

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Purple Centerpiece:

I can’t take credit for this beautiful centerpiece as I borrowed it from a friend. It was a gorgeous addition to my table. On either side, I had glass candle holders. They’re quite large so they complimented the size of the centerpiece.

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Purple Candies:

These were so quick and easy to do! I used square pretzels and dipped them in lavender candy melts (Wilton). They looked a bit plain so I added a white chocolate chip in the middle.

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I also had purple salt-water taffy. At the grocery store, they had bulk taffy and I stood there and picked out the purple ones. No prep on this one!


Purple Punch:

This was a non-alcohol lunch so I took the recipe of my Holiday Punch and changed it by using blackberry juice! I tested it out, first, and it tasted good so it worked!

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For the bride-dress cake, I used a white cake mix to make the cupcakes. You’ve probably noticed this Wedding Dress Cake on Pinterest. It is pretty easy to do. When I first did this for a shower, I was really worried it wouldn’t turn out as I’ve never done any cake decorating before! The link to a great video tutorial is on Youtube.

OK, you may wonder if I served a purple cake. Well, I didn’t think the entire cupcake would look good colored purple so I took a little batter out (a half cup or so) and used the cake icing colors of red and blue until I got a shade of purple and added it to the small bowl of batter. When filling the cupcakes, I put a teaspoon of white batter and then added a teaspoon of purple batter and then finished with white batter. I used a toothpick to swirl the two colors together (don’t mix too much) and got a pretty swirl of purple through the white cupcake. It wasn’t noticeable until you opened it up.

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Blackberry Ice Cream (Purple):

What’s cake without ice cream?  I researched where to buy some purple ice cream (blackberry or blueberry), but didn’t find anything that was local. Also, I didn’t have an ice cream churn – another hurdle to overcome. I found a recipe online of a Blackberry Ice Cream that didn’t need churning. I had some frozen blackberries and decided it was worth a try. It turned out fantastic!

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Knife, Fork and Spoon wrapped in a purple napkin….

Just another colorful touch is to wrap the eating utensils in the napkin and tie with a bow. Place them in a bowl and not just on the table. I like to have them at the end so they don’t have to hang onto them when dishing up their food.

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 Here is the menu I served….

Wild Rice Chicken Salad

Oriental Cole Slaw  (with lots of red (purple) cabbage)

Fruit Fling

Veggie Platter and Dip


Potato Chips

Blackberry Ice Cream and Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting


While this was a “Purple Wedding Shower”, the ideas are easily changeable to any color for any wedding shower or party!

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Summer Hockey Game

I made a Summer Hockey Game – “Slip and Slide” version for the grandkids. It was one of the fun events for our Oma and Opa Camp 2014. (Grandma & Grandpa Camp) The kids are ages 5-10 and this was a hit for all  ages.  The older kids really liked playing it fast, but it was easy enough for the little 5 yr.- olds to take part, too!

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Materials Needed:

Large tarp – I used a 10′ by 20′ tarp.  Make it bigger, if you have two players on each side at one time.

Duck Tape – any 2 colors

1  – 3/8″ dowel – 4 feet

2 pool noodles

Landscape Fabric Pegs – find these at Home Depot in the nursery department

2 rubber balls (I bought these at Dollar Tree – 2 balls for $1.)



Use duct tape to tape a center  line on the tarp.

Use the second color to tape a line about 3 feet in front of the goal.

Cut dowel into four 1 foot  sections.

Use Fabric Pegs to secure tarp down on the lawn by placing them in the rivets and hammering them down. Make sure pegs get pounded level with the ground to prevent injuries.

On each end, pound dowel sections in two of the rivets ( approx. 3 in. down). Bend pool noodle and insert ends over the dowels for the goal.

Spray water all over the tarp and then squirt with soap (no-tears shampoo – if it gets in their eyes)

Add more water and soap as needed throughout the game!


Rules of the Game:

These are the rules we played…

Players could not go over the middle line. They had to shoot and play from their side.

No goal tending.

Players must be on their knees or slide around seated.

Balls must be hit with their open hand; not thrown. Balls could be caught with their hands, but then place down and hit with an open hand to score.

Vary play by using two balls at a time. Using two balls makes the Summer Hockey Game a lot faster. Extra kids not playing acted as ball runners.

With lots of kids, rotate them in.

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 This is a very “clean” game!! Rinse the kids off and no bath needed!  HA!

Have fun! I know your kids or grandkids will enjoy this game!


I’ll be posting the complete Oma and Opa Camp 2014, later.  So much to include!

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Fresh Peach Pie

Fresh Peach Pie (No-Bake)

Peaches are in season and this Fresh Peach Pie (no-bake) is one I always make this time of year. It is an easy recipe, too. I use an Oil Crust or as my mother called it, “Fresh Fruit Pie Crust”. The recipe for the crust is found on my Fresh Blueberry or Strawberry Pie post. The crust is one that doesn’t require rolling out.

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Use ripe and juicy peaches for this pie. The glaze coats each piece and enhances the wonderful peach flavor! Not a morsel of this pie will be left, I guarantee. Invite friends over or pie for you may just each the whole thing yourself!


1 baked pie crust- 9 inch

6-8 or so (depending on size) fresh peaches, peeled  – Don’t peel ahead as they will turn dark without the sauce.

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

3 Tablespoons Jello (orange) or 1 Tbsp. of Peach flavor and 2 Tbsp. of Orange


Put sugar, water and cornstarch in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring.

When boiling, remove from heat and add the Jello. ( I often use 1 Tablespoon of Peach Jello and                    2 Tablespoons of Orange) It gives a bit more peach flavor. Using all Peach flavored Jello gives it less color.


Fill baked pie crust with pealed, fresh peaches – don’t be skimpy!

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I dip my peaches for 30 sec. in boiling water and then peel them. It goes so fast that way. Just the skin comes off and a bit of the pink remains on the peach for a pretty looking pie.

When cooled, drizzle sauce over the fresh peaches covering them completely.

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Refrigerate for 5-6  hours or until set.

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My husband can hardly wait for peach season! This Fresh Peach Pie is one of his top 3 favorite pies!

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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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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!


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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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!



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!


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!


Peanut Butter and Banana S’more

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

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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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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!


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…


Cookies and Cream S’mores

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



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!


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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!



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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!

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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?


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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.


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.



Floral foam

Variety of artificial greens


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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