A Farm Themed Wedding

farm theme wedding

My friend Mary gives fabulous parties.  I've featured her candy party, Halloween party and a few ideas from her graduation party.  This past March her sister Molly got married and had a farm themed wedding.  Creativity and the ability to pull off large parties must run in the family.  Molly shared with me her photo album of pictures taken by a … [Read more...]

For Dog Lovers Only

Miniature Schnauzers

Today is National Dog Day.  Author and Pet LifeStyle Expert Colleen Paige created the day in 2004 to honor dogs, and to give them "a day" which shows our deep appreciation for them.   Dogs impact our lives in many ways through their loyalty, companionship, and unconditional love.  Many dogs put their lives on the line every day by assisting law … [Read more...]

Grilled Broccoli and Onion Salad

grilled broccoli and onion salad

My friend Anne is sharing this grilled broccoli and onion salad recipe today.  I sampled her leftovers and it was delicious. Even though the summer is winding down, we still have a couple of months of grill time in Kansas.  Lots of people grill year round, but we usually shut ours down once the weather gets below 65.  If you are firing up the grill … [Read more...]

Create a Gallery Wall with Minted Art

Minted Art Prints

1.Sunset Tree   2. LA Sky   3. Train Ride   4. Be Brave  5. Striped Suit  6. Love and Chocolate I have a confession to make.  I have a paper fetish.  I love journals, notecards, notepads, planners and stationery.  I have at least 20 journals and notebooks scattered about my house filled with lists, dreams, to do's etc.  I was recently asked to … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Goody Bars

chocolate & peanut butter goody bars

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Really, what's not to like about the two? Unless your allergic to peanuts and are the rare person like my sister-in-law who doesn't like chocolate.  I was looking for a dessert that doesn't contain dairy and wound up creating these chocolate peanut butter goodie bars. I'm trying to limit my … [Read more...]

The Waiting Place

waiting

Do you ever feel like you're in the waiting place? Maybe you are waiting to hear about a new job or waiting for test results from a  doctor.  I've been anxiously waiting for my son to start college and to start certain projects around my home.  I felt the strong need to sit back and take a deep breath this summer after my son's graduation in the … [Read more...]

Back to School for Adults

student quote

I will always be a student of life. Conrad Hall said, "You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward." I enjoy learning new things and I'm often signed up for an online class at any given moment in time.  I enjoy the creative arts like photography, writing, decorating, scrapbooking and crafts. You won't find me enrolled … [Read more...]

Tie Up Summer With Back to School Spirit Wear

Tie-Dye Back to School spirit wear

This project has been made possible by Tulip and The Blueprint Social. All comments and opinions are my own.  Tie up summer by making back to school tie-dye spirit wear with a friend or two before school starts.  My daughter loves to tie-dye so I was excited about the opportunity to be part of Tulip Tie-Dye's, Tie-Dye Your Summer campaign.  I … [Read more...]

Sweet & Salty Honey Cheese Spread

sweet & salty goat cheese spread

This Sweet & Salty Honey Cheese Spread is one of my favorite go-to appetizers to make in the summertime. My family loves goat cheese.  I know there are many people who aren't big fans of goat cheese, but even if you aren't I think you might like this spread. It's easy to make and can be put together in 10 minutes.  The sweetness of the honey … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

Takekya water and tea pitchers

This summer has gone by in the blink of an eye for me. There have been many things I've been wanting share, but just haven't gotten around to doing it. There were a few gifts I received back in June for my birthday and some pitchers I found at Costco that I've been using all summer. I found the above Takeya pitchers at Costco.  They come in a … [Read more...]