Tips for Growing Strawberries

Last spring hubby planted strawberries in our vegetable garden and I wasn't too happy about it. You see, I've spent years pulling wild strawberries in our flower beds that just won't go away. Their fruit is small and sour and wild strawberries constantly shoot out runners so they're difficult to get rid of entirely. I shouldn't allow my distaste for one variation of a plant to turn me against all varieties, because we're now enjoying the sweet … [Read more...]

Summer Lake House: Charming Home Tour

Warm breezes have floated into town making it feel like mid-July when you step outside. It's making me nostalgic for the carefree summer days of childhood, when each day held a new adventure and you had no concerns. Today's charming home tour recalls an early childhood summer vacation to the Canadian side of Lake Superior. It's a colorful summer lake house that's going to make you want to go on vacation. Smith & Vansant Architects PC The … [Read more...]

Red and White Wine Pairings

I don't really know how it happened, but a few years ago I developed a keen interest in wine varietals and how they enhanced the flavor of food. Without a doubt, a fine wine makes food taste better. A good pairing will pull out the nuances and layers of flavor, which is why having a glass of wine with a meal has become so popular.  Today I'm sharing a couple of red and white wine pairings with selections from Sequoia Grove, a winemaker in the … [Read more...]

How to Make a Vintage Patriotic Banner

It's the 4th Friday of the month and that means it's Farmhouse Friday!  My farm decor blogging friends and I are sharing patriotic projects with you today, in honor of Memorial Day weekend. What's great is you can continue to use these projects for Flag Day and 4th of July! Today I'm sharing how to make a vintage patriotic banner ... it's super simple and costs no money! I'm also including the free vintage printables for you to download. My … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies and a $300 Dreamware Giveaway!

When I have time, I enjoy cooking and baking from scratch. And I love using my growing collection of hand-carved spoons and utensils from Old World Kitchen. I recently received new cookie-making utensils from Old World Kitchen's Dreamware collection by Polder's Old World Market and decided to make my hubby's favorite cookie ... Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies (recipe is at the end of the post). These cookies have the perfect blend of a chewy … [Read more...]

Winner of Antique Farm House Gift Card!

Today I'm happy to announce the winner of the $50 gift card from Antique Farm House! But before I do, I want to thank all of you who left such encouraging and complimentary comments!  You truly made my day!  I'm so appreciative of each and every one of you who reads my blog. Without you, what would be the point of blogging? And so it gives me great pleasure to give a gift in return. I thought I'd share a beautiful zinnia from my garden to … [Read more...]

Decorating with Red, White, and Blue

Memorial Day is a week away, Flag Day is June 14, Independence Day is a little over a month away, and we're in the middle of a pretty interesting election year.  With all the upcoming patriotic events, I thought I'd share some inspiration from Houzz on decorating with red, white, and blue! I think it's a fun look for the upcoming summer months. WARREN SHEETS DESIGN, INC. Red, white, and blue look crisp and clean in this nautical style family … [Read more...]

Start at Home Decor: Charming Home Tour

We're having some pretty fabulous weather here in Illinois and I've spent a good deal of time out in the garden. I've enjoyed gardening since I can remember. I love being outside working with plants of any kind. But now it's time to turn attention to the indoors as we take a tour of Brooke's beautiful home over at Start at Home Decor blog. Step inside Brooke's front door and be greeted by gorgeous wood floors and warm hues. Brooke has a lot … [Read more...]

37 Berry Recipes You’ll Love!

Summer is right around the corner!  Can you feel it coming?  When I think of juicy, early summer fruit I dream of berries and remember picking strawberries and blueberries at my sister's Michigan farm. Especially the blueberries, which I'd end up eating more than what I put in my berry basket. Today I'm sharing a round-up of several berry recipes ... a special thank you to my fellow bloggers for letting me share their tasty treats with … [Read more...]

Historic District of Sycamore Illinois

A couple weeks ago I took you on a walk with me along the tree-lined streets of Sycamore, Illinois. Today we're taking another walk through the beautiful historic district of this charming little town. I'm such a huge fan of quaint architecture and if you follow my blog, I'm guessing you enjoy it as much as I do. This stunning home might look new, but it's not. It's lovingly and perfectly restored. An expansive porch is always a prized … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Decor and a $50 Giveaway

It's hard not to be in a good mood when the days last longer and the weather warms up. I've been in the garden a lot lately and time spent outdoors always lifts my spirits. In the spirit of this happiness, I want to share some of my joy with my readers by offering a $50 Antique Farm House gift card giveaway to one of you.  I'm sharing some of the farmhouse decor goodies I've found for my own home at Antique Farm House. To enter to win, simply … [Read more...]

Little Farmstead: Charming Home Tour

Are you one of the many fans of farmhouse style?  Before Joanna Gaines came on the scene, farmhouse decor was already popular thanks to Martha Stewart. And now with shows like Fixer Upper, the appeal of farmhouse style is skyrocketing. Today I'm super excited to share an extremely charming home with you that lives and breathes farm decor. Julie blogs at Little Farmstead and I'm truly honored to feature her home here on my blog today. Julie … [Read more...]

Coastal Style: How to Get the Look

Coastal style is relaxed and soothing, and growing in popularity. It's not just for the summer months either. You'll love its casual appeal all year long in simple colors and mixed textures. Toss in a piece of driftwood or favorite seashell and you're on your way to achieving the coastal style in your home. Let's take a look at some of the basic elements for adding a nautical touch to your own furnishings. Flagg Coastal Homes Several elements … [Read more...]