Easy DIY – Padded Hangers for Linen Storage

DIY Padded Hangers for Table Linens

PAM (Painter Artist Mom) shared a few extras from her stash of padded hangers HBD (Handy Builder Dad) made for her. His creation is the perfect solution to my disarray in hanging table-cloths.  This was my storage closet before. It’s very easy and quick to make these padded hangers with pipe insulation. You want the […]

Bunnies at Breakfast

Bunnies at Breakfast

Happy first day of spring!  I don’t normally publish tablescape posts on Mondays, but this table needs to be shared today on this first day of spring. Meet me in the breakfast room to welcome spring… You’ll find plenty of bunnies here. Bunny plates from Tuesday Morning or T. J. Maxx last year. Bunny oat […]

Recognizing the Voice

John 10:10

Do you have negative thoughts about yourself?  Is your first reaction to a compliment one that dispels or minimizes it?  There’s a reason. The reason is not what you think.  The reason is NOT that those whispering thoughts are the truth.  And, the reason is discussed in scripture. Not everyone struggles with this.  HH says […]

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken with a Soy Sauce HACK!

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  This recipe isn’t green, but that’s a good thing.  Right?  Who’d want green chicken? When I looked at recipes on-line for sesame chicken, I wondered… Which is healthier?  Teriyaki or Soy Sauce? The recipes I found called for soy sauce, which I’ve heard is unhealthy due to high sodium (salt).  I […]

Add Spring From Inside to Out

Spring Birds Vignette

I visited Shannon at Belle Bleu Interiors last week to see her easy spring vignette, her spring foyer, and her creative decorating idea.  Such lovely spring changes!  And, you’ll be tickled by the bunny in her foyer. Shannon inspired me to make some changes to my foyer table, which is my great-grandmother’s vintage sewing machine.. […]

Chicken Pasta Pitch-In

Chicken Pasta Pitch-In

When I made chicken pasta one night last month, I wanted to jump onto Facebook Live and demonstrate how quick and easy this dish is to put together. You can make it in many different ways – to the point of not thinking you’ve made it with the same process.  See the lighter version  at […]

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

When one of you commented last week that you’d like to see inexpensive dishes to feed a crowd, I thought of this one right away.  I don’t normally publish two recipe posts in one week, but this is your lucky week!  🙂 I actually made this for supper last night because I didn’t have proper […]

Birds of a Feather Eat Together

Birds of a Feather Tablescape

Just like birds, we gather most often with those of like kind. I looked out our kitchen window one morning last week to see (it seemed) a hundred robins flying all around our yard between the house and barn.  They were landing, pecking, nibbling, and playing with one another.  Joyfully, excitedly, and almost frantically.  A […]

How to Sew a Professional Finish – Better Than Store-Bought!

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Granted, I buy table-cloths on clearance.  They always are finished around the edges in the same way, no matter where I purchase them.  I should qualify that…anywhere in my  realm of shopping. If you shop at exclusive, high-end stores, there might be better table-cloth edging quality there. 😉 A friend recently asked me to sew […]

Shamrocks Usher Spring Blooms to the Table

Matching Blooms

It all began with thoughts of green and white.  I’m not Irish, but I had St. Patty’s Day in mind for this table.  Shamrocks from Dollar Tree are all you need! Since we enjoyed spring on many February days, I decided St. Patrick’s Day needs acknowledgement early, too. This particular day was warm but dark […]

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

I’ve never had success with making mac and cheese.  What is wrong  with me?  Can it really be so hard? It always was hard…until I made mac and cheese with a slow cooker. Recently, we ate the mac and cheese with Millie’s Hamburger Steaks and My Favorite, Fabulous, Fast and Fool-Proof Slaw (and French bread […]

Millie’s Hamburger Steaks

Millie's Hamburger Steaks

Ding, ding, ding.  It’s a winner! PAM (Painter Artist Mom) gave me her friend Millie’s recipe a few years ago.  She told me how delicious it is.  And, then I forgot about it and didn’t make it…until recently. HH loved it, and so did his cousin who was visiting us. HH said the sauce is […]

How to Add Vintage-y Texture to Your Dresser

Papered Drawer Sides

Did you have a happy Valentine’s Day?  We took a Valentine detour yesterday.  Today, let’s give this refurbished dresser some texture and detailing. The design on the paintable wall paper drew my attention right away.  (Click picture for ordering details.) The minute I saw the vintage detail, I knew exactly where I wanted it for […]

When You Hear the Word LOVE, Who Comes to Mind?

JOY Room

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have a different sort of tablescape post for you this week.  Our church hosts a meal and a little entertainment for our JOY (Just Older Youth) group at church each month.  It gives the older crowd a reason to gather with their friends for food, fellowship, and fun. At last week’s […]

Dresser DIY Sneak Peek on Facebook Live Video

Kitchen With New Dresser DIY

It was mid January when my dresser idea struck.  That was before I wrote the post about How to Dress a Dresser. I didn’t mention a word to you about my plan because I was still dragging the lovely boot around.  I wasn’t sure my idea would actually happen.  You’ll soon read how we got […]

Homemade Cream Cheese Butter Mints

Powder Pink Butter Mints

Mom Two gave me her recipe for the best butter mints many years ago.  I’ve made these cream cheese butter mints for baby showers, wedding showers, and sometimes for birthday fun. Their buttery minty melt-in-your-mouth-ness is amazing! Start by mixing all ingredients except food coloring with beaters.  The dough is too stiff for beaters to […]

Powder Pink Roses for The Sweet Life Tablescape

Powder Pink Butter Mints

What color of roses do you like best?  Is the traditional blood-red of Valentine’s for you?  Powder pink is my favorite rose.  And, I never told anyone. Valentine’s is for red!  Who was I to go against tradition?  So, I didn’t.  Until last week. I’m not one to buy roses, but Kroger had a sign […]

Considerations Before Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint

Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint

While painting the two desks for my project studio during the last couple of weeks, I had lots of time to think.  What did I think about?  Well, I thought  a lot about…mostly painting.  Surprised?  Haha! Someone told me a while back that they plan to paint their kitchen cabinets with chalk paint. You could’ve […]

Sewing Spaces Refreshed and Minimized

New Sewing Space

Welcome to February, the month of love!  I have something to share with you today that I’m loving right now – my project studio with painted desks for a refreshed feel. This was the arrangement of my sewing desks before the new year changes.  I moved one desk to another room, and scooted the shelf […]

Trial Confessions of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax

Minwax Paste Wax Product Review

Earlier, when I explained how I moved the Red Chairs Out! New Antique Chairs In, I mentioned that Spunky Daughter and some friends visited. While HH and SD’s friends enjoyed farm life adventures, SD painted a desk she’d brought from her apartment. This is the same chalk paint substitute we used for the Thumb Tack […]

How to Dress a Dresser

Dresser, Before

Mom 2, our neighbor in my teens who remains in my life as a “bonus mom”, often used the term of cleaning house as raking out. In January each year, I re-arrange, organize, discard things unwanted, and in general, rake out. It’s a time to re-think the function of things, re-assess spaces.  Since Fun Son […]

Farm Table of Red, Black, and White

Farm Table of Red, White, and Black

Rather than a full-on Valentine table, I set a table heavy on red that also includes black and white. It could be quickly transformed to a Valentine-themed tablescape with the addition of chocolate treats. Open lids to view (and taste) Hershey™ Valentine Peanut M-n-M’s and Cupids.  I posted this on Instagram yesterday.  🙂 I had […]

Easiest DIY: Painting Canning Jars

Chalk Painted Canning Jars

Have you seen the painted canning jars on Pinterest?  Have you painted some?  Have you wanted to? Enough questions!  I’ve wanted to paint canning jars since the first time I saw one on Pinterest.  After detailing my canning jars with keys two weeks ago, I decided to change their look.  Burlap and keys aren’t permanently […]

Red Chairs Out! New Antique Chairs In!

New Arrangement

I had a revelation recently.  After moving arm chairs into the kitchen, we were enjoying the larger seating.  Until… Spunky Daughter visited with three of her friends. What a pain to move those big chairs as we added more around our table-made-larger-with-added-leaves.  I was a bit embarrassed for the inconvenience to guests as they scooted […]

Decadent Mississippi Mud Cookies

Mississippi Mud Cookies

Yes, that’s the word…decadent.  Seriously.  I don’t throw that word around lightly. As we southerners say (and as quoted in the cookbook, Gimme Some Sugar, Darlin’): Lord a’Mercy! These Mississippi Mud Cake copy-cat cookies are worthy of another southern sayin’: Well, won’t that just frost your cookies! Except, we have no frosting for these Mississippi […]

How to Make Tasty, Healthy Popcorn – Happy National Popcorn Day!

How to Make Fresh Popcorn

Yes, this is the big Travel Case reveal! In the Dinner on the Train Tablescape post the other day, I promised to share what’s inside the travel case.  Are you ready? After reading today’s post title, I’m sure you already know what it is.  Ha! Happy National Popcorn Day! 🙂 Of course, we want popcorn […]

Dinner on the Train Tablescape

Dinner on the Train Tablescape

At this table, I imagine couples on a train having dinner.  Or at least a snack.  Complete with chocolate.  Of course. Don’t you think mid-twentieth century dinner on a train was served on fine china with cups and saucers, dessert plates, crystal stemware, and true silverware? The travel case set the theme as I gathered […]

Trash to Treasure Chest – The Before and After

Trash to Treasure Chest

People leave the most remarkable things at the street for trash pick-up! I was following PAM (Painter Artist Mom) along a street a couple of months ago.  She stopped suddenly, got out of her car, and came to my car window. I wondered what was going on… PAM asked if I wanted the chest that […]