Monday, March 30, 2015

A Sofa Table

 

I know you do this…find a gorgeous photo on Pinterest, and then you find yourself re-arranging the furniture in your whole house, just to create “that look” ;)

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Well, yes, sometimes I do that too. So…my sweet kids helped me move a few larger pieces around from the dining room to the family room. And our buffet table became the sofa table.

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Remember, here in my Around the Table post, I used these gorgeous pink blossom branches? Well, I moved them to our sofa table in the French harvest basket. The table is perfect for behind the sofa…and did you know my husband built it? He is amazing.

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I’m sure it’s obvious, that I love decorating with all shades of white. Adding pops of color with fresh flowers, seltzer bottles, and pillows is one way I like to add spring touches to a room.

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That scale? Well, it came from a local antique shop. It’s one of our favorites. We have several. One of our favorite collections…vintage scales :)

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Flowering branches are my favorite. If I could, I’d have every flowering tree known to man growing in our yard. One day :) Until then, I’ll just keep borrowing from my families’ yards.

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The large “window” is actually a vintage French door. I’m saving it to use on our garden shed…when we build it. Maybe that will be our next DIY project.

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Are you re-arranging for Spring? Has a Pinterest photo ever prompted you to move things around?

I really appreciate you stopping by to visit my blog! Thanks for meeting me here today :)

I have a really wonderful announcement coming later this week!

Blessings

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Savory Spring Salad

I don’t know about you, but I love a really good salad. I mean, I’m a could-eat-salad-every-single-day kinda girl :)

And this salad…oh you’re going to want to rush to the market (we call it grocery store) and get these simple ingredients right away…

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This time of year, when the veggies are fresh, I enjoy making salads for lunch. And sandwiches. But we’ll talk sandwiches another day. Today is all about the Green Well Salad. And this may come as a huge surprise to you…but I am not responsible for the invention of this salad ;)

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The recipe is from the book, Bread & Wine, written by the amazing Shauna Niequist. This book is a must-read…her stories of travel and friendship are captivating. And the recipes are for people like you & me, you know, real people who just like to cook for our families in our kitchens :) I will be trying out many of her recipes this spring & summer. 

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The Green Well Salad recipe calls for simple ingredients: mixed greens, grapes, pears, walnuts, and goat cheese…to name a few. But my favorite was the addition of caramelized onions. Oh the fla-vah!! And your kitchen will smell like a fancy restaurant all day when you caramelize onions on the stove…then you will want to call me and thank me for passing this recipe onto you :)

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HERE is the link to the entire recipe with instructions.

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On a side note, you may notice a slight variation in my salad. I was forced to use pecans instead of roasted walnuts, because the walnuts were left roasting in the oven FAR TOO LONG. Yes. I burned them until they looked like ants on a cookie sheet. I can not help the fact that I was too busy taking a photo of the homemade vinaigrette that I just so proudly created :) Don’t judge.

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So, tell me, do you like salads? Are you planning on trying the Green Well Salad? If you do, let me know how it turns out.

Just don’t burn your walnuts ;)

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I hope you enjoy your weekend! Thanks so very much for visiting my blog.

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Blessings

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Around the Table

 

Open the windows, clip some fresh blooms from the flower garden, and pull out your best dishes :) It’s time to gather around the table!

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Just like Spring is my favorite season, setting a table is one of my favorite things to do for my family. I enjoy the process…Layering of textiles, stacking of dishes, and creating a setting using items we already own. The natural, simplistic decor appeals to me…fresh fruit, hemp linens, cutting boards, and ironstone are my go-to items.

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Blooms from our popcorn plant in ironstone crocks are the two short centerpieces. At the end of the farmtable, I placed a vintage watering can full of pink blossom branches from my sister-in-law’s yard :)

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Marinated pork tenderloin, broccoli salad, cucumber bunny-shaped sandwiches…all of these items are some of my favorites to make this time of year :)

Of course, this table would be perfect for a group of friends to gather around and catch-up over coffee and desserts, don’t you think?

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In the next few weeks, we’ll be dying eggs. You can read about one of our favorite Easter traditions here - dying eggs naturally with spices and veggies :)

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

I’m joining Home Love Stories :) #aroundthetable

Also, the winner of our Spring Give Away is Susan from Evelyn and Rose!! Congratulations Susan!! I’ll send you an email soon.

Thanks to everyone for entering! We’ll have another giveaway real soon :)

Blessings

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Story for Sunday

I’ve always had a deep love for the written word. When I was little, I could spell complicated words easily. Words and reading came effortlessly. And books, oh how I adore books. As a teacher, I have literally thousands of books :) I’m usually always in the middle of reading two or three books at one time. The smell of a book is heavenly to me. I even wrote a children’s book many years ago…no, it didn’t get published. I really love to write, not that I’m great at it... I just really love to write. It’s therapy for me. So, I thought I may start sharing some of my “life stories” with you here. Would you mind?

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My oldest child will walk across the stage in a few short months…she’ll graduate from High School. How is that reality? I remember being pregnant with her, as if it were days ago. Memories so vividly etched in my mind, because my first pregnancy didn’t start off as expected. I’d imagined celebrating with family, shopping for baby clothes, even looking forward to a little morning sickness- as evidence of a little life growing inside of me :) Instead, I was sick every day. ALL DAY LONG. Morning noon and night sickness. It was a vicious cycle that lasted well into the second trimester…I’d be sick for days, get dehydrated, admitted into the hospital for fluids, go back home, repeat.

Right in the middle of my second year as a new teacher…and had to stay home due to “chronic morning sickness”. Our community of friends and family covered my husband & me in prayers. Mom would hold my hair back and my dad would bring home new suggestions from friends at work…even to swallow a spoon full of jelly first thing in the morning. Yes, we tried crackers, lemon, ginger, we tried everything. And still, I kept throwing up and up and up :( The sicker I got, the more out-of-control I felt emotionally. I thought something was wrong with me…that I couldn’t handle pregnancy.

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My doctor kept promising the baby was healthy. A specialist ran tests just to be sure. On the inside, our baby was a tiny little miracle making her way…even though on the outside I was a mess. Some days I couldn’t pick up my head. Other days I ate three whole crackers. I would lie in bed for days on end in a dark, still room because movement made me worse. To look at me, you’d question how the baby was thriving. And yet inside my belly, the baby was getting all she needed from me to grow and develop and mature.

After several long, depressing months, I stopped getting sick. I stood and looked in the mirror at this bump on my belly that would soon be my own little one. And suddenly I was thankful for the trial. All those months that I was made to be still. That time was sacred, where I cried whole-heartedly out to God to heal and help and restore. And He showed up. I turned over the control to Him. I put my eyes on the ONE who actually carried my baby.

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Isn’t this how life goes? One after another, trials come like waves… they crash over us, knocking us to our knees. On the outside it looks as though nothing is right, and life is spiraling out-of-control. On the outside, you can’t hold up your head some days. Our fast-paced world makes us feel as though we fall short, we fail. As moms, as wives, sisters, daughters, friends…we feel like we aren’t good enough. Like we haven’t done enough.

And yet inside, a miracle is happening. God reminds us when we stop to listen…He is all we need. We learn to just let God love us. Just because He does. On the inside, he mends what once was broken. He is all we need. He loves us anyway, everyday. No matter what. He heals and helps and restores. He makes us new. He is enough.

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In a few short months our firstborn will head off to college. She will not be at our table for dinner everyday. She might eat lots of fast food and be late for class. Is she ready? I’m not sure. One thing is for sure… we’ve not taught her everything she needs to know. But that’s okay. He is still carrying her.

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And He is enough.

Thanks so much for joining me here today!

Remember, you can join our Spring Giveaway HERE.

Blessings

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vintage Style Spring Giveaway

Rain, rain, and more rain…it’s been a sloppy mess outdoors the last few weeks. No need to complain, though. Everything is green outside! And blooming! I cut branches from our popcorn plant. It’s got the tiniest little flowers.

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Our English bulldog, Jovi B, is not happy about all the rain.

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Or is that her happy face? We aren’t sure either :)

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Let’s talk about the giveaway, shall we?

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Remember when Fifi and Mark came to do a photo shoot of our home? Many of those photos were featured  in Prairie Style Magazine last year.

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And we’re honored that now some of the photos of our home have made it into Vintage Style!

I want to give away a copy of Vintage Style Magazine to one of you!

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Here are some of the photos of our home that were included in Vintage Style: 

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(photo by Mark Lohman)

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(photo by Mark Lohman)

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Just for fun, and to celebrate the arrival of Spring, I’m also giving away one of these distressed canvas handbags.

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This is my sweet daughter, modeling the handbag :)

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Yes! That’s right! You could win a copy of Vintage Style Magazine AND a distressed canvas handbag!!

Here are the details to enter this giveaway:

Please leave a comment ON THIS POST for each entry:

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3. Share this giveaway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or your blog

That’s 4 chances to enter :)

This giveaway will end at midnight Monday, March 23…

Thanks so much for entering and visiting my blog :)

Blessings

 

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