Monday, July 10, 2017

Peach Lemonade Popsicles

 My son has been interested in helping me in the kitchen since he was little.  We turn on some music and have fun cooking together.
It's been so hot lately that we decided to make a frozen treat.  Popsicles on a really hot day are so refreshing.

This recipe is so basic.  Deciding what flavors to experiment with is the hardest part.

3 large peaches; slice and remove pit
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of ice
2 cups of water
1/4 cup sugar (more or less depending on the sweetness of your peaches)

In a blender, combine sliced peaches, water and lemon juice.  Add sugar and ice.  Blend until smooth.  *If the mixture is too watery, add more ice and blend again to get the texture of a slushie. 

Pour mixture into molds and freeze overnight.  To easily release popsicle from mold, run under warm water.  Enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Home Love

 Good morning, friends!  I'm excited to welcome you to my blog and share some easy ways to decorate your home for summer.

 In the spring I participated in a fun home tour with a diverse bunch of talented bloggers.  Today we're back!  I'm sharing how I gave a few areas in my house a lighter look for the warmer months.

 If you're visiting from Creekwood Hill, hello!  I'm so happy you stopped by.

 I've added a few seasonal touches to the kitchen.  I love cooking with fresh herbs.  I like to keep a planter with oregano on my counter to clip and add to whatever I'm cooking.  The greenery livens up this area and keeps my kitchen smelling fresh.
 During the summer months we usually start our day with fruit and yogurt.

Nothing fancy!  This is easy when you don't want to cook.

 The shelf in my kitchen is used to display a few of my favorite pitchers.
I love to collect them and group a few together.

They can also be filled with fresh flowers.
I added hot pink and white peonies for a summery touch.
I keep the basket filled with fruit to encourage healthy snacking!

Heading through the doors is our garage turned bedroom.

  Our bedroom is filled with plants and flowers.  Plants are an inexpressive way to decorate your home for summer.

Pink peonies smell so fragrant.

 I like to switch out the candles for a favorite summer scent.

This fragrance smells sweet and pleasant long after the candle is put out.

 I added a few more patterned pillows to my couch.

Pillows are an effortless way to update your space for summer.  The floral pillow is a nice accent.

I clipped a few flowers from the yard and stuck them in a vase on my desk.  If your yard is full of greenery, take advantage and create a free arrangement.

Thank you so much for following along.  Next up on the tour is Farmhouse For Five.

Below is the entire list of participating bloggers.  Be sure to head over to see some amazing inspiration.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer in Style Outdoor Edition

Today I'm joining a talented bunch of bloggers for a Summer in Style Outdoor Edition- blog hop, hosted by Chic Little House.  We're all sharing our favorite outdoor spaces and I hope you enjoy the tour.

Ahh, summer!  It's such a beautiful time of the year.  I love spending time outdoors, sitting here on the porch as the sun comes up.  I also enjoy sitting on the porch watching the rain.  It's very soothing to me.

Our small porch area is also a nice spot to enjoy breakfast, before it gets too hot during the day.

This area used to be our garage.  We recently had it converted to a living space.  We added shutters to the windows to create a cohesive look.

I have always loved the charming look of window planters.  They make a great first impression as we pull into the driveway.

I planted a combination of white vincas, ajuga(carpet bugleweed) and Sprenger's asparagus fern.  Hopefully they'll continue to fill in nicely as the season progresses.
Our front door is painted Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball(matched to Sherwin Williams paint).  It's such a welcoming color.

The porch is accented with planters on either side of the door.  I've had these planters for years.  I gave them a fresh, new look with spray paint.

Every year I switch out the annuals planted around the dwarf cedar.

This year I planted a mix of white vincas, ornamental cabbage, dusty miller and Mexican Heather.  Healthy plants really brighten up the porch.

I tossed my dingy old door mat and replaced it with a new one.  I love the layered look.

My hydrangeas are blooming!  I'm looking forward to cutting a few to bring inside.

That concludes my tour.  I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Please continue the blog hop by visiting Newlywoodwards.  The rest of the ladies are tagged below. Be sure to stop by their blogs to be inspired.

 WEDNESDAY 6/7 Cassie Bustamante and Seeking Alexi