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It’s (Almost) Fall Y’all

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Back to school time always brings on the images of fall, and while the August weather still feels like summer outside, I confess my mind is already thinking about all things autumn.  By September, I’ll be in the mood to do some transitioning indoors, which means it’s time for some seasonal decorating, and I’ve teamed up with my blog buddies Layla, Rhoda, and Sarah again for a round of link parties!

This year, I’ll be hosting the Fall Mantels party and the other ladies (plus Kevin!) are hosting outdoor decor, tablescapes, and easy fall decor, from September 18th through September 27th on Tuesdays and Thursdays, see the button above for exact dates and hosts.

To me, fall is always about bringing the outdoors in and the mantel is the perfect place for fresh clippings of leaves changing color.

Saidos de Concha on Flickr

 

When decorating a mantel, there’s no need to restrict yourself to the top mantel shelf.  Add that extra layer of pattern, texture, or whimsy with a creative mantel scarf or garland.

good housekeeping/a thoughtful place

 

Layered artwork, branch hurricane sconces, and a magnolia leaf garland complete this living room ready for the autumn chill.

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms + BBQ Link Party

Monday, July 9th, 2012

We had a great weekend, did you?  We invited some friends over, fired up the barbeque, made a lot of good eats, shared some wine and talked until it was late – the very best kind of summer evening.

One of my favorite appetizers to make in the summer are these cheesy, tasty wonderful grilled portobello (or ‘portabella’) mushrooms.  They’ve got everything inside: protein, vegetables, and a little bit of carbs.  Mini meals all wrapped up in one delicious package!

grilled portobello mushrooms

 

 

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Tiered Lettuce Garden + Link Party

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

So the gardening bug hit me pretty hard in the last week, I’ve been pruning perennials and planting annuals and tomatoes too.  I also planted something I’ve never planted before and that’s two varieties of lettuce.  I don’t know why I’ve never planted lettuce before, perhaps its because I usually grab greens in the summer at the farmer’s market or grocery store but this year I began an experiment to see if I could successfully manage to grow a few heads of lettuce to make my own salad.

lettuce and herb garden

 

I reused one of my old half barrels (we have a bunch) that I typically grow tomatoes in but dedicated it to lettuce and herbs this year.  My local nursery sells them in six packs, so I bought the lettuce there instead of growing it from seed.  I mixed in some thyme and basil too, because I can’t get enough of those for in summertime, hello caprese and pesto and fresh herbs on grilled chicken!

As for the planter, I found a smaller redwood barrel at Home Depot but its reddish tones didn’t work for me, so I whitewashed it instead. The birdhouse is just for whimsy, I like tiers in threes so I thought it was a cute addition.  I weathered the roof using this vinegar trick then whitewashed the birdhouse just like the middle half barrel.  (Basic whitewashing technique explained here.)

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