Tablescaping for a Skater Brother

Last fall we took a him in.  He's a good kid who had too many curve balls thrown his way.  He needed a break.  We hoped our home would be the break he needed.  Our kids quickly opened up their hearts and rooms to him and let him in.  Little Man calls him his brother.  Drama Boy calls him, "His brother from another mother." Recently he turned 18.  We helped throw a party for him.  Wanting to honor his passions without belittling him with youthful decorations, I came up with this. Throughout last year, when we … [Read more...]

Canning Jar Gardens For Spring

Happy first day of Spring!!  Minnesota has kept its tradition of being snowy and frozen again this year.  And, I am writing this post now from 35,000 feet in the air on my way to Cancun.  After a long day of flight delays and potential missed connections somehow we are on our way!  Somehow our 6 coach tickets were magically upgraded to 6 tickets in 1st class on a direct flight instead of a lay over in Detroit.  So, as far as I'm concerned Spring is starting out on the right foot! Last week while there were still sufficiently … [Read more...]

An Irish Blessing to You, Our Friend

Dear Friend, Here's a little Irish Blessing for you today!  *raises glass* May the rains sweep gentle across your fields, May the sun warm the land, May every good seed you have planted bear fruit, And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty. Go n-eírí an bóthar leat. Kristin & Chris Ann … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday St. Patrick’s Day Round Up

Today we are celebrating all things green, edible, beautiful, fancy, lucky and Irish.  We'd love to hear your story and share our inspiration.  If you are a blogger and have a post related to all things St. Patrick, please pull up a chair and join us by linking up at the bottom of this post. Here's a little of our inspiration for St. Patrick's Day. Kristin's visit to Ireland ~ and her wee little leprechaun. Beautiful green avocados~ Avocado Pound Cake~ Irish Soda Bread~ Pull … [Read more...]

Happy Valentine’s Day

We hope this day finds you happy!!  Kristin and I have a bit on our plate this morning.  Kristin is at a homeschooling co-op and I have a team of carpet layers pounding carpet into every level of the house.  Right now my living room office and dining rooms are crammed into the kitchen.  I'm surrounded by my chaos and my sofas, chairs, cabinets, and accessories.  I can't complain much though.  Because this is by choice not by flood.   So, Kristin and I are going to have depend on you all for creative inspiration today.  We hope … [Read more...]

Colorful Cupcakes & Birthday Wishes

Could you join me for~ Birthday wishes for a delicious year heaped with colorful adventures, sweet surprises & happiness!! Happy Birthday Kristin ~ have a great day!! ***** Kristin's Birthday Celebrations last year~ Happy Birthday Kristin, 2010, LoveFeast Birthday Celebration, Birthday Week Part 2, 2010, Birthday Week Part 1, 2010 Cupcakes from the Golden West Cafe for BlogLove™ "Takes Flight".   Our history~ Where It All Began...Golden West Cafe … [Read more...]

Lemon Mousse Recipe Rings in 2011!!!

This New Year's Eve, we were invited to spend it with our friends Amanda and Noe.  They are back from Africa and wanted to get together!  The arrangement was, Devon cooks and they buy the food!  We were joined by two other friends, Kat and artist husband Matt!  It was shaping up to be a yummy and fun night! With a little brainstorming we created a menu with steak as the star (per the guy's request!) The night was started off with Devon's Caesar Salad. The entree was grilled rib eye steaks topped with sauteed mushrooms … [Read more...]

Milk Punch Recipe

Milk Punch Christmas morning is a tradition my sister-n-law's family savored back in the day when my sister-n-law, Kim was growing up.  Apparently the recipe and tradition comes with...more stories and memories than can be caught up with.  It's a now one of our generations favorites along with the Holiday Sangria Kim and I discovered one year.  It's simple yet, smooth and pleasing Christmas morning.   But, let me just say this...it's not the milk you put out with cookies for Santa. Something for the adults to enjoy while … [Read more...]

Christmas Sweet And Simple With The Reluctant Entertainer & GiveAway

Today we invited Sandy from The Reluctant Entertainer to join us at the table.  Her popular blog is filled with entertaining ideas to inspire women to a lifestyle of genuine hospitality.  She is a wonderful real life hostess who puts the importance of people before perfection.  Her newly written book, The Reluctant Entertainer is filled with tips and inspiration for living a life filled with hospitality.  We are hoping one day soon to share a real life table with this lovely lady, but for now we are delighted to have her join us, … [Read more...]

Blogger Christmas Cookie Exchange

My husband and I have been working for 30 days straight on our crazy remodel (more on that later).  We needed an excuse to take a break from the work wheel.  An invite to Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom's Cookie Exchange was timely and the excuse we needed! After making the Dulce de Leche Bacon, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Magic Bars, I wrapped them up and headed to the party with my family in tow!  We were warmly greeted by Laura's daughter and placed our mitten donations in the basket.  Laura was donating gloves to a local … [Read more...]