Easy Tip To Create a Container Garden

Easy Tip To Create a Container Garden


My company is officially in the house.

And the back porch is ready and waiting and looking like it’s going to audition for farmhouses gone wild.  I added a few pillows and some sweet tea and created a container garden.

It was easy.

I just followed the formula.  If you have ever been around gardeners or worked in a florist shop or a garden center, this post will not be news to you.  You’ve probably heard of the basic container garden formula before.

I wish I could tell you I invented it.

But I didn’t.

It’s been around forever and it’s a simple three-step process to creates variety and height and diversity in a container garden.

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Turkey Meatball Sliders from Blue Apron

Turkey Meatball Sliders from Blue Apron


This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.

I don’t think I have ever had so many people thank me for a brand partnership until I started partnering with Blue Apron.

People thanked me at Lowe’s.

People thanked me at the ballpark.

I’ve gotten e-mails and phone calls and notes thanking me for recommending Blue Apron.

But the funny thing is….every time they thanked me….I told them I was the lucky one.  I’ve been introduced to dishes I would have never made without encouragement and step-by-step instructions and recipe cards and farm fresh ingredients.

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How to Make a Hanging Mason Jar Vase

How to Make a Hanging Mason Jar Vase


Here’s the state of the plant report for the last week of May 2015.

Remember when I thought all the plants were gone and was wringing my hands and hanging my head, but I decided to choose sunshine?

And you told me to wait.

And to be patient (totally not my specialty).

I’m happy to report that you were right (as ususal).  The nandinas came back.  Well, most of them.

Those wonderful, little, amazing, incredible plants pushed their way up from the ground and sprouted new leaves and look better than ever.

So I’m celebrating with a simple garden project.  You can make this diy mason jar hanging vase for under $5.00 in under 10 minutes.

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Summer Home Tour 2015

Summer Home Tour 2015


Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes 2015.

Nice to meet you.

If you are visiting from East Egg Style and we’ve never been properly introduced….

….I just wanted you to know that things can get a little random around here.

I live in a farmhouse and wear red lipstick and really big earrings and have daily adventures.  I love to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture and walk hand-in-hand in the back meadow as the sun sets over the river.

I drink sweet tea with lime on the screened-in porch during a thunderstorm.

And can we still be friends if I tell you about the first (and only) roast I ever made?

Now that we’ve officially met…..grab a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin or an appropriate breakfast snack and beverage…..

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Practicing the Perfect Pose

Practicing the Perfect Pose


To all the servicemen and women who have fought to keep our country free and the stars and stripes flying proudly from sea to shining sea….

….I salute you.

I salute your sacrifice and your valor and your overwhelming courage in the face of grave danger and almost insurmountable odds.

You are what makes this country great.


And I reserve a little piece of my heart for all those you leave behind.  The ones who wait patiently for your return.  So to celebrate Memorial Day, I’m sharing this story again about the perfect pose…..

….and the sailor who almost missed it. :)

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The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

The One Pillow Every Chair Needs


When I was growing up, I spent every summer on Cape Cod.


We spent days on the beach with the sand between our toes and evenings with my grandmother sharing the highs and lows of the day over tiny wooden bowls filled with Cheeto puff balls and glasses of ginger ale perched on wooden chairs with hooked rug covers.

My grandmother was fancy.

You would have loved her.

She wore red lipstick, too, and pearls.  She drank Pepsi by the gallon, loved to dance, wore cat eye glasses and had the most amazing laugh.

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Before and After File Cabinet Makeover

Before and After File Cabinet Makeover


I almost called this post “what I found at the auction: the sequel.”

I found this filing cabinet at that same auction and bought it for $5.00.

Surprisingly no one else bid on it.

They were too busy focusing on the tractor equipment and power tools to pay attention the beautiful lines of this filing cabinet.

But not me.

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How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better



If you are from the south you were probably raised on sweet tea.

You know.

That perfect glass of iced cold goodness that quenches the thirst and fills the heart and makes the sun shine brighter.

In my search for the perfect glass of sweet tea with the perfect ratio of sugar to tea and ice, I came up with the answer to that age-old question.

Here’s how to make sweet tea taste better.

(and it’s totally not what you think).  :)Continue reading