Simmering Potpourri Recipe

simmering potpourri

One of the things I love best about fall is the scents of the season.  I love cinnamon, apple, cloves, cranberries...everything! I told you about the delicious fall candle I bought and love, but did you know you can make your own wonderful scents at home?   I do this every so often when I want something  yummy to make … [Read more...]

This & That

pumpkin scented candle

A cool front finally blew through so now I'm really getting inspired to decorate for fall. In addition, I have this lovely candle burning and it's really getting me in the spirit!  My daughter and I found it at Bath & Body works.  We had some coupons so I got it for half price!   It has a fantastic aroma and it … [Read more...]

How to Make a Gorgeous Fall Wreath for Less

how to make a fall wreath

The other day I saw a fall wreath that was priced at $400.  Yes, four HUNDRED dollars! I didn't take a picture of it because it wasn't all that pretty.   But, it did encourage me to haul myself on over to the craft store to create a beautiful new door wreath for a whole lot less! As a result, I'm going to show you how … [Read more...]

Scented Pine Cone Wreath

how to make a scented pine cone wreath

This is the time of year when I do a lot more crafting than usual.   Once I smell the cinnamon scent of the holiday season my mind starts thinking up projects. Such was the case with my scented pine cone wreath: Yep, the little bags of scented pine cones were at the front of the craft store when I was there and I'm a total sucker … [Read more...]

This & That

Home Tour

We had a crazy busy week at our house. Just as we were getting settled in to our school routine, my son began Cross Country (the long distance running team) after school.  He now has practice every day until 5 p.m. and they are averaging 2-3 miles of running per practice.  In addition, he plays on a year-round soccer team (that is not … [Read more...]

Displaying Summer Treasures

ranch treasures

The kids are back in school and summer vacation is just a memory. As I've already shared, we really loved our little trip to the ranch this summer.  We have some great pictures and we also have some really cool treasures we found and brought home with us. For sure, one of the best things the kids love about the ranch is having the … [Read more...]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle soup

Today, my kids went back to school. And, to celebrate, I am stuck at home with a head cold.   It hit me hard yesterday and I'm feeling it pretty good today, too. My head is stuffy, I'm sneezing...you know the drill.  So, I'm heading to the grocery store to buy a chicken.  Because this is the best home remedy there … [Read more...]

This & That

container garden

Sometimes you just have to savor the little things in life and this week I took special note of a few things that made my day a little brighter. The other morning when I was in the shower I realized just how much I love this particular part of my morning routine -- most especially using this stuff: It's L'Occitane's Almond Shower Oil. … [Read more...]

My Favorite Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

peanut butter cookie recipe

On Monday my kids will be back at school. I'm not really ready for that.   Our kitchen renovation put a big hiccup in our usual summer plans.  Even though we managed to take two trips to visit family and the kids attended their beloved soccer camp our usual summer fun took a back seat to the comings and goings of contractors and the … [Read more...]

Sharing My Secrets

coffee table

How's that for a blog post title?  Yes, I'm sharing my secrets.  Does that sound exciting? My good friend, Kelly at My Soulful Home (who has the most beautiful garden, home and soul) asked me to take part in a Blogland tour where we introduce other bloggers and share some of our secrets -- just a little behind the scenes of our blogs … [Read more...]