7/1/16

A Red White & Blue Table Setting



It has been quite awhile since I've put together a patriotic table setting...4 years to be exact. Not sure why it just hasn't been something I do on a yearly basis like my Christmas and Thanksgiving tables. This year I wanted to put together a table using red, white and blue but not really focusing on typical 4th of July items. My goal was to do something not contrived and to implement a "...hmm...I never thought to use that", kind of approach. So what I did was simply shop my home for any items that where red, white and blue, to put together a patriotic tablescape.

And what I ended up using even surprised me!



I decided not to use any tablecloth and let the plain white table serve as the backdrop. Next I spread out a red and blue boat print table runner I purchased a few months ago at the Christmas Tree Shop. Then I scoured the house...nothing was off limits including the frig! I pulled out a bag of cherries I just bought at the market for the kids, and yup, they went right into a glass bowl as an accent element for my table.


A natural fiber place mat is topped with a galvanized snowflake looking charger along with my everyday white dinner plates. Then  blue and white salad plates where placed on top of the white dishes.

Using a red and white print napkin, plus a second blue napkin, I cinched the two together with a silver napkin ring and, in a criss-cross pattern, tucked in the knife and fork. As I rummaged through the breakfront in the dining room,  I found my little candle wreaths I use for the dining room chandy at Christmas, and decided to I pull them up over the silver rings to add a little more color to the place setting.


Plain mason jars serve as casual glassware and the centerpiece display is flanked with two galvanized lanterns from Pier One.


A few little rope spheres and starfish are scattered about the table to add a bit of a nautical touch.


I also decided to keep the turquoise blue candles already on the table for a pop of an unexpected blue color. I wrapped the base of each candle with a piece of burlap for texture and then added a couple of miniature American flags for a patriotic flare.



Wishing you all a very happy and safe
4th of July!!!

XO
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6/29/16

Share Your Style Link Party # 72


Hello everyone!

Welcome to Share Your Style!  I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home and I'm your host this week.  I'm so glad that you could join us for another fun week of inspiration.  



When you link up to this party, your post will be seen on all five of these blogs at one time!


Here are some features from last week's party.

Premeditated Leftovers shared a delicious strawberry yogurt popsicle recipe.  Perfect for summer!  



Chatfield Court shared her recent kitchen remodel.  It is so charming and full of great ideas for a small space!


Everyday Living shared some beautiful pics from a cottage garden and outdoor living area.  I wish my back yard looked like this!


If you were featured, please grab this button and display on your blog!  



Now, onto this weeks party!  Please include a link back to this party on your blog post.



6/27/16

Simple Banana & Coconut (Cream) Dream Pie!!


Summer is here and it is time for those yummy refrigerator pies to make an entrance! This recipe takes the classic cream pie to a tropical level with both banana and toasted coconut as part of the filling. Then it's topped with some whipped cream and more toasted coconut all sitting in a crumbled vanilla wafer crust!
And the best part is that it is easy peasy to make!!


The basic recipe I used is from Eagle Brand only I made a couple changes. First, instead of using a graham cracker crust, I  decided on a vanilla wafer crust. For some reason I just thought vanilla wafers would go better with the whole banana flavor thing. This was easy enough to make, although I should have opted to use my food processor to crumble up the cookies instead of pounding them down manually using my trusty rolling pin. Just mix the cookie crumbs with butter, about 1/3 cup butter to 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs, and press into a 9 inch pie plate. Then for the whipped cream topping I just used good old Cool Whip instead of whipping up my own from heavy cream. This what helped to make the recipe so simple.

For the filling all I used was...

3 T corn starch
1 1/3 cups water
one 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed milk
3 large egg yokes, beaten
2 T of butter cut up in small pieces
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 2-3 T of flaked coconut, toasted
and 2 ripe bananas dipped in some lemon juice

Start by dissolving the 3 T of corn starch in the water in a medium size pot. Then add the sweetened condensed milk and then slowly add the egg yolks all the while stirring consistently with wire whisk over medium heat until the mixture becomes thick and bubbly. Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla extract. Then let it cool slightly before adding the 1/2 cup of toasted coconut.

Slice your bananas and dip into the lemon juice, this will prevent them from turning brown. Arrange slices in the bottom of the pie crust and then add your coconut cream filling. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set. 

Before serving, remove plastic wrap and top with the whipped cream then garnish with the remaining toasted coconut.


See wasn't that easy???
Mr. Rosemary Lane and the kiddos LOVED it! Mr. RL said it was super creamy and even my son Michael, who is not the biggest fan of coconut, gave it a hearty thumbs up!

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to drop by Wednesday evening for another awe-inspiring 
Share Your Style link party!


'Til then...
XO 
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6/26/16

Giving a New Fun Look to a Couple of Old Chaises ~ Painted Outdoor Cushion Project



Ahhh it's SUMMERTIME and the living is EASY!!! Well maybe it is if you are a couple of kids enjoying the fun of splashing around all day in the swimming pool. That's pretty much what Michael and Grace have been up to since school has let out. And when they are done with the pool they have always taken their respective towels to our front driveway and spread them out there to sun themselves.


I've always found that to be a rather uncomfortable way to sunbathe, so recently I did a little internet searching to see if there was a way of sprucing up a couple of old wrought iron chaises and their cushions we happen to have in the garage. I wanted to do something practical but fun...you know with bright summertime colors.



I found a spray paint specifically made for painting fabric, but I felt that the price was way too costly for the old beat up and faded cushions we already had. So I stuck with a common tutorial which seemed to work for the people who tried it.


The one I decided to go with involved just a few products. First I purchased a quart of exterior paint in a flat finish. The color I chose was Rainwater by Behr paint. Next I purchased a fabric medium by Martha Stewart over at Michael's craft and supply store. The last few items I needed were a paint brush, which I already had, along with some good old tap water and a clean sponge.


The technique is pretty easy with no exact science to it. 
Just mix roughly two parts paint to one part fabric medium along with an equal amount of water. I made sure my cushions were clean by running them through the washer and dryer before starting. Next use your clean sponge (I stress clean because you don't want any little pieces of "ick" stuck to a dirty sponge falling off onto your cushions) to dampen the cushion before you begin to paint. It took about three good coats for complete coverage. I brushed the paint on thinly and then let it dry thoroughly before adding the next coat. (Hint: make sure to do this on a dry sunny day, this will help to reduce drying the time between coats and move the entire project along much faster.)
The below pic is my cushion after 2 coats.


Once the cushions are painted they do have a bit of a "plasticy" feel to them. A few tutorials suggested sanding them down between coats, but for me that "plastic" feel was just fine. I liked that they will now repel water, can be rinsed off to clean, and hopefully not fade out as easily in the intense summer sun. (I'll have to post an update at the end of August)

I also went ahead and spray painted both chaises white. I thought this would be a much prettier contrast to the new bright blue color of the cushions.


The little brown table between the two chaises also received a fresh coat of ivy green paint.


I picked up a couple of cute outdoor pillows from Walmart for five bucks each.


This project's total breakdown...


Plus $10 for the new pillows for a complete cost of $55 before tax.
Not bad since it would have cost at least $70 just to replace the cushions!

Are they using the chaises now??? 
YES!!!



And it is two thumbs up from the peanut gallery!!!


Hope you are enjoying a glorious start to your summer!!!

XO
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6/22/16

Share Your Style Link Party #71


Welcome to Share Your Style! I'm Julie from Little Farmstead and I'm your host this week. So happy you are here on this first week of summer! When you link to our party, your post will be seen on all five blogs below!






Recently on Little Farmstead, I shared:

New Shiplap Above Our Fireplace
 (and asked if you'd keep it natural or paint it white?)
An Inspiring Home Tour featuring Rene of Painted Goodness
A Camping-Inspired Rustic Table Setting



Now on to the features from last week's party!

Domestically-Speaking shared this adorable DIY Painted USA Flag Pallet Sign...  

Designthusiasm showed us how she prepared the patio for summer. 
I could spend some time here, how about you?

Sawdust Sisters shared a great tutorial for their DIY Entry Way Plank Wall with Shelf. You'll want to check out the before and after of this wall. They added a serious dose of character!


  I would love to order make these Deconstructed Burrito Bowls brought to us by 
A Mothering Thing. So much protein and flavor happening here .


It's party time! We can't wait to see what you've been up to this week. 
Please remember to include a backlink to this party so that you are eligible to be featured.


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