It’s Not You, It’s Me

Insecurity quote

We're snuggled into the covers, talking and giggling in those precious minutes before I kiss her goodnight. We make shadow puppets on the wall and she begs me to sing Jesus Loves Me in my best opera voice. I'm not going to lie folks, it's epic. You'll have to hear it sometime. She thinks that she is stalling bedtime. But I know the truth. These are treasured moments, sacred and precious. These are the moments when she will confide in me about her day. When she'll laugh hysterically … [Read more...]

Good Friday Doesn’t Feel Good

When Good Friday Does't Feel So Good

Every year I find myself compelled to go. I know it will probably feel painful and even a bit dark. I know I will once again sit in a pew with tears streaming down my face as I recognize how unworthy I am of being treated as someone of worth. To be valued, treasured, sacrificed for. If this is Good Friday, why doesn't it feel so “good”? … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Biscotti & Giveaway!

carrot cake biscotti with raisins atthepicketfence.com

I love baking. Honestly I WAY prefer it to cooking. This might have something to do with the fact that anything I bake is received by my family with joy and gratitude as opposed to the meals I cook each night which, frankly, are always a bit like a shot in the dark. Sometimes they hit their target and sometimes they are so far off from the target you would think that I was purposely trying to torture them. … [Read more...]

A New Piece in the Dining Room

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It's so hard to find 'the one'. You are always on the look-out, hoping that one day you will finally meet that perfect match for you. And then the day comes when you enter a room and you see it. You just know that you've found that special 'someone'. The one you've been waiting for all along. You were so tempted before to say yes to the others, but you were never quite able to pull the trigger. Some of them seemed like 'the one' but you always hesitated. And now you know why. You were … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Easter Crafts and Recipes

Carrot Cake Dessert Shots from At The Picket Fence recipe

Ummm...yeah...please tell us that we are not the only ones who are completely and utterly shocked that Easter is THIS week! How did that happen? Wasn't it just Christmas? For that matter, wasn't it just last Easter?? Now granted, Easter is earlier this year than it was last year but still. These months are flying by and if you are anything like us, while you do want to enjoy celebrating these special days, you don't want to be spending hours and hours preparing for them. … [Read more...]

Creamed Asparagus on Toast

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Oh, Gus! Spare me. Okay, there really isn't a Gus, or anything to spare, but I'm trying to get your attention because I'm talking about asparagus today. Yep, good ole "green sprig most people run from" asparagus. Hi, everyone...it's Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com. I hope you love asparagus as much as I do. I know the ATPF sister's do. They recently shared "Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese" and it sounded so amazing. So much amazing, that it reminded me of my grandmother's "Creamed of … [Read more...]

Spring Baby Shower

flower bird baby shower spring centerpiece

Spring and new life go hand in hand. With the buds on the trees and the flowers peeking up through the soil it seems like the whole world is starting to wake up. So when HGTV Gardens asked me to create a Spring Baby Shower table setting the first thing that came into my mind was celebrating new life and the joy of 'nesting'. … [Read more...]

Kitchen Island Makeover

kitchen island makeover with white paint atthepicketfence.com

My daughter and husband are amazing artists. They can think of something in their heads and then make it come to life on the paper in front of them. I, on the other hand, am sorely lacking in the drawing department. Trust me, you DO NOT want to be on my Pictionary team. I can totally visualize these incredible scenes in my mind but somewhere between thinking it and drawing it, my mind turns it into an image that closely resembles something either a toddler or a very drunk person would draw. … [Read more...]

A Great Find!

hanging landscape canvas

My husband would tell you that every time I start a conversation with, "Hey, you know what I was thinking?" it usually means that something is going to be moved, DIY'd, painted, repurposed or rearranged. And frankly, although he wouldn't admit it at the time, I know he was feeling more than a little worried that during the great painting extravaganza of 2015 that particular question would begin to haunt him. … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

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I was thinking recently about how often I find myself saying something to my children that would sound so  ridiculous to anyone else but makes perfect sense to me. Things like, "Hey guys, we're not going to pretend to be cheetahs while we're at church, OK?" And then there are those times when you're having a simple conversation with your child, innocently answering their questions, never realizing that those answers could come back up sometime later. Usually this involves embarrassment, … [Read more...]

Making Friends With My Problems

I read the words over and over, certain I had misunderstood or that in my just awakened, pre-caffeinated state I had to be reading them incorrectly. But there was no mistake about it. There they were. Right there in black and white. Words which sounded so incredibly strange to me and frankly words which I wasn't particularly thrilled to be reading that morning. … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel Decorating

Simple spring mantel decorating

I love where I live. I mean, I'll admit that I didn't always feel this way. I've even talked about how long it took me to fully embrace the fact that I am an Oregonian. But, there is nothing like Spring in my neck of the woods to make me want to shout to the world that I LOVE OREGON! Here in the Willamette Valley, we truly get the best of both worlds. We have access to everything that big cities can offer and yet we can drive 5 minutes down the road and see the most gorgeous … [Read more...]

Family Room Makeover Reveal

built in bookcases and fireplace makeover atthepicketfence.com

The other day as my daughter was happily chattering away to me about all of the latest in her 2nd grade world, my ears perked up when I heard a familiar phrase. She was describing how a friend felt about something (obviously my mind was wandering just a bit!) and she said with great emphasis "Mommy, she doesn't just love it. She LOVE loves it!" And I had to smile. … [Read more...]

Birds Nest Mason Jar Cupcakes

Spring in a Mason Jar Collage

There's nothing more scary for a car owner. You're traveling down the road and you hear an ambiguous noise. You know the one. The noise that happens intermittently as your driving blissfully along, the one that strikes fear in your heart and then you don't hear it for days.  And just as your lulled into a sense of complacency, it happens again. You start to think you are hearing things.  You ask your daughter, "Did you hear that weird "pinking" noise?!" She did, so you know you're not losing … [Read more...]

Embroidered European Linen Pillow Giveaway!

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Happy, happy Friday friends!! Notice anything different around the Picket Fence? It's a new day and a new look for our little ol' blog! We kind of feel like those unsuspecting women who are plucked off the street by Hoda and Kathie Lee on the Today Show. It's almost as though we didn't know just how much we needed a makeover until we got to the big reveal! … [Read more...]

Clinging to Truth in the Pain

God's truths quote atthepicketfence.com

I went to bed with her on my mind. I woke up with her on my mind. I sent her a text as soon as I got out of bed to tell her that I was praying for her...praying hard. Praying that during their appointment that morning, they would hear the heartbeat. … [Read more...]

$100 Visa Gift Card and Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies​

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I always find it fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the word 'fancy'. What seems 'fancy' to one person might just be an everyday occurrence to the next. For example, I'll never forget when I started buying what I think of as the 'fancy' napkins. No, they aren't the ones with the pretty designs on them or the ones that cost $10 for a pack of 5. Those would be the really 'fancy' napkins. We don't want to go too crazy here people! … [Read more...]

Fireplace Makeover Reveal!

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Some people count sheep to fall asleep. Or their blessings. And while I definitely try both of those (plus a little Tylenol PM!) when I'm suffering from insomnia, nothing helps me relax and calm my mind more than envisioning rooms all redecorated. I envision rooms in my own home, my friends' homes, and homes which only live in my imagination. … [Read more...]

We Miss You and We’re Doing Something About It!

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We miss you. We really, really do. The thing is, you see, that while we get to interact with many of you right here on the At the Picket Fence blog, we used to also get to interact with even MORE of you through social media. Until it started changing. It used to be that if we said 'hi' on Facebook, we would hear a beautiful symphony of 'hi's' right back. But now what we hear sounds more like a symphony of crickets. … [Read more...]