Good morning, coffee lovers! Julie here stopping by from redheadcandecorate.com where my husband and I have been working on a really large front porch project 😯 with DIY mahogany stained wood. I am very very excited for the reveal coming up soon (subscribe now so you don’t miss it), but no one can work without coffee, right? That’s why I decided it was a great time to get this coffee party started over here at the fence. I hope you enjoy these “Unique Coffee Ideas” I found through some of our talented friends from blog land, and there’s one from me, too.
*You guys! This Israeli Couscous salad is going to become your go-to for the summer (and all year long!) and I will give you the recipe I promise, but there’s a little something I want to share with you first!*
Little House on the Prairie came on everyday at 4pm at my house when I was a little girl. And my dad got home from work at around 5pm. Now, we three ladies of the house (me, my mom and my sister) were glued to the television for that one hour each day. This meant, that as the last credits began to roll, my mom would call out to us, “Girls, hurry and set the table so Daddy will think that dinner is going to be ready sooner than it will actually be ready!” My goal was always to do it so quickly that I would make it back in time to see that very final scene in every episode where Carrie trips and falls as they are running downhill through the field towards Ma and Pa who were waiting in the wagon with grins on their faces.
To this day, I can barely get through an episode of Little House without crying. There is so much truth and wisdom and heart. And in our current cultural climate I find myself craving this.
Good morning friends, and thank you for meeting me (Julie) here today, At the Picket Fence. In case you didn’t know, I am a monthly contributor here for Vanessa & Heather and I am very honored to be a part of their team. If you are interested in following my blog where I am busy decorating & cooking in Michigan, you can follow along here —-> Redhead Can Decorate. Since we are in the middle of Summer, I thought today might be the perfect time to share my Mom’s homemade “Sun Tea Recipe” and story with you. I hope you are thirsty.
Happy Saturday!! One of our most favorite things to do on a Saturday morning while sipping coffee is to just take our time to meander around the interwebs looking for beautiful inspiration and fun new ideas. And, today, we’re bringing back our Weekend Wonderings series where we’ve put together a collection of some of the best decorating ideas, recipes, crafts and heart-felt blog posts that we’ve seen recently.
We want to continue to have At the Picket Fence be a community where you don’t just hear from us all the time but where you also have access to some of the best ideas and inspiration out there. So, let’s welcome the weekend together with these wonderings!
Hi there friends! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. It is such a magnificent, warm sunny day here in Southeast Michigan (finally)! The birds are singing, my hostas are in full bloom, and I have a very pregnant robin living in my fern on our front porch. All of these are sure signs that it is indeed late Spring, so that means it’s time for us to think about celebrating our veterans on Memorial Day & of course the Fourth of July isn’t far behind. So, with all of that being said, this month I decided to ask my friends in blog land if I could feature some of their “Patriotic Desserts”. Wow, did they come through for us. I decided to throw in a a couple of mine as well. I hope you enjoy these sweet red, white, and blue desserts as much as I did writing about them.
Oh, but before we get to the recipes, I would like to extend an invitation to you to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter because our DIY Laundry Room reveal is coming up this week! I’m working on the light fixture tonight, and the new rug is in 😀
Patriotic Dessert Recipes
I feel the need to make something crystal clear here before I share the recipe for these scrumptious lemon rosemary donuts. We’re all about transparency here At the Picket Fence.
Baked donuts don’t taste the same as friend donuts. Shocking, right? Well, you may not be totally surprised by this news but my children definitely were. Our foray into homemade donuts has been an eye-opening education for them in the difference between fried and baked.
But, that being said, they are still so very, very yummy. In fact, what they lack in fried-ness (totally a word, right?), they more than make up for in dough-y, cake-y goodness.
And when you decide to celebrate spring by making them lemon flavored with a hint of rosemary, they go to a whole new level. In case you didn’t know, I’m slightly obsessed with lemons. I’ve used them to make Lemon Pasta and Lemon Crème Brulée and I pretty much love anything citrus flavored. And lemon and rosemary go together so perfectly. Like, peas and carrots.
Or….lemon and rosemary. 😉
And when you bite into it and can actually see the rosemary, it’s like all of your senses are heightened. Frankly, it’s kind of like capturing spring in a donut.
Because, I don’t know about you, but right now I feel like the whole world is coming to life and all of my senses are in overdrive. The aroma of the flowers popping up around my yard, the visual beauty of seeing buds opening on the branches of the trees, the moments when the sun breaks through the clouds and my skin absorbs it’s warmth, and even the sound of the rain pattering on the windows is a reminder of the season.
Spring has definitely arrived here in Oregon.
And it’s like a spring party in my mouth with every bite of these lemon rosemary donuts. Oh, and they have a lemon flavored glaze on top of them. Because…well…you know…lemons for the win!
Thank you so much for meeting me at the fence today,
Sharing these donuts here:
Just in time for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, I’m sharing with you Kentucky Champagne…one of my favorites!
Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2016?! Whew! It’s been a year of ups and downs, high and lows but through it all we’ve loved visiting with you each week, here at the picket fence! Whatever your New Year’s Eve plans hold, staying in cozy by the fire or celebrating out on the town with friends and family, know we are virtually toasting in 2017 with you! At our home we love celebrating the arrival of the new year with Kentucky Champagne!
*I’m so excited to be sharing with you today this easy recipe for Eggnog Cake*
A few weeks ago I gathered with a group of amazing women at the beautiful home of Janna from Yellow Prairie Interiors. All of us live close to each other and have connected through the wonderful world of Instagram.
We chatted and laughed and shared stories and broke bread together and made a Christmas craft. I came away with my heart filled to overflowing. There is just something about connecting with women who you not only really and truly like, but who also share your creative passions.
If you’re looking for a healthy holiday appetizer, I want to introduce you to Roasted Beet Salsa! Beet Salsa is not only vibrant, the perfect color for your Christmas parties, it’s also delicious and healthy! How many holiday recipes can say that?!