You guys! This has totally changed the way we drink iced tea at our house! I’m so excited to be sharing with you how to make this Lavender Simple Syrup which is featured in the summer section of our book ‘Life in Season‘.
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?!
I sure hope I caught you hungry! Hi friends, it’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com with a yummy, comforting, homemade Creamy Tomato Soup recipe. Unfortunately, with the beautiful Autumn months, comes the dreaded cold & flu season. In fact, I’ve been fighting a cold for almost 3 weeks now, but I’m thankfully on the mend. With that being said, there is nothing more soothing than a hot bowl of soup when you’re not feeling well physically or emotionally. It also feels nice to make someone that’s ill a fresh pot of homemade soup, am I right?
*I have the most delicious apple hazelnut cocktail to share with you today!*
I’ve always known what a privilege is to call the Willamette Valley home. I mean, this place is truly beautiful. Rolling hills of farmland and vineyards with a river winding it’s way through the landscape. And I’m not saying that we really need anyone from the ‘outside’ confirming what we already know.
I have a little Public Service Announcement for you today. If your cable provider offers the music channels, when the 4th of July rolls around be sure to check the seasonal channel (ours is called Sounds of the Season). Because on that day they will play non-stop patriotic music that will definitely put you in the spirit of Independence Day. I may or may not also like to sing along very loudly to these songs which my children just LOVE and I may or may not have tried to get them to march around the house with me. For some reason they weren’t going for it.
But, what they WILL go for is adding patriotic touches to our home and creating fun 4th of July themed recipes is always a good idea. So, for this edition of ‘Weekend Wonderings’, we’ve put together some of our favorite patriotic themed ideas we’ve seen on the interwebs this week.
Have you ever wondered if your friend would really even notice if you just swiped something you were obsessed with right off of her wall? If I lived closer to Doreen from Hymns and Verses it would be very hard to resist the temptation to just take this Knock -off DIY Pottery Barn Flag Wall Art right on home with me!