Hello, from melting Michigan! It’s me Julie from redheadcandecorate.com where the snow is finally melting! I have proof because a big chunk of ice just fell off of our roof and scared the heck out of my cats. Okay, to tell you the truth it rattled me as well, but I am so ready for some sun, how about you? With Spring upon us that means Easter is quickly approaching as well, and many of us enjoy celebrating with a nice family brunch. Or, maybe you’re looking for the perfect dish to share at church or at a friend’s house? If so, you’ve come to the perfect spot.
Hello friends! How was your Christmas? I hope you all had a joyous time celebrating! Today I’m welcoming Julie from Redhead Can Decorate to the picket fence to share with us some amazing New Year’s Eve Appetizers that will help you say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018!
Happy New Year, from redheadcandecorate.com! Okay, picture this…it’s 1975 and I’m 5. My older sisters and brother are very much in the middle of their teen years with my oldest sister being 12 years older than me. Our parents are all dressed up (which was rare), and I even remember the long wool plaid skirt with black sweater turtleneck my Mom wore. My Dad had very long sideburns, and a very big buckle on his belt. They were all dressed up so they could go out and ring in the new year with their friends.
I ease myself into Christmas.
I love it so, SO much but I can’t just jump right into blasting Jingle Bells and draping garland on every surface. I’ll admit that I do start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving but I start out with just soft instrumental versions before heading into the more hard-core stuff. Easing into it.
I also ease into the decorating. By virtue of being a blogger, it all has to be done on the earlier side but I just can’t bring myself to head into the attic the day after Halloween to drag out the bins of holiday decor while repeatedly banging my head on the rafters (happens every.single.time!).
Instead, I like to take my time looking at magazines and Pinterest and glancing around the rooms of my house, imagining how I will tackle this corner or that tabletop. Easing.
*We’re so thrilled to have our contributor Julie with us today sharing this amazing collection of homemade pie recipes!*
Good morning from, Michigan! Autumn is peaking here at redheadcandecorate.com headquarters and the Fall foliage is so breath taking, I thought you might like a snap shot (below) I took yesterday when I arrived home. These are the side steps leading down into our back yard and this is one of my favorite views on our property. You can spot the “burning bush” to the left that begins to “burn” right around our oldest’s birthday which sure enough is coming up this Friday.
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