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"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a … [Read more...]

Roasted Hazelnuts and Being an Oregonian

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I've lived in Oregon for 15 years and yet I've never considered myself an Oregonian. My husband was born and raised here, my children were born and are being raised here but I'm the odd one out. Born in Ohio, raised in Missouri and California and now here I am... ...in Oregon. … [Read more...]

Mini Rock Pumpkin Family

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Our oldest daughter celebrates her 15th birthday very close to Halloween. In fact, we brought her home from the hospital on Halloween with little pumpkin booties! Every year, we have a birthday party for her usually involving some Halloween fun. She loves to "dress up" and swears she will never stop "trick or treating", and I think I believe … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Have a White Mantel

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Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza finally has to come to terms with his Holiday heritage? It all comes to a head with his father proudly revealing that while other families celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah, the Costanza family celebrated their own unique holiday. Festivus. And out comes the 'Festivus' pole! The … [Read more...]

A Farmhouse Cottage Home Tour

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It seems like FOREVER since we've had an At the Picket Fence Parade of Homes Tour! And we are so thrilled to be continuing this series today with the amazingly talented Jennifer from Town and Country Living. Her home is a wonderful blend of farmhouse meets cottage meets just downright gorgeous and we know you will love taking the tour. So grab … [Read more...]

Fall Front Porch

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I have ponytail envy. My friend Shauna is one of my absolute most favorite people in the world and I adore her but I'm jealous of her ponytails. She somehow manages to achieve that elusive goal of having them look perfectly imperfect. You know what I'm talking about right? Where they're just a tad bit messy and yet still look styled so … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Decor

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My house looks better in the Fall. It just does. It's like it's been patient all year just waiting for this time. For the flip-flops to be replaced with socks and slippers. For the mulled cider candle to have it's inaugural lighting. For me to step out on the front porch in the early morning hours and feel that chill in the air while the … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Plant Stand

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The other night as I was tucking my 11 year old son into bed, he asked if I would lie down with him for a few minutes. He was listening to an 'Adventures in Odyssey' CD and wanted me to hear the latest story in the series. Now, this was one of those moments that every mom of a tween boy dreams about. Normally at bed time any kind of overtures … [Read more...]

Plum Puff Pastry Tart

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Anne clasped her hands and looked at the dresses. "I did hope there would be a white one with puffed sleeves," she whispered disconsolately.  "I prayed for one, but I didn't much expect it on that account.  I didn't suppose God would have time to bother about a little orphan girl's dress.  I knew I'd just have to depend on Marilla for it.  Well, … [Read more...]

Our Readers Strut Their Stuff

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We hope you know that we sure do like you. Like, a lot. Being a blogger has some really awesome perks. Frankly, we get 'stroked' a lot. We share our hearts and our homes with you and you leave us lovely comments (except for the crazy spammers whose comments look like they were written by someone with multiple personalities!). We get to try out … [Read more...]