Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas


Well, hello from! As I sit hear writing to you, I am roasting a chicken in our oven early in the day so it's ready for dinner tonight after I run some errands. Let me tell you...the aroma is totally putting me in the mood for Thanksgiving! As a little girl I remember Thanksgiving well. My Dad did most of the cooking, and my Mom did most of the running around cleaning and preparing the odds and ends that go along with Thanksgiving dinner. I remember setting the table … [Read more...]

American Flag Candle Log


Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It's me, Julie, from You might be wondering if I didn't realize that YESTERDAY was Memorial Day and thinking this project is too late. But decorating our home for Memorial Day and The Fourth of July has always been something I truly look forward to and enjoy. The American flag is so makes it so easy because no matter where I display it (or what time of the year), it seems to belong. Last year, I decided to take things a … [Read more...]

Patriotic Ideas and Projects


It's that time of the year again. When red, white and blue take center stage and we completely ignore the fact that the craft stores already have Christmas items on the shelves. Because, we don't want to rush through this season, do we? No way! This is the time when we celebrate longer days, warmer air and bare feet. And, more importantly, this is the season when we celebrate our great country and what a privilege it is to live here. … [Read more...]

Repurposed Candelabra Flower Planter


Hello folks, it's me Julie from Redhead Can Decorate! Spring has finally sprung in the Midwest! I'm hoping it has where you live, too. If it has, it's time to get our hands dirty and dust off our flower pots! Today, I'm sharing a very easy, affordable, and innovative flower pot idea. Introducing my "Repurposed Candelabra Flower Planter". … [Read more...]

Crystal Glasses and Paper Napkins

cherry blossom centerpiece

I've always been very hard on myself. The whole idea of extending grace to others is a far easier concept for me to grasp than extending it to myself. And for years, one of the ways this manifested in my life was in a constant striving for perfection. If I do all of the 'right' things and make all of the 'right' choices then everything in my life will be 'right'...right? ;-) Of course, even as I type out those words I realize once again how absolutely ridiculous that sounds. Because, … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Biscotti & Giveaway!

carrot cake biscotti with raisins

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...]

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


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,'s Julie, from 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...]

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese


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...]