Apple Hazelnut Cocktail Recipe

Hazelnut Apple Cider Cocktail

*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. But, I gotta tell ya, it sure was nice to have the Wall Street Journal recently agree that this little slice of … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings Fourth of July Edition


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 … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings


Happy weekend my friends!! What will you be up to? We're celebrating my son's 13th birthday today and I can be found curled up in a corner in the fetal position because I cannot believe that my baby boy is now officially a TEENAGER! Sniff...sniff... Actually, even though it's so bittersweet we are incredibly proud of the young man he is becoming and we have a BIG surprise trip planned for him. I'll fill you in more on that another time. But first, how about a little bit of inspiration to … [Read more...]

My Snowball Tree Love Story

vintage vignette

It's that time of year again when my snowball tree is laden with blooms and reminding me of this sweet story from a couple of years ago.  ---------------- He came over and stood next to me as I looked out the back window. "What are you looking at Mama?" he asked. (He's almost 11 but he still calls me mama and I LOVE it!) "I'm watching Daddy get some clippings from the snowball tree for me to bring into the house", I replied. "Why does he have the ladder and those long clippers?" … [Read more...]

Aged Galvanized Metal Tray

Galvanized tray decor for spring

The title of this blog post should really read, "The aged galvanized metal tray that really didn't want to age." And maybe it's the fact that I turned 40 this year that made me feel a lot of sympathy towards this tray and its unwillingness to let me give it a faux aged look even while I was cursing it under my breath. … [Read more...]

A Stroll Through the Garden


Good morning, from! The birds are singing lovely tunes, the ice has melted away, and I see my green tulip tips breaking through the cold, cracked soil. My funny cat, Sylvia, is having a blast in the windows running back and forth like a lunatic watching her friend Charlie, the chipmunk, and...I am so ready to clean the "road salt" from the interior of my car. Thank goodness, SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG. … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Feel Easter-y

blueberry muffins in a spring vignette

I was determined this week that I would write words to you which are very spiritual and very uplifting and very Easter-y. I would tell you about what Holy Week means to me and how I've spent it in God's word and doing all kind of resurrection crafts with my children and then they listened to me with unwavering attention as I read the story from scripture. But, as I sit here staring at a blank page in front of me, I'm struck by the fact that it hasn't really felt like that holy of a week … [Read more...]