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...]

Easter Mantel

Easter mantel with chalkboard art and shutters

If you've spent any time over here you know that I love words. I've tried to do one of those blog posts where it's just pictures but it ends up being about the same as when I'm having a conversation with someone and there are big, long pauses. I can't do it. I simply MUST fill in the gaps! It's a sickness, I tell ya. … [Read more...]

Simple Easter Egg Tabletop Craft

Easter eggs on wood spindles craft atthepicketfence.com

Can we all just pause for a moment of silence..... There. Thank you! I just needed to have the opportunity for a bit of reverence because, you see, I made a craft. I know, I know, mind blowing, right? What's the big deal you ask? Well, lately I've been feeling like I'm scraping the bottom of my creative juices barrel. I've kind of lost my crafty mojo. … [Read more...]

Crystal Glasses and Paper Napkins

cherry blossom centerpiece atthepicketfence.com

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 atthepicketfence.com

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, everyone...it's Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com. 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...]