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...]

Spring Mantel Decorating

Simple spring mantel decorating

I love where I live. I mean, I'll admit that I didn't always feel this way. I've even talked about how long it took me to fully embrace the fact that I am an Oregonian. But, there is nothing like Spring in my neck of the woods to make me want to shout to the world that I LOVE OREGON! Here in the Willamette Valley, we truly get the best of both worlds. We have access to everything that big cities can offer and yet we can drive 5 minutes down the road and see the most gorgeous … [Read more...]

Birds Nest Mason Jar Cupcakes

Spring in a Mason Jar Collage

There's nothing more scary for a car owner. You're traveling down the road and you hear an ambiguous noise. You know the one. The noise that happens intermittently as your driving blissfully along, the one that strikes fear in your heart and then you don't hear it for days.  And just as your lulled into a sense of complacency, it happens again. You start to think you are hearing things.  You ask your daughter, "Did you hear that weird "pinking" noise?!" She did, so you know you're not losing … [Read more...]

Take Five: Five Five Minute Spring Crafts!

Five Easy Spring Crafts

  One of our favorite things about blogging is getting to see all of the amazing talent out there in blogland!  Last week we hosted the fun Swing Into Spring Blog Hop and saw so many fabulous spring crafts linked up to our party!  Since today is Take Five Friday…. we thought we would share five features, from that party, that were cute, easy and take no time to make! … [Read more...]