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our garden was eaten by a jungle.

It was early June before we got our garden planted and it seemed as though nothing would ever grow. My friends would boast of their dinnertime feasts–beans, lettuce, broccoli–all homegrown and delicious. I admit it, I was green with envy. Daily, I would walk to the backyard, whispering sweet nothings to our plants, urging them to grow….

Celebrating my royal princess.

We’re not ashamed to admit we’ve been captivated with the Royal baby. We’ve had more fun guessing if it would be a boy or a girl, when it would be born, what he/she would be named, etc. There’s something so magical about being part of the royal family: the glitz & glitter, the pomp & circumstance,…

Grandma’s sweet-n-sour pickles

  Just as with the delicious dill pickles from yesterday that you can find here, Grandma’s sweet-n-sour pickles are a summertime staple in our home. In fact, I cannot possibly consume a burger, grilled sausage or cracker with cheese without one of these crunchy pieces of sunshine on top. There is just something magical about the…

3-Day Sun Pickle Tutorial

If there was a pickle-eaters anonymous; I would have to join. The sure sign of a serious habit? Your family begins to cower and hide, watching as the last of the pickles disappear. Are they really that good? You ask. Yes, really. When I fail to put the pickles out a party, my friends are all too quick to…

hungry kid gets beach ready!

We’ve been spending time up North with family this week–it’s been wonderful! Here are some of Schaeffer’s ‘must-haves’ for a day spent at the pool. What about you, friends–how have you been beating the heat? Spending countless hours at your local pool or lake? Holing up inside watching favorite movies and reading books? We’d love…

pin to plate!

Hi friends, happy Monday! I’m excited about this week’s pin to plate, it’s a recipe I’ve been anxious to try: Grilled Coconut Sweet Potato Kebabs! Coconut oil seems to be sneaking its way into many homes, and the combination of the sweet potato and coconut sounds too good to pass by. Here’s what you’ll need…

Aqua, it says summer!

Happy Friday, friends! I hope today finds you lounging in your jammies late into the morning, being well fed and full of anticipation for a weekend spent with those you love. As for us, we’re looking forward to spending a few days with our extended family at the Lake. What about you, is your kitchen feeling…

Make your own up-cycled cherry pitter!

Only 4 everyday household items needed! In our house, nothing says summer quite like cherry pie. Even better than cherry pie, though, there’s something extra special about running down the hill at your grandparent’s house, picking cherries, bringing them home, pitting them and making them into pie. This, friends, is one of the things we treasure…

Help the Hungry Kid!

You know those late night ideas that happen in the twiglight of the day–and you write them down, just in case? We’re having one of those moments, and need your help. I’m sure some of you are familiar with seesaw, an app that lets virtually pick your friend’s brain.  Click the link ( we need to…