A Dozen Delicious Recipes in Jars shared at Project Inspired - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Happy 4th of July! Today we plan to hit the beach for a little while, enjoy a little family time, and relax. Whatever you have planned... have an extraordinary time and take a few moments to give thanks for the USA and pray for our country and her future. May the stars and stripes ever fly and may we enjoy freedom, truth, and liberty. Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!    12 Delicious Recipes in Jars Smores Smoothie Recipe from Must Have Moms Red, White and Blue Patriotic Pops from Oh MyCreat ive Fresh Strawberry Lemonade from Spaceships and Laserbeams Tangelo Mint Iced Tea … [Read more...]

A day at the antique fair  where I spy wicker child's tall chair. - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Oh my goodness!  I had so much fun last weekend. There's an antique fair in our area that boasts they have 400 vendors.  That's a lot of booths. And we saw it all! Okay... we did not inspect every single item.  But, we passed by every booth with eagles' eyes hoping to find something extraordinary. And we were not disappointed. These chairs were so cute!  Of course I want to sit and read a book on the Adirondack chaise.  Isn't it wonderful? And the others are so chippy and sweet and perfect for the garden. And who would have thought... that when you've run the wheels off your scooter... … [Read more...]

Easy Stars and Stripes American Flag Pie - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

What could be a more perfect finish to your 4th of July dinner or cookout than a red, white, and blue dessert? How about an American flag dessert? Even better....  an American flag PIE!   This stars and stripes American flag pie is quick and easy to create and it's delicious too! Shall we make one now?   Stars & Stripes American Flag Pie   Assemble the following... Contains affiliate links* Pie Plate Large Mixing Bowl Pastry Blender Rolling Pin I love Pizza Cutter Small Star Cookie Cutter or Knife & Star Pattern Measuring Cups & Measuring … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party Logo 500x500

 It's time for Project Inspire{d}!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! Summer is really here... and I'm enjoying it fully, in between the raindrops, that is! :) Yesterday I had so much fun traipsing around a 400 exhibitor antique fair with a friend. We had a blast!  I don't think we missed a thing.  Because I never miss bringing my camera along, I snapped a few photos along the way.  Be looking for those later in the week. And... I know I promised my … [Read more...]

God's Fountain - When things don't go as planned - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I hate this place where I am right now.     I have a secret. Secrets are hard to carry around.  Some of you know my secret... but really I don't want anyone to know.  It's humbling.  Embarrassing. And I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I'm a blogger who blogs about creating a beautiful home and doesn't live in her own home. No... I'm not renting.  I'm living with another family.  Another family who loves me like family. It's what happens when a job is lost and there's no unemployment and work doesn't come no matter how many times you apply or where you apply. Smart, successful, … [Read more...]

33 4th of July - Project Inspire{d} Features at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was filled with patriotic creativity! So many mouth-watering treats were shared... just perfect for the 4th of July. Whatever you're doing to celebrate... there's something here that's sure to please your crowd! Now get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!  Sweet and Tasty 4th of July Treats Watermelon and Blueberry Straws from Simply Suzanne's Sweet Cream Berry Shortcakes ~ I Should be Mopping the Floor Red, Blue and White Chocolate Mousse from Sweet and Savory by Shinee 4th of July Marshmallow Pinwheels from Home Cooking Memories Patriotic … [Read more...]

On the Menu for the 4th of July at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Fourth of July is probably my favorite holiday to celebrate.  More likely, it's the height of summer and I want a reason to party and celebrating our country's independence is the perfect excuse.  Then again, what other holiday has flags to wave...  or even a theme, design, and colorway all its own? Today I thought I would put together a few ideas to help you throw your own 4th of July bash... simply, beautifully, and easily.   Most parties are all about the food. But, I confess... I am usually about the presentation. The two can easily be melded together.  The key is to have fun prepping … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party Logo 500x500

 It's time for Project Inspire{d}!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! Hope your week is off to an extraordinary start! Yesterday was incredibly beautiful for the longest day of the year. But, today, it's another rainy Monday.  Maybe I should call it Monsoon Monday. Lot's of "weather" predicted through the night. Hopefully is dissipates... I don't wish this on anyone. Just for fun... I thought I'd open up the archives: If you're into doing a … [Read more...]

Summer Living Porch & Patio Ideas from Project Inspired Link Party

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was extraordinary! Thanks for sharing Project Inspire{d} with your friends! It's so great seeing new blogs.  And WOW! the creativity blows me away! I LOVE summertime entertaining outdoors. There's something about being outside that makes everyone relaxed and carefree. And what's better than finishing off a cookout with s'mores around the fire after the sun sets? Today's round-up is filled with ideas for making your outdoor spaces the perfect places for summer entertaining... or just for family.  So... come on and see what caught our eye this week! And get your pinning … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party Logo 500x500

It's time for Project Inspire{d}!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! Hope your week is off to an extraordinary start! It's been raining like cats and dogs around here. I even saw a pretty green frog swim across the sidewalk!!  Yikes!! We needed a little rain... we've got plenty now. And along with the rain came a new crop of mosquitoes. Today I thought I stroll around the yard instead of sitting down inside to chat with a friend. Not a good idea. … [Read more...]

free photography guide at anextraordinaryday.net

    One of my favorite pastimes is taking pictures. Even before digital cameras I took boatloads of pictures. That was sort of expensive. The beauty of digital cameras is that you can take several shots in hopes of getting the right one. And I do. Rarely is my first shot a keeper. I've been taking photos for what seems like forever.  But if you were to look through my photo files you won't see lots of pictures of people.  That is one area I need improve my skills.  Taking photos of people is different than snapping shots of nature.  That's one area I need to improve for … [Read more...]

My Summer New Year's Resolution - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

  In my neck the woods... it's the end of the school year.  Others I know have been finished with school for a month. And still others are about to embark on their last week, plus exams. Whether you have kids or not... does the end of the school year feel like the beginning of summer? I'm not attempting to play 20 questions here... but what's summer like for you?  Is it the start of some well-earned freedom?  Is it the same-o-same-o? Or is it something else? As I was reading Psalm 19 from The Message Bible I thought... the beginning of summer is a great time to have a New Year's resolution. … [Read more...]

16 Patriotic Crafts to Make at Home - Project Inspire{d} Features

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was filled with amazing creativity! June 14th is Flag Day and the Fourth of July is just around the corner! Now's the time to get your crew together to make patriotic crafts and festoon your home in red, white, and blue in shapes of stars and stripes. Wish we could get our craft on together.  Wouldn't that be fun? Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!    16 Patriotic Crafts to Make at Home American Flag Pallet by Diva of DIY Patriotic Wind Catcher by Greco Design Company Tic Tac Toe Game by Reasons to Skip the Housework Buttoned Up … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party Logo 500x500

It's time for Project Inspire{d}!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! I look forward each week to seeing what you're bringing to the party. You all never cease to amaze me. So now that summer is underway for most of us... Is this a busy time for you or a relaxing time? Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... The ONE Thing to Do in the Midst of Hard Times | JoyDay! Create a Vignette with Flowering … [Read more...]

The ONE Thing to Do in the Midst of Hard Times - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I have several friends going through hard times right now. One trying desperately to regain her footing after divorce, one recovering from a bad fall and brain surgery (with a setback today), another fighting a debilitating virus for 8 months with no end in sight, one struggling through the process of seeing her sister-in-law go from home to hospice, and still another dear friend in the throes of dealing with a family member battling addiction.  Tremendously hard times. My difficulties seem small in comparison. Yours may dwarf those, or possibly you are in a time of calm. When we are faced with … [Read more...]

16 Cool Summer Treat Recipes - delicious froze and more desserts and more!

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was so much fun! So many fabulous recipes for summer were shared this week. Lots of you are finding a perfect way to cool off and wow your family and guests. Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!  16 Cool Summer Treat Recipes   PinkLemonade Cupcake Ice Cream Cones from Atta Girl Says 3-Ingredient Lemon Mousse from The Kitchen is My Playground Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell Recipe from Saving Everyday Rustic Plum Compote for Ice Cream from Oh My Sugar High Pina Colada Popsicles from Better in Bulk No Churn Funfetti Cake Batter Ice … [Read more...]

Create a Vignette with Flowering Branches - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

It all started with some branches from a flowering tree in our yard. One of the most lovely surprises you can have in a new-to-you home is the discovery of flowering trees and bushes.     We had no idea what this white blooming beauty was, but the branches were many and heavy laden with blossoms, so I decided to cut a few and bring them inside. I will have to say, the blossoms did not have the most pleasing fragrance.  But, their beauty was spectacular.   Today I want to give you a little inspiration, so you too, can create a vignette with flowering branches.   My … [Read more...]