Officially for me... it's NOW spring and Eastertime. Why do I say that? As I was looking out my treetop window on this cold misty gray morning a robin descended onto a branch and proceeded to begin the preening process.  It was such an ordinary spring sight... except that it's now past the middle of March and this is my FIRST robin sighting this year.  As the sun sinks into the horizon tonight, I'm going to listen for the robin's evensong. I cannot wait!  Truly it will be music to my ears.  There's something about hearing those evening trills.  Even for a few moments... peace descends upon my … [Read more...]

  Yesterday I had one of those days. You know the kind... where you open every possible drawer and cabinet looking for that elusive piece of chocolate. Because. Chocolate. I'm not an emotional eater, but sometimes, a piece of something chocolate assuages those frayed nerves. If your favorite go-to sweet is chocolate then you are in for a treat!  Oh yes!! We discovered NINE wonderful chocolate recipes to make from this week's Project Inspire{d} link party. They all look amazing!  In fact, this weekend I'm pretty sure you'll be making one. These Fudgy Rollo Brownies from My Suburban Kitchen especially … [Read more...]

  Are you a fan of the popular HGTV show, Fixer Upper? Joanna Gaines and her talented husband, Chip deliver amazing home transformations each week that are so creative and inspiring. I have to say their show is my favorite, by far. Jo's decor style could be described as farmhouse with a little industrial vibe and has become very popular. This week some amazing bloggers linked up their fabulous Fixer Upper styled home decor projects at Project Inspire{d}. Take a few minutes to kick back, relax, and check out ALL the features...  and don't forget to pin this and your favorites, too. 12 Fixer … [Read more...]

  Are you Irish?  I'm not.  Good thing we don't need our veins to flow with Irish blood to enjoy celebrating St. Patrick's Day... especially when it comes to some delicious sweet treats.  I'm a huge fan of peppermint desserts and a delicious minty treat is definitely my pot of gold. This week's features from Project Inspire{d}  actually have a "pot of gold" recipe that will be a huge hit for sure.  And the Minty Shamrock Cheese Ball has captured my interest and I think I just might need to make that for small group the week of St. Paddy's Day.  There are a dozen treats and drinks here that you'll want … [Read more...]

  With this unseasonably warm weather we're having, I'm itching to get my paint brush out and give something a little painterly makeover. This week's features from Project Inspire{d} will have you on your way to the paint store, or a least the craft aisle, before the weekend is over.  I just know that with 30 winsome projects you'll be inspired! Take a few minutes to kick back, relax, and check out all the features...  and don't forget to pin this and your favorites, too.    Get Painting with ONE of these 30 Practical Painting Projects   Adding Porch Railings for Curb Appeal … [Read more...]

  It's almost Valentine's Day and you're feeling like it's too late to put up any Valentine related decor?  Banish that thought! I'm here to tell you it's NOT too late! You're going to LOVE these BEYOND Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas! This week's features from Project Inspire{d} had some fantastic home decor ideas for Valentine's Day that you will want to leave up all year long. Seriously... keeping the spirit of love alive in our homes throughout the year is a very good thing. Take a few minutes to kick back, relax, and check out all the features...  and don't forget to pin this and your … [Read more...]

  Tell me I'm not alone... there's nothing better than coming home to a clean and well-organized home!  Yes? That's why I'm excited for this week's features from Project Inspire{d}.  There are some fantastic home organization ideas that will make your day... maybe year... run smoother.  And we all need that! Take a few minutes to kick back, relax, and check out all the features...  and don't forget to pin this and your favorites, too.    8 Tips & Tricks to Organize Almost Every Area of Your Home   Easy Closet Space Solutions on a Budget from Paint Yourself A … [Read more...]

  I'm a huge fan of red!  And hearts! And though I'm not a big romantic, I do enjoy doing a little bit of decorating with red and white and hearts.  A month after all the Christmas decor has been down, there's something fun and whimsical about getting a little bit crafty and sprinkling a few hearts in my home decor. That's why I'm excited for this week's features from Project Inspire{d}.  There are some really great DIY ideas you'll want to check out and try your hand at for Valentine's Day. Take a few minutes to kick back, relax, and check out all the features...  and don't forget to pin this … [Read more...]

  It's been cold here in the Great Lakes!  And there's nothing better to beat back the cold than a hot steamy bowl of homemade soup.  Mmm. Good! Nearly every week, I'll roast a chicken, remove the meat from the bones, and gently simmer the bones and some veggies for at least 24 hours so I can have the elixir of the gods... delicious, healing, bone broth.  Often I made homemade chicken soup with the broth.  Sometimes I go wild and make another hearty soup, but chicken is our mainstay.  We love it and enjoy it for several days.  That means I have simplified my meal planning in a BIG way.  I love not … [Read more...]

   Have you swept your house of Christmas?  I haven't swept everything away.  I have a little silver vase filled with rose hips and white pine that still looks amazing... another vase filled with drying winterberry branches... and two evergreen wreaths festooned with pretty rose hips.  I also have a small tree that's undecorated except for its white lights.  This is my transition from Christmas.  There's something about nature's elements that I don't quickly tire of.  Unfortunately, the wreaths will need to come down this next week as they are starting to show their dryness.  On the upside... that … [Read more...]

  Here we are... Christmas Eve Eve! Are you ready?  Today I'm having a friend over and doing a little baking for tomorrow, it's kind of nice to not have to be running all over the place or scurrying for last minute gifts.  I did that yesterday.  And with two short stops it was done.  Yay! In the midst of the hustle and bustle, I hope that you're able to take a few minutes with a cup of tea, music low, lights low, the tree glowing, and sit.  And in those moments ponder the reason for this great expenditure of effort and energy.  May your heart be overwhelmed with the reason... the gift... God's amazing … [Read more...]

  When it's cold outside, there's nothing I like better than a delicious cup of hot cocoa. If you're like me... you'll be excited to see all the fabulous winter and holiday drink recipes we lined up for you!  This week at Project Inspire{d} there was a trove of sweet liquid deliciousness just waiting for you. Since I'm a huge fan of hot chocolate AND smores, this Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate from my friend, Randi, of Dukes and Dutchesses make me grab a napkin.  There just might have been a wee bit of drooling when I saw her yummy winter drink.   Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate And … [Read more...]

  What is there about peppermint and Christmas?  If you're like me and love peppermint you are in luck!   This week at Project Inspire{d} we were blessed with some amazingly tasty and delicious peppermint treats you'll want to make for your family and friends. Usually, we have a small dish of peppermint ice cream with an extra fancy cookie at the conclusion of our Christmas dinner.  Just the perfect bit of sweetness to finish the meal.  This year, I'll make one of these delectable peppermint treats instead.  There are so many yummy ones to choose from... Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner … [Read more...]

  I love Christmas trees...  They can be big and tall evergreens or they can be small table top trees of any kind and size.  I love them all!  And I'm always looking for creative ways to make more trees for the Christmas season.  This week at Project Inspire{d} we were blessed with some pretty creative Christmas tree ideas, big and small.  If you're like me, you'll want to check them all out.  And even if you have your decorating done... well... there's always room for one more tree! When I saw this really creative idea for adding a natural element and a tree to Christmas home decor, I totally … [Read more...]

  It's no surprise that I'm a huge fan of handmade... especially a handmade Christmas. This week at Project Inspire{d} we were blessed with some pretty creative Christmas ornament ideas!  There's still time to get your DIY on, so check out these super cute ideas and make yourself a handmade Christmas! I have to say, I was more than a little smitten with this faux pine cone ornament.  I think it would be a real treasure to give these as gifts to someone who really appreciates handmade items.   Felt Ornament Craft   A skiing family will LOVE these so sweet ski ornaments.  And they … [Read more...]

  In a blink, our turkey dinners will be consumed and all that's Christmas will commence.  Are you ready? If you'd like to give your Christmas decorating a DIY or homemade flair... NOW is the time to check out these charming Christmas crafts and get your glue gun warmed up!          I am always noticing printables.  There's just something about a cute graphic to frame, use to make a gift tag, or include in my Christmas decor in a fun way.  This chalkboard style reindeer games Christmas printable from Jenn at Clean and Scentsible is fabulous and she shares some super cute ways … [Read more...]

  Thanksgiving will be here in a flash!  Get ahead of the game with these 16 yummy turkey recipes and fun turkey crafts.      Are you looking for ways to make your turkey extra delicious.  Then you'll want to try this herb roasted turkey recipe from Cooking with Curls.  I've done something similar when roasting chicken, but this looks absolutely delicious and it's really simple to do, too.     If your Thanksgiving celebration includes children... or at least the young at heart... you'll want to make or help the children make some cute turkey crafts.  The thankful … [Read more...]