Cucumbers canned and preserved as dill pickles, perfect for sandwiches

Top 5 Canning/Preserving Resources

The summer harvest season is upon us. We are up to our knees in cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, and peas. So much so that we can’t eat it all! We do give some away but we also preserve and can a lot of our summer bounty to enjoy throughout the year.

Faucet handles re-used as a coat hook

Outdoor Faucet Handle Hook Project

As most of you know the hubby is a plumber and when I showed him an idea on Pinterest that involved using old outside faucet handles as hooks he was ready to get to work. Our laundry room was in dire need for a shelf and a coat hook. There is currently a storage bench for shoes but that was turning into a catchall for all the coats and backpacks.

Original kitchen cabinets given an update with paint and new hardware for a light farmhouse look

Kitchen cabinets: an update

The kitchen is my favorite place. I love to bake, cook and create. Our farmhouse kitchen is big and open and I loved it’s potential when I first saw it. The kitchen was outdated and lacking the modern farmhouse appeal that I so love. The cabinets were the first on my to-do list. They were a medium oak with older hardware. But were in great shape and made of solid wood, which is hard to find these days without paying a pretty penny.

Homemade boysenberry ice cream

Homemade Boysenberry Ice Cream

I remember the first time I tasted homemade ice cream, it was plain vanilla, nothing fancy but it was oh so delicious. There is just something about homemade ice cream that screams summer to me. Maybe it’s the hot summer sun that calls to crave something ice cold. Or maybe it’s just that creamy delicous handmade flavor that imparts nostalgia for days past.

DIY Pipe shelving in a walk-in pantry

DIY PIPE SHELVES

I know I am not the first person to create pipe shelves. But I may be the first wife who’s husband was super excited to help out! The hubby is a plumber and when I told him I wanted to make shelves using pipes he was very eager to help.

DIY tomato cages that are sturdy and hold up to tomato growth

Make Your Own Tomato Cages

Tomatoes. You either love them or you hate them it seems. I am on the loving end, maybe a little too much for some people. Tomato sandwiches anyone?? The hubby falls somewhere in the middle, not a huge fan of a tomato by itself but add it to a salad or make it into salsa and he sold.

Outdoor Living space makeover reveal

Deck Makeover Reveal

Today is the day! I am so excited to share our made over outdoor space with you all. I have been teasing about it for some time now with the painted rug and the outdoor table and now it is all complete!

DIY Outdoor Table

DIY Outdoor Table

Make an outdoor table for a deck or patio in a weekend!

No-Bake Rhubarb Swirl Dessert

No-Bake Rhubarb Swirl Dessert

One early memory I have is of a dessert called “Rhubarb Swirl.” To this day it is still hard to describe to anyone outside of the family. But in a nutshell, it involves tart rhubarb juice, Jell-O, and Cool Whip. The rhubarb adds a tartness that offsets the jello making it cool, light and refreshing and a great dessert for summer potlucks.

Thrifting Collage

5 Tips for finding home decor at thrift stores

Let’s face it home decor shopping can be very hard on the wallet. By shopping at thrift stores and yard/garage sales you can find some amazing treasures that can be transformed to everyday useful decor.

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DIY: Painted Outdoor Rug

Transform an area of your deck or patio with a painted on outdoor rug that requires zero to little maintenance.

Milk Paint: A Beginner's Perspective

Milk Paint: A Beginner's Perspective

Walk through my use of milk paint for the first time and give a beginner's opinion and highlight mistakes I made.