28 June 2016

Sunny and Bright Home Tour Wrap Up

The Sunny and Bright Home Tour was such a fun adventure!  It was the first home tour I have hosted and I knew I had a lot to learn, but I have to thank my co-hostesses for the fantastic job each did on their summer decorating.  I am humbled and so inspired, by each of them.

On Monday we visited White Spray Paint blog and was awed by the vivid colors in her home.  These flowers were taken from a plant in Laura's yard.  Exquisite, don't you think?

27 June 2016

June Garden Party!


Our backyard got a tiny make over this month!

We purchased a wooden table, bench and chairs from World Market two years ago.  While it looked fantastic for the first summer, last year and this year, not so much.  The table's stain faded badly and peeled, and the surface became very rough.  We decided to donate it to someone who wanted to spend the time to fix it up.

Our daisies have started to bloom.  This shot was taken prior to the redecorating.  See the lounge chairs?

26 June 2016

Jalapeno Pumpkin Waffles with BBQ Chicken Thighs #SundaySupper

It's the week of the waffles at Sunday Supper!  Such a fantastic theme, from sweet to savory.  If you like waffles, you are going to be so happy to see the line up!

My chicken and waffle recipe might not be the most original, but my take on this is completely so!  I love savory waffles, and this waffle is delicious with bbq'ed chicken wings.  Let me show you how my husband and I work together to make this dish rock.

23 June 2016

Sunny and Bright Home Tour 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Sunny and Bright Summer Homes Tour!
We are so glad you are here.

Our tour schedule this week is

Wednesday At Home with Jenna
Thursday (me!)
Friday  Decor to Adore

So let's get started on my home in St. Charles, Missouri.  I live in a wonderful community based on new urbanist principles called New Town that promotes walking, outdoor living, residential live/work units, businesses, all within the footprint of the development.  Our home lies within the Beach District, one of five districts within New Town.  All homes in New Town are designed by a single architect, in the Neo Traditional fashion.  This article by Southern Living magazine does a fantastic job of describing our neighborhood.

Today's tour features the main level of our home.  Our master bedroom, bath and a powder room are on the main level but won't be featured today. Coming in from the front porch you step right into the living room and can see all the way through to the back door!  This open concept is what sold us on the house when we decided to build three years ago.

22 June 2016


One of the best things about summer are popsicles.  I do love the store bought ones in the plastic sleeves.  Recently I learned you can buy those sleeves so I am just thinking of the possiblities...  My favorite is grape and then the pink one, is it watermelon or strawberry?

Call it what you might, popsicle, freezer pop, ice lolly, or whatever, it is essentially flavored water frozen with some kind of a stick to hold on to.  A gentleman by the name of Epperson claims to have invented the treat by accident in 1905.  Commercially produced by the same man in 1923, he sold the rights and later the frozen treat became known as the Popsicle.

20 June 2016

New Town Garden Tour 2016

The New Town Garden Club had its annual garden tour June 12.  The weather was so miserably hot that our attendance was down.  I was disappointed for our residents who spent so much time getting the gardens ready.  Still, those who went on the tour had nothing but wonderful things to say about the gardens.

This year we did something new:  we had a wreath raffle!  Say that three times fast!  We had 12 wreaths donated to the club and we sold tickets.  All the wreaths were very beautiful and the winners were thrilled when they learned they had won a wreath!

19 June 2016

Poke Cake #SundaySupper

I remember clearly the first time my mom made Poke Cake for a dessert for our family.  It was a vanilla cake with strawberry jello topped with Cool Whip.  My sister and I looked at her in disbelief. How did the jello get into the cake?  My mom just shrugged her shoulders and gave us a little smile. We ate and ate and ate of that cake, all so good.  It was special, too, because it was stored in the refrigerator.

Poke Cake

After some time, she showed us how she poked a cooled sheet cake with a fork, and with slightly thickened jello, she poured the entire batch of jello over the cake and put it in the refrigerator to set up.  She smoothed cool whip over the top and served it in large squares with big glasses of milk.  It still is a favorite memory, even though mom hasn't made it in years.

I recently asked her about making poke cake.  She said that my Grandmother Oliver had made it and showed her how to make it.  That made perfect sense to me.  My Grandmother always had the best fashion, recipes and decor.

15 June 2016

Red White and Blue for Your Home

How many of you actually decorate using red, white and blue?  It is my go-to decorating scheme from May 15 to July 15.  I'm usually very ready for something new by July!  I started thinking about when Americans started decorating with red, white and blue and did a little research.  Here's what I found.

13 June 2016

No Bake Summer Blueberry Cheesecake #SRC

It's time for the June Secret Recipe Club reveal!  This month I had the pleasure of being assigned to Searching for Spice.  Corina is the curator for this blog and does a fantastic job of introducing her readers to wonderful recipes.

For example, I fell in love with these biscuits:  Parmesan and Basil.  Can you imagine how wonderful those would be?  Divine!  I imagine them to be buttery and delicate.  Or how about this Beef and Tomato Bake?  I had to laugh when I read about the photograph. Corina is spot on when she says one pot meals are hard to make pretty!  However, this one looks so good to me!

08 June 2016

Bee Bath

I read this post by Garden Therapy and was inspired to make this adorable bee bath for my garden. When you read this article about bee baths you will learn all about why water is important to the bees. I want to focus on the plant that brings bees to my garden and that is catmint.  Catmint is the bushy plant with the blue/purple flowers below.  You can see the bee bath in the lower left hand corner!

Catmint has so many redeeming qualities. It's beautiful, with its ever blooming purple stalks, it's deer and rabbit resistant, easy to care for, grows well in all soil types and likes both shade and sun.  As the name implies, cats seem to love it, too!