Simple Farmhouse Christmas Living Room

Hey friends! I am sharing our simple farmhouse Christmas living room today!

Amazing how the holiday season kinda just sneaks up on you. Every year I make a promise to myself that I will be on top of holiday shopping and decorating, but it seldom happens. Life just gets in the way. But, I am relieved this year because I went way simple with my decorating. I decided to enjoy the natural elements and simple touches of winter.

simple farmhouse christmas tree with white lights

As part of the simple farmhouse Christmas decorating I decided to simply drape white lights on our tree. I didn’t want the fuss of removing all the ornaments this year. Our tree has been amazingly healthy as well. Minimal needles falling and has been consistently drinking water. Maybe it is because I have been adding glycerin to the water at every filling, but I have been extremely happy with its freshness this year. Two years ago we had major troubles with our tree. We ended up with two living trees that died before Christmas. It was very stressful and we even purchased an artificial one for last year. But, I love the idea of a real tree in the house, so we tried again this year with much success.

simple farmhouse Christmas living room

Our white IKEA Ektorp furniture has been holding up rather remarkably. I was so unsure of the white with kiddos and pets. But, when it gets dirty I just pulled off the slipcover and throw it in the wash. It also helps to have a spare slipcover so that you are not waiting for the wash to be done. I love them and I wouldn’t go back to traditional furniture again.

I found the farmhouse throw at Target and fell in love with its green color and handmade looking stitching. The throw is part of the Beekman 1802 FarmHouse collection. It is a gorgeous Christmas green and pops with the neutrals of the space. And, it is plaid which adds that festive touch. I have many other “wants” from this collection. Each piece is a farmhouse staple.

simple farmhouse Christmas greenery

Lowe’s had some cedar garland that was relatively inexpensive and I used this as my base for the greenery. I foraged around the backyard woods to find my other additions of pine boughs and spruce. The cedar garland had amazing cones attached to it. I love how they add that wood textural element.

simple farmhouse style Christmas greenery

Old Farmhouse Cabinet

farmhouse style Christmas

I recently cleaned up an old cabinet I purchased from one of my  favorite stores in Berlin. It was grungy and in need of some sanding. I wanted a raw wood look to the inside and white on the outside of the cabinet. The cabinet turned out fabulous! I love that the shelves were pieces of old barn wood. The character revealed after a bit of sanding. I simply added a few pieces of greenery for that farmhouse Christmas touch.

farmhouse christmas living room with ironstone pieces


wooden farmhouse chair

Coffee Table Centerpiece

farmhouse style Christmas coffee table centerpiece

I found these simple white matte ceramic houses in the Dollar Spot at Target. I was just walking into the store when they were adding more to the shelves. In hindsight, I wish I would have purchased all of them. They make a darling little vignette for the coffee table. I would have loved to decorate the girls rooms with a few of these and place battery operated lights inside. They would have added a simple magical touch to their rooms for Christmas.

Well, that is our simple farmhouse Christmas living room. I will be sharing a couple more Christmas touches around the house in the next few days. This season, I hope this inspired you to decorate simply and enjoy more of those closest to you.

Interested in seeing how our home was decorated for Christmas last year? Wander over to the happy holidays home tour.


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Cheesy Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

Sunday morning brunch is something our family looks forward to each week. This breakfast casserole recipe is super easy and has amazing flavor. Weekends are for relaxing and this really can be mixed up so easily and served to the masses. Heck, it is so easy I might even have the neighbors join us! The more the merrier, right?

cheesy artichoke breakfast casserole

Simple meal for the every day and holidays

Life gets super busy and I am always looking to slow down. This breakfast casserole recipe is great for simple living and enjoy each others’ company on the weekends.

And, with the holidays fast approaching this cheesy artichoke breakfast casserole is also perfect for Christmas morning. It can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you are ready to pop it in the oven. Christmas morning is hectic enough without having to worry about breakfast. Pop this casserole in the oven when you get up and it will be ready after all the presents are open.

This casserole has all of my favorite breakfast foods. Eggs, cheese, and artichokes. Serve this casserole with a side of hash browns. I love hash browns, extra crispy!

Everyone seems to enjoy a breakfast casserole! Experiment with it, add some other ingredients that you love. When I made this there really was not even a piece left in the baking dish. The family gobbled it right up! It can feed quite a few people too!





Cheesy Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

Cheesy Artichoke Breakfast Casserole


  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 16 ounce container of cottage cheese
  • 2 cups of co jack cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 13 ounce can artichoke hearts
  • Garnish: sour cream and basil


  1. Combine eggs, flour, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in cheese.
  3. In skillet, melt butter and saute onions with drained artichokes, as well as seasoning salt.
  4. Stir artichoke mixture into cheese mixture and blend well.
  5. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch glass baking dish.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350 for one hour until mixture is set and golden brown.
  7. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.
  8. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and fresh basil leaves.
  9. Makes 8 servings.
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Easy and delicious cheesy artichoke breakfast egg bake


I had to add a sprig or two of basil as a garnish to this breakfast casserole. We grew this basil in our garden this year. I was so excited to be able to harvest some fresh herbs and vegetables. Basil is one of my favorite ingredients to add flavor with. And, its color is the perfect shade of green.


savory artichoke egg bake recipe


farmhouse style artichoke egg bake

Doesn’t this just look so pretty? I am not a great cook by any means, so when I can plate up a meal that is both pretty and delicious…well this is a total win in my book.


farmhouse style artichoke egg bake recipe



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Jord Wood Watch: The Perfect Farmhouse Style Fashion Accessory

*This post is sponsored by Jord Wood Watches, all opinions are my own.

Hi everyone! Let’s have a conversation about the Jord wood watch company because their unique pieces are so drool-worthy!

And yes, I have been drooling over these hand-crafted wood watches from Jord for many months. Several bloggers are wearing them and snapping shots of their gorgeous timepieces. So, when Jord asked if I would review a watch for them, I was like…heck yes! I finally get to be in the circle of trust Jord! (If you ever have seen the movie, The Fockers…you know all about the circle of trust.)

Our home is filled with curated pieces that tell a story. I love chunky wood home decor accessories …candle holders, table legs, furniture pieces… you name it. So, when I was browsing the Jord website I knew exactly which timepiece I wanted; Cora series maple and silver. Now don’t get me wrong, it was a hard choice… there are so many beautiful wood grains and styles to choose from and I would have taken any of them. But, the maple and silver spoke to me and I wanted it to be part of my story.

This Jord watch was the perfect addition to my farmhouse style aesthetic. It is classic and timeless. It is neutral and bright. Feminine yet substantial. And, it has a kiss of bling in the swarovski crystal markers. It is the perfect fashion accessory for all you ladies who want to take farmhouse style a bit further and add a touch of it to your wardrobe.
Jord Wood Watch favorite farmhouse style fashion accessory


Review of my Jord wood watch

Jord wood watch Cora series

It really is all in the details…

The wooden box, the sweet little herringbone pillow, the wooden tag (which has now been confiscated by my girls and repurposed as a Barbie pillow).

I honestly was so impressed by the craftsmanship of this watch. The maple wood is substantial, but not heavy. Its clasp is very easy to open and close. The glass face is crystal clear. Every inch of this watch has attention to detail including the little industrial sneak peek of the mechanics inside. Which, is totally up my ally since I also love industrial style. And, one the best parts of this watch is that it was customized to fit my wrist….for free! That in itself is a win. It arrived to fit my wrist perfectly, right. out. of. the. box.

This is my favorite fashion accessory!

Jord wood watch Cora series


Jord wood watch Cora series


Jord wood watch cora series


Jord wood watch cora series


Now, it is your turn to have a chance at having your own timeless hand-crafted timepiece. Jord is sponsoring a giveaway!

Giveaway Time

I am thrilled to share this giveaway from Jord with all of you. The winner will receive a $75 e-gift code to spend on the JORD website. And even if you don’t win, everyone who enters receives a $20 e-gift code. It is a win-win! The contest will close 10/16 at 11:59pm.

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Farmhouse Fall Home Tour

Hey everyone and happy fall to you! I have been waiting for the crisp air to once again join us. I am very fond of warm cozy sweaters, mugs full of warm beverages, and snuggling up with a good book. Today, I am so excited to be joining some very talented bloggers in a fall blog hop. My farmhouse fall home tour is filled with simple fall touches of natural elements and textures. This farmhouse tour proves that you don’t  have to spend a ton of money to create beautiful seasonal vignettes.

If you are new to Dandelion Patina blog, welcome! I am so glad you are here to share in my obsession with simple farmhouse style. I hope you will feel inspired.

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour with natural elements and textures


As I have mentioned, the autumn season is my favorite. It is a time when I tend to start “nesting”. I suppose it is a natural way of getting everything ready for the winter months; gathering the garden harvest, simmering soups and baking cookies on the weekends, and layering blankets and bedding to snuggle the little ones in at night.

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour Entry

bless this mess painted sign by hunt and gather goods

I recently did some rearranging in our entryway/foyer. This space was originally a closet, but because of the tight fit, we removed it. We now have added tongue and groove plank to the walls. It is such a wonderful feeling to have a more open and airy foyer.

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I did have a larger white hutch in this space, but I have now pared down to a small trunk and this amazing painted sign from Hunt and Gather Goods. Believe me, our mess needs all the blessings it can get!

A simple farmhouse style decor touch was created with this DIY wood easel.

farmhouse fall home tour with industrial pipe shelving

My all time favorite farmhouse style DIY we did in our home are these vertical industrial pipe shelves. Lately, I have been contemplating sanding them down raw and then bleaching the pieces. I can never leave well enough alone! For the farmhouse fall home tour, I styled these by simply adding dried hydrangeas from my backyard, a few white pumpkins, and dried artichokes. My ironstone gravy boat collection is growing too. Love this part of our home.

farmhouse fall home tour picnic basket with fresh basil bouquet

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour Dining Room

Our dining table centerpiece is simply a vintage picnic basket with a bouquet of fresh basil from the garden. This is the last of the basil and I wanted to get it inside before there was a freeze. The dining area smells amazing! And, when I need a bit of a room freshener all I need to do is sweep my hand across the leaves. Not to mention easy access for cooking as well.

Our dining room opens up right into the living room.

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour Living Room

I can’t tell you how much I am loving our IKEA Ektorp sofa and chairs! I was a bit hesitant to make the purchase due to kiddos and pooches. Ya know…dirty hands and paws. But, it really is satisfying to pull the slipcovers off, wash them, and hang them on the line. They look brand new! You just can’t do that with a normal upholstered sofa. I will never go back to the traditional sofas…upholstered or leather.

farmhouse fall neutral living room

I tried to keep the fall decorating consistent throughout the spaces in our home. It was pretty easy with all the dried hydrangeas I was able to use from our shrubs. If you ever wonder what type of shrubs to plant in your landscape, limelight hydrangeas are the best!

farmhouse fall home tour neutral decor and natural elements


farmhouse fall home tour simply decorated with natural elements and textures


farmhouse fall home tour with neutral farmhouse style elements


farmhouse fall home tour with neutral farmhouse style elements


farmhouse fall home tour infusing natural elements and textures


farmhouse fall home tour with white pumpkins and natural elements


To end the farmhouse fall tour, I thought I would share one of my pumpkin finds. I like to name my pumpkins, crazy I know. This one is Bad Hair Day! I fell in love with her funky stem. For me, it is all about the stem first, then the pumpkin. This gal knows how to be wild and crazy in her own way. And, on those Monday mornings when my hair is not cooperating, just know I am showing my wild and crazy side.

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Happy fall everyone!

Please stop over to my lovely friends blogs below. They have so much inspiration to share with you.

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Finally Fall Home Tours 2016

Little Glass Jar
A House and a Dog
The Fat Hydrangea
Twelve On Main
Dandelion Patina
An Inspired Nest
Rustic and Woven
Delightfully Noted
Mindfully Gray
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The Collected House | Jenna
The Collected House | Rylen



10 Cozy Fall Farmhouse Porch Decor Ideas

Happy Fall everyone! I am so excited to be sharing 10 of my favorite cozy fall farmhouse porch decor ideas with you today. This will be my first of two roundups for cozy fall farmhouse porches.

These bloggers have amazing creativity and beautiful homes.

10 fall farmhouse porch decor ideas

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Nothing beats the cooler temps, cozy blankets, sweaters, and sipping hot cocoa.

Let’s get started with my round up!

Inspirational fall farmhouse porch decor

Fall farmhouse porch decor ideas with white pumpkins and dried hydrangeas


Isn’t this door gorgeous? I love the aqua color. One of my favorite elements of Beth’s fall porch design is the dried hydrangeas and neutral pumpkins. I absolutely love dried hydrangeas and have several limelight plants of my own. Dried hydrangeas are one of the best fall decor pieces I have found. They are free every year and can be used from summer through winter. They are such versatile pieces. I even used them in my Christmas tree decor last year!

Fall farmhouse porch decor ideas


Now, Diana has a farmhouse that I dream of! I love everything she does in home decor and design. She has amazing style. Her front porch has a rustic farmhouse flair from the gorgeous wood door to the vintage ladder. This front porch is simply decorated yet has a ton of character already built in.

rustic haybale lounger fall farmhouse porch decor ideas


One of my favorite fall porch projects was this haybale lounger. The lounger was super simple to put together. Just by adding a soft throw to the seat, it was one of the coziest places to take in the fresh fall air and watch the kiddos play in the yard.

raffia wreath fall farmhouse porch decor ideas


Yvonne sure knows how to make a wreath with WOW factor. This wreath is on my bucket list to make for the fall season. It screams neutral farmhouse style with its color and texture. And, it is so simple to make. This is a must for your fall farmhouse porch. Essentially, this could be left on the door year round, just omit the leaves when making.

fall farmhouse porch decor ideas


Kaley Ann has a super simple fall farmhouse porch. I was drawn to the neutral tones and textures. And, she had me at the pop of black in the lantern. The pumpkin patch wood sign is adorable isn’t it? Her whole vignette is inviting and draws you in.

Fall front porch Thistlewood farms


So, there is this amazing woman and her name is Kari Anne! She has the most incredible home and phenomenal farmhouse flair. Her blog is filled with her personality and heartfelt stories. Whenever I am in a funk or rut, I click over to her blog and she always virtually cheers me up! This front porch is an example of how she can put together vignettes. The pieces she chooses are beautiful on their own, but when brought together…complete WOW factor. She definitely had me at galvanized planters! And, her fall wood slice wreath…oh my goodness. I love the whimsy.

fall farmhouse porch decor ideas anderson and grant


Jamie is a dear virtual blogger friend that I got to know on my blogging adventure. She is super talented and creative. Her photography is absolutely gorgeous and she really has an eye for detail with every project she shares on her blog. These painted pumpkins are no exception and I am crazy about the way the textures came through. Jamie took ordinary pumpkins and transformed them into pumpkins Cinderella would stay at the ball for. I love these!

Vibeke fall vignette front porch


If there is one person I would recommend as an expert in vignette styling, Vibeke is it. She is so talented in combining textures, colors, and vintage finds. It all just works together beautifully. I am clicking over to her blog frequently when I need some vignette inspiration. I love how this cozy little nook could work on a front porch. Super cute.

giant distressed fall sign farmhouse porch decor ideas


A farmhouse porch is not a porch without something distressed. I love how easy Liz made this tutorial for this fall sign. Liz has beautiful farmhouse style. She creates items that work in her home and have purpose. I love that about her blog. Each piece has a function and everything is so pretty!

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She even has a book coming out this winter, A Touch Of Farmhouse Charm. I already have it on preorder! It would make a great gift for that DIY’er in your life!

Finding home farms reclaimed wood pumpkins


My final fall farmhouse porch decor idea is from Laura. Laura has been blogging for quite some time. I have been following her for years. Her family also runs a maple syrup business and the syrup is beyond delicious. I have ordered some for the last few years. They really take pride in their product. I love following their journey. Laura created these reclaimed wood pumpkins and they really are a must in creating a rustic fall farmhouse vignette.

Well, I hope you enjoyed these farmhouse porch decor ideas! They are certainly inspirational to me and I can’t wait to put my stamp on the front porch this fall.

If you are not a DIY’er, here are some options to create these looks:



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Our cozy farmhouse style living room

Hey friends! Today I want to share our cozy farmhouse style living room with you. I have really never shared a good before and after of the space or our entire home. So, I thought I would start sharing each room and how it has evolved. The spaces will probably never really be finished, but they are a work in progress. And, what fun would it be for a home decor blogger to have a totally finished room? I really love how this room is evolving into a light and airy farmhouse style living room. I hope you will too.

Come with me and take a look….

farmhouse style living room simple whites


Pretty typical of the 90’s right? When we first walked through the house I really had to focus on the layout, the backyard, and the space of the rooms. I was hit by mauve with every step I took. But, I knew this was all cosmetic and paint does wonders!

before and after farmhouse style living room 1990's



This is what our farmhouse style living room currently looks like. I totally lightened up the walls with Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog. We removed all the mauve carpet and added laminate wood flooring, which by the way was a pretty cheap temporary fix.  We I hope to do a complete gut on the kitchen in 5-7 years. At that time, all the flooring will be replaced with hand scraped hardwoods. This living room space will then become our dining room with a fireplace where the TV is placed in the below photo.

Farmhouse style living room in neutral tones

Our farmhouse style living room currently houses an IKEA Ektorp sofa and two chairs. I LOVE my Ektorps! I don’t know how I lived without them for so long. The are so versatile and I am so happy with the ability to throw the slipcovers in the wash after dirty feet or hands have touched them.

Living room with farmhouse style


Farmhouse style living room with simple neutral decor


One of my favorite all time farmhouse style accessories in our living room is this ‘dream of’ pillow cover. It really does say it all doesn’t it? Who doesn’t dream of shiplap walls, chippy paint, subway tile, farmhouse sinks, and barn doors?

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I bet you are wondering where you can grab one for yourself? I got ya covered!

Here ya go: I dream of shiplap farmhouse pillow

farmhouse style living room shiplap pillow



farmhouse style living room with light and bright decor

I have been crushing on ironstone basins lately. These bowls are so simple and substantial. They need no extra decorating in or around them. Each can stand on its own. I found a few of my favorites here.

Simple farmhouse style living room


simple and cozy farmhouse style living room


farmhouse style living room

Another accessory I love to use in our home are these simple clear glass cloches. This is one of a few collections in my home.

They house a variety of textural pieces from a vintage camera to fishing floats.

farmhouse style living room with glass cloche collection

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our farmhouse style living room. I look forward to you following along as this space evolves and as I share other spaces of our home with you as well.

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farmhouse style living room shiplap pillow


A seasonal farmhouse style space of our home you may enjoy:

farmhouse fall home tour via Dandelion Patina

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Farmhouse style wreath easel

Hey friends! Today, I am sharing my farmhouse style wreath easel DIY.

Home decor doesn’t have to be expensive or what everyone has from a big box store. I love simple sweet decorating around the house. This farmhouse style craft is something I really enjoyed putting together. I am drawn to neutral decor. So, this means white, wood, black, and pops of green are what I enjoy the most. The pops of greenery around the house really make the house come alive, even if it is fake greenery.

DIY farmhouse style wreath easel

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Supplies you need for your farmhouse style wreath easel project:

DIY farmhouse style wreath easel


Tutorial for creating this farmhouse style wreath easel:

  • Cut a scrap piece of wood to fit within the back of the laser cut frame.
  • Glue it down.


farmhouse style wreath easel

  • Once previous two pieces are dry, glue to the chalkboard easel. This will give the piece some depth.
  • Stain all wood. I used Minwax golden oak. I used a Q-tip to stain the smaller sections of the easel.


farmhouse style wreath easel

  • Using E6000 again, attach one of the curio knobs to the wood plaque. This will need to set for several hours. Be sure to follow the directions on the tube for best results. I love this stuff. It is my go to adhesive any time I need to make sure there is a good adhesion for a long term bond. Again, love this stuff.


farmhouse style wreath easel

There you are.  All done.  Attach some ribbon to your mini wreath (tutorial coming) and hang.

You have created a simple, inexpensive wreath easel.

One of the best parts of this project is that this farmhouse style wreath easel can be used year long just by changing out the wreaths.

Such a sweet little farmhouse style DIY.


farmhouse style wreath easel DIY


farmhouse style seasonal wreath easel


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Other farmhouse style crafts you may enjoy:

How to make mason jar pedestal vases


ARE YOU A LOVER OF BURLAP? This is an amazing project! Combine burlap, lace, and a white tablecloth to create this unique rustic and feminine wreath for your home decor. Project via


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Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler

Hey friends! Today I am sharing our recipe for fresh peach berry cobbler.

Our family made this and the cobbler was gone in an hour. It. Was. That. Good.

peach berry cobbler recipe

I was so delighted that this recipe went over like hot cakes with the family. I really don’t even think my husband got to have his own dish because the girls went crazy for it. And, yes…I do feed them on a regular basis.

The recipe is pretty simple to make which is what I am all about when it comes to baking and cooking. Simple and easy.

This cobbler is full of fresh peaches and blueberries. The blueberries were frozen from when we went blueberry picking. That was a fun family event.

Peach berry cobbler recipe

We have had amazing luck this season with our peach selection. They have been so sweet and juicy.

I always add some lemon juice over the top of my sliced peaches to keep them from browning.

If you were wondering what kitchen gadgets I used to make this cobbler, let me give you the list. Because I just can’t go without these items in the kitchen.

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Source list of kitchen essentials for my peach berry cobbler:


recipe for this melt in your mouth peach berry cobbler:

Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler by Dandelion Patina

Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler by Dandelion Patina


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • dash of vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted to sprinkle over batter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. In a sauce pan, combine sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, and water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick.
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Add the lemon juice, peach slices and blueberries along with a dash of vanilla.
  5. Turn the peach mixture into a greased 2 quart glass baking dish.
  6. Topping:
  7. Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  8. Beat in milk and butter until smooth.
  9. Spoon the topping over fruit mixture. This will rise and spread as it bakes.
  10. Mix sugar and nutmeg
  11. Sprinkle over entire cobbler.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and serve in small dishes with a scoop of ice cream.
  14. Makes 6-8 servings.
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This peach berry cobbler recipe will melt in your mouth

This peach berry cobbler recipe is the perfect weekend dish for those cooler mornings. The house smelled heavenly. Plus, the kids can easily participate in the prep and baking process.

easy peach berry cobbler recipe

Doesn’t it look delicious? All that crispy sugar coating on the outside with the warm sweetness of the berries on the inside. Then, top off your bowl with vanilla ice cream and you have a winning dessert for the entire family!

peach berry cobbler with ice cream


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Other recipes you may want to try that I love:

Garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro


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Simple Raised Garden Farmhouse Style

Ready to get those hands dirty once you learn how to create our farmhouse style simple raised garden in your backyard?


How to create a simple farmhouse raised bed garden

It has been over 6 years since we have had a garden. And, we procrastinated and procrastinated. We knew the labor would be intensive on the front end to dig up all the sod. So, we knew we would be working on this project with a step-by-step approach in mind.

Simple Raised Garden-Last fall:

My husband measured out the area where we wanted our simple raised garden beds in the backyard. He then killed the grass.

Simple Raised Garden-Early spring:

In early spring we  he started digging out all the dead grass and plant material. We also had quite a bit of black dirt left over in this area. So, we needed to mound it up to later be used to fill the galvanized planters for our simple raised garden beds.

Here is a reality shot of the hard work and muscle it takes to get the land ready for this simple raised bed garden idea of mine. A bit of sweat equity on the front end and low maintenance for the rest of the growing season. Rest assured, I am not quite sure I had the hubs convinced at that moment. He is quite happy with my vision at the current date though.

creating a raised bed garden

This whole process took FOREVER, it seemed. Mostly, because life gets in the way. The house does need to be cleaned every now and again. Right? The girls had to have their special pet turtles Fe Fe and Foo Foo supervise the project, as you see below. They were supervising for a long time.

creating our raised bed garden area

Simple Raised Garden-Mid Spring Progress:

  • Once the debris and dead plant material was removed we began to pile up the dirt.
  • Weed fabric was placed throughout the square area of the garden.
  • The 48″ galvanized fire pit rings were put into place.
  • Crushed granite was spread throughout the walking space.
  • Weed fabric was placed inside of the rings and filled with soil.

how to create raised garden beds with galvanized fire pit rings

It was finally planting time! Yahoo!


farmhouse style garden beds created with galvanized fire pit rings

And, as you can see the simple raised garden beds are doing their job! They are producing like crazy this summer and they are pretty much maintenance free.

raised bed garden

Why the hubs needs so many hot peppers is beyond me. But, I was not going to argue with the muscle of the operation. I am so pleased that this phase is completed. This fall we will be adding a fence around the garden perimeter so that those little bunnies can’t chew off my carrot tops any longer!

What do you think? Would you give this a go in your backyard?

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Vintage sign finds a new home

Hey friends! Today I am going to share my latest find: an antique mall vintage sign.  I was so lucky to have found it. The shop owner was ready to part with it and I was ready to purchase this amazing piece. It was fate in the making.

vintage antique mall sign and preserving finish


What’s new?

Lately, I have been doing some major decluttering and figuring out what I really love. After all, a home should be filled with pieces that you truly love and represent you, right? I have also been working towards a simple style of decorating. So, much of what I have in my home I like, but I do not truly love. And, when you have decor that you just like, you tend to never be content with those pieces. I find myself shuffling them around throughout the week wondering where the best spot is for them. Unfortunately, the frustration sets in and many pieces end up on shelves in the basement waiting. Waiting for what?

I know this can be part of the decorating process, but I feel if I would simplify with pieces that I truly love, decorating would be a much pleasant experience. The house would be represented as a home rather than a building full of stuff. Do any of you feel that way? Do you feel stuck with the pieces you have?

So, within each room I have been emptying it out, mostly. Then, making decisions on whether I like it or love it. Kinda like the HGTV show, Love It or List It, but with decorating pieces instead of homes.

antique sign with tons of vintage charm

This antique mall vintage sign stopped me dead in my tracks when I found it. I love typography, especially the freehand text. This vintage sign had so much character from the tilt and sway of each letter to the chippy background. I also like that little bit of history to it as well. The vintage sign tells a story. I love having pieces in my home that have a story to tell.

chippy vintage antique signTips on preserving the vintage sign finish:

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  • I have enough experience with chippy pieces to know that they need to be sealed before using in the home. I love using this sealer for keeping the chippy paint look without the hassle of flaking. This sealer also does an excellent job of sealing in any odor that could have formed with age. To apply, I use my favorite paint brush and just give it a few even coats.


  • I also want to keep this vintage sign out of the sun as much as possible to prevent fading. The sealer will protect it as well.


antique mall vintage sign


So, here is my vintage sign on my makeshift shelf that the hubby created out of old posts and some boards. I will be editing more pieces out of this room, adding a rug, and eventually purchasing two white IKEA slipcovered loveseats to make the room feel a bit more cozy and bright. I think it is the perfect spot for it don’t you? White, wood, and vintage finds are some of my favorite things these days! I was lucky enough to find those chunky wood candle holders awhile back. Recently, I found another that I absolutely love! I will be adding it to my collection.

And, I know that vintage signs like this can be difficult to find! Which is why I found a few signs that I thought had that handcrafted look and feel.

I think you will be excited to check these out!

Which is your favorite?


Here are a few other home decorating tips I have shared:

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to style your shelves? These simple tips will have you styling your shelves like a pro!


Create your own Potterybarn inspired decorative string of beads in just a few easy steps. By using this do-it-yourself method you can customize the string of beads to fit your personal decor for a fraction of the cost.


Be sure to follow me over on Instagram where I share more photos of our home and my vintage finds!


Have a wonderful day,

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Garden Fresh Bruschetta

Who doesn’t like garden fresh? Garden fresh bruschetta is a summer time staple in our home. This is the first year we have had a garden in 6 years! Let me repeat that… 6 years. So, I am just giddy about walking out the back door of our home and picking what I need for this delicious summer time favorite!

And did I mention it is simple and easy?

garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

Our garden has done fabulous this season! I am quite surprised because we tried a different kind of raised bed.  I’m just love having fresh vegetables on hand. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love going down to the farmers market and strolling through the vendor tents. It is such a relaxing, simple way to start a weekend.

But, when I can enjoy a good cup of coffee while strolling through my garden in the morning sunlight. It doesn’t get better than that! Nothing beats growing your own veggies. Well, maybe a bit of retail therapy, but that is a whole other post.

Garden fresh bruschetta

I picked up an oven fresh garlic artisan loaf from the grocery store for my bruschetta. It smells amazing with big chunks of garlic. Yum! It is a challenge at times finding good bread in the grocery store. Luckily, there is also a specialty bakery that vendors at the farmers market on the weekends. I lucked out checking the grocery store at the last minute.

Doesn’t it look delicious? All that golden crusty goodness on the outside and softness on this inside.

fresh baked artisan garlic loaf bruschetta


Garden fresh bruschetta

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Kitchen essentials needed for garden fresh bruschetta:

And now, let’s get started with this easy peasy garden fresh recipe for bruschetta! Do I have you drooling yet?


Garden Fresh Bruschetta-Dandelion Patina

Garden Fresh Bruschetta-Dandelion Patina


  • Artisan garlic loaf or other specialty bread
  • Small Onion
  • Small bunch of Basil
  • Small bunch of Cilantro
  • Garden Fresh Tomatoes
  • Block of Parmesan Cheese
  • EVOO
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Dice tomatoes
  2. Dice onion
  3. Chop basil
  4. Chop cilantro
  5. Mix fresh garden ingredients in a mixing bowl to taste with EVOO
  6. Cut and toast bread
  7. Place bruschetta mixture on toasted bread
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Grate cheese over the top
  10. Enjoy!
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Garden fresh bruschetta

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Garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

Oh, and I also shared a few pictures of the garden over on Instagram. Be sure to check it out!


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Stair Skirting DIY

Hey there! Today I am going to share our stair skirting DIY with you all.

I was so excited to finally be able to pull up the carpet on the stairs! Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for and there was no stair skirting!

Stair skirting the easy way

Mistake number one:

Do not just ripe out the carpet on a whim especially on the stairs. These stair treads were not meant to be without carpet. And the outcome, we had wood treads and risers installed with gaps on the side walls where the treads met the wall. I was so disappointed.

Mistake number two:

Do not have pre-stained wood treads and risers installed. Once it was all said and done, I hated the look. The oak was orange. Now, I am sure there are plenty of people that would say they look lovely and in the 1990’s these would have been the bomb! But, I was envisioning something a bit different and in the end, it was my fault for not communicating that to the installer.

So, I waited a few months to see if they would grow on me. I was told I was crazy to even consider painting the stairs. After all, with all the poly applied by the manufacturer, paint would never adhere. It was one of those moments where I just went into a bit of project remorse withdrawal. I even thought the carpet would look better than this!

During those reflecting months, my parents were removing their chair rail molding in their master bedroom. I was asked if I wanted it. I thought, sure I can make some picture frames or something with it.

Then, the light bulb went on!

Create a faux stair skirting and repurpose the molding!


Supply list for Faux Stair skirting:

DIY stair skirting for wood stairs

Tutorial for applying chair rail as stair skirting:

  • Measure where you want the skirting to lay. For me, I wanted the angle of it to be about an inch away from the top of the tread.
  • Cut your molding the distance of the stairs. In our case, we had two separate pieces that connected at a seam.
  • Adhere your molding using a nail gun.

Tutorial for painting the molding, faux skirting, and stairs:

  • Sand down the stairs lightly
  • Prime. I primed with Annie Sloan chalk paint. Did you know you could use it as a primer?
  • Once the coat of primer was completely dry, I then used Benjamin Moore Advance in Simply White to complete the project. I was told not to use the Advance on stairs, but I am a bit of a rebel! I have had so much success with this paint on other projects and it was what I had on hand. If you want to go by the book, then I would use this for your stairs.

DIY stair skirting the easy way



Easy DIY stair skirting

I had always admired white stairs. I had a ton of photos pinned to my Pinterest boards. So, I knew this was something I was really drawn to.

To be honest, the upkeep scared me a bit. But, since I took the plunge in purchasing IKEA white sofas I thought why not white stairs too!

Current up keep:

I am loving how they turned out and the wear and tear has been great!  A light wash down weekly and these beauties continue to look fabulous.

Stair skirting DIY

So, even bloggers make mistakes! Home decorating and renovating is such a learning process.  And making mistakes along the way is all part of the journey!

I never thought I would be able to achieve the look of stair skirting, but thanks to that free molding it all worked out in the end!

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Would you paint your stairs white? What do you think of the faux DIY stair skirting?


Here are some other home projects you might be interested in:

country chic cobblestone hutch transformation via


two tone card catalog

Enjoy your day,

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Farmhouse DIY Projects

I love a good farmhouse DIY style project don’t you? The farmhouse style seems to be one of my favorites along side industrial and cottage. There is just something about warm wood and white that make my heart go pitter patter. Today I am sharing 5 farmhouse DIY projects will you. I hope they will inspire you to infuse a bit of farmhouse charm into your home. If you are not an avid diy’er, don’t worry, I have also added some sources to shop the look.

Here we go!

Love that farmhouse charm? Don't miss these DIY projects to bring that "fixer upper" look to your home on a budget!

Farmhouse charm shows in these projects and the good news is they are super budget-friendly.

So, let’s talk white stairs. I am instantly drawn to them. I took the plunge and painted my stairs white as well. I haven’t looked back. It is a night and day change from the old golden oak. The change definitely brings in that fresh farmhouse style.

diy painted stairs tutorial
How to Paint Stairs | The Heathered Nest

These farmhouse DIY plug in sconces are so adorable. Again, white and wood does it for me every time! The chicken wire adds a bit of industrial style as well. Perfect combo.

diy farmhouse light
DIY Plug in Sconces | My Love 2 Create

Confession, fellow pillow junkie here! Yup, that is me and when I saw these beauties I was ready to dust off the sewing machine to get started.

diy pillow covers
Easy DIY Pillow Cover | Shabbyfufu

Next, we have these chunky letters spelling out EAT. The element of wood is definitely farmhouse DIY style! I also love anything with cool typography, so these are on my bucket list to make.

diy EAT sign for the kitchen
DIY EAT Kitchen Sign | Noting Grace

I am always looking for ways to display our photos and mementos in a decor friendly way. This DIY planked wood wall hanging is a great way to do that. A mini shiplap wall…yes, please.

diy planked wall art memo board
DIY Planked Wood Wall Hanging | The Willow Market

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If you are not an avid DIY’er and would prefer to shop these looks,

I have some options for you:


Check out these other farmhouse DIY style projects for the home.

Stair skirting the easy way


The secret to creating farmhouse style chunky pom poms in minutes! This is so much better than using cardboard! via #pompoms


Enjoy your day,

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