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Sunday, August 28, 2016

9 Simple and Easy Fall Vignettes

Sometimes it's fun to look back and see what we did for our decor in the past.  I love creating vignettes, so I have a ton stored all over my pinterest boards. 

 These are a few of my favorites and most pinned from the past. 

Summer's Fresh Fruit - Easy Best Peach Pie Ever

I love all the fabulous fruit that summer has to offer.  I think I always eat my weight in Watermelon and Cantaloupe.  Then there is all the wonderful Berries, Grapes and of course those fabulous Peaches, Nectarines and Plums.  Oh my goodness, I just can't seem to get enough.  While we still have some of these treasures in the grocery, I have been on a wild baking spree.

I love Peaches and it is one of my hubby's favorite things, so Pies, Cobblers and Tarts have been on the menu regularly.  Today I made a Peach Pie, so easy and this recipe is to die for.

Peach Pie

6 Peaches
1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tblsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 egg beaten

Peel peaches and cut into medium chunks - place in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice, almond extract and vanilla, stir to coat all the peaches.

In a small bowl mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir well, then pour over peaches.  Stir to make sure all peaches are coated.

Line a 9" pie pan with one crust. (I cheat and use the ready made crust that comes two in the box from the deli case.  I find them where the canned biscuits are.) Brush bottom with beaten egg so crust is not soggy later.  Pour peach mixture into pie crust, spread out evenly and then top with second crust.  Crimp edges to seal and then brush top crust with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.  Cut a few slits in top to let the heat escape as it cooks.

Bake in 450° for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350° for an additional 30 to 35 minutes.  Cool on a rack and enjoy.

I also love that fall is around the corner and we will have tons of apples to choose from.  You might want this recipe too for those cool weather treats.

Fabulous Easy Apple Pie - Step by Step to the easiest pie ever.

These are must have basics for your recipe box. - - - - -

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Basic Pie - Easy Meringue Tutorial

Best Pecan Pie

Ok, now to make something wonderful for dinner and then have a piece of pie.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

How To Downsize & Create Your Dream Room With Thrift Store Finds

I am not sure why this post has been viewed so much lately, but thought maybe I should re-run it since people are finding it somewhere.  This is from a couple years ago, but so relevant still.  If you are trying to downsize or just lighten up, here are a few tips that might help you.

I am always asked a lot of questions about my living room.  I know I have shown it so many times that most of you feel like you live her, however there are some basic questions or comments that I hear over and over, so I thought I would answer them here. 

 How to downsize and create your dream with Thrift Store finds.

We sold the "big house" and downsized 8 10  years ago.  Our home sold in 1 hour with a bidding war and for $25,000 over the asking price.  The only condition was, could we move in 3 weeks.   Now I hadn't even looked for a home yet, so I was under a ton of pressure.  I needed something ready to move in.  This was a builder basic "Spec Home".  Not my true love, but the price was right.  I didn't do much when we moved in but place what furniture I could into each room and call it good.  I soon found out that downsizing was much harder than I had ever thought and I really missed the big house.   Finally I decided to love where I am and make it work for us, so there have been many transitions over the last 8 10 years.

Here are a couple of pictures of our living and dining area in the previous home.  Now don't laugh at the decor, this was the early 90's and I was heavy into my red and gold phase.

 The living/dining area measured 25 x 40 and had two story vaulted ceilings, so lots of room and space.