Tasty Fruit Cobblers to Make This Weekend

Crisp or Cobbler? The never-ending debate. I don’t have very strong feelings either way. If it’s a dessert that involves fruit, sign me up! The late summer season is the perfect time to make all sorts of fruit cobblers. Here are a few tasty recipes for fruit cobblers that you can make this weekend! Mixed Fruit Cobbler | The Country Chic Cottage Instant Pot Peach Cobbler | Southern Family Fun Mini Cherry Cobblers | An Alli Event Blueberry Cobbler | Kleinworth & Co Strawberry Rhubarb Mason Jar Cobbler | Inspired by Charm Caramel Apple Cobbler Cake | Shaken Together Life Strawberry & Nutella Cobbler | Old House to New Home Simple Blueberry Lemon Cobbler | Homemaker’s Habitat Sweet Cream Triple Berry Cobbler | Today’s Creative Life Black & Blue Berry Cobbler | Tidy Mom Are you a crisp or a cobbler person? Do you have a special cobbler recipe that you like to make as summer changes to fall? We’d love to hear all your best cobbler secrets in the comments!    Looking for more tasty dessert recipes? Check out these other posts you will love!  Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies No Fail Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Super Tasty Homemade Brownies Lemon & Lavender Sugar Cookies Lucious Strawberry Rhubarb Cake   Don’t forget to pin this post for later! 

10 Refreshing Summer Drinks You Will Love

Is there anything better than a refreshing drink on a summer day? No one can argue the need to stay hydrated during the hot summer months. I think we can also all agree that sometimes you just need something besides ice water. Here is a tasty roundup of refreshing summer drinks that you are guaranteed to love. There are non-alcoholic and alcoholic options, ensuring there is something for everyone. Enjoy! Summer Fruit Sangria | Designers Sweet Spot This Summer Fruit Sangria is one of my favorite recipes when I’m looking for something tasty to sip on. The recipe is so simple and it pairs well with almost anything you would want to serve this summer. Watermelon Lime Slushy | CincyShopper There’s something so summery about a slushy. My favorite part about this Watermelon Lime Slushy is that it only requires 3 ingredients (and they’re all inexpensive too)! Honey Tangerine Sparkler | Purely Katie This refreshing beverage can be made as either a cocktail or mocktail making it the perfect addition to your next brunch! Pomegranate Cocktail | Today’s Creative Life Pomegranate juice is something I don’t have often as it’s usually pricey. However, it’s something I always enjoy when I have the opportunity! This cocktail sounds so tasty! Almond Iced Tea | The Kitchen is My Playground I’ve tasted and made many flavored iced teas. Almond is one that I have yet to experiment with! This sounds like such a refreshing drink after a hot day of yard work. Ginger Beer Hibiscus Mocktail | Recipes From a Pantry This mocktail…
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Coastal Wall Decor for Any Home

 Although it is most commonly found near the beach,  coastal decor can be tastefully incorporated in many other styles of homes too. Here are some of my favorite ways to add coastal flair to any home. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!   Beautiful coral prints like these are one of the easiest ways to incorporate coastal decor into your home. BUY HERE! This coat rack certainly reminds me of many beach houses I’ve visited!  Although many pieces of coastal decor can be used in various homes, this piece is probably more suited for homes that are actually along the coast. BUY HERE! A beautiful mirror like this one is a piece of decor that is also very functional. I love using mirrors to add the illusion of space to a room. BUY HERE! One thing I love to do at the beach is hunt for shells. Although it’s always an enjoyable activity, I rarely find a shell as perfect as these! BUY HERE! This large metal compass could be used indoors but also could be used in your garden! I love a piece that can be moved around as my mood and design changes. BUY HERE! A cabinet similar to this one also makes a very functional piece of home decor. I think this would be precious with a few potted plants on the shelves. BUY HERE! There’s something so fascinating to me about artwork that has dimension like this piece. It adds so much to a…
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15 Beachside Novels That Are Worth Reading

I’m a big advocate of reading inspirational and educational books, but sometimes you just need to read a good story! There’s nothing like getting lost in an entertaining novel while sitting beachside on a summer day. Because I don’t read many novels, I usually find myself wandering around the library pointlessly while searching for a good book. Here are a few suggestions I’ve received recently of novels that are worth reading.  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah A Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman Where the Heart Is | Billie Letts I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith The Interestings | Meg Wolitzer Be Frank With Me | Julia Claiborne Johnson All The Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr Redeeming Love | Francine Rivers Firefly Summer | Maeve Binchy Party Girl (The Girl’s Series) | Rachel Hollis Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants | Ann Brashares Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand | Helen Simonson The Blue Castle | L.M. Montgomery The Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George When Life Gives You Lululemons | Lauren Weisberger   After reading through the summaries of these amazing novels, I’m ready for a trip to the beach! Do you have any favorite beachside novels that you read year after year? I’d love to add them to my list!  More Inspiration Looking for more summertime inspiration? Check out these other ideas!  8 Great Cricut Projects for Summer 12 Simple (Yet Tasty)…
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Handmade Butterfly T-shirt Project

Handmade t-shirts are a great project to keep the kids busy during summer break. Here’s how to make this cool butterfly t-shirt with Heat Transfer Vinyl.     I have been making t-shirts like crazy over here. So many shirts, so little time! Recently I spotted this aqua tank on clearance at Walmart for $5.00. I’ve been putting things together for our vacation, and it’s time to make something special for me to wear! This Art Nouveau style butterfly graphic is available on the Cricut website, free with standard access membership. To make the shirt, the design has been enlarged, simplified and recolored. Here’s what to do: Supplies Needed (affiliate links have been included for your convenience): Aqua t-shirt or tank top Heat transfer vinyl in black, light pink (variegated), teal, and aqua (with aqua pattern) Heat press or iron Cricut Ironing pad or ironing board Silicone mat (keeps the warm vinyl from sticking to the iron) Cricut Maker or other Cricut machine Standard grip cutting mat Weeding tool Scissors Directions: Download the free design from my file here: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/99788949 Cut all vinyl according to Cricut directions, placing shiny side of the HTV DOWN on the sticky mat. Weed out the design of each color vinyl before assembling. Trim away excess plastic as you work. Beginning with the variegated pink vinyl butterfly, use the heat press to iron the vinyl on the t-shirt. Place the center of the shirt on the Cricut heat mat. Center the design so it’s about 2″ up from the underarm seam of the top. (I…
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12 Simple (Yet Tasty) Summer Salads

Along with summertime comes numerous opportunities to bring a “side dish”. I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I find myself in a bit of a side dish rut. If you’re looking for a tasty dish to share at your next event, look no further. I’ve compiled this list of 12 summer salads that are sure to be crowdpleasers!  BLT Macaroni Salad | Inspired by Charm Summer Hearts of Palm Salad | Veggies Save The Day Spicy Summer Bean and Chickpea Salad | Blossom to Stem Summer Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette | Julie Blanner  Bacon, Ranch, Chicken & Broccoli Salad | My Life Cookbook Healthy Corn Summer Salad | Finding Silver Pennies Tuscan Pasta Salad | Shaken Together Life Feta, Peach & Prosciutto Salad | Tidy Mom Summer Caprese Orzo Salad | A Turtle’s Life for Me Orange Almond Salad with Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette | An Oregon Cottage Easy Tomato Cucumber Salad | Cook Eat Paleo Creamy Pesto Caprese Potato Salad | Domestic Superhero   I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a salad or two! I told myself I wouldn’t compile this post on an empty stomach, but somehow I’m hungry anyways. I’d love to hear about your go-to summer salads! I’m always looking for a quick summertime dinner or side dish to share with friends. More Inspiration Looking for more summertime inspiration? Here are some other posts you will enjoy!  Summer Inspiration for Your Kitchen 10 Ways to Travel on a Budget Inspirational Books for Summer Reading English Style Summer Tablescape Summer Fruit Sangria   Don’t forget…
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How to Spot Clean Upholstery Stains

Don’t be put off by stained upholstery, there are several ways you can spot clean it to look as good as new! Upholstery Stains We don’t have a lot of upholstered furniture. It may sound odd, but the majority of our pieces are just wood, or they are painted wood. In our house we have a sofa and a few chairs that are upholstered but that’s it. I don’t spend a lot of time messing with cleaning upholstery now that our kids are grown, but I did today. My recent re-decorating of our living room is about complete, as I found the finishing touches at the thrift store this week. These two fabulous side chairs were donated to the store, practically brand new. They have a bit of water damage on them, probably from one of our recent summer rainstorms. It looks like they were perhaps under a window that was left open during a storm. The water damage is mostly at the back of the chairs, and a little bit on the arm and back of the seat. You can see the slight stains in these photos. Sad for them, good for me because I scored these chairs for just $14.00 each! I was not concerned with the damage at all, water is just water and it does clean very easily. Here’s how to do it: How to Spot Clean Upholstery You will need the following supplies for cleaning water spots: Spray Bottle 3 Tablespoons White Vinegar (do not use other types of vinegar or they may make the…
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10 Ways to Travel on a Budget

Travel season is here! We are planning a couple of vacations this summer. Here’s how we spend less than the average traveler every time we take a trip! Budget Travel I have always loved traveling. My earliest visions for this blog always included travel posts. When I started blogging 9 years ago, we were a homeschool family of 6 with a very limited income for travel. Now that our youngest son has graduated and will be leaving home soon for college, we are entering a new season of life. One that I hope will include travels to foreign and exotic destinations. Our recent trip to Colorado has opened my eyes to some new ways of travel that we hadn’t considered before. We usually travel off season, camp or stay in the cheapest of accommodations. As much as I love camping, my husband does not. He prefers more comfortable accommodations. Here are the things we have learned about comfortable travel that doesn’t break the bank. Affiliate links have been added to this page for your connivence.  By making a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosure page.   10 “Cheap” Travel Tips Traveling off season can save you a bundle. We find hotel and resorts discount their rates as much as 70% during the off season. Simply Google your destination for ideas of the peak travel times, then turn back the calendar. For example, we love visiting Florida. We have found that the best time…
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English Style Summer Table Setting for Entertaining

Summer is here and we are expecting guests for a casual dinner party. Here’s my take on a simple table setting for guests, English Style! Summer Table for Entertaining We are glad summer is here! It’s been a long time since we last entertained in the summer. We don’t have an outdoor entertaining space and it just seems wrong to keep people indoors when it is so beautiful outside. However, we are having a few friends over for a casual dinner and a few games of Cribbage later this week. I decided to plan ahead and come up with a new look for our old table. I spent a couple of  hours looking at summer table ware in the stores. I couldn’t find anything I liked. Most styles are too modern and don’t fit my Traditional Farmhouse style. I also don’t like the idea of buying special dishes to use for a single occasion, so I decided to just stick with my everyday Liberty Blue Dishes, my Grandmother’s silver set and add some new accessories. I don’t fuss about shinning silver, I only clean it about once per year. To me the slight tarnish adds character and charm. It drives my Mother crazy.  Oh well! I purchased round placemats in a lovely farmhouse aqua and some patterned cloth napkins that remind me of English block printed textiles. That was it. Less is more in my book. I feel like my dining room is finally looking put together! It’s been months since I painted it (read that post here), and for a long…
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Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 Minutes

This project is part of the Craft Lightening Series, easy to paint in a 15 minute flash!  Craft Lightening Blogger Challenge I am excited to team up with a very talented group of bloggers for this group of Craft Lightening projects! Each of these projects can be completed in just 15 minutes, great for those who love to craft but don’t have a ton of spare time. This month the theme is wooden crafts. All of the projects in the linkup will be using some sort of wood for the base. Here’s how you can Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 minutes! Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included below for your connivence. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you.): 11″ x 14″ Wooden sign ( purchase here) Deco Art Pouring Medium Deco Art Clear Pouring Top Coat Americana Decor Acrylic Craft Paints in Buttermilk Yellow, Warm White, Bluegrass Green, Bahama Blue Deco Art Metallic Craft Paint in Champaign Gold Painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape) Empty soup can or plastic cup for holding paint, plastic knife for stirring Directions:  Lay the sign on it’s back with a piece of plastic or newspaper under it to catch any drips from the paint. Line the edge of the tray with the Frog Tape to keep the paint from spilling on to the edge. Pour the paint can 1/4 of the way full with the Deco Art pouring medium. Add the different colors of Acrylic craft paint to the can, I used 2-3…
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