Easy Weeknight Dinner

Meatless Baked Ziti

Meatless baked ziti is delicious comfort food that’s easy to whip up on a busy weeknight or sophisticated enough for Sunday dinner.

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Back to school is just a few short weeks away for us which means our slow, relaxing days of summer will come to end and our schedules will become more hectic. A busy schedule means this mom has less time to think about what’s for dinner and even less time to prepare it!

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One of my favorite ways to get an easy, satisfying dinner on the table any night of the week is with my meatless baked ziti. Meatless baked ziti is cheesy and comforting with just a few simple ingredients. It’s loaded with flavor and has many of the same elements as lasagna but without all the work. Meatless baked ziti is easy to make and is even better as leftovers (yes, that is a true statement!).

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You’re going to want to save this recipe. It has become a staple in our home and I think it will become one in your home too!

Scoop of Baked Ziti

Meatless Baked Ziti Ingredients

  • Ziti: Is a hollow tube shaped pasta that is a little longer than penne but is not cut on an angle. Ziti can either be smooth or have ridges. I prefer the smooth version for this recipe but either will work.
  • Marinara Sauce: Any store bought or homemade marinara sauce can be used in this recipe. I use Rao’s Homemade Marinara, and highly recommend! This pasta sauce is expensive (at least double the cost of other sauces) however, the taste is authentic and is made with premium ingredients without added preservatives or coloring.
  • Ricotta Cheese: Adds a creamy texture. I like to use whole milk ricotta for best results.
  • Parmesan & Mozzarella Cheese: The combination of these cheeses will create an irresistible melty, cheesy topping.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parsley: Fresh parsley adds an earthy, grassy note to this rich recipe. I prefer fresh parsley over dried. Other Italian herbs can be used as well such as basil or oregano.
Comfort Food Casserole
Scoop of Baked Ziti

How to Make Meatless Baked Ziti

This is easiest and quickest recipe to prepare!

Simple & Easy Italian Dinner

To start, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook pasta in salted water to al dente (follow package directions). The pasta should have a little bit to it as it will continue to cook when baking in the oven.

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Once pasta is cooked and drained, return it to the hot pot. Adding the pasta back to the hot pot will help to evaporate any water still left on the pasta.

Add the marinara sauce (reserving about 1 cup for the top of the dish), ricotta cheese, 1/2 of the parmesan cheese, 1/2 of the parsley, and salt & pepper to the cooked pasta. Mix until well combined.

Scoop of Baked Ziti

Transfer the pasta mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. Spread the remaining marinara sauce over the top of the dish (this will help to keep the pasta from drying out). Then sprinkle the mozzarella & remaining parmesan cheese on top.

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Cover dish with tin foil and bake in the oven until meatless baked ziti is bubbly and heated through. Remove tin foil and bake for another 10 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Sprinkle remaining chopped parsley on top.

Let stand for about 10 minutes, then enjoy!

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Meatless Baked Ziti

Can you make baked ziti ahead of time?

Absolutely!

Prepare your meatless baked ziti according to the directions up until the baking step. Cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Remember to add additional baking time when baking a dish that is cold.

Meatless Baked Ziti
Meatless Baked Ziti

Meatless Baked Ziti Variations

There are a million ways to customize this meatless baked ziti recipe to make it your own. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Can’t find ziti? Use rigatoni or penne pasta instead.
  • Switch up your pasta sauce. Instead of using any plain old marinara sauce; use an arrabbiata, Bolognese, or vodka sauce.
  • Add protein to your baked ziti with the addition of cooked ground beef, sausage, chicken, or turkey. You could even add cooked diced chicken for a twist on chicken parmesan.
  • Stir in vegetables. Eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, or zucchini would be great additions to this casserole.
  • Omit the ricotta cheese. Or use mascarpone, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or sour cream instead.
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Pasta Casserole

How to Store Baked Ziti Leftovers

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3-4 days in a covered container. Leftovers can also be frozen in covered containers for up to 6 months.

Reheat leftovers in the oven or the microwave until heated through.

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What to Serve With Meatless Baked Ziti

  • A fresh garden salad is a great light side dish.
  • We love to have garlic bread with our ziti to wipe every last drop of sauce from the plate.
  • Meatballs with marinara sauce is a great side dish option.
  • We love to have grilled eggplant alongside our baked ziti for an all vegetarian meal.
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Meatless Baked Ziti

For more easy comfort food ideas, check out these family favorite recipes I’ve shared on the blog:

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Meatless Baked Ziti

Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

40

minutes
Calories

475

kcal
Total Time

55

minutes

Meatless baked ziti is delicious comfort food that is an easy meal to whip up on a busy weeknight or sophisticated enough for Sunday dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce box ziti

  • 1 32 ounce jar Rao’s Marinara Sauce

  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 tbsp. salt

  • Pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add tablespoon of salt to boiling water and cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  • Drain pasta and return to hot pan. Stir almost all of the marina sauce (reserving about 1 cup), ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan, and 1 tbsp. chopped parsley into the pasta. Add pepper and salt to taste. Stir until well combined.
  • Spoon into a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spread the remaining marinara sauce over the pasta mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese becomes brown and bubbly on top.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining chopped parsley. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Buon appetito!

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Notes

  • Rigatoni or penne pasta can be used instead of ziti.
  • Add ground beef, sausage, chicken, or turkey to this recipe for a heartier dish.
  • Stir in vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, or peppers.
  • Omit the ricotta cheese. Or use mascarpone, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or sour cream instead.
  • Prepare meatless baked ziti in advance and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours before baking.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer in a sealed air tight container.

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Christmas Popcorn

Christmas Popcorn With White Chocolate & Sprinkles

Christmas popcorn is a simple, delicious treat made with popcorn, cake mix, white chocolate, sprinkles, and candy. A perfect treat for family movie night.

Popcorn With Sprinkles & Candies

Merry Christmas…in July! You must be thinking I’ve gone off the deep end sharing a Christmas themed blog post in July. A month smack dab in the middle of summer, not winter. And, you very well may be right. But before you pass judgement, have you heard of Christmas in July?!

If not, Christmas in July is simply an opportunity to embrace that cozy holiday feeling, without all the holiday stressors that come along with Christmas in December.

Christmas Popcorn

To celebrate Christmas in July I decided to turn down the a/c, throw on my favorite pair of flannel pajamas, grab a cozy blanket to cuddle on the couch, turn on a Hallmark Christmas movie, and gorge on Christmas popcorn! You can see me in action in my “How to Celebrate Christmas in July” reel found on Instagram.

Popcorn With Candy & Sprinkles

This Christmas popcorn is perfect for a family movie night on the couch now or during the holidays.

Popcorn in Boxes

Christmas popcorn is an easy no-bake snack that the kiddos can easily help with and tastes just like a Christmas sugar cookie. Everyone will love the sweet and salty blend of popcorn coated in vanilla cake mix, with the smooth drizzle of white chocolate, along with the crunchiness of the candy & sprinkles mixed in.

Christmas Popcorn

What You Need to Make Christmas Popcorn

  • Popped popcorn
  • White cake mix powder
  • White chocolate, melted
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Chocolate candies
Popcorn on a Baking Sheet

How to Make Christmas Popcorn

In a very large mixing bowl, stir popcorn & cake mix together until well combined.

Christmas Popcorn

Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 25 second intervals until melted and smooth (stirring between each one). Pour melted chocolate into popcorn bowl, reserving a small amount for topping.

Popcorn Snack

Add sprinkles and chocolate candies to popcorn bowl and mix until well combined.

Christmas Popcorn With White Chocolate

Spread popcorn mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the popcorn and top with additional sprinkles. Let stand for 30-45 minutes. Eat immediately or store in airtight containers.

Popcorn in Popcorn Boxes

Additional Tips

Instead of popping your own popcorn, use bagged kettle corn popcorn to save time!

Use any red, green, or white chocolate candies. I used milk chocolate M&M’s in this mixture, however mint M&M’s or Sixlets would be delicious as well.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to avoid the chocolate from sticking to the sheet. This also helps cleanup go a lot faster!

How to Make Christmas Popcorn

Other Christmas Popcorn Ideas

This Christmas popcorn is simple to make with the flavors of a sugar cookie. Feel free to change up this recipe by substituting or mixing in other ingredients!

  • Create a mint flavored Christmas popcorn with the addition of crushed candy canes. Wouldn’t that be delicious with a cup of hot cocoa?!
  • Mix in your favorite nuts to add crunch to the popcorn mixture.
  • Add red or green food coloring to your white chocolate for a little more Christmas color.
  • Use milk or dark chocolate along with the white chocolate to create zebra popcorn.
Holiday Treat

How Long Will Christmas Popcorn Last?

Christmas popcorn is best served immediately. However, the popcorn mixture will last about 1-2 weeks if stored in an airtight container.

Holiday Treat

I served our popcorn in these cute movie night popcorn boxes to which I added a curling ribbon handle for a fun little twist.

Movie Night Popcorn Boxes
Popcorn Box With Curling Ribbon

If gifting your popcorn, these vintage inspired tins filled with popcorn would be adorable to gift to a loved one, or a plastic food storage container with popcorn stored inside could easily be mailed. You could also fill a Christmas mug with popcorn, wrap with cellophane, and add a bow for a last minute gift.

Delicious Snack

I hope this Christmas popcorn inspired you to try something new and to just maybe, maybe bring a little bit of the Christmas spirit to July!

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Christmas Popcorn With White Chocolate & Sprinkles

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Cooling Time

45

minutes
Calories

440

kcal
Total Time

1

hour 

Christmas popcorn is a simple, delicious treat made with popcorn, cake mix, white chocolate, sprinkles, and candy!

Ingredients

  • 12 cups popped popcorn

  • 1/4 cup white cake mix powder

  • 1 bag white chocolate chips, melted

  • 1/2 cup Christmas sprinkles

  • 1 cup chocolate candies

Directions

  • In a very large mixing bowl, stir popcorn and cake mix together until well combined.
  • Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 25 second intervals until melted and smooth (stirring between each one). Pour melted chocolate into popcorn bowl, reserving a small amount for topping.
  • Add sprinkles and chocolate candies to popcorn bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Spread popcorn mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the popcorn and top with additional sprinkles. Let stand for 30-45 minutes. Eat immediately or store in airtight containers.

Notes

  • Instead of popping popcorn, use bagged kettle corn popcorn to save time.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

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How To Style Open Kitchen Shelving

I am beyond excited to finally be sharing our open kitchen shelving on the blog! This is one of my favorite parts of our recent kitchen renovation and DIY’s that we have completed to date. I’ve wanted open kitchen shelving for years, so to finally have this in our kitchen is a dream come true for my shelf loving heart!

Kitchen With a View of the Pantry

While this part of the kitchen renovation was just recently finished, I have already styled our open kitchen shelving two times! You can view the first photos I shared of our new open kitchen shelving here, in our summer home tour.

This past weekend as I was playing around with the décor on our open kitchen shelf, I thought I would share with you a few tips that help me to create visually appealing open kitchen shelves.

Open Kitchen Shelving

The best part about these tips is that they are universal. They should not be limited to the kitchen or to a specific design style. These tips can be applied to any open shelving, in any room, regardless of personal style.

Decorated Kitchen Shelf
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Tips on Styling Open Kitchen Shelving

  • Combine old and new objects.
  • Use items of varying heights.
  • Add layers to create depth.
  • Stick to a color palette.
  • Add natural elements.
  • Mix materials. Wood, glass, metal, linens are just a few examples.
Kitchen Shelving

1. Find Anchor Pieces

The easiest way for me to style a shelf is to start with the anchor pieces. Anchors are items that first catch your eye, they are usually the largest objects, and they help to create balance on the shelf. For these shelves, the anchor pieces I used were, a group of cookbooks and a silver trophy.

Group of Old & New Cookbooks

I placed the group of cookbooks in the center of our shelf. Adding the tallest cookbooks in the middle of the grouping with the smallest cookbooks on the outside.

When I add books to a shelf, I make sure that they are not lined in uniform. Some books are forward on the shelf while others are further back. I also have some books with the spines facing forward, and others with the spines facing backwards. This all helps to add texture and depth to the shelves.

Silver Trophy & Green Pears

The other anchor piece I added on the right side of the shelf was a large, vintage silver trophy. I turned slightly so that the handles would be visible from all angles. And, I made sure the trophy inscription was facing forward (it adds so much character to this vintage piece and the shelf)!

Pears on White Dessert Plates

2. Keep to a Color Scheme

I love a neutral color palette. I am drawn to woods and whites with a small pop of color (depending on the season). Whatever your personal preference, stick to a color scheme to keep your shelves looking neat and cohesive.

Kitchen Shelf

3. Create Layers & Add Height

This tip is essential to creating a shelf that has depth and interest.

Corner of the Kitchen

Create layers on shelves by having some items pushed towards the back and other items toward the front. I also like to lean objects against the wall, stacking pieces to created a layered look. This creates depth and keeps the shelves from looking flat, dull, and boring.

Pitcher of Wooden Spoons

Add items of varying heights. This helps the eyes to move from piece to piece on the shelf, creating visual interest. If something isn’t tall enough, don’t worry! Add a stack of dishes or bowls beneath the item to make it appear taller.

Pears in Cloche

Instead of just adding a group of pears to the shelf, I placed the pears on a stack of dishes to give them height. Not only do the stack of dishes add height but they also add layers.

Vintage Trophy & Pears

4. Mix Materials on Open Kitchen Shelving

Mix a variety of cohesive materials on open kitchen shelving for visual interest.

Country Pear Candle
Cozy Farmhouse Kitchen

5. Use Groups of Odd Numbers

It is scientifically proven that our eyes are drawn to groups of odd numbers!

I like to group similar items in 3’s, but any group of odd numbers will keep the shelf visually appealing.

Pears & Vintage Silver Trophy
Open Kitchen Shelving

6. Decorate With Natural Elements

Natural elements are super simple way to add texture and visual interest to open kitchen shelving.

Kitchen Shelf

On this shelf, I added fresh pears and fresh hydrangea stems (cut right from our yard). Two of my favorite natural elements to decorate with, especially in late summer.

You do not have to use fresh natural elements. Faux fruit and faux/dried floral stems are great options as well. They can be just as beautiful and will last much longer. Afloral is my favorite go-to online shop for faux florals.

Cloche With Pears

7. Make Open Kitchen Shelving Cozy

Create cozy kitchen shelving by adding new and vintage pieces to the shelves as well as decorating with pieces that are special to your family.

Farmhouse Style Kitchen

On our kitchen shelf, I used a mixture of new and old cookbooks. I also added a page from one of my old Julia Child cookbooks to the new gold frame leaning against the wall.

Silver Urn With Fresh Hydrangea Stems

For another layer of coziness, I used our wedding china dessert plates underneath the group of pears. Small, simple touches like this are what make a home feel extra special and cozy.

Candles add coziness too! Just make sure the flame of the candle it not too close to the ceiling or any other pieces on your shelves (my hubby is good at reminding me of this…insert eye roll). This country pear candle from Antique Candle Co. is one of my current favorites!

Pears & Wooden Spoons

8. Step Back & Take a Break

There are so many times that I become frustrated styling a shelf and I have to remember to stop, step back, and take a break. Styling a space doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes it can take days of looking, moving, and tweaking a space to get it styled just right.

Neutral Farmhouse Kitchen With Open Shelving

If you find this happening to you, remember to give yourself grace. If you feel frustrated, take a break or move on to something else. This will allow you to clear your mind and when you go back to the space you were styling, you will have a fresh outlook and new ideas!

Open Shelving & Green Pantry Door

Final Thoughts on Styling Open Kitchen Shelving

Remember when styling open kitchen shelving that it’s your home you’re decorating, and you should style your shelves the way you like! These tips should only be used as a guide. And if these tips aren’t for you, that’s fine! Your home should always reflect you and what you love. Decorate your home with pieces that are meaningful to you to create your own unique version of a well-loved home.

Kitchen Shelving
Open Kitchen Shelving

Shop the Décor on Our Open Kitchen Shelving

You can shop most items I have styled on our open kitchen shelving, here. The glass bon bon jars on the counter can be found, here. Shop my favorite candles, here.

Neutral Farmhouse Kitchen

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Grandma's Peach Pie

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peach Pie With Custard Filling

If there is one recipe that tastes like summer to me, it’s this one. My grandma’s old fashioned peach pie with custard filling. Sweet, ripe peaches nestled in decadent, creamy custard is like a little taste of heaven. One bite brings me right back to my grandparents farm in Goodell, Iowa and summertime as a child.

Grandma's Peach Pie

I am joining 5 other blogger friends today on a blog hop to bring you old-fashioned summer inspiration. Recipes, stories, ideas, DIY’s that remind us of summer’s from long ago. I love reminiscing about the past, especially with friends! I hope you will continue reading to the end of this blog post for links to their old-fashioned summer posts.

If you are new here, welcome! I am so excited you found me (Hi, I’m Heidi!) and Eleanor Rose Home. You can learn a little bit more about me and ERH here. I hope you sit back, get cozy, and enjoy this old fashion themed blog post!

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Peach Pie With Custard Filling

This peach custard pie recipe comes from my grandma Cunningham. Grandma was strong, independent, and sensitive woman who loved Pall Mall cigarettes’, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, crossword puzzles, time alone, and 60 Minutes on Sunday nights. She was not the motherly-grandma type who would give you anything you wanted to show affection. Rather, she was a woman who believed in tough love. She didn’t sugar coat anything, she wouldn’t let you win a game just because you were her grandchild (I know this from experience!), and she always told you the truth whether it stung a little or not. Grandma always wanted you to the best, independent version of yourself you could be. And that is how grandma showed affection and how you knew she loved you.

Grandma Cunningham
Marcella Jeanne Cunningham July 17, 1931 – June 13, 2007

Some of the first memories that come to mind when I think of grandma Cunningham include food.

Memories of Grandma

I will always remember grandma’s toast for breakfast. (She actually wrote about this in one of the last letters I received from her.) It was something about grandma’s butter to bread ratio. She always had just the right amount of butter smeared on white bread toast. And, you could always count on a pitcher of grape juice in grandma’s fridge to wash your breakfast down. If you came to grandma’s in the afternoon, she would put out Pringle’s or vanilla wafers on green Styrofoam trays (you know the kind they use for produce) for snacks. But, I think grandma’s peach pie is what really sticks out in my mind. It was always so delicious and I remember wanting to eat the luscious custard out of the entire pie. Grandma would never let that happen!

Peach Pie on a Summer Day

This peach pie recipe is unusual but extremely simple and easy to make. My mom, an avid cookbook reader, has never seen this recipe printed on the hundreds of cookbooks she has read! So, I am excited to be sharing my grandma’s unique and one of a kind peach pie recipe that I know you will love as much as my family.

Fresh Baked Peach Pie

Did you know that July is peak peach season?! Now is the perfect time to buy those beautiful, fresh peaches from the grocery store or the farmer’s market and whip up some old fashioned fresh peach pie.

Fresh Southern Peaches
Fresh Southern Peaches

Old Fashioned Peach Pie Ingredients

  • Unbaked pie shell
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Salted butter, melted
  • Sugar
  • Fresh ripe peaches, halved
Slice of Pie
Homemade Baked Pie

How to Make Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peach Pie

Start your pie with ripe peaches. I like to buy southern peaches that are a little under ripe at the grocery store, and then bring them home to ripen on our kitchen counter. This usually only takes a day or so. Soft peaches are typically sweeter and juicer, perfect for pie.

Fresh Peach Pie

Peel your peaches with a sharp paring knife (a sharp knife is key) to remove the skin. Once peaches are peeled slice them in half (from end to end) and then remove the pit.

Place the four peach halves (pit side up) that have been peeled and pitted into the unbaked pie shell.

Peached in a Pie

I bought a pre-made pie shell in a baking tin for this recipe, however you can certainly make your own pie dough from scratch. Or, you can also purchase pie dough and place that in your own pie baking dish as well. These days I like to take the help from the store whenever I can get it!

Next, the best part of the entire pie…the custard filling!

Slice of Peach Pie
Custard Pie Filling

Beat the eggs in a bowl until they are nice and fluffy. Add in the milk and beat again. Beat in the combined sugar & flour until well incorporated. Finally, beat in the melted butter. The custard filling should be thick but also light and airy.

Pour the custard filling into the pie shell covering peaches and filling the entire shell.

Grandma's Peach Pie

Bake peach pie for about 45 minutes, until custard is set and top of pie has a crunchy outer shell. Allow pie to cool before serving. Cut into slices to serve or do what I did, take a fork and just dig right in! You will find it hard to resist eating all of the custard filling. If you can restrain yourself, and you have leftover pie, store covered in refrigerator.

Pie Served on a Summer Day

I served our peach pie on these adorable, floral vintage dishes. These dishes reminded me of an old fashioned summer and I just loved the delicate floral details. I bought these plates from Spoon River Vintage on Etsy. While they do not have these exact plates any longer they do have these adorable mismatched salad plates, these mismatched dessert plates are beautiful, and I love the floral detail on these Edwin M Knowles dessert plates.

Vintage Dessert Plates
Fresh Baked Pie

I would love to know if you make my grandma’s peach pie, leave me a comment here or tag me on Instagram if you do! It makes me happy to know a little piece of my grandma Cunningham will continue to live on here in this blog and through the generations of our family as we pass down her recipe.

Peach Pie With Custard Filling

For more old fashioned summer inspiration, check out the blog posts from a few of my talented blogger friends below. There is so much summer goodness from DIY’s, recipes, vintage home décor, and more!

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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Fresh Peach Pie
With Custard Filling

Recipe by Marcella CunninghamCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Baking Time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 8″ unbaked pie shell

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tbsp. flour

  • 2 tbsp. milk

  • 2 tbsp. salted butter, melted

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 peaches, peeled & cut in half

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat eggs and add milk.
  • Sift flour together with sugar. Add to milk and eggs. Add melted butter.
  • Arrange peach halves in pie shell and pour custard in to fill.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until custard is set.

Notes

  • Use fresh, ripe peaches for best results.
  • Make sure custard is fully cooked by inserting a toothpick into the center of pie. If toothpick comes out clean, custard is set. If custard is still wet, place in the oven for another 10 minutes. Be sure to check on pie occasionally to ensure crust does not burn.

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Summer Stovetop Potpourri Ideas

There is nothing better than coming home to a deliciously inviting scent to warm the soul, even during the hottest months of the year! A cozy home is engaging each of the five senses and that includes our sense of smell. These summer stovetop potpourri ideas will do just that. Citrus, herbs, and spices are the perfect natural scents to bring the smell of summer into your home.

Stovetop Potpourri

During the cooler months I always have a pot of stovetop potpourri simmering on the stove with spicy aromas filling our home. (You can find my Christmas stovetop potpourri, here.) Why not do the same for summer but with fresher, lighter scents like citrus and herbs! Stovetop potpourri is a simple and inexpensive way to add seasonal scents (that are completely customizable) to your home.

Summer in the Kitchen
Cooking in the Kitchen

One of the great things about stovetop potpourri is that it’s a great way to use up edible ingredients (typically fruit, herbs, spices) that may be old or expiring. Maybe you made homemade lemonade with fresh lemons. Take the squeezed lemons, that you normally would have thrown away, and add them to a stovetop potpourri. Those squeezed lemons will smell delicious for days simmering on your stove! Or maybe you made my DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles. Take the lemons and the herbs once your candle has burned out, and use them in a stovetop potpourri.

Summer in the Kitchen

Stovetop Potpourri is a great natural alternative to candles, air fresheners, or diffusers. Once you start simmering your own potpourri, you will love the delicious fragrances that will permeate your home.

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Limes & Herbs

Here are 3 simple stovetop potpourri recipes that will instantly make your home smell like summer!

Williams-Sonoma Stovetop Potpourri

Lemon & Herb Stovetop Potpourri

Walk through one of my favorite stores, Williams-Sonoma and you are met with the soothing aroma of citrus and spice. You can recreate that amazing Williams-Sonoma fragrance in your own home with lemons, rosemary, vanilla, and peppercorns.

Lemon & Herb Stovetop Potpourri

Ingredients:

  • 3 Sprigs rosemary
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Black peppercorns
  • 8 cups Water
Summer Stovetop Potpourri

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine rosemary, lemon, vanilla extract, and peppercorns. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Lemon & Herbs
Lemon & Herbs

Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

Simmering Stovetop Potpourri

Bring the scent of the tropics into your home with this stovetop potpourri filled with lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, and coconut. The delicious aroma of this potpourri will transport you to the Bahamas or the Caribbean without the cost of a plane ticket.

Citrus & Pineapple Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 1 Lime, sliced
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 1 can Pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp. Coconut extract
  • 8 cups Water
Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine lemon, lime, orange, pineapple juice, and coconut extract. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Tropical Stovetop Potpourri
Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

All green stovetop potpourri is my favorite to have simmering on the stove during the summertime. This potpourri will make your home smell fresh and clean with mint, thyme, limes, and vanilla extract.

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

Ingredients:

  • 2 Limes, sliced
  • 4 Sprigs thyme
  • 2 Sprigs mint
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 8 cups Water
Herbs & Limes

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine limes, mint, thyme, and vanilla extract. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

All Green Stovetop Potpourri
All Green Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop potpourri is completely customizable! You can use these recipes as a base or a template to create your own personalized potpourri for your home. The options of the type of fruit, herbs, and spices you use are endless. No matter what you use, I guarantee your home will smell amazing!

Summer in the Kitchen

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Neutral Kitchen

Cozy Kitchen Corner

My love of a cozy home is apparent! For those of you that have been here for a while, you know that there are certain areas of our home that I love to style and update frequently. This cozy kitchen corner is one of them.

I am not entirely sure why this kitchen corner is one of my favorite spaces in our home. It just makes me feel cozy and happy. When we recently installed beadboard in this area, the cozy meter flew off the charts for me!

Summer Style

Our original plan for this cozy kitchen corner was to add wooden hanging pegs to the trim piece going along the top of the beadboard (similar to this shelf we installed in another part of the kitchen). However, when I stumbled upon these gold sweet home signs with hooks at Target, I began to imagine something slightly different here. Instead of installing the hanging pegs on the trim, we hung 3 of the sweet home wall signs on the beadboard (I always like to group items in odd numbers). I absolutely adore the character, the pop of gold, and the functionality these signs add to this little corner.

Market Bag
Summer Home
View From the Kitchen

The signs include 2 gold screws and 2 anchors each, however the signs I purchased were missing a couple of each. Instead of returning the signs or searching for gold screws, we used regular black screws and applied Rub ‘n Buff in European Gold to match the screws to the color of the signs.

We did not anchor the screws into the wall because we screwed the signs into the beadboard. However, I would recommend using anchors if you install these signs on drywall or sheetrock.

Rub 'n Buff
Sweet Home Sign

I kept the styling of this kitchen corner very simple for summer by adding a market bag and a couple of towels for the pool. The French door in this corner of our kitchen leads out to the pool area so this is a great spot to hang essentials for swimming and sunbathing. These wall hooks have become very convenient!

Summer View

I hung these blue stripped towels from Hearth & Hand by Magnolia on two of the hooks. The fringe detail on the towels is so pretty and the blue stripes are absolutely perfect for summer! Blue is one of my favorite colors to use in our home during the summer months. You can see more ways I incorporate blue into our home for summer, here.

Kitchen Corner
Summer Home View

The market bag I hung on one of the hooks is also from the Hearth & Hand by Magnolia line. It’s a great summer bag for the beach, or a trip to the farmer’s market, or for packing a picnic. I love the organic texture of this bag and the coziness it adds to this corner.

Kitchen Corner
Sunflowers
Beadboard

These sweet home signs would look amazing hung by a front door as a single sign or grouped together in multiples. The hooks are the ideal size to hang keys, leashes, hats, bags or coats.

Summer View

To complete this kitchen corner (for now!) I added a new, neutral area rug. I wanted a rug here that was sturdy enough to soak up wet feet coming in from the pool, but a rug that was cozy too. This rug is the perfect fit for this corner!

Kitchen Rug
Cozy Kitchen Corner

This cozy kitchen corner is not finished! We will be installing wallpaper above the beadboard by the end of the summer. I cannot wait to show you the wallpaper that we chose for our kitchen and entryway. Stay tuned. It is going to make this space even cozier…if that’s even possible!

View of Our Home

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Living Room

Summer Home Tour

Welcome to our summer home tour! I am excited to be joining 30 talented bloggers this week to give you a little peak into our homes styled for summer. I love a little peak into people’s homes, don’t you?! Summer is our family’s favorite season! Summer for us is all about simplicity, relaxation, and comfort. I think you will find these same elements in the décor throughout our home.

Kitchen

If you are coming here from Kim at Shiplap & Shells beach cottage summer home tour…welcome! Kim’s home truly embraces the feeling of summer. I look forward to opening our home to you and showing you around our cozy home! A big thank you to Kelly at The Tattered Pew for including me in this summer home tour event!

After my home tour, I hope you will check out the other summer home tours linked at the end of this post. I know you will find endless inspiration in their beautiful blogs!

Blogger Home Tours

Welcome to Our Home

If you are new here, let me introduce me and my family! Hi, I’m Heidi! We are a family of four living on the south coast of Massachusetts. Our home is a labor of love, which we built from the ground up almost 15 years ago. We are DIYer’s, so the projects around our home are endless. Our latest DIY undertaking has been our kitchen. My husband says this will be the last major project in our home, but we will see about that (wink, wink!). We live about 20 minutes from historic Plymouth, Massachusetts and we enjoy heading there on hot summer nights for dinner and drinks by the ocean.

Our Family

One of the most commonly asked questions I get is, “Where did the name Eleanor Rose Home come from?” Eleanor Rose Home is named after our dachshund-mix rescue, Eleanor Roosevelt. She is the apple of our eyes and the epitome of love, homeliness, coziness, and togetherness. Eleanor embodies all things I wanted the blog to represent! You can read more about me and the story of Eleanor Rose Home here.

Eleanor Rose Home

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about our family, it’s time to get this summer home tour started!

Kitchen Summer Home Tour

The kitchen is the heart of our home.

Farmhouse Kitchen

When you walk through the front door into our home, you enter the kitchen. As I mentioned earlier, our kitchen is currently under renovation. We still have a few things left to do including building the oven vent hood, painting & hardware updates to the cabinets, and wallpaper to hang. But for now, I am enjoying all that we have accomplished so far!

You can view the progress of our renovation in my Instagram highlight labeled Kitchen Renovation.

My hope is to have the kitchen completely finished by the end of this summer (fingers crossed)!

Kitchen
Flowers & Muffins

My vision for our kitchen remodel was an open & airy farmhouse-cottage style kitchen with a combination of warm woods & cozy whites. It has been so fun seeing our vision slowly come to life!

Kitchen

To create that cottage vibe, we installed beadboard around the entire kitchen including the backsplash. I love the texture the beadboard adds to the entire room. We painted all of the beadboard Alabaster in an eggshell finish by Sherwin Williams. Picking a shade of white paint was no easy task, but I am so happy with the color we decided upon! Alabaster is the perfect creamy shade of white for our home.

Summer View