Cozy Textures

Cozy Living Room Update Part 1: Affordable Linen Curtains

Part one of our cozy living room update was the addition of affordable linen curtains.

Linen Curtains

It’s been a while since we’ve done any updates to our living room. A few years ago we did a big update in this space with an accent shiplap wall, new furniture & rug, a larger television, and updated the lighting. Since that time, we haven’t done much with our living room other than change the décor on the bookshelves. Well, it’s time our cozy living room gets a little love and an update!

View of the Living Room

Lately, I’ve been looking at the television wall in our living room and realized it felt kind of cold. Cold is not how I want our home to feel! Quite the opposite. I always want our home to feel inviting, warm, and cozy. I started to brainstorm ideas on how to warm this space without having to start another project or spend a lot of money. (This would probably send Dave over the edge since the kitchen project is still not done!).

Cozy Living Room

So, I decided the first step in updating our cozy living room would be the addition of curtains to the windows that flank our television! I knew I wanted to add linen curtains that were affordable and did not break the bank. (Stay tuned for more updates to this space in the coming weeks!)

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Cozy Living Room Curtain Rods & Curtains

Once we decided to add curtains to our living room television wall, I began the search for affordable curtain rods and curtains. Curtain rods and curtains can be pricey, especially if you have many windows to cover. We were only adding curtains to two of the windows in our living room, however I still did not want to spend a lot of money on curtain rods or curtains. Once I started shopping around, I realized there are some beautiful, inexpensive options available when it comes to both.

Window Curtains

I stumbled upon these affordable brass finished curtain rods from the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection at Target. The updated modern-farmhouse style with the brass finish were the perfect rods to warm up our cozy living room. Oh, and the price was right on budget too!

A couple other curtain rods I love from the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection is this French return curtain rod in matte black, and this classic steel curtain rod in an antique brass finish.

Neutral Linen Curtains

Curtain Shopping Tips

Before shopping for curtains, there are a few things you should decide upon beforehand to make your shopping experience a little easier.

  • Budget – How much are you willing to spend?
  • Style (Drapes, Valances, Shades, are just a few examples)
  • Material – Are you looking for thick, heavy curtains or light, breathable ones?
  • Length – Measure windows to know which length to purchase (we will talk about this more further down).
  • How do you want your curtains to hang? (Rod pocket, grommet, pinch pleat, tab top, tie top, etc.)
  • Light Filtering – Should the curtain filter or block light.
Curtains & TV

I found our affordable 95″ natural linen rod pocket living room drapes on Amazon! I was shocked that I found curtains I liked on Amazon. Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised that the curtains exceeded my expectations.

A few more inexpensive linen curtains I found on Amazon were these linen light blocking curtains to filter light in a room, I loved the lace trim detail on these linen curtains, and these white linen pom-pom curtains were super cute.

Living Room in Neutral Colors

These affordable curtains for our living room really cannot be beat! Two panels come in each package (four panels in total), the material is high quality (linen blend), and the color was exactly as described.

Linen Curtains

Why I Purchased Four Curtains For Two Windows

I purchased a total of four curtain panels and hung two panels on one side of each window for a couple of reasons.

  1. Our cozy living room is small. We do not have a lot of square footage or wall space in this room, I did not want the curtains to overwhelm or make the room feel even smaller or too heavy.
  2. With the television in the middle of the wall, I did not want the curtain panels to obstruct the view of the television (hubby would not like that).
  3. Doubling up curtain panels makes it appear as if it’s one long panel, thus elevating the look of your room and the appearance that you’ve spent a small fortune on wide curtain panels!
Modern Farmhouse Lamp & Curtains

The Proper Way to Hang Curtains in a Cozy Living Room

Did you know there is a right way to hang curtains, and most importantly a right way to hang drapes?!

View of the Living Room

Curtains should not hinder your view out of the window or make your windows appear smaller. Curtains should accentuate your windows and make them look longer and taller.

Cozy Farmhouse Living Room

Here are a couple of things to remember to hang curtains properly:

  • Install the curtain rod about 8-12″ above the window frame. Measure from the window frame and not the window casing.
  • Install the curtain rod about 8-12″ beyond the window frame (not the casing) on both sides, also known as the stack width.
  • The curtains should hit about 1/8″-1/4″ from the floor, or puddle about 4-6″.
  • Remember to frame the window to accentuate it. The curtains should not cover the window when they are open.
Linen Curtains on a Brass Curtain Rod
Curtain Puddling on the Floor

In our living room, we did our best to follow these guidelines. However, the wooden beam to the left of one window and the bookshelves to the right of the other hindered us a little. Just remember to use these tips as a guide and not a rule!

Cozy Living Room

How to Elevate Curtains in a Cozy Living Room

There are 3 simple ways to elevate your curtains to make them look cozy, beautiful, expensive, and high end.

Farmhouse Living Room

Iron the Curtains

Iron the curtains before hanging them. Although it can be a bit time consuming, it is well worth the time when you are able to hang nice, flat, ironed panels.

Affordable Linen Curtains

Double Up Your Panels

This is something we discussed earlier in this blog post. A simple way to elevate and make your curtains appear fuller is to double up on curtain panels. If you have the room on either side of your window, add two panels to both sides of the window (remember to account for this when hanging your curtain rods). Or, if you have a wall similar to mine, stack two panels on one side of the window.

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Curtain Clips for a Cozy Living Room

This is my favorite way to elevate rod pocket curtain panels!

Built-in Bookshelf

You may be asking, “What is a curtain clip and what are they used for?” Curtain clips are used to hang any type of curtain panel. Simply clip the ring to the panel. Curtain clips are a great way to add 1-2 inches to drapes, since the clips allow the fabric to hang just below the curtain rod.

The general rule is to use seven curtain clips for every one panel that is about 52″ wide.

Curtains & Television

To figure out where to place the curtain clips on the top of the panel, add small pencil marks on the back of the curtain every 7-8″ to evenly space the curtain rings. Then simply attach the curtain clips to the panel for a relaxed, floppy look and hang the clips on the rod. Or, what I like to do is pinch the curtain panels where I am going to place my curtain clips for a more polished look.

Here’s what I mean and how I like to add curtain clips to curtain panels:

Pinch the Curtain
From the back side of the curtain, along where the curtain rod would be inserted, measure out where the curtain clips should be placed. On either side of the measured marks, pinch the fabric (the back side of the curtain should be facing out).
Curtain Clip on Curtain
Add the curtain clip to the pinch or fold in the fabric. Continue until all 7 clips have been added to the curtain panel.
Curtain Ring
By adding clips to the curtains this way, the clips will not visible when the the curtain is hanging on the rod.

These are the warm gold curtain clips I purchased. I love how the curtain clips create a polished and almost pinched pleat look to these affordable linen curtains.

Window Curtains

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And that wraps up our first cozy update to the living room! What do you think of the addition of curtains to this space? Any guesses on what the next update will be to our cozy living room? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

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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
Kitchen Shelf & Cabinets

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
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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!

Peach Pie Slice
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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Patriotic Decor

Simple Summer Patriotic Décor

4th of July is just two short weeks away and that means it’s time for me to add a little summer patriotic décor to our home! The 4th of July is one of my most favorite holidays out of the entire year. It’s a time for us to gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Celebrations include parades, concerts, cookouts, fireworks, and time off of work to relax. My favorite part of this holiday…gathering with family without the expectations of gifts. 4th of July gatherings are all about enjoying one another’s company with delicious Americana food, and a few loud fireworks to end the night. That’s it, there are no other expectations other than having a good time!

Simple Summer Patriotic Decor

Once I realized that 4th of July was right around the corner, I got the itch to add in some simple summer patriotic décor to our home and specifically this glass cabinet. As someone who loves an all neutral décor palette, I like to add just small, simple touches of red, white, and blue for summer. Patriotic décor does not need to be over the top to be impactful. A simple addition of a blue ribbon, or a red flower, or an old historical book are all you need to decorate your home for the 4th of July.

I have more patriotic décor ideas in our summer home tour, you can check that out here.

Vintage Demijohns
New & Vintage Books

The simplest way to add summer patriotic décor to any home is with the flags. So simple and easy, right?!

I grouped two medium sized flags and placed those in the vintage demijohns on top of the cabinet. I grouped two to three smaller flags and placed those into the glass jars inside the cabinet. The red, white, and blue of the flags add just the right amount of color to this otherwise neutral corner.

Adding newer flags to vintage pieces helps to add character and coziness to our home. You can purchase the flags in our home here, and here. When purchasing any flag, make sure to buy flags that are American made!

Patriotic Decor

I love the flags next to this vintage book, “Pennsylvania Superior Court Report”. It gives me all the historical, patriotic feels! Our bookshelves are always a mixture of new and vintage books. It is such a great way to incorporate new with old, which is one of my favorite ways to decorate!

Patriotic Decor

Baskets add another layer of texture to shelves, cabinets, or any area of your home. The texture of the baskets inside the cabinet play off of the texture of the demijohns on the top of the cabinet.

Shelf Styling

I placed a few faux Queen Anne’s Lace stems inside the baskets. Queen Anne’s Lace is such a beautiful (and underrated in my opinion) flower and reminds me of summer! More faux summer flowers you could add into your patriotic décor could be; hydrangeas, geraniums, or poppies .

Simple Patriotic Decor

Ribbon is another way to add simple patriotic décor to your home. I tied a blue & cream stripped grosgrain ribbon to the handle of one of the demijohns. I simply tied the ribbon into a bow. Then kept the tails of the ribbon long to drape down onto the cabinet. To me, ribbon makes everything more beautiful!

If you have a wired ribbon that you love but don’t love the wire, check out this reel on Instagram on how to remove it.

Patriotic Styling

Finally, I added blue & white quilts and blankets to the bottom shelf of the cabinet. I love that we can easily pull out a blanket to cozy up on the couch or grab a quilt for a picnic or a trip to the beach.

Simple Patriotic Decor
Summer Cabinet Styling

For more simple summer patriotic décor, check out this blog post with patriotic décor ideas along with a few fun patriotic food ideas too!

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Simple Summer Patriotic Decor
Candles

Summer in New England

DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles

Simple and easy DIY lemon & herb citronella candles are the perfect way to ward off summer’s unwanted biting insects.

It’s officially summer at our house when the sun begins to set and the yard becomes filled with our least favorite insect, mosquitos. They are a nuisance and force us to head indoors sooner than we are ready. With our property surrounded by wetlands, we will never be able to rid our yard of all mosquitos. However, these lemon & herb citronella candles may provide us a little sanity and a few more minutes outside!

Citronella Candles

This was my first time making DIY citronella candles. I can assure you, it will not be my last. These candles are unbelievably easy to assemble, smell divine, and repel mosquitos naturally.

Ingredients
Lemons & Limes

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Gather mason jars of varying sizes (or use all the same size). I like grouping these candles in 3’s with jars of all varying heights.
  • Round up a few floating candles. I used these.
  • Snip fresh rosemary sprigs from the garden. Fresh sprigs of lavender or basil would also work for this.
  • Slice lemons and limes. The amount of lemons & limes you need will depend on the amount of candles you are making & the size of the jar. On average, I used about 2-3 lemon slices and 2-3 lime slices per jar.
  • Purchase an organic lemongrass or citronella essential oil. I used this lemongrass essential oil.
DIY Citronella Candles
Floating Candle

How to make DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles:

Fill your mason jars this way:

  • First start by adding the lemon and lime slices. I used about 3 lemon slices and 2 lime slices for the large mason jars and about 1-2 lemon slices and 2 lime slices for the small mason jars.
  • Add 1-2 springs of rosemary.
  • Fill mason jar with water until an inch below the lid rings.
  • Add about 20 drops of the essential oil. Take a butter knife or spoon and mix the ingredients in the jar carefully.
  • Place the floating candle on top.
Summer Tablescape

These DIY citronella candles will last up to 3 days before the fruit and herbs will start to go bad. However, you could add the fruit and herbs to a stovetop potpourri for a day or so before tossing! Stovetop potpourri is such a great use of old fruit & herbs. You can find one of my stovetop potpourri recipes here.

DIY Citronella Candles

Not only do these candles repel bugs naturally, but I cannot get over how beautiful they are too! How perfect would these be for summer entertaining?! These candles would be so gorgeous lined up down the center of a table for an outdoor dinner party. Or grouped together in odd numbers like I have here!

Summer Tablescape
DIY Candles

For a video tutorial on how to make these simple DIY lemon & herb citronella candles, visit my reel highlight on Instagram titled DIY. I would love to know if you make these! Tag me on social media or leave me a comment here and let me know!

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How to Create a Hydrangea Centerpiece

A hydrangea centerpiece is one of my favorite centerpieces to create! With summer now here and hydrangea coming into season, I wanted to share a simple and easy way to create your own hydrangea centerpiece. Hydrangea blooms are beautiful to look at in outdoor landscapes, but they are even prettier when clipped and brought indoors to be styled inside your home, as a centerpiece. I love going out into our yard and clipping a few fresh stems to style on our kitchen island or placing a handful in a vase in our built-in bookshelves.

Hydrangea are not quite in season here in the northeast (just a few more weeks to go!) however that has not stopped me (and shouldn’t stop you) from enjoying these beautiful flowers all spring long thanks to my local Trader Joe’s! Fresh hydrangea stems transformed into centerpieces and bouquets have become a staple in our home from spring all the way through the end of summer.

Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks when it comes to creating hydrangea centerpieces as well as the secrets to keeping your hydrangea centerpieces looking fresher longer!

sink full of flowers
sink full of flowers
sink full of flowers

Where to Purchase Hydrangea

If you do not have hydrangea growing in your yard or if they are just not in season yet, your local grocery store is a great resource to purchase gorgeous hydrangea stems. My favorite go-to grocery store to purchase hydrangea (or any other flowers for that matter) is Trader Joe’s. The fresh cut flower selection is always phenomenal and their prices are relatively inexpensive.

I’ve noticed that the local supermarkets in our area have upped their “flower game” by stocking a more robust flower selection to include bunches of hydrangea. You will pay a slightly higher premium when purchasing hydrangea at the supermarket, however when you’re in need of the big beautiful blooms, you may be willing to spend a little more money.

  • Trader Joe’s $5.99/3 stems
  • Local Supermarket $12.99-19.99/3-5 stems (this will vary by supermarket & time of year)

Simple & Easy Ways to Create a Hydrangea Centerpiece

Hydrangea centerpieces are one of the easiest to arrange and are extremely versatile! You don’t need many hydrangea stems to create an impactful centerpiece because of the fluffy, voluminous blooms.

One of my favorite ways to create a centerpiece with hydrangea is by simply adding a handful to a vessel such as a pitcher, wooden bucket, glass vase, or a vintage trophy. The amount of hydrangea stems you will need will depend on the vessel you are using (keep reading…I am going to share a trick when using a wide mouthed vessel!) but typically you will want to add an odd number of stems to fill your centerpiece.

When only adding hydrangea stems to your vessel, you are going to have a more rounded centerpiece with blooms beginning where another one ends. I love how an all hydrangea centerpiece looks big and fluffy…it’s so fun and organic looking!

hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece

To create a hydrangea centerpiece, you will first need to decide on the vessel you will be using to know how many hydrangea stems to purchase (or cut from your landscape). I chose to use a vintage silver trophy for this centerpiece, which you will want fill fairly full of water. Hydrangea stems are extremely top heavy, so to help me create this centerpiece and to keep the blooms & stems in place, I used a taping technique.

To use this technique, simply create a grid on your vessel ( keeping the grid squares as large or as small as you like) with regular scotch tape (see photo above). When your grid is in place, you can start adding in your hydrangea stems. Cut your stems (see tips on this farther down this blog post) all about the same length. (Length will vary on the vessel. Once you have one stem cut to the correct length, use that stem as a guide as to how long the other stems should be.)

Continue to fill the vessel with hydrangea stems, placing each stem into a square in your tape grid, until you have achieved the desired fullness of your centerpiece. After you have your centerpiece is done, you can go back and remove the tape grid. However, you cannot see the grid when once all the flowers have been added so typically I do not remove it.

I like creating all white hydrangea centerpieces as it can lend itself to so many occasions. White hydrangea centerpieces are perfect for weddings, showers, summer cookouts, or simply placed on your kitchen countertop. The options are endless when it comes to the centerpiece you create and how it can be used!

If you like a little more color in your centerpiece, check out this arrangement I put together with blue hydrangea perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July!

hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece

Hydrangea make a beautiful centerpiece on their own, however hydrangea can be used as a filler flower as well. Mix other flowers into your centerpiece for a different look! When deciding on other flowers to add to your centerpiece, remember to think in groups of three. For this centerpiece, I added beautiful white peonies & roses to complete the group of odd numbered flowers (odd numbers are always more pleasing to the eye).

I tucked the smaller roses throughout the centerpiece into the hydrangea to make the hydrangea blooms appear smaller. The larger peonies, I placed those throughout the centerpiece as well, but between the hydrangea stems. I left a couple of the green leaves on the peonies, because I loved the little pop of green against the white flowers. You can make this a more vibrant centerpiece with flowers of varying colors. I love the gorgeous monochromatic look of all white flowers in this vintage silver vessel!

hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece

Tips & Tricks to Keeping Your Hydrangea Blooms Looking Fresher Longer

There is nothing more frustrating than creating a centerpiece and within the next day or even hours your hydrangea are wilted and limp. This has happened to me numerous times until I learned a few tricks to help keep those blooms lasting longer. The most important fact to know about hydrangea is their need for water…lots of water. Your centerpiece should stay well watered (add fresh water daily) to keep the hydrangea flowers fresh and full. Hydrangea actually comes from the Greek words “hydor”, which means water and “angos”, meaning jar or vessel…such an appropriate name for a water loving flower!

hydrangea tips
hydrangea tips
hydrangea tips

In order for the hydrangea stems to drink as much water as possible, give your stems a fresh cut when you bring them home. Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle, then cut up the stem about an inch from the bottom. This allows the hydrangea stem to drink as much water as possible. (See photo above for reference.) Next, you want to remove the leaves from the stem (sometimes I will leave 1-2 on depending on the style centerpiece I am creating). The leaves require water so by removing them, the hydrangea flowers will be able to soak up more water and will stay fresher longer.

If your hydrangea flowers do begin to droop, don’t worry! Fill a sink full of cold water and submerge the hydrangea flowers & stem into the cold water. Leave them in the cold water for several hours or overnight. Within several hours your droopy, wilted flowers will start to look full & voluminous again. Once flowers have returned to their fullness, remove from the water, shake off any excess water, snip a little of the stem off the end, and put back into your centerpiece. I have had hydrangea last several days after using this technique to revive them!

hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece

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Classic All-American Summer Treat

With the unofficial start of summer coming soon (hello Memorial Day!) I wanted to share with you a classic all-American summer treat! To me, there isn’t a more classic American summer treat than a bowl or cone of cold, smooth, creamy, delicious ice cream! It’s something enjoyed the entire year but especially during the hot summer months.

This week, I am joining a group of talented bloggers to bring you all kinds of red, white, and blue inspiration for the season and holidays ahead! Links to their blogs can be found at the end of this post. If you found me through the blog hop…Welcome! I hope you will cozy up and stay a while!

For this patriotic blog hop, I am sharing with you a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream. When I was deciding on what I would share for this blog post, I kept coming back to ice cream. I have so many memories that revolve around summer and specifically ice cream, that a bowl of the sweet stuff takes me right back to my childhood and that magical time…summer vacation.

I grew up in a second floor apartment with my parents and younger sister. My parents did not have much money growing up. They either could not afford or were too cheap to install air conditioner units in our apartment (I have never asked which it was!). So, once summer came, our house was hot! Like hot enough where you couldn’t sit down on a chair because you would either stick to the wood or stick to the fabric. In the late afternoon, to escape the oppressiveness of the heat, my parents would take us on bike rides in developing neighborhoods around where we lived. I remember pedaling my bike as fast as I could go to feel the rushing air against my hot skin. We would then head home for a bowl of ice cream to refresh ourselves and cool us off for the night before bed. One of the best parts of where I grew up though, was the family that lived next door and my childhood best friend, Alissa. Alissa and I were the same age and when my family moved into our apartment, we instantly became best friends. There are many memories I have of growing up with Alissa (including our yearly Halloween party, our make believe adoption agency, the hours of house I would make her play which I can’t believe she continued to be friends with me, these are just a few!), but some of my favorite memories were our trips with her family to get ice cream. We had the best time. We would laugh uncontrollably (at what I do not remember!), gorge on ice cream, and just have the time of our lives (oh how I miss those carefree summer days!!!).

Ice Cream
Ice Cream & Cookies
All-American Summer Treat