4th of July Pie

4th of July Pie

Martha Stewart’s pate brisee has never let me down. The only thing I do differently is to use Earth Balance instead of butter, which works just fine. When I make pate brisee, I always make two batches so that I can keep one in the freezer (for pie emergencies, of course). It’s nice to not have … Continue reading

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Well, this is strange. This post was scheduled to appear about a month ago, but I just realized that it never did! Good grief. The following post is from the end of June: Last weekend, Chris and I visited Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville. It was a brutally hot day, but the gardens are gorgeous. … Continue reading

Recent Vintage Finds

Recent Vintage Finds

I didn’t go on a shopping spree! I’m sharing some odds and ends that I’ve bought over the last six months or so. I absolutely did NOT need another vintage purse, but I found this at a thrift store for $3. SOLD. I bought a similar bag for Mom last year, but hers is all … Continue reading

New Fabric for a New Job

New Fabric for a New Job

I haven’t bought fabric in a while, so this is a special treat. Last week, I accepted a new job teaching high school English here in Jacksonville! As many of you know, I was a teacher before, but I have been out of the classroom for a few years. Now that I’m in a new … Continue reading

I finished the end table!

I finished the end table!

As you may recall, I bought a sweet little end table at an antique store here in Jacksonville not long after we moved. Slowly but surely, I’ve been refinishing it. The sanding process is always the worst, but I finally finished that last weekend. All that was left was to stain and lacquer it. I … Continue reading

Meal Prep – Week 2

Meal Prep – Week 2

I’m planning and prepping this week’s meals again! So far, I love doing this. Here’s this week’s plan: Monday lunch says “leftover mix” because we’re in Charleston this weekend, and I have no idea what we’ll eat on Sunday night. Sometimes lunch is an assortment of odds and ends left in the fridge, and that’s … Continue reading

Mom’s Quilt

Mom’s Quilt

I’ve said it before, but I mean it this time: I really need to take a class if I’m going to keep making quilts! I have made three quilts now – four, if you count a practice duvet that I made for myself – but I still don’t feel very confident. First Second Third I … Continue reading

Vintage End Table

Vintage End Table

You may recall the little end table I picked up at an antique store last month. I like to think of it as “ugly cute.” It clearly belonged in a kid’s room. A kid  who was a big fan of “All Star Electric Football,” whatever that is. My boyfriend was kind enough to haul it … Continue reading