Monday, May 4, 2015

Let's Pop Some Color In There

 

You who know me know that I love decorating with WHITES and NEUTRALS. . .but you also know that I enjoy POPS OF COLOR, too. . .Life is too dull without them. . .for me anyway. . .


The popularity of an all neutral FARMHOUSE DECOR is not too far away from our farm homes of the past. . .Most kitchens cabinets were painted white. . .Often the living room and kitchen walls were also in a neutral tone. . .Bedroom walls usually broke away from the white theme and opted for colors such as candy pink, mint green, and denim blue. . . A house totally in neutrals was rarely the case as it is today. . .
Let's face it, life on the farm was and is hard work. . .rewarding but demanding and endless. . .The average farm wife loved color. . .bringing CHEER and a SMILE. . .Maybe that's why I, too, enjoy POPS of COLOR for our FARMHOUSE . . .
I was playing with the pegs one day last week. . .working toward a Spring and Summer look with the new HEART wreath I found while junkin'. . .I like the all white theme. . .lived with it a few days. . .then decided I needed a little color. . .It looked a little bland to me. . .I was inspired by the lovely plant, too. . .

LOOK HOW ADDING A LITTLE COLOR MAKES THE EYE LINGER IN THESE BEFORE AND AFTERS. . .
 
BEFORE
 
AFTER

BEFORE
 
AFTER
 
 There are no rules that POPS OF COLOR must to be flowers. . .
How about a GREEN CABBAGE?
This garden rabbit needed something to nibble on. . .




Cabbage? . .I can hear you shaking your head. . .Sure. . .Why not? . .
With a couple of other additions. . .the VIGNETTE comes to life. . .


The thing I've learned in all these years of blogging and decorating the FARMHOUSE is that NEUTRAL BACKGROUNDS work well in any season. . .It contributes to a CALM and PEACEFUL setting. . .but every now and then I need a little more SPICE IN LIFE. . .Not too much. . .Just enough to make me SMILE. . .
. . .from my Farmhouse to Yours. . .
 
 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Going Big in the Kitchen


When the SPRING and SUMMER seasons arrive, there is much activity going on around the farm. . .outside and in. . .and the FARMHOUSE KITCHEN certainly sees its share of baking, canning, and home grown meals. . .With the prospect of it being no different this year, I decided to stock many of the of the necessities close at hand in GIANT CROCKS and GLASS STORAGE JARS. . .


Canning supplies are hidden in the #8 CROCK. . .baking needs and miscellaneous in the others. . .


A huge canister of flour for breads, biscuits, and cakes. . .10 pounds of beans ready for measure. . .to cook with ham or sausage Creole style (Yum). . .I can leave them simmering all morning on the stove while I'm working in the garden or doing other chores. . .so typical of farm ladies over the years. . .


Large chopping boards clean and ready. . .The bin filled with coffee, sugar, canning salt. . .


Next week you'll find me in the kitchen. . .canning PUMPKIN BUTTER (Recipe HERE) from the puree I froze last Fall. . .Then a few jars of JAMS (One Recipe HERE). . .(Another Recipe HERE). . .Afterwards followed by SAUERKRAUT (Recipe HERE) with the super bargains of cabbage going on right now. . .Won't be long until we have strawberries. . .I have a new recipe for STRAWBERRY BREAD that I'm dying to try. . .Everything will be at hand now . . .LOVE IT!!!!!


How about you? Are you ready to go BIG in the kitchen (grin)
and hide the clutter in plain sight?

. . .sending your way. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 
 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

SUNDAY: Angel in a Pick-up Truck

SOURCE: GRANDMA'S DREAMS
 
I have an awesome true story for you today. . .sent to me by my 'adopted' sister who lives in Oklahoma. . .It happened during one of their ice storms. . .I was blown away when I read the letter. . .See if you agree! . .(the name has been changed and the letter is mostly unedited)
 
"A few weeks ago a co-worker told me a story that probably most people would think was fiction. . .but this is what Anna told me. . .definitely something unearthly happened to her the night of the ice storm. . .She has a worman friend that she talks to on her ride home if she's worried or scared. . .She puts her speaker phone on in the passenger seat. . .Well, it was very icy and sleeting so she called her friend and they were talking the whole trip. . .She came to a big hill and she could tell it was solid ice on a very narrow highway. . .She came to a complete stop and waited while two other cars went around her and down the hill. . .They slid and spun and finally made it but she didn't want to try. . .She was too scared. . .Along came a black pick-up truck that stopped beside her. . .A young man came over and she rolled the window down only about 2" or so. . .He wanted to know if she had trouble. . .She told him she was just scared. . .He told her that she could make it and how to do it. . .He had lived in Alaska before moving here to Oklahoma and knew how. . .for her to stay calm and lightly touch her brakes all the way down. . .He then got in his truck and passed her to the bottom of the hill, where he pulled over and stopped. . .waiting for her. . .So her friend on the phone told her that God had sent that man to come to her rescue and encouraged her to go ahead. . .so she did. . .scared to death. . .Didn't slide until right at the bottom where she was to turn off onto a different road. . .She kept seeing the black pick-up waiting but she still went very very slow. . .Just at her turn her car slid a bit but she turned the wheel and the car stopped sliding. . .She looked back and the black pick-up truck was GONE. . .nowhere in sight. . .As she related what happened to her friend on the phone, the friend laughed and said it must have been an angel. . . 
The next day at work as Anna was buying groceries, the cashier (a woman Anna knew from the church) asked Anna if she made it home alright the night before. . .Anna told her the story and the woman said, "That's INTERESTING". . .The cashier had two brothers, both had passed now from cancer, but one of them once lived in Alaska and bought a black pick-up when he moved to Oklahoma. . .He lived on such and such street--within two blocks of the icy hill. . .She said she carried their photo with her all time. . .pulled it out of her pocket and showed Anna, who gasped, "That's him!!!! That's the young man right there!!!!" pointing at one of her brothers. . .Then Anna told her what the friend had said--that he was an 'angel'. . .By now the cashier was crying. . .and I had chills and tears throughout the story myself. . ."

Toy truck planter
SOURCE

"For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
Psalm 91:11
 
HAPPY SUNDAY,  EVERYONE!!!
 
 
 
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