We’ve been planting away this spring, getting a humble little herb garden planted before the summer heat arrives (surprise, it’s here! Today will be 102!), hoping that having fresh foods at our fingertips will inspire some more healthful eating. Tomatoes are popping, mint and basil are growing like weeds, and I can’t wait to start cooking up some of this garden fresh goodness.
Below are some of my favorite finds for a dream herb garden. (And I say “dream” herb garden, because let’s be honest – the gardening that happens at my house ends with dirt in my hair, and usually involves an old recycled plastic ice cream gallon bucket being used to tote my rusty garden tools around.) But again, a girl can dream…
Handmade wooden herb garden plant tags from Mile Nine.
Heirloom-quality gardening hand tool set from Fisher Blacksmithing.
Decorative rustic watering can from Haven Vintage.
Table manners burlap place mats from One Kings Lane.
Rustic handmade birdhouse from Bacon Square Farm.
Copper pot and lid for hiding the garden hose from Brookstone.
Kitchen hand herb mill from Master Gardening. Continue reading
Photography of girl holding fresh lavender wildflowers by Wildflower Tea.
Lilac branch wreath from Sweet Paul Mag.
Lavender cookies from Cinnamon and Thyme.
Lavender farm at the Calwell Farm in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
Dried lavender sachet from WildPlums.
Gorgeous lavender bouquet from Hostess with the Mostess. Continue reading
For this Texas farm girl and my Nebraska farm boy, it was a no-brainer to take our engagement photos in the wide open spaces. We picked the orange groves on one of the pretty spring days of the year in late March, with the smell of orange blossoms all around, and had so much fun with our incredibly talented (and patient!) photographer Kristen Swanson.
Can you believe I get to marry this handsome guy?! Lucky girl.
Beautiful blues and greys, all handmade finds on Etsy.
Vintage rustic wool stool by Vintage Haven
Hand-printed bird kitchen tea towel by Pony and Poppy
Frosty nature photograph by Karina
Rustic wooden crate from Haven Vintage
Stitched felt hair bows by Loft Full of Goodies
Circle infinity scarf from Viola’s Boutique
Rustic kitchen decor, vintage flour sifter from TFD on Etsy
For one of our monthly Supper Club sessions, which I look forward to every month, I brought Hummingbird Cupcakes adapted from this delicious Taste of Home recipe.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 whole mashed ripe banana
- 2/3 cup drained canned crushed pineapple
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pretty sure I said just about every one of these today… did some fist shaking too!
As if the fact that it’s Friday wasn’t enough to cheer me up, here’s a little hidden gem that I came through my Facebook feed this morning.
Operation Nice… a site dedicated to making others happy with the simple concept of niceness. Here, blogger Melissa Morris posts motivational tips such as “88 Ways To Make a Stranger Smile”, shares inspirational stories her readers have shared with her, and takes on the overall ambitious goal of making the world just a little bit NICER. Good for her! I’m a new fan and can’t wait to make this site a regular stop.
Here’s what she says about her site:
Don’t you love it when people go out of their way to be nice? Like when someone waits to hold the door for you. Or when a stranger waves you into a line of traffic. Or even when a coworker shoots you a friendly smile along with a “have a nice day.” If everyone was a little bit nicer to the folks they encountered each day, perhaps the world would be a more pleasant place. Operation NICE was initiated to remind you that a little NICE goes a long way.
Banana bread has always been a staple in our home, and my mom always has a fresh batch coming out of the oven when we come to visit. Here’s one of my favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy!
Whole Wheat Cranberry Banana Bread Recipe
- 1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup Craisins