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LATE SUMMER FARMHOUSE VIGNETTE

Late summer is the perfect time to pick garden flowers for a farmhouse vignette on the kitchen table! I think hand picked flowers are best... and when they are combined with lots of  dishes, old silver and other ironstone pieces they make the most vibrant vignettes! Kitchen table vignettes have long been my favorite to create. They are simple and easy to put together... and can transform my whole breakfast room. My inspiration for this farmhouse vignette were those beautiful blue salvia... those sweet little purple flowers that cling to their matching purple stems. Blue and white dishes seemed to be a natural fit with them. Come on into the kitchen and see what I put together... … [Read more...]

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STONEGABLE IS BACK AND IN A MAGAZINE

Hi, Friends! I'm finally back... with a new blog and a fun announcement. Did you miss me? I very much missed you!!! First, how to do like my new blog design? It still has lots of pictures and lots of the same StoneGable style, but it's a little more updated, fresher and hopefully will be easier for you to read and search for posts! … [Read more...]

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BIG CHANGES AT STONEGABLE… COMING SOON!

I have been keeping a secret for a few months... and it has been hard not to give it away! Thank goodness I can finally tell you today!!!After 4 1/2 year of blogging and 1,457 posts I am finally moving to WORDPRESS.... and my blog is being totally redesigned!I have been working with Julie at BLOGGER BOUTIQUE for months to make StoneGable even better and more user friendly! AND  StoneGable will have a new, fresh look without loosing my signature style (lots of big images).The day has finally come!!!! It is moving day!So what does that mean for my readers?It means no new posts for a few days... I have so many posts and pictures to move that the whole process might take up to 3 … [Read more...]

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EASY AND ORGANIZED BILL PAYING SYSTEM

Do you have an easy bill paying system... or does your mail lay in piles around the house? Are your bills sandwiched between Southern Living magazine and the Ballard Design catalog and lots of messy papers?I HATE PAYING BILLS!I don't have a mind for numbers and I think accounting is my own personal h__l!But I'm not really into the idea of bill collectors calling me on the phone or knocking at my door... So, I came up with an EASY system to pay all our bills. A system that is very clear cut and organized and doesn't take a lot of time...I know that many of us have bills paid automatically these days or pay most of our bills online.What a huge help! But what about all those paper … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #128

Hello fellow Scoopers! So glad you stopped by to share the inspiration! One of the hardest things for me to decorate was my coffee tables. After lots of research and practice I came up with... 5 TIPS TO STYLE A COFFEE TABLE LIKE A PRO works every time!!! With these tips and a little practice you will have stylish, chic coffee tables too! I hope you will stop by and check it out... Now, let's get on with the party! WELCOME BACK TO THE SCOOP! We are Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict Yvonne from StoneGable  Suzy from Worthing Court Our host this week is... Debbie at Confessions of a Plate … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF JULY 21, 2014

It took a little longer than usual, but tomato season has begun at StoneGable! I love seeing garden tomatoes on my weekly menu and I love eating them even more! If you make one thing this week it should be the zucchini latkes! They are amazing with in season zucchini... and tomatoes on the side! Now, here's what's ON THE MENU... MONDAY PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN Mashed Cauliflower Roasted Vegetables TUESDAY ZUCCHINI LATKES Garden Tomatoes WEDNESDAY FISH TACOS BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALAD FRIDAY~ SLOW COOKER DAY SLOW COOKER APRICOT HONEY GLAZED CHICKEN THIGHS CAPRESE TOWERS SATURDAY KILLER FIJATAS SLOW COOKER REFRIED … [Read more...]

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SUNDAY SCRIPTURE… PRINTABLE CHALKBOARD ART

Today's Sunday Scripture is a wonderful promise from the Lord! First given to the Jews and also a promise to all those who have faith in Jesus Christ...This free printable chalkboard art is ready for you to download by clicking HERE.It is suitable for a 4x6 or 5x7 frame.Be blessed and know that God has great plans for you!!! … [Read more...]

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5 TIPS TO STYLE A COFFEE TABLE LIKE A PRO

I used to feel so out of my element when I styled a coffee table. After years and years of frustration, I was determined to find a way to style a great coffee table... EVERY TIME!After lots and lots of research and practice I'm now a confident coffee table stylist!!!  I've come up with 5 no-fail tips to style a coffee table like a pro!We are talking coffee table styling 101! E-A-S-Y and simple to apply! I don't need to style a coffee table worthy of the Biltmore... just one that looks great at StoneGable...What I found so so surprising is that a coffee table does not have to look like a work of art! It does need to be comfortable, pretty and easy to style!I also was not going to spend a … [Read more...]

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THE SUMMER FARMHOUSE KITCHEN

Every season brings it's own influence and impact to my farmhouse kitchen! Summer means big bouquets of flowers, fresh fruit and produce and lots of visitors to my farmhouse kitchen! It's a busy time of canning and freezing and making dishes that go from the garden to the table! Summer is the time of year I think my kitchen shines! Early this morning I picked an armload of Limelight hydrangeas from the garden. Thank goodness for my farmhouse sink! It can hold A LOT! These big moppy headed hydrangeas start out white and as the summer season rolls along they turn a brilliant citron green! Don't you love their variegated … [Read more...]

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5 TIPS FOR A FABULOUS EASY BRUNCH

I think I could be crowned QUEEN OF THE FABULOUS, EASY BRUNCH! We have lots of overnight guests here at StoneGable and that mean feeding them breakfast! After years of hosting I think I have refined the process for a fabulous brunch!!!I've put together 5 EASY, EASY tips for a no cook breakfast or brunch that will leave your guest full, impressed and happy ... and you with lots of time and energy to enjoy the rest of the day!It's all about making use of the best your grocery store has to offer... and a little bit of fun styling!We are talking easy here, so we are not going to go overboard or take hours to put together.An easy, no cook brunch can be simple and delicious and very polished … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #127

Are you ready to party? I sure hope so!!!I've so enjoyed all the great,creative posts you have been sharing! I've gotten so many fabulous ideas from YOU! Thanks so so much!!!!Did you see  10 ESSENTIALS OF A FARMHOUSE KITCHEN...If you like farmhouse style, you might want to give this a look!Hi everyone.  Welcome back to The Scoop.We are: Anita from Cedar Hill FarmhouseDebbie from Confessions of a Plate AddictYvonne from StoneGable Suzy from Worthing CourtOur host this week is...Suzy from Worthing CourtYay!  It's my favorite day of the week!  That day when I get to be inspired by all that you've created.Speaking of inspiration, did you see the … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF JULY 14, 2014

A very eventful week is now behind me! It started off with my son Christopher having a big surgery... then my birthday... and then the Haven Blogger's Conference.Chris went through surgery well and is beginning a long healing process and I am sitting in the Atlanta Airport as I write this. The plane is delayed and am anxious to get home!But, I've had lots of time to think about recipes and StoneGable and family and all I learn at Haven and next week's posts.But for now... Here's what's ON THE MENU...MONDAYSTUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATSSliced Garden TomatoesTUESDAYSALMON EN CROUTE WITH CUCUMBER SAUCEGrilled AsparagusWEDNESDAYBBQ SMOKY BEEF BRISKET SANDWICHCOOL RANCH COLESLAWPOTATO … [Read more...]

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CONQUERING PAPER CLUTTER

One of the hardest things to conquer around the house is paper clutter! If you are like me, you could almost drown in all the papers you deal with on a daily basis.Paper clutter can pile up fast and be very stressful! And before you know it... it's out of hand and overflowing!But don't worry, I have a very, very, easy way to rid yourself of paper clutter!  I'll show you a couple of basic steps to get your papers in order and under control!All you need are a few file folders and a heavy duty file holder... and a little bit of time!That's it!Are you ready to take the paper plunge? Here we go... on the road to less paper and many less paper headaches!The first thing you need to gather … [Read more...]

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ORCHIDS IN A SHELL DIY

Do you have a pretty bowl, basket, plate, container or whatever laying around unused? One that you often think... "I wish I could do something with this... it's too pretty to sit in the cupboard"?I felt that way too! I had a beautiful large oyster shell bowl that sat in my basement and was only used when I made a low country boil.I found an easy, no-brainer way to display my oyster bowl so I can enjoy it everyday!It took 10 minutes to make this stately orchid display. I found an amazing little secret for keep the orchids standing upright and very secure in the shallow bowl... everyone should know about this...I'll show you how I did it...ORCHIDS IN A SHELL DIYMaterials:a shallow … [Read more...]

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10 ELEMENTS OF A FARMHOUSE KITCHEN

Don't we love kitchens! Even if you don't cook, most of us have a love affair with a great looking kitchen! And farmhouse kitchens are so on trend right now.  They never go out of style really... because they are such a classic!I'm happy to see farmhouse kitchens so popular right now!A farmhouse kitchen can be dressy and elegant... chippy and rustic... or anything in between!It can be French or Tuscan or All-American... and more!!Today I'm sharing 10 decor elements that sing AMERICAN FARMHOUSE style ...Here are MY top 10!1. WHITE PAINTED CABINETSNow this is the ultimate when it come to giving a kitchen that Farmhouse feel! We painted our kitchen Benjamin Moore Atrium White 18 years ago … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #126

Did you have a fun 4th of July weekend? We sure did, here at StoneGable! It's hard to believe that we are on the "downside" of the summer season.But don't fret there is still lots of summer left and lot of great summer ideas here at THE SCOOP!Before we begin this week's SCOOP I want to share some exciting news! I am in this months edition ofCELEBRATING EVERYDAY LIFE... a gorgeous magazine...If you stop over at my CELEBRATING EVERYDAY LIFE post I have a fabulous and inspiring flipbook for you to look at and enjoy!Now let's party...Hello and Welcome back to The ScoopWe are Anita from Cedar Hill FarmhouseDebbie from Confessions of a Plate AddictYvonne from … [Read more...]

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

Our garden is full of beauty and surprise! Every day I can find new wonders if I look intently for them.Today, come with me and let's take an up close look at what's growing in my vegetable garden....you just might be surprised and marvel too!Let me start by introducing the new veggies to our garden this year! We have not grown broccoli since moving into StoneGable.The last time we planted broccoli... it was a disaster!Broccoli seems to love it here... so far, so good! Isn't it a great color?Another first for this garden is cabbage. I hope they grow as big as a volleyball! I have yummy plans for the 6 cabbages we are growing!One of the very first things we planted in the garden were … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF JULY 7, 2014

This is a busy and eventful week, here at StoneGable! My son, Christopher is having major surgery. It is called Periactebular Osteotomy or PAO.I'm asking for lots and lots of prayers for him, his sweet wife Abby and for us too.We expect all will go well and my son will be able to walk normally again. Please keep us in your prayers. I'll update you through my facebook page...https://www.facebook.com/StoneGableblog.Thanks so much! Now here's what's ON THE MENU...MONDAYROASTED TOMATO MINI PIESGarden SaladTUESDAYCHICKEN ENCHILADA CASSEROLEMEXICAN EXPLOSION SALADWEDNESDAY~ MY BIRTHDAY!STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATSCrusty BreadTHURSDAYGRILLED SNAPPER WITH CAPER SAUCECUCUMBER SALADFRIDAYGrilled Flank … [Read more...]

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THE BEST AND EASIEST COOKIE ICE CREAM SANDWICH YOU WILL EVER EAT!

I know you think this claim might be a tad far fetched... THE BEST AND EASIEST COOKIE ICE CREAM SANDWICH YOU WILL EVER EAT!But, by the end of this post I bet I'll have you convinced!I think most people love cookies and ice cream... and here's a way to put them together for a treat that is simply scrumptious...Now, I have a very definite opinion on cookies and ice cream... there must be the perfect ice cream to cookie ratio! Too little ice cream and you just have a cookie... too much ice cream and that's what you end up with... well, ice cream!But when the ratio is perfect.... YUM!I'll show you how I put my favorite Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich together and you can use your favorite cookie, … [Read more...]

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CELEBRATING EVERYDAY LIFE

Once in a great while you come across something so inspiring, so very beautiful, and so full of graceful and exquisite ways to live that it makes your soul want to sing!That's how I feel about Jennifer Carroll's magazine CELEBRATING EVERYDAY LIFE.The July/August issue is in print and digital copy now!And I am so honored (really off the wall excited) to be a contributor in this issue! ME? I can hardly believe it!Here"s a flipbook sample of CELEBRATING EVERYDAY LIFE just for you... Isn't it just gorgeous? I knew you would love it!You can find out more or buy CELEBRATING EVERYDAY LIFE by clickingHEREPS... My contribution begins on page 88! (She says gleefully while dancing … [Read more...]

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FRONT PORCH SITTING… CREATING A STYLISH OUTDOOR SPACE

When the weather gets hot and steamy things slow down here at StoneGable.  We take more breaks and spend more time on the porch... still outside but in the shade.Here are a few changes and addition to my front porch and rockers where the drinks are cold, the breeze is light and there is always a free rocker to sit and relax...This year I created a little "outdoor room" right on the front porch! A place that we can sit and read and sip iced tea or some great flavored water!It all stared with this small outdoor rug (Ballard Designs). It anchors and gives shape to this outdoor space!I also added a small table...painted bright lime green!!! Isn't this the most fun color (Valspar Crushed … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #125

WE HAVE A WINNER!Last week I revealed my NEW PATIO and the kind folks at TIKI BRAND PRODUCTS gave me some wonderful prizes to give away! The winner of the Antigua Fire Sculpture and 2 Island King Tiki Torches is...DEBORAH O'BRIANCongratulations Deborah!!!If you did not see my new patio, stop by and visit by clicking HERENow, let's party!Welcome back to The Scoop The weekly linky party featuring the scoop on the best posts from around the web! More exposure + less time = win win! We are  Anita from Cedar Hill FarmhouseDebbie from Confessions of a Plate AddictYvonne from StoneGableSuzy from Worthing CourtOur host this week is...Debbie at Confessions of a Plate … [Read more...]

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THE ANATOMY OF A FLOWER POT

For me the 4th of July is summer's midpoint! By now my veggie garden is in full producing mode and my patio flowers in the big pot are dazzling! They are happy and vigorous and loving summer life!Last week I shared our new PATIO.Since then, I have had lots of questions about what I plant in those big patio pots...so I'm showing and telling the anatomy of a flower pot!For decades and decades I have planted over a dozen summer patio and porch pots every year.Last year I found a wonderful local greenhouse called PERFECT POTS. Not only are the ladies at PP so nice and helpful...they also have beautiful plants! Plants that are not your everyday garden variety!But what I love … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF JUNE 30, 2014

Are you ready for July 4th... fireworks... picnics... family... and a day to celebrate our great nation!We are celebrating with all the above! StoneGable will host friends and family for a weekend of fun patriotic activities and lots of great food!Remember to take a few minutes to thank God for America and to pray His blessing on our country!Today's the last day to enter the StoneGable/TIKI Brand Giveaway... see details at the end of this post.Now here's what's ON THE MENU...MONDAYGrilled Sausage And PeppersPASTA SALAD IN A JARGrilled AsparagusTUESDAYZUCCHINI LATKAGarden TomatoesWEDNESDAY~ FAMILY DINNER NIGHTGRANDMA LOBIANCO'S MEATBALLS SpaghettiCAESAR SALADCookie Ice Cream … [Read more...]

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STONEGABLE FEATURED AT TOWN AND COUNTRY

Today I'm being featured at TOWN AND COUNTRY LIVING. Jennifer has a magazine worthy home full of farmhouse appeal! Town and Country Living is one of my favorite blogs written by an very sweet lady!!!Her kitchen makes me swoon!  Head over to see what she Jennifer put together about StoneGable and visit me at her CHARMING HOME SERIESAnd don't forget... today's the last day to enter the StoneGable/Tiki Brand Giveaway! Great prizes!!!Click HERE to enter! … [Read more...]

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EASY JULY 4TH DECOR

Independence Day is right around the corner! I like to give a little decor nod to this All-American holiday without changing a lot of my decor, spending half the day decorating or braking the bank!Here's an easy way to show a little decor patriotism and do it in under 5 minutes...I made a little coffee table vignette using red, white and blue.I used a cobalt blue piece of pottery and picked Annabelle hydrangeas from around the front porch.Don't you love their fluffy factor?Then I filled a pitcher with small flags. Some were tea stained.   The trick is to fill it up!I put the hydrangeas and flags all in a seagrass tray stacking books along with them.That's it! Not everything has to be a … [Read more...]

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PATIO REVEAL AND GIVEAWAY

This summer has been unusually beautiful! Sunny, slightly breezy and not humid! We could not have picked a better year to build a new patio.  Once a week we have "family dinner night". So, the family is gathered and we are having iced tea and a few hors d'oeures before dinner. It's the perfect time to share our new patio.Here's what the old patio looked like ...This is the best picture I could find of the old patio... It was taken last year at Chris and Abby's Northern Country Wedding Reception. Let's just say it was just a tad bigger than a postage stamp!And here is how it looks now...We gathered on the patio at 6:00 to spend an evening of family fun. Music, dinner, ladder ball … [Read more...]

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STARS AND STRIPES SUMMER WALL ART DIY

What do you get when you combine patriotic themes with beachy elements? This dapper Stars and Stripes Summer Wall Art!Here's a fun and so so easy way to bring a little summer sass to your decor!It took less than an hour to make two of these fun, decorative summer pictures... I'll show you how...The summery wall art pictures work well on the mantel and my family room. I'll be showing you how I decked the whole family room out for the 4th later this week.I used the shape of the starfish and the stripes on the shells to carry out the stars and strip theme!Both pictures cost under $10.00 to make.STARS AND STRIPES SUMMER WALL ART2 frames with mats (I got mine at AC Moore... both frames cost … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #124

WELCOME TO THE SCOOP #124Before we begin our party this week I'd like to share a new addition to the backyard/porch area at StoneGable.You might want to check out my new potting bench and kitchen herb garden.  I've tried to include lots of take-away ideas for you to try too...POTTING BENCH AND KITCHEN HERB GARDENAnd later this week I'll be showing off the rest of the new addition... our patio!Okay, NOW let's party!Welcome back to The ScoopThe weekly linky party featuring the scoop on the best posts from around the web!   More exposure + less time = win win!        We areAnita from Cedar Hill FarmhouseDebbie from Confessions of a … [Read more...]