A big lovey shout-out to my husband Bobby... you are a wonderful Dad! Thank you for all the years of coaching football and baseball, paying for and sitting through years and years of dance lessons and ballet recitals (and even being in one!), for years of being our children's biggest cheerleader. Thank you for being our daughter's first love, or son's first hero and my rock! Thank you for teaching and healing and disciplining, and training and loving and sacrificing! Thank you for saying yes way more than no, for being such a fun guy, and for striving to be a godly man and one we can look up to and be proud of. We love and respect you...You are the best!
This week is a big week, here at StoneGable. It is the first
TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS linky party.
Come and share your tutorial DYI's, posts with tips or great tidbits you want to show-off and show us! If you have made something, cooked something, arranged something, decorated something, painted sonmething, discovered something, want to share something... you get the picture... join us here! Linky goes live on Wednesday evening at 8:00!
Please come out and join in!
I am celebrating with a TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS GIVEAWAY...
I always say, "Putting any food in a Mason jar, just makes it taste better"! It must be the cuteness factor! And cute must taste awfully good!
This Strawberry Shortcake is like packing summer into a jar! Fresh, creamy and so delicious, this is what I call a WOW FACTOR dessert. To be a WOW FACTOR dessert a sweet treat must taste luscious, look over-the-top and be insanely easy to whip up. This dessert fills every requirement...
When my family gathers together, it is often around the table! Keeping it simple is my plan! I want to spend as much time with my gang as possible! But simple does not mean thrown together. I want to set a warm and comfortable table to say "welcome home". This is a table I set a couple weeks ago for a FAMILY DINNER...
I am always amazed at our small orchard! One peach... one apple (was two)... and one sour cherry. The harvest vastly varies from year to year! Some years our trees are stingy, yielding little fruit. Other years our trees make a note worthy attempt at growing fruit but get picked clean by the birds and insects, especially when we do not spray. And other years it is as thought our tiny orchard is sound asleep and the trees are too lazy to spend the energy on fruit production!
The antique tool box on my kitchen island is my catch-all. Not as in clutter magnet or a place to put all things without a home... but a catch-all as in a place for important things I need during meal time. And it has taken on a lighter summery look...
I am reprising Bridal Veil Tablescape as a part of this month's BY INVITATION ONLYlinky at Splenderosa's.
This months theme is WEDDINGS. If you love weddings, you are in for such a treat! Thanks Marsha, you are the perfect hostess!
BRIDAL VEIL TABLESCAPE
It is a perfect early afternoon on the porch. A small table is set for lunch. A mother and her precious daughter sit and share a couple of priceless hours together. It is a very exciting and happy time. The daughter has just had the first fitting of her bridal gown...
Summer is all about scrumptious fresh, just-picked flavors! What better place to put all those bright fruit flavors than in a pie... a cute little mini pie!
I have been a pie making machine lately. Me... the non-baker! Me... who LOVES the IDEA of baking... but when it comes to actually making pies... not so much! Me... who took nine years to learn how to make a descent pie crust!
My woeful pie making days are now over! Making these darling little mini pies was easy and so much F-U-N, FUN!...
Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! I hope you are having a fun "unofficial" first weekend of Summer 2012!
StoneGable is full of family and friends and we are eating ourselves silly!
Tomorrow you will find us at the corner of the Creamery in Strasburg, waving our flags as we watch the Strasburg Memorial Day Parade! This is one of my favorite local activities of the whole year!!! A real slice of Americana!
On a recent trip to the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay I found this beautiful big blue and white bowl in a local antique shop! I knew it belonged in my kitchen... specifically, on my kitchen table! It was love at first sight.
But, to bring it home... the beautiful bowl had to not only have a love relationship with me... but the price had to be right! Oh, I wanted this bowl to be "THE FIND"!
I turned the bowl over to see the price tag and...
If you come to visit me at StoneGable, I will greet you at the door in an apron. It is just part of my "uniform"!
I started wearing aprons as a young wife to save my clothes from getting dirty. As the years passed I continued to wear them... to gather up veggies in the garden, wipe salty little tears, dry off dishes and messy hands, and to hold all sorts of sundry things that end up in their big deep pockets
. Aprons also decorate my kitchen. They hang on very unique wall hooks...
If you are like me, you are having a busy week getting ready to celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family. Memorial Day is also the unofficial beginning of SUMMER! We are raising our flags, opening our pools, filling our picnic baskets, firing up the grill and heading out to local parades or beaches... don't forget the sun screen and flip flops... and a little flag to wave!!!
A big part of this fun All-American holiday is food... especially barbecue and picnic food!
I have put together a few ideas to help make your Memorial Day extra special and yummy...
My family never uses the front door! Or the back door! They come in and out of the house through the garage entrance door. Thank goodness only my family insists on coming and going through the most unsightly part of our home!
The landscape in that tucked-back area was not given much thought until last weekend...
This week I am getting ready for a house full of family and guests for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. I am so excited for our out of town guest to visit!!!
I love Memorial Day! Growing up all of my childhood and teen years in a military family gave me a deep understanding and appreciation for heroic effort and great sacrifice of our military men and women. I saw it firsthand in my own home!
Welcome to my blog... and my life. I'm Yvonne... the mother of 3 beautiful twenty-something children and a recent empty nester. I live with Bobby, my wonderful husband, Scamp our spoiled (so cute) dog and Hobbes our rascally cat. I love all things HOME... well...except cleaning the garage and maybe ironing! I am a life-long learner on a constant quest to learn and do something new... especially when it concerns anything domestic !
Living by grace, I strive to be positive and purposeful. I want to live large and love life and all those who cross my path! It is my hope to inspire creative living here at StoneGable!