Thursday, January 24, 2019

Vintage Kitchen Decor

We have a vintage 1958 kitchen so finding fun vintage kitchen decor is always top of mind. This blue vase has been in this house for decades so we mixed it up with some polka dots and cherries for vintage decorating fun.

While wiping the kitchen down and playing around with my shelf when I put everything back, I decided all the pokie dotted things needed to live together.

My kids and their friends are making fun of my funny blue vase but I think she looks good up there by the little pitcher.

What is it about dots? I love them. But I love a lot of stuff and that my friends can be a problem.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

How To Doctor Up Canned Baked Beans

We love baked beans but like to jazz them up and here is how to doctor up canned baked beans. 

A few additions of what to add to canned baked beans and you will never go back to plain baked beans from the can.

Doctored Up Canned Baked Beans

I like Bush's Baked Beans. They are my favorite. You can modify the additional ingredients to your taste for sweeter or more savory.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
  • 28 ounce Baked Beans
  • Generous Squirt Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • Couple Shakes Dried Minced Onions
Cooking Directions
  1. Pour beans in saucepan. Add other ingredients. Heat and simmer slow for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Farmhouse Valentine Kitchen Decor

I wasn't quite ready but hubby took down Christmas and went straight to Valentine Kitchen Decor arranging. He took our little tree in the fresh eggs daily bucket and turned it into a Valentine tree.

From farmhouse Valentine decor and a little prim Valentine our kitchen is so cozy. As always full credit goes to the hubby as he does all our decorating.

Our Valentine Kitchen

Hubby left all the black and white enamel in the kitchen and added touches of red and hearts that will be the perfect January to February decor.

farmhouse decorating, vintage kitchen decor, Valentine tree

This little shelf has a place in my heart and holds our main kitchen display area.

black and white check curtains, enamelware pitcher, February decorating ideas

pip berries, enamelware decor, farmhouse kitchen
This is my mom's old cheese grater and I love to display it. I think it makes a nice prim or vintage Valentine statement.

prim Valentine, vintage grater display

 A little rustic Christmas tree was tucked into our fresh eggs daily bucket. Some glass heart ornaments and other hearts add the finishing touches. The perfect farmhouse February decorating.
I can't wait to see what hubby has in store for spring.

black and white enamelware, fresh eggs daily

Thursday, December 13, 2018

My Prim Christmas Decor - Dry Sink Vignette

I am always torn between my love of vintage Christmas decor and decorating for Christmas with primitives. In the den we tucked all our prim goodies come along and see our prim Christmas decor -dry sink vignette. Of course all credit goes to Dean. He does all of our decorating. #deandecorates

primitives, prim Christmas trees

prim angel, Christmas angel

We made orange pomanders and salt dough ornaments and tucked the extras in my yellow-ware bowls.

salt dough ornaments, orange clove pomanders

crocks, prim candy cane

I have a thing for rustic and prim candy canes. Dean tucks them throughout the house.

prim dry sink, prim Christmas decorations

primitives, dry sink decor, country den

The black box in the background was a bread box from the thrift store that Dean painted and primmed up with a little sanding.

prim candy canes, wood candy canes
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Vintage Christmas - Blogmas Dec. 4th

Today I was able to do some girl time shopping with the Queen of Vintage Christmas, my friend Shelly.

This is the darling display outsider her door. Or really just one small part of it.

Christmas wheel barrow

We went by her booth at the Pomona Antique Mart, space 16. It is always filled to the brim with vintage goodies. If you are in SoCal you should stop by.

vintage kitchen display

vintage Santas

Monday, December 3, 2018

How to Make Your Christmas Tree Fuller - Happy Blogmas, Dec. 3rd

Happy Blogmas. I decided I would try and blog each day of December starting this Monday. Just quick updates on the Merry Christmasing going on in our house. I am going to show how to make a cheap Christmas tree look fuller. Have a great Dec. 3rd everyone.

fake Christmas tree, cheap Christmas tree

Had a busy weekend of finishing our Christmas tree. We took a very cheap sparse artificial tree and really dressed it up and all with ribbon we already had. The wide mesh red ribbon was the key to filling all the the center of the tree that you could see. The we added two more layers of ribbon and then some bulbs and wa-la! I think it came out lovely.

using ribbon to fill Christmas tree
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Our Thanksgiving Home Decor

In our home, many of you know hubby does the decorating and this year I want to share our Thanksgiving Home Decor. Hubby is very strict no Christmas until after Thanksgiving. 

A mix of country prim Thanksgiving decorations set our home for the holiday. I hope you enjoy Dean's Thanksgiving decorations for this year.

Our Thanksgiving Home Decor

Thanksgiving home tour, wooden turkey

This is my favorite Thanksgiving vignette and I added just a couple little items from a fall Hobby Lobby trip this year.
We love primitive decor and it mixes so well with fall decorating.

fall vignette, flower market basket, country scarecrow

Thanksgiving tour

country kitchen, white hutch, fall decor

I collect a lot of Pilgrim couples and they get tucked in all over the house.

pilgrim couples

antique cheese box, pilgrim couple

white enamelware, shelf with utensils, vintage kitchen

You can see the tour of our farmhouse fall in the kitchen here.
farmhouse decor, black and white check
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

My Camp Kitchen Box

I love an organized camp kitchen set up and my camp kitchen box it simple a two drawer stackable set up that has everything I need for camping cooking and more. I hope you will find some smart camping tips with a peek at my camp kitchen box.

camping hacks, camping tips

Nothing fancy just a simple camp box set up that we keep stocked so we can pull the boxes and go camping at any time.

My Camp Kitchen Box

Contained in the two plastic drawer system is:
Pots and pans, cooking utensils
Foil and plastic wrap
Plastic bags and trash bags
Flash light and small lantern
Wash pan
Kitchen towels and scrubbie, pot holders
Dish soap and bar soap for hand washing
Splatterware coffee mugs (these are the best for coffee and cocktails while camping)
Plates and mugs
Paper bowls
My container of plastic and tableware
Egg carrier (this is where I store it)

camping organization, supply list for camping

We love our enamel camping cups. We each have one and they are used for coffee, cocoa, soup and cocktails in the evening. Everything just tastes so good in them and you can carry them around while eating and drinking. You can't beat the price at only $3.89 on Amazon.

enamel camping cup

camping hacks, washing dishes camping

camping drawer system, camping washpan

Though when we are camping the eggs are in the ice chest but this carrier is great and keeps your eggs from getting crushed in the ice chest and also from the carton getting soggy.

camping egg carrier

See my entire camp kitchen set up and my foldable camp stove/kitchen organizer.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Farmhouse Fall In The Kitchen

Dean decorated the kitchen in a farmhouse fall decor theme and I think it turned out lovely and wanted to share. It is light and bright and will switch over to Thanksgiving decor easily.

Farmhouse Fall Decor

country kitchen, Halloween decor

black and white enamelware, fall pumpkins, fall pip berries

Black and white enamelware is always in our kitchen so we added the little gingham pumpkins with some more prim pumpkins we already owned.

Hobby Lobby, vintage kitchen, gingham pumpkins

country fall decorating, enamelware, vintage toy stove

vintage graters, polka dot pumpkin

rustic kitchen decor, prim stacking boxes

yellow kitchen, farm fresh

I hope you enjoyed our fall kitchen decorating this year. We have buttery yellow walls and the black and white enamelware stays up all year but the autumnal colors mixed well with what we already had. Stay tuned. Tomorrow we will share our rustic Halloween decor.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tent Camping Tips To Make Camping Easy

We have been campers for over 30 years. Tents, trailers and now without a trailer, in a tent again this past weekend. I will share my tent camping tips to make camping easier that can be used while tenting it or camping in a RV.

camping hacks

Right now we are without our trailer, as we sold it in May, but I was really wanting a camping trip. We have everything to tent it so we pulled together our gear quickly and went to a back country campground you can;t pull a trailer to.

Tent Camping Tips To Make Camping Easy

1. Organize a camp kitchen box

Pull your kitchen gear into easy to access plastic drawers. My entire camping kitchen outside of the stove is contained in these two drawers. Pots. pans, cups, towels, wash pan and more all tucked into these drawers.

Here is some of what I keep in camping kitchen box: 

Pots and pans, cooking utensils
Foil and plastic wrap
Wash pan
Kitchen towels and scrubbie
Dish soap and bar soap for hand washing
Splatterware coffee mugs (these are the best for coffee and cocktails while camping)
Paper bowls
My container of plastic and tableware (see that great tip here)
Check out the post on my whole outdoor camp cook set up...
*A whole post on my camp kitchen set up is coming very soon.

2. Get an air mattress

Though we have a small cheap tent, we slept wonderfully cause we crammed our air mattress into it. It was worth it. Everything is easier when you are rested.

I covered our air mattress with an old memory foam topper from our trailer and we slept like babies.

3. Keep camp cooking very simple

I make as much ahead as I can. I premake soup or chili and freeze it and we always grill kabobs premade and marinated and frozen in large ziplocs on their skewers. Keep it simple. I also premake our sandwiches on rolls with mayo and mustard, meat and cheese and wrapped in saran wrap and placed in a plastic tub on top of the ice chest. This keeps me from having to pack meat, cheese and condiments in our ice chest. We add pickles and lettuce later. This is a genius camping hack to keep the ice chest free for other items.

ice chest organization, camping food

We always take our camping propane coffee maker. It makes the best coffee and a full pot that keeps warm. Just rinse out the pot after breakfast and you are done.

4. Make a camping list ahead of time

I make a list of all we need ahead of time and collect all the items in one area of our garage. Doing this ahead of time makes packing easier on the day we are leaving and when we return home we put it all back in this one spot so I can clean and put away at my leisure.

5. Store all your camping supplies together

We have a very inexpensive plastic cupboard in the garage most of our camping supplies fit in nicely. Our plastic bins sit next to it. Keeping everything in one place makes, organizing camping equipment makes it so much easier the next time you are ready for a camping trip.

camping equipment organization

These are a few of my camping tips for tent camping but we have tons of camping posts for RV camping too. You can find all our posts here.
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