Saturday, June 30, 2012

Porch Vignette

I wanted to make one of the spaces in our porch
more welcoming
as it is normally a spot that collects clutter.

So, I started collecting a few things
from what I had around the house,
a few things from Dollarama and thrift stores
and a few things from yard sales.

This little garden ornament was from Dollarama.
I love butterflies and bees and flowers.

This little basket I found at a thrift store.
I love the vines on it.

This pretty little plaque was also a thrift store find.
I just love the colors.

This little jug was given to me many years ago.

I thought it went well with the pretty little box
that I found at Dollarama.

The flowers I had on hand
and can't wait until there are enough flowers
blooming in my garden to cut and add here.

I like my new little vignette
and hope it is a cheery welcome
for my back door friends :)

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Herb Garden Markers

I have been seeing so many variations
of garden markers on pinterest
that I wanted to make some
for my herb garden.

I found some little wooden dowels at Dollarama
and I bought some wine corks at our local grocery store.

I took a medium-fine marker
and labelled the corks.

I broke the dowels in half
because I wanted smaller stakes
and then inserted them in the corks.

It was so simple and quick to make.

And it gives that little extra added touch to the herbs.

Quick, simple and economical -
my favorite type of project :)

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Frosted Banana Snack Cake

For some reason at the end of the week
I always seem to have a few bananas that are overripe
and need using up so I am always on the lookout for
recipes that use bananas.
I like this moist cake but the frosting is what makes is super yummy.
This recipe is from the Pillsbury Complete Book of Baking.

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cup mashed, ripe banana
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

2 cups icing sugar
1 (3-oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp margarine or butter, softened
1 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour 8 or 9-inch square pan.
In large bowl, beat sugar and 1/3 cup margarine until light and fluffy.
Add bananas, buttermilk, vanilla and egg; mix well.
Add remaining ingredients except nuts; mix well.
Stir in nuts.
Spread batter in greased and floured pan.

Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes
or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool completely.

In medium bowl, combine all frosting ingredients;
beat until smooth and creamy.
Spread over cooled cake.
Store in refrigerator.
Yield:  9 servings.
(Note:  I usually double this recipe and use a 9x13-pan)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Table for Canada Day

Canada Day is just around the corner
so I thought I would get a head start
on our celebrations with our table.

Red, white and maple leafs.
I started off with my white tablecloth with a cut out maple leaf border.

I added some red and then these little white mirrors.

And red candle holders that I found at an estate sale.

I couldn't have a Canada Day table without some flags.

And some red and white carnations take the center stage.

Some maple leafs as side accents on the table.

And of course red placemats and white dishes
with a little maple leaf accent in the bowl :)

Some red and white napkins in the wine glasses.

And my table is dressed for Canada Day!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Forgotten Garden

Do you have a corner of your garden
that tends to get neglected?

I have a little nook in the corner of our house
that seems to get forgotten about every single year.
It has potential so I said to myself
that this would be the year it would not be neglected.

So I went out and cleaned out all the weeds.
As you can see the one section wasn't left with much greenery.
I dumped in bags of good black earth and compost.

And gave this little garden a name.
Once something has a name it suddenly isn't forgotten anymore :)

Once I started talking about what I wanted to do with this little space
everyone got in on helping create it.

The little elf I found at an estate sale.

This mushroom I made way back when
when I was still in Junior High School.
My mom had kept it all these years
and when she heard about the garden
she thought that is where it belonged.

The cute little frog is a sprinkler
that my son gave to me many years ago for Mother's Day.

This little house I found at a thrift store.
I love the little butterflies dangling from the roof.

And this little fairy my daughter donated from her room.

The Tiger Lilies are just beginning to bloom
adding some vibrant color to this little corner.

I also added some African Daisies
hoping they will add some more color
as the summer progresses.

And this pretty pink Baby's Breath.

Even though my little garden is called the Forgotten Garden
it is no longer forgotten.

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