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We all need a good blondie recipe in our lives. This Butterscotch Blondie recipe is the one for me. It makes a delectable handheld treat or a legendary dessert when served with ice cream.

This Butterscotch Blondie Recipe is one of my favorites! You're going to love it too! #blondie #recipe #butterscotch #dessert #bars

You may have noticed that I’ve been sharing a lot of recipes this past couple of weeks. After being without a functional kitchen for five months, I was itching to get in there again and play. For those of you who visit IBC for design inspiration, thanks for sticking with me.

Blondie Recipe:

I’ve been wanting to make and share a blondie recipe for quite some time, so I’m excited to bring this one to you. I have long been a butterscotch fan. As a kid, one of my favorite treats was a Butterscotch Dilly Bar from Dairy Queen. I can still taste it in my mind.

There’s something about butterscotch that makes me think of fall. The flavor is one of those comforting ones that wraps itself around you. It’s rich. It’s creamy. It’s classic.

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This Butterscotch Blondie Recipe is one of my favorites! You're going to love it too! #blondie #recipe #butterscotch #dessert #bars

With crisp autumn days around the corner, today seemed like the right time to share this recipe. During the inevitable hot Indian summer weather between now and then, you can serve this up with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. That way you get the best of both worlds.

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How to Make This Butterscotch Blondie Recipe:

If you’ve ever made brownies, the process for blondies is pretty much the same … minus the chocolate, of course.

You simply combine the dry ingredients and then the wet ingredients, and then you mix them all together.

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This Butterscotch Blondie Recipe is one of my favorites! You're going to love it too! #blondie #recipe #butterscotch #dessert #bars

What’s great about this recipe is that you can incorporate whatever mix-ins you like. I chose butterscotch chips, however, you could add nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, dried fruit, . . . The sky is the limit.

I mixed most of the butterscotch chips into the batter but saved a few to scatter on top once the blondie recipe was baked.

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This Butterscotch Blondie Recipe is one of my favorites! You're going to love it too! #blondie #recipe #butterscotch #dessert #bars

Even though this might sound odd, before I cut the blondies for serving, I sprinkled them with a little flake sea salt. Salt is the perfect complement to butterscotch. Trust me on this one.

If you’re hesitant to sprinkle on sea salt, just try it on one blondie. Then you can add it to the rest once you realize how fabulous it tastes.

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This Butterscotch Blondie Recipe is one of my favorites! You're going to love it too! #blondie #recipe #butterscotch #dessert #bars

Pack up these butterscotch blondies and serve them as a delicious handheld treat. Or to make them even more memorable, plate them and top with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of butterscotch sauce.

Enjoy!

Looking for more butterscotch recipes? Try these:

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Butterscotch Blondies Recipe:

Butterscotch Blondie
Servings: 16 bars   |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 25 mins   |   Total Time: 35 mins
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We all need a good blondie recipe in our lives. This Butterscotch Blondie recipe is the one for me. It makes a delectable handheld treat or a legendary dessert when served with ice cream.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups butterscotch chips divided
  • Flake sea salt to garnish
  • Optional: ice cream and butterscotch sauce
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking pan with baking spray, line it with parchment paper, and then spray the parchment paper with baking spray.
  2. Tip: You can use two metal butterfly clips to hold the parchment paper in place. Clipping them to the long sides of the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and kosher salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until combined. Add the vanilla and eggs and then stir to combine. Fold in the flour mixture and stir until almost combined. Gently fold in one cup of the butterscotch chips.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Scatter the remaining butterscotch chips over the top. (I also saved a few chips to add to the top once the blondies come out of the oven.)
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is light brown. You can also check for doneness by inserting a toothpick near the center. The toothpick should come out clean.
  7. Allow the blondies to cool in the pan. Remove from the pan and sprinkle with a little flake sea salt. Then slice and serve.
Recipe Notes

These blondies are delicious on their own. For an over-the-top dessert, serve the blondie warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of butterscotch sauce.

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole - Easy Overnight French Toast #breakfast #apple #cinnamon #frenchtoast #brunch #recipe #French #toast

Topped with apples and sprinkled with cinnamon, this French Toast Casserole is a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning for a no-fuss and delicious meal.

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole:

I hate to admit this, but as the end of August approaches, I’ve started to crave fall flavors, such as apple, maple, pumpkin, and cinnamon. Anyone else? Last weekend I had overnight guests, so I decided to make this Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole.

It was the perfect breakfast and transition from summer to fall. It has a freshness thanks to the apples but also a touch of fall flavor due to the cinnamon and nutmeg.

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What I especially love about recipes like this French toast casserole is that everything is assembled the night before, allowing you to just pop it in the oven in the morning. This way, as the host, you don’t feel rushed and are free to enjoy a cup of coffee with your guests.

How to Make This French Toast Casserole:

To make this dish, start with a loaf of French bread. You can get this at most grocery stores. (I’m a fan of the French bread from Walmart. I find that it works well for almost any French toast recipe. I also love it for my Berry Stuffed French Toast.)

For this recipe, you simply slice the loaf and layer the bread in a 13×9-inch pan, slightly overlapping each piece. The bread is then topped with freshly sliced apples. You can use your favorite variety or whatever you have on hand. I used Honeycrisp.

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Next, you create a custard by whisking together milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Pour that over the bread and apples and then top the entire casserole with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.

That’s it, my friends. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and pop it in the refrigerator overnight.

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I find that this casserole can brown quickly in the oven. (You’ll notice in my photos that a piece or two got a bit brown.) I’ve learned to bake it covered for half the time and uncovered for half the time, but do what works best in your oven.

Top with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar and serve with maple syrup for the perfect finishing touch!

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole - Easy Overnight French Toast #breakfast #apple #cinnamon #frenchtoast #brunch #recipe #French #toast

I ended up serving this Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Brown Sugar Bacon. This is my absolute favorite way to make bacon! I went very light on the brown sugar since the casserole is sweet. I also paired the French toast with a bowl of seasonal berries. It was such a delicious little morning treat and so simple to put together.

More of my favorite breakfast treats:

If you have overnight guests coming soon, print out this French Toast Casserole recipe (and my bacon recipe) for an easy and delicious morning. Enjoy!

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole - Easy Overnight French Toast #breakfast #apple #cinnamon #frenchtoast #brunch #recipe #French #toast

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole Recipe:

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
  |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 1 hr 10 mins   |   Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
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Topped with apples and sprinkled with cinnamon, this French Toast Casserole is a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning for a no-fuss and delicious meal.
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French bread cut into 1-inch slices
  • 5 apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Topping:
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Powdered sugar and pure maple syrup for serving
Instructions
  1. Begin by spraying a 9x13-inch baking dish with baking spray. Arrange the slices of bread in the pan, slightly overlapping each slice. Layer the apple slices over the bread. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Whisk until well blended. Pour this mixture over the apples and bread.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle over the casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until set. (Bake for 30 minutes covered; then remove the aluminum foil to finish baking.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. Serve with pure maple syrup.

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My recipe for Really Good Pimento Cheese! #pimento #cheese #recipe #dip #spread #appetizer

Creamy and packed with flavor, this Really Good Pimento Cheese makes a delicious party dip, topping for crackers, filling for a sandwich, and so much more!

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This past weekend my mom and her husband visited me in Pittsburgh. Anytime my mom visits my home I like to welcome her with a snack and wine. This time I decided to whip up this Really Good Pimento Cheese to serve with crackers and vegetables.

Really Good Pimento Cheese:

I’ve made a lot of tempting appetizers here on Inspired by Charm, but sometimes I like to keep things simple. What’s not to love with the classic veggies and dip?

Usually, when I serve vegetables, I make a batch of my Really Good Veggie Dip, It’s hands down my favorite veggie dip. And while it would have certainly been enough on its own, this weekend I wanted to add in a little something else. Hence, this Really Good Pimento Cheese!

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My recipe for Really Good Pimento Cheese! #pimento #cheese #recipe #dip #spread #appetizer

This is your basic pimento cheese recipe, but it includes a few extras to make it … well … really good!

You can find all of my “really good” recipes here. They are a collection my tried-and-true recipes that everyone seems to love.

How to Make Pimento Cheese:

In case you didn’t know, pimento cheese is easy to make. Just toss all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix, and serve!

To make my pimento cheese special, I do a couple of things. First, I freshly shred the cheese. Pre-shredded cheese has a powdered coating on it to keep it separated. Freshly shredded is always better.

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My recipe for Really Good Pimento Cheese! #pimento #cheese #recipe #dip #spread #appetizer

I also add jalapeños. If you remove the seeds and white inner pulp, there isn’t too much heat – just a nice, fresh crunch. However, if you prefer more heat, leave in the seeds.

Dried onion flakes, garlic powder, and a dash of hot sauce complete the recipe.

How to Serve Pimento Cheese:

My favorite way to eat pimento cheese. as shown here, is on Ritz crackers. Fresh veggies also pair well with it.

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Other ways to serve pimento cheese include:

  •  between two slices of bread (Some people like to cut off the crusts.)
  • grilled pimento cheese sandwiches
  • on top of a hamburger
  • stuffed inside small hollowed-out peppers
  • stirred in macaroni and cheese

And the list goes on!

No matter how you decide to serve this Really Good Pimento Cheese, I think you’re really going to love this recipe!

If you liked this recipe, you’ll also love:

You can find and print the full recipe below. Enjoy!

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My recipe for Really Good Pimento Cheese! #pimento #cheese #recipe #dip #spread #appetizer

 

Pimento Cheese Recipe:

Really Good Pimento Cheese
  |   Prep Time: 8 mins
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Creamy and packed with flavor, this Really Good Pimento Cheese makes a delicious party dip, topping for crackers, filling for a sandwich, and so much more!
Ingredients
  • 1 block (8 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) pimentos, drained and patted dry
  • 1-2 jalapeños seeded* and diced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce Frank's
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl. Stir well until combined.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe Notes

Serving options:
- With crackers and veggies
- As a sandwich between two pieces of bread (served cold or grilled)
- On top of a hamburger

*Add the seeds to the mixture for more heat

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Creamy and packed with flavor, this Really Good Pimento Cheese makes a delicious party dip, topping for crackers, filling for a sandwich, and so much more! This past weekend my mom and her husband visited me in Pittsburgh. Anytime my mom visits my home I like to welcome her with a snack and wine. This […]




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A Colorful Birthday Cake Cheese Ball dessert recipe! #cheeseball #birthday #birthdaycake #cake #batter #dessert #recipe #funfetti

If you’re looking for a fun, unique, and delicious way to celebrate, this Birthday Cake Cheese Ball is the perfect sweet treat. Colorful and full of birthday cake flavor, this dessert cheese ball is a crowd pleaser!

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Many of you know how much I love a cheese ball recipe here on Inspired by Charm. Well, recently, I realized I’d never created a dessert-style cheese ball. That needed to change immediately so today I’m sharing this recipe for a Birthday Cake Cheese Ball!

Looking for all of my cheese ball recipes? You can find them here.

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Birthday Cake Cheese Ball:

I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but birthday cake ranks near the top of my favorite desserts. I’m sure it sounds crazy to some folks. However, I’m even a fan of the classic grocery store birthday cake. Serve it up with a scoop of ice cream, and I’m a happy human. Anyone else? (BTW, for me, it needs to be vanilla cake, vanilla icing, and vanilla ice cream.)

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A Colorful Birthday Cake Cheese Ball dessert recipe! #cheeseball #birthday #birthdaycake #cake #batter #dessert #recipe #funfetti

I suppose that’s why a birthday cake-inspired cheese ball seems like an excellent idea. Covered with sprinkles, it’s not only yummy but fun and colorful, too!

How to Make a Birthday Cake Cheese Ball:

The process is simple. Start by whipping together cream cheese and butter.

Next, beat in funfetti cake mix, extra sprinkles, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. There’s just a touch of almond extract in this recipe, but I think it adds a depth of flavor. I personally love desserts with almond extract.

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A Colorful Birthday Cake Cheese Ball dessert recipe! #cheeseball #birthday #birthdaycake #cake #batter #dessert #recipe #funfetti

Once everything is incorporated, transfer the mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap. As you wrap it, shape it into a ball. Then, place the cheeseball in the refrigerator so it can firm up.

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Before serving, roll the ball in a bowl filled with sprinkles. It’s at this point that the magic happens! The ball instantly transforms into this colorful sprinkle-coated beauty. What’s not to love!?

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A Colorful Birthday Cake Cheese Ball dessert recipe! #cheeseball #birthday #birthdaycake #cake #batter #dessert #recipe #funfetti

After that, your Birthday Cake Cheese Ball is ready to be served. I chose vanilla wafers and shortbread for serving, but feel free to use whatever cookies you like best.

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A Colorful Birthday Cake Cheese Ball dessert recipe! #cheeseball #birthday #birthdaycake #cake #batter #dessert #recipe #funfetti

In case you’re wanting more birthday, check these out:

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Obviously, this Birthday Cake Cheese Ball is perfect for a birthday party. However, I think the classic flavor would make it a delicious addition to any get-together. And feel free to change the color of the sprinkles to suit your celebration. The options are endless.

And that’s it, my friends. A dessert cheese ball recipe dressed to impress. Your friends and family will be delighted!

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A Colorful Birthday Cake Cheese Ball dessert recipe! #cheeseball #birthday #birthdaycake #cake #batter #dessert #recipe #funfetti

Birthday Cake Cheese Ball Recipe:

Birthday Cake Cheese Ball
Servings: 12 People   |   Prep Time: 15 mins
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If you're looking for a fun, unique, and delicious way to celebrate, this Birthday Cake Cheese Ball is the perfect sweet treat. Colorful and full of birthday cake flavor, this dessert cheese ball is a crowd pleaser!
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) funfetti cake mix*
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 drops almond extract
  • Vanilla wafers and shortbread cookies for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add the cake mix, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and 1/4 cup of extra sprinkles.
Recipe Notes

*The raw flower in cake mix may contain harmful bacteria. Before using the cake mix, microwave the mix until it reaches at least 160 degrees. This will take about one minute and 15 seconds in a standard microwave. I recommend stirring the mixture every 15 seconds while microwaving for best results. 

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Ideas for a Small Office #homeoffice #decor #decorating #office #desk

It’s been a while since I hosted a little giveaway here on Inspired by Charm, so I thought we could celebrate August (and the rest of 2019) with a new Create Your Happy Place Giveaway.

I’m very fortunate as a blogger to be able to work with so many great brands. I love being able to take you along on the journey and hopefully inspire you along the way. I also like to give back whenever I can because without YOU this career of mine just wouldn’t be possible.

As I mentioned above, it’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway, so I thought we could begin a new bi-weekly giveaway starting now and continuing through the end of the year. Sounds fun, right? It’s my way of giving back and helping YOU create YOUR happy place. Whether you’re decorating a new room, hosting a get-together, or need groceries to whip up some new recipes, I’m excited to help!

How the Giveaway Works:

To make things really easy, I will continue to use this web address. (Be sure to save it to your favorites!) Visit this post every two weeks and enter to win the newest giveaway.

To be able to track things effectively and efficiently, I will be using a Rafflecopter form to collect entries. (See full giveaway details below.) Just follow the prompts for entry and don’t forget to take advantage of bonus entries if you wish. It’s that simple!

I’m also going to take advantage of this bi-weekly post to share just a little tidbit of goodness with you that you haven’t seen on the blog. It could be some lovely images, some behind-the-scenes photos, or even a little video. This is another fun reason to tune in every other week. See what fun awaits you.

This week, I’m giving away a $100 HomeGoods gift card to TWO lucky winners! You know how much I love HomeGoods. I’m excited to be able to share the fun of the hunt with you.

Small Space Office Desk

Before we get to the giveaway, I thought I would share a post I recently created for the HomeGoods blog. I was tasked with creating a small space office. Whether you’re headed back-to-school or just want a dedicated space to plan your dreams, I share how you can create an office space basically anywhere.

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Ideas for a Small Office #homeoffice #decor #decorating #office #desk

Ideas for a Small Office #homeoffice #decor #decorating #office #desk

You might notice that this space looks slightly familiar. That’s because it’s my family room! I just took a little corner of the room and built this office space in an afternoon.

I kept it eclectic and had a lot of fun with it.

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Ideas for a Small Office #homeoffice #decor #decorating #office #desk

This isn’t a permanent installation, but I did surprise myself by how much I could fit and style into one little area – so fun!

If you want to see more of the images or get my tips for styling a small desk space, you can visit the HomeGoods blog here.

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With that out of the way, let’s do this giveaway!

Create Your Happy Place Giveaway:

Today I’m giving away a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card to TWO lucky Inspired by Charm readers.

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Enter to WIN:

To enter the giveaway event, input your email address to join the Inspired by Charm Mailing List* in the box below. That’s it! Bonus entries are available for follows / shares on social media.

 

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This giveaway is open to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, August 22, 2019. The winners will be randomly selected and contacted by email. All previous Create Your Happy Place Giveaway winners will be listed below.

And that’s a wrap my friends. Thank you so much for following along. It’s a joy to share my ideas and inspiration with all of you.

Be sure to join me back here on Friday, August 23rd for the next Create Your Happy Place Giveaway!

Happy weekend!

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This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is and easy and delicious appetizer. #ranch #dip #corn #recipe #appetizer #ranchdip

This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip will become your new go-to party appetizer recipe. It’s quick to make and loaded with great flavor.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of really good dip recipes. They are especially great this time of year for taking to picnics and parties, or just when hanging by the pool. This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is officially one of my new favorites.

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Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip:

If you’ve been following IBC for a while now, you’ll know that I have two pretty popular dip-style recipes: my Out-of-this-World Corn Dip and my Jalapeño Dip. I love both of those recipes equally, but for different reasons.

This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is basically the combination of both of those recipes put together; you’ve got the corn, peppers, cream cheese, sour cream, ranch, and a few other goodies. As you can imagine, it’s really good!

This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is and easy and delicious appetizer. #ranch #dip #corn #recipe #appetizer #ranchdip

This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is and easy and delicious appetizer. #ranch #dip #corn #recipe #appetizer #ranchdip

In fact, after I made this recipe again to photograph, I ended up eating it for dinner. Not all of it obviously, but enough to feel guilty about it afterwards.

How to Make Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip:

Honestly, recipes don’t get any easier than this. After you are done prepping and chopping up all the veggies, toss all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine.

That’s it. Seriously.

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This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is and easy and delicious appetizer. #ranch #dip #corn #recipe #appetizer #ranchdip

I did want to note a couple of things, though. First, if you like things spicy, include a few of the jalapeño seeds. I ended up making this recipe two ways: 1) with the jalapeño seeds included, 2) with the jalapeño seeds omitted which made for a spicy dip that wasn’t overpowering. So, if you want less spice, just leave out the seeds and use only the green parts of the jalapeño.

Second, you can really use any type of chip you’d like for serving, but I think corn chips (Fritos) are the best. As noted in the recipe, when I took photos for this post I accidentally bought the Jalapeño Fritos. I thought they went especially well with this recipe!

This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is and easy and delicious appetizer. #ranch #dip #corn #recipe #appetizer #ranchdip

This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is and easy and delicious appetizer. #ranch #dip #corn #recipe #appetizer #ranchdip

Looking for more delicious dip recipes? Try these:

And that’s it my friends! You’ve been fully educated on this delicious Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip. I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. I’m certain you and your guests will enjoy it!

Happy Cooking!

Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip Recipe:

Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip
Servings: 8   |   Prep Time: 15 mins
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This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip will become your new go-to party appetizer recipe. It's quick to make and loaded with great flavor.
Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 jalapeños finely diced (include seeds for added heat)
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 can (2.25 ounces) black olives, chopped
  • 2 cans (8 ounces) sweet corn, drained
  • 1 package ranch seasoning mix
  • corn chips or tortilla chips for serving*
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients (with the exception of the chips) to a bowl. Stir to combine. Mix together until well incorporated. 

  2. Refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with corn or tortilla chips. 

Recipe Notes

Make sure your cream cheese is really soft before mixing. If not, mix the cream cheese with the sour cream and ranch until smooth before adding the vegetables. *Fritos are my favorite for this recipe. I also highly recommend the Jalapeño Fritos. I bought them by accident, however they paired really nicely with this recipe.

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This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is and easy and delicious appetizer. #ranch #dip #corn #recipe #appetizer #ranchdip

This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip will become your new go-to party appetizer recipe. It’s quick to make and loaded with great flavor. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of really good dip recipes. They are especially great this time of year for taking to picnics and parties, or just when hanging […]




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Summer Folk Playlist: Tuesday Tunes #folk #playlist #music #summer #americana

Looking for some new summer tunes? I’ve got you covered! Today I’m sharing a new playlist that I’m calling Summer Folk. It’s an easy, upbeat playlist that’s the perfect background for all your favorite summer activities.

I thought it was time for another playlist. I’ve actually been assembling this one for a couple months now. It finally came together when I heard the new music from The Highwomen. It’s an incredible talented group of women including Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and my absolute favorite, Brandi Carlile. They just released two songs: “Redesigning Woman” and “Crowded Table”. Naturally I had to include both on this playlist.

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Summer Folk Playlist

There have also been a few new songs released by The Lumineers in their three-part EP series. “Gloria” is a standout favorite, but I also love their latest “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You”.

I wanted to create this playlist as a background soundtrack for my summer meanderings. I recently purchased three of these Sonos speakers. One for my new kitchen, one for my living room, and one for my family room. As you know, I use Spotify for all of my music needs and these speakers work seamlessly with the platform. They play music through your wireless rather than bluetooth so your phone doesn’t need to be near the speaker and noises from calls, texts, apps, etc. don’t play through the speakers. Clearly, I’m a big fan!

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This Summer Folk collection is my go-to playlist when I’m putzing around the house, whipping up something in the kitchen, or hanging out on my deck or side porch. (I’ve placed the speakers near a window by the deck and porch so I can hear the music outside too.) It’s honestly been the best. All three speakers play at the same time, so I can here my music wherever I am in the house. To me, I love music like this to play in the background. It’s a combination of chill, happy, and homey.

If you enjoy artists like Mumford and Sons, Brandi Carlile, and The Avett Brothers, I think you’ll like this playlist as much as I do. You can use the widget below to listen or find it here on Spotify. If you like my music selection, be sure to follow along with my Spotify profile here.

 

 

If you liked this folk-inspired playlist, you’ll love these too:

And that’s a wrap on today’s Tuesday Tunes. I hope you enjoy and discover some new music through my playlists. Want more? You can find all of my Tuesday Tunes here. Happy listening.

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Delicious Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini Appetizer Recipe #roasted #tomato #burrata #crostini #appetizer #recipe

Tomatoes that have been slow roasted in the oven top crispy bread and creamy burrata to create a delicious appetizer that’s big on summertime flavor.

I could make a meal out of cheese and bread. Let’s be honest … I have made a meal out of cheese and bread. Today, however, I’m stepping it up a notch and making these delicious Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini. Whether you decide to make a meal out of them or just serve them as an appetizer at your next get-together, the choice is yours.

Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini:

Delicious Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini Appetizer Recipe #roasted #tomato #burrata #crostini #appetizer #recipe

Recently I taught you how to make these oven roasted cherry tomatoes. And while I shared a few ideas on how to serve them in that post, I wanted to give you a really delicious and thoughtful recipe, too. These crostini are it.

I call it a “recipe,” but once you have the tomatoes roasted it’s more of just an assembly process.

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Delicious Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini Appetizer Recipe #roasted #tomato #burrata #crostini #appetizer #recipe

How to Make Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini:

Start by roasting your cherry tomatoes. You can find the step-by-step recipe here.

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Once your tomatoes are ready, you’ll want to toast up some crostini. Just pick up a fresh baguette at the grocery store, slice it on the diagonal, brush it with some good olive oil, and toss it under the broiler until brown. It’s really that simple and oh-so delicious!

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Delicious Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini Appetizer Recipe #roasted #tomato #burrata #crostini #appetizer #recipe

After that, you’ll want to top each slice of crostini with some burrata. What’s burrata? It’s basically magic cheese. Well, not really, but it’s crazy delicious. Burrata is a ball of mozzarella cheese that’s been filled with rich, super thick cream. If you’ve never tried it, you can find it at most grocery stores these days near the fresh mozzarella.

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With the burrata on the crostini, add on a couple of the roasted tomatoes. Then give everything a light drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of flake sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Yes, flake sea salt (my favorite can be found here) and freshly ground pepper make all the difference.

And with that, you’re finished. You’re Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini are ready to be enjoyed.

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Delicious Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini Appetizer Recipe #roasted #tomato #burrata #crostini #appetizer #recipe

If you’d like, you can top everything with fresh basil or just add some to the serving plate as a garnish. Personally, I almost prefer the crostini without the basil in order to let the flavor of the cheese and roasted tomatoes shine, but you do what pleases your palate.

If you enjoyed this crostini recipe, you can find a few other of my favorite recipes here. Crostini party anyone?

Either way, give this Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini recipe a try and let me know what you think! Enjoy.

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Delicious Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini Appetizer Recipe #roasted #tomato #burrata #crostini #appetizer #recipe

Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini Recipe:

Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini
Servings: 12 servings   |   Prep Time: 15 mins
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Tomatoes that have been slow roasted in the oven top crispy bread and creamy burrata to create a delicious appetizer that's big on summertime flavor.
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf baguette bread
  • 1 ball burrata cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper
  • fresh basil to garnish
  • 1 recipe for roasted tomatoes (recipe linked in notes below)
Instructions
  1. Begin by slicing your baguette on a slight diagonal into 12-14 slices.
  2. Place the slices onto a baking sheet and brush them with olive oil. Set your oven to broil and then put your baking sheet of baguettes into the oven until lightly browned.
  3. Remove from the oven and transfer the crostini to a platter. Top each with a serving of burrata and then about 2 of the roasted cherry tomatoes.
  4. To finish, drizzle lightly with olive oil and top each with sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

You can find the recipe for the Roasted Cherry Tomatoes HERE

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Tomatoes that have been slow roasted in the oven top crispy bread and creamy burrata to create a delicious appetizer that’s big on summertime flavor. I could make a meal out of cheese and bread. Let’s be honest … I have made a meal out of cheese and bread. Today, however, I’m stepping it up […]




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These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are a delicious and flavor-packed appetizer. #crostini #roasted #tomato #appetizer #recipe

These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are delicious little bites that help to make any party or dinner spread more flavorful and special. You won’t believe how simple they are to make!

It was the end of July and I saw a store selling jack-o-lanterns. While at first I was annoyed (Why so early?), I flipped the script in my head and used those pumpkins as a reminder to celebrate all the things I love about summer. And when I think about summer, I think about tomatoes.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are a delicious and flavor-packed appetizer. #crostini #roasted #tomato #appetizer #recipe

This year I had the opportunity to plant a little garden in my backyard. One of my favorite things to grow is cherry tomatoes, so I planted two varieties: Ketchup and Fries and Sun Gold. If you’ve ever planted cherries tomatoes before, you’ll know that even two plants can yield a lot of fruit.

I’ve been coming up with creative ways to serve them (other than just dipping them into salt and popping them into my mouth) and this recipe for Roasted Cherry Tomatoes is one I’m loving.

How to Make Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

As you might suspect, the process is pretty simple.

Add cherry tomatoes to a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and top with salt and pepper, then pop into the oven. That’s really it. (You can print the full recipe below for all the details.) However, I wanted to note a few things.

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These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are a delicious and flavor-packed appetizer. #crostini #roasted #tomato #appetizer #recipe

First, if you are presenting these as they are, it’s kind of fun to purchase the cherry tomatoes on the vine. I found mine at the local supermarket. They just make a beautiful presentation. However, cherry tomatoes already off the vine will work just as nicely.

Secondly, since you are using such limited ingredients, you’ll want to make sure they are really top quality. This recipe is best in the summer when tomatoes are fresh and in season. Also, splurge on some good olive oil. I like to pick mine up at HomeGoods. If you watch their ads, they often have great varieties at really good prices. I tend to stick to olive oils made in Italy.

These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are a delicious and flavor-packed appetizer. #crostini #roasted #tomato #appetizer #recipe

These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are a delicious and flavor-packed appetizer. #crostini #roasted #tomato #appetizer #recipe

I also have to mention how much I love Maldon Flake Sea Salt. I love it so much I actually just ordered a tub of it from Amazon. That and kosher salt are the only salts I have in my kitchen.

They have such great flavors compared to table salt. Finally, freshly ground pepper is a must. Not only is it more flavorful, but the larger flakes look so much prettier, don’t you think?

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How to Serve Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

Now that your cherry tomatoes are roasted, how to you serve them?
– add them to a cheese board
– toss them into a salad
– put them on a cracker
– add them to a sandwich
– use them as a topping on hummus

And because I couldn’t leave you with just those ideas, I whipped up a recipe that features these roasted cherry tomatoes in such a a delicious way: Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini.

These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are a delicious and flavor-packed appetizer. #crostini #roasted #tomato #appetizer #recipe

Friends, these are SO delicious. If you’re looking for an appetizer to wow and impress guests or if you just want to treat yourself, you are going to love this.

I created a separate blog post to share this recipe with you. You can find that here. Enjoy!

These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are a delicious and flavor-packed appetizer. #crostini #roasted #tomato #appetizer #recipe

 

And with that, I hope you’ll hold onto summer like I am and give this recipe for roasted cherry tomatoes a try. Enjoy!

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Recipe:

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Servings: 4 servings   |   Prep Time: 5 mins   |   Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins   |   Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
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These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are delicious little bites that help to make any party or dinner spread more flavorful and special. You won't believe how simple they are to make!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds cherry tomatoes on the vine*
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Place the tomatoes on a sheet tray. Lightly drizzle the olive oil over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with flake sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Roast the tomatoes in the oven for 90 minutes. The tomatoes should be darker and the juices runny. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

*The cherry tomatoes on the vine create a beautiful look, however you can create this recipe with cherry tomatoes off the vine just as deliciously.

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These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are delicious little bites that help to make any party or dinner spread more flavorful and special. You won’t believe how simple they are to make! It was the end of July and I saw a store selling jack-o-lanterns. While at first I was annoyed (Why so early?), I flipped the […]




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These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups are a delicious an easy appetizer recipe! #veggiepizza #roll-ups #pinwheels #rollup #snack #ranch

These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups combine two of my favorite appetizer ideas into one easy and delicious recipe everyone is going to love.

These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups are a delicious an easy appetizer recipe! #veggiepizza #roll-ups #pinwheels #rollup #snack #ranch

These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups are a delicious an easy appetizer recipe! #veggiepizza #roll-ups #pinwheels #rollup #snack #ranch

Yes my friends, I’m back with another roll-up recipe. (Also known as pinwheels.) This time I’ve combined two of my favorites, roll-ups and veggie pizza, into one bite-sized snack that’s perfect for easy entertaining.

As you know, I’m a big fan of roll-ups and pinwheels. It seems that you love them too as several of my recipes have become pretty popular here on the blog and via Pinterest. I’ve created a blog post with all of my roll-up / pinwheel recipes if you’re looking for more recipes or something a bit different. There’s something for everyone!

Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups:

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These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups are a delicious an easy appetizer recipe! #veggiepizza #roll-ups #pinwheels #rollup #snack #ranch

I think I like them so much because they are very simple to make and are packed with flavor. I also find it hard to resist any appetizer that involves cream cheese and / or ranch flavoring.

What’s in Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups:

Since these roll-ups are inspired by veggie pizza, you’ll find a lot of similar ingredients to this classic appetizer.

That includes:
– cream cheese
– sour cream
– ranch dressing seasoning
– mixed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and red pepper)

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How to Make Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups:

As I mentioned above, roll-ups are really simple to make which is one of the reasons I like them. For Veggie Pizza Roll-ups, you’ll start by chopping up your vegetables. You’ll want them pretty small so it’s easy to roll them into a roll-up.

Here I used broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and red pepper. These are traditional veggie pizza vegetables, but if you wanted to include something different, feel free to make it your own. (I think radishes would be a lovely addition.)

Once chopped, mix them up in a bowl to evenly combine.

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Next, whip up your cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix. As hard as I try, I can never get the cream cheese fully smooth without a hand mixer, so I recommend using one for this recipe.

Once your cream cheese spread is smooth, spread it out evenly onto six flour tortillas. Again, you can use whatever tortilla you like best, but I recommend flour tortillas for this recipe.

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With your cream cheese spread out, evenly top with your vegetable mixture.

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These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups are a delicious an easy appetizer recipe! #veggiepizza #roll-ups #pinwheels #rollup #snack #ranch

Then you’re ready to roll them up! (Hence the name: roll-ups!)

At this point I like to let them hang out in the refrigerator for about an hour. This allows the cream cheese to firm back up which makes the roll-ups a lot easier to slice.

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Once they are firm, just slice them up with a serrated knife and then they’re ready to serve!

You’re left with these delicious little bite-sized treats that taste just like veggie pizza.

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Want more veggie-inspired snack recipes? Try these:

Pretty easy and delicious, right? These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups are the perfect party food that everyone will go crazy for! They really are irresistible.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and give these Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups a try for your next party. You can find all of my roll-up and pinwheel recipes HERE.

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These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups are a delicious an easy appetizer recipe! #veggiepizza #roll-ups #pinwheels #rollup #snack #ranch

Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe:

Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups
Servings: 48 roll-ups   |   Prep Time: 10 mins
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These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups combine two of my favorite appetizer ideas into one easy and delicious recipe everyone is going to love.
Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package powdered ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup finely chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 6 each (8-inch) flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl combine the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and red pepper. Mix to combine.
  3. Evenly divide your cream cheese mixture (about 1/3 cup each) onto your six tortillas. Spread into an even layer leaving about a 1/2" boarder clear around the edges.
  4. Sprinkle each tortilla with the vegetable mixture.
  5. Roll up tightly. Then place the rolls onto a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45-60 minutes. Once chilled, cut into 1/2" slices with a serrated knife.
  6. Add the roll-ups to a dish or platter and you're ready to serve them!

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Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Countertops, Tile, and Lighting #kitchen #remodel #design #modern #country #traditional

Today we are headed back into my kitchen remodel so I can give you a final rundown on the kitchen finishes including countertops, tile, and lighting.

Yes, my friends, it’s been a hot minute since I gave you a kitchen update. At this point the kitchen is about ninety-five percent complete. I have a few final items to attend to: details from the cabinet makers, exterior painting (as a result of the added windows), and a bit more plumbing in the powder room. Beyond that, I just need to style all of the spaces.

As a heads-up, I want to take my time with the styling so it’s likely that when I do share the completed renovation it won’t be fully styled.

Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Countertops, Tile, and Lighting #kitchen #remodel #design #modern #country #traditional

Styling aside, I want to use today’s post to wrap up some of the finishing details in my kitchen as promised. In two previous posts I shared details on the appliances, sinks, and faucets as well as the paint, hardware, and trim. Now I’m covering the countertops, tile, and lighting.

Let’s get to it!

Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Countertops

Kitchen and Pantry Countertops: HanStone Quartz – Montauk

Selecting countertops was somewhat of an easy decision. Before starting the renovation, I did some research and ultimately decided quartz was the best option for me. When I’m in the kitchen I tend to make a mess. Yes, I’m a messy cook and baker. I love the quartz option because quartz is not only chip and scratch resistant, but it’s also resistant to heat, bacteria, and stains. Quartz is non-porous so it requires no sealing, conditioning or polishing! It’s basically maintenance free. Love that!

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While there are many different quartz manufacturers, I opted to go with HanStone Quartz after hearing and reading several great reviews from friends and fellow bloggers.

HanStone Quartz has over sixty patterns so I knew I would find something that would work for me. I wanted mostly white with a look of marble to it.. While I considered five different patterns, I ultimately ended up selecting HanStone’s Montauk color as it worked beautifully with all of my paint colors and finishes.

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The pattern has a subtle veining with both warm and cool grays which coordinates nicely with the cabinetry colors. I opted to use this quartz pattern in both the kitchen and the pantry to unify the spaces.

Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Tile

Kitchen Tile: Walker Zanger – Cafe 3×6 in Milk 
Grout Color: Warm Gray

As the design plan came together, I knew that I wanted two tile details. The first detail being a fully tiled wall and the second being tile behind / inside a glass-doored cabinet. Thankfully there was space to make both of these things happen.

As you might remember from the design plan, the back wall of the kitchen (behind the range and the sink) will be completely tiled from wall to wall and floor to ceiling.

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On the opposite wall, the cabinetry to the right of the refrigerator will have a base cabinet, tiled wall, and then a glass door upper cabinet placed onto the tiled wall. This is the cabinet where I will store my everyday glassware and dishes. I think the tile backing will really make it extra special.

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The tile I chose was a standard, white subway tile that has an uneven handmade look. There is a special feature to this tile: when you walk into the kitchen the tile sparkles because of it’s glossy glaze and uneven handmade texture. I think every space needs a little sparkle and bling. This tile adds just that!

Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Lighting

Because of the layout of the kitchen, there aren’t a lot of unique opportunities for lighting. However, I did want to take advantage of the spaces I do have and add something special to them.

Kitchen / Pantry Over Sink Lights: Hip Roof Shade Picture Light (Old Brass)

Typically you’ll find a pendant hanging over the sink, but my designer, Katy Popple, had a great idea to use brass picture lights. I loved this idea. Not only was it unique and different, but it really helped to tie in the brass faucets. There will be a light over each of the two windows in the kitchen and one over the pantry window.

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Overhead Pantry Light: Eastmorland Semi-Flush (Old Brass Finish, Opal Shade)

Speaking of the pantry, I opted for this beautiful schoolhouse-inspired fixture for the overhead pantry light. The size suits the space well and the brass detail coordinates with the picture light and faucet.

Dining Room Chandelier: Radcliffe 30″ Round Bare Bulb Chandelier (Oil-Rubbed Bronze)

Since the wall that separated the dining room and the kitchen is now gone, I wanted a really impressive fixture for above the dining room table. I’ve been in love with the Redcliffe Chandelier from Rejuvenation for quite some time.

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It checked quite a few boxes for me: the size was substantial, the design was modern but the exposed bulbs felt vintage, and the oil-rubbed bronze color matched the kitchen cabinet hardware beautifully.

And with that, my lighting choices were complete! I should also mention that the kitchen will have a total of eight dimmable, recessed lights as well as two under-the-cabinet lights. The range hood also has a built-in light.

That wraps up all of the details on the kitchen finishes. I hope that sharing all of these details is helpful and will provide some insight into the design of the kitchen.

As you may know, my entryway and powder room were also updated as part of this renovation. I am going to cover those spaces in a separate post. Therefore, I’ve just limited these Bayberry Kitchen Finishes posts to the kitchen, pantry, and dining room.

As always, if you’re new here or missed a kitchen remodel post, you can access all of the kitchen remodel posts here. Have questions? Let me know in the comments below.

In the next kitchen post, I will finally be revealing the completely remodeled space. I’m hoping to get that live around mid-August. Stay tuned.

Today we are headed back into my kitchen remodel so I can give you a final rundown on the kitchen finishes including countertops, tile, and lighting. Yes, my friends, it’s been a hot minute since I gave you a kitchen update. At this point the kitchen is about ninety-five percent complete. I have a few […]




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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

 

This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Summer is in full swing and I’m enjoying every second of it! Today on the blog I’m excited to show you how I gave an outdoor fire pit area in my backyard a makeover with a splash of color, some hard work, and a touch of magic.

I’ve been in my home for a little over a year now and I just realized (other than a picture or two) that I’ve never shared my backyard fire pit area here on the blog. I probably didn’t share this outdoor fire pit area with you because it wasn’t much to look at last year. However, I was recently inspired to give it a “mini makeover” along with adding in a dash of color and style. I’ve always been amazed at the transformative power of paint, so I’ve teamed up with my friends at Sherwin-Williams to add a punch of color and life to my backyard nook.

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Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover

I suppose I should show you where I started. I was looking through some of the photos I first took when I bought this house and realized I never fully captured this particular area on camera. I suspect that since it was an area overgrown with trees and weeds, it didn’t seem photo worthy to me at the time.

Luckily, I was able to dig up a few images of the space. As I mentioned, this was just an overgrown area and included this weird metal cage – I’m assuming it was a batting cage of some sort. Late last summer I had the cage removed and hauled away and then got to work cutting down approximately ten trees. Using a chainsaw, I cut down most of the trees myself, but a couple of the trees were quite large so they had to be professionally removed. You can see in the image below that I was starting to visualize how the space was going to look and function. You can even see that trees, brush and weeds were removed.

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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

Other than a bit of clean up, weeding, and raking, this is mostly how I used the space last year. It worked fine for what it was. I even crudely hung some string lights in the tree.

Up until a couple weekends ago this space was mostly ignored since last fall. Some weeds grew back and the area became a collection spot for brush clean-up, fallen branches, etc. It was a mess. See below.

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While I have bigger dreams for this area in future years (a more level surface, stone work, building a fireplace, landscaping, etc.), I wanted to get it cleaned up so that I could start enjoying the space this summer and fall. I love an outdoor fire pit so it was a shame this one wasn’t being used.

I never loved the temporary, plastic Adirondack chairs I bought on a whim last year so I decided to start there. I thought this would be a great opportunity to add a little color and fun to my backyard so that’s where my friends at Sherwin-Williams came into play. I decided to pick up some inexpensive, unpainted Adirondack chairs and give them life with a splash of fun color so that’s exactly what I did.

When deciding on the color, the answer came pretty quickly. I knew I wanted purple. I wanted this space to feel a little magical and I’ve always associated the color purple with magic. I also purchased a lot of purple annual flowers for my deck this year and so the color was just begging to be used in a bigger way. I used my Sherwin-Williams fan deck to find a color match to a particular flower I loved and ended up with Purple Passage SW 6551.

I found the Adirondack chairs online for a great price. I ordered them along with a little side table. Once they arrived I assembled them myself. They were really easy to assemble and the instructions were pretty straight forward. Each chair took about 20-30 minutes.

To make painting the chairs a bit easier, I decided to purchase this paint sprayer. This would be my first attempt at using a paint sprayer so I was a little intimidated. However, I’m pleased to say that the process was insanely simple and I ended loving the paint spray gun. I will definitely be using it again. (My only note is to be sure to read the instructions and follow your paint sprayer’s guide for set-up, diluting the paint if necessary, and clean-up.)

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The chairs had were bare wood so I decided to apply a primer first. I wanted to give the wood a great starting point for the top coat. Sherwin-Williams recommends using A-100 Alkyd Stain Blocking Primeror Exterior Oil-Based Wood Primer. I used Sherwin-Williams Premium Wall & Wood Primer.I applied one coat with my paint sprayer.

For the top coat, I used Sherwin-Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamelin a satin finish. If you remember, I used this line of paint in my ORC Master Bedroom Makeover and have loved it ever since. Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel is designed for indoor/outdoor use and delivers a beautiful finish that will withstand wear and tear. It was perfect for this project.

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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

With the sprayer, I applied about three coats of the satin finish paint. I had good coverage with two, but since these chairs would be exposed to the elements, I opted for a third.

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As much as I liked the natural wood finish, I think this pop of purple is really something unique and special. Don’t you?

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Now, with the chairs and table primed and painted, it was time to get things styled.

Before I was ready to style, I took some time to completely clean up the area. I had a big fire and burned up all the brush, twigs, and branches that collected over the past year. I also took the weed trimer and eliminated lots of unsightly weeds. Then I raked up all of the debris. I even purchased a new log rack to keep all of my wood off of the ground so it could dry out well and be ready for burning. Finally, I properly hung my outdoor string lights and created a circle of light in the treetops.

And with that, my color-inspired backyard fire pit makeover was complete! Let’s take a look around.

Color-Inspired Outdoor Fire Pit Makeover

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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

As you can see the space is looking so much better. That pop of Purple Passage SW 6551 added the most perfect clean, beautiful, and magical touch. It really brought this space to life in the way I hoped it would.

The primer along with a few coats of the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Urethan Trim Enamel will also keep these chairs protected against the elements. It applied so smoothly for a really nice finish. I am so pleased!

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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

I also like that these chairs are foldable. During the winter months I will be able to fold them up and easily store them away to keep them protected from those really harsh elements.

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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

I’m glad I decided to purchase and paint a little side table too. It is a great spot to set the drinks and snacks. As you can see, I currently have it stacked up with supplies for s’mores. I mean, what’s a fire pit without s’mores?

Speaking of fire and s’mores, let’s light the fire.

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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

I was also excited to finally finish my light installation. I climbed up a ladder and drilled a hole into each tree and then screwed in eye hooks. I then used zip ties to attach the lights to the trees. It’s hard to tell from my photos, but the light strands drape from tree to tree creating a circle around the fire pit. It’s really quite beautiful and lights up the space so nicely. I just have an extension cord running to the house for the electric.

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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

I tucked in a few other elements including some lanterns, candles, and flowers for some extra special touches.

Now that the work is complete, I’m ready to enjoy this space for the rest of the summer and into the fall. Who’s coming over to join me? You bring the drinks; I’ll have the snacks ready!

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Ideas for a Color-Inspired Backyard Fire Pit Makeover #firepit #backyard #decor #style #ideas #outdoor #decorating

I hope you enjoyed this outdoor backyard fire pit makeover and picked up a few ideas for your own outdoor space. Thanks for joining me!

 

  This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Summer is in full swing and I’m enjoying every second of it! Today on the blog I’m excited to show you how I gave an outdoor fire pit area in my backyard a makeover with a splash of color, some hard […]




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Ideas for Packing the Perfect Picnic | #picnic #food #ideas #recipes #styling

This post has been sponsored by Huhtamaki, Inc. makers of the Chinet® brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

There are many things I love about summer, and close to the top of the list is dining al fresco! Today, I thought I’d share a few picnic ideas along with tips for packing a lovely and functional picnic basket.

This post is loaded with suggestions for packing the essentials, choosing picnic foods, and adding a few special touches so you’ll be ready for a picnic at a moment’s notice. Let’s get started!

How to Pack the Perfect Picnic:

Pack the essentials.

To enjoy meals or snacks out in nature, you’re going to need plates, napkins, and cutlery. The Chinet® Classic White™ line is perfect for picnics! Dining outdoors can sometimes be a bit tricky, and the last thing you want to worry about is wimpy paper goods. These Chinet plates, bowls, and platters are designed not to bend, fold, or leak. Because of the thick and sturdy design, you never have to worry about a mess.

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For this particular occasion, I needed the Chinet Classic White dinner plate, Chinet Classic White bowls, Chinet Classic White napkins, and Chinet® Cut Crystal® cutlery. However, I’ve pictured other items in the line so you can see all of the available options.

In addition to plates, napkins, and cutlery, you’ll want to consider taking along a few other tools.

Here are examples:

– Corkscrew for wine
– Sharp knife for slicing cheese
– Matches or lighter for igniting a grill or lighting a candle
– Condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, and salt & pepper
– Hand sanitizer or wet wipes

Now that your picnic basket is packed with essentials, we’re ready to talk about a few more important details.

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Always bring a blanket.

What’s a picnic without a blanket? Even if you plan to set up your picnic on a table like I did here, you’ll want to have a fresh surface on which to sit or lay out your food. The only mementos you want from your picnic are beautiful memories—not a grass stain on your favorite pair of shorts.

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You can use any blanket you’d like, but I recommend something that can be easily laundered. For an inexpensive option, hit up your local thrift store for a vintage quilt. That’s what I’m using here.

Go homemade, if possible, but don’t hesitate to do takeout.

You have several options for your picnic food. One is to prepare something at home that you can take to your picnic. Keep in mind that you’ll need to bring a small cooler for anything that needs to be refrigerated.

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Ideas for Packing the Perfect Picnic | #picnic #food #ideas #recipes #styling

Perfect Picnic Recipes:

Among my favorite picnic recipes are:
Southwest Pasta Salad
Veggies with dip or fruit with dip
Italian Sub Pinwheels
– Any Dessert in a Jar recipe
– An array of cheeses, crackers, and grapes
– Homemade sangria 

Now, if you’re the impromptu picnic type (or just aren’t inclined to make something at home), don’t be afraid to get takeout or pick up something at your favorite deli.

During the summer, I will often leave my loaded picnic basket (sans food and drinks) in the car, so I can picnic whenever the mood strikes. This is also a great way to break up your workday. You might even be able to take a longer lunch to picnic in a park.

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Include a few special details.

Whether you’re picnicking alone, meeting an old friend at the park, or dining outdoors with someone special, you can always incorporate a few special touches to make the meal more memorable.

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May I suggest one or more of the following:
Bouquet of fresh flowers from the store or your garden
– Ribbon or twine to tie around your Chinet Classic White line place settings
– Snips of fresh herbs to garnish your meal or drink
– Candle or lantern (Citronella will keep bugs away.)
– Playlist of your favorite tunes

It’s picnic ideas like these that will take your outdoor meal to the next level and create a special time that will be remembered fondly.

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Leave it as you found it.

No matter where you picnic, you will want to leave the space looking as pristine as you found it. If it’s just you and your picnic basket, be sure to tuck in one baggie for trash and another for recycling.

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That reminds me of something else I love about the Chinet Classic White line. Cleanup is a breeze. You just toss them when you’re done!

Do a double check before leaving your picnic area to make sure you’ve taken all of your belongings and completely cleaned up the area for other picnickers.

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Ideas for Packing the Perfect Picnic | #picnic #food #ideas #recipes #styling

With that, I think you’re ready for a magical meal on the lawn!

And that’s it, my friends, I hope you enjoyed these picnic ideas and are already making plans for your next picnic. For more great summer entertaining ideas and inspiration, please visit MyChinet.com.

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Delicious Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies dessert recipe idea! #handpies #pie #dessert #recipe #airfryer #berries

I bet you didn’t know you could make hand pies in an air fryer. Today I’m showing you how to make these adorable and delicious Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies!

Yes, friends, I recently hopped on the air fryer bandwagon, and it’s so good to be here! Naturally, I decided to satisfy my sweet tooth, so for my inaugural recipe, I made these Berry Hand Pies. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

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This post is sponsored by Emeril Lagasse Power AirFryer 360. All opinions and ideas are my own.

The air fryer that I’m using is the Emeril Lagasse Power AirFryer 360. The folks over at Emeril Everyday were kind enough to send me one to try, and I am loving it! What I especially like about this air fryer is that it works as an air fryer, rotisserie, and a countertop dehydrator. You can also use it to toast, broil, and reheat. It’s truly a multi-purpose machine. To try it out, I used it to air fry these berry hand pies.

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I love hand pies. They are great on-the-go desserts, but they are ever so tasty served with ice cream and fresh berries for garnish. To me, it’s like a Berry Pie Sundae. Summer dessert perfected!

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How Do You Make Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies?

These are super easy to make, and you only need a few ingredients. I started with store-bought pie crust, although you can certainly make your own if you desire. (You can find my go-to pie dough recipe here.)

Using a rolling pin, I made the dough just a little thinner. Then I used a 4-inch circle cutter. If you space the circles tightly, you can cut seven of them out of each crust. Next, you ball up the remaining dough, roll it out, and cut out two more circles. (You’ll need 16 circles in all to create 8 hand pies.)

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Side note: If you still have dough left, don’t throw it away. Save it for later and make some of my Pie Dough Cookies. You can use your air fryer to make them. too!

On eight of the 16 circles, place 2 tablespoons of berry jam and a few fresh berries. I used blueberries and raspberries, but you can use whatever berry or fruit you prefer.

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Delicious Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies dessert recipe idea! #handpies #pie #dessert #recipe #airfryer #berries

Then brush an egg white wash around the edges of the circles you topped with filling. Place one of the remaining circles of dough on top of each and use a fork to crimp the edges. Pierce the top once with a fork to allow steam to escape during baking.

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Delicious Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies dessert recipe idea! #handpies #pie #dessert #recipe #airfryer #berries

Brush all of the tops with more of the egg white wash and sprinkle with caster sugar.

Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F.

Add four of the prepared pies to the basket tray. Then once the air fry is preheated, bake for about 12 minutes or until the dough is browned.

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That’s it! Baking these in the Emeril Lagasse Power AirFryer 360 leaves you with a flakey crust and warm berry-filled inside that’s just heavenly.

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Delicious Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies dessert recipe idea! #handpies #pie #dessert #recipe #airfryer #berries

As I mentioned above, these hand pies can be served as is for a really tasty handheld treat. However, I think they are fabulous served warm with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream and a few fresh berries. I’m certain you will love them as much as I do!

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If you’d like more information on the Emeril Lagasse Power AirFryer 360, you can visit their website here. I further tested the machine by making mozzarella sticks, which you can see below. They were delish, and since they were air fried, they were healthier than the deep-fried variety. If you’re interested in that recipe, let me know, and I will get it on the blog!

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Happy air frying!

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Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies
Servings: 8 hand pies   |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 12 mins   |   Total Time: 22 mins
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I bet you didn't know you could make hand pies in an air fryer. Learn how to make these adorable and delicious Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies!
Ingredients
  • 1 box store-bought or homemade pie crust
  • 1/2 cup berry jam*
  • 1/2 cup berries*
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons Caster sugar
  • Optional: Ice cream and additional berries for serving
Instructions
  1. Begin by rolling out two pie crusts on a lightly floured surface. Use a 4-inch circle cutter to cut out 14 circles. Ball up the dough scraps. roll out the dough ball, and cut out two more circles.
  2. On eight of the 16 circles, place about 2 tablespoons of your jam and top with a bit of fresh fruit. (I used blueberries and raspberries, but you can use whatever berry or fruit you like.)
  3. Brush a thin coat of egg white around the edges of the filled circles. Top with the unfilled dough circles and use a fork to crimp the edges. Pierce the top once with a fork to allow the steam to escape during baking.
  4. Brush the tops with more of the egg white wash and sprinkle them with caster sugar.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F. Add four of the prepared pies to the basket tray.
  6. Once the air fry is preheated, bake the pies about 12 minutes or until the dough is browned.
  7. Serve alone or with ice cream and additional fresh berries.
Recipe Notes

*You can use the type of berry jam and berries you like best. I used blueberry and raspberry.

I bet you didn’t know you could make hand pies in an air fryer. Today I’m showing you how to make these adorable and delicious Air Fryer Berry Hand Pies! Yes, friends, I recently hopped on the air fryer bandwagon, and it’s so good to be here! Naturally, I decided to satisfy my sweet tooth, […]




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The Best 4th of July Dessert Recipes #4thofJuly #dessert #recipes #independenceday #picnic #cookout #summer

I love to make memorable desserts for special occasions! In my corner of the world, the next big event is America’s birthday on July 4.

To get ready, I’ve gathered lots of star-spangled 4th of July desserts from IBC. In this collection, you’ll find cakes, pies, cookies, and several other delicious goodies that are in a category all their own. Once you’ve decided which ones to create for your celebration, the difficult part will be stopping yourself from going back for a second helping!

Looking for appetizers and sides for your Independence days festivities? Check out this post here.

Star-Spangled 4th of July Desserts

Red, White, and Blue Trifle dessert for 4th of July #dessert #4thofjuly #redvelvet #cake #trifle #recipe

Red, White and Blue Trifle – Layers of red velvet cake, strawberries, blueberries, and Cool Whip give this decadent dessert the colors of the holiday. At my family’s request, I make this beautiful trifle every year for the Independence Day party that my dad hosts.

Mason Jar Mixed Berry Shortcakes with Homemade Whipped Cream - easy #summer #dessert #recipe #4thofjuly

Mixed Berry Shortcakes – Not serving a crowd, but still want a beautiful and festive trifle? These Mixed Berry Shortcakes are the perfect solution. Served in tall mason jars they are as pretty as they are delicious. These are always a crowd favorite.

 

Red Velvet Cupcake #redvelvet #cake #cupcakes #4thofJuly #dessert #recipe

Red Velvet Cupcakes – These cupcakes are patriotic in every way. The cake is red (of course!), and the crème cheese frosting is white. I also serve the cupcakes in red, blue, and silver liners and decorate them with Americana-themed sugar candies.

 

This Cream Puff Cake is the ultimate summer dessert recipe! #dessert #cake #recipe #creampuff #4thofJuly

Cream Puff Cake – This spectacular 4th of July dessert is like a cream puff in cake form. The cake part is similar to a Pennsylvania Dutch pancake. And the filling combines vanilla pudding and cream cheese. It’s all topped with Cool Whip. Yummy!

 

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. #dessert #cake #4thofjuly #berries #summer

Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake – I love this old-fashioned summer treat because it’s the best of all worlds – sweet and salty as well as crispy and creamy. To make it, you need a little patience, plus Ritz Crackers, whipped cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and mixed-berry jam.

This Blueberry Cream Pie make a delicious summer dessert. #summer #dessert #recipe #blueberry #cream #pie #4thofJuly

Blueberry Cream Pie – A slice of this pie is like a sweet taste of summer! The graham cracker crust has coconut in it, and the filling is a creamy custard. All that goodness is topped with a filling made from fresh blueberries.

Double Cherry Pie summer dessert recipe #cherry #pie #dessert #recipe #4thofJuly

Double Cherry Pie – This 4th of July dessert gets its name from the lovely filling, which is a mixture of frozen cherries and dried cherries. Serve it with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. It may just become a new holiday tradition at your house!

More Festive 4th of July Desserts

Berry Cup Pies summer dessert recipe #berries #pie #dessert #recipe #4thofJuly

Berry Cup Pies – In case you’re wondering, a cup pie is a pie in cupcake form. Cup pies are cute and easy to assemble. I used sweetened berries in these and created a variety of toppers – a plain crust sprinkled with sugar, an interesting lattice crust, and an irresistible crumble.

Mason Jar Cherry Supreme - classic summer dessert recipe #cherry #dessert #4thofjuly #recipe

Cherry Supreme – Prepared in small Mason jars, this classic cherry cheesecake is easy to pack up and take to your 4th of July picnic. The individual servings are a perfect size. No need to feel guilty about enjoying this treat or having seconds.

Cheesecake Dip with Strawberries - a fun and delicious way to eat dessert! #cheesecake #dip #strawberries #dessert #recipe

Cheesecake Dip with Strawberries – When you’re pressed for time, try this delightful, “deconstructed” strawberry cheesecake. Just serve fresh whole strawberries with cheesecake dip and graham cracker crumbs. Your guests will enjoy the unique presentation.

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a classic dessert that continues to be a favorite! #strawberry #jello #pretzel #dessert #recipe

Strawberry Jell-O Pretzel Salad – The contrasting flavors and textures of strawberry gelatin and pretzels are probably one of the reasons this dish has never gone out of style. It’s also easy to transport to any 4th of July get-together. There’s never a wrong time to introduce it to new generations.

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat #strawberry #summer #treat #bar #cheerio

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars – Cereal bars don’t require a lot of ingredients, and the preparation is simple, so they are a great 4th of July dessert. These Cheerio bars are colorful and loaded with strawberry goodness. Adults and kids love them! (You can also find the original chocolate and peanut butter recipe that inspired this strawberry variety here.)

No matter where you live or how you spend July 4, one of these star-spangled desserts will definitely make your day a little sweeter.

Happy Baking to everyone and Happy Independence Day to those who celebrate!

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The Best 4th of July Recipes #4thofJuly #recipes #independence #day #dessert #picnic #cookout

What are your plans for July 4? In America, many people will be celebrating our country’s birthday with fireworks, get-togethers, and plenty of food and drinks.

In the spirit of the holiday, I’ve rounded up my favorite 4th of July recipes from IBC. There are dips, salads, sandwiches, desserts/treats, and even a drink. So much goodness to choose from!

My Favorite 4th of July Recipes:

The first two dishes are ones I make every year for the 4th of July party my father hosts.

Out of this World Corn Dip - The BEST Corn Dip recipe! #corndip #dip #appetizer #recipe #crackcorndip

Out-of-this-World Corn Dip – I promise this dip is a crowd pleaser. Some people even call it “crack corn dip.” It has a bit of heat that nicely complements tortilla chips.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle dessert for 4th of July #dessert #4thofjuly #redvelvet #cake #trifle #recipe

Red, White and Blue Trifle – This 4th of July recipe uses a boxed red velvet cake mix, Cool Whip, and a mixture of blueberries and strawberries so it’s easy to create. Layering the ingredients in a large clear glass container gives it a fancy look.

Red Velvet Cupcake #redvelvet #cake #cupcakes #4thofJuly #dessert #recipe

Red Velvet Cupcakes – Speaking of red velvet, these cupcakes are baked in patriotic-colored liners and decked out with red, white, and blue sugar candies. They are topped with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting. Delicious!

4th of July Macaroni Salad Recipes

Everyone has their favorite type of macaroni salad so I often serve a couple of varieties.

Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish

Miracle Whip Macaroni Salad – If you prefer the tang of Miracle Whip Salad Dressing, you’ll want to try this one inspired by my dad’s recipe. The Ditalini pasta adds an unexpected rustic touch to this tried-and-true side.

Really Good Macaroni Salad #macaronisalad #recipe #pasta #salad #macaroni
Mayonnaise Macaroni Salad – Folks who favor macaroni salad with a creamy mayonnaise and sour cream base are likely to go for this one with its Dijon mustard and dill highlights. It’s called “really good” for a reason!

Pulled Pork Sliders #sliders #pulled #pork #recipe #picnic

Pulled Pork Sliders – This 4th of July recipe is my take on the regional staple. Meat eaters will definitely love these sliders, but all of your guests are sure to enjoy the homemade coleslaw. Serve it in the sandwiches or as a side.

Star-Spangled Mule - Fourth of July / Independence Day Cocktail Recipe #MoscowMule #cocktail #america #berry #recipe

Star-Spangled Mule – You and your fellow partiers can toast America’s birthday with this tasty Moscow Mule. Summer-fresh berries and a super special garnish give it a memorable twist.

Rummy Cherries (Alcohol Soaked Gummies) #gummybears #rum #cocktail #cocktails

Rummy Cherries – These colorful, alcohol-soaked, cherry-shaped gummies are a fun adult treat for summer entertaining and yummy homage to the father of our country. Make plenty or you might have to ration them.

Mason Jar Cherry Supreme - classic summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Cherry Supreme – I know I’m not the only one who associates cherries with the Fourth. This classic dessert looks and tastes even better when served in small Mason jars. (In case you’re looking for more Dessert in a Jar Ideas, check out my post here.)

More Must-Make 4th of July Recipes:

Blueberry Cream Pie #blueberry #cream #pie #dessert #recipe

Blueberry Cream Pie – If you want to bring blue into your dessert lineup, try this 4th of July recipe. The graham cracker crust and creamy custard filling don’t require a lot of time in the kitchen.

These Antipasto Kabobs (Antipasto Skewers) are a delicious, easy, and beautiful appetizer recipe. #antipasto #kabobs #recipe #appetizer #HorsDoeuvres

Antipasto Kabobs – These kabobs are quick to assemble, and only a few of the ingredients need to be cooked. The best part, however, is the wow factor. (You can find other Delicious and Easy Hors D’oeuvres Ideas here.)

Cheesecake Dip with Strawberries - a fun and delicious way to eat dessert! #cheesecake #dip #strawberries #dessert #recipe

Cheesecake Dip with Strawberries – The flavors in this 4th of July recipe mimic those of strawberry cheesecake, but I suspect your guests will be more intrigued by the presentation. After dipping a whole strawberry in  cheesecake, you roll the fruit in graham cracker crumbs. Too cute!

This Really Good Veggie Dip is actually THE BEST vegetable dip! #veggie #dip #recipe #snack #vegetable

Really Good Veggie Dip – This recipe comes from a deli in my hometown. The dip is simple to whip up using things you probably have in your refrigerator and pantry, so it’s perfect for a busy holiday. I bet you and your guests will love it as much as I do.

You'll love this tasty and delicious Fruit Dip Recipe. You can make it under five minutes! #fruit #dip #fruitdip #dessert #recipe

Really Good Fruit Dip – True to its name, this creamy dip is incredible! And since it only requires four ingredients, it’s a breeze to prepare. I got the recipe from my mom, who’s been making it for as long as I can remember.

Which of my 4th of July recipes are your favorites? What are your “must-makes” for Independence Day? Please tell us in the comments below.

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The Best Strawberry Desserts for Summer #summer #dessert #strawberry #cake #pie #recipe

I’m one of the many people who love strawberries! To me, they signal summer. For that reason, I so enjoy delighting my family and friends with strawberry desserts this time of year.

In this post, I’ve gathered recipes for cakes, pies, and other yummy things made with strawberries. I promise you will enjoy making and eating each of these strawberry desserts. (To add to the fun, I threw in a couple of other related posts from IBC!)

The Best Strawberry Desserts for Summer:

(Click on the photo or name for more details and the full recipe.)

This Strawberry Ice Cream Cheesecake is a delicious summer dessert recipe. #summer #strawberry #cake #cheesecake #icecream #recipe #dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Cheesecake – Is it ice cream or cheesecake? With such a delicious concoction, I don’t think it matters. This rich and creamy strawberry treat is dreamy to look at and perfect to serve on a warm day.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

Strawberry Coconut Cake – Made with a box mix, fresh strawberries, and coconut, this is a cake almost anyone can create and everyone will enjoy. I decorated it with my favorite cream cheese frosting, whole berries, plus strawberry leaves and blossoms. So beautiful!

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat #strawberry #summer #treat #bar #cheerio

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars – A simple dessert doesn’t have to be ordinary. To make these bright and fruity cereal bars, just combine strawberry-flavored oat cereal, mini marshmallows, and freeze-dried strawberries. Then press the mixture in a pan and drizzle with white chocolate.

Strawberry Limeade Naked Cake - spring and summer dessert cake recipe with strawberries and lime. #cake #strawberry #limeade #dessert #recipe

Strawberry Limeade Naked Cake – This cake is gorgeous, and it tastes incredible. Beyond the usual ingredients for homemade cake, the recipe calls for pureed strawberries, lime zest, and lime juice, a flavor combination that surely says summer is here!

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie #strawberry #smoothie #shortcake #recipe #dessert

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie – With its cake-like flavor, this smoothie lets you drink your dessert or have a bit of dessert for breakfast. Shortcake dessert shells are blended with strawberries, yogurt, and milk in this smoothie that falls somewhere between healthy and decadent. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream if you like to live on the wild side.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie | #rhubarb #strawberry #pie #dessert #recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie – The sweetness of strawberries and tanginess of rhubarb play off each other wonderfully in this strawberry dessert topped with a crumble made from butter, flour, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon. You’ll experience summer in every bite. My mouth is watering as I write about it.

More Strawberry Desserts:

Strawberry Rhubarb Cake #cake #strawberry #rhubarb #summer #dessert #recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Cake – This naked Pink Velvet cake is elegant but easy and perfect for warm-weather entertaining. The layers are infused with strawberry rhubarb syrup and sandwiched together with buttercream frosting and sliced berries. The top is adorned with fresh flowers, a few whole strawberries, and more of that delectable frosting.

In case you’re craving more rhubarb concoctions, check out my roundup of favorite rhubarb recipes here.

Strawberry Hand Pies - Summer Dessert Recipe Idea #strawberry #pie #handpie #recipe #dessert

Strawberry Hand Pies – I made this cute strawberry dessert for the first time during my series, “A Year of Pie.” These handhelds are great for lunches, snacks, or picnics. Hand pies have all the things I love about pie without any of challenges. What could be better when the weather is warm?

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a classic dessert that continues to be a favorite! #strawberry #jello #pretzel #dessert #recipe

Strawberry Jell-O Pretzel Salad – This is a classic strawberry recipe that’s great in any season. It’s loaded with contrasts: sweet – salty, creamy – crunchy, healthy – decadent, fresh – prepared. Something for everyone. No wonder it continues to be so popular.

Cheesecake Dip with Strawberries - a fun and delicious way to eat dessert! #cheesecake #dip #strawberries #dessert #recipe

Cheesecake Dip with Strawberries – When you’re pressed for time, try this delightful, “deconstructed” strawberry cheesecake. Just serve fresh whole strawberries with cheesecake dip and graham cracker crumbs. Your guests will enjoy the unique presentation.

I hope these recipes have inspired you. ‘Tis the season for strawberry desserts!

P.S. Just in case strawberries are not in plentiful supply right now at your favorite farmers market, you can probably pick up a quart or two at your local grocery store. Or if you prefer, you can buy the frozen variety any time of the year.

If you have time, patience, and a green thumb, you might even want to grow your own. Check out my Strawberry Planter here.

I’m one of the many people who love strawberries! To me, they signal summer. For that reason, I so enjoy delighting my family and friends with strawberry desserts this time of year. In this post, I’ve gathered recipes for cakes, pies, and other yummy things made with strawberries. I promise you will enjoy making and […]




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Bayberry Kitchen Panty Design Board #kitchen #pantry #design #board #remodel #inspiration

With only weeks left in my kitchen renovation, I wanted to share more about the finishes I’ve selected for my new space.

It’s been almost a month since my last Bayberry Kitchen renovation update. Things are still moving along at a good pace. If all goes as planned, it looks like I will have a working kitchen by July 1! Please keep your fingers crossed.

In my update post a few weeks ago (which you can find here), I shared some of the finishing details for the space, including my appliances, sinks, and faucets. Today I’m going to tell you about my paint and hardware selections. Initially, I wanted to include details about my countertops, tile, and lighting, but this post started to get really long, so I’ll save that information for next week.

To start things off, let’s talk paint!

Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Paint

As I’ve mentioned, my kitchen cabinets are custom with a lot of beautiful and unique details. (You can get a peek at them here and here.) They have a shaker-style inset with a small edge detail.

Here’s a look at two design boards my designer Katy Popple created.

Bayberry Kitchen Design Board #kitchen #design #board #remodel #inspiration

As you will see, there’s one for the main kitchen and one for the pantry.

Kitchen Cabinets: Sherwin-Williams Egret White SW 7570 (Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel – Satin)

I opted for a neutral kitchen. The cabinets are a light putty color with white quartz countertops and a white tile backsplash. My reasons:

  • I love a light, bright, white kitchen. Always have and probably always will.
  • As a blogger, I use my kitchen and dining room a lot for photography. These neutrals will be a good backdrop for almost anything and everything I want to photograph.
  • I get bored with things quickly. As fun as it would be to have lavender cabinets (hypothetically), I know that I’d soon tire of them. Although a neutral palette may seem “boring,” it’s something I’m much less likely to grow tired of in the near future.
  • IBC readers know how much I love to decorate for the seasons. Having a neutral backdrop will let my seasonal decor shine.

Bayberry Kitchen Panty Design Board #kitchen #pantry #design #board #remodel #inspiration

I’m loving the Sherwin-Williams Egret White on my kitchen cabinets. It’s actually a light putty gray color. However, it seems to change in the light. Sometimes it looks gray; other times it looks creamy. Both are pretty to me!


Because I also did want to have a little fun with color, I mixed things up a bit in my butler’s pantry.

Bayberry Kitchen Panty Design Board #kitchen #pantry #design #board #remodel #inspiration

Pantry Cabinets: Sherwin-Williams Sage SW 2860 (Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel – Satin)

I had considered a deep blue color for this space but realized “everyone” was doing blue cabinets these days. For something different, I went with green. I love this sage green we ended up with.

I think it provides color and interest in the room while still acting as a neutral. I’m already imagining how great it will look paired with purples in the spring, yellows in the summer, oranges in the fall, and reds during the winter holidays.

Wall Paint: Sherwin-Williams Snowbound SW 7004 (Emerald Interior – Satin)

To help the kitchen, dining room, and pantry feel bright, connected, and uniform, they will all be painted with Sherwin-Williams Snowbound. This is a white color with just a touch of gray.

I think white paint is going to work well with the details in these spaces, but I am a bit nervous about it. Although I tend toward neutral paint colors, I’ve never gone with something so white. Down the line, I may change the color of the dining room. We shall see.

Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams Extra White SW 7006 (ProClassic Semi-Gloss)

This is my go-to trim paint. It’s Extra White in Semi-Gloss, right out the can. It’s such a beautiful bright white, and it looks so crisp and clean. This is the same trim paint I used in my previous home. The only time I’ve used something different was in my recent master bedroom makeover.

Speaking of trim, let’s talk about that next!

Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Trim

During the demolition, all of the trim was removed from the kitchen, pantry, powder room, and dining room. While the trim in my house didn’t necessarily bother me, I thought this was an excellent opportunity to make it a bit more modern, substantial, and interesting.

Katy (my fantastic designer) and I visited Allegheny Millwork & Lumber to view trim samples. We ultimately decided on this base molding and this matching case molding.

Base Molding: Base #G3266 Poplar Contemporary Base

Casing Molding: Casing #G3166 Poplar Contemporary Casing

Note: I’m not sure if these numbers are particular to this store. However, the links provide the profile and measurements should you be looking for something similar.

Bayberry Kitchen Panty Design Board #kitchen #pantry #design #board #remodel #inspiration

I must tell you that this was one of the harder decisions for me. I’m a visual person, so I find it challenging to make choices based on a 3-inch sample of something. However, now that the trim is hung, I’m confident we chose well. The trim ticks off all of my boxes and looks fabulous!

Now that we’ve discussed paint and trim, let’s take a look at the cabinet hardware.

Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Hardware

All of the hardware is from Rejuvenation. I think it’s gorgeous, and the quality is unbeatable.

Without a doubt, Rejuvenation is one of my favorite sources for lighting and hardware. You’ll notice that their pieces show up a few times in this remodel.

Pulls for DrawerMission Bin Pull in Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Knobs for DoorsBall Cabinet Knob in Oil-Rubbed Bronze

One small note here: Although both of these are in an oil-rubbed bronze finished, they read more matte black to me. There’s also no copper distressing around the edges. They are just a solid black color. They also have a satin finish which looks and feels so smooth.

As you can see, I opted for pulls for the drawers and knobs for the doors.

Because I chose a paneled refrigerator and dishwasher (allowing them to blend seamlessly with my cabinetry), I needed hardware for them as well.

To my surprise, appliance hardware is rather expensive. For quality pieces, you’re talking $100 – $300+ for one pull. Who knew!

I needed four pulls: one for the refrigerator, two for the freezer drawers, and one for the dishwasher.

Pulls for Refrigerator / FreezerEmtek Keaton 18″ Appliance Pull
Pull for DishwasherEmtek Keaton 12″ Appliance Pull

You may be wondering about the powder room.

My new powder room is going to be a special little space, so I’ve decided to save the details about that for a separate post. I will work on getting that together in the coming weeks.

Phew! That was a lot of information.

My goal in sharing all of this is to not only give you an idea of what I’m doing but also to help you with your decision making should a kitchen refresh or total renovation be in your future.

As always, if you have questions, please let me know in the comments. I will do my best to answer them. Thanks for joining me on this remodeling journey!

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My Favorite Amazon Purchases #amazon #shopping #gifts #list #guide

Somedays I’m not sure whether it’s a blessing or a curse, but I’m a huge fan of Amazon and avid shopper on their site. Today I thought it might be fun and helpful to share some of my favorite Amazon purchases over the past couple of years.

Recently, I’ve seen several blogger friends share their list of favorite Amazon products on their blogs. I don’t know about you, but I find it interesting to see what other people buy. I’ve also discovered cool products that way.

My Favorite Amazon Purchases #amazon #shopping #gifts #list #guide

Today I thought I’d join in and tell you about some of my favorite Amazon purchases. I decided to just focus on 2018 to narrow the list a bit. Of course, I’m not sharing everything I bought on Amazon. To make it on my list, an item had to check off all of these boxes:

  • love the product
  • use frequently
  • would purchase again
  • would recommend to a friend

Because this list is rather lengthy, I’ve kept my description of each item short. In case you have questions, I’d be happy to answer them in the comments.

Let’s get to it!

Favorite Amazon Purchases of 2018

(Click on the name of the item for a direct link to Amazon.)

AMAZON:
Amazon Prime – For me, Amazon Prime is a must. Free 2-day shipping (sometimes free 1-day shipping is available), is a game changer. (I also love the access to all the Amazon Prime shows / movies.) If you’re not on Amazon Prime and you shop a lot from Amazon, you’re definitely missing out. You can try it here FREE for 30 days.

Audible – As I’ve said in the past I’m not a big reader, but I LOVE Audible. I always use it on long trips in the car and often listen to book when I’m having a difficult time falling asleep. Audible is easily one of my favorite things. You can sign up here for a FREE 30 day trial along with two FREE audiobooks. Love that!

 

OUTDOOR:
Dewalt Leaf Blower – This may be my favorite purchase of the year. It’s the most efficient way to clean-up outside. I use this leaf blower almost daily.

Weber Genesis Grill (plus grill assembly) – I bought this grill because it was the cheapest one I could find, and at the time, they were running a promotion for free grill assembly. It’s turned out to be a great grill, and getting it assembled was the bomb.com. I love it on my deck.

Suncast Hose Hideaway – I have two of these. They are sturdy, well-built, and easy to use.

Outdoor String Lights – These have been hanging on my porch for over a year (even through the frigid PA winter), and I have yet to replace a bulb. The light is warm and cozy.

Woodhaven 8 Foot Firewood Log Rack – This is pricey but well worth it. I have one next to my house for indoor firewood, and I recently purchased another to store firewood near my outdoor fire pit.

Fireplace Color Changing Pine Cones – These are lots of fun. Just toss them into your fire for blue, green, and purple flames.

Bloem Deluxe Watering Can – Love this watering can! They are sturdy with a great water stream, and they are not too heavy when filled with water.

Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer – I use this mostly to clean my deck, porch, and sidewalk. It’s effective and not clumsy or heavy.

Gibraltar Mailbox (Extra Large Capacity) – Since I order a lot from Amazon, having an extra large mailbox is a must. This holds several of the smaller Amazon boxes perfectly. The mailman is a fan, too!

 

HOME:
Dyson Cord-Free Vacuum – I use this for quick clean-ups and pet hair removal. The small brush head works great for vacuuming cat hair from furniture. I believe this is an older model. If I were buying a new one, this is the one I’d purchase.

Sonos Speakers – I listen to all of my music through Spotify. If you use a music streaming service as well, these speakers are a game changer. They play through your wireless rather than Bluetooth so you can still use your phone while listening to music. I have two of these and will be purchasing this one in the near future. Amazing sound quality!

Buffalo Check Doormat – I’m one of those people who layers their front door mats. This is my favorite with a fun sisal mat on top.

Vornado Vintage Fan – This was an addition in my master bedroom after I removed the ceiling fan. I’m loving it!

Switch Plate Covers – I’ve been slowly updating all of my switch plates. These are my favorite.

P.F. Candle Amber & Moss (diffuser and candle) – Loving this scent! I use this diffuser in my bedroom and guest bedroom

NEST Reed Diffuser Grapefruit – This is the diffuser I used in my living room and family room during spring and summer.

NEST Reed Diffuser Birchwood Pine – This is the diffuser I used in my living spaces during the holidays.

Blink Indoor Security Cameras – While my home has a security system, it’s not equipped with cameras. These are so easy to install (no wires), and I can check on things while I’m away.

 

KITCHEN:
Moccamaster 10-Cup Coffee Brewer – My absolute favorite coffee maker. I use this every morning. It’s chic and brews the perfect cup of coffee.

ChicWrap Plastic Wrap – The initial investment isn’t pocket change, but you will never struggle with plastic wrap again. (You can purchase refills.)

Bounty Paper Towels – I’m trying to limit my use of paper towels. (In my previous home, I didn’t buy them.) I have these set up to be automatically shipped four times a year.

OXO Salad Spinner – This is a must this time of year for farmers market lettuce.

Sprayway Glass Cleaner (12 pack) – This is the BEST glass cleaner you will ever use. The 12-pack is also the best price.

 

CAT TOYS AND TREATS:
Tabby James Organic Catnip – This is definitely a bougie catnip, but Frankie is obsessed. One bottle typically lasts a couple of months.

Da Bird Cat Toy – This has become my cats’ favorite toy in the universe.

Jumbo Stuff Temptations Treats – The Jumbo Stuff treats are a must around here. The flavor is irrelevant.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:
Nestle Damak Milk Chocolate – I worked with this brand a few years ago on this post and have been obsessed with this chocolate bar ever since. (The dark chocolate is good; the milk chocolate is next-level good.)

Phaiser Bluetooth Headphones – These are my go-to headphones/earbuds. They stay in my ears while running, plus the price is good.

Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Tape – I’m not sure why, but I go through a lot of packing tape. This stuff is essential at my house.

Padded Furniture Movers – These padded furniture movers allow me to slide furniture without damaging the hardwood floors in my house. (I’m single so I need to be able to move stuff by myself.)

Giant Jell-O Shot Jenga Game – This was a gift to my dad for Father’s Day last year. It was a hit with him and the rest of the family!

Dare to Lead and Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown – I have every book by Brené Brown and love them all. My favorite is Daring Greatly, but these two are amazing as well.

Want more of my favorite items from Amazon? You can visit my Amazon Storefront HERE.

And that’s my Amazon list! I hope you learned a little something about me and picked up a few product recommendations for your own shopping.

Now, I must know, what was YOUR favorite Amazon purchase of 2018? Please tell us in the comments below.

Somedays I’m not sure whether it’s a blessing or a curse, but I’m a huge fan of Amazon and avid shopper on their site. Today I thought it might be fun and helpful to share some of my favorite Amazon purchases over the past couple of years. Recently, I’ve seen several blogger friends share their […]




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This Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream recipe is so simple to make. You can customize it with any flavors or toppings you’d like for a unique and delicious warm weather treat.

Hot summer days always make me crave homemade ice cream. I want something that will keep my body cool and my tummy happy. However, if you’ve ever made ice cream at home, you’re aware that it’s not a quick task. Eggs must be tempered and cooked, the custard needs to be chilled and churned, etc.

That’s why today, I’m showing you how to make Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream in two different flavors.

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream:

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

After seeing a few other bloggers and home cooks make homemade ice cream using only heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk (I said it was easy, not healthy.), I figured it was time to try this simple recipe for myself.

For my Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream, I chose two of my favorite flavors: birthday cake and cookies & cream.

How to Make No Churn Ice Cream:

The two things you will need are heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk. That’s it.

Making the ice cream is super simple. First, using an electric mixer, beat the heavy whipping cream until you achieve stiff peaks. Then, add the sweetened condensed milk, and beat it again until stiff peaks form and the mixture is thick.

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

Once your base is ready, you can mix in whatever flavors you like. Add a swirl of chocolate, mix in peanut butter, toss in some chopped candy, fold in fresh berries, etc. – the options are only limited by your creativity.

To give you an example, I thought I’d whip up two of my personal favorites: Cookies & Cream and Birthday Cake.

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

 

With minimal effort on my part and a bit of time in the freezer, the ice cream was ready. I was truly impressed with the results. Given that I used a piece of store-bought cake and Oreos and only two other ingredients, I was beyond pleased with the deliciously smooth and creamy results.

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

Besides being so easy to make, the best part about this recipe is that you can put in whatever “toppings” you like to create the ice cream of your dreams.

As I mentioned, I used a piece of cake I purchased at the supermarket, but any leftover cake will do. You’ll need about 1 cup of cake. Just crumble it (frosting included) into 2 cups of the ice cream base. I also added some sprinkles for extra color. Gently fold the cake into the ice cream, place it into a reusable container, and pop that in the freezer for at least six hours or overnight.

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

As you can imagine from these two ideas, you can recreate all of your favorite ice cream flavors or make a new taste sensation. I guarantee you’ll enjoy the process.

Consider yourself fully equipped to beat the heat any day you wish. Enjoy!

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream | inspiredbycharm.com

Have you ever tried this method of ice cream making? What is your favorite flavor combination?

 

Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream Recipe:

Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream
Servings: 4 people   |   Prep Time: 15 mins
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This Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream recipe is so simple to make. You can customize it with any flavors or toppings you'd like for a unique and delicious warm weather treat.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream chilled
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (Refrigerate before mixing.)
  • assorted mix-in ingredients (cookies, cake, peanut butter, chocolate, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Using medium speed, beat the heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until the cream forms stiff peaks. (This can also be done with a hand mixer.)
  2. Turn down the speed and pour in the sweetened condensed milk. Slowly increase the speed to medium and whip until the mixture is thick and stiff peaks again form.
  3. At this point, add in any desired flavorings, sauces, or toppings. Gently fold in the ingredients.
  4. (Cookies & Cream - 2 cups ice cream based + 2/3 cup chopped Oreo cookies)

    (Birthday Cake - 2 cups ice cream base + 1 cup crumbled birthday cake.)

  5. Place the ice cream in a resealable container and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.

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This Two-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream recipe is so simple to make. You can customize it with any flavors or toppings you’d like for a unique and delicious warm weather treat. Hot summer days always make me crave homemade ice cream. I want something that will keep my body cool and my tummy happy. However, […]




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My Favorite Pinwheel Recipes #appetizer #pinwheels #rollups #recipe

Whether you call them pinwheels or roll-ups, these flavor-packed swirly bites have become party classics. I love them because of the myriad flavor combinations you can put together. And just like their namesakes of the paper variety, these colorful pinwheel recipes will capture the attention of your guests and up the fun of your next celebration.

For this collection, I rounded up pinwheel recipes I’ve created and posted on Inspired by Charm during the past several years. To make a pinwheel, you simply spread filling on a flour tortilla, roll it up, and slice it. All of these pinwheel recipes are pretty simple, and not surprisingly, quite popular with readers of the blog.

My Favorite Pinwheel Recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. #buffalo #chicken #pinwheel #roll-ups #appetizer #recipe

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels: If you’re a fan of Buffalo wings, you will want to make these pinwheels. Just cook chicken breasts and allow them to cool. Then chop the meat and mix it with cheese, onion, spices, and, of course, Buffalo wing sauce. I like to serve these pinwheels with celery sticks. If you prefer, you could also provide ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-ups #italian #sub #sandwich #pinwheel #roll-ups #appetizer #recipe

Italian Sub Sandwich Pinwheels: These pinwheels channel the flavors of a classic Italian sub. A layer of cream cheese is blended with Italian seasonings and sub fixings, such as chopped banana peppers and black olives, is topped with pepperoni, salami, Provolone, tomato slices, and mixed greens. After you roll the tortillas up, insert a few toothpicks to hold them together. Your guests will want seconds and thirds of these pinwheels, so make plenty.

Sun-Dried Tomato Roll-Ups #appetizer #recipe #rollup #pinwheel #sundriedtomato #basil

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pinwheels: The filling for these pinwheels is a mixture of cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and fresh basil leaves. The green and red elements play off each other, giving these pinwheels a delectable look and flavor. I promise you’ll be finding excuses to serve them.

These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups are a delicious an easy appetizer recipe! #veggiepizza #roll-ups #pinwheels #rollup #snack #ranch

Veggie Pizza Pinwheels: These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups combine two of my favorite appetizer ideas into one easy and delicious recipe everyone is going to love. I think I like them so much because they are very simple to make and are packed with flavor. I also find it hard to resist any appetizer that involves cream cheese and / or ranch flavoring.

Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer #appetizer #recipe #rollups #pinwheels #football

Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa Pinwheels: This pinwheel recipe gets its visual punch from green flour tortillas. While these pinwheels are delicious with salsa any time of the year, they are perfect for the holidays when stacked in a tree shape and garnished with cherry tomato “ornaments” and a yellow pepper “star.” Can you say, “Oh, tortilla Tannenbaum”?

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels | Inspired by Charm #cheddar #bacon #pinwheel #roll-ups #appetizer #recipe

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels: In this variation of a classic pinwheel, I boosted the flavor with minced fresh herbs, cooked and chopped thick-cut bacon, and powdered ranch dressing mix. A crowd pleaser, this pinwheel recipe is another one you’ll want to keep handy during the holiday season.

A couple of general notes about these pinwheel recipes:

· I often use whole-wheat tortillas for pinwheel recipes, but you can use any type of tortilla you prefer.
· Before cutting the pinwheels, I usually refrigerate the rolled-up tortillas. This allows them to firm up, resulting in a prettier presentation.

Which of these recipes will you make for your next dinner or party? Let us know what your favorite ingredients are and how you like to serve pinwheels.

Whether you call them pinwheels or roll-ups, these flavor-packed swirly bites have become party classics. I love them because of the myriad flavor combinations you can put together. And just like their namesakes of the paper variety, these colorful pinwheel recipes will capture the attention of your guests and up the fun of your next […]




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5 Practical, Easy, and Beautiful "Just Because" Gift Ideas #gift #ideas #summer #card #present

This post has been sponsored by American Greetings. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Giving gifts has always been important to me. I especially love the “just because” gifts we present to someone in our life who needs a reason to smile. In today’s post, I’m going to share five practical, easy, and beautiful “just because” gift ideas.

I was at Walmart the other day perusing the great selection of American Greetings cards. (Anyone else obsessed with cute cards?) As I was deciding what to purchase, it dawned on me that I should put together a list of quick and easy gifts.

5 Practical, Easy, and Beautiful "Just Because" Gift Ideas #gift #ideas #summer #card #present

Below are some of my favorite “just because” gift ideas.

Whether you’re gifting something simple, such as a coffee gift card, or something more elaborate, like a summer essentials basket, all you need to go with your gift is a thoughtful card, and American Greetings has just the right selection.

5 Practical, Easy, and Beautiful “Just Because” Gift Ideas

1. Summer Essentials Basket

If you’re looking for a “just because” gift that’s on the generous side, this is it. The idea here is to create a basket full of things that are essential for a particular summer activity. For example, you could put together a basket of outdoor games, sides for a barbecue (ketchup, mustard, chips, etc.), water activities (water balloons, squirt guns, etc.), or a kit for making s’mores like I did here.

5 Practical, Easy, and Beautiful "Just Because" Gift Ideas #gift #ideas #summer #card #present

Just get a basket or container, fill it with everything you need for a certain activity (or at least a nice selection of goodies), and present that as your gift. Believe me, baskets like these really come in handy during the summer…

Bored kids? Outdoor game basket! Unexpected guests? S’mores party! Out of ketchup? Barbecue basket! See what I mean?

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Keep things simple and be sure to include what the recipient will actually use. Top off the basket with a coordinating American Greetings card from Walmart!

Speaking of cards, if you’re ever stuck on what to write inside, American Greetings has a website dedicated to solving that dilemma. It’s helpful even if you only need something to start your thoughts. You can check out their “What to Write” page here.

2. Books/Magazines

I make it a point to sit down with a good book or a stack of unread magazines during the summer. Light reading and a cool beverage are perfect for self-care after a busy day or long week.

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Here, I wrapped up a few magazines and several summer grilling recipes for a friend who loves to experiment on the barbecue. A couple of magazines and a cheeky card is all it takes to make someone feel special. (Well, an invitation to a barbecue would be nice, too! Haha. Just kidding. No invite required.)

3. A Cup of Coffee

I was especially excited to find this pack of “Thanks a Latte!” cards at Walmart. Pair one of the cards with a gift card from a local coffee shop, and you’ve got a fun gift. As little as $5 on a coffee gift card will give someone a little pick-me-up or refreshing summer drink. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

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5 Practical, Easy, and Beautiful "Just Because" Gift Ideas #gift #ideas #summer #card #present

4. Potted Herbs, Flowers, or Vegetables

I just finished planting all my flowers, herbs, and even a vegetable garden so I have plants on my brain. I love potted plants, and in my experience, most other people seem to enjoy them as well.

Back when I moved into Bayberry House, a neighbor stopped by. She was in her car and had her vegetable CSA, so she offered me a head of lettuce. It was a small gesture, but it’s something I will long remember.

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A potted herb or flowering plant is great for welcoming new people to your neighborhood. Your gift becomes a quick way for them to dress up their new space and make it feel like home. I recommend sticking with something fairly neutral so that it suits any style. For example, a simple terra cotta pot goes with anything and is fairly inexpensive.

Tuck in a coordinating card with your name and maybe even your address on it. This information helps the new resident connect names, faces, and houses.

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5. Just a Card

In our digital world, receiving a cute, thoughtful, or funny card with a heartfelt handwritten note inside can truly make someone’s day. Whether you pop the card in the mail, leave it on the recipient’s desk, or slip it in their door, it’s an easy yet special way to show you care.

This can be a “just because” card or a card of thanks to a person who has been kind to you.

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Well, those are my five practical, easy, and beautiful “just because” gift ideas for summer! I hope they inspire you. And while you’re at Walmart, pick up a few American Greetings cards to spread happiness and smiles this summer and beyond.

Love to all of you!

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Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish


Made with Miracle Whip, this Macaroni Salad is a summertime classic. This recipe, which was inspired by the salad my dad makes, has become one of my go-to sides for grilling and entertaining.

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This post has been sponsored by HEINZ and Miracle Whip. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Yes, my friends, I’m back with another pasta/macaroni salad recipe. This type of salad is a favorite of mine, and I realize that most folks have their own way to make one. While I’ve shared a mayonnaise-based macaroni salad recipe with you in the past, this recipe for one made with Miracle Whip is long overdue.

Macaroni Salad with Miracle Whip:

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This recipe is inspired by my dad’s. His macaroni salad is a popular dish at his annual Independence Day party, so I think you’re going to enjoy this salad. What I love about the Miracle Whip is the zip and tang taste it gives the macaroni salad.

To get all of the ingredients for this recipe, I headed to my local Giant Eagle. While I was there, I also picked up other grilling and entertaining essentials: hamburger, buns, cute gingham plates, and HEINZ Ketchup.

Miracle Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish

With everything purchased, I was ready to whip up a delicious and easy meal to celebrate the start of summer.

How to Make Miracle Whip Macaroni Salad:

Now, as much as I love my dad’s macaroni salad, his version is a bit basic for my tastes. To kick his recipe up a couple of notches, I add red peppers, celery, dill relish, and a few seasonings.

Another change I made was with the pasta. I decided to ditch the macaroni and use this fun Ditalini pasta. I thought it would make the dish feel special. Plus, I like how those little rings hold on to lots of dressing.

Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish

After cooking and draining the Ditalini, I added hard-boiled eggs, celery, red pepper, and onion. For the dressing, I whisked together the Miracle Whip, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dill pickle relish, garlic salt, celery seed, and salt and pepper to taste.

Once the dressing was prepared, I added it to the pasta mixture and stirred it to combine everything. I recommend allowing the macaroni salad to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This allows the salad to cool and the flavors to meld.

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And what’s a perfect complement to macaroni salad? Hamburgers! So, I pulled out the grill and grilled up a few burgers to create a full meal of deliciousness. Top your burger the way you like it, but don’t forget a squirt of HEINZ Ketchup. It doesn’t get any better than that!

I don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods but in this area, HEINZ Ketchup is a must on the table. One of the reasons why is that HEINZ Ketchup is made right here in Pittsburgh. It’s been a favorite of my family for years.

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I was especially excited to see that HEINZ has several new varieties which allow you to make healthier choices. HEINZ Organic Ketchup has the thick and rich flavor you love, but it’s made with USDA certificated Organic ingredients. There’s also HEINZ No Sugar Added, which again offers that wonderful thick and rich taste but with no sugar added. And finally, HEINZ Simply Ketchup is made with real, simple ingredients like red ripe tomatoes and sugar—no high fructose corn syrup.

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Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish

With the table set, burgers grilled, and macaroni salad cooled, I was ready to announce, “Dinner is served.” Before anyone digs in, may I also tell you how much I like the look of red gingham for summer entertaining? These paper plates and napkins are so cute!

Want more pasta and macaroni salad recipes? Try these:

Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish

Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish

I think you are going to love this Miracle Whip-based Macaroni Salad. And remember, it’s Grilling Season at Giant Eagle so be sure to shop Giant Eagle for all your summer grilling essentials.

Enjoy!

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Macaroni Salad Recipe (Miracle Whip based):

Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based)
  |   Prep Time: 20 mins   |   Cook Time: 20 mins   |   Total Time: 40 mins
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Made with Miracle Whip, this Macaroni Salad is a summertime classic. This recipe, which was inspired by the salad my dad makes, has become one of my go-to sides for grilling and entertaining.
Ingredients
Pasta Salad:
  • 1 pound Ditalini pasta cooked al dente
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
Dressing:
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked Ditalini pasta, eggs, onion, celery, and red bell pepper.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the Miracle Whip, dill pickle relish, yellow mustard, sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic salt, and celery seed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the dressing to the pasta mixture and stir until well combined. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Made with Miracle Whip, this Macaroni Salad is a summertime classic. This recipe, which was inspired by the salad my dad makes, has become one of my go-to sides for grilling and entertaining. This post has been sponsored by HEINZ and Miracle Whip. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Yes, my friends, I’m back […]




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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

I’m ready for summer! Today I’m sharing my summer porch decor plus unique patio ideas for decorating your own outdoor spaces.

Spring is always busy with preparation for the warmer weather and outdoor living that comes with summer. Recently, I spent time freshening up my porch, styling my deck, and planting lots of flowers so today I thought I’d give you a look around and share some creative patio ideas to add style and fun to your outdoor living area.

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In this post, I’m also teaming up with my Seasons of Home friends. So, if you’re looking for even more ideas or going for a different style, I’ve linked all of them below. This is a group of exceptionally talented decorators, so I recommend clicking through to see all of their stunning patio ideas, porch decor, and outdoor style.

In addition, I filmed a short video tour of my porch. You can watch it below or join me on my YouTube channel to watch it or any of my other videos.

However, before you check any of that out, let me show you around my porch!

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Porch and Patio Summer Decorating Ideas:

As some folks may know, I decorated this space for the first time not long after I moved into my home last year. Since that time, I’ve come to LOVE this space. As much as I enjoy my deck and its openness to the sun, a covered porch is a nice alternative when you want to stay out of the sun, wind, and rain. Because it’s somewhat protected from the elements, it’s also possible to have a bit more fun with decor and styling without the fear of weather quickly destroying things.

I kept the layout and lots of elements the same as last year. (You can check out how I styled the space last summer here and how I styled it for fall here.)

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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Some of the changes include this new rug I found at Target. I’m still on the fence about having a rug. The rain often blows onto the porch, so the rug stays wet. Last year I had problems with mold. I figured I’d try a rug again and power wash it if mold appears again.

I also decided to use this vintage wood bench. Previously, it was in my dining room. And before my bedroom got its big One Room Challenge makeover, the bench was in there. I really like the bench on the porch because the length suits the couch.

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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Speaking of my couch-and outdoor furniture, I’m happy to report that it’s held up well. (This is the collection of furniture I purchased last year.) I stored the cushions inside over the winter but left the wood frames on the porch. This spring I applied a quick coat of teakwood oil to bring them back to life. I think they look as good as new.

The cushions do have a few marks on them from dirt and pollen, but they’re hardly noticeable. I may power wash them once the spring pollen has passed. (And since someone may ask, this is the power washer I have. I love it!)

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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Beyond that, I used most of the outdoor pillows I had out there last year. I did add striped ones I recently picked up at HomeGoods.

I also kept my hanging lights up all winter. They looked beautiful at Christmas and added a little sparkle and magic in the summer. and fall. The lights are inexpensive ones I purchased from Amazon, but they seem to work great! They are almost a year old, and I haven’t had to change a bulb yet.

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Unique Patio Ideas and Porch Decor:

The biggest new addition is the vintage chicken crate, which I posted about last week. It’s my new favorite find. I can’t wait to see how it looks when all of the vines and plants start trailing out. A few are popping out already.

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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Vintage Chicken Crate: Outdoor Wall Decor

I also picked up a couple of these vintage benches last year. They were looking a little rough then (which I didn’t mind), but the winter left them looking more distressed. When getting the porch ready for summer, I gave them a quick sanding and added a fresh coat of paint. I found the ducks at a local antique shop. They match wonderfully and provide the perfect amount of quirkiness. What do you think?

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I also created this cute little container garden in the mulch which I’m calling, “Buddha and Begonias.”

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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

 

In case you are wondering, the white pots in this space are from HomeGoods. They have a great selection of ceramic and clay pots at unbeatable prices. Most of my pots are white, basic terra cotta, or cement. I pick up a few each year so it’s even more affordable.

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By the way, this is how the space looks 95% of the time. I thought about styling it with throws, fresh flowers, magazines, glasses of sangria, etc. And as much as I LOVE a beautifully styled shoot, I also wanted to show you how things actually look on a day-to-day basis. This is it. I am working on a fun entertaining shoot with HomeGoods, so I’ll have some more “styled” shots to share with you soon should you prefer that perspective.

As it is, everything in this space can get wet, dirty, etc. It all cleans up nicely.

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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Oh, and I should also mention, you also might have noticed a strange “structure” behind my porch. That’s my new garden! It’s nothing fancy. One of my goals was to get a small garden planted, and I figured out something that worked in my yard and was manageable with a limited budget. I’ll be sharing more about that soon.

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Porch and Patio Ideas at Night:

Now, before you click away, I thought you might like to see my porch at night. I was outside as the sun was setting so I plugged in the string lights and snapped a few photos.

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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

It’s amazing how much magic, warmth, and coziness a bunch of inexpensive lights can give an outdoor space.

So pretty, right?

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Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Summer Decorating: Porch and Patio Ideas #porch #patio #decorating #ideas #outdoor #decor

Side Porch Source List:

Outdoor Sofa and Chairs
Outdoor Rug
String Lights
Round Wood Side Tables
Watering Can
Lanterns (Target – no longer sold)
Bar Cart (Target – no longer sold)
Planters – HomeGoods and locally sourced
Green Glass Citronella Candles – HomeGoods

Thrifted items:
Wood benches, ceramic ducks, vintage chicken crate

VIDEO: Porch and Patio Decorating Ideas:

Because many people seem to like my video tours, I thought it would be fun to do one of my porch and patio ideas. You can watch it using the video player below. If you are so inclined, I would love to have you join me on YouTube. There you will find all of my video content. You can even subscribe to my channel so you’ll never miss when I post a fun new video!

Hope you enjoyed my summer porch tour and picked up a few patio ideas for transforming or refreshing your own space for summer. As always, thank you so much for joining me. And remember, if you want more outdoor decor inspiration and beautiful porch and patio ideas, check out my friends below.

Happy decorating!

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Seasons of Home Outdoor Patio Ideas:

Ella Claire & Co. | Zevy Joy | Inspired by Charm

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I’m ready for summer! Today I’m sharing my summer porch decor plus unique patio ideas for decorating your own outdoor spaces. Spring is always busy with preparation for the warmer weather and outdoor living that comes with summer. Recently, I spent time freshening up my porch, styling my deck, and planting lots of flowers so […]




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