Summertime Peach Ice Cream

Monday, July 21, 2014

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I've finally put the finishing touches on the back porch and to celebrate I decided to break out the ice cream freezer and make some old fashioned, homemade ice cream!   Since it's peach harvest time here in Pennsylvania, I knew I wanted to make peach ice cream.  


I found a fantastic recipe from Southern Living that had 5 star ratings, and now I know why it received such high reviews!  It's so yummy and full of fresh, peach flavor and is super easy to make!  At the end of the post, I'll share the recipe with you!


Just look at those fresh peaches - juicy and delicious, but a bit messy when cutting them - I made sure to have a canister of Wet-Nap hand wipes nearby to clean up my sticky fingers!   If it's been a while since you've purchased Wet-Nap hand wipes, you can find them at Walmart in the napkin aisle!  Just look at the new, pretty packaging - and they are soft, strong, and now moisturize with aloe!  For me, Wet Nap is a much better option for outdoor entertaining than a paper towel or napkin!


I love breaking out the ice cream freezer in the summertime and don't do it often enough!  There's nothing better than homemade ice cream on a hot summer day!


You may think that making homemade ice cream is too hard and takes a long time!  But, that is not the case - after about 30 minutes in the electric freezer and you have this peachy ice cream goodness!


I got a some bright striped dinnerware for serving out on the porch - I thought the colors were super fun!    It can be a little messy when serving up the ice cream - so once again, I had the Wet-Nap canister nearby - just in case!


As promised, here's the recipe for Summertime Peach Ice Cream!  You are going to want to give this one a try!  


And, here's a link for a .55 coupon from Wet-Nap that you can print and use on your next trip to Walmart -  http://wetnap.com/coupons/  (while supplies last).


Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back tomorrow for the full reveal of the back porch!  It's bright and cheery, and I can't wait to show you all the details!  

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Traditional to Cottage Style - A Dresser Gets a Makeover

Friday, July 18, 2014



Today my husband is a happy man!  There is one less piece of furniture in the garage than there was a week ago!  I tend to bring home furniture that I find for super cheap and then it ends up sitting in the garage for - well, a long time!  I am currently  banned from bringing home anything new until I do something with what is already in the garage!  So today, I want to show you how I transformed a very traditional style dresser to a cottage style beauty!  


It all started with the paint color - Maison Blanche Mardi Gras and Oyster.  With a little experimentation with the colors, I got the effect I was going for.  I started with a base coat of the Oyster (which is a shade of white that I love)!  Then I added two solid coats of Mardi Gras (I would call Mardi Gras a traditional vintage shade of green).  


For the top of the dresser, I decided to distress or blend the two colors to create a weathered effect.  After applying the second coat of Mardi Gras, I used a damp cloth to carefully remove and blend some of the green paint to reveal the Oyster base coat color.  I continued the process over the entire top of the dresser.  What you end up with is a nice blend of both colors.


I also used the Oyster to highlight the details on the dresser and to paint the original brass hardware.  This paint will stick to any surface - even metal!  After I painted the hardware in Oyster, I lused a sanding block to distress it just a bit. 


The beauty of Maison Blanche paint is the variation of color you can get from one can of paint depending on the finish you choose.  For this dresser, I wanted to keep the color light and bright, so I chose to finish the piece with Maison Blanche matte varnish.  If I had wanted the color to be a deeper, more rich green, I would have used a dark wax.




It's amazing how a little paint can completely transform a very traditional dresser to an updated cottage style!


So, tell me - do you have any furniture in your garage that is waiting for a makeover?   Today I'm joining with my "partner's in paint" to show you the wonderful ways you can transform furniture with Maison Blanche Paint!   Below are links to each blogger's post - you won't want to miss a single one!   






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I would like to encourage you to visit the Maison Blanche Paint website to view all of their fabulous products.  This brand has so many options in terms of beautiful color to amazing finishes!  There you can also find a list of retailers where you can purchase from the Maison Blanche line.  

This is a sponsored post.  That means I have been compensated with product and/or payment to review and share my opinion with you.  I will always give you my honest opinion and won't share anything with you that I wouldn't use in my own home.


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DIY Cross Pattern Porch Curtains

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This summer has been less than ordinary in our household - and the past two weeks have been full of change.  The two older boys moved out into the home that Josh and Sarah will share once they are married in October.  And, speaking of the wedding - there have been lots of plans and preparations for the big day!   Seth, my youngest, was on a week-long missions trip and came back to begin a full time job working in the electronics field.  To add to this busy, summer of change, I decided to do some major projects here at home.  Here's one that is just about complete - some new decor for the back porch.  


Today I want to talk about the curtains.  They are pretty bold - for me!!!  But, it's an outdoor space and I wanted it to be fun!  I used 6' x 9' drop cloths that I purchased at Lowe's for around $10 each, ScotchBlue Painter's Tape, Maison Blanche Paint in Navy, and a sample can of Valspar Scarlet Tanager (an orange red).  


I made a template for the cross pattern and traced the design onto the drop cloth with pencil.  


Then I taped off each cross with ScotchBlue Painter's Tape.  I used a small foam roller to apply the paint and did two coats to get good coverage.  Once the paint was dry, I removed the tape and that's it.  The tape did an amazing job at keeping the lines of the crosses crisp!  I am so happy with how they turned out.


As you can see, the side panels I covered with the pattern, but for the others, I chose to do three rows to mix it up a bit.   I knew if I didn't like just the three rows, I could always continue and add the cross pattern to the whole curtain.  In the end, I liked the variety with two panels with a full pattern and two with the partial pattern!  What do you think?  



I'll be back to share the whole room on another day!  It is so humid here that I had such a hard time getting any good photos because my lens kept fogging up!!!  The humidity is supposed to break tomorrow (Hallelujah!), so hopefully the sunshine will break through the haze we've been having and I can get some better pics to share with you!

Thanks for hanging in there with me! 


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