Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #1


Welcome to the delightful beginning of

Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

We are so happy that you have joined this gathering. Our intent is to be a nurturing place of creativity and inspiration.  Each week we hope that you will share your decorating ideas, recipes, thoughts on gardening or simply what inspires you.  Your link will be featured on all four of our blogs.



To celebrate we are hosting a giveaway each week for a month.
Anyone who links will be eligible to win.
Linking more than one post means you are eligible for multiple entries.
This week the giveaway is being hosted by Laura of Decor to Adore.


The giveaway includes a one of a kind flea market apron, mug, loose leaf tea, strainer, decorative accent piece, and a $20 gift card to HomeGoods/TJMaxx/Marshalls tucked into a darling coin purse.


*Since this is our inaugural post we have selected a post from each of our four blogs. 
In the future, weekly selections will highlight four guests who link up the previous week.

Decorating:



Recipes:

An easy and delicious dessert recipe perfect for Valentine's day from
Decor to Adore - Raspberry Orange Trifle.

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Gentle Suggestions:

1.  A link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites would be greatly appreciated as it will help new friends to find us.

Laura at Décor To Adore
Stacey from Poofing the Pillows
Jemma from At Home With Jemma
Laura at White Spray Paint

2.  Please share up to 3 of your favorite posts.
Please link to a specific post.
Kindly remember not to link advertising or shops.

By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided.

3.  In the spirit of camaraderie we encourage you to visit one another.

We thank you so very much for gathering with us and hope to see you each and every week at
Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

We can't wait to see what you share!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Biscuits Can Win His Heart!


We all have our secret ways...the ones that we know will please our mates.
Sometimes they are small habits or yummy foods that make them feel loved.

This simple recipe is one of my secrets.
Honestly, I could serve Smoked Shoe Heel and my husband would be happy as long as 
 these biscuits come with it. :)


This only takes 3 simple ingredients that I bet you have in your kitchen.
Five minutes prep time and bake.


I have no idea the origin of this recipe but I'm guessing it was a Bisquick box.
In my humble opinion, the recipes on boxes and jars are often the best.


The biscuits come out golden and delicious. 
And seriously, with butter and sour cream - they just melt in your mouth.
These are so wonderful you can serve them to company any day of the week.



Do you have a secret recipe that's always a winner?

Please come back tomorrow to link with Thoughts of Home on Thursday at 6:00 am CST. 


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Fresh Look at Our Family Room


Good Morning Friends!
It's definitely that time of year when we want to refresh things around the house.
Our family room has gone through a metamorphosis since you were here last time.
One change we made was a big deal while the rest are small but special.

For those of you who've been with me for awhile...do you see anything different?
We have a different couch! 
Yes, it's the third one since we've lived here for the last 3 1/2 years and there's a very legitimate reason for that which I will explain in another post.  Suffice it to say, it's not that we are that spendy!


I decided to simplify our pillows on the couch for awhile.  Two large red pillows and a smaller spotted pillow are making me smile these days. The photograph above was taken from the staircase and gives a great shot of the Karastan wool rug that we've had for about 15 years. 
Trends in rugs come and go but this one stays with us because it's beautiful and very soft.
The lamp on the end table was purchased for about $40 right before Christmas at Kirkland's. I'm really happy with its taller proportions and shape.


The bird lamp reflects beautifully now over on the side console table.
Of course, the mirrors were brought into this room a few months ago from another spot in the house.


You all saw the mantel as it currently is a couple of weeks ago.
I stare at the Emily Jeffords print all the time. I love it!! The colors are so rich and deep
that you really feel like you are gazing into a sky.


These tulips are fading away now.
We had them all over the house when I hosted the baby shower two weekends ago.
Even though they are not perfect anymore, they are still pretty to me.


So that's our room refresh for the beginning of this year. This room serves us so very well. 
We have room for lots of people when we host parties and the flow is wonderful from the entry and into the kitchen.

I feel very blessed to have this home. It's a place where we welcome family and friends every chance we get. It's a place to make memories now and in the future.

Do you feel that way too?

Don't forget to link up with us for 
Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

Thank you Jennifer for this wonderful link up.
Can't wait to go see the other participants and their homes.


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Biscuits and a Good Book


For today's post I had planned to share with you the most wonderful biscuit recipe that is one of the many ways to my husband's heart. 

I made the dough and took pretty pictures of said dough.

I was feeling all proud. Apparently too proud because I walked away and completely 
burned the biscuits.  
Come back later this week for a biscuit recipe. :)

Now onto this subject.


Shh. Don't tell the love of my life but sometimes when he's going out of town, 
I get a little bit excited.
Why? Well, I can leave the lights on and read as late as I want!

was a gift I received from our book club's Christmas book exchange. When I opened the package there was an uh oh moment because historical fiction isn't usually what I pick. Everyone in the group had already read it though and they were all saying it was their favorite book EVER! That's a strong statement to make so of course, I had to read it.

What did I think?
It was wonderful and it was heart wrenching.

Angel was born into a life of prostitution. Michael Hosea is the farmer who spotted her while riding through town. God spoke to him and told him to marry her. The story goes from there with Michael loving her unconditionally and Angel struggling with her past. This is a love story based on the Bible story of Gomer and Hosea. I'll warn you that there are parts of this book that are disturbing as you might guess from Angel's past.  I would definitely say read it if the story line calls to you. 

Have you read Redeeming Love?
What did you think?

Please mark your calendar this week for Thoughts of Home on Thursday.


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Friday, February 5, 2016

First Friday Home Tour #1: House by Holly


First Friday Home Tour at Poofing the Pillows featuring House by Holly

Good Morning Friends and welcome to our very first First Friday Home Tour featuring


I recently landed on Holly's blog and was instantly in love with what she has done to her home
Holly is a creative woman who sees herself as an "upcycling warrior". Love that!
Each room in her home has her unique budget touches that are just right for her family. 


Let's go into the kitchen since the kitchen is the heart of the home. 
There's so much to love in this space! Holly took on the challenge of painting her cabinets white and bright. Don't you love those tufted chairs over there?



The dining room is lovely. 
That's such a pretty blue above the chair rail.


I spy more tufting on the master bedroom headboard. 
In this room Holly made some wonderful inexpensive updates to the furniture that you have to see.


The girl knows how to design amazing kids' rooms.
Check out the rooms that belong to her son and daughter.



Holly has cheap exquisite mirrors around the house that she uses for many purposes,
napkins that do unexpected duties, and $5.00 pieces of furniture in her gorgeous home.


Thank you so much Holly for sharing your pretty home with us.
Please go visit Holly at her blog or on Facebook. 
Be sure to have your Diet Coke in hand because
you'll be there awhile. :)

Holly, thank you for being our very First Friday Home Tour.

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