Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gardening and the Important Pause

When our boys were little, I vividly remember us spotting a huge moth on our patio. 
It was the biggest I had ever seen!
 The moth rested on our wall almost all day and we were enthralled. We learned that it was a hummingbird moth. Fast forward over the years and we've seen several. In fact,
 I saw one or two a couple of weeks ago buzzing around our hyacinth bean vine.



Last week I went out one morning and spotted a pot of Pentas being decimated right before my eyes. The culprits were a bunch of caterpillars that you can see here. My initial reaction was anger but that's where the pause came in. You see, I'm not using insecticides much at all so my curiosity was piqued as to whether or not this was a friend or foe.


There was a flurry of text messages to my butterfly group friends and research on the internet. My friend's landscape architect was at her house at the time and they came over to see. #wearenerds
We all agreed these are most likely Sphynx Moth Caterpillars which people often despise because they eat so much.  But guess what they morph into? 

Hummingird moths or Sphynx moths.   
I had no idea they were the same or very closely related.
These moths are pollinators - we need them in our world!


I suppose if I were the type of gardener growing plants for my own sustenance, I might not appreciate this caterpillar at all. But knowing that some little boys and girls might later have the chance to watch or chase a hummingbird moth is pretty neat to me. I'll sacrifice this plant for that possibility.


What do you think...would you have grabbed your pesticides? I hope not.
If we pause and learn we might save something important.
Here's  a wonderful video of hummingbird moths. :)



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Monday, August 29, 2016

Pumpkin Pillow Give Away


Happy Monday All!

Even though the temperatures are hovering between 90 and 100 here still, 
I'm thinking about fall.  

I was recently spending time perusing Etsy when I ran across the cutest little shop.
Sipping Iced Tea is a shop filled with handmade and hand painted items that I love and you will too.



The pillow you see above is all mine! 
I ordered this one from the shop owner, Kay. 
It's so cute that it makes me smile and right now I'm channeling cool winds and pumpkin spice.

Kay didn't know me from the man in the moon but I asked her if she'd share 
and she's generously agreed to give one to you!

First, please check out some of the adorable offerings on her Etsy site.


I'm going to enjoy mine on the patio this year and can't wait to see 
where it lands next year at our new house.

OK, this one's for one of you as a gift from Sipping Iced Tea.



 For a chance to win this fun seasonal pillow from Sipping Iced Tea,
leave a comment here, on Facebook or email me at 
stacey@poofingthepillows.com

Be sure and visit Kay's Etsy site and support a small American made business.
Use this code to save 10% if you'd like to order FALLGIVEAWAY.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Shout Out Saturday



Hey y'all, it's been awhile since I've done a Shout Out Saturday so I thought I'd pop in here today and share a few.   The seasons seem to be changing for many of you.  

I guess it really is here in Texas too but it's subtle. 

Really subtle. 

 It's definitely just about time to celebrate fall in all its glory so I'm showing you a few of the posts shared at Thoughts of Home and a few of my oldies that give a nod to fall.

In the fall we all turn our thoughts to apple recipes.
 This recipe was shared at TOHOT and it looks yummy!


Fall banners are always popular and Manuela at A Cultivated Nest shared a round up with lots of cute options.


One of my favorite things about fall weather is definitely the fashion!
That took some research and I see several boots on there that look like winners.



Last year I shared Seven Fall Gardening Tasks. I wrote that post in October which was perfect timing for us but I realize it was a little late for some of you. Here's that info if you would like to take a peek.


One more thing...



Have a wonderful weekend. Come back Monday for a really great 
Pillow Giveaway!!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #29


Good morning friends and welcome to week #29 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday. 
Our hostess this week is Stacey from Poofing the Pillows. 
She recently featured miniature peach pies in honor of National Peach Pie Day.
These were a hit at home!!


As this summer season ends,  Autumn inspiration is already rolling out in magazines and on blogs.
Who's ready for pot roast and cute sweaters? 
Bet you'll find some great fall ideas here this week to spark your energy and creativity. 

Last week we had 329 beautiful posts linked together. To say that we are amazed and grateful is an understatement. We really do appreciate that you join us each week. 
Now let's see the beautiful features.

Inspiration

At Estelle's, Betsy whipped up an amazing Autumn Brunch for her family. The menu sounds delicious and the food is mouthwatering.  The sweet part is this is for her family. What a blessing!


Decorating

Sara at Twelve on Main loves gorgeous farmhouse style decorating. 
She shared her ideas for decorating with scales last week. 
This post makes me want to go to the flea market and find some for myself.
Gardening

At Garden Therapy, Stephanie shared her 10 favorite plants to choose for wonderful fragrance. 
I'm keeping this list handy for next spring.

DIY

Diane at An Extraordinary Day showed us how to completely change the look of a lamp by covering the lampshade. It's the little things like this that make a home look personalized and stretch your decorating dollars.


Recipes

And last but not least, Brett from This Mama Loves created a Coffee Glazed Coffee Cake that is a winner for sure. I can imagine this being served to friends and family this fall or during the holidays.


And now for this week, we ask that you please: 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Sweet P Mini Peach Pies

Did you know that Wednesday, August 24th is National Peach Pie Day?
I've had this idea floating in my head and couldn't miss the chance to share it with you.
This combines two of our favorite recipes and it came out great! Hope you will try it and enjoy. :)
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Sweet P Mini Peach Pies

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 45 mins
Miniature peach pies with crumble topping made in muffin tins.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 ripe but firm peaches diced
  • 2 Pillsbury pie crusts
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 flour
  • 1/2 cup long cooking or quick oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup softened butter

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Dice peaches into tiny bits. Be sure to choose firm but ripe peaches. Add in 2 tablespoons melted butter and stir. Set aside.
  2. Prepare muffin tins by spraying with Pam.
  3. Cut circles from pie crust. I used a 4 1/2 inch bowl for mine. Put one small crust in each muffin tin.
  4. Add about 3 tablespoons peaches to each muffin tin.
  5. Make crumble topping using last 5 ingredients. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons topping on each mini pie.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool for about 20 minutes before removing from pans. Enjoy!



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #28


Thank you for joining us for the 28th week of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
We so look forward to you sharing your time and talents with us, it is such a wonderful part 
of our week.




Our hostess this week is Jemma and she has just recently returned from Haven, a 
blogging conference held in Atlanta Georgia.  She came home inspired and motivated, and went right to work creating a Harvest Wreath.

                                                                                             
Here are this week's features!

Garden

If you have the chance drop by and visit Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.
Jann works magic on plants and she also has an amazing she shed that is being featured 
in Rural Magazine.


Have a Daily Cup Of Mrs. Olson

                                                          Inspiration

Drop by and say Hello to Sheila, she has a natural way of inspiring us with some wonderful 
seasonal change in her home, you will find her at My Kentucky Living.


                                                             
DIY

Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles uses some Texas ingenuity and shows us how to "fix," 
melted candles, pay her a little visit and you can find out how to do it too.


                                                               Decor

We enjoyed seeing how Shelia from Note Songs  displays her treasured collections in her
wonderful breakfast room hutch.  She just recently changed it all up with some beautiful rooster plates, tureens and such.  
Her tips are always useful so pay her a little visit.


                                                                  Recipe                                                                                                                                                  
You cannot go wrong with a dessert that is called Peaches n' Cream.
Emily from the French Hutch, uses the fresh peaches that her sister gave her to make this
wonderful treat. You won't want to miss out on this step by step recipe, so hurry on over 
while it is still Peach season.



And now on today's party!

                                                     We ask that you Please;

                           1. Link back to this post or any of the four host's websites.


2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link to 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 with always be provided.

Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can't wait to see what you share.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I Love Glamour Farms!

Stepping far and wide out of my comfort zone to share clothes with y'all today!
Why would I do this? I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the family behind 
Glamour Farms Boutique at the Haven Conference and they are wonderful!
I'm sure you've seen Cyndi Spivey and Rhoda Montgomery sharing clothes from 
Glamour Farms. I was so thrilled to see this clothing at the conference because I've liked everything I've seen the others sharing.  The family behind Glamour Farms believes passionately that women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful. They are designing and manufacturing clothing here in the USA for us to wear and love. 
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This tunic is called the Arbor Grove Tunic Dress and I'm wearing the small.
This adorable dress is floral on the front with stripes on the back. I love the fun mix!
I've paired the tunic with the Ahh-Mazing Tummy Tuck Ankle Legging in Ink which is deep navy. 
Clothing that can span multiple seasons is always a favorite of mine and this tunic definitely does that. Above I've chosen sandals to go with the outfit but below you can see that tossing on a denim jacket and adding boots will take this into cooler weather.  
You can't see it but I'm wearing the Ahh-mazing Tank Long Shaper in Sandstone. This thing is wonderful because it makes me feel put together but not squeezed.

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Next I'm showing you the Something's Gotta Give tunic in black/multi.
I'm wearing a small. As soon as I saw this at the conference I knew it had to come home with me!
This top is fabulous with skinny jeans or with the 
Ahh-mazing  Basic Crop Leggings Leggings in black.
This is so cute right now with sandals and I can just imagine it in a few weeks with booties.
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  This top is perfect for this time of year in warmer climates. 
The colors give a nod to fall but the top keeps you cool as a cucumber with the cold shoulder design.

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I want to encourage you to consider shopping with Glamour Farms. 
This is a family business that runs on faith and heart.

They have graciously offered you a discount code if you buy using the code

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The code is valid through 9/18/2016.
Discount code will be applied during the checkout process. $10 will be deducted from the overall total of the shopping cart. Codes do not work on SALE items. Only one code can be used at a time for readers/customers.

You'll love the clothes, I promise!

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