4th of July Mantel Updated

Do You Ever look at your house pictures that you have already posted and wanted to tweak a few things?
Well that's what I did after I posted My 4th of July mantel in my last post HERE.
So I have changed up a few things already.

First, I switched out the picture of the old blue barn with this adorable saying that I found on Pinterest.
It is a free printable from HMH Design found HERE

Second, I decided to add a number to my Driftwood Sailboat.
Using some stencils I traced out the numbers onto some red fabric, Cut them out and then mod podged the numbers to my sails.  I love the added detail.

The last thing I switched around was I added this old blue drawer.  You may remember it from HERE.
Inside the drawer is just some driftwood, a few shells and this red bouy.

 I really like this whole Nautical Patriotic look I've got going on.  It makes me dream of celebrating the 4th of July at the beach.  Maybe watch the fireworks from a sailboat out at sea.  Nice right?  A girl can dream.

It's amazing what a difference a few little changes will make.  Loving the look a whole lot more.. . .for now!

4th of July Decorating

I Love the 4th of July.
The combination of Summer + Family + Friends + Fireworks + Parades + Celebration + Barbeque's and my favorite colors Red, White and Blue all = Fun! 

I've done a little 4th of July decorating in my living room as well as my front door.
I made this wreath by re-assembling my fall one from HERE.  I switched out the pine cones for stars and flags. Instructions for the fabric rosettes can be found in that post as well.

My 4th of July Mantel includes; my driftwood sailboat that I made HERE, a couple of framed pictures, some bottles, and of course, gotta have a few American Flags.

I sewed two new pillows. This red white and blue one is just your basic pillow with a velcro opening. Sorry it's hard on the eyes,  it's blurry in all of the pictures I took of it.

And then I made this one with some blue and white striped linen fabric. This one is a pocket pillow (instructions HERE).  With this one I sewed a cross across the front.  I'm looking forward to washing it to get the raw edges to fray even more.

 By the way both fabrics are from JoAnn's.  I'm going back for some more of the blue and white fabric, I love it so much.  I'm thinking curtains.

Yes, my boys are watching NinjaGo.
They love that show. I had them hide behind the couch in that last picture.
They are also excited for the 4th with their cool new glasses. . .

That are even cooler in the dark.

Thanks Always for Stopping by,

it should be no surprise but I have updated my mantel since this post.  To see the new look click HERE

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Celery Snacks

I have come up with the Perfect Summer Snack!!!
Ant's on a log are not just for kids anymore!

Recently I started making Ants on a Log for my boy's.  You all know what Ant's on a Log are right? Peanut butter and raisins on a celery stick. 
Well my picky little eaters just like to lick the peanut butter off and leave the celery behind.
But in the process of trying to get them to eat them I kinda got hooked on them myself. And then I started getting creative. I have come up with several different delicious toppings for celery.
These would all be great for a picnic or potluck as well as just a great summer snack.

Peanut Butter, Walnuts, Coconut and Raisins. 
Yes,  it is as yummy as it sounds
Spread the peanut butter into the washed and dried celery stick.  Sprinkle on the coconut, walnuts, and raisins. I used both regular and golden raisins.  You could use Crasons as well.

Peanut Butter & Fruit
Here I have used cut up strawberries and grapes, but I think any fruit would taste great.

Chicken Salad on Celery

For this recipe, I have chopped up a piece of  pre-cooked chicken.  Mixed it with some mayo, added chopped walnuts and grapes. Seasoned with salt and pepper.

Tuna Fish & Apples on Celery
I mixed up my tuna fish with mayo and then added some chopped apples.  I like the extra crunch of the apples.  Then I topped it with some shredded cheddar cheese

Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese on Celery

This is my absolute favorite one.
Jake and I ate these for dinner one night.
I just chopped up a couple pieces of pre-cooked chicken, mixed it with some buffalo wing sauce and then drizzled  blue cheese dressing on top.

The toppings for celery are endless.  Just try to think of what you would usually add celery to and then switch the recipe around to top it to the celery.  I'm already thinking of a few more like, egg salad or fried rice.
Plus they are perfect if you are watching your carb intake.
I think I will be eating celery all summer long.

Snow balls in my Kitchen. . .Again!

 Last year when my Snowball bush was in bloom I cut some branches off and brought them into my kitchen. (as seen HERE).  This year when my snow ball bush was in bloom I cut some branches off and brought them into my kitchen. . . I know I'm so original!  I just love the way they liven up my kitchen.

I was in need of some new pictures of my kitchen for my House Tour, that I'm working on updating.
But I have to say this may be the hardest room in my whole house to photograph. There is so much natural light in this room that my pictures tend to look washed out.  Can any of you great photographers give me some advice?

 I know these pictures probably look a lot like the pictures I took last year.  But I did try to take some new angles and views to give you more of an idea of the rest of the room. 
Like here:

 And here:

Oh look, there's my new burlap bag from my last post Here.  See I told ya it would probably make it into all of my pictures from now on.

I have a computer full of pictures of  Projects, Recipes and Decorating ideas of mine that I'm just dying to share with ya.  My problem is finding the time to actually get around to blogging about them.  I don't know how you other bloggers find the time to blog so often. 
Any tips on that would be helpful too.

Thanks for stopping by,