Plastic Pumpkin Refresh

I don’t know about you, but after a few years of decorating with my plastic pumpkins, I had a small white one that was looking a little sad.  Let me show you because this photo is worth its thousand words. See what I mean?  Scuffed up, scratched, and cracking, this little baby had seen better…

Escort Card Table Arrangement Tutorial

Arranging flowers isn’t a new concept for me.  I have been doing it since I was 17.  Creating a garden the length of the tabletop is definitely a newer feat to tackle, and still excites me.  When Emily, the bride, asked me to create a tabletop flower garden across her escort card table, I couldn’t…

Farm to Table Menu

I’m going to start this post with a big sigh of contentment. Why? Because a few weeks ago I got to combine a few of my favorite things: family, farm, and food. We were in the middle of August right after a rainstorm week. That’s weird—we never have rain in Oklahoma in August. But, hey,…

Skillet Granola Apple Crisp with Ice Cream

I love to think about apple dishes in the fall.  Here in Oklahoma, the air is changing, and the weather wants to get colder.  This time of year, we still have plenty of days where the atmosphere is warm, yet crisp mornings are a promise of cooler weather.  The tips of the maple trees are…

Fiesta Dip and Family Celebracións

Practically any time there is a family gathering and my youngest sister is involved in the planning, she tends to serve chicken that is red.  Let me explain.  Red Chicken was affectionately named Red Chicken by me, because, well, it is red.  She would take a tour to the local Hispanic market and pick up…

How To Design A Rose Bouquet

Last week I designed a wedding. This happens to me just about every week during the wedding season, mind you. During the week when I was designing the flowers, I was missing an integral flower to make the bouquets. Rather than wait for the delivery driver to send what I needed my way, I ventured…

Fall Flair Bouquet

  Fall is upon us according to the calendar.  Well almost.  The day I made this bouquet in Oklahoma, it was hotter than Hades.  Nevertheless, my heart is longing for the cool, crisp days of fall.  I long for the crows to crowd the sky, the sun to shine through the red colored leaves, and…

Upcycled, Radiant Style

One day last week, my youngest daughter Marin REALLY wanted to hit the craft store.  Her favorite pastime is crafting.  What she likes even more than crafting itself is shopping for more craft supplies.  Instead of emptying my bank account to supply my daughter’s crafting fix, I convinced her we needed to do a project…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone needs a chocolate chip cookie recipe in their repertoire, especially if you are gluten-free.  These little cookies represent so much more than sugar, butter, and chocolate.  They cause smiles and satisfy that sweetest sweet tooth.  They represent happiness, and in my household, they are a majestic monument to what life was like before celiac…

Coconut Cream Pie

If I could relive my wedding, I would keep the groom- yep, definitely do that.  Here is what I would change: the cake.  I would choose pie instead as my dessert of choice.  I have had countless bridal consultations where the bride opts for an informal reception and instead of serving a traditional wedding cake,…