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tomato time of year

July 26, 2016

pleasure in simple things pizza on the grill

Don’t you love fresh garden tomatoes?  They are THE best!

I thought today I would get you a little excited about using your grill to bring out the best of this glorious summer food!  How will I do this?  I am going to show you photos of my top two favorite ways to eat fresh garden tomatoes using the grill!

The first way is with cherry tomatoes.  The flavor of these little lovelies is so enhanced when heated!  Put some fresh picked ones in a shallow pan, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and fresh garden basil, and heat on a covered grill…so flavorful!

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The second, and very best way, to enjoy fresh tomatoes on the grill is in pizza!  And, grilled pizza is the best!  You don’t need to get fancy…the fresh tomatoes do all the work!  You can buy grocery store pizza dough and add whatever toppings hit your fancy.  Sometimes we just put tomatoes, olive oil and fresh garden basil and that’s it!

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Am I putting you in the mood to grill up some fresh garden tomatoes?  That is the goal!  And, eating your creation al fresco is a must! :)

I hope I have inspired you to come up with your own grilled tomato combinations!  Have fun with it!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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girls night out

July 22, 2016

water station pleasure in simple things blog

Making Mason jar terrariums is a fun and easy summer activity.

For today’s Friday field trip, I am bringing you to an outdoor garden to share this activity on a stunningly gorgeous summer evening.  Cold drinks and interesting conversation are the perfect accompaniments for this fun outdoor get together.

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Why not add this activity to your next summer soiree?  A very basic terrarium can be easily created with Mason jars, potting soil, charcoal, and decorative pebbles.  All the materials needed are easily purchased at a local dollar store or discount store.

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To create the terrarium, a 1” layer of pebbles is added to the jar, followed by a thin layer of charcoal and 3” – 4” of potting soil.  From there, moss and/or small plants are added as well as any decorative items.  After a light watering, the terrarium is complete and the lid can be screwed on.

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Adding a decorative feature like a small mushroom or animal gives the terrarium some extra character.  (The owls used in these terrariums are actually beads that were attached to toothpicks.) Providing raffia to your guests to tie around the mouth of the jar of the finished terrarium is also a nice detail to include.

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As an option, cute little instruction cards can be created and printed on a home computer.  Instruct the new terrarium owners to mist the garden lightly occasionally and to remove the top for a while if too much moisture develops.

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I hope I have inspired you to have a little terrarium building activity at your next get together  – the perfect way to spend a beautiful summer evening!

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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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corn on the cob butter

July 19, 2016

Delicious flavored corn butter pleasure in simple things blog

From pizza to fruit – everything finds its way to the grill at this time of year!

Today, I am sharing a really easy way to add some extra flavor to your grilled corn. It is as simple as adding a few ingredients to your butter!  By picking a few basil leaves from the garden and adding a little cheese, the traditional butter condiment can be instantly upgraded!

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It doesn’t get any easier!

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I included a recipe for you here, but using a little imagination, you can create your own flavor combinations based on your garden or leftover ingredients in your fridge.  (A little cayenne and lime juice is another great combo!)

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I hope I have inspired you to create a flavored butter for your next grilling session!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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happy mother’s day

May 6, 2016

happy mothers day pleasure in simple things blog

It’s Mother’s Day weekend.  I was in a gift shop yesterday and I was amazed at those that buy something for their mom just to buy something.  That is so not in the spirit of Mother’s Day!  Mother’s Day is about recognizing a very special person. There is nothing wrong with buying a gift to give to that special person.  But, not knowing what your mom might like as a gift leads me to believe a better gift would be time spent with mom!

For Friday field trip today, I thought I would share three previous projects that might help you come up with a more personal gift for mom this Mother’s Day.

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First, a cool sentimental gift.  Make a sachet using a family heirloom!  See the full post by clicking here.

Second, a fun recipe that can be served in a teacup.  A great way to spend time with Mom is to avoid the crowded restaurants, and serve up something homemade.  Click here for the recipe for this crème brulee.

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And, third…the old stand-by…flowers!  IF your mom is into flowers – after all, you should know!  But, skip the overpriced cliché roses and give a potted plant personalized to your mom’s taste.  It’s so much more fun to receive something that can be planted in the ground and enjoyed all season!

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Have a wonderful Mother’s Day surrounded by those you love.  Thanks for stopping by.  Love you mom! :)

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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may day surprises

April 26, 2016

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I have done many different May Day surprises over the years. I love the element of surprise mixed with the beauty of fresh flowers – May Day combines these two elements perfectly!

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This year, making my May Day arrangements, I decided I would only use the flowers I could harvest from my yard. This would have been an easy assignment in two more weeks or so, but when I went out into the yard today, I realized there are few flowers in bloom right now!

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I stuck to my challenge and used the only two flowers varieties I found in bloom. I arranged them in some plastic-lined, birch bark hanging cones I discovered for $2.75 each in the Terrain clearance room.

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To add a little interest, I added some variegated Hosta leaves; picking the few that were just starting to poke through the ground! Even my Lillies of the Valley have yet to bloom!

I hope I have inspired you to create some May Day surprises of your own…what can you create from your yard?

May Day cones pleasure in simple things blogThank you for stopping by!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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garden party bridal shower

April 15, 2016

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What is better than shopping at Terrain? Attending a bridal shower at Terrain, of course!

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I recently had the opportunity to do just that at Terrain’s Garden Café and today I am sharing with you on Friday field trip!

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I know many of you are not lucky enough to have a Terrain located near you. With only two Terrain store locations – one outside Philadelphia, and one in Fairfield County, Connecticut – many of you can’t frequent the store regularly like me!

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But, for today, everyone can enjoy the beautiful aesthetics of a Terrain event! For a detail oriented, color obsessed person like me; Terrain hits all the marks – particularly when the organizers of the party working with Terrain have incredible style as well!

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Enjoy the photos!

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Please note: The beautiful fern favors, Prosecco prizes, wooden spoons, and cake top were not done by Terrain – they were created by the party organizers and, as you can see, tied into the Terrain décor perfectly!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and have a marvelous weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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fabric herb tags with grommets

March 29, 2016

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You may remember I used grommets on some of my holiday gift tags this past Christmas. They create such a wonderful detail on a simple tag! Today, I am using grommets again on tags, but this time on fabric rather than paper.

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Adorable tags can be created using scraps of fabric, letter stamps, and grommets. The tool for applying the grommets cost only a few dollars at your local craft or fabric store and is available in many sizes. Once you own this simple tool, you will find so many ways to use grommets! The only piece of equipment you will need, in addition to the grommets and the grommet tool, is a hammer.

I cut little flag shapes from my fabric scrap and rubber stamped onto them the names of my potted herbs. Adding the grommets creates the perfect little detail to add some twine for tying the tags onto the handles of my herb pots!

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As you can imagine, these tags have some wonderful applications! Using them as place cards and tying them onto napkins is a sweet way to use them. The ties can be made from natural twine or in a color to match a specific table décor. They make sweet gift tags to personalize a wrapped gift. Or, a number of them can be used to make a banner for a birthday cake. In planning a wedding, they can be utilized as escort cards.

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I hope I have inspired you to make up some fabric gift tags! How will you use them?

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Thank you for stopping by! Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

P.S. To see how I used the grommet tool to create sea glass gift tags, click here.

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jonesing for spring

February 16, 2016

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The below zero temperatures here in Connecticut have caused me to have many day dreams about spring!

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I thought things might start looking a little like spring at Terrain (one of my fave stores) and, on a recent visit, I was not disappointed. The winter displays are starting to be replaced with some touches of the next season. Taking a little time to visit the store with a friend is not only inspiring, but a great way to forget about the winter blahs – if only for a short time!

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Here are some favorite things from my visit!  Enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by! Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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in the pink

October 16, 2015

a pink pumpkin place setting arrangement pleasure in simple things blog

For Friday field trip today, I am sharing a sweet little pink pumpkin arrangement.  You know I love putting flowers or plants in pumpkins!  Aren’t these cute for each place setting at a breast cancer charity event?

I used little baby boo pumpkins – you know, the little white ones?  I started by painting each pink.  I just used regular flat, latex house paint.  After they were dry, I cut the tops off and cleaned the inside.  I used a little soaked floral foam inside each pumpkin and stuck my pink zinnas in it.

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Simple and adorable!

Try other colors based on the theme of your event or the decor in your home.  Or, maybe make some in fall colors for your Thanksgiving table!

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I hope I have inspired you to create a little pumpkin arrangement of your own!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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celebrate fall with flowers in a pumpkin

September 25, 2015

white baby boo pleasure in simple things blog

It has been somewhat of a tradition for me to use the end of the season flowers from my garden for a flower display in a pumpkin. Each year, once fall arrives, I use the few flowers left in my garden to create an arrangement in a white pumpkin.

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I guess it is my way of admitting it is, in fact, fall! Usually, the only blooms left in my garden are a few burgundy mums – planted to match the color of my front door – in the front yard and a few small white accent flowers in a couple of my potted arrangements.

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This year I used a mini pumpkin for my arrangement since there are so few flowers left! I just hollowed out a mini boo and added an old flower frog for the flowers. If you create one, just remember that pumpkins are not always water tight. It is a good idea to trim a disposable plastic cup to line the inside of the pumpkin as a safe guard, before adding any water. The flowers can be added directly in the plastic cup or, some flower foam can be added and saturated inside the cup first.

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An easy and fun way to celebrate the start of the new season!

Thanks for stopping by for Friday field trip!

Have a fabulous weekend! Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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