My New Blog Address

Hi Friends!

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying Fall as much as I am.

I have been working hard on making some changes and updates on my blog.  I have a new address:  Peacockridgefarms.com, so please update your outlook/contacts.  If you are currently following, you need to do nothing , you are already moved over to the new site.  If you aren’t following as of yet, but would like to, please go to the new site address at Peacockridgefarms.com and insert your address.  That’s it!  You will now get an email each time I make a post.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my blog.  It truly does mean the world to me.

Blessings to you,

Renae

Great Adventures

IMG_4628 I love a great adventure!  And one of the best adventures is a road trip.  Recently, my sweet husband and I went on a “little” road trip, our mapquest said that we had 3,339 miles to drive to our destination.

IMG_4631 We packed up our motorhome and hooked the jeep to the back and hit the road.  We measured 58 feet long, almost as long as a semi truck.  We left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The weather was already 92 degrees and humid by 9:00 in the morning.

IMG_4686 We got to see such beautiful scenery.

IMG_4692 We drove through 13 states.

IMG_4695We drove through beautiful and peaceful countrysides…

IMG_4715 and through bustling big cities.

IMG_4806 On this trip, I was able to go through the last of the 50 states that I needed to see, to cross off that item on my bucket list.  We are so very blessed to live in such a gorgeous country.  IMG_4857Home sweet home!  We drove for seven days and ended up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  If you have the desire, pack up the car and your family and hit the road to make some wonderful memories!

Fall Decor

IMG_4880 I just love decorating for fall, my favorite season.  Here are some of the areas that I decorated this fall in my home. This is my dining room table.

IMG_4883 Don’t be afraid to mix and match.  If you look closely at the fireplace mantle, I have used glittery pumpkins right along side more natural looking pumpkins, I think it makes it more interesting.

IMG_4885I use table runners or table cloths bunched up around vases or tablescapes for a softer look.  When I decorate, I use things that I have around the house, candlesticks, lanterns, urns, whatever I can find, so shop around your home and use things that don’t necessarily say “fall decor.”

IMG_4886  This urn is usually on my mantle in my living room.  I didn’t want to attach the pumpkin topiary permanently to the urn, so I glued leaves to the bottom of the lower pumpkin to make it look like it was all one piece.IMG_4887 I chose to layer this wreath on a drying rack that I have on my laundry room wall.  I really liked how the rack framed the wreath and gave it more of a presence.  I use leaves everywhere, I just love the way they look.

IMG_4879 I just love the bounty of the fall harvest and enjoy using a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables.  I got all of these items at Micheals. Be sure to shop the seasonal sales, you can easily save 50% off.  Be creative and have fun.  Happy Fall!

I Absolutely Love Fall!

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I just love fall!  I love the coolness in the air.  I love sweaters, scarves and boots. I love hearty soups and stews.  I love settling down into the fall routine after a long summer.  I love the changing of the leaves.  I love the fall harvest.  And I love sitting down with a great book and a hot cup of chai tea on a rainy afternoon.

I hope you enjoy your fall as much as I will.

Blessings to you.

Renae

 

Let The Festivities Begin

IMG_4196It has been a long time dream of mine to share our property with friends and family.  After years of handwork, weeding, planting, painting, transplanting, more weeding, etc. the property is now ready for parties, events and weddings.

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IMG_4163This is our pavilion where we can host dinners or use for events.

IMG_3736This is a view of our front yard.

IMG_4125This is also our front yard.

IMG_3728This our is driveway.

IMG_3411_2Our side yard.

IMG_3742This is our patio overlooking our backyard.  We are so excited to see what our future holds as we share our home with others making cherished memories.

Darling Castle

IMG_4340 This is our precious granddaughter, Princess Kyera, in her castle, Darling Castle.  We had the typical storage area under our stairs leading into our basement.  When we heard that we were going to be grandparents for the first time, we decided that we needed to create a playhouse for the grandkids to play in, and the space under the stairs was the perfect place for it.

IMG_4455 We had a small door and window put in and had them trimmed out with trim that resembled the tops of a castles turrets.

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My son and I wallpapered the walls with wallpaper that looked like stone, inside the castle and outside.  Then we faux finished the base boards and window and door trims to look like stone.  We stained the door with a dark stain and added some metal detail to make it look like a castle door.  We stenciled a sign over the door stating “Darling Castle.”  I made burgundy velvet drapes with gold fringe and furnished the “castle” with small furniture.

IMG_4457 Our granddaughter loves to play in it wearing her princess dresses and serving tea to her Papa.

Green Beans Almondine

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This is one of my favorite “go to” side dishes.  It’s very easy and tasty, too.

 

2 lbs. Fresh french style Green beans

Chicken stock

1/2 c. Almonds, sliced

1 T. Butter

Salt

Pepper

 

Boil green beans in chicken stock, just until tender.  Drain chicken stock, but leave green beans in the pot.  Add butter and almonds.  Cook just until butter is melted and beans are well coated.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

Preserving Your Family History

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This summer, I have had the privilege of sitting with my father-in-law and niece, and going through family photos.  My niece and I will hand my father-in-law a photo, he will sit back, tell us who’s in the photo and the say, ” i have a story to tell you.”  We try to take as many notes of these stories as we can.  We know that if we don’t record this history now, we may never have the chance again.

Here are some tips in preserving your family history:

First, make sure you spend time with your loved ones.  You never know how long we will have them in our lives.  Get them talking, it is so much fun listening to their stories.  Take lots of notes, or record them audibly.

Second, go through your old photos and label them, not just the names of the people in the photos, but the dates, ages and a bit about what is happening in the photo.

Third, make sure that you store your photos safely.  All too often, we put them in a cardboard box and put them on a shelf in the garage.  Moisture and heat will damage the photos.  Store them in an airtight plastic storage container and label the boxes.  Store them in a cool, dry place off the ground, so that water doesn’t get to them.  Better yet, put them into photo albums and store them inside your home, where you can see them and enjoy them.

My kids and grand baby throughly enjoyed snuggling together and looking at the albums.

Blessing to you,

Renae

 

 

Summer Salad

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I love all of the fresh produce of summer.  This recipe is a great combination of some of my favorites.  It makes a light and refreshing dinner after a long, hot summer day.

Salad:

2 Handfuls of fresh salad greens

1c. Watermelon, diced

1/2 Avocado, diced

6 Strawberries, sliced

2 Grilled chicken breasts, sliced

1/4 c. Almonds, sliced

1/4 c. Feta cheese

Dressing:

8 Fresh raspberries

1 T. Balsamic vinegar

1/4 t. Lemon juice

A pinch of salt

Whisk all dressing ingredients together and drizzle over salad.  Enjoy!

Family Traditions

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One of my favorite days of the year is the Fourth of July.  Not only is it a day to celebrate our country, but it is a day to celebrate family.

When the kids were little, they would decorate their bikes for the Fourth of July parade.  With the family lining the streets and waving their American flags, the kids would ride their bikes along the parade route with a triumphant smile on their faces.

For the last several years, with my husband at the wheel and his dad in the passenger seat, we drive through the parade throwing candy to the kids in the crowd.  Before the parade, we head to the town square where we sample foods from all over the world and look at the cars in the classic car show.  Then after the parade, we run home to have a bbq with our friends and family. We have hamburgers and hotdogs, watermelon and a long time family favorite, homemade blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream.  We have volley ball games, ladder ball, croquet and a fireworks display after dark.

We are so fortunate to live in our beautiful country where we are free to celebrate our freedoms, surrounded by our friends and family.  Life is good.

Blessings to you.

Renae