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Looking for a farmhouse style table? I found one! After a long search, I found just what I was looking for in a dining table.


I love this table! It fits our needs perfectly. We wanted something of the cottage or farmhouse style, but not too rustic. A lot of the tables we looked at (or I should say I looked at) in the off white, distressed look, had a dark wood top. This look was nice, but to me it was reminiscent of the 1970’s and 80’s which isn’t a bad thing….it’s just not what I wanted this time. 

The slat back chairs are black and did not come with the table. They are by another manufacturer, and can be purchased through Walmart right now and they also ship free!

The wood chair legs matched the wood legs of the bar stools we have and I wanted something plain, not upholstered, but comfortable. We have had upholstered dining chairs in the past and I'm over this. From now on I'm going for more items that are easy to clean and maintain. I did give up my leather sofas for fabric ones this time, but the grandchildren are all grown now so that helps the furniture. Of course I still have to remind the teenagers to eat at the bar! I mean my goodness, the bar is only a few few away. I'm a meanie.

These chairs fit perfectly for what we were looking for. They are solid wood, and comfortable.  Chairs came packed two to a box and arrived in good condition. They were in pieces, but once one was put together, the rest followed easily. We ordered 8 chairs. They were easy to assemble. The legs do not have any sort of floor protectors, so we added felt tips which were extra and got these at Walmart. In hindsight, we should have got the kind of floor protectors that are nailed on instead of stick on. That will be my next project. To change the tips out))))

The table measures 66″ in width and 42″ in depth. There is an 18″ leaf and with the leaf in, the table is 88″ Six chairs work perfect, and it’s not really too tight with eight chairs. If you need something smaller, four chairs would work without the leaf.

We wanted to be able to have six chairs around the table all the time, and we tucked two more chairs out of sight, one in my closet which has come in quite handy and one in the office. It’s no trouble to get one of the grandkids to bring in an extra chair when needed. Isn’t that their job?
The color is an off white that the company, Riverside, calls “weathered worn white.” It has distressing along the edges and on the legs and comes from the Aberdeen Collection.
One thing I did learn while shopping for a table, was how much easier extra chairs fit when you choose a table with legs at the corners. Sliding in an extra chair doesn’t work well with the trestle table style, you wind up bumping your knees.
The table is very heavy and is constructed of Poplar hardwood and and Ash veneer. The table arrived in a large flat box and was very heavy. It really takes two men to handle. The legs were easy to attach and the hardware was just the bolts and washers to attach the legs.
And the good news, the table is available on Amazon along with free shipping …..how easy is that! More on my other dining furniture later. Here’s a short video clip too of my new table.
Insert video here.
Here are the care instructions just in case yours doesn’t come with them.
  • Dust with a clean, lint-free absorbent cloth.
  • To clean, use a soft damp cloth. If necessary, use a mild soap solution and rinse with clean, cool water.
  • For extra protection, rub on a light application of good furniture polish. When dry, buff with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid placing furniture in direct sunlight
  • Never let spilled food or beverage dry on the finish.
  • To prevent moisture damage, always use a coaster or pad beneath beverage glasses and potted plants
  • Always use a protective pad beneath lamps or accessories and on writing surface.
  • Do not place rubber or vinyl products on the finish
  • Scratches and nicks can be touched up with a crayon, shoe polish or a touch-up stick.







Love my new table by Riverside
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Riverside Farmhouse Dining Table - Love It! - YouTube

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It's time to start thinking about a new autumn wreath for your front door. Here's a few that we're sharing that were made by customers on the Trendy Tree Custom Designer List.

To purchase a wreath, just click on the image and it will take you to the designer's Easy Shop. If the wreath has already sold out (most are one of a kind creations) browse around, you'll find something else you like for sure.

Cottage House wreaths

This summer floral wreath from Cottage House Wreaths is a perfect wreath that will take you through the right into fall.

Nicole D Creations



Fall wreath by Nicole D. Creations has brown with orange/gold foil base layer with orange and brown ruffles.

Southern Charm Wreaths

This wreath by Southern Charm Wreaths has an adorable scarecrow surrounded by sunflowers.

Southern Charm Wreaths

Here's another wreath from Southern Charm Wreaths and it's loaded with fall foliage and a Happy Fall sign.

Charlie Boy Designs
This creation by Charlie Boy Designs sports a unique fall boot to contain the floral.

Wreaths Galore and More

This wreath from Wreaths Galore and More is a swag style creation with an adorable scarecrow on the front.

Petals Twigs and Bows
The Petals Twigs and Bows wreath is made on a grapeinve wreath and features a copper pumpkin sign.

Festival of Wreaths






The Festival of Wreaths creation has a large wooden pumpkin Happy Fall Sign and coordinating colors of cream, rust and light blue.


Stay tuned and will share more beautiful wreaths for you!

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Have you tried the fresh flowers from Sams? I ran across this page which browsing Patriotic decoration for Memorial Day and these flowers really looked like a good price. I just haven't bought any fresh flowers from Sams so I wasn't sure.

520276 Patriotic Hand Painted Spider Mums - 60 Stems
They seem reasonably priced for sure...60 stems for about $60 Now, that more stems than I would need unless we were having a big backyard barbecue, but their pricing sounds good if you needed flowers for an event.

781837  Bells of Ireland
This green filler plant was unknown to me until last week. My sister passed away and this beautiful plant was part of the greenery in her flowers. After the funeral I chose about six stems from her grave flowers and brought them home. The funeral was ten days ago and the Bells of Ireland still look very nice. I'm amazed at how long they have lasted. Now, I don't know where this particular Bells of Ireland came from, the flowers were from the florist. I just thought it was unique that I just learned about this plant last week and tonight I see it on Sams and know what it is!


If you've had experience with fresh flowers from Sams, please make a comment. I would be interested in know. I love fresh flowers)))
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Someone asked me the other day where I got my pendant lights in the kitchen. So I'm sharing this information along with some images.

When we first started looking for pendant lights for the island, I wasn't sure exactly how many we needed, but the island is about 12' in length so we opted for three lights.

We shopped a couple of lighting stores and found some really beautiful pendant lights, all quite pricey. Then we also looked at Lowe's, Home Depot and Wayfair and settled on these Allen Roth Aged Bronze Vintage Single Clear Glass Pendant lights that we purchased at Lowe's.


The lights look like old gallon jugs! The aged bronze in the description described\s the actual metal part that holds the old fashion Edison style bulb. Another plus is that it comes with a bulb! The Edison lights give off more of a yellow cast versus bright white lights, but this was fine for our purposes. I like the look that is appears to be hanging on a thick rope like wire.

The glass is a hammered style glass that is clear but not sparkling clear. You can find more information on the lights at Lowes. I've included a link in the image.

They are not as ornate as the similar ones we saw in the specialty lighting store, but also about $100 less. 

We have been very happy with the looks of these lights so far, no cons at all from my standpoint.


 



Also at Lowe's.....if you or your husband is a veteran, retired or inactive, you can get an additional 10% off, you just have to ask for it.
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Wednesday was a difficult day. We buried a precious family member. My sister, Karen, was diagnosed with lung cancer in January and died May 7, 2018. We buried her May 9th on what would have been my grandmother's birthday.

This morning, we took my 95 year old dad to the cemetery. He had attended the services, but  wasn't able to go back to the cemetery in the afternoon to see the closed grave. So we took him this morning.



She's buried not far from a huge oak tree and there was shade almost reaching her grave. As we talked, and looked at the flowers I was struggling for something to say without crying and I said, well it won't be long until she will be in the shade of that big oak tree.

Daddy stepped back and said, no, now Jeannie Dale, that's east. The shade will get shorter and will be on the other side of the tree after while. She was in the shade early this morning. The flowers looked fresher so I guess that was why.





So rest in the early morning shade Karen and some day we will see each other again.

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My Living Room


Okay, I'm with most of the women when it comes to recliners in the living. Yes, they are comfortable, but goodness they are usually so big and take us so much room.

We recently moved into our new house and the hubby's old leather easy chair was about 20 years and worn out ten years ago! He realized it had to go and couldn't be moved into the new house so all he talked about was getting a new recliner.

Well, we shopped....and we looked. He sat in recliner after recliner. Wanted a Lazy Boy, but they make noise! I really didn't want him to get a recliner, but was willing to go along with something maybe in fabric, that looked more like as easy chair versus a pillow back recliner that three people could sit in!

So we shopped. He wanted leather. Period. We looked and every time he found something he liked, it either was not leather, not the right color, mechanism wasn't smooth enough etc. He did not want anything other than a handle recline mechanism.

Now you have to understand, my husband worked in the furniture industry practically all his life. He knows his business around upholstered furniture, which comes in very handy. When I picked out some new sofas he was right on board with them because they were eight-way hand tie. Didn't mean a thing to me, but he said, yes, these are quality. They will last for years and could be recovered yadda yadda yadda. They were nice to sit on and fit in the scheme I had in mind for the new living area. Recliners did not.

I mean....what are you going to do with one recliner.....nothing will match it....I didn't want a sofa, loveseat and chair arrangement all out of the same material. I had in mind, two matching sofas facing each either and two easy chairs to compliment the sofas. Not a recliner.

Then we found these recliners. And the store had a matched pair!

Barcalounger Churchill Double Fudge Recliner from Vintage Collection


This recliner is made by Barcalounger. It's called the Churchill and this color is double fudge. It's a press back or push back style recliner. The leather is beautiful and the accent with the nail heads is very nice. Super comfortable and not hard for me to sit and push back. I liked them right off the bat because they don't look so much like a recliner. They look more like as easy chair and are very comfortable sitting upright, not being in the reclining position.

Barcalounger Churchill Recliner


When reclined, they do take up some room, but not excessive. The are pretty from the back also.

Barcalounger Churchill Double Fudge Color
 Since we spent so much time looking for a beautiful recliner, I thought I would share our findings. It might save you some time if you are looking for something similar.

This recliner comes in six colors. The seat cushion is made by Leggett & Platt which is a local company for us and that made it even that much better to us.

These are not inexpensive recliners, but if you are looking for quality, comfort and beauty, you will find it in this Barcalounger recliner. We've had ours for a few months now and I'm sold on them)))

My Living Room

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Supper in a SkilletWell okay…..dinner in a skillet……evening meal in skillet….you know what I mean))) But, here at our house….the evening meal is “supper.”

On the front cover of the January 2012 Southern Living magazine, a new recipe was featured “King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese.” Enough ingredients in this recipe to provide a hearty meal practically all by itself……and…cooked in a skillet no less…….sure sounded like my kind of recipe.

Sure enough, I tried it, we liked it …. and even the grandchildren did…..this is always a plus))) So here’s the recipe……..then all you need is a cast iron skillet.



King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

Makes: 6 Servings

1/2 (16 oz) package cellentani pasta (I used elbow macaroni)
2 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, diced ( I used green onions including the tops)
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (Ro-Tel)
1 (8 oz) package  pasteurized prepared cheese product cubed (Velveeta)
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 /2 cup sour cream
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and saute 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes and green chilies and prepared cheese product; cook, stirring constantly 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Stir in chicken, next 4 ingredients, and hot cooked pasta until blended. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 10-inch cast-iron skillet or 11 x 7 inch baking dish; sprinkle with shredded Cheddar cheese.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Super easy and super good! Just serve right from the skillet. Add a green salad, some rolls and sweet iced tea and you have a good old fashioned Southern “supper.”


(*Recipe from Southern Living, Jan. 2012)

Tip from Southern Living for seasoning a cast-iron skillet:

Scrub skillet well in hot soapy water. rinse.
Dry thoroughly.
Spread a thin layer of melted shortening or vegetable oil over the skillet.
Place it upside down on a middle oven rack at 375 degrees. (Place foil on a lower rack to catch drips.)
Bake 1 hour; let cool in the oven.
To keep your skillet seasoned, just run under hot water for cleaning and avoid using soap, dry well before putting away. (Southern Living Jan. 2012)

My grandmother’s instructions on seasoning a cast-iron skillet:

Build a fire, put the skillet in the fire to burn off all the buildup, then re-season with a coating of lard or bacon fat.
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Don't we all love our mischievous pets! This cute red lighted lantern from RAZ would make the perfect keepsake for that pet lover you know.

3800775 Pups Lighted Lantern from RAZ

This is a new lantern from RAZ from the 2018 Camp Christmas collection. All the lanterns that RAZ has produced over the past couple of years have been widely popular. These new pet lanterns will be equally popular.

They are made of plastic and measure about 4" x 9". They are lighted and have timers! You can set these when you put them out, and the will turn off and turn on every 18 hours. They are battery operated. Kids will love them, but do keep out of the reach of children. They are not toys.


If you are interested in purchasing this item, you can click on the image and go to the product page on Trendy Tree. There is a place there where you can enter your email address to request to be notified the moment they arrive and are available for purchase. Don’t wait!
 
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My favorite way to eat Candy Corn is to mix it up with salted peanuts. Simple and good!

Image by By ewan traveler    
Another way to have calorie free candy corn, would be to decorate for Halloween using the bottle brush style Candy Corn trees from RAZ.

RAZ Autumn Hearth Collection  
RAZ carried these same trees last year and they were so popular, they brought them back to their Autumn Hearth Collection for 2918.


If you are interested in purchasing this item, you can click on the image and go to the product page on Trendy Tree. There is a place there where you can enter your email address to request to be notified the moment they arrive and are available for purchase. Don’t wait!
 
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This picture was taken several years ago, but we used to have a fall backyard party where we decorated an old barn, cooked out, had hayrides and watched movies in the back yard. It was fun. It was also a lot of work!

My decorating has been scaled back! We just moved into our new retirement home this spring and I';m really looking forward to decorating for fall and Halloween.

This new Farmers Market Sign from RAZ will be one of my favorite things to use I think. The item is from the 2018 Farmhouse Fall Collection.

3721314 Farmers Market Sign by RAZ

I love the colors.....love the phrases! It will look perfect just sitting on the hearth or on a table in the foyer with a bowl of green apples....or ornamental squash. The farm house style decorating is so popular these days and I love it. It's a great way of decorating by bringing out some of your old "antiques." They blend right in!

This Farmer's Market sign measures about 16" in ht and is made of MDF. It will be arriving to Trendy Tree some times this June or July.


If you are interested in purchasing this item, you can click on the image and go to the product page on Trendy Tree. There is a place there where you can enter your email address to request to be notified the moment they arrive and are available for purchase. Don’t wait!

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