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I’ve grown to love being in my garden. It wasn’t a place a thought I would take such pleasure in spending vast amounts of my time in. While working hard to get something accomplished isn’t anything new for me, I never anticipated how close and comfy I would end up being with some of our backyard critters. I am learning to love them, and not kill them — however my dog hasn’t quite grasp that concept as I fear we are a long way off from having honey bees anytime soon. They tend to be his favorite backyard game and or treat.

I will dearly miss this summer season, as it has pasted all to quickly for me. I am excited for Fall to approach at whatever speed it mother nature deems fit, but secretly I will always be wishing for spring/summer to come back around again.

15th, 2014 / Danielle /




Invite | Nails | Drink | Cake | Fence Chairs | Table SettingDress | Car

Back to School season is upon us yet again. My Facebook/Instagram/RSS Feeds are full of everyone’s first day back, preparing to go back, or showing they are still in panic mode. Thankfully for me, this time of year just means avoiding all stores and roadways as crazy women drivers are at their absolute peak. No offense, but really Utah already has a serious problem with their drivers. If you add any amount of stress in to that mix…BAM you have an absolute disaster.

Speaking on that note. Did you all have to pay a million dollars in school fees’ this year? I am talking hundreds of dollars per child? Yes, you heard me right. Apparently here that is the norm. People are on payment plans just to get their child into “public schools”. As my grandmother would have said, “My how the times have changed.” I couldn’t have said it any better Grannie!

13th, 2014 / Danielle /



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Oregon is beautiful, hands down. I eagerly enjoyed soaking up the rain, delicate mists, lushes greens, and most of all the crisp ocean air. It was all quite refreshing.



Decarli in Beaverton easily won by a land slide as the best place we had the pleasure of enjoy while in Oregon.
Mine: Beef Shortribs = braised with espresso + dried prunes, creamy spaetzle, gremolata, fresh horseradish
His: Chitarra = pancetta, farm fresh egg, english peas, ricotta

Ice cream for breakfast? Yes, please! (Tillamook ice cream is legendary)

It was an absolute pleasure staying in Florence at this B&B. Loved every detail. Even the awesome tatty biker  from Germany had some wonderful conversation while we all savored our 5 course breakfast menu. It was like being in a movie.

The Columbia River was gorgeous! Multnomah Falls being the highlight.

Our Toyota Prius did us well as we put over 1,200 miles on this peppy red hybrid.






Cupcake | Sparkler | Drink | Ribbon | Skirt | Decor | Stairs | Table Decor

Our Patriotic season is slowing coming to an end. With only Labor Day left in tow, I am personally left a bit sadden. Who doesn’t love singing the Star Spangle Banner, and seeing all of the American flags hung in door ways and windows? I have a great love and admiration for our forefathers and an even a great respect for our country. I love living in America, being an American and enjoy my freedoms that I hope remain in tact for a very long time. I hope this Patriotic season was more than just fancy table decor and yummy Martha Stewart recipes.



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All of my landscaping classes have finally come to a halt. I cannot say I am any better off than when I started, but I can say that I am pretty confident that most of what I have done thus far in my own yard may have not been the greatest idea. Being from the East Coast may have injured my “vision” a bit for massive trees and budding green everywhere. I am learning to cope with a more realistic approach to what is Utah gardening. Until said time when I can own my own piece of farming heaven, I will be content with trying to tame my very own wild yard. Cheers!

5th, 2014 / Danielle /



Grateful for Easter and my Savior this time of year. Even though my napkins were folded bunnies, I still don’t under value what the true meaning of this time of year is. “Because Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind it’s possible for each of us to live again with God.”

#Because of Him

21st, 2014 / Danielle /



Cake | Macrons | Sugar | Drinks | Ice Cream Cone | Popsicle 

Much of the doom and gloom of winter is finally coming to a close. Color has begun to pop up here and there around the valley brining joy to the dead that is Utah winters. One item I am very much looking to is tasting sweet ripe raspberries fresh from our garden. Did I mention that you have to move those little darling every six or so years because they get a terrible disease from the soil? Yeh, you do. I’ve got a few more years left until the big move comes to my garden, thankfully. Here’s to yummies all summer long.





Spring is fast approaching but somehow it is still not fast enough for my taste. My mass collection of bulb that I painstakingly planted last fall have surpassed my hopes by leaps and bound by beginning to pop up from the cold ground below. I hope my spring is full of lushes colors and nose filling pollen, at the least.

I feel as if life was on stand still for a few months, but I am glad to see things are falling back into place. I look forward to much more design time, plenty of gardening & hopefully a few other projects I am looking to get my hands into.

I am bit late at my whole 2014 jump-start. But no time is better than the present, right?