Where did The Peppered Peony get it’s name…

Where did The Peppered Peony get it’s name? I get that question a lot. It’s nothing very romantic or deep.  I wanted a catchy name that had some alliteration.  I started thinking of things I like.  It wasn’t long until I had a list with the word Peony starred multiple times. It’s my  favorite flower […]

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TPP’s First Trunk Show

This is sooo exciting.  I’ve had quite a lot of fun at my shows selling all my goodies, but most of my local friends haven’t been able to see what I’m up to much less buy any of my treasures unless they use stop by or ask me to find something for them.  Because of […]

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Putting my home on a diet…

This house is going on a diet! I know.  I know.  I’m not supposed to say diet.  I’m supposed to say lifestyle change, but who am I kidding.  I’ll be really good for a few weeks, and then, BAM! I walk into Target, pull a pile of catalogs out of my mailbox or pick up […]

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How to get dishes that really sparkle…

This is going to be a short and sweet post. I have been asked a ton how I get my glassware so sparkly. Here’s the secret… Ready… Yep.  That’s it.  Great Value Dishwasher Powder and Vinegar. I used to use the little dishwasher packs.  I tried them all, and nothing very spectacular happened.  Then one […]

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How to decorate (for the DIY’er) series…

I was going to post a recipe today, but I’m actually really excited about this Pin from Home Stories A to Z.  I added to my Advice Column Board on Pinterest. It’s been out a while, but still has some really good tips in a series from a lot of great DIY/Decorating/Organizing/Re-Purpousing blogs like House of […]

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Where to start…

As I sit here typing, I realize I’m listening to my daughter in the basement singing to some song I can’t hear because she has earbuds in while she sands and primes the boards and beadboard we are putting on her “new” bathroom ceiling tonight.  I’m simultaneously listening to my son up in Avery’s “new” […]

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So I’m Not Special…

Apparently from the comments on FB, my recent phone calls and texts and pretty much all conversations I’ve had with pretty much anyone since my last post, I am not alone in my disappointment this holiday season. Everyone seems out of sorts. Almost no one has it together this Christmas.  I’m not special. I can’t […]

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There is Something Wrong Here…

This year it hasn’t felt much like Christmas around here. We just got a couple of small trees put up. We haven’t put a single light or wreath in front of our house.  There is no Santa collection meticulously displayed, no present waiting for our mail carrier, no time to ring the bell for Salvation […]

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Listening is an Act of Love…

Whilst trying to jot down today’s “must do” list, I also had half an eye on my FB news.  Something grabbed my attention that I would love to share with you. StoryCorps is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  What’s Story Corps?  I’m glad you asked. On StoryCorps’ about page I found this: About Us […]

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Some things are just better the next day…

Some things just taste better the next day.  Some things need a little more time to get it right. Some of the things I prefer the next day are: this recipe in this post for Chicken and Dumplins chili homemade potato salad cheater peach cobbler this recipe that I pinned here from Martha Stewart (of […]

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