Friday, June 27, 2014

Rustic Patriotic Wreath


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This year, I wanted something a little different for my front door to show off patriotic colors for the 4th of July.  I made a burlap wreath last fall, but it lives at my daughter's house. I decided to create one to keep and July 4th is the perfect occasion to showcase a colorful wreath.
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chocolate Cake With Cream Cheese Filling and Butter Cream Frosting

Triple Chocolate Cake

From North of the Boulevard~


My husband is a chocolate lover.  To him, the more chocolate, the better.  In honor of Father's Day, it's only fitting that he gets his favorite.  I cheated just a little by using a boxed cake mix and enhancing it using the "how to make a box cake taste like a bakery" recipe. While it may not taste just like a bakery cake, it does make an incredibly rich and moist cake. And to be honest, as long as it's chocolate, he isn't going to be too particular about how it was made.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Turn a Favorite Quote Into a Decor Item

table top frame decor

From North of the Boulevard~

One of my favorite life quotes comes from Oliver Wendell Holmes. “Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.” That’s a powerful message. If we show love, we can overcome so many of life’s obstacles. Too often, we don’t give enough merit to the power of love. 

I've looked around for some wall or tabletop décor which features this quote, but my searches didn’t turn out to be productive. So, I began to think about how I could create my own tabletop piece. When you can find it, make it!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Guns Everywhere



When, or perhaps more importantly how, did shootings become commonplace in America? The phrase, “the latest shooting” should cause each one of us to shudder. It cannot be accepted as normal.  There is nothing normal about gun violence. At what point do we as American citizens stand up, shout out loud and bring about true and sensible gun restrictions?
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Cake Mix Brownies

Cake Mix Brownies

From North of the Boulevard~

When in need of a chocolate fix, sometimes, there is nothing better than a rich, chewy brownie. Not wanting to spend the time to make them from scratch, I did a quick search in my pantry for a mix. To my dismay, there was not one to be found. There was, however, a devil's food cake mix. Off to Pinterest I went in search of the perfect made from a cake mix brownie recipe. 
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Silky Flowers

DIY Silk Flowers

From North of the Boulevard~

For Gloria's wedding, we used silky flowers as part of the tablescape decor. After tons of trials and errors using various online tutorials, I decided to take bits and pieces from a few of them and try my luck with my own version. 
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade Kool Aid Pie


From North of the Boulevard~


Think you can't make a delicious dessert in less than five minutes prep time? This recipe proves you can. This is one of the easiest Pinterest dessert finds ever for me. Three ingredients and a pie crust-that's all you'll need for a melt in your mouth dessert.
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Patriotic Felt Squares Wreath

Patriotic Felt Wreath

From North of the Boulevard~

This is a really easy wreath to make. The end result lets you show off your American pride. It doesn't get much easier than pinning felt squares to a foam wreath!
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