It Is Almost Strawberry Season!

It Is Almost Strawberry Season!

Spring is coming and that means strawberries are coming too!! Get ready people! Spring is coming and I cannot wait! We have had a taste of spring and now we North Carolinians don’t want to go back to the cold weather. It is only February. It is going to be 80 degrees today! It was so warm yesterday that my husband and I went to the beach for the day. It was a wonderful day. We had a nice seafood lunch and walked on the beach. It was about 76 degrees outside. It was cooler on the beach but that didn’t stop the people from showing up in their bikinis! LOL!

You know what the warm weather means? It means that spring is near and with spring comes strawberries!! I love strawberry season! My daughter Maya and I went to the strawberry farm with my friend Mary and her daughter Reagan last year and we had a great time. The strawberry farm we go to is Porter Farms and they also have the best homemade ice cream! We picked lots of yummy strawberries and then we had some ice cream. Yum! I love their “Nanner Puddin” (banana pudding) ice cream and their “Butter Pecan” ice cream. It’s all good! My daughter’s favorite flavor is “birthday cake”. You can pick your own strawberries or buy some that have been picked for you. We have been enjoying Porter Farms for years. Sometimes I buy the fresh vegetables that they sell and they have a nice selection of herb plants. This hidden gem is well worth the drive to the country. If you are local and want to visit, here is the address:

Porter Farms & Nursery Farm Market
3525 NC-42
Willow Spring, NC 27592

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Strawberries don’t last long in my house. Kids are usually home for the summer and they love strawberries as much as I do. We just like to eat them by themselves but I also like to make strawberry pancakes, strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream and strawberry ice cream. For a healthy treat, I make a juice in my Nutribullet with strawberries, baby spinach, cucumber, chia seeds and ½ of a banana. I put water and ice in and blend. It’s very good!

I hope I haven’t teased you too much. You want some strawberries now don’t you?! Here are some pictures of last year’s visit to the strawberry farm. I’m looking forward to visiting this year! Enjoy your day!! Talk to you soon!

DIY Cornice Board

DIY Cornice Board

Hi there! I hope you all had a great week! I have been meaning to tell you about a DIY cornice board that I made with my son’s help. We made it for my family room and it was so easy to make. It is made out of foam insulation board (Polystyrene) that I purchased from Home Depot for $8 and some change.  I found the fabric at a steal from a sewing store that is closing. The fabric is by Waverly. I only paid $2.60 a yard and I bought all that they had which is a yard and a half. Now let me tell you, I don’t know how to sew. It’s the one class that I wish I had taken in high school. If I can do this, so can you. Basically, all you do is cut the foam, push finishing nails in to hold the sides on after hot gluing. Then wrap the cornice with your fabric! I used T- pins. If I ever want to change the fabric out, I can. My Aunt that is an awesome seamstress recovered one side of my pillows that are on my couch. She is such a good seamstress! Now my family room looks so much better!! I hated the ugly color that was on the pillows (one side of the pillows) before. I’m so glad she helped me with this project.  Back to the cornice board, my son is in college and is studying Architecture so measuring and cutting is fun for him. He was fascinated with the project and even helped me hang the cornice board above the window! I have included a few pictures of the cornice board and one of the pillows. I need to make another cornice board for the door. That will be a small one and I think the room will look even better.

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I did not come up with the idea on my own. If you look on Pinterest, you’ll find tons of ideas. I found the instructions on a blog called In My Own Style. I would like to thank Diane Henkler for her post and instructions on the cornice. Here is the link to her blog.  www.inmyownstyle.com She made things really easy to understand. Thank you so much Diane! I couldn’t have done this without your instructions!

 

I had so much fun with this project and the finished cornice board really makes the room look so much better! I’m slowly improving the family room as I find art and accessories. Do something creative and have a great day!! Until next time!