Spending time outside with my mom planting has been such a special experience this spring and summer. We’ve planted a hillside of lavender, a shaded fern garden with a hanging bird feeder that is beloved by the main birds who frequent the woods behind our house, more peonies have been planted around the deck, our birdhouse has been home to two sets of bluebirds and is surrounded by lilacs, butterfly bushes, and alliums. The most special moments of all happened last weekend. We’d noticed that the last of the baby birds had been poking its head and tail feathers in and out of the birdhouse all day. Its parents had been attempting to coax it out with worms and other delicious ‘foods’ since the following afternoon. So when I was in the yard I walked over to the birdhouse and stood about 12 feet from it. The little bird inside peered at me wondering for a while why the ‘crazy lady’ was talking to it and then finally out it came, flying right by me (briefly considering my shoulder, but then realizing ‘Wow, I have wings!’ and flew over to the peony beds by the house.
Every year we’ve been hoping to see one of the baby birds fly out of the nest, and this year we finally did. Magical!
Broma Bakery shares the Perfect Cheesecake recipe. Also, check out the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie. (Seriously, I’m running out to buy some chocolate chips right now!)
Just in case you missed it in Thursday’s interview with Alexandra de Curtis and you’re in search of a handbag that will take you everywhere from brunch to the office, you can get 15% off your order with the code: CHRISTA15
Try out these Berry Hand Pies from How Sweet Eats for your Independence Day festivities tomorrow. Or if you want to kick the taste profile up another notch, check out this Flippo Berio Balsamic Blackberry and Ricotta Hand Pies.
Happily Grey created a Farmer’s Market birthday party for her little girl, Navy James.
Can’t get enough cookie dough? Try out this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from Curly Girl Kitchen. Also, try out these Key Lime Pie Cupcakes and Brown Butter Peach Crumb Bars.
The Everyday Parisian shares What’s New in Paris.
This Picnic Style Brie and Proscuitto Sandwich from Half Baked Harvest looks EPIC!
There is a distinct lack of red in my wardrobe, and this Cherry Red look from Julia Berolzheimer is perfect for summer.
Boost the flavor of your typical potato salad with this recipe for Potato Salad with Pesto from Living Lou.
Say it with me, Triple Chocolate Lavender Brownies. Y-U-M-M-Y!
Weezie Towels is having a moving sale and there are quite a few things for the littles that would make the perfect baby shower gifts.
If you need a vegan-friendly option for your Independence Day guests, try out these Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries from Fraiche Living. Also, check out this Proscuitto Melon Salad.
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