Caramel Apple Pound Cake

Caramel Apple Pound Cake by

It’s finally fall, the perfect time for a dessert with one of fall’s food pleasures, apples.  Caramel Apple Pound Cake gets its caramel flavor from brown sugar in the batter.  Granny Smith apples and plenty of butter make this a super moist cake that I honestly can’t get enough of! After the batter is made, it is layered in a Bundt pan … [Read more...]

Fall Into Cash Giveaway – Win one of two $250 Visa Gift Cards

Fall Into Cash $250 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Can you believe it?  It’s finally fall!  Are you ready for cooler temperatures and the beauty of the changing leaves?  Here in Virginia the temperatures are already cooler and last night it was almost chilly.  Cool night temperatures are definitely a fall favorite for me. In celebration of a new season, I’ve joined with blogging friends … [Read more...]

Best of DIY Linky Party and My Favorite Projects

#BestofDIY Linky Party

Most of you know that one of my passions is DIY.  I truly think doing it myself is in my genes.  I watched my mom and dad make improvement after improvement on their home and my grandparents did the same thing.  I married a handy man and we continue the DIY tradition. Mr. SP and I enjoy building things together.  I come up with the idea and … [Read more...]

Maple Vanilla Chip Cookies

Maple Vanilla Chip Cookie

  We love cookies at our house.  A recipe for Maple Vanilla Chip Cookies has been in my files for many years.  Like my mother and grandmother, I like to write notes beside my recipes when I serve them for various occasions.  The first two notes by this recipe are marked, “6/22/01 – Beach” and “12/01 – Christmas”.  It’s … [Read more...]

New Fall Wreath and a Fun Announcement

Fall Wreath by

When I stop to think about it, my front door has seen a lot of wreaths over the years.  I get so much enjoyment out of making wreaths to adorn my door.  A preserved gourd wreath crafted from gourds that I dried and stained graced my front door in 2012 and then again in 2013.  After two years of use in the fall, the gourds became bleached by the … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Acorns

DIY Faux Acorns

Fall is in the air and it’s time to decorate our homes for the season.  It’s always nice to decorate with the real thing, but for for the crafty types, it’s also fun to make a DIY version of an item found in nature.  Acorns on the ground are a sure sign that fall is on the way.  The real thing tends to fall apart, so why not create a faux … [Read more...]

Classroom Organization :: DIY Pallet Caddy with Office Max Supplies

Classroom Organization with Office Max #inspirestudents #teacherschangelives #Pmedia #ad

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents Now that we are well into September, students are back to school and adapting to the new school year.  This is the fourth week for my students … [Read more...]

Sweet September $500 Cash Giveaway

Sweet September$500 Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the $500 Sweet September Cash Giveaway! Can you believe that it is already September?  I know I can't!  It seems like just yesterday that I was getting out of school eager to start the summer and now I'm back with two weeks of instruction completed. Are you ready for another giveaway?  This time the prize is $500 in PayPal … [Read more...]

Vintage School Map for the Family Room

Vintage School Map from VES in Lynchburg, VA by

  Late last winter I found something that I had been searching for, a vintage school map.  I found my treasure in one of my favorite downtown shops, Estates Revisited, and it is extra special because it is from a local private school.  I’m so glad that VES contacted Estates Revisited to find new homes for some of their old classroom … [Read more...]

Media Cabinet Makeover with Decoupage

Fish Themed Decoupage

It’s the end of August and time for another installment of Themed Furniture Makeovers.  If you aren’t familiar with this series, a group of blogging friends who enjoy painting furniture team up each month to make over a piece of furniture with a theme.  This month’s theme is decoupage. I wasn’t sure what I’d make over this month … [Read more...]