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Making It Match (Sorta)

Several years ago, I drew out a design and measurements of a coffee table that I wanted my Hunny and I to make.  It was for an awkward space in our great room.  A lot of you from my old place 'Life on our Mountain', will probably remember this table project.  The way this room is set up, it doesn't leave a lot of choices for furniture placement.  We've tried every placement you could think of, but this one is the one that works and flows, and since the room is about 25' long, it needs balance on both sides.  One whole wall is windows and doors for the beautiful view we have, another wall is a fireplace and bookcase wall.  The two side walls on either side of the room is where the sofa and loveseat are placed.  It's very open and has 5 doors that are heavily used.  This empty space needed something that could be used as a foot prop, a book and plant holder, as well as enduring many cups of coffee that it would undoubtedly be used for.  
This table worked wonderfully for years, until we acquired a set of light creamy white cottage style tables.  See my dilemma? That black table with the walnut stained top was throwing the entire room off with the new lighter furniture added.  Believe it or not, this table remained like this for months, until one day I just decided to go for it.

I went to buy paint on a whim without even taking anything to try to match the paint I was about to have mixed.  I just 'eyeballed' it and I was pleasantly surprised at how close of a match the paint was.  

I sanded it lightly, because it looked as if the cottage tables were scuffed a bit (on purpose) and had black paint underneath showing through.  So I wanted to try to achieve this same or similar look.

 After three coats of paint, lightly sanding in between each coat, I was ready to scuff it up a bit to match my newer tables.

After sanding the creamy white off in different areas, allowing some of the black to show through, I stained the top of it a nice oak that my brother happened to have that was surprisingly close to the oak tops of the cottage tables.  Win!

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Letting Go

Sometimes that's all we can do. 
And oh!  How good it feels to breathe deeply and let go!
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“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen. ”
― Reinhold Niebuhr
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Looking Back

I realize that the month of July is nearly over, but I wanted to share a few phone photos from July 4th for my family who reads this little blog. :)
We didn't have any big celebration or go on vacation, but we did have our little family together at our home, enjoying a good meal, treats and a few sparklers.  

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Enter My Young Living Essential Oil Drawing! [A Giveaway]

Last week I announced on my Instagram feed that I'd be giving away one 15ml bottle of Young Living Citronella Essential Oil to one of my readers.  Today is the day you can enter to win!  I wish I could give everyone of you a bottle of this wonderful oil!  

I thought since summer is in full swing, it would be nice to share a bottle of Citronella Essential Oil with one of you.  I'm sure that all of you have heard about Citronella being a natural insect repellent, right?  But did you know that it's also used for respiratory support as well as having mood lifting properties?

Citronella has also been used as an antidepressant, antiseptic,  anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, as well as having many other uses.  It's an essential oil that you want to keep on hand!


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*If you'd like more information about the wonderful benefits of using Young Living Essential Oil, please click here to read all about my essential oil testimony and how they've helped myself and my family!  
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

*Giveaway open to US residents only.  

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Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler Recipe

Hi friends!  I posted a peach cobbler photo on Instagram a few days ago and have been asked to share the recipe I use.  I thought I'd share it here on my blog because it's so much easier to type a recipe on the computer than on my tiny little phone keyboard.  :)  
This recipe was passed down to me from my mother, passed down to her from her mother.  It is so easy ladies!  And you know the great part about this recipe?  You can substitute any fruit of your choice in the place of the peaches!  Imagine whipping up a blackberry cobbler, blueberry cobbler or raspberry cobbler  using one simple base recipe!
I've included a printable recipe at the bottom of the post. 

Ok, here's what you'll need to make the easy cobbler recipe:
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*Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler*

1 cup of flour (self-rising)

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of milk

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 stick of margarine or butter

1 large can of sliced peaches 

9x9 square baking pan or cast iron skillet

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Here's what you'll do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add stick of butter to skillet or pan, place in preheating oven to melt butter.

Mix the flour, sugar, milk and vanilla extract; set batter aside.
After butter is melted, pour peaches (and syrup) into the melted butter, spread evenly.
Pour batter over peaches.

Bake for 45-55 minutes (ovens may vary) or until the top is golden brown.  
Tip:  *You will most likely see the fruit bubbling around the edges during the baking process.  I always put a cookie sheet on the lowest rack in my oven to catch any overflow.

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler Printable Recipe Here
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