Please tell me you like rooms with tufted benches and giant clocks on the wall and farmhouse tables with white ironstone as much as I do.

Have you met Dear Lillie’s new dining room?

It will make you sigh and wish you had saved your hydrangea instead of putting them in the Christmas tree.


I love a recipe with three ingredients.



And one of them comes from the refrigerated aisle of the grocery store. 🙂

You can find the recipe for these Strawberry Stuffed Crescent Rolls….here.


Here’s some fun ideas on how to pack a picnic from my friend Heidi.

She’s amazing.

And creative.

And the best party planner around.

And if you need a few ideas for a creative party…you can find them here.

bloggers and brands

My friend Shannon wrote an e-book about working with brands.

She talks about negotiations and what not to say in an e-mail to a brand and where to find brand contacts and how much to charge and about a million other helpful tips.

If you want to turn your blog into a business….it’s a great place to start.

You can purchase the e-book….here.

And if you have questions about money or brands or ideas or need suggestions on where to start….grab a cup of coffee and join us over at the forum at 9:00 AM CST.

Just click here to join in the discussion.

Shannon will be there to answer your brand and business questions.

Happy random Saturday to you.

PS  I know that Downton Abbey is over for now.  But I found this fun quiz to help determine which character you are on Downton.

I was the Earl of Grantham.

Is anyone surprised? 🙂

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  1. Happy Saturday!! Will the forum info be available after Monday??

  2. Just wanted to share my Downton Abbey personality: I’m Anna the head housemaid. That’s fitting of a stay at home mom, right?! And I love Dear Lillie! Her rooms inspire me daily, like yours do!

    • Brenna,

      She is my favorite character! Love her sweet spirit!

      Happy day friend!

      • Then I guess it’s a good thing that I am also Anna! I was really surprised! I just KNEW I would end up being that wretched Cora!

  3. We’re only on episode 3!

    That’s what I get for letting Morgan talk me into watching House of Cards with him.

  4. Well…now I can check out Dear Lillie, while eating my 3-ingredient breakfast, then go for 2nds and read Bloggers & Brands! ;p Love the round-up, Karianne! Thanks so much for including me! <3 Heidi

  5. I’m the Earl of Grantham as well. Bummer….I really wanted to be “Mary”!!

  6. Brilliant post! Love it all. Shannon’s book is wonderful. I’m Anna! Hmm, a bit boring and hardworking…

  7. You are always sharing such wonderful things, so I’m sharing back something you might like…..3-ingredients, slow cooking, by Bonet, Hildebrand and Hildebrand!!! Fantastic…..and I’m Carson. You’re upstairs, I’m downstairs…lol

  8. ummm, I am the Dowager. Wish I had someone following me around writing all of those great lines. LOL

  9. Thank you so much for featuring our dining room! Off to check out that delicious looking recipe!!!

  10. Ha! I got Mary!!! 🙂

    I love tufted benches. Someday I want a dining room where one side of the table is a bench. Sigh.

    Going to look at floor covering today! Then to the grocery for bread and eggs . . . Winter storm’s a-comin’!

  11. Lady Sybil Crawley for me. Love your blog!

  12. Happy Saturday……Love all kinds of Benches. Beautful Dining Room.

  13. I took the quiz twice (still trying to be true to the essence of me) and it’s official…I’m Anna the Head Maid 🙂 At least I’m competent, the idea employee and loyal to a fault even if I have no money!
    Oh, and I adore tufted benches, farm tables and ironstone…
    Thanks for a fun read..have a great weekend!

  14. I’m so sad Downton Abbey is over. I got Anna. Love her, but the Dowager is my favorite. She has the best facial expressions 🙂 Have a great weekend. Headed over to the forum 🙂

  15. Love that dining room! WANT the stuffed crescents!!! Have never watched Downton!!!!!!!!! Can you believe that??? Just never got into it! Happy Saturday, Karianne!

  16. Sheryll & Critters. :

    Oh wow, Dear Lillies dining room is looking like a dream come true. I am taking notes and thinking of wishing to copy it right now.

    Mine is so very tiny though…. it is just the end of the narrow, tiny, living room. But I am loving the colors most. I might break down and go with grey IF I thought it would not clash with my light brick (or what ever the heck it is called) fireplace! And to boot, I will surely have to paint my trim as well and there is a lot of it. The only room in the house that has crown molding and it along with the baseboards and trim is this clear coated Oak I think. And the light, fake…. err faux paneling looks to be sort of Pine look with a pinkish tint……… HELP? At least all the ceilings are white, thank goodness.

  17. I was just talking to a friend about stuffed Crescent rolls this AM…Chocolate is good too..

  18. But I DID save my hydrangeas! They are in my living room in a rustic wooden pitcher and they occasionally shed all over causing me excessive vacuuming–which is bad, because, as Violet, I really shouldn’t be participating in such domestic tasks. Alas, my only downstairs “staff” is the cat and he doesn’t even have opposable thumbs, much less the ability to do housework.

    Dear Lillie’s room is to-die-for. 🙂 My husband and I went to the beach at Lake Michigan last weekend. Ice out as far as the eye can see. So hard to believe we will be sweating in the sun there in a few months.

  19. Love this Saturday treat… Just purchased the book, took the quiz (Matthew Crawley 🙂 and you reminded me that I want to create jewelry based on the season finale. Loved the jewelry in every scene! I adore Maggie Smith… Thank you!

  20. Just downloaded the e-book. Thanks for the promotion of the book. I saw something about it on Instagram but it was good to hear your thoughts.

  21. Saw that dining room and love it…Great “Thistlekeeping” today!

  22. I am John Bates, lol