Random thoughts on a cloudy wanting to be sunny Saturday morning:

1. Hydrangea season is here. Did you know if your hydrangea wilts you can bring it back? Recut the stem at an angle ust place it in a cold bowl of water for several minutes.

2. It was an amazing week on another scintillating episode of “What I Bought Wednesday” including the cutest pillow for only $12.

You can see the episode over on my YouTube channel here.

3. I just finished “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. I cried and wept and wished I could help in some way and my heart was so happy at the ending. For everyone who recommended this book to me? I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about ideas for adding a little beach into your decorating and how to make the best 2-ingredient vegetable dip and ideas for red white and blue decorating and these simple ideas for outdoor entertaining.

5. Have you ever frozen grapes before? Someone told me they are amazing.

6. We’ve been listening to the podcast, “The Pitch” and it’s so fascinating to me. Kind of like Shark Tank in business form.

And now?

Let’s see all the stuff I’ve found for us from around the web.

Spoiler alert: it’s amazing. 🙂

Have you ever wanted to create your own recipes but you didn’t know how?

Come sit by me.

Good thing I found this post for us.

This cinnamon apple granola recipe.

It looks like summer to me.

See the recipe here.

Look at this adorable handpainted tea towel.

It makes me so happy.

You can see all the details here.

And I found the cutest idea for us for any summer get-togethers.

A popcorn bar.

Here’s the list of all the topping ideas for the perfect make-it-yourself popcorn.


And in random news:

This fun pillow DIY

This summer cabin

This beautiful house tour

These air-fried breakfast potatoes

This summer bucket list

This beautiful book

These waffle ice cream sandwiches

This bathroom

The cutest ever

This amazing before and after table

7 uses for tension rods you may not have thought of

This makeover

And this.

This is such an adorable idea (both the pots and the flowers)

And one more for the road

Do you have these types of columns?

Here’s a SIMPLE and easy inexpensive fix.

Happy Random Saturday To You

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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    How To Make a Rainy Day Better: Read Thistlekeeping, of course! In answer to your questions, frozen grapes are the bomb. And you can try just a few to see if you like it before committing to a whole bunch. Extra thanks for the popcorn bar link. I just may be using that idea in the near future!

  2. Image for Liz Shivel Liz Shivel

    Hi KariAnne, I always enjoy reading your posts and your Wednesday shopping tips! Question … maybe it’s how I’m watching your video, but everything is reverse of what it should be in viewing. When you held up the “Makeup” towel, the wording is backwards. It’s like you video yourself using a mirror. It’s like the video part should be flipped so everything reads correctly. Any ideas on how to fix that?

  3. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Yes. Frozen grapes are amazingly good...and thanks for reminding me! Using you as an inspiration, I've finally got myself back on a sensible eating plan and recall now that frozen grapes are a wonderful substitute for ice cream or other frozen desserts.

  4. Image for Kathy Weber Kathy Weber

    I am so glad you finished The Nightingale, KariAnne! I think we have no idea what the generations before us endured during the wars. I feel so humbled when I realize the true cost of war and not just on the military, but the citizens! I know this book will stay with you a long time. Kathy

  5. Image for PJ PJ

    The Nightingale is one of my very favorite books. I highly recommend Kristin Hannah's newest book, The Four Winds. I read so many books during this past year, and this one stands out as one of the best of the bunch. Have an amazing day!

    1. Image for francis c moore francis c moore

      I just finished The Nightingale. WOW! No words to express the emotions that it aroused in me. I read The Four Winds a couple of weeks ago, and it was also a page turner. Another book, Comfort and Joy by Hannah is another good read. I think it was one of her earlier books.

  6. Image for Marti Marti

    The Nightingale was the best book I’ve ever read (the writer unfortunately did not follow through with another book this good).

  7. Image for Judy Judy

    Frozen grapes are great! Bonefish Restaurant serves its Pomegranate Martini with 3 frozen grapes on a toothpick. The grapes keep the martini cold and do not interfere with the taste. Yum!

  8. Image for Ann Zimmermann Ann Zimmermann

    Yes, frozen grapes are awesome. After washing, I count out 12 in little snack size baggies and then put all those into a large Zip loc to freeze. The MOST AWESOME are the green grapes that tout that they taste like cotton candy. I reluctantly paid the extra price for them not expecting much. They taste JUST LIKE cotton candy.

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