Thanksgiving Table Ideas DIY

Random thoughts on a cloudy Saturday morning:

1.  I’m collecting measuring cups.  I just decided.  They have to be white or cream with writing and I’m up to four different cups right now.  That counts as a collection….right?

2.  I am bursting at the seams to tell you about four different amazing things that are going on at the same time.  As soon as I can I will.

3.  Does anyone have a biscuit recipe?  I mean like a melt-in-your-mouth-sit-back-and-say-your-prayers kind of biscuit?  If so, can you share?

4.  I went to Joanna Gaines’ shop and bought her signature candle.  It’s like the perfect summer day.  I wish blogs offered smell-a-vision so I could share the scent with you.

5.  I just finished the book Orphan Train.  You have to read it.  It was amazing.

6.  And wish me luck.  I have a baseball game, the water park and grocery shopping today.

Good times. 🙂

a piece of rainbow

Do you like tassels?

And vintage burlap coffee bags?

Oh good.  This is the project for you.

See the entire DIY….here.


I’ve loved these ever since I first saw them at Anthropologie.

But much easier on the wallet if you make your own.

DIY found….here.

Fourth of July Apple Pie

Is there anything better than apple pie?


An apple pie made just for the Fourth.

Recipe found here.


This post made me smile.

Life truths according to Rigby and Fitz.

Don’t those faces make you smile. 🙂


And in random news this week:

Cute idea for a milk bottle.

Want to make your own boxes?  Easy template ideas.

Here’s 5 ways to make your Fourth of July even more fabulous.

Love this wallpaper.

A giant Post-It desk?  Brilliant.

And no one ever says it better than Disney.

Butler's Pantry with fridge

And one more for the road.

Need a fun project this weekend?

We completely finished this floor in a weekend with peel and stick tile.


Happy Random Saturday to You!

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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    Here's my swear-by biscuit recipe. Don't be scared off by the yeast--it's easy. I have two tips for you, whatever recipe you use--1) use Martha White flour or White Lily flour--they have a lower gluten content and will make a more tender biscuit (you live in the south, so those brands should be easy for you to locate) 2) don't handle your dough very much. Most recipes will have you mix up your dry ingredients and cut in your butter/shortening/lard. Then you will add a liquid (usually buttermilk and I find using the real deal works best, rather than adding lemon juice to milk to sour it)--add it just till combined. If you knead it, I only do it about 5 times or until the dough all comes together. At this stage, the more you knead/stir/whatever, the more gluten develops and you get a tough biscuit. OK, enough about technique. Here's the recipe: Angel Biscuits 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons) 1/2 cup warm water (100*-110*) 5 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 2 cups buttermilk (low-fat is fine) cooking spray 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1) dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes. 2) lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk to flour mixture; stir just until moist. Cover and chill 1 hour. 3) preheat oven to 450* 4) turn the dough out onto a heavily floured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush the melted butter over the biscuit tops. Bake at 450* for 12 minutes or until golden. Yield: 2 dozen (serving size=one biscuit) source: Cooking Light magazine

  2. Image for Leslie Leslie

    I have the biscuit recipe for you! Only 4 ingredients, easy and amazing!! Strawberry butter and you will make friends for life! ❤️Promise!!!

    1. Image for Leslie Leslie

      Here it is: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt one stick butter (real stuff!) in a 9 x 13 pan Measure out 4 c. Bisquick in a mixing bowl and add 1 c. Sour cream and mix together. Add 1 c. Sprite and mix in. At this point you will look mortified and think: this will never work! Take a deep breath! I roll out a peice of parchment paper about the size of the pan...pour the biscuit goo on top and spread out evenly and then use w serrated Knife and cut what would look like a biscuit size...put it in the butter in the pan and flip..and keep filling up the pan and scrunching it all together, coating both sides til they are all in. Parchment paper tossed makes for easy counter clean up! Place in your preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. These are amazing and even over the top with strawberry butter: 1 stick softened butter ( real again!) Mix in mixer until fluffy and then mix in 1/4 c. Powdered sugar. At the end add one chopped strawberry and finish mixing. You will now be the biscuit queen!❤️❤️❤️

  3. Image for Mimi Mimi

    You're right--that Post-It desk is pure genius! My giant desk calendar usually serves that purpose, but all those dates and boxes are so distracting! :-) I have always had an odd fascination with the Orphan Train, so I will have to definitely check that book out--thanks for the suggestion! Good luck on your Saturday agenda!

  4. Image for Beverly Beverly

    I don't use a recipe, but I found this on-line, and it is exactly what I do. Drop dead and melt in your mouth.♥♥♥

  5. Image for Janette @ The 2 Seasons Janette @ The 2 Seasons

    You have just hit pay dirt. Here is the best biscuit recipe ever. If you want plain biscuits, just don't add the lemon zest or glaze. I also have a cinnamon version of this biscuit. It is the best and easiest biscuit recipe I have EVER made:

  6. Image for Mandy Mandy

    My Granny made the best biscuits ever. I used to sit up on a stool in her kitchen and watch. She always gave me a little piece of dough to play with while she rolled out her biscuits with a pepsi bottle. Every time I make biscuits, I think about my sweet Granny. The brand of flour is very important and the baking powder should be new. I've learned that the best biscuits take practice. You learn over time just how the dough should feel for really good, fluffy biscuits. I don't use a rolling pin. It presses the dough down too hard. Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Ingredients: 4 cups White Lily all-purpose flour, plus a little more for dusting the table 2 TBSP baking powder, make sure it's not old 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar 2 sticks very cold salted butter, plus more for brushing on biscuits 1 1/2 cups buttermilk Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450. 2. Whisk together dry ingredients. 3. Dice the butter, then cut into the flour with a pastry cutter. 4. Pour in the buttermilk, then gently mix with a spatula. 5. Dust the table with flour. 6. Dump the dough on the table, and gently press together with your hands. 7. Press it out a little, then fold it in half. 8. Repeat step 7 several more times, folding it in half each time. (This makes layers in the biscuits.) 9. Use your hands to press out the dough to about 2 inch thickness, then cut into biscuits with a large biscuit cutter. Gather scraps and continue cutting biscuits. 10. Place on a parchment covered baking sheet. 11. Brush the tops with melted cutter. You can also sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper if you want to... 12. Bake at least 15 minutes, until they look perfect. 13. When they come out of the oven, I usually brush them with more melted butter. Serve with Honey Butter: Mix 1 stick softened salted butter, 1/3 cup honey, 1 Tbsp powdered sugar, pinch of salt. Store in fridge.

  7. Image for dawn@joyfulscribblings dawn@joyfulscribblings

    I love Joanna Gaines. Now I need that candle :) Rigby and Fritz make me smile too. Do you have the link for the post? I didn't see it. I've seen the Orphan Train and have been wanting to read it. Thanks for the recommendations and I hope you have a great weekend friend.

  8. Image for angela@spinachtiger angela@spinachtiger

    My biscuits are kinda semi-famous around here. I have 18 kinds, but these are the basic, fluffy biscuits I just demonstrated at Williams Sonoma and my most visited post.

  9. Image for kippy kippy

    The recipe on the Gold Medal self rising flour bag is good. Like others have said, don't overmix/overknead the dough. Have not made Trisha Yearwood's father's biscuit recipe, but it is printed and in the "gonna make these sometime" section of the recipe binder.

  10. Image for debd debd

    What kind of dogs are right and fritz? I use the bisquik recipe. Be careful not to stir or knead too much. Have a great weekend, deb

  11. Image for Diane Diane

    Read the Orphan Train and have recommended it to all. Hard to believe it is based on fact. You must read The good. Enjoy all those biscuits and have a blessed weekend.

  12. Image for The Vintage Vixen The Vintage Vixen

    I read "Orphan Train" and loved it also. I also love peel and stick tile. I used it in my house. I think it does for floors what paint does for everything it touches!!! Sorry, I do not have a biscuit recipe. But if you ever want to learn how to make a REAL authentic Italian tomato sauce, I am your girl!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  13. Image for Peg Peg

    I dont't have a biscuit recipe, but you have a lot of yummy ones to choose from! I may try the lemon one. Your peel 'n stick floor looks absolutely amazing! Who knew?! : )

  14. Image for Norma Jean Norma Jean

    Read Orphan Train last month. It was a very good read. Look up Angel Biscuits on the internet. They are easy to make, light and "heavenly". :) Mimi "Z" and her teens are passing through Nashville and spending the night with us. Do you remember her (Debbie's middle sister from CVFSB)?

  15. Image for Judy Pimperl Judy Pimperl

    I have a wonderful biscuit recipe that my aunt gave to me years ago. It's one that the school used when she was a cafeteria lady. I've always loved it because it makes a ton. I will have to share it with you in a day or two, because I am away from home at the moment and don't have access to it. It's called Freezer Biscuits, and uses a whole half gallon of buttermilk! You have to use a really big bowl to mix them. And I like to use them to pat out little pizza crusts, and make cinnamon rolls, and whatever else you can think of...will share as soon as I get home. Judy @

  16. Image for Pendra Pendra

    After seeing all these yummy recipes I guess I'm not very good cook, because I just use frozen bread dough and cut it up... works great and saves lots of time... yup, it's official, I am NOT a good cook! Happy Saturday!

  17. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    Talk about books you have to read...darlin' you've got to read The Boys in the Boat. Best writer, great summer topic, lessons for your kids. Amazing.

  18. Image for carol carroll carol carroll

    Ok girl you have enough biscuit recipes to last you til you ARE a Granny yourself. I am more interested in the fact you were in Waco, does that mean you live close to Temple, Belton, Texas by any chance? We have a darling Vintage shop in Belton on 6th Street if you are ever up this way. Let me know, I have a great home I would share with you. ALL Bella Notte bedding , pool, etc. Bless Jesus for it all, as I do Interior Design, also. and I love you and your blog , even without red lipstick and make up. lol

  19. Image for ananda ananda

    thank you dear karianne for the love!!! and i am going to pin this post for when i need to make biscuits too!! many delicious summer days to you!! xo

  20. Image for Barbara Neubeck Barbara Neubeck

    .. Hi KariAnne ...... Yep, 4 measuring cups is a collection...... The biscuit recipes that have been posted are all wonderful..... I hope you enjoyed the baseball game and the water park..... and the grocery shopping.. lol .... Hugs ... Barb xxx

  21. Image for Susan Susan

    Oh my, Rigby and Fitz' post gave me an incurable case of the "awwwwws"...they are adowable! I'll bet little Bonzai would write an amazing post of his own...he's, no doubt, got lots of stories to tell! And I really need one of those Post It tables in my life...I find myself constantly looking for a notebook or piece of paper to jot things down...this would be such a huge help! Also love the idea of the coffee sack ottoman which doubles as storage for winter clothing etc. and it's super-cute with the tassels! I remember your butler's pantry floor and also remember thinking at the time how I couldn't believe it was peel 'n' stick because it looked like it's painted...and it still looks amazing to this day! I should really think about finding something similar for my kitchen and bathroom, both of which could use a flooring update. Thank you for the reminder! Hope you have a blessed Sunday, KariAnne!

  22. Image for Donna Smith Donna Smith

    I have always wanted to make really good biscuits the kind people just cant get enough of have tried now Im going to try again thanks

  23. Image for Mindy Mindy

    After watching a biscuit episode on Good Eats a few years ago, my husband and I started biscuit wars. We each take turns making biscuits and declaring this batch the new favorite. We are always trying new biscuit tricks trying to outdo each other. Neither of us follows a recipe per se so I can't help with that. If four of something makes a collection I'm sure I have a collection problem. (I do, big time!) I have never seen a measuring cup like yours. It's very pretty. I'm looking forward to hearing your secrets, and your floor looks great!

  24. Image for mary o mary o

    A friend's sister in law wrote a great book about the orphan train, her mom rode the orphan train. Many children ended up in the Midwest working as farm hands, doing hard labor, it was not an easy life for them.

  25. Image for Jo Jo

    smitten kitchen's cream biscuit recipe, it is easy and everyone thinks they are amazing. I make a batch cut them freeze them and keep them in freezer for quick meal or breakfast. Freeze unbaked they will take 5 minutes longer to bake but you won't know that you didn't just make a batch. Every recipe from Deb that I've made are great and she has a 2 bowl limit. No complicate many bowl recipes for her. Love your blog.

  26. Image for Maureen Maureen

    I love these but don't make them often because I'd eat The Lot! He doesn't like biscuits...silly man. The recipe comes from SaraBeth's Bakery in NYC, also the home of those wonderful jars of deliciousness.

  27. Image for Maureen Maureen

    I forgot to add. Cut straight down with a biscuit cutter if you have one but do NOT twist. That seals the sides somewhat and they don't rise as much. I only learned that this year!

  28. Image for Carol Bray Carol Bray

    Just got home from the cottage and I wanted to share my biscuit recipe with you. I originally followed the recipe I had, but then I converted everything for my food processor, just to make things a tad easier. 2 cups flour 4 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. sale 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/3 cup real butter, nice and cold 3/4 cup real buttermilk Mix the flour with the baking powder, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda. I add this all to my food processor and mix. I cut the butter in. If using a regular bowl, use a pastry blender. In my food processor, I pour the buttermilk in through the top opening and let it run a few times around for it to be kneaded. Otherwise, mix with hands and knead just a tad. Don't overwork it. Pat or roll lightly until the dough is 3/4 inch thick. Cut with a floured 2 inch biscuit cutter. Place in an ungreased baking dish, with the biscuits touching each other. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes. You can brush melted butter on the tops, if you desire. Makes 10 biscuits. Easy as can be and oh, so yummy.

  29. Image for Susan LP Susan LP

    Go to and use their buttermilk biscuit recipe. Has a video which makes it very easy. Best biscuits!

  30. Image for Mary Mary

    uuggh... I have a headache! How can I make ALL those biscuits??? Those two pups are ADORABLE.... Who has time to read when you're making all those biscuits???? :) Love your blog - and YOU... you give me a boost of energy. :)

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