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Hello, again!

Ok. here goes…as many of you know, Picture Perfect Cooking was my first blog that I began about five years ago.  It is still active and full of the recipes, photos, and book reviews from that time. 

For some reason, about a year ago, I just stopped blogging.  The space just didn’t feel right anymore and it seemed like there was always some kind of post deadline that I needed to meet.  The link parties I participated in got to be a burden instead of fun.  When that happened, I knew I needed to step back.  Suddenly, the blog was not just a creative outlet anymore, but had turned into a job and an unpaid job at that. 

So here we are almost a year later and the blogging bug bit me again, but this time I am going at it a little differently.  This new space will still have photos, book reviews, inspirations, and, yes, a few recipes, too, but I am not going to have a set post schedule or participate in link parties at least for a while.  Hopefully, that means no blogging pressure or stress. 

Welcome to my world part 2!

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C & I visited Jackson’s Orchard and Riverview at Hobson Grove in Bowling Green, KY recently and it is a beautiful place.  Click here for Riverview’s history.

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Playing with the panorama function on my phone’s camera…

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While I was browsing Pinterest one winter evening, I found this gardening pin and knew it was something we had to try.  The topsy-turvy pots are just so whimsical and cute and…well, you get the picture.  C really loves to build things and put things together so I showed him the inspiration and we got to work. 

It turned out to be pretty simple and just required a five foot metal rod purchased from Lowe’s, 5 clay pots, gravel, potting soil and flowers.  I am not sure what size rod we bought, but it was small enough to fit through the flower pots’ drainage holes but big enough to be sturdy.  C drove pushed the rod into the ground as far as he could and still have enough to hold all of the pots.

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Then thread the largest of your pots onto the rod.  Line the bottom with gravel , tilt the pot to one side, and fill with potting soil  Next year, we will probably get a bigger pot for the bottom so it will offer more support.

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Continue to do the same with the rest of your clay pots.  When you get to the top one, push the road down into the dirt so it doesn’t show after the pots are planted.

I used Pretty Much Picasso Supertunia petunias in mine and I love the contrasting colors of the blooms.

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This turned out so great and C already has engineering ideas on how to make it even better next year.  Happy gardening!

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A few shots from a beautiful January day in Kentucky…

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Ellie says that there is something in the air.  Is it Spring?  I wish!!

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Eenie in mid-roll.  He’s so rotten.

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A few of our favorite special ornaments:

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I am trying to learn how to get the “bokeh” effect in photos.  It is a decent start.

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For this Thoughtful Thursday post, I would like to take you on a virtual Christmas home tour.  I love to put up Christmas decorations so C & I decided to try some new things this year.  Let’s start with the outside décor…

I have used a plain green, lighted wreath and small trees for the front door for a few years, but this year I decided to add some decorations to the wreath/trees combo and also add a lighted garland.  I love the way it turned out!  C & I decided we need to beef up the garland a little next year, but it is a great start.

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We also added LED net lights to the shrubs by the front porch.

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This is on the opposite end of the house and we love this little vignette.  When the tree gets bigger, we plan to put the packages around it but it is just a little too small for it right now.

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When you come through the front door, this is the first view:
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I love using the stacked baskets with fresh greenery to hide extension cords.

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Here is the dining room:
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My dad found these place mats and napkins while he was packing.  I remember cross-stitching those napkins myself about 20 years ago.

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I love the way the tree looks at night.

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My mom’s nativity scene is also in the dining room.

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On to the kitchen, where I finally gave in to the burlap/chevron craze.  I have had the tree for a few years and have used cookie cutters on it the whole time, but this was the perfect place to add the trendy burlap and chevron. 

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The centerpiece on our breakfast table is a simple trifle dish filled with fresh greenery and glass “food” ornaments.

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The “big” tree is in the living room and it is full of our special ornaments.  Some of these we have had since we were children, some are collectible and some we have bought on trips and special occasions.  We can’t forget to hang our stockings too!  We even have one for Ellie.

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I don’t do much in our master bed and bath, but I did decorate our guest bathroom this year with a few little touches. My mom had a few Santa items, including the cross stitched Santa that I made back in 1992, that she loved so I incorporated them all together in this room and they fit perfectly.  I added the little tree and canister this year. 

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I have an announcement to make…the upstairs is finally finished!!!  Can I get a woo-hoo!?!?!?  My refinished yard sale hutch is in the hallway and all of the bedrooms have furniture as well.  There are not a lot of Christmas decorations, but I did put a little in the hallway.  The small tree has collectible miniature ornaments and I filled the basket with fresh cut greenery.  The hutch has some of my mom’s gardening books along with a few of my favorite cookbooks.

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I hope you have enjoyed the virtual Christmas home tour!

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