Five on Friday Fourth of July Edition!

HAPPY JULY EVERYBODY!!!  Hope your Friday is awesome as it kicks off into a three day weekend for most you (not me, I get to work *insert crying face*).
Thank you all for stopping by and reading my blog. Your comments make my day and when I get home from work it is the first thing I check! 

 Favorite Grilled Corn
4th of July and corn-on-the-cob just go together.  I love this parmesan corn-on-the-cob recipe! When I'm not making my Mexican street corn or just plain ol' butter and salt corn, I make this one!

Favorite Side Dish
Patriotic potato salad! What's not to like about potato salad?

Favorite Dessert
My favorite Fourth of July desserts consist of berries and either shortcake/angelfood cake OR just berries with whipped cream or ice cream! These parfaits look delicious!

Favorite Pool Float
Show your patriotic spirit in the pool with this pool float!! I love how all of the pool floats are fun shapes. I bought a swan one already, even though I don't have a pool, husband was like,  uhhh what's this? It's a pool float.

Favorite Firework Video
This video is super cool! It is filmed from a drone and the drone flies into the fireworks! You will have never seen a fireworks shows from this POV before!

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Thursday Favorite Things #244

Happy Independence Day Weekend!
This week it seems what caught my eye were beautiful pictures of flowers!

La Mémoire Vive shared these beautiful pictures during a stroll through Paris' Marché aux Fleurs!

Lemapi shared this cappuccino cup full of roses.  Isn't it cute??

Auf de Mammilade shared pictures of these beautiful peonies!  You all know I'm a sucker for peonies!

Homegrown and Healthy shared this mango sorbet that sounds so refreshing right now as it has been in the 100s here!

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How to Dry Lavender and DIY Lavender Decorating Ideas

I have been busy drying lavender this past month!  Do you grow your own lavender? If you do, I highly recommend harvesting it and using it around the house!  It so beautiful both alive and dried.

Drying your own lavender is easy to do.  It is easier than drying other flowers! 

Here are the simple steps:
1. Harvest your lavender just before it's fully in bloom.  Cut the lavender flowers just above the leaves. If you get some of the leaves, just pick them off.  Don't cut the woody part of the plant. I harvest at dusk after the bees have gone home for the night.
2. Gather the lavender into a hand-size bunch.  Tie the stems with string, rubber band, etc.  
3. Hang the lavender bunch upside down.  I attached my bunches to a hanger.
4. Find a cool dark place to allow the lavender to dry.  I put mine in my closet - it made the closet smell nice and it was cool and dark in there!
5. Allow to completely dry. Drying times vary depending on how big you made your bunches, where you stored them, etc. I let these hang for 2-3 weeks.

Decorating with lavender is one of my favorite things!  I filled my dough bowl this year's harvest of lavender, as you can see below.  (Sorry for the picture quality, it was very difficult to get a good picture because it is so sunny here!)

Or, you can just wrap them up in a bunch and lay them on a table, like below...

You can make your own lavender sachets, like below.  This sachet I happened to receive as a party favor from my relatives... they have their own lavender farm!  It is very easy to make.... just dry your lavender as above. Then, once dry, you just pick off the flowers.
DIY lavender sachet - perfect for wedding favor or party favor.

Here, I set up a French country lavender table using our home grown lavender.

Here is another pretty lavender sachet... Antique Style Blog used her antique hankies and turned them into these pretty sachets.  Check out how she did that here.

How to make a burlap wreath blog teaches us how to make a dried lavender wreath! I love it!

Below in my centerpiece, you can see a dried lavender wreath too. I did not make it! Bought it at my favorite store in Napa!  

This past Winter I trimmed the lavender so far back into the woody part all you could see was the woody party! I was afraid it wouldn't grow back! But it DID! Do you grow your own lavender? 

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Fourth of July at Peonies & Orange Blossoms!

Hello and Happy Fourth of July! Yes, this party is a little bit early, but it is blog land where things tend to run early so we can look at everyone's ideas!
I picked some flowers in red, white, and blue from the garden to create this centerpiece...
I'll confess, these pictures are actually from LAST YEAR.... I meant to post them but we were moving and had to much going on and I just couldn't get them up in time!

Our driveway was decorated with the patriotic bunting! 
Oh, my tulipiere (RIP!) filled with blue, white, and red flowers straight from the garden!

I made this easy patriotic fruit and pretzel flag. It took only a few minutes to make and was a hit with the party guests!
4th of July fruit and pretzel flag

Here is another centerpiece I put together that was easy to make. Picked some hydrangeas from the garden and put a flag in the center! 

Our faithful dog is feeling patriotic...

One last look at my 4th of July centerpiece... how I miss the tulipiere! If you read my blog regularly, you may remember my kitty cat broke it! (on accident, her claw got stuck in the tablecloth, she freaked and pulled the table cloth down and took the vase with her!)

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Five on Friday #21

On the Net
A beautiful wedding in the Cotswolds! You should all go look at the pretty pictures here. It is such a pretty wedding in the English countryside. Check out the estate it was held at:

Spotted... Pretty Dresses for Summer Weddings
The article above had my dreaming about beautiful dresses to wear to a pretty Summer wedding. Which one would you pick?

A few pictures from the garden... the hydrangeas are blooming.
 Our garden is doing well! The corn is getting tall and the sunflowers in the background are TEN feet tall!!

On the Blog
Here is the patriotic tablescape I made last year!

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