My Alpine Home

We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunflower Station. . .

Yesterday late afternoon as we pulled into our circle it looked as though we had arrived at ‘Sunflower Station’.


We had only been gone a week, but the Sunflowers had all but buried our home.  It certainly was a sunny delight, but I knew that a few of them had to go.


They are ones that reseeded from last year.  None of the heads are large this year, but I didn’t have the heart to pull them out.  But this morning I was out there trimmers in hand cutting back like a mad woman on a mission!

They were so pretty that I couldn’t just toss them in the garbage.  I grabbed my white wicker funeral basket and began to fill er up!


Some have yellow centers. . .


Some brown.


I love their happy smiling face!


They prompted me to make a few subtle changes on the porch.


It’s been hot lately and my fun thermos collection reminds us that it’s still summer and to stay hydrated.  I always think of that commercial, “Stay thirsty my friends”.

Don’t you love yellow and red together?


The grey thermos with the diamonds was a new find in Fairfield, CA

I remembered that a while ago I had picked up this sunflower chair pad on clearance at our local grocers.  Needs something a little more.  I’m sure it will get a bit of tweaking.


Doesn’t look quite like ‘Sunflower Station’ anymore, (although I left some); but I have these beauties to enjoy…at least for a few days.




I will be sharing with these fun parties:

The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday

Kathe with an e for You're Gonna Love it Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party

Friday, July 25, 2014

California Dreamin. . .

The week leading up to our California adventure to Napa Valley I found myself dreaming of what was to be.

I dreamed of:  gorgeous flowers.



I dreamed of:  seeing rows and rows of vineyards.  Some surprised me with both grapevines and roses.


Wildflowers Winery exceeded my expectations!  Wildflowers grew the entire length of their vineyard.


I dreamed of:   historical adventures.  This little florist shop was once a bustling place when the road in front of it was the main highway. The freeway changed all of that.  Now abandoned, those days are just a memory.                                         


                                                       (picture of what it looked like back then)


I dreamed of:  taking a train ride through Napa Valley.


Seeing this gorgeous baggage was an extra bonus!


I dreamed of:  eating delicious food.


I dreamed of:   sleeping in a beautiful bed.


I dreamed of:  finding vintage treasures.  Believe it or not, I dreamed of finding at least one jadite piece to add to my small collection.  BINGO!  And didn’t even dream of finding more red transferware, but how fun is that?  The egg cups match the thrift find plates on my living room shelf.







Well, it’s obvious that our visit to Napa Valley has been wonderful and dreams do come true!

However, all good dreams must come to an end.  Today is our last day here and we’ll be heading back home tomorrow.  I’ve loved our adventure but always look forward to getting home to family, and our home and garden!

And as my blog friend, Rose said, “you’ll be seeing some of my found treasures in new vignettes.”  lol!



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Riverfront Walk. . .

Oh what gorgeous weather we are having on our vacay here in Napa Valley.  Last night hubby and I took the shuttle into town and walked along the riverfront.


With all of the gorgeous flowers and greenery growing up the buildings I felt as though I was in Italy.



The Agapanthus blooms were huge and they are growing everywhere!




After our stroll we dined at this wonderful restaurant by the river.


This fabulous light hangs outdoors.


Hubby had battered catfish and chips and I had a black (Angus) & blue (cheese) salad.  Both were delicious!


Everywhere we go we see lots of these blooming trees.  Some are white, and others various shades of pink.  Wondering if it’s a Crepe Myrtle?. . .Gorgeous!


Beautiful Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea.  I have one of these in my garden at home.  It was just in bud when I left.


This monument Is a tribute to 9/11.  The beams are from the twin towers.  Seeing all of the names of those whose lives were sacrificed was a sobering moment!


I love old structures so this bridge caught my eye.


I’ll leave you with this cute little topiary squirrel.


Remember, Share Your Cup will return next week.  Hope to see you then!



Monday, July 21, 2014

Treasures Along the Way. . .

Hello my friends, Just heading out to explore beautiful Napa Valley.

Wanted to hop in and share the treasures that I picked up along the way.

Whenever we go on a road trip hubby is so sweet to humor me.  He’s willing to get off of the freeway, travel roads less traveled, and stop at shops and scenic places.  Saturday morning we headed out and drove as far as Reno, NV.

While driving from Reno to Napa yesterday I found some fun finds!


Driving through one town we saw an ‘estate sale’ sign.  Scored two sweet little hurricane lamps.


And a few old books.  Love the patina on that first one!


This book shows you how to make flowers out of crepe paper.  I thought it might be fun to try making a few.


At a thrift shop I found an old Pioneer cook book, some utensils that look like they came across the plains. lol!, and two mustard colored handmade doilies.


At another thrift I scored some old Monopoly pieces in a small box.  No game board, but I loved that the houses were wooden. I wonder if the board came in a separate box?


As we were driving along we saw a sign that said, ‘Barn Sale’.  I was so excited and could hardly wait!  It brought back memories of a barn sale that my girlfriends  and I found while driving down the freeway in OR a couple years ago.  That one was fabulous!  This one, not so much.  I walked away empty handed.

But a stop into a consignment shop was well worth it.  I picked up a bundle of crochet hot pads and doilies, a cute cherry butter dish (that just happens to match a few other cherry pieces I own), and. . .


a green cheese shaker.  Not vintage, but still that wonderful ‘vintage green’ color that I love!


Hope you have a great week and find a few treasures of your own!



I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Melissas Antiques for Thrifty Things Friday

Friday, July 18, 2014

From the Garden. . .

Oh my friends, don’t you just love this time of year when you can prepare delicious foods that include a little something from the garden?

The last two evenings we have had garden meals.

Sometimes on a hot summer day a cool salad for dinner is just what the Dr. ordered.  I had a huge cabbage.  I picked it and trimmed it before I thought to take a photo so I just placed it by the next one that will be ready in a couple more weeks.


Gave it a good bath. lol!


Then I plucked one of these beauties.  Sweet Walla Walla Onions.



One of my favorites. . .Oriental Chicken Salad.


I think that most everyone is familiar with this recipe, but just in case:

Oriental Chicken Salad:

2 c. cooked chicken, diced                  1/4 c. vinegar         1/4 c. salad oil

4 c. or or 1 head of cabbage                2 T. sugar               1/2 tsp. salt

1 pkg. chicken flavor Ramon Noodles      1/2 c. slivered Almonds

1-2 bunches gr. onions ( I used my Walla Walla)

Mix chicken and cabbage in bowl.  Set aside.  Combine onions, vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and flavor packet from Ramen noodles in bowl  Pour this mixture over the chicken and cabbage and mix well.  (Cover and refrigerate).  Just before serving; add almonds and broken Ramen noodles.  Stir until well mixed.  I felt like it needed more oil and vinegar.  Would do 1/2 c. next time. Or use 1/2 head of cabbage.  I used a half, but it was a huge cabbage!

Then last night I was craving a homemade mushroom and Swiss burger.  So I plucked a few more of those wonderful onions and look what I made as a side dish.   YUM-O!


Sharing my pinterest board with some other recipes From the Garden.



p.s. I want to thank KerryAnne from Shabby Art Boutique for featuring my Changes in the Craft Room post at her Shabbilicious Friday party!