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Strawberry Shortcake Biscuit Bar (Recipe Included!)

Strawberry Shortcake with Homade Biscuits | Spring Music Yard Party with Francis Moss | Bringing Design Home

It always feels good when all your planning and scheming comes out just right! And that exactly how I feel about the lovely Strawberry Shortcake Bar we had at our Spring Music Yard Party.

Complete with homemade biscuits and berries, it was simple, but just the right amount of sweet for a cool spring evening. The biscuits are really easy to make and I even pulled James into some of the rolling which was a bit messy lot of fun! Plus, they even freeze great so if you happen to make extra (like I did!) you can save em for that random weeknight Strawberry Shortcake craving, or even better heat em up in the toaster for a delicious breakfast egg sandwich (take that McDonalds!)!

Quick & Easy Biscuits
Makes: 10+ biscuits

3 cups of all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of cream of tarter
1/2 cup of butter
1/4 cup of shortening
1 cup of whole milk

 

STEP 1: In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and shortening until it starts to appear crumbly. Form a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the milk. Using a fork, stir until the mixture begins to form a rough ball, while still remaining wet.

STEP 2: Place dough on a floured surface. Kneed it 4 to 6 strokes or until it begins to make a ball. Gently roll the dough until 3/4 in thick. Plan on cutting as many biscuits as you can the first round because the second rolling will create a thicker batch. Using a biscuit cutter, shape each biscuit.

STEP 3: On an ungreased cookie sheet place biscuits 1 in apart. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden. 

 Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book 

Sweet Strawberry Mixture
Makes: 4 Cups

2 pints of strawberries
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of firmly packed light brown sugar

 

STEP 1: Wash the strawberries, remove the stems, and slice into bite size pieces.

STEP 2: Combine strawberries and sugars into a medium bowl.

STEP 3: Cover and keep refrigerated for 1 to 4 hours before serving.

You might be intimidated at the idea of making biscuits from scratch, but I promise once you do it you’ll be wishing you had started a long time ago!

Any other homemade biscuit tips and tricks out there?! Even if it’s what NOT to do!? :)  

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Spring Music Yard Party with Francis Moss

Spring Music Yard Party with Francis Moss | Bringing Design Home

We love hosting get-togethers at our place so when our friend David Lord asked if he could play a house show we were beyond thrilled! Sometimes a whole year can go by and you realize all you’ve done is host parties for everyone else (Birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc.). David’s invite was the perfect opportunity for us to host a “just because” gathering of our closest friends and family for an intimate night of build your own strawberry shortcakes and barefoot acoustic tunes.

Taste the tunes by pushing play and listening to the same music we heard live!

It was a perfect spring evening with the kitchen table chairs sprawled on the lawn and the kids dancing to the melodic melodies from David Lord’s recent Francis Moss Album. Our porch became the stage and life’s worries were laid aside as we got lost underneath spring’s blanket of stars.

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Happy spring gatherings to you all! From The Farm
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Spring Music Yard Party Mood Board

Spring Music Yard Party Inspiration & Mood Board | Bringing Design Home

It seems Cale and I are always hosting parties for our friends and family. We love it, but we’ve realized we don’t initiate having get togethers unless we have an excuse to get people together. This year we wanted to be a little bit more intentional about our gatherings and sharing our home. We wanted to have a “just because” party.

Low key and simple.

Our friend David Lord, the guy behind The Wonder Revolution, contacted us with the perfect opportunity. He was looking to fill a spot for his solo guitar project, Francis Moss, and was wondering if we would be open to hosting a house show. I told him several times that we have a very small house, but he insisted that our place sounded perfect!

“Francis Moss is guitarist David Lord (Solagget, The Wonder Revolution). Bridging the distance between jazz, rock, and experimental music, Lord creates meditative soundscapes with Francis Moss with attention to concise compositions and clean melodic lines. Although still recognizable as Lord, the music of Francis Moss resides in its own unique space.” – Francis Moss Website

We are happily planning away for our little Spring Music Yard Party in late April. I’ve been thinking about the kind of atmosphere that I want to create. Intimate, but casual enough that the kids can run around and play, acoustic and simple, spring sunsets with our friends, and maybe a sweet treat or two!?

Here is a list of images and links that are inspiring me for the event (corresponding with the images above):

  1. Our old oak tree surrounded with quilts and blankets. (top left image from the lovely Samantha Lamb).
  2. Minions running around barefoot chasing fireflies.
  3. Adult summertime beverages garnished with Pickled Green Beans from the garden. :)
  4. Picnic style gatherings similar to our Grilled Cheese Grill Party.
  5. Little garden gnomes and tiny mushroom stools. The dreamy things that make The Wonderful Revolution and David’s heart for music truly magical.
  6. Sipping out of mason jars just waiting to be re-canned with our garden’s first bounty!
  7. Homemade pie, cobbler, or maybe strawberry shortcake?! (bottom right image & Cherry Pie Recipe from Gimme Some Oven)
  8. Wouldn’t it be fun to serve fresh fruit sodas like this Strawberry, Rhubarb, Ginger & Peppercorn Soda Recipe from the Vintage Whites Market Blog?! (image not shown)
  9. Loving this family-friendly S’more’s Party by the lovely ladies at Merry Thought. (image not shown)

I’m looking forward to creating a fun space for David’s music. Do you have any other inspirational links that would help with the overall party vibe?! 

Can’t wait to share the final details with you all!

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Cow Inspired First Birthday Party

Birthday boy finishing his first piece of homemade pie!

With winter in full swing I’ve been utilizing the extra indoor time to organize our pictures from this past year. It turns out, in all of our big family events we totally forgot to share images from James’ First Birthday! Talk about first time parenting FAIL! We obviously decided to keep it real low key. Call us crazy, but we just didn’t see the point in going “all out” knowing that there will be a lot of other really important birthdays to come (that he will actually remember!).

Our theme was simple: cows, dirt, homemade cobbler, and an old fashion weenie roast! It was truly a celebration of James’ favorite things! :)

GAMES: Pin the Tail on the Cow: My brother-in-law Jeremy is an amazing artist and he hand drew an identical image of James’ stuffed cow just perfectly! We loved it so much we’re saving it for his “big boy” room.

CRAFTS: Cow Faces out of Paper Plates: Since the party was for a 1 year old we cut out all the noses, eyes, ears, horns, etc. and put them all into different jars with the parts and pieces labeled. The older kids loved getting to use the glue sticks!

DECOR: Tied bandanas together and created a canopy under our large oak tree in our yard. It’s our favorite place to hang outside with friends. The black and white balloons were a fun connection back to “cow”, without being overly cheesy.

FOOD: Hot dogs, mini bags of chips, a bowl of fruit, veggie tray, and dessert. Kept it super simple, but kid-friendly!

FAVORS: Adorable farm animal crayons from Etsy! One of our favorite little finds for the party.

Other then that, we just pulled the highchair out on the lawn and let James enjoy his birthday cobbler the old fashion way (his love for blackberries definitely runs in the family)! It was a wonderful evening catching up with old and new friends while the kids ran around getting dirty and really worn out for the drive home! :)

What’s your favorite kid-themed party?

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Grilled Cheese Grill Party

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This is the third year we’ve hosted a birthday for our good friend Scott. I don’t know why it takes people asking us before we actually slow down and “plan” something at our place (we need to work on that) but it was a blast! Instead of the typical burgers and dogs we wanted to switch things up a bit. We knew there would be meat eaters and vegetarians attending the party so we decided a grilled cheese bar would do just the trick! I found 9 fancy grilled cheese recipes here and based my toppings off of the ones that looked good to me. Even though everyone had to wait some for their sandwiches they were well worth the wait! Everyone LOVED the entire process and kept coming back for seconds (and thirds!).

Our top favorite toppings from the night included:

  • Pesto
  • Banana Peppers & Jalapenos
  • Provolone & Swiss Cheese
  • Summer Sausage (sliced thin)
  • Bacon (of course)
  • Avocado 
  • Tomato
  • Green Apples (sliced thin)

Our Grilled Cheese Grill Party was definitely a family friendly way to create something for everyone’s taste buds! Plus, if our guests didn’t like their sandwiches we could blame it on the fact that they got to choose their own dang toppings! ;)

Happy grilling cheese everyone! Spring is here.

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Celebrating 90 Years of Living

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There are not many things that live to be 90 years old. I’ve heard of cities celebrating 90 years, or award ceremonies, but rarely do you get to know someone personally that is 90 years old. I’m blessed to say that I’ve had my Grandma Mac around for 90 years (and my other Grandma for 80!). The older I get the more I realize what a special and rare occasion it is to have had so much of your life spent with Grandmas/Grandparents. There are a lot people that have never known the safety of a Grandparents hug, the warmth of their laughter, or the taste of their cooking. :) It’s moments like these that hold some of my fondest childhood memories.

Last Sunday my mom, my Grandma B (my mom’s mom), and I took off on a road trip to KC to celebrate my Grandma Mac’s 90th Birthday. It was truly a momentous occasion with handmade brunch (my favorite!) and family that I have not seen since I was a kid. It was one of those afternoons where time stood still and it felt refreshing to stop the busyness of the hour and celebrate the gift of 90 years.

My mom wrote the following speech about my Grandma Mac and I thought she did terrific job describing all the in and outs of this wonderful lady and sharing a few new things that I didn’t even know!

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Date on a Dime: Homemade Pizza Party & MORE!

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Go on, throw that pizza dough! Considering that neither one of us is an Italian pizza pro, our homemade dinner-in adventure was an entertaining release of creativity. Each having our own canvas of dough, we pulled out from the fridge/freezer anything we had that might make a tasty topping, and we were off!  Though we searched for some romantic Italiano music for atmosphere, we settled for something we had on hand we both liked. Once our creations were in the oven we built our relationship through the age-old method of laboring side by side… with the added bonus that there would be no mess at the end of our night! And since many hands make light work, we had plenty of time to segue into a most important time of relationship building… communication! The topic: what is it that we would love to do? You see, we’ve recently started getting paid to save the world by bringing our recyclables to a hungry machine that, in return, spits out a receipt good for cash (it takes more time and effort than just dumping them in a big blue bin for someone else to deal with, but our efforts will soon pay off). So with all these pennies and dimes flowing in, we saw an opportunity to make a dream happen. We talked about stuff varying from going to a show (Les Miserables or Wicked), Disney World (for when kids inevitably arrive as a result from our date nights), and a Netflix subscription, to hang gliding, parasailing, and an Alaska adventure tour. We won’t spoil it by telling you what we decided our recycling paybacks would achieve for us… you’ll have to come up with your own. And before you know it, while you’re dreaming and scheming of fun times ahead, your yummy dinner will be ready for consumption. So dish it up and settle yourselves in for a cuddle and a movie (we picked one from that everlasting list of “I’ve always wanted to see that”).

Our date of choice this month covered several romantic points all in one evening:
1. Homemade pizza party
2. Those who clean together stay together
3. Saving the world
4. Connecting and Scheming/Dreaming
5. Romantic dinner in: eat, watch and be merry

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How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck?

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Ok so it’s time we let you in on a little family secret. Cale is the oldest of 5 kids and although they are all growing up (some married, dating, and college bound) we secretly enjoy working together. While some families loath the holidays or game nights, we tend to actually “plan” weekends together. And our family weekends inevitably turn into something physical like painting, picking the garden, and the latest…chopping wood!


DIY: Recycled Coffee Bag Christmas Stars

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This year I was determined more than ever to step up my wifely duty of over the top, whimsical, Christmas decor. :) Christmas always comes and goes so quickly so I had to really make time this year to get down and crafty!


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