Esty Showcase: Rustic Wine Finds – Part II

Following the coat tails of Rustic Wine Finds I, we are happy to share Rustic Wine Finds II.

What can be better than rustic wood paired with wine? {{Insert Silence Here}} –>Nothing, that’s right, NOTHING! I absolutely love this assortment of finds better than brie covered with Jalapeno Jelly and Chardonnay which is to die for. And even more than my favorite Wild Venison Stew with Cabernet Sauvignon. Yes, this selection of rustic wine holders, wine barrel hearts, wine bottle chandeliers, and wine stoppers tops the charts. Go ahead scroll down to see them and don’t forget we saved the best, most colorful, delightful and affordable pick for last

Reclaimed Wood Wine Storage Rack

Just say yes to this fun wine rack made from reclaimed wood and industrial screws. It’s so simple yet so dang cute. I think I’m buying two.


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How to Make Greek Yogurt Better than Fage without a Thermometer

Better than Fage Greek Yogurt Recipe

My family loves yogurt. It used to be plain yogurt which I made by the gallon but then it morphed into a love affair with Greek yogurt. I’ve made it with 2%, whole milk, and even a super fatty whole milk and cream version which was beyond this world. Though most days, it’s just plain ol’whole milk greek yogurt that we eat.

Personally, I hate most of the fat free, low fat Greek yogurts on the market like Choboni and Dannon Oikos. To me, they taste horrible and I have no idea how anyone can eat them. You’d have to hold me at gun point just to take a spoonful, they are so hideous to my taste buds. My mind is blown over our countries love affair with them. Yuck!

The only brand that I can stomach is Fage. Their whole milk greek yogurt is creamy and delicious the way I imagined yogurt should be. It’s also expensive and hard to find unless you want 0% fat which is why I became obsessed with making my own creamy, dreamy, better than Fage, greek yogurt.

To be honest, my first attempts at making Greek yogurt weren’t really that successful. In fact, the yogurt tasted off, not creamy and dreamy the way that Fage did. What I learned is this:

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6 Stunning Rustic Gingerbread Houses To Inspire You

In our house, we are just starting to think about what style gingerbread house we will make this year. Every year the kids make gingerbread houses out of milk cartons, graham crackers and vanilla frosting while I drool over more sophisticated designs that I never seem to find the time to make.

This year, things are going to be different, I’m making a real gingerbread house(at least that’s what I’m telling myself) and it’s going to look like one of the following inspiring houses below:

  1. Rustic Gingerbread Log Cabin by Sue

    This is one of my favorite gingerbread houses. It looks so simple, though maybe a little time consuming, to make. Sweet little ducks complete this charming yet edible woodland home.

    This is a fabulous gingerbread house Sue!

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Etsy Showcase: Industrial, Rustic, & Reclaimed Finds for Wine Lovers

Ash Basket with Wine from Black Ash Pack Basket

Gorgeous basket that I use as a wine carrier from

Oh, how I love wine. It hasn’t always been that way though. Up until several years ago, I couldn’t drink wine without puckering my face like I just ate a lemon; even the sweet wines tasted bad to me. But I preserved because although I didn’t like the taste, I was smitten with the look: the gorgeous glass bottles with stunning labels, the sleek glasses, and the shimmering liquid dancing in the light. Oh, the beauty of a glass of wine. I dreamed of being a wine drinker and today finally I am.

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Coastal Garden Room with Stunning Views & A Driftwood Table

Langka & Zach Treadwell wanted a home that not only reflected their gorgeous ocean view in Pacific Palisades, California, it also celebrates the ethnic diversity of their 6 adopted children.  While I can’t imaging having white walls and floors with children, interior designer, Maya Williams, could and did.  Williams used lots of white paint and creativity to transform their out dated Cape Cod style home into a comfortable and relaxing place for the Treadwell family to call home.

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Wild Venison Skillet Stew – Game Recipe

yummy dish of venison stew

Thanks to our friends, we turned a lovely Venison roast into this amazingly delightful stew. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what to do with an entire deer roast. One of us wanted Venison Chili, another wanted a traditional roast, while the rest of us wanted Venison Stew.

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Etsy Showcase: Rustic Easter – Psyanky, Silk Dyed Egg Kits, Robin Egg Apothecary

Ukranian Easter Egg Red Popp

I love Easter. For me, it’s a holiday that brings back fond memories from my childhood. Our family is Eastern European so every year we made Psyanky or Ukrainian Easter eggs.  As kids, we loved trying to blow the insides, or snot as we liked to call it,  out of the eggs.  Typically, we just blew so hard we got headaches or cracked the shells before we could use them. But that never stopped our love for the holiday. Easter meant, hearty rustic baskets filled with beautiful eggs and good food that our priest would bless. For us, It was never just about the baskets filled with candy but the celebration of love that we shared together as a family. This collection of rustic Easter finds brings back all those memories for me. I hope you enjoy these rustic finds.

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DIY Heart Rock Drawer Pulls – Stone Cabinet Knob Tutorial

Heart Rock Cove Ogunquit

Heart Rock Cove, a private beach in Ogunquit, Maine

We are so lucky that we live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth and have access to an amazing private beach in Ogunquit, Maine. We call it Heart Rock Cove because it’s a heart rock haven. Heart rocks are one of those things you either find or have someone find for you but everyone loves. I’ve been collecting them for years and showcase them in my home as often as possible. You’ll find them tucked away in all corners of our house on window sills or just laying around waiting to be picked up. My favorite way to showcase heart rocks is on furniture as drawer pulls. Today, I will show you how I make my heart rock cabinet knobs.

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