My Alpine Home

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bottled Blooms. . .

Well my friends, it's that time of year when many of us are busy bottling/canning the bounty of our gardens to enjoy
during the winter months.

This morning as I stepped outside to clip some black eyed Susan's to fill my large ball jar a thought crossed my mind.  Wouldn't it be nice if we could 'bottle' our garden blooms to enjoy long after our gardens have been put to sleep for the winter?

What a welcome sight they would be when we popped open that jar during the long winter months!
This afternoon I bottled my second batch of sweet pickle relish.  So yummy on hot dogs and burgers.
While it was cooking I stepped outside to bottle a few more blooms.

(roses, anemone, chive blossoms, hosta, butterfly bush, scarlet runner bean, and phlox)
These certainly won't last till winter, but I sure am enjoying them now!  I love the color of this rustic crate.  I have had it for quite a few years.  One day I spied 6 of these Ikea bottles at a thrift and they fit perfectly inside.
You know how it is once you start bottling, :)  You are on a roll and you have to do more.  In fact; peach jam is next on the agenda.
The same with my blooms, I wanted to bottle more, more, more! :)

When it comes to bottling, a cold packer is a must.  Mine is as old as the hills, but baby she still works.
This extra rack I picked up comes in handy for showing off
 pretty petals.

(daisy, snapdragon, rose of Sharon, cosmos, hydrangea, feverfew, zinnias, Dahlia ,and Russian sage)
I don't have nearly the color in my garden right now.  I was surprised when I started gathering that when they all came together it was a lovely sight.

I may not be able to bottle blooms to enjoy during the winter, but I certainly will enjoy them as long as I can!
Fall is in the air and soon they'll be but a memory.

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Share Your Cup #212

Welcome To Share Your Cup (SYC for short), the party where you share what makes you happy - it's what your hosts call
"filling your cup".

Before we look at this week's features, let's see what's been keeping your hosts busy.

Jo made a Different Pumpkin for the Patch and included
a tutorial.

Jann set a beautiful Beach Tablescape after spending time in California visiting Disneyland and playing on the beach.

I talked about being a Scatterbrained Ditz as I jump from project to project around the house.

In Win a Few, Lose a Few, I shared a project that was a total fail and then a few winners.

And now for our features, selected by Carol this week.

Isn't this Pottery Barn Look table refinished by Patti of Old Things New wonderful?

 I was touched by this photo shared by Amy of
 A Day of Small Things and this line from her post,
 "The kitchen . . .  that is where memories happen".

I love polka dots and color so these adorable painted pieces shared by my sweet friend Connie of Crafty Home Cottage
 won my heart!

 Chilled Watermelon Soup . . . and Paul McCartney by Amy of Ms. Toody Goo Shoes evoked some fun teenage memories
 of The Beatles.

I love how Penny of Penny's Vintage Home hung an old window frame in her hallway - so many fun ways to decorate it.

I'm a big fan of enamelware and I fell in love with the cute faux enamel containers shared by Brittany and Tammy of
One More Time Events.

Now it's your turn to share -be sure to grab a button
if you were featured.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Day at the Beach Tablescape

Hello my friends,
we recently returned home from vacationing in CA.  This morning I was reminiscing about our 'day at the beach' and decided to create a tablescape with it in mind.

When we arrived we saw that many of our fine feathered friends were enjoying a stroll along the beach just as much as we were.
I draped a tan grain sack striped runner down the center of the table.  My take on the warm welcoming sand.

We could hardly wait to dip our toes in the ocean and cover them with sand!
Some even got buried in sand.
I used my red wooden chargers, a cream with a red striped plate, and a shell shaped salad plate.  I topped the trio off with a real seashell and a knotted striped napkin with a bit of rope added.  Tied in a square knot, of course.
I wish I could say that the shells were found at the beach, but no; they were found at a thrift shop.  :)  Originally from a beach,
I'm sure.

I bought this polka dotted silverware last year on clearance at Ross.  I had forgotten about it and hadn't used it yet.  I thought it added a fun touch.

We lounged and played with bubbles,

Dished up buckets of sand, and

drug treasures from the sea.

I sprinkled sea glass along the runner and added a few nautical themed items to the table.


I bought the crab festival bucket at Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  I just thought it was too cute!
I didn't end up doing this, because I only had one nautical themed beach towel.  But I thought it would be a fun idea if you had enough to drape all of your chairs.
What a fabulous day we had!  So much so, that we spent the entire day at the beach.
When Utah first met California, they ran like little sissy's.  :)
But it didn't take long before they embraced the coolness
 of the ocean!

At the end of the day hubby and I topped it off with Huntington Beaches famous fish tacos from Wahoo.
Oh, isn't life a beach?
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Share Your Cup #211

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC).
The party where you share what makes you happy. 
 It's what your hosts call 'filling your cup'.
I (Jann) am your host this week and coming to you directly from Disneyland.  I keep hearing that it's "the happiest place on earth", but I thought that was my home.  lol!
I am starting the party early because who knows when I will make it back to the hotel.  :)
Let's see what your hosts have been up to.
Carol  has been enjoying some Lazy Days  (for Carol, that doesn't mean doing nothing) But don't we all need to do that every
 now and then?

Jo is Sharing Her Home With You You are her angels and she looks forward to sharing her upcoming fall d├ęcor.

I shared my love for Junk Gardening
 and some exciting news about 'hilltop cottage' Being Featured in the online Rural Magazine.
Now for the features from SYC #210:
Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles found a fabulous junk box.
Distressed Donna scored some gorgeous vintage quilts.

Lolly Jane shared this fun farmhouse tablescape.  Her hubby picked this amazing table up alongside of the road.  Can you imagine?

Dana from Remnant shared some fabulous wooden chargers her hubby made for her.

Lynda from Stillwoods Farmhouse shared the recipe for a refreshing watermelon feta salad.

Vicki from Life in My Empty Nest shared the recipe for this yummy peach streusel bread.  Can't wait to try it!


Thanks so much for sharing and please grab out button if you were featured.