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Maple Leaf Foods New Food Manifesto for Real Food is Good News for Us!

Maple Leaf Foods New Food Manifesto for Real Food is Good News for Us!

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods. I have been compensated for my time, but as always all pictures and opinions are my own.  I feel good about this initiative by Maple Leaf, and am happy to share it with you!

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Maple Leaf Foods head office in Toronto, and listen to President and CEO Michael McCain, talk about big changes made to the foods they make.  Maple Leaf Foods has made a promise through their Food Manifesto, that their food is only made with real, simple or natural ingredients. These are BIG changes that I think are so fantastic, and make me feel good about the products I purchase and feed to my family.

I have always had a level of guilt? or maybe hesitation? when serving hot dogs, hams and sandwich meats to my kids, mainly because of the ingredients.  It always feels strange to feed my family foods where I can’t even pronounce the ingredient list.  But lunches had to be made, and summers were made for hot dogs so I purchased these things in moderation.  Now I don’t have to worry because we have options…Maple Leaf Foods has recently announced that their bacon, ham, hot dogs, deli meats and breakfast sausages are all made with real, simple or natural ingredients.  This means that you can recognize (and pronounce!) all of the ingredients on the package.

Maple Leaf Foods New Food Manifesto for Real Food is Good News for Us!

For example, the bacon ingredient list consists of: pork, water, sea salt, cane sugar, cultured celery extract, spice, smoke, and the hot dog ingredient list consists of: chicken, pork; water, tapioca starch, sea salt, spice, vinegar, cultured celery extract, cane sugar, cherry powder, smoke.  Only simple, real ingredients. NO artificial preservatives, NO artificial flavours, NO artificial colours, NO artificial sweeteners, and NO animal by-products. This is such great news for families who are concerned about what is in our food.

Maple Leaf Foods New Food Manifesto for Real Food is Good News for Us!

So guess what I bought for our recent camping trip?  Yep, Maple Leaf hot dogs.  Because camping just isn’t the same without hot dogs…even if it is too windy for a campfire…hot dogs grilled on the stove for the win!

Maple Leaf Foods New Food Manifesto for Real Food is Good News for Us!

So now when the kids ask for hot dogs for lunch, I’m happy to oblige.

Have a delicious day!

Easy 3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake Dessert

Easy 3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake Dessert

This 3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake Dessert is one of the easiest desserts you will ever make!  Made with a bakery-bought cake, whipped cream and fresh berries.  So good.

Ok this is the easiest dessert you will ever make, and I’m sharing it as a reminder that we don’t need to make everything complicated or fancy to 100% homemade.  Sometimes it’s the easiest recipes that everyone ends up loving the most…including the host who doesn’t have to spend hours in the kitchen creating something that will get devoured in 5 seconds.  This 3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake Dessert is that kind of recipe.

We’ve been enjoying this dessert for years.  In fact it seems to be a summer-go-to recipe that we always come back to…but it can be enjoyed all year round!  What I love most about this dessert though, besides the taste, is how simple it is to put together.  You’re not baking anything…this dessert is all about assembly.  Buy a pre-made angel food cake from the grocery store, whip up some fresh cream and slice your favourite berries. Assemble and enjoy. Yes it is that easy.

On a side note, I just realized that I have actually never baked an angel food cake from scratch! Can I even call myself a baker?!  I always buy mine fresh from the bakery at Safeway because they’re SO good…why do I need to go to the trouble when I can just buy one for $3?   One day I will attempt to bake an angel food cake just to say I’ve done it.  😉

Easy 3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake Dessert

Anyway, you need to make this dessert…everyone will love it, especially you who won’t even break a sweat putting it together.  Enjoy.

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Easy 3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake Dessert

Easy 3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake Dessert


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings
  • Category: Dessert

Description

This 3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake Dessert is one of the easiest desserts you will ever make!  Made with a bakery-bought cake, whipped cream and fresh berries.  So good.


Ingredients

  • 1 bakery bought Angel Food Cake (pre-made)
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 2 cups fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries or bluberries)

Instructions

  1. Cut the Angel Food Cake into big slices.
  2. Top with whipped cream and fresh berries.
  3. That’s it.  SO easy and SO tasty.

Keywords: dessert, angel food

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It’s Coffee O’Clock! My review of the Philips 3100 Espresso Machine, plus a free printable and a GIVEAWAY!

It’s Coffee O’Clock! My review of the Philips 3100 Espresso Machine, plus a free printable and a GIVEAWAY!

Disclosure: I am working with Philips and I am excited to share Philips products with you!  I have been compensated, but as always, all pictures, views and opinions are my own.

Ahhhhh summer.  You’re here and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  We’ll be filling our days with all kinds of fun, but we’re most looking forward to time on the lake. My parents live on a lake in Northern Alberta, and we try to get out there to visit as often as we can.  We love days floating on the lake, tubing, boating and soaking up the sunshine.  In fact, as soon as the ice comes off the lake we consider it cottage season!

It's Coffee O'Clock!

One of my favourite rituals when I’m at the lake in the summer, is to enjoy my morning coffee outside in the sunshine…especially out on the dock.  Coffee O’Clock is my favourite time of day.  There’s just nothing more gorgeous and uplifting than sitting at the edge of the lake with a cup of coffee.  Birds chirping, sun shining, water splashing…best way to greet a summer day on the lake.

It's Coffee O'Clock! FREE PRINTABLE

P.S. If you love this gorgeous printable, you can have it!  Scroll down to see 4 different coffee printables…and they’re FREE!  My friend Colleen at Lemon Thistle custom made these for me, to share with you!

It's Coffee O'Clock!

But I have to share a little secret with you…when we travel to the lake, we bring our own coffee beans and espresso machine from home!  HA, it’s true! Over the years my husband and I have become pretty particular about our coffee, and have actually started to travel with our espresso machine.  We just love the coffee our machine makes so much…each cup is made with fresh ground beans…so good.  We even take it camping shhhhhhh. 😉 Our morning coffee is our favourite morning ritual, so why not!

It's Coffee O'Clock! Philips 3100 Review

In fact, on our recent trip out to the lake, we brought along our new Philips 3100.  Yes, yes we did.  And we enjoyed every cup of coffee we made!  The great thing about this machine is that it’s very compact, so it was easy to travel with.  And I loved being able to get up in the morning and make a cup of coffee that I love so much.  Have coffee, will travel.

Here’s the Philips 3100 in action…

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I was surprised at how quiet it is!

It's Coffee O'Clock! Philips 3100 Review

So what do I love about the Philips 3100 Espresso Machine?

  • It makes the most flavourful cup of coffee.  There’s nothing like a cup of coffee made with fresh ground beans.
  • I also really like that this machine can make 5 different drinks with one touch.  We can enjoy an espresso, a coffee or a milk based drink like a latte.  You can also make a cup of hot water for tea which is really handy.
  • You can customize your drinks.  Adjust the volume, the temperature, the aroma strength, and the grinder settings. This feature is great because I like my coffee at about a medium strength, and my husband likes his strong, so we can both have what we like.
  • You also have the option to add powdered coffee, so this means if you want a cup of decaf or a flavoured coffee, you can have it!
  • And it’s fast…delicious hot coffee in just minutes.
  • This coffee machine is small and compact, so it fits onto my counter perfectly, and travels easily!  It’s not much bigger than a standard coffee machine.

More details of the Philips 3100 Espresso Machine:

  • This espresso machine has grinders that are 100% pure ceramic, which means you can enjoy fresh aromatic coffee for at least 20,000 cups! That’s 2 cups a day for the next 13 years!
  • If you love milky foam with your coffee, the Philips 3100 comes with a milk carafe.  It froths the milk twice, then pours a splash free creamy layer into your cup at just the right temperature. And the one-touch carafe quick clean allows you to thoroughly rinse the milk system after every use.
  • Because of its AquaClean water filter, you don’t have to worry about descaling until about 5,000 cups of coffee!
  • You can adjust the coffee spout to accommodate different coffee cup sizes.

Where to Purchase the Philips 3100:

It's Coffee O'Clock! FREE PRINTABLE

I Like Big Cups and Cannot Lie: FREE PRINTABLE

Download your free coffee printables here!

As I mentioned above, you can download these gorgeous FREE coffee printables…put them in a little frame next to your coffee machine!

Let’s have a GIVEAWAY!!  Win your own Philips 3100 Espresso Machine and a set of travel mugs!

We love this machine so much, I thought it would be fantastic to have one of you win one for your home!  Just enter below…all you have to do is leave a comment about how you like to spend your summer weekends.  Good luck!

Have an inspired day!

Rainbow Pasta Salad

This Rainbow Pasta Salad is a perfect summer picnic or BBQ recipe!  Made with a tangy, garlicky dressing, spicy Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper Monterey Jack Cheese and oodles of noodles and fresh vegetables. 

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Bothwell Cheese. I have been compensated for my time and recipe creation.  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  I love cheese. 😉

I think one of my most favourite summer foods are pasta salads.  They pair perfectly with burgers, steak, chicken, turkey…they are the perfect addition to summer barbeques, picnics and potlucks! I also love that pasta salads are easy to make and that most can be made a day ahead which is also such a great time saver.

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Because we love pasta salads so much, they are a staple in our summers.  I’m always trying new recipes and new ways to create the perfect pasta salad.  Recently I made this Rainbow Pasta Salad which was actually inspired by a cheese.  Yes, that’s right cheese.  But not just any cheese, Bothwell’s Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper, a Monterey Jack cheese with a spicy and flavourful blend of hot habanero peppers and the bold flavour of cracked black pepper. This cheese is the Silver Medal Winner for High Heat, Monterey Jack category, at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest.  Who new there was such a thing?  But I’m not at all surprised because Bothwell makes the most delicious cheese, and this new one is SO delicious, creamy and fiery!

Fun fact!  Bothwell Cheese is made right here in Canada! They use only the freshest quality 100% Canadian milk from local Manitoba farms to create their products.  I love Canadian cheese.

Rainbow Pasta Salad

When I first tried this cheese I knew right away it would be SO good in a pasta salad. I thought the heat and deep flavours of the habanero and black pepper would be delicious with loads of fresh colourful vegetables, noodles and a delicious homemade dressing.  And it is.  This Rainbow Pasta Salad is one you need to make…it’s a definite crowd pleaser.

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Adding a number of colourful finely chopped vegetables makes this pasta salad bright and delicious!

Rainbow Pasta Salad

The key to making this Rainbow Pasta Salad is to let the noodles and vegetables rest in the garlic and herb dressing for at least 4 hours (you can even make it a day ahead).  With time the veggies and noodles have a chance to marinade in the dressing, making this salad perfectly tasty.  Then right before serving, toss in the cubes of the Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper Monterey Jack Cheese…I like to add the cheese at this time because I want the full flavour of the cheese to shine through…it’s a perfect compliment to all of the other ingredients. I hope you try this recipe…I just know you’ll love it!

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Rainbow Pasta Salad


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

This Rainbow Pasta Salad is a perfect summer picnic or BBQ recipe!  Made with a tangy, garlicky dressing, spicy Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper Monterey Jack Cheese and oodles of noodles and fresh vegetables.


Ingredients

Noodles:

  • 1 – 8 oz package of elbow noodles

Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper

Salad Additions:

  • 1/3 red pepper, minced
  • 1/3 orange pepper, minced
  • 1/3 yellow pepper, minced
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1 can pitted whole black olives
  • 1 cup cubed Bothwell Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper Monterey Jack Cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil the noodles according to the package directions. When the noodles are cooked, drain, then rinse with cold water, making sure to drain well again. Set aside.
  2. Combine the oil, vinegar, basil, oregano, parsley, garlic, green onion, parmesan cheese, and salt & pepper.
  3. Toss the noodles in the dressing.
  4. Then toss in the minced peppers, red and green onion, and black olives.
  5. Chill for at least 4 hours.  You can also make this salad a day ahead.
  6. Make sure to stir the salad well before serving it, as the dressing tends to go to the bottom of the bowl.
  7. Right before serving, toss in the cubes of cheese.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

For best flavour results, this salad should be chilled for at least 4 hours (overnight works well too).

Rainbow Pasta Salad

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Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Made with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce, these Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs are a simple and delicious dinner idea.  This inexpensive cut of turkey meat is perfect for feeding a crowd too! 

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I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious turkey recipe!  I was compensated for my time, but the recipe, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.  We really love turkey.

I’m so relieved that summer is here!  We’ve got the BBQ fired up and we’re welcoming in this season with open arms! During these warm summer months our BBQ gets quite the workout.  I love how easy it is to make a meal for my family right outside in the sunshine…and it’s nice to keep the cooking heat outside too!  In fact, I would say that over half of our summer dinners are made on the BBQ.  I find it’s the quickest, and most easy, way to get dinner on our table, especially if I’m also grilling our side dishes like corn on the cob and potatoes!

Since I started working with the folks at Canadian Turkey, we’ve been eating a lot of BBQ’d turkey recipes.  Our favourite is my BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce, and we also really enjoy trying new recipes like these Sticky & Sweet BBQ Turkey Legs.

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

The great thing about BBQ’ing turkey is that I can feed my family for not a lot of money.  Turkey tends to be less expensive than other proteins, making it a great choice for family dinners and big get togethers.  Not only that, but turkey is delicious and pairs well with so many other dishes!

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

For this supper I grilled 4 turkey legs to feed our family of 5.  I made a delicious sweet & sticky sauce to baste the turkey legs with as they roasted, and made sure to save half of the sauce to serve at dinner.  This sauce is perfection with this turkey!  SO good.

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

I mean, just look how delicious this looks…tangy, sweet and sticky.  YUM.

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

For a perfect summer meal, I served these Sweet & Sticky Turkey Legs with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes. Delicious. Grilling turkey is really so easy!

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

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Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Description

Made with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce, these Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs are a simple and delicious dinner idea.  This inexpensive cut of turkey meat is perfect for feeding a crowd too!


Ingredients

Turkey Legs:

  • 4 – 6 turkey legs (about 3 – 5 pounds) (the number depends on how many people you are feeding)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce

Instructions

  • Pat and dry the turkey legs, then season with salt and fresh ground pepper.  Set aside.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the homemade BBQ sauce.  Separate the sauce into 2 bowls, use half for basting while grilling, and use the rest for dipping at dinner time!  Set aside.

Grilling the Turkey Legs:

  • Lightly oil your grill, then set your BBQ to medium heat.
  • Sear the turkey legs by grilling the them for about 5 minutes on each side (top and bottom).
  • Continue to roast the turkey legs for about 45 minutes, turning every 10 to 15 minutes,
  • After this time, baste the turkey legs with the sauce, and continue to roast them for about 15 minutes longer.  While the turkey legs are roasting for this last 15 minutes, baste them several times so the sauce becomes nice and sticky and caramelized.  Note:  Watch them carefully in case the BBQ flares up!
  • Remove the turkey legs from the BBQ and serve with the extra sauce.

5 Reasons to get Grilling with Turkey

  1. It’s an easy meat to substitute:
    Canadian turkey makes everyday meals delicious and tasty. It’s packed with nutrition
    and satisfying flavor, and can easily be substituted into ANY of your favourite grilling
    recipes.
  2. Turkey is lean and juicy! 
    It’s hard to believe but with turkey, both white and dark meat cuts are lean! That means
    you can enjoy any cut you prefer, and feel good knowing you are choosing a healthy
    protein without compromising on flavour, tenderness or juiciness.
  3. There are so many cuts of turkey to choose from: 
    Turkey is a versatile protein, with so many cuts of both dark and white meat to choose
    from including ground meat, legs, drumsticks, thighs, breast roasts, breast steaks, breast
    rolls, drummettes, wings, sausages, and burgers. With such a wide selection, you can
    turn any meal into a backyard feast, with leftovers that taste delicious the next day.
  4. Turkey is flavourful! 
    Turkey plays well with other flavours. It has a hearty taste and texture that marries well
    with bold profiles, making turkey the perfect partner for spices and rubs. Make recipes
    your own way using your family’s favourite flavours, and change up your everyday grilled
    turkey dishes using rubs, marinades and sauces.
  5. Turkey is affordable! 
    Turkeys are generally larger than other poultry choices and deliver a lot of meat for the price. Whole turkeys can be grilled for a few dollars per pound, and are a perfect choice for batch cooking meals, or for freezing leftover meat that comes in handy as an everyday meal starter. Cuts like drums, breasts and thighs are perfect for snacks and quick weeknight meals.

More Delicious Summer Turkey Recipes:

Canadian Turkey Recipes, Tips & Nutrition:

Visit the Canadian Turkey website for all the tips, tricks, techniques and recipe inspiration you might need! There are more delicious turkey recipes for the BBQ, a tonne of great information on turkey nutritionhow to cook turkey and more! And don’t forget to download the free Summer Grilling Guide for everything you need to know to get tasty, nutritious and versatile Canadian
turkey on your table this summer! Follow Canadian Turkey along on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and YouTube channel. 

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Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes

These Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes are a family favourite breakfast recipe! The sour cream makes them so soft, tender and delicious.

Is it possible to have too many pancake recipes?  No.  I say ALL THE PANCAKES.  Over the years we have eaten many many many pancakes, and have tried all kinds of flavour combinations…it’s a tough job, but we’re happy to do it!  And when there’s a recipe that we love, I have to share it.  These Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes…they have to be shared.

Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes

I absolutely love using sour cream in all kinds of baking.  It make cakes SO tender and delicious, plus I love the tang it adds.  So if it’s delicious in cake, it has to be great in pancakes too, right?  Yes.

Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes

These pancakes will be your new favourite.  They’re fluffy, cake-y and delicious with loads of butter, syrup and more fresh blueberries!  Happy breakfast indeed.

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Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 - 24 pancakes

Description

These Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes are a family favourite breakfast recipe! The sour cream makes them so soft, tender and delicious.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, milk, sour cream and butter.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Cook on a medium-high heat griddle, about 2-3 minutes each side, or until you see the bubbles popping.

More delicious pancake recipes:

  1. Classic Oatmeal Pancakes
  2. Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes
  3. Zucchini Bread Pancakes
  4. Best Ever Buttermilk Pancakes
  5. Ricotta Oat Bran Pancakes
  6. Peanut Butter Pancakes

Have a delicious day!

Our Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Whether you have a backyard or a balcony, with a few simple things like flowers and lights, creating an Urban Backyard Summer Oasis is easy!

Today I’ve joined an amazing group of blogger friends, and we are sharing our summer decks and patios with you…all in hopes to inspire your creativity in your own space!  Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing.  Make sure to check out all the posts in the links at the bottom of this post!  xo

I’m so relieved that it’s finally patio weather.  We had what felt like the longest winter ever, and when it finally left I didn’t quite believe that summer was just around the corner.  I seem to stay in a semi-winter mode, expecting snow at any time, until mid May. Because realistically, it can happen.  But now this week summer is officially here, and I’m ready.  Thanks to having participated in a number of seasonal blog hops, I’ve been getting ready for summer for a few weeks now, and I’m welcoming it with open arms.  My plants are blooming, the patio is ready, summer eats are on my mind…let’s summer!

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Today I wanted to take you on a little tour of my cheery summer patio.  I’ve been busy cleaning up this space for a while now…I cleaned and repainted the deck, we bought some new patio furniture, pillows and accessories, and I’ve got all my flowers planted.  Nothing to do now but sit back and relax, and that is what I intend to do.  Anyway, come have a look with me…

This space is very hard to photograph. I feel like I can’t quite capture everything how I see it…it’s hard to convey how pretty everything actually looks and feels.  Especially at my two favourite times of the day out here…first thing in the morning (which is when most of these pictures were taken) and in the evening at dusk when the sun is going down…and these times aren’t great for picture taking.  But these times are my favourite out here…everything looks fresh, my flowers smell THE best and it just feels so soft and good…so I took pictures for this post at both of these times of the day so that I could share them with you…it’s not quite captured, but it will have to do.

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Quite a few years ago we built an extension onto our existing deck to give us more space to enjoy it.  The way our house faces, the top tier really gets no sun at all, so the second tier was built so that we could have a space to actually enjoy summer.  And it’s on this 2nd tier that I have focussed most of my efforts, because that’s the space where we spend our time. For many years I had a dining table in this space and we enjoyed it very much, but after 14 years things were starting to wear out…so it was time to buy a new set.  This time I wanted something for both dining and relaxing and was thrilled to find exactly what I was looking for at Lowe’s.  It has a couch, 2 full chairs, 2 stools and a dining table. So we can both eat and relax.  Perfect.

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Admittedly though, I have found it a little challenging to decorate around.  I started with the table turned the other way but couldn’t figure out where to place my planters.  So I turned it around and I like it a bit better this way.  I’m still working on the best places for my flowers, but for now they’re good where they are…I actually think the real issue is that I *may* have too many planters…but really, is there such thing as too many flowers?

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Once the table was put into place, I added some new pillows, adjusted my string lights and scattered my planters around the deck.  Things are starting to come together.

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Another project we tackled in our yard was that we created a new space where we could enjoy campfires.  For a few years we had our outdoor fireplace on the deck, and it looked really nice but wasn’t very practical.  There was just no room for it there, and honestly, I really wanted to move it onto gravel.  So my husband dug out our old raised garden, and laid down some washed rock gravel.

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Now we have a bigger (and more safe) space for campfires! Then I moved down my fun and cheery turquoise furniture and created a cozy sitting spot. I love this area SO much.

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

At night this space is my favourite. With the patio lights…it feels so dreamy out here.

Urban Backyard Summer Oasis

Thank you for coming on a little tour of our Urban Backyard Summer Oasis!  I hope you feel inspired to create a summer oasis at your own home…whether you have a backyard or a balcony, with a few simple things like flowers and lights, creating an oasis is easy!

More Summer Deck and Patio Inspiration:


The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Rooms for Rent / Bless’er House

Shabbyfufu / Summer Adams / Making it in the Moutains / TIDBITS

Confessions of a Serial DIYer / Clean and Scentsible / Just a Girl and Her Blog / Stacy Risenmay

Zevy Joy / Finding Silver Pennies / Deeply Southern Home / A Pretty Life

Southern State of Mind / Amber Tysl / Newly Woodwards

Have an inspired day!