Style Scouting

Style Scouting: Vol. 37

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Happy Easter edition of Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share what’s up in my life and the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online.


Pink ranunculus in Mason jar with speckled Easter eggs around it.
Do you like cut flowers? One to follow on Instagram: Spring Creek Blooms

Last week it was 80 degrees. Yesterday, it was 50 and we woke up this morning to greet 28 degrees.

Where did Spring go?

We had to cover a few plants in preparation for the cold snap. Hopefully, the buds will survive the cold. My poor hydrangeas!

I have a houseful of family this weekend :-) We have all been vaccinated and are feeling more at ease at getting together.

I made a big batch of everyone’s favorite Easter treat – Pastel Popcorn Cake to fuel a chilly, but sunny day of afternoon of kayaking. I had a few of the Energy Balls that I posted the recipe for a few weeks ago.

For the rest of the holiday weekend, I am just going to enjoy getting to hang out with family to celebrate Easter.

Do you like the flowers in the photo above? If you live in the Charlottesville, Va area you may want to check out, Spring Creek Blooms.

My daughter, Mandy’s friend Susanna started a cut flower farm on her parent’s land after working on other peoples farms for years. Mandy is a CSA member where she paid a sum at the beginning of the year and now until the fall she will get fresh flowers every week. The flowers in the photo are a part of her first batch.

What You May Have Missed This Past Week:

Jean Stoffer Design

This is one beautiful, serene and calm home.

A hip way to makeover a boring office chair.

I Spy DIY

Trend alert – peg rails are making a comeback. They are easy to make and a great way to corral and organize things. This post has an easy to follow tutorial.

Eat

Do you like lemons to season your food? I did this with a lemon and it works! And tried using this for carrots. And also this to store leftover tomato paste.

The history behind Easter candy.

Garden

How to build the Tesla of raised bed planters.

Fun & Interesting

A fun read for all moms with daughters.

I remember when I was a teen in the early 1970’s when horoscopes were a huge thing. See what yours says for April.

Worth the 1-minute listen – This is so touching. Smile worthy !!!  Two neighbors played a duet together through the walls of their apartment and the story behind it is so, so sweet. I recommend watching the minute long clip in its entirety. It is worth it!

What I Just Bought

Birds eye view of kitchen table setting done in driftwood grey, white and green.

I use my Pottery Barn water hyacinth round placemats year round. I found my set at a church rummage sale for a few dollars. Normally they are $16 a piece. Here is a knock-off for $5.00 a piece.

I need to use sunscreen everyday, I just ordered this so I can try out which formula works, feels and looks best on my skin.

Once the temps return to spring-like, I bought this dress in grey and this one in Fuschia to wear when I am out & about.

I also bought an Instant Pot. I have never used one before, but after reader, Mary S. told me how easy it was to make a batch of beans with no salt, she sold me on getting one. If you use an Instant Pot and have any tips on using it, please let me know.

I hope you have a very Happy Easter


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Upcoming on the blog I will be sharing how I added spring to my living room, gave my bed a refresh and something I made for my coffee table that spins.

As always, thanks so much for reading. XO

Have a fabulous weekend and week ahead.

XO

Diane

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16 Comments

  1. I really like my Instant pot for various soups, especially butternut squash as it’s so quick. I made lots of tomato sauce from my garden tomatoes last year. Applesauce so quick too. A handblender makes it easy. I’ve even made yogurt. I mostly find recipes on Pinterest but like Megan Gilmore. All her recipes are well tested and always work.
    Thanks for sharing the sunscreen bundle, what a great buy.

    1. Hi Tina – Thank you for the recommendation. I like Megan Gilmore, too. She was one of the first recipe bloggers I came upon a fews ago. I will check out her Instant Pot recipes.

  2. Love your distressed table. Did you make it or buy it, please? I would love to see the entire table. Everything you do is awesome.

    1. Hi Debbie – Thank you. :-)

      The distressed table that is in the photo in the post was the easiest furniture makeover I have ever done. It only took minutes and can be done on any shape table. I did the same thing for a rectangular dining room table in my daughters home. You can read how I did it in this posts: https://bit.ly/2FOgPNz

  3. Happy Spring y’all! This post is full of great ideas, so thank you. The lemon 🍋 juice idea had me smiling at its simplicity.

  4. Happy Easter! It’s been awhile since I’ve visited your page… do you still use the dill oil to
    keep the sugar cravings away?

    1. Hi Linda – I don’t use the Dill oil anymore, but it is what I credit and helped me to eat less and less sugar over time and not crave it anymore. I stopped when I realized I broke out of the sugar cycle. Now the only sugar I get is naturally from dates, raisins, and fruit.

  5. Hi Diane, Vegan Under Pressure is a great resource for the instant pot. It has tables with cooking times for all legumes, grains, vegetables and I’ve liked all the recipes I’ve tried. The author also cooks with no oil. I think you will like Shane’s Favourite Lentil Soup from the book too – one of our favourites. I add some red wine vinegar to finish it.

  6. Beginning WW and IF as I write!! Day 1!! And you were right! Mason jars.. especiallly with white tops are NON existent!!!

  7. I have just started using my instant pot because I too am on a mostly plant based diet. Having been doing that for a year or so. Pinto beans in the instant pot are the bomb! It also make amazing rice. There is a facebook group for plant based no oil cooking in the Instant pot. I have learned so much from being in the group.

  8. Happy Easter Diane and Ed – my family is coming tomorrow- so it will be a fun day for me.

    FLOWERS: what is the name of the pink and yellow one. The back one is a rose, but the front ones are so full and beautiful.