Attracting Hummingbirds and How to Revive a Tired Feeder

Find helpful tips for attracting Hummingbirds to your garden along with an easy nectar recipe to slow down spoilage and the best way to clean your feeders. You’ll also find a method to revive a tired feeder and give it a refresh.

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August is a peak month in North Carolina for hummingbirds

in the garden and at the feeders!

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Hummingbirds have been late to arrive this year, but I decided to

Keep Calm and Hummingbird On

refilling the feeders with fresh nectar in anticipation of their arrival.

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I always get a thrill when I see hummers or hear them chirping as they go zipping by,

dashing from flower to feeder, defending “their” territory.

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We have three feeders placed around the yard and by the Potting Shed.

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After several years, the UV rays and frequent washing had taken its toll,

fading the feeders from their original vibrant red, making them almost

clear in color and in need of a some TLC.

I decided they needed a makeover to entice the hummers!

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I found Krylon Stained Glass Paint in Cranberry Red, a translucent paint for glass,

to restore the finish and still allow me to see the level of the nectar in the feeder.

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Note: Krylon Stained Glass Paint states that it’s for indoor use, so after applying it,

I sprayed multiple coats of Krylon Acrylic Spray Paint Crystal Clear to protect the finish.

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Follow manufacturer’s directions for use, applying in a well ventilated area or outdoors.

I cleaned my feeder and let it dry before painting, applying 8 light coats of paint

to achieve the color I was looking for.

Tip: To make sure feeder is free of any oil or residue, wipe down the glass surface

with rubbing alcohol prior to painting.

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I was very happy with the outcome and highly recommend this paint for glass!

To apply the paint, hold the can 10-12 inches from the surface of

a clean feeder and spray in a light sweeping motion. Wait 1 minute between each coat

before applying the next light coat. It dries to touch in 30 minutes

and to handle in 1 hour. I allowed it to dry overnight before applying

 4 generous coats of the clear acrylic sealer.

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The sealer seems to have done the trick

as we had several torrential downpours last week and the feeder is still vibrant red.

When I take the feeders down in late fall, I’ll give them another

couple of coats of sealer after cleaning them before putting them away.

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The metal flowers had faded from the blazing sun,

so I gave them a ‘refresh’ with red nail polish!

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I applied the polish to the petals, avoiding the metal throat port.

To keep the polish off the feeder, I used squares of wax paper to protect the base of the feeder.

 Bees and wasps are attracted to the color yellow, so you can use

red nail polish to paint over any yellow parts of the feeder as well.

Apply multiple coats until the yellow is covered.

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After the polish was dry, I gave the base and the flowers a couple of coats

of acrylic sealer for protection and to refresh the base of the feeder.

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As good as new!

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe and Feeder Fresh! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hummingbirds #tips #DIY

Hummingbird nectar is easy to make with white refined sugar and water,

mixing in a ratio of 1:4, sugar to water.

Note: Do not use red dye, “raw” sugar, honey or sugar substitutes.

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Plain white table sugar mixed with water mimics the chemical composition of natural nectar.

Do not use organic, natural, or raw sugars as they contain levels of iron that could be harmful.

Also, do not use honey, which can cause fermentation, promoting bacteria and fungal growth.

Avoid red dye in your sugar water which may be harmful to hummingbirds.

To mix your nectar, combine four parts hot water to one part sugar. Mix it until it’s completely dissolved.

Once it cools to room temperature, it’s ready to go.

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Boiled tap water is the preferred water to use.

Using boiled water removes any potentially harmful bacteria, chlorine, fluorides, etc. that hummers don’t need.

I mix up a quart at a time (1 cup of sugar and 4 cups of water).

After the sugar is dissolved and has cooled, I store it in the fridge to have on hand for quick refilling.

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Nectar spoils quickly in hot weather so clean your feeder every time you refill!

I only fill my feeders about 1/3 full in the summer, as I empty, clean and refill

every 2 – 3 days with our 90+ August temperatures.

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Avoid soap to clean your feeders as hummingbirds can taste the soap/detergent residue.

To clean and kill bacteria and mold in your hummingbird feeder,

use a bleach/water mixture, mixing 1 part bleach to 10 parts water,

filling your feeder and allowing the bleach water to stand 15 minutes.

 Rinse well and allow to air dry before refilling.

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I discovered Hummingbird Feeder Fresh Nectar Defender last year, which stops spoilage!

It’s an all-natural product that protects the freshness of hummingbird nectar

and is safe for hummers. It uses a micronutrient, copper,

naturally consumed by hummingbirds in their diet of nectar and insects.

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One bottle will last an entire season as you only need 1 tablespoon per quart of nectar.

I add it to my batch of nectar after it has cooled. It says it will keep your nectar fresh in hot weather up to 2 weeks.

 Note: Even with the addition of Feeder Fresh, I don’t go longer than a week before cleaning and refilling my feeders, but it does allow me to feel the nectar is safe in hot weather and I can skip the every 2 day cleaning / refilling.

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I use ant moats to keep the hummingbird feeders ant-free!

I like that you use water only with these moats, with no chemicals to keep the ants away.

You do have to be diligent about refilling the moats with water with evaporation in the sun.

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If possible, place your feeder near trees.

Hummingbirds are territorial and like to perch in nearby trees

to chase away intruders at their feeding area.

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Hummingbirds are a prolific pollinator of flowers.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds deposit 10 times as much pollen as bumblebees.

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Hummingbirds like flowers that produce a lot of nectar, such as bee balm, salvias,

weigela, trumpet honeysuckle and other trumpet vines, cardinal flower, petunias

or anything that is tubular in shape.

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There are 320 species of hummingbirds, but only 14 breed in North America, and only one,

the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, can be found east of the Mississippi River. Male Ruby-throats

have a distinctive ruby-red throat, hence the name. Females are greenish,

with a white throat and a notched tail, while juvenile males resemble adult females.

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It’s a myth that leaving hummingbird feeders up too late in the fall will prevent the birds from migrating.

Hummingbirds have an internal clock regulated by the changing day length,

which lets them know when it’s time to go.

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A flash of harmless lightning,

A mist of rainbow dyes,

The burnished sunbeams brightening,

From flower to flower he flies.

~John Bannister Tabb

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Bees, Sunflowers and Hydrangeas Arrangement +Tablescape

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Happy August! It’s the first Monday of the month which means

I’m joining my blogging friends for some

flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.

You can find my blogging friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

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Limelight Hydrangeas are blooming by the Potting Shed!

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If you’re looking for an easy to grow, low maintenance shrub for your garden

that will provide beautiful cut and dried flowers too,

see my public service announcement:  Plant a Limelight Hydrangea. . .or Five.

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The summer heat and humidity have been brutal and

we’ve had several stormy afternoons and evenings recently.

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After a shower, these big hydrangea blooms are weighted down by water,

almost touching the ground. Thirsty bees are happy to find

 the wet flowers to take a drink from the petals.

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I love all things *bee* and picked up a ceramic pot from HomeGoods

last year with an embossed bee and honeycomb design.

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I decided it would *bee* an appropriate vessel for an arrangement and centerpiece for my table!

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To go with some Limelight hydrangea blooms cut from the garden,

I picked some sunflowers from the grocery store.

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To arrange the flowers, I used a favorite flower arranging tool, chicken wire,

 an eco-friendly alternative to wet floral foam, as it is reusable.

I prefer white painted chicken wire as it’s rust resistant after repeated uses.

Cut your chicken wire at least 4 inches wider than the opening of your container,

so you have some excess wire to bend and hold against the walls of your container.

Use waterproof floral tape if needed, to keep the chicken wire

from lifting as your arrange your stems.

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Always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water that come with

your flowers to help them stay fresh and extend their vase life.

Larkspur, aster, goldenrod and hypericum berries were added to the arrangement

to pair with the sunflowers and hydrangeas.

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I used bee magnets, attaching them to a metal binder clip on top of

 a bamboo skewer, to add a bit of bee ‘jewelry’ to the arrangement.

Makeover using Rub 'n Buff | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

 I gave the bees a 2-minute makeover, adding some silver highlights, HERE,

transforming them with  Rub ‘n Buff.

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The bee magnets stick the metal binder clip so the arrangement is abuzz with bees!

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A yellow and white checked tablecloth is buzzing with bees. . .

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Honeycomb Bee salad plates are layered on black and white buffalo check plates. . .

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And framed with white wood chargers.

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I had hoped to set a table outdoors by the lake, but it’s been un*bee*lievably hot and humid  . . .

I decided to stay under the cover of the porch and where I could enjoy some shade

from the sun and breeze generated by the ceiling fan instead.

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More bee favorites are at the table. . .

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Including my favorite Napoleon Bee Flatware . . .

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And La Rochere Goblets that are buzzing with bees.

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After I photographed my table and arrangement,

I found these adorable Daisy/Bee Napkin Rings. . .

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They’re super affordable too, a set of 6 for $19! 🐝🌼

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Table Details:

Ciroa Buffalo Check Dinner Plates / HomeGoods, several years ago

Honeycomb Bee Salad Plates / Williams-Sonoma

Bee Tablecloth and Embossed Bee Pot/ Tabitha Webb, HomeGoods, last year

Silver Bee Napkin Rings / Sur La Table

Daisy Bee Napkin Rings 

White Chargers & Napkins/ Pier 1

La Rochere Bee Goblets 

Napoleon Bee Flatware

Bee Magnets

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Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

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How To Add Curb Appeal & Vintage Charm To A Birdhouse

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Adding some vintage charm to this birdhouse has been on my ‘to do’ list

since I brought it home several years ago.  It was in need of a little love as the

tin roof had come untacked and it lacked general curb appeal!

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I collected rusty pieces of bits and bobs . . . hinges, door knobs, finials,

keys, etc., picked up for a few dollars or in small odd lots for

$5 a bag from flea markets and antique malls, with this project in mind

 to add a little vintage charm and curb appeal to this birdhouse.

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To do some repair and attach my rusty pieces I used some Liquid Nails,

a construction adhesive, also used for my Mosaic Flower Pots. . .

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Along with some brown screws and panel nails that would blend

with metal roof and vintage details of the birdhouse.

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First, rehab and repair to the roof with Liquid Nails and the panel nails, tacking it back in place.

My hubby volunteered to help so I could photograph the steps.

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I pulled out the pieces I thought I might use . . . door knobs and plates, hinges and old lock,

and some metal rings and then added a few more pieces from my stash as I went.

Note: In this day and age of fewer flea markets and shopping opportunities, check Etsy

 or eBay for sellers with an assortment of vintage metal pieces you can buy in a ‘lot’.

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My dad was a bit of a hoarder and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. ;)

I recently brought home a few pieces from his stash, including this rusty metal sconce.

It’s ready to be repurposed with the help of a bolt cutter.

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A 14-inch bolt cutter makes it easy to cut the metal bands and leafy vines on the sconce,

no hand strength required!

It also makes it easy to to make your own DIY Flower Supports .🌼

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I cut the little curlicues off the end of the sconce for a porch railing of sorts. . .

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And applied Liquid Nails to the back of the metal so to adhere it to the wood rails and roof.

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A little curlicue and strip of metal band from the sconce was added as a ‘ridge vent’

and decorative detail to the birdhouse roof.

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The leafy vines were tucked in between the metal roof pieces and tacked on with panel nails.

A hole was drilled in the wood base to secure the vine climbing the side of the birdhouse.

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Rings were added to the openings of the birdhouse for decoration

and can also serve as predator guards.

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And a steeple was fashioned and cobbled together using rusty finial,

a thingamajig and a whatchamacallit. :)

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I’m not sure where my bird abode will ultimately end up, but I placed her on a

small wood ladder on the porch of the Potting Shed to photograph.

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This is a fun project you can do with a birdhouse you already have,

giving it a makeover to use decoratively or adding

some curb appeal for your feathered friends!

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Incredibly Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

Sneak in some veggies in a batch of incredibly Fudgy Zucchini Brownies.

So good and no one will ever suspect there is zucchini hiding inside!

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Happy Monday!

Let’s start the week with a sweet treat for your morning coffee or afternoon tea.

If you’re a fan of fudgy-style brownies, these Zucchini Brownies will not disappoint!

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These brownies come together in less than 10 minutes using your food processor.

They’re moist, rich, fudgy and a great way to use summer’s most prolific veggie, zucchini.

Best of all, picky eaters will never suspect these brownies have zucchini in them!

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The zucchini in these brownies is puréed in the food processor, making them

incredibly moist without the stringy texture that sometimes comes with shredding it.

With the moisture from the zucchini, this recipe calls for just 3 tablespoons of butter,

making them healthy-ish.

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To frost or not to frost:

 I don’t typically frost brownies but this ganache-style frosting is super easy to make,

heating up your cream and stirring in the chocolate chips until melted.

I like the frosting on these brownies as it allows for a sprinkle of flaky sea salt,

like Fleur de Sel or Maldon, to adhere.

The little bite of salt along with the chocolate equals brownie perfection!

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Zucchini Brownies, recipe adapted King Arthur Flour

Makes 16 brownies

Brownie Ingredients

(1) 8″ zucchini, washed, trimmed, cut into chunks, no need to peel  (1 1/2 cups)

3 tablespoons butter, melted

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, Dutch-process or natural

1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, for enhanced chocolate flavor

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

3/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips)

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Frosting Ingredients

3/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (I used dark)

1/4 cup heavy cream or 3 tablespoons milk (I used 3 tablespoons Half and Half)

Optional: Flaky sea salt like Maldon or Fleur de Sel, for sprinkling on top of frosting

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ square pan or line pan with parchment paper.

For easy removal when baking bars or brownies, line the pan with parchment, which is nonstick.

The ends of the paper provide ‘handles’ making it easy to lift the brownies

out of the pan to cut on a flat surface. Parchment also helps regulate the oven temperature

and can neutralize hot spots as a barrier between the pan and your batter.

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To make the brownies:

Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, salt, and flour; set aside.

Combine the zucchini, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in work bowl of a food processor; process until smooth.

Add dry ingredients to zucchini / egg mixture and process briefly, just until combined.

Add chocolate chips and pulse several times to break up chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

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Bake brownies for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean,

or with a few moist crumbs clinging to it; you shouldn’t see any sign of wet batter.

Remove the brownies from the oven, and allow them to cool completely before frosting.

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To make frosting:

Combine the chocolate chips and milk or cream in a microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan.

Heat until the milk is steaming, and the chips are soft. Remove from the heat, and stir until smooth.

Spread the frosting on brownies, sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired.

Place brownies in the refrigerator for an hour or so, to set.

Store at room temperature, covered, for several days.

Printable Recipe

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Notes:

If you don’t have a food processor, use a blender to purée the zucchini, melted butter, eggs,

and vanilla until smooth; transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl before proceeding with the recipe.

 Espresso powder enhances the chocolate flavor when baking and makes chocolate

taste richer and more intense without adding any coffee flavor on its own.

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Weekend Waterview from Lake Norman

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Happy Sunday!

Here’s a little weekend waterview from Lake Norman.

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Our resident Great Blue Heron can be found fishing from our dock every afternoon.

Great Blue Heron on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

Great Blue Heron on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

Great Blue Heron on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

I’ve always thought herons are the most Dr. Suess-esque of the bird kingdom. . .

Great Blue Heron on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

Here he is ready for take off. . .

Great Blue Heron on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

Their wingspan is 5.5 to 6.6 feet, allowing them to cruise at 20 to 30 miles an hour.

Great Blue Heron in flight | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

Great Blue Herons hunt alone but typically nest in colonies, preferring tall trees.

You can see a heron nest with chicks, here.

Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #boatingwithdogs #pontoon

It’s been brutally hot and humid this week but we did manage a

couple of early morning and late evening boat rides.

Lola on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #boatingwithdogs #pontoon

Lola and Sophie always enjoy a little sight seeing. . .

Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #boatingwithdogs #pontoon

Purple Martins’ aerial acrobats are fun to watch. . . swooping around

feasting on insects  or sipping from the water while in flight. . .

Purple Martins | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #birds

Lola watching Purple Martins | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #boatingwithdogs #pontoon

Purple Martins | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #birds

Lola on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #boatingwithdogs #pontoon

Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #boatingwithdogs #pontoon

Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #boatingwithdogs #pontoon #flag

Flag on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #pontoon #boat #flag

Dogs on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

Lola and Sophie say it’s dog gone hot and they’re ready for a break

from the heat and humidity. . .

Sophie on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Chairs by lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN

I’ll leave you with a sunset photo . . .

Sunset Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN

Sunset dock view Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN

Hope you’re finding a way to stay cool and beat the heat!

Happy Sunday ♥

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #dogs #sunset #flag #heron #boatingwithdogs

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Dress Up a Galvanized Tub with Decoupage

Use decoupage and napkins to transform a plain galvanized tub and satisfy your craving for flowers.

You’ll find craft inspiration and creative ideas from 16 other bloggers too.

Decoupaged galvanized tub tutorial | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

Happy Thursday! July is always a challenging month in the garden

when the flowers (and I!) struggle in our 90+ degree temperatures.

I’m dashing out the door in the early morning to water and do a few garden chores

and back inside by mid-morning, before the mercury and humidity are in the sweltering range.

Decoupaged galvanized tub as a planter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

This decoupaged tub is an easy project that satisfies my craving for flowers,

and one that can be done in the comfort of the air conditioning!

Dress up a plain galvanized tub with decoupage | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

I had a plain galvanized tub that I decided could benefit from some butterflies and blooms!

DIY decoupage galvanized tub | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

I loved the shape when I spied this tub at Hobby Lobby and thought

it could function as a magazine holder, planter or even a beverage tub.

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DIY decoupage galvanized tub | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

In addition to a galvanized tub or bucket, you’ll need some Mod Podge,

which will act as a glue and sealer, and some pretty napkins.

I found my napkins at Tuesday Morning several months ago.

DIY decoupage craft project with napkins | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

 I used a Matte Mod Podge as a gloss Mod Podge tends to highlight

the wrinkles and my decoupaging imperfections.

DIY decoupage craft project with napkins | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

 To begin your decoupage project, separate your napkin layers, discarding the white layers.

Some napkins are 2-ply and others are 3-ply.

 If you have trouble separating the plys, cut or tear your napkins first

which will make them easier to separate.

DIY decoupage craft project with napkins | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

Once your napkins are separated, cut or tear your designs into pieces. To create a collage

with the torn pieces of napkin, layout your design on the surface of your project beforehand

so you have an idea where you want them to go before applying the Mod Podge.

DIY Decoupage galvanized tub craft project | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

Brush a thin layer of the Mod Podge onto the area of your tub or bucket and then

place your torn napkin pieces onto the Mod Podged area, smoothing them out gently as as you go

to avoid wrinkling your napkins. Smaller pieces are easier to work with and keep wrinkle free.

DIY Decoupage galvanized tub craft project | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

Smooth your torn pieces of napkin out from the center to help reduce wrinkles.

Allow the undercoat of the Mod Podge to dry at least 15 minutes before applying a top coat.

While I like disposable foam brushes for most craft projects,

I find a flat, smooth bristle brush reduces tearing

and doesn’t ‘grab’ the napkin like the a foam brush does.

DIY Decoupage galvanized tub | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

After your design is complete, apply a top coat of Mod Podge to the entire surface and allow to dry.

Brush it on using thin, even strokes and allow it to dry completely (about an hour)

before applying a second coat. For additional durability, spray your finished project

with an acrylic sealer and to reduce any tackiness.

Decoupaged galvanized tub as a planter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

You can use your decoupaged tub to hold your magazine stash, for a planter. . .

DIY Decoupage galvanized beverage tub | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

Or as a beverage tub / wine chiller for entertaining.

Natura Rosé

While I know you shouldn’t judge a wine by its label,

I have to admit I’m a sucker for a pretty label.

Rosé is my summer ‘go-to’ wine and I spied this Natura Rosé at Publix.

It’s very drinkable and food-friendly too. 🍷

DIY Decoupage galvanized beverage tub | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

I’m joining my blogging friends for a Creative Craft Blog Hop today.

A special “thank you” to our hosts, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate

 and Andrea of Design Morsels for organizing this hop!

You’ll find 16 more craft projects at the links below:

Celebrate And Decorate | Design Morsels | Calypso in the Country

Zucchini Sisters | My Hubbard Home | Birdz of a Feather

Decorate & More with Tip | Our Crafty Mom | The Painted Apron

Home Is Where The Boat Is | Purple Hues And Me | Sustain My Craft Habit

Chas’ Crazy Creations | Bluesky At Home | Create With Cynthia

B4 and Afters | My Thrift Store Addiction

Everything Mary: Create a Floral Arranging Kit + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #giveaway

The winner of my Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote Giveaway

is Lanita Anderson!

Thanks to all who entered.

DIY Decoupage galvanized tub as a planter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

🌸🦋🌺🐝

DIY Decoupage galvanized beverage tub | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #craft

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How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup

Create a flower crown for you or your pup to celebrate birthdays, weddings

or for any special occasion. You’ll find helpful tips and techniques,

along with floral longevity tips.

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise

Happy Monday! It’s the third Monday of the month which means

I’m joining my blogging friends for some

flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.

You can find my blogging friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information see my disclosure policy.

How to Make a Flower Crown | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowerarranging #DIY #tips

For this week’s addition of Monday Morning Blooms, I had hopes to do a table outdoors,

but couldn’t muster the energy or enthusiasm with the heat index at 105!

Making a flower crown has been on my ‘to-do’ list for a while now so I decided give it a try.

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise #DIY

Sophie and Lola volunteered to be models. . . posing = treats. 🐾🐾

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise #DIY

I found the inspiration and technique to make flower crowns in a favorite book. . .

Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers

Floret Farm’s A Year in Flowers

How to Make a Flower Crown, Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers

If you’re looking for a book on floral design, this one will NOT disappoint!

 It’s full of beautiful floral inspiration with techniques

and tips to create everything from hand-tied bouquets and

centerpieces, to wrist corsages, flower crowns and wreaths.

How to Make a Flower Crown | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY

To make a flower crown, start with a piece of paper-covered floral wire or the wire of your choice.

Determine the crown’s conference by wrapping wire around your head (or your dog’s head  🐾 ;)

placing it where you want it to rest, allowing for an extra 2 inches on either side

for fastening it together.  Make a loop on one end and keep the other end straight.

I used 2 pieces of wire twisted together to get the right circumference.

How to Make a Flower Crown | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY

To create my flower crowns, I used daisies, mums, alstroemeria and charmelia from the

 grocery store, along with some garden foliage and Vitex seed pods (Chaste Tree)

for a little texture and interest. Condition your flowers and foliage first,

cutting the stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake.

After giving them a fresh cut, place them in room temperature water mixed with flower food 

to help them hydrate for several hours before assembling your crown.

For each crown, assemble 12 to 15 bundles of 3 – 5 stems, using a mixture of

flowers and foliage. Wrap each bundle of stems together

 with floral stem wrap / tape, gently stretching the tape as you work.

How to Make a Flower Crown | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY

Floral stem wrap is a strong stretchable tape that is self-sealing.

Wrap the tape at a slight angle as you go to minimize bulk, stretching as you go,

so it becomes sticky and adheres to itself.

How to Make a Flower Crown | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY

To assemble your crown, take a bundle and lay it along the wire at the looped end and

wrap floral tape around the bundle and the wire a few more times to secure.

How to Make a Flower Crown | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY

Add remaining bundles facing them in the same direction and overlapping them so

each bundle hides the previous bundle’s stem ends until the wire is covered.

How to Make a Flower Crown | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY

I added some individual flowers from a stem of Campanula, (Peach-leaf Bellflower)

with a piece of thin gauge florist wire, and running it though the base of the bloom.

How to Make a Flower Crown | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY

Place the crown on your head (or pup’s head!) securing the ends by feeding the straight

end of the wire through the loop and twisting to secure it.

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise

Add ribbon streamers to the back of the crown if desired.

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise

For best results and longevity of your flower crown, use flowers and foliage

that will hold up out of water, such as thistle, statice, lilies, mums,

carnations, lisianthus, or standard and spray roses.

Most greenery and flowers last longer if the stem is a little older or woodier.

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise

To help prolong the life of your crown, store your flower crown wrapped in plastic

in the produce crisper drawer of your refrigerator to help keep your flowers fresh,

keeping your flowers away from fruits and veggies in the fridge

which may emit ethylene gas and shorten the life of your flowers.

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise

I highly recommend using a moisture-sealing spray like Crowning Glory than can

extend the life of your flowers and foliage of your flower crown or bouquet!

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise

Sophie and Lola says it’s exhausting work, posing and modeling. 🐾🐾

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise

Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

How to Make a Flower Crown for You or Your Pup! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #dogs #bichonfrise

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Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote + Giveaway

 

Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Calling all makers and crafters,

I’m sharing a tote to help keep you organized that I love and use:

 Everything Mary Deluxe Store and Tote!

Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

This ‘Everything Mary’ tote has 17 storage spaces and roomy pockets

for different supplies to help to keep this Mary  :) organized.

Everything Mary: Create a Floral Arranging Kit + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #giveaway

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I use my Everything Mary Deluxe Store and Tote for my flower arranging supplies

and just recently ordered another tote for crafting supplies.

Everything Mary: Create a Floral Arranging Kit + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #giveaway

I love the compartments and pockets on this tote, as well as the handles

that make it easy for me to grab and go, including outdoors.

Create a flower arrangement from Farmer's Market flowers, fruit and foliage from your garden with these arranging tips and tricks! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowerarranging #diy #flowers

  I assembled a flower arranging kit which I use every two weeks for Monday Morning Blooms.

Everything Mary: Create a Floral Arranging Kit + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #giveaway

My flower arranging kit has the usual flower arranging supplies like floral shears and snips,

waterproof floral tape, wet floral foam, wired floral picks,

thorn strippers, wire, pins and water tubes.

Everything Mary: Create a Floral Arranging Kit + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #giveaway

Along with a few supplies that you can find at the grocery store like,

Alum, to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting.

Keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting with this easy tip! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tip #hydrangeas #flowerarranging

Urn flower arrangement with hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #hydrangeas

Dockside Dining with Butterflies and Hydrangeas

Lakeside table with hydrangeas and butterlfies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #hydrangeas #tablescape #lake

And a vegetable peeler for woody stems . . .

Tip for woody stems for flower arrangements! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowerarranging

Garden Roses Flower Arrangement

Flower arrangement in urn with garden roses | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #roses

Everything Mary: Create a Floral Arranging Kit + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #giveaway

Bamboo skewers fit in the long zippered pocket in the back of the tote. . .

 DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #roses

 DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses and Citrus

 DIY Floral Arrangement and table with Tulips, Roses and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #tablescapes

Bamboo skewers are one of my favorite to tools to add a little whimsy to an arrangement

with pumpkins, seashells, candy straws, or lemons and bees.

 DIY Floral Arrangement with Shells | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers

 DIY Summer Flower Arrangement with Seashells

DIY floral preservative | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers

I included a bottle of lemon-lime soda in my flower arranging kit and tote.

If you don’t have any floral preservation, you can easily make your own

to prolong the life of your flowers with this easy formula.

Recycled Flower Arranging Hack using plastic mesh bags from produce! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars #recycle #flowers #DIY

Garden Bouquet DIY and Flower Arranging Hack

And I like to repurpose the

 produce netting from a bag of avocados or citrus

for an easy DIY flower frog.

Garden Bouquet Tips and Flower Arranging Hack using something you usually throw away! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peonies #DIY #recycle #flowers

Next time you’re at the garden center, don’t overlook

a plant tray that can be repurposed as a flower frog

for easy flower arranging with the right diameter vessel.

Flower Arranging Hack: Garden Center Plant Tray repurposed as a Flower Frog for easy flower arranging! | ©homeiswhereboatis.net #hack #flowerarranging #upcycle #fall #arrangement #sunflowers #hydrangeas

And one of my favorite tools to include in my flower arranging kit, chicken wire,

which is an eco-friendly tool for easy flower arranging as it is reusable.

{ Create a Fresh Floral Table Runner for Spring or Easter }

Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

I’m giving away one Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote

in the pattern of your choice:

Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote, Tan Dot

Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote + Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Or

Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote, Pill Print

 DIY Floral Arrangement and Table with Lemons and Bees | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers

   All Abuzz: Lemons and Bees Flower Arrangement and Tablescape

 To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment telling me how you would use your tote.

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry.

Subscribe by email and let me know by comment.

Flower arrangement using hosta leaves to conceal chicken wire in smaller glass vase | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowerarranging #flowers

 Summer Alfresco Tablescape and Flower Arrangement

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Window boxes and flowers by the Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #hydrangeas #windowboxes

Flower Market Buckets + Blooms Around the Potting Shed

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This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. through midnight July 22nd.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Flower Arranging Techniques, Tips and Tricks using flowers from the garden or grocery store! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY

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Weekend Waterview: Boating with Dogs

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman NC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #lake

Happy Sunday from Lola and Sophie!

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman NC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #lake

Here’s a little weekend waterview from Lake Norman.

Weekend Waterview boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #pontoon #BichonFrise #lake

We’ve enjoyed a little boating over the last couple of weeks.

Weekend Waterview flag on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #boat #lake

We’re in our typical July weather pattern of 90 degree temps, humidity and pop-up thunderstorms,

so we’re early morning or late evening boaters, avoiding the heat of the day.

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman NC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN

The girls enjoy sightseeing and napping on the boat.

Weekend Waterview boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #pontoon #BichonFrise #lake

Happy scrolling and Sunday. 🐾🐾

Weekend Waterview boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #pontoon #BichonFrise #lake

Weekend Waterview boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #pontoon #BichonFrise #lake

Beautiful home Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

Weekend Waterview flag on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #boat #lake

Weekend Waterview Lola on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #pontoon #BichonFrise #lake

Weekend Waterview Lola on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #pontoon #BichonFrise #lake

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman NC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #lake #boat

Weekend Waterview pontoon on Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #lake #boat

Sophie sleeping on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise

Weekend Waterview sunset Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN

Weekend Waterview sunset Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN

Weekend Waterview Boating with Dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #boat #lake #pontoon #dogs #bichonfrise #flag #sunset

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Refreshing Peach Tea Mule + ‘Just Peachy’ Recipes for Summer

Celebrate summer with a Peach Tea Mule, a summery twist on the classic Moscow Mule,

and refreshing cocktail that marries the flavor of sweet tea and peaches!

You’ll also find a round up of  ‘Just Peachy’ recipes for summer.

Peach Tea Mule! A refreshing summer cocktail that marries the flavor of sweet tea and peaches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #cocktail #peaches

Happy Thursday! Is it hot where you are? We’re in the 90s this week with the humidity on the rise.

This Peach Tea Mule is a refreshing cocktail, ideal for summertime sipping!

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Peach Tea Mule! A refreshing summer cocktail that marries the flavor of sweet tea and peaches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #cocktail #peaches

A traditional Moscow Mule is made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice.

If you’re not familiar with ginger beer, it’s brewed with ginger root and is a spicier

more robust version of ginger ale. Ginger ‘beer’ is a bit of a misnomer as

modern day ginger beer doesn’t contain alcohol.

Peach Tea Mule! A refreshing summer cocktail that marries the flavor of sweet tea and peaches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #cocktail #peaches

The copper Moscow Mule mug keeps your cocktail nice and frosty and is essential

when the heat and humidity are in the sweltering range!

Make sure your mug is lined with stainless steel which won’t react

with the acid in the lime or fruit juice.

Peach Tea Mule! A refreshing summer cocktail that marries the flavor of sweet tea and peaches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #cocktail #peaches

There are endless ways to customize your own Moscow Mule recipe.

I used Sweet Tea Vodka and Peach Schnapps which I already had, but you can

 mix your own version with peach nectar, peach or regular vodka and a splash of sweet tea.

If you’re a fan of sweet tea and peaches, I think you’ll find this summer cocktail very refreshing!

Peach Tea Mule! A refreshing summer cocktail that marries the flavor of sweet tea and peaches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #cocktail #peaches

This is the type of cocktail that I don’t usually measure, mixing to taste. 

Fill mug half full with crushed ice, to each mug add:

 1 ½ oz. Sweet Tea Vodka

½ oz. Peach Schnapps

1 – 2 peach slices, diced and muddled / smashed the end of wood spoon to release the peach flavor

Add ginger beer to top off and a generous squeeze of lime, stirring to combine.

Just Peachy Recipes for Summer | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peach #recipes #summer #cocktail #appetizers #desserts #salads

If you’re looking for some other ways to enjoy those summer peaches

I’ve included a round-up of recipes from the archives.

Click on the links for a taste or the complete recipe.

Ridiculously Easy Peach Dumplings | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peach #recipes #summer #easy #dessert

Ridiculously Easy Peach Dumplings

A surprisingly easy and delicious dessert, perfect for the lazy days of summer!

Peach Caprese Salad! A summery twist on the classic caprese with fresh juicy peaches! | homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #recipe #salad

Peach Caprese Salad

 A summery twist on the classic caprese salad made with fresh, juicy peaches

Skillet Bourbon Peach and Blueberry Crumble | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #recipe #easy #castironskillet #bourbon #peaches

Skillet Bourbon, Peach and Blueberry Crumble

A celebration of summer fruit in a skillet!

Summer Peach, Tomato and Corn Salad with Honey Vinaigrette | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #salad #recipes #easy #peaches #healthy

Summer Peach, Tomato and Corn Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

 A fresh and flavorful summer salad that makes the perfect side for your grilled main dish,

celebrating farm stand fruit & veggies at the peak of freshness!

Peach-Bourbon No-Churn Ice Cream with Ginger Snaps | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #icecream #recipes #easy #peaches #desserts #summer

Peach-Bourbon No-Churn Ice Cream with Ginger Snaps

No ice cream maker required for this frozen treat! Bourbon adds a caramel-vanilla note

while ginger snaps add some crunch and spicy molasses flavor.

Patchwork Fruit Cobbler | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #easy #peaches #desserts #summer

Patchwork Fruit Cobbler

A medley of peaches, plums, and blueberries with an easy-to-assemble patchwork

crust made of squares of sugar-crusted pastry

Crab Salad with Peaches and Avocados | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #peaches #summer #salad

Crab Salad with Peaches and Avocados

Perfect for a summer appetizer or light dinner and pretty enough to serve company.

Peach-Blackberry Cobbler Bars | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #peaches #desserts #summer

Peach-Blackberry Cobbler Bars

A taste of summer in an easy dessert!

Peach Salsa | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #easy #recipes #peaches #appetizers #summer

Peach Salsa

A refreshing and flavorful fruit salsa for summer!

Peach-Blueberry-Almond Coffee Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #peaches #desserts #summer

Peach & Blueberry-Almond Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Topping 

 Fresh summer peaches with blueberries topped a sweet, crunchy almond streusel

Peach and Prosciutto Crostini | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #peaches #appetizers #summer

Peach and Prosciutto Crostini with Basil and Goat Cheese

A sweet and salty, tangy and creamy light summer appetizer

Peach Hand Pies with Cream Cheese Crust | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #peaches #desserts #summer

Peach Hand Pies with Cream Cheese Crust

Summer Peach Tea Punch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #peaches #beverages #summer

Summer Peach Tea Punch

Mix yourself a pitcher of this refreshing and summery twist on an Arnold Palmer

Peach tablescape for summer | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #summer #peaches

And last but not least, a summer table celebrating peaches. . .

DIY Summer Fruit and Flower Arrangement + Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #summer #peaches

DIY Summer Fruit and Flower Arrangement + Tablescape 

'Just Peachy' Round Up Recipes for Summer and Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peach #recipes #summer #cocktail #appetizers #desserts #salads

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