Happy Friday from the front porch!
I can hardly believe we’re getting ready to say goodbye to April and welcome all the good things May has to offer.
It’s been a great week here and I hope you’ve had a good one too.
A Quick and Easy Cookie Basket …
In last week’s, From the Front Porch post, I mentioned my parents were hosting my Dad’s family for lunch and an afternoon of old-school games.
It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed that hard and we had tons of fun!
Both of my parents come from large families and it’s not uncommon for all of us to pitch in to make things easier for everyone.
When my parents asked me to bring the dessert, I was a little hesitant at first. I come from a family of picky eaters (7 with allergies) which definitely adds a bit of pressure.
After thinking about it for a few days though, I finally decided to bring a cookie basket.
Truthfully, it wound up better than I expected and was a big hit with all the adults and the littles too.
I baked a variety of cookies (3 dozen total) then supplemented with store-bought favorites.
I also cut brown lunch bags down to cookie sleeve size so they could take some home since most everyone had a long drive back at the end of the day.
Anyway, I just wanted to share in case you needed a quick and easy make and take too!
A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…
Cece Barfield Thompson’s Gramercy Park Apartment is the perfect mix of tradition and modern styles.
This house flip is such a testament to the power of paint.
Can you even with this stunning outdoor garden area?
If you’re planning a getaway any time soon, this looks like a fun place to stay in Charleston.
This post, How to Spruce Up Your Vintage Finds for Spring, would actually work for the summer months too.
Words to Live By…
Watching This Month…
To gear up for our May Book of the Month, I watched The Reason You’re Always Tired and it has me all kinds of excited to start the book now!
May Book of the Month…
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Our May Book of the Month is called Sacred Rest and honestly, it couldn’t be timelier.
Nearly every day I hear, read, or personally see the effects of burnout and languishing. They are more prevalent now than they have ever been thanks to dealing with so much uncertainty and two years of the pandemic.
I’m starting my own Back to Basics campaign for the summer because I desperately want to stop the cycle in my own life. So, I’m excited to put these techniques into practice.
On the Menu this Week…
Week of May 2 – May 9
05/02 – Sunday –Sheet Pan Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bake
05/03 – Monday – 20-Minute Chow Mein (skip the chicken and add extra veggies or tofu if you want to make it a Meatless Monday)
05/04 – Tuesday – Nectarine and Summer Fruit Salad (we’ll probably add a side of grilled fish)
05/05 – Wednesday – Cinco de Mayo – 42 Recipes to Spice Up Your Cinco de Mayo Party
05/06 – Thursday – Italian Bean Soup
05/07 – Friday – Family-Friendly Charcuterie Board
05/08 – Saturday – Tuscan Chicken and roasted veggies
05/09 – Sunday – Mother’s Day – 100 Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas and my sweet friend Christine also put together this fabulous list 25 Make Ahead Recipes for Mother’s Day that is so good you’ll want to keep it on hand for the rest of the spring and summer season!
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
A Few Fun Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything From the Archives or on the Blog, Here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To…
17 Simple Gifts to Make Before Mother’s Day (here’s a DIY gift guide if you need it too)
May Bucket List…
- Celebrate the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day
- Finish Writing Class
- Follow the arrows – Look for Clues – Take Action
- Sunset Picnic
- Look for fireflies
- Buy Piper a swimming pool
- Begin Back to Basics campaign
- Power wash exterior of The Crowned Goat Cottage
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
Simplified and Organized Home Focus This Month…
Living Room/Guest Bedroom or Home Office/Summer Bucket List
- 05/01 – Declutter and Organize Living Room
- 05/08 – Household Books & Magazines
- 05/15 – Home Office or Guest Room
- 05/22 – Home Office or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
- 05/29 – Summer Bucket List
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 05/01 – Buy May Birthday and Special Occasion Cards and Gifts
- 05/01 – Kentucky Derby
- 05/04 – Spring into Summer Blog Hop
- 05/05 – Cinco de Mayo
- 05/06 – Spring/Summer One Room Challenge Begins
- 05/08 – Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop
- 05/09 – Mother’s Day
- 05/17 – Tax Day (US)
That’s all for now!
As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!