Happy dance recital Sunday from the Mitten! Having raised all boys, dance recitals weren’t part of our life. Now that we have all granddaughters, they are. Before we head out for a day of dance, I wanted to share all my Mitten Moments with YOU!

Things are really started to fill in and bloom here. The weather has been warm and we have had considerable rain on and off, which has actually been a blessing for the garden and all the other plants I’m growing. I’m most excited about my Nantucket Blue hydrangeas. I was worried they might not come back this year, as I haven’t had great luck with hydrangeas. Despite my past struggles with them, they’re putting on a stunning show this year!


Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering – Steve Maraboli

My Personal Moments

  • Have you ever made a fairy garden? This week my granddaughters and I created one for their back yard. It’s inexpensive and makes for a fun and memorable project. If you’re not familiar with fairy gardens you can see my post on How to Make a Fairy Garden. And if you are wondering, I did have a fairy house for each of them!
  • I’m one of those people who love getting a card or occassional handwritten communication in the mail. In a world of quick answers and texting, I believe it makes people feel special that you took the time to send them something handwritten. I recently read an article about the lost art of hardwritten cards and letters. Amy Weinland Daughters wrote to all 580 of her Facebook friends. She believes that the “social experiment” brought out the best in her and other people. Based on her letter writing, Amy wrote the book Dear Dana: That time I went crazy and wrote all 580 of my Facebook friends a handwritten letter.
A book entitled Dear Dana that time i went crazy and wrote all 580 of my facebook friends a handwritten letter.

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My Favorite Weekly Find

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I don’t know about you but I’d rather not turn my oven on in the summer; even if I do have air conditioning. This week, I shared 20 Refreshing And Delicious Summer Recipes To Savor. It’s a foodie round-up of some incredible summertime options from me and a few of my blogging friends! From drinks all the way to desserts, there is something for everyone!

Recent Mitten Moments on the blog. A picture of several food dishes promoting a 20 summertime recipe blog post.

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A Few of My Favorite Moments

I always enjoy setting a pretty table and finding creative ways to do that is always fun. Missy from Sonata Home Design shared How to Make A Simple Reversable No-Sew Placemat. This DIY is quick, easy and any skill level can make it!

A table set with homemade reversable placemats. This talbe is red, black and white with a touch of lemons to accent the table.

Looking for a new recipe to share at your next BBQ or summer gathering? Heidi from Eleanor Rose Home shared her Best Calico Baked Beans Recipe.

A pot of calico baked beans. Calico beans are a variety of beans with ground beef and other seasonings.

Sometimes you just need a satisfyingly sweet treat. There’s something nostalgic and comforting about chocolate pudding. It’s a simple dessert that brings back memories of childhood and happy times. My friend, Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns, shared The Best Homemade Double Chocolate Pudding Recipe. This easy to make, no-bake dessert is sure to bring a smile to your face!

A picture of dessert dishes with homemade double chocolate pudding in them with whipped cream on top.

Looking for ways to up your game in your cut flower garden? Kim from Shiplap and Shells teaches us How Pinching Plants Benefits Your Cut Flower Garden. Kim’s gardens are gorgeous and I’m looking forward to using her techniques in my cut flower garden!

A beautiful cut flower garden from Shiplap and Shells. The picture also shows a bistro table and chair set.

And Now…

Here are some other WONDERFUL moments I found:

These 21 cutest blue and white home decor finds for summer

This magical vintage lampshade flower crown

This sweet & tart rhubarb crunch dessert

Mitten Moments

That’s all the Mitten Moments for you, today!

I’m off to dance! I’ll be cheering and will probably shed a tear or two. There’s nothing like watching the people you love, do what they love to do!

Make it a great Sunday and I pray the new week brings you many good moments!

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14 Comments

  1. Good evening Kim!
    Thank you fro including my pudding recipe! I hope you try it with your granddaughters.
    I am sure that watching your granddaughters dance brings you a lot of joy.
    Looking forward to seeing the bounty of your garden!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing my reversible placemat project! And I love seeing your blue hydrangeas! I have never had much luck with hydrangeas. Just can’t seem to find the right spot. I’ll just enjoy yours! ~ Missy

  3. I can’t wait to dive into your summer recipes, Kim! Your hydrangeas are looking so pretty, and I love that you and your granddaughters created a fabulous fairy garden. How fun! Thank you so much for sharing my gardening post on pinching plants. You are so sweet.

  4. We’ve been busy with dance recital too. Tis’ the season! Thank you so much for sharing some of my recipes in your summer round-up They all look so good and I can’t wait to try them!

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