A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Weekend Fun: Father’s Day at Wilder Ranch

You guys. It’s been so long since I have pulled out a real (and by that I mean not iPhone) camera. Those SLRs can be really clunky to carry around, right? especially when you’re toting a baby… or 2. But the photos! Love the freedom to adjust, adjust, adjust. I spent last weekend up in Santa Cruz, California – my old stomping grounds – with my brother and family for his graduation. While there we celebrated Father’s Day with a long hike that started at an old farm called Wilder’s Ranch. One of my favorite places to spend an afternoon.

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Took the last two photos the day earlier, I’m not sure I have a smiley photo of the three of us? Also, I post-edited several of these photos with A Beautiful Mess’s photoshop actions (I love petal and magnolia best right now).

Kevin couldn’t join us on this trip because of work, we celebrated Father’s Day with him the weekend before. Love you, Dad! What a fun day to spend with my girls, my brothers and sister, my family.

Six June Recipes

Good Eats | Recipes to Try: June | PepperDesignBlog.com

Sometimes a recipe catches my eye in a magazine or on Pinterest and I’m just dying to give it a go. Here are six that are mouth-wateringly perfect for the month of June. Truth be told it might take me the full summer but I’m determined to try these out. I’m actually thinking the lemon meyer yogurt cake would be so great for Taylor’s 1st birthday, perhaps I’ll be giving it a go Saturday!

Lately I’m digging one (or close) pot/skillet dinners (see 1 & 3), simple twists on classic desserts (strawberry lemonade lemon bar?) and easy but unique ‘why didn’t I think of that’ moments (4).

1 | Almond crusted thyme and sage chicken with roasted brussel sprouts

2 | Cinnamon roll skillet cake (this is too easy)

3 | Sweet potato, kale and sausage bake with white cheese sauce

4 | Grilled caesar salad (so simple! perfect when the grill is already fired up)

5 | Lemon Meyer iced raspberry yogurt cake

6 | Strawberry lemonade bars (this is inspiring new takes on my family’s classic lemon bar recipe)

PS More good eats stored right here.

Gold Rimmed Marble Cheeseboard

I’m traveling to Salt Lake City today for Alt but I have a fun project to share with you in my place. I created these super easy $6 marble cheeseboards a while back and was so honored that my very favorite Emily Henderson scooped up the project for her blog.

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

Jump on over for the quick how-to.

Marble is so beautiful! But also so temperamental to work with on a grand scale since it can stain so easily. I’ve been in love with the idea of finding a small slab for our kitchen (especially for serving and displaying appetizers and such), but even a small chunk is rather pricey. This is such a pretty and luxe alternative - the tile size is perfect for parties (I’m thinking a set casually lined up on a table, perhaps at different heights, or scattered about a room filled with goodies) and the gold lining makes the board feel ‘finished’. It would make for a lovely and fast gift, too.

Very in line with the slate cheeseboards that I shared back in April. Mmmm I shouldn’t write these posts when I’m hungry. Happy crafting!

PS More handmade gifts here, and more party & entertaining ideas right over here. 

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