A No-Bake Key Lime Pie In a Jar

Tuesday, March 23,2021

Spring is here and we are having those crazy spring days of winter one day and a tease of summer the next. I’m certainly looking forward to having some consistently warmer weather.

I’m all in for spring!

The evenings are staying light longer and I am thinking about all kinds of warm weather fun around the yard. A little gardening & alfresco dining and some fun summer recipes are on the menu.

And that means I couldn’t wait to share this cute little dessert with you.

I’m sure that the three words Cute. Little. Dessert doesn’t quite give you a picture of what that could be;)

You know those tiny mason jars… the ones that you sometimes get jam or jellies in?

Yea, one of those.

This recipe is for a No-Bake Key Lime Pie in a Jar.

It just might be one of the cutest summer desserts ever because it is made in one of those tiny mason jars.

Ingredients: (I changed up the amounts of a few things)

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream, divided plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons key lime juice, about 2 key limes (save a lime for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon key lime zest, about 2 key limes
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar (divided, 3 tbsp. in pie filling & 2 in whip cream topping)
  • 4 oz mason jar
  • Container of Cool Whip (If you’d prefer to skip making your own whip cream)

How to make a Key Lime Pie

1.In a small bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and mix with a fork until the texture resembles wet sand. Set aside.

Graham cracker crumbs

2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, condensed milk, and 1 tablespoon heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until smooth and thick and the beaters leave a ribbon when lifted out of the bowl, 3-4 minutes. Using a flexible spatula, fold in the key lime juice and ½ teaspoon key lime zest until just combined.

Cream cheese with 1 Tblsp of heavy whipping cream

3. Place the jars on a baking sheet. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the crumb mixture into each jar. Press down firmly on the crumbs in the jars to form a packed, even layer.

4. Divide the filling evenly between the jars, about ¼ cup per jar. Cover the jars with the lids and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.

5. In a medium bowl, whip the remaining ⅓ cup heavy cream and the powdered sugar with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form.

6. When ready to serve, top each jar with a dollop of whipped cream, ½ teaspoon lime zest, & 1/2 slice of lime for garnish. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

This might be the perfect spring/summer dessert!

It’s quick & easy!

This might be the best picnic dessert as well. With the lid on, (minus the lime garnish) put the jar and in your cooler & you are ready to go.

Really aren’t they just the cutest???

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me share a little spring/summer dessert in a jar.

Where a little wild west stylin’ is for my wild west livin’.

This Is How I Made a Spring Wreath

Friday, March 19, 2021

Hey Ya’ll, Spring is right around the corner!

And… that means front porches, doors and walkways will be getting a bit of spring cheer & a face lift, from wreaths to pots of flowers, & additional front porch decor.

With not much in bloom here, right now, in the high desert my faux Forsythia/Apple Blossom wreath certainly is. She’s bright & bold, & an upcycled treat. Maybe a little on the rustic & refound.

A simple way to add a bit of charm to your front porch is to add a pretty wreath. I love wreaths for the different seasons and I love to put them on my doors. I even put them on doors inside my house. Keeping in march with the seasons.

My DIY Wreath – An Upcycling

What you will need:

-Grapevine wreath – with or without flowers on it. (I already had the grape vine wreath with the pink flowers. It was a purchase from several years ago.)

-6-7 Forsythia or Apple blossom branches

-small gauge wire or floral wire (I pre-cut sections of wire at about 10-12 inches)

-wire snippers or needle nose pliers

1.What I did

After laying out the grapevine wreath, I placed a few apple blossom branches along the wreath getting an ideas as to where to place the white apple blossom branches. I then began by attaching the white flowering branches.

2. How I attached the faux branches

I slightly bent & curved the branches around and then pushed them into the grapevine wreath.

I didn’t put too much effort into bending the branches as I wanted to emphasize volume.

Place the branch where you want it on the wreath, then pushed the branch into the grapevine. I did not cut any of the flowering branches. I just kept adding apple blossom branches and pushing them into the existing wreath and wired some of the branches in place as I went along.

Using the small gauge wire I attached the branch to the grapevine. Place the branch where you want it and push it into the grape vine wreath. It gets a bit snug, so you may have to man-handle it a bit. Remember, you’re the boss! I slightly spread the the flowering stems apart as to give the wreath fullness and volume. I kept layering on the apple blossom branches to the forsythia wreath… going in the same direction.

Once you hold up the wreath you will know where you may need to add wire. Using wire, wrap it around the flowering branch and tuck the wire through the grapevine and twist – tie it in the back of the wreath so the wire is not visible from the front. You may need to play with the wreath so you know where the branches need stability.

3. Adjusting the stems

To Keep the flowering stems looking more natural, I didn’t spend too much time bending the flowering part of the stem as I wanted the volume and a bit of a wild look & waited until it was hung up. I also did not wire all the branches in place as I waited to get a visual on where branches may be a bit loose.

Once it is hung you can see where you need to make adjustment to the flowering branches.

If you see a bare spot you can simply cut a small flowering section and add it to the spot needing more flowers.

4. Final Adjustments

Lastly, I hung the wreath and went back and bent the branches in certain spots to align some of the outliers and give the wreath a bit more of a spherical shape.

The pink forsythia wreath was quite small on my 8 foot door, but by adding the white flowering branches it gave the existing wreath more volume and presence. I love the more variegated look with the mix of colors of pink and white as well. You could certainly keep it all one color if you so choose.

My wreath adds a ton of charm to the front door.

What do you think of how this wreath turned out?

A simple & easy upcycled project that can be easier on the budget.

Less to the landfill.

I hope you found a little spring budget inspiration.

When we are having those days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold. Just remember, warmth & sunshine are just around the corner.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me share my spring DIY, & where a little wild west stylin’ is for my wild west livin’.

Hippity Hoppity – Easter’s On The Way

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

What will you be doing for Easter this year? How will you celebrate?

Do you decorate for Easter and how much?

This past weekend we had a time change for daylight savings. So that means we can stay outside a bit longer.

Spring is just a few weeks away and I cannot wait! I’m excited for everything that spring brings. I’m ready for green grass, flowers blooming, & warm weather. I’m getting spring fever.

With our new home build, we are anxious to get our yard put back together. That means I need some curb appeal!

Today I wanted to share with you how I added some spring to the house with a spring centerpiece on the table inspired by a white rabbit, maybe some brightly colored posies, & candles for the cozy.

I played with a few different looks to use for this centerpiece on the table & wanted to share some of them with you to hopefully inspire you with some cozy spring looks…

I started with a white bunny, a vase full of posies, a few candles, then added a few everyday dishes.

This look is super easy to achieve with just a few simple elements.

When not propped on a stack of dishes, to give my bunny a little more height I perched him on a slice of wood.

Pretty table linens…

And…my vintage handcrafted branding iron candle holders.

So, what do you think of those golden glass hurricanes?

They add a ton of warmth with their golden glow.

As soon as I saw these at Walmart, I knew I had to have them for candles. You know what? They are actually vases! They are so pretty glowing with evening candlelight.

As I looked through my spring collection a few more things were added just to change things up.

I moved things around… added this turquoise bowl for the candle and a cute trellis style pillow to the chair. The pillow is also a Walmart find! Part of the Better Homes And Gardens spring collection. I love the neutral color & texture… & how it looks cozy with my spring tablescape.

 I wanted to create a quick spring centerpiece to showcase this fun little collection of mine.

Bright & cheerful… this added spring sunshine to my home in just minutes.

I enjoy having little vignettes like this around our home that I can change up with the seasons. Changing out throw pillows, wreaths, or a basket full of blankets for a seasonal throw can sometimes make the world of difference. Adding a vintage find or a vintage treasure from a collection provides personality and interest.

Do you have little spaces like this around your home that you like to change up seasonally?

I hope that I have inspired you to create a seasonal vignette around your home.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me share my spring collection with you. Where A little wild west stylin’ is for my wild west livin’.

A Feathering of The Nest

Saturday, March 13, 2021

So, I’m sharing some more touches of spring.

Maybe feathering my nest a little bit more.

It’s a spring thing!

Do all women do this, feather their nest more so in the spring?

Spring always inspires me for a renewal!

Aren’t women amazing?

How we can change with the seasons?

Among other things, women are phenomenal!

Now that we have been given a few spring-like days of beautiful weather…

I thought I would share a little entry-way area and another spring-y vignette.

This little spot is always a bit awkward for it’s position and lighting, but thought I would give you a peek of how I decorate this little area.

Lots of what you might see include thrifted and found items that have been ‘re-founded‘ by me.

 I always love a good cowhide rug. I have it on the floor and have it on the recovered seat of this black chair. The cowhide usually remains in this spot. It’s the first thing you see as you enter from the front door. I think it speaks a little about me and my style.

I added this nest piece of art from a free printable to the entryway and a few other items to work into a spring ‘Nesting‘ theme. Although, I think the art may end up in another room once I swap out this vignette(maybe a bathroom), I love how it looks in here for right now.

To work into the nest theme, using an old found bed spring and a piece of architectural salvage, I elevated a bird nest and some blue eggs. I kept the color pallet neutral & added a touch of spring with the yellow pillow, a purchase from Marshalls.

Not having any florals at the time, I decided that it was acceptable to forage my yard for some twigs cut from a bush since it’s not officially spring.

Foraged plant vine arranged in a vase. I’m all about free!

A little rustic and a little refound!

Adding a stack of books to elevate a couple of small things, like the small bird and bed spring nest, this gives them a little more presence to the space.

A Paper Feather Wreath

To the wall mirror, I layered on a book-page, feather wreath made from an old book.

The unfortunate circumstances surrounding this Thesaurus told me that it had been well used by many novice writers. When I brought it home in it’s poor state of condition, pages falling out and with the binding in bad state of repairs, I decided that another life for it could & should be a possibility.

If you are wondering where I came up with the paper feather wreath project, Look no further. This feather wreath project came from the sweetest and craftiest blogger,  KARIANNE at Thistlewood Farms. To make this paper feather wreath, Karianne has outlined some very detailed steps here at https://thistlewoodfarms.com/how-to-make-a-paper-feather-wreath/. Karianne provides an alternative to the use of book pages using pretty scrapbook paper if no old books are around.

My book, Thesaurus, past it’s prime, now lives on in my wreath.

Spring sunshine, green grass growing, temperatures on the rise, and birds chirping.

A seasonal renewal!

Things that make your heart happy!

Happy Spring!

I hope I’ve inspired you to feather your nest!

A little wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

Maybe A Collection Obsession

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Books with a tale to tell.

Hello March!

Let’s bring on spring! Just waiting for sunshine and blooms.

I’m guilty of being a collector. I readily admit that I love collecting a few things. Things like pretty china, turquoise jewelry, old silver (plated on dishes & on bits & spurs), white dishes, chairs, & books & just rustic things. These are just a few of my top picks of things that I like to add to my collections.

Don’t you just love books? I certainly do.

I grew up with books being all around me. As a child, My mother and father read to me all the time & every so often one of my older siblings would take over. My parents were avid readers and also loved books. On a day during my walk-about at a previous career, the library was discarding old & outdated books. There, in a box were stacks of these very navy blue books with gold lettering stating World Book. Now, while the digital age has revolutionized how information is shared and digested, it has also rendered longstanding reference tools obsolete. Encyclopedias, once considered indispensable to homes for higher education, have largely gone by the way.

So when I ran across this box of Encyclopedias that were being discarded from a library, it made me feel a bit sad. I found myself admiring them with their decorated & detailed gold patterns. All that beautiful gold lettering on their very navy covers and those pages with the gilt edges! Without doubt, the most elegant of decorated edges. They were all classics! I had walked by those encyclopedias stacked in a box a couple of times and admired their beautiful covers. When we were told that they were free, it was pretty much a no brainer that they were going home with me. So I gathered up that box and practically ran to my truck.

Now you see, Mr. M, I will call him, often gets a bit frustrated with me because of the obsession I have with collecting. My first thought was where can I put them until my house is finished being built and second, how can I hide them in the new house so that he won’t see them? Well my mind wandered a bit on this one, & then I thought, I know, I’ll hide them in plain sight.

So here’s what I did. Little by little those books came in the house & little stacks were put on tables to display vases of flowers(Everything goes with flowers!), Halloween decor, candles & vintage items. I stacked them up here & there until I had almost the entire set in the house. You know what? I have most of them stacked in the office & Mr. M hasn’t even noticed. If he has, he hasn’t said a word.

As you can see, there they are…in the office…triple stacked, hiding in plain sight, & decorated with flowers.

Now, they don’t always look like this, but I thought that they were too beautiful not to be romanticized a bit, sort of where nature & literature is seen as beauty, and people can be heavily influenced with their emotions. If that makes any sense at all. Hopefully for Mr. M.

Books always have a story to go with them. If it isn’t on the inside it definitely is on the outside. 

I hope you enjoyed this tale and I’ve inspired you to gather stacks of books, vintage or new. Look for those with interesting & lovely covers, gilded pages, tattered & torn. Stack them, tie them up with twine to display & elevate those treasured items around your house.

XXOOs

Always sharing my wild west styling for my wild west livin’.

Something Faux and Spring-Ready

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

What do you think about most during your day? God? Your spouse, kids, family, pets, money?

For me… It’s most everything up on that list & what am I going to share with you today!

Now, I’m not much of a philosophical type of person, I don’t think, but I do know that in order for me to be productive I need to gain the habits of being more conscious and intentional about everything I do.

So I can’t go around on autopilot and expect to end up where I want to be. I need to be more intentional about what drives me. So I guess, all of this creative work that I do needs to go somewhere. I suppose that means its to you.

So I created a new centerpiece!

Are you ready for a little Spring?

From birthday dinners to homework sessions, life’s big and little moments have happened around the dining room table. So it’s only fair that it receives something pretty and always remains in style.

I made a centerpiece using faux flowers in a rustic container. If you know me, you know rust is a must!

I think these florals in this container make a statement upon entrance to this space with eye-catching spring blossoms that never wilt. They are bright, yellow, and spruce up the space. Yes! Yellow is such a happy color.

I love using real flowers but using faux means that I can enjoy the arrangement for all of spring and then enjoy it again in the future. I used my olive bucket filled with the faux stems on the dining room table.

For the container, I used this rustic olive bucket. Olive buckets were once used to gather fruits and vegetables, but especially olives, and now they have nearly countless uses as functional home decor. Here, I liked the additional layer of texture that the olive bucket adds to the space.

For the florals, I used something long stemmed & faux. A purchase at Real Deals Home Decor

Of course, I’ve added some votive candles & always the staple decor, branding iron candle holders with white tapers, all for a little ambiance.

20 Minute Decorating With Faux Florals

What I did: I used floral foam in the bottom of the olive bucket to stabilize the stems. This will keep the stems more together & upright instead of spreading around the whole bucket. To add a bit more fullness to the flowers I simply spread each stalk apart a bit without tearing them.

I love the end result which was just the cost of a few faux flower stems that were 35% off the original cost, & I already owned the olive bucket. It’s simple home decor that anyone can do.

This just reminds me that warmer weather is around the corner & soon we will have real florals to pick from for our centerpieces! I hope this helps you create a floral centerpiece.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and letting me share my thoughts & A little wild west styling for my wild west livin’.

Spring Decor and Vintage Charm to a New Kitchen

Monday, March 1, 2021

Happy March 1.

We are another day closer to spring and enjoying some warmer weather.

I’m sure my horses are ready for some warmer weather, and not be stuck in their stalls and wear heavy blankets. I know spring is in the air when their hair starts to “Slip,” that is when they begin to lose their winter coat of hair. This past week had me a bit under the weather and didn’t find me doing much. Just taking care of my old horses.

Could Spring Be In The Air?

March is pretty much the start of spring and spring inspiration over here. And today, it is all about inspired spring decor in an aged grayed tool tote.

I love vintage decor. You know. Something a little old and worn around the edges. A something that wears the original patina especially if it involves chipping, peeling, worn shabby old paint. Something that has lived a long and prosperous existence before you ever met it. If only it could talk, and tell you it’s stories before you.

Yes, my tool tote is aged, but I love how it shows it’s time aged patina.

Sometimes when I find something that really speaks to me, I begin to imagine all the possibilities that I might do with this vintage-y find.

I know…

Crazy, right?

It all started with this Bakery sign that I stenciled.

I thought I would tuck it in behind my kitchen range, but something about this rustic sign just didn’t work well in my new more modern kitchen.

Ugh. Sorry about the yellow color of this photo!

And then…as I began to give up, that bakery sign landed in this tool tote. Low and behold the wheels of creativity began to turn, slowly I might add, and my mind went, “What if I…”

I Gathered and Added…

Yes! I elevated the sign so that you could see the letters, added some faux greenery, a pretty towel given to me by a sweet friend, a candle, Easter napkins, faux carrots, and wooden spoons.

Something was missing.

You can’t have a Bakery without a rolling pin, can you? So. In. It. Went.

Usually I would find this vintage tool tote with flowers.

I think that’s the best part of vintage finds is that they can be so versatile. When you can multipurpose these items you are SO much more likely to appreciate them if they are actually useful. Let your imagination run wild.

Find vintage items for your home that you can use as well as display other items. They are unique and creative and full of personality and character.

Vintage finds are the best storytellers…with timeless experience.

No one else has something exactly the same–especially when you create a project with them.

Just because a vintage tool tote and a stenciled sign…this is where the story began.

I hope you enjoyed how I used my vintage tool tote &

this inspires you to use those vintage finds in your own home.

A little wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’.

XXOOs

Summer Lovin’ and A Pallet Table

Saturday, February 20, 2021

I’ve been on the hunt for a charming old table for quite some time. One that will work for those simple gatherings & causal moments. I haven’t been able to find exactly what I am looking for so I decided to make a table from a wooden pallet.

I know – it’s a little odd to be throwing this summer look at you in the dead of winter, but as I was going through some pictures, I realized I had never shared my pallet table. And… after looking at this picture – this golden field made me miss a little summer. So I thought I would give us all a reminder of the summer heat. Those golden tones do give off a pretty warm glow!

Another view as she holds her respectful place in the barn.

What did I use?

Any old pallet will do. (Choose a pallet, rectangular or square) This one was from the wood pile and was nicely weathered. This pallet did not have a double side. Most pallets are double sided, so I suggest you remove one side, but you don’t have too. This makes the table light enough for me to move around. I cleaned it up and using what I had on hand, I attached some 2 X 4s for legs with screws. Using my sander, I sanded up a couple of areas that might have a few splinters, and checked for nails or anything else that might be protruding.

I was raised with ranchers and carpenters, but I lack a lot carpentry skills. Growing up they advised me in two ways – “Measure twice, cut once & Here, let me do it.” So this is why my carpentry skills are so lacking.

Not exactly happy with the look on top, I took a trip to the hardware store and purchased some rough sawn fencing boards for a $1.99 each to attach to the top.

Just wanting to have a little fun with this table, I took it out to our pasture with a bucket of wild clippings and roses from the yard and some pretty dinner ware for some summer styling.

Our little golden pasture was getting pretty dry from the intense summer heat, so no candles were to be used.

You can see that my pallet table is a little perfectly imperfect.

Probably heavy on the rustic and refound, but I like it.

With a layered wood plank top it still holds a bit of charm. I love it’s shabby look & imperfect character. I’m looking forward to using my pallet table for hosting an outdoor gathering; maybe out in the middle of this little meadow under the stars.

Maybe just the little simplicity of a rustic pallet wood table, but the limit is up to you and what you can do with a pallet.

I hope you enjoyed my adventure in building and displaying my rustic and refound wooden pallet table, and yes summer is comin’.

A true wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’.

XXOOs

A Little Fruit and Dip For Grazing

Friday, February 19, 2021

You know cows graze? So do people.

Rather than sit down for one large meal, people will often graze & snack on finger foods all the time. So I created a fruit grazing board and baked banana bread (Quick bread) to accompany an amazing fruit dip. Trust me when I say: You are going to want this! The fruit dip.

This fruit dip will go with fruit and a quick bread very nicely. You can spread this dip like morning sunshine all through the day.

You can create a fruit grazing board for a brunch or snack any time of the day and this will make your day special.  The best part – everyone can choose what they would like to eat and can nibble on what ever they wish. It’s a big hit – and as simple as picking up different elements at the store and laying everything out in a great display.

Creating my fruit grazing board was as simple as setting out various fruits for whatever time of the day it is. This was for a breakfast brunch – so for this one – it was all about fresh fruit and a freshly baked loaf of banana bread.

On a bread(cutting) board: I used Granny Smith green apples, grapes, strawberries, & fresh pears. There are no rules, the sky is the limit.

Of course fruit is great on its own, but jazzing it up with a little something special makes it a treat. Because this dip is amazing, you can serve it on quick breads, like banana bread.

The Best Fruit Dip

What I love is that it’s so simple to make. Best of all…you probably already have these ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator.

Here’s what you need:

1 large (8 oz) package of cream cheese – softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup of powdered sugar or granulated sugar will work

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream all ingredients together. Serve chilled with fresh fruit, graham crackers, or sweet(quick) breads

With spring & summer entertaining quickly approaching, I thought we could use a yummy and easy fruit dip recipe. This dip is rich and creamy and will take your fruit dipping to whole other level.

Add in a pot of coffee, tea, & juice, and you are ready to start the day with good food & great conversation. 

I hope you make your fruit grazing board and the fruit dip. I think you’ll enjoy it, too. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Always enjoy sharing from my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’ at Rustic and Refound.

XXOOs

A $1 DIY – A Twig Vase

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

When I woke up this morning it was snowing outside. This had me feeling a little under the weather. No sun. I needed the feel for a little spring. Since winter often keeps me inside, I thought I needed a little DIY. Still exposed and not covered with snow, were some willow twigs laying on the ground. So I gathered a few.

This little project is not my own. I borrowed the DIY project from Karianne at Thistlewood Farms https://thistlewoodfarms.com/diy-wood-twig-vase/. She has the most amazing and beautiful blog along with some great DIYs.

Things that catch my eye: Unique and inexpensive!

I love a craft that starts with inexpensive and may end with $1. This project literally cost me a dollar plus tax and a little white spray paint that I had in my stash. The dollar expense went to the glass vase I purchased at the Dollar Store.

Step 1: This is what I started with. A glass vase, approximately 8″ tall, from the dollar store that cost $1.

Step 2: Gather some twigs from your yard. I used a variety of smaller and larger twigs for this project. I cut the twigs with a pair of garden shears. I did not measure for complete accuracy since I wanted the finished product to have some character.

Step 3: Spray paint the twigs white. After spray painting the twigs white and letting them dry, I began gluing them to the vase.

Some gluing tips:

  1. Before gluing, place the twig against the vase so you know where to add the glue. The twigs will not be straight and the entire twig will not lay against the glass.
  2. Make sure to leave space when you are gluing the first layer of twigs.
  3. My first layer of twigs, I began with the larger size all around the vase. I used the smaller twigs to fill in the gaps of the larger twigs.
  4. Since I didn’t measure the height of the twigs, there is a little variation at the top. This I liked for it’s added character.
Here, you can see the variation in the height of the twigs.

I kept gluing until I had completely covered the vase.

Step 4. When the first layer was finished, I went back and added a second layer of twigs filling in the spaces between the larger twigs. I used smaller diameter twigs to glue on top of the larger first layer.

My Finished Vase

I added some water and roses!

What more can a girl ask for?

I paired it with this little pink stool, a little wonky in nature, but cute none the less.

I hope you enjoyed this little spring craft and it inspires you to create your own twig vase.

If you need further directions stop by Thistlewood Farms at https://thistlewoodfarms.com/diy-wood-twig-vase/.

Another Rustic and Refound from my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

XXOOs