wieners and beans

Wieners and Beans

Okay, so wieners and beans is not a glamorous dish. It’s mostly suited to camping or sitting around a roaring fire. Maybe even a quick lunch at home. (My dad used to make this for me sometimes.) But this wieners and beans recipe made with canned brown beans in tomato sauce is: full of protein – beans and tuna… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #120

Hello again friends! Please tell me you’ve been feeling more creative than I this week?! With many weekends away in a row, and a Women’s Getaway to help organize for this weekend, my house in a bit of a shambles. Is there a magic fairy that comes and cleans? Please say there is! Chalky Finish… 

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A Southern Romance

Does anyone remember me mentioning some travels to the Deep South? Southern Alabama. Mobile to be exact. Well my trip to Mobile was all because of a Southern Romance. You see Esther De Wolde – the CEO of Canadian company Phantom Screens – had restoring an old house on her awesomely long bucket list. A… 

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wicker chair, zigzag pillow, clipboard art, monogram mug flowers, old books

6 Free Printables | Word Art with Rustic Wood, Arrows, Laurels

Hello sweet friends, Today I have a free little gift for you – six rustic and lovely free printables. Clipboards and cozy chair not included. 😉 (Please remember these are for personal use only! No editing, sharing, or selling of any kind allowed!) To download free printables, click each title below. Then right-click to save. … 

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DIY Hot and Cold Bags

DIY Hot Cold Bags

Perfect in the heat and perfect in the cold – these DIY hot cold bags are useful year round! DIY Hot Cold Bags Supplies 100% cotton fabric, pattern of choice scissors straight pins thread 1 1/2 cups dry rice (any type) sewing machine Instructions 1. Cut one piece of fabric to 6″ x 6″ and… 

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Saturday Finds

Happy weekend friends! Happy LONG weekend if you’re in Canada like we are! I thought it may be fun to share a few projects and recipes that were linked up to our Weekend Retreat Link Party in the last couple of weeks! Be sure to click over for each project/recipe, leave a comment and pin or… 

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Meet AKA Design's New Contributor Crew

Please Welcome AKA Design’s New Contributor Crew!

Dean and I have run this blog for almost five years all by ourselves. I create and write and photograph while Dean helps with projects and managing some of the house and business stuff behind the scenes. For anyone who’s blogged or owned a business before, you know it’s a lot of work. But we… 

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Link Party Collage Week #119

Weekend Retreat Link Party #119

I cannot believe it’s already the May long weekend (Canada), can you?! Did you work outside this week? Cook up a storm? Raid your craft supplies to create something awesome? Show us below! Or if you had a slow week, peruse the links below to get inspired for next time! Make Your Own Dried Lavendar… 

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3 Summer BBQ Hosting Tips: How to Throw an Outdoor Party

With Spring weather finally here and Summer (hopefully) fast-approaching, it is definitely BBQ season! Which means all kinds of fun outdoor gatherings and parties! 3 Tips to Hosting a Fabulous Summer BBQ Maybe being the host of a BBQ comes easily to you, maybe it doesn’t. In either case, here are three tips that will help you to… 

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americana finishes chalky finish painted bench

Chalky Finish Painted Entryway Bench

Sometimes a piece of furniture is absolutely fine as it is. And sometimes even absolutely fine can be improved upon. Case in point, this little white bench that Dean made years ago at our old house. Perfectly acceptable. Nice and neutral. But I get bored easily. And I like to play with paint when I get bored…. 

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large scale painted art or photography backdrops

Painted Art or Photography Backdrops and a Giveaway (Giveaway CLOSED)

I’ve been meaning to play with some more Fusion Mineral Paint again for awhile. I even bought the wood for these painted art or photography backdrops ages ago thinking I’d work on them soon. And then life happened. Which is good. ‘Cause it’s supposed to. And I did finally get around to painting a couple… 

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bbq potatoes side dish

My Mom’s BBQ Potatoes

I have to tell you a secret… My mom makes the best bbq potatoes evuh! And – since this was one of the first recipes we made on our new Home Depot BBQ –  you’re in for a treat today because I’m going to share her delicious recipe! My Mom’s BBQ Potatoes   Save Print Prep… 

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BBQ Grilled Vegetables

BBQ Grilled Vegetables

It’s BBQ season again finally and today I’m sharing a super simple BBQ grilled vegetables side dish! 3.0 from 1 reviews BBQ Grilled Vegetables   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 25 mins   Healthy and simple to make these BBQ grilled vegetables are delicious paired with almost any… 

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Smoker Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Beer Can Chicken Smoker Recipe

Oh my gosh! This recipe for smoker beer can chicken is SO yummy! Seriously, when we bought our new BBQ from The Home Depot, this was the first recipe I wanted to try! Beer Can Chicken Smoker Recipe   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 90 mins Total time 1 hour 45 mins… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #118

Hello again friends! Every Thursday seem to come quicker than the last, doesn’t it? Which means it’s time for our link party again! What have you been creating this week? Yummy food? Pretty projects? Do tell! Chocolate Freezer Cake on The Best Blog Recipes | Taco Soup on Mommy on Demand | How to Make A Burlap… 

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dried lavender in a bowl

Make Your Own Dried Lavender Sachets – The Easy Way!

The first summer we lived here – much to my delight – I discovered that we have a large and beautiful lavender plant growing wild beside the house. Sadly that first summer I totally missed peak lavender harvest and the lovely scented blossoms dried and shriveled on the plant. So sad. But last summer. Last summer when… 

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painted grain sack stripes

Paint Grain Sack Stripes

Sometimes you can luck out and find beautiful authentic grain sacks buried in a barn in Alabama … …and sometimes you can’t. Or maybe you don’t want to ruin perfectly good French grain sack even though you really want the look of grain sack. How to Paint Grain Sack Stripes Supplies canvas or other similar… 

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