My Alpine Home

We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #99

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC for short).  The party where you share the things that make you happy.  Starting the party early because I’m heading to St. George for our annual ‘girls getaway”.

I learned a long time ago that it’s up to you to find and make your own happiness.  We shouldn’t expect others to do it for us.  After we find our own happiness then we can go on from there and help to make others happy.

Looking forward to see what makes you happy, or in other words “fills your cup”.

What a wonderful Easter Sunday we had!  The weather was perfect and although two of our children were out of town we managed to party hard.


We feasted on ‘Café Rio’ type salads.  A little unusual for Easter, but they sure were yummy!


Decorated sugar cookies. . .



And played a round of Bocce ball.  Which I might mention that hubby and I won.  Despite me hitting my bird bath and a birdhouse with my ball. lol!  Seriously, I couldn’t have hit them if I tried.

Hope you had a wonderful celebration!

Now on to some great features:

Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane shared her gorgeous garden themed bedroom makeover.  You must go get a closer look at her stenciled ceiling!

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Thoughts from Alice shared her cousins wonderful clock gallery wall.


I love these drop cloth curtains made by Deborah from Green Willow Pond.

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Tea Time with Trina hosted this fabulous Peter Rabbit Spring tea.


Patti from Old Things New shared the recipes for her delicious Easter feast.


And in case you missed seeing the Easter bunny.  You won’t want to miss seeing this sweet thing that belongs to Christine’s from Little Brags son.  Yes, this is a real bunny!

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With no further adieu, let’s get this party started!

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4. Please find time to visit at least two other participants. It’s a great way to find new friends.

After you link up, please come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Trailers. . .

If you have a rock wall then you know how important trailing plants are.  They do so much to soften the rocks.

Even if you don’t have a rock wall trailing plants are lovely planted at the edge of your flower beds.

                                                  (Basket of Gold)


To keep the rock wall ‘blooming’ up until the first snow hits I have planted trailers that bloom at different times.

Today I am sharing my Spring trailers with you.

                    (Candy Tuft, Creeping Plox, Aubretia (rock cress), and Basket of Gold)


I have a lot of the same plants repeated along the wall.  When I walk out back they really catch my eye.

Notice that the Basket of Gold is not in full bloom yet.  The first picture was one taken last year.

I have been spreading mulch in the beds today.  Amazing how it makes everything look so much nicer.  These were taken before the mulch was added.


Big mounds of Candy Tuft by the entrance to the fire pit.


I have lots of little trailing plants inside the fire pit rocks. 

A lot of these are what they call ‘steppables’.  Great plants to plant in rock paths.  When tucked in walls they creep throughout the rocks.

                                                      (Kenilworth Ivy)



                                                           (Blue Star Creeper)


                                                        (Orange Flame)


                                    (Sisyrinchium ‘Devon Skies’)


                                                  (Sea Thrift)





I also planted trailing plants along the rocks out front.  These have just started to bloom.


This mound of Plox is huge.  See my new Laceleaf Japanese Maple waiting to be planted?


These trailing plants add a pop of color for Spring and help pacify me until my perennials really take off.

Have you got Spring trailers in your garden?



I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Kathe with an e for You're Gonna Love it Tuesday





























Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good Eats!

Happy Easter weekend my friends!

In my previous post I shared with you a ‘TIME’ themed bridal shower that I co-hosted with two of my sister-in-laws.

Today I am sharing the delicious food that we had.  It was some ‘good eats’ in our ‘TIME to eat’ segment!


Perfect time to share my new sign with you that I bought at a local boutique.  I had this little wall space between my basement kitchen and family room.  Looks like it was meant to be. lol!


Now on to the ‘good eats’.  Boy did we ever have a delicious spread!



Alayna made these delicious Salad Stuffed Shells. 


I made stuffed mushrooms and  baked Brie.  Rita brought a wonderful fruit tray to accompany it.  she also made yummy deviled eggs.


Alayna’s daughter in law, Julie helped out and made these yummy stuffed tomatoes.


Pretty pink plates were stacked and waiting to be filled.  Of course we needed one for food and one for dessert.


I took the upper photo earlier in the day and this one was taken at night after the food was added to the table.


Cream puffs and coconut cherry bars. . .


Lemon bars and some kind of chocolate deliciousness!


Loved this photo with the candles in the background.  Plus a second look at a cream puff never hurt. Hee-hee!


I added this wonderful heart sent to me in a ‘spoolie’ swap to the handle of the plate stand.


Here I am posing by the yummy food.  Can’t wait to dig in!



For drinks we had good old fashioned water and a refreshing water punch.  A recipe I got from my dil and sons wedding.


I’m sure a lot of you will be having some ‘good eats’ tomorrow.  Happy Easter and Passover and hope you have a wonderful day!

We will be going ‘South of the Border’ with our Easter dinner.  Serving up ‘Café Rio’ type salads.  A little different that what we usually do for Easter.  But ever so delicious!



Thursday, April 17, 2014

It’s About TIME. . .

Last night myself and two of my sister in laws hosted a bridal shower at my home for the ‘soon to be bride’ of our nephew.

From the beginning we decided that we would go with a ‘TIME’ theme.  We laughed how sayings using the word ‘TIME’ ran rampant through our heads.   Using things that we had it really was quite easy to pull together.


Oh if we could only capture ‘TIME’ in a bottle!



Time seems to fly by quickly, but I wonder if the future bride and groom feel that 17 days away seems like forever?


Many of you may remember my ‘Spring Time’ mantel.  Well, I pretty much recreated it on the basement mantel where the party was held.

Groupings of clocks. . .some old. . .some new.


My sil, Alayna made a cute little flip chart that we used.  It brought in a bit of humor.  We started with introduction time, then followed with story time.  Where the bride to be told the story of how they met and all about the proposal.


She also made a darling photo board of the bride and groom.  Seems that  in no TIME those babies we have are grown and exchanging vows.



Look at the darling embellishment she added to the corner of the photo board.


We all know that we grow wiser with age.  We asked everyone to share some ‘pearls of wisdom’ for the new bride in our “TIME for advice” segment.


I had fun creating these little ‘pearls of wisdom’ bottles.  I picked up the bottles for $1 each at a local antique mall.



Each guest took one home as a thank you for coming gift.





What a fun TIME we had!  Be sure and come back and see the delicious food.

I’ll be sharing our ‘TIME to Eat’ segment soon.



I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday

Natasha in Oz for G'day Saturday