Apple Galette

Apple Galette | The Gray Boxwood

Desserts are always a must, but sometimes we don’t have the time to create one. Galettes are the answer. Simple, rustic and refined, these can be made for any occasion. Dressed up or down, guests and family alike will love this tasty treat that only needs minutes to complete. And as a bonus, the filling an be changed to whatever you have on hand!

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Start with Seeds: Gardening with The Gray Boxwood

Start with Seeds: Gardening with The Gray Boxwood | The Gray Boxwood

Gardening can sound like a large feat. Maybe you have always wanted to start one but never knew how. Maybe you live in a city and thought it wasn’t possible for you. Or maybe it hasn’t crossed your mind till now. Wherever you are coming from, I am excited to start and finish my 2014 gardening season with all of you! Welcome to “Gardening with The Gray Boxwood,” a series that will follow my garden throughout the season. You can see what I am doing, learn from my mistakes and hopefully find inspiration to start or further your own garden aspirations.

Gardening can be as simple as planting one packet of seeds for your favorite vegetable or numerous packets (like me). Seeds are the place to start early in the season as I am this week. Growing your own lets you know exactly what goes into the vegetables: no preservatives and no pesticides! Follow me during the season!

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A Living Flower Arrangement

A Living Flower Arrangement | The Gray Boxwood

I am always so excited to start spring work! Living in Iowa means winter is long and cold, this year’s polar vortex being no exception. Nothing drowns the winter blues like flowers. The colors just give my heart a calming warmth when I can see them by the back door from my kitchen window.

Pansies are the earliest flower we can plant as they are fairly cold-hardy and I chose to make a a gorgeous and simple living flower arrangement with some this year. The arrangements can be brought in over Easter and dressed up with moss and eggs or kept outside all season long. And with Earth Day coming up on April 22, this would be a perfect arrangement to get outdoors and celebrate nature!

Outdoors and indoors, this is nature at its best!

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Farmhouse Easter

Farmhouse Easter | The Gray Boxwood

Easter is fast approaching and my home has been prepared for the holiday for some time now. I was ready for some spring decor long ago during this especially hard winter. Here’s a sampling of items I enjoy using around my house during the Easter season. I like to utilize my collections of vintage Easter items and various other antique finds in new and inventive ways.

My table is set with some beautiful antique Heinrich china. It’s beautifully simple and with a gold ring, it screams springtime.For a centerpiece, I am using chocolate rabbits set in faux grass on an enamel tray with various eggs scattered about. No Easter table is complete without a few fresh flowers. I placed some tulips in vintage glass flowers pots. It’s the perfect mix of spring color with the table.

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