EASY PICKINS

Which books are you must grabs for the summer reading list? What are the five best ways to style a scarf? Where are my spots for pimento cheese in the South? Find my favorite quick tips at Easy Pickins!

Easy Picnic Tips for Spring

Across the street from our new home is a beautiful open field that serves as the perfect setting for a spring picnic. Our new baby girl is only a few weeks away from her debut, and I am already dreaming about mid morning, sun-soaked dates with my daughter (with plenty of shade, of course!)

So, let’s start with a few essentials to make certain your afternoon is idyllic: a large quilt (the thicker the better!), hard plastic cups and serving utensils, a roll of paper towels (just in case), bug spray and sunscreen!

Next, and in my opinion…the most important…food! Here are a few quick and easy snacks to pull together for a picnic. (Click on the images to get the full recipe!

What are your favorite items for a picnic? What can’t you go without on a beautiful sunny day? Share your ideas with me in the comment section below.

To the sunny days ahead,
Parker


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Garden Preparations for Spring

My husband and I recently moved and have not had time to plant a thing. At first, I was rather dismayed. I, like many others, assumed it was too late to get started with my garden. However, after researching my options, I learned that the warmth of spring prepares the soil to become an idyllic setting for planting seeds to harvest in late summer. With May around the corner, most regions of the US can stop worrying about impending or unexpected frost and get the most out of the upcoming harvest.

Here is a brief list of some of my favorite fruits and vegetables for a late summer harvest. What are your favorite items to plant and how do you prepare your garden? Share your tips with me in the comment section below.

Happy gardening,
Parker

  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes

 

 


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Favorite Easter Treats

Easter is fast approaching, so I’m filling my kitchen with my favorite ingredients for a plethora of sweet treats. My parents are visiting us for the Easter weekend, so I have prepared for their arrival (and a neighborhood Easter party) by searching out the very best – and simplest – Easter recipes!

Some of my favorite holiday treats include cookie nests made with nutella – also known as my #1 pregnancy craving. If I can find a recipe including both peanut butter and chocolate, I am one happy camper! Lastly, with seasonal berries abundant in the Carolinas, I find fruity desserts a refreshing and colorful addition to my kitchen.

What are some of your favorite treats? Click on the images to read more about each recipe and share your go-to finds with me in the comment section below.

Happy Easter!


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Staying Well in the Winter | Parker’s Health Tips

Tis the season for sniffles, warm blankets, kleenex and hot tea. With changing seasons and shifting weather, our immune systems can tire out trying to keep up the health fight. Today, I am sharing a few favorite recipes on which I rely for health in the winter season.

Essential Oils

There are many essential oils on which I rely during the winter season. My top three include lavender, peppermint and lemon. Lavender offers a calming effect to tired muscles while peppermint energizes the immune system and opens up breathing passageways when battling congestion. Lemon is a natural antibacterial aid to keep the germs at bay and cleanse the areas around you.

Warm Remedy

Lately, my husband has taken to making his cold remedy in large batches – as everyone around us has the sniffles! Combine honey, sliced ginger, and thinly sliced lemon in a mason jar to keep on hand for the season. Add a few spoonfuls to tea or simply blend with hot water – and enjoy!

Hot Soup

There is nothing as calming as a beautiful soup. Try this carrot and ginger recipe for anti-inflammatory support and a soothing option during the winter months. Simply click on the picture for the recipe.

What are your favorite tips and tricks? Share them with me in the comment section below. Stay healthy and happy, my friends!

Warmly,
Parker

 


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Home Accents | Adding Flair Without Breaking the Bank

As the winter months fade to spring, I find myself itching to nest in a brand new way. I’ve been known to change paint colors, move around furniture, and swap a dining room table for another one a neighbor is giving away…just for a smidge of newness in the changing season.

Today, I am sharing a few tips I’ve used in our home. After spending the first several years of our marriage in about 800 square feet, buying our first single family home was a bit daunting. Thankfully, my mother saved all of the furniture from my grandparents’ home, and we used much of it in our new house – of course, mixed in with our furniture from college days…freshly painted to transform the space.

Some of my favorite tricks include changing out the cases on my decorative pillows and adding a new throw atop my white couch. I’ve even gone so far as to sew up different types of fabric for decorative pillows, just so I can have a warm and cozy knit pillow during the winter and a light and airy linen pillow in the summer! (By storing these cases among my extra sheets and towels, I save space and money)! Below are a few photos from our sweet abode – and the tips to go along with them! Share your decorating details with me in the comment section below.

Stay cozy,

Parker

Varied shades of white can be difficult to match, but adding in neutral woods and soft colors ties everything together. I found this dining room table at a small shop in South Carolina. When I saw it – I knew! It was our future family table, and I simply had to snag it. I found a friend to build us a coordinating bench on one side and purchased these bright blue chairs for $100 total. I found the cotton stems at an antique shop and added metal jars purchased for $20 total. I topped off the space with a wooden light pendant found at a clearance sale…and voila. Done!

Consider unique pieces to transform a room, and neutral larger pieces around which to build. Because our downstairs is one large living space, I chose to carry the white and blue tones into our living room. Here, I have added neutral pillows and light throws to our white couches with pops of blue in the antique trunk (a steal at $25!) and the glass end table (another sidewalk find at $15).  If you have a narrow living space as we do, open up the space by having the couches face one another. This also makes for easy entertaining and great play space for little ones.

Make old pieces work with the simple addition of fabric. Our bedroom is our sanctuary. If you haven’t noticed, I adore soft neutral shades with small pops of color. When Thomas and I got married, we had fairly different taste in furniture. Somehow – in this room – it all came together. With natural wood and varied textures in both the bed and curtains, I opted for a solid color rug and coordinating shades of tan and grey before bringing in some color with our throw pillows. While I wish I could take full credit for this space, the vision and execution belongs to one of my best and most talented friends, Whitney Walker of Farrington Lane. Sometimes…you just need a little help to bring it all together!


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Warming Up with Hot Tea

For the last four weeks, the Wilson home has experienced the plague to end all plagues….y’all. Cold season is HERE!

Beginning around our Thanksgiving holiday, I could sense the sniffles. By the time Christmas arrived, I was relegated to the bedroom with a severe cough and non stop tissue usage. Especially given that we are pregnant with our first child, I was limited in what I could consume for any kind of relief. Thankfully, we are big fans of hot tea – and these particular ones came to the rescue in my time of need!

Click on the links below for specific hot tea recipes, and share your favorites with me in the comment section below!

Stay warm (and well),

Parker

 

 


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New Year, New Treats!

Hello friends! Welcome to my kitchen. Yes – you’re sitting in the middle of my favorite part of our home….our sweet, beachy kitchen with the best stovetop I could dream of (Jenn-Air, I love you!) I’m thrilled to invite you into my home today and share even more New Year’s recipes.

Last week, we talked one pot easy cooking for the year ahead. Today, I’m veering into the land of sweets once more…because no big, bold southern dinner is complete without a scrumptious dessert.

A beautiful parfait makes for an elegant table, while a baked cobbler remains a North Carolina (and Wilson family) staple. Between crisp fruits of upcoming seasons and lingering flavors of winter, these treats will have your mouth watering and table plentiful all season long.

Click on the images below for the full recipe, and share your favorite treats in the comment section below!

With love and sugar,

Parker


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Christmas Tunes | The Ultimate List

In full transparency, I hold off on playing Christmas music until the week of Thanksgiving. Yes, I am that kind of cheesy holiday gal that relishes everything from St. Patrick’s Day to Halloween – so I refuse to jump ahead in the musical world until the time is right!

This year, I’ve tuned my radio to traditional holiday music including Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. To supplement my holiday galavants, I’ve added Country Christmas to the mix as well, which includes holiday favorites “reimagined” by Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and many more.

Below is my “top 10 Christmas list.” What are some of your favorite Christmas tunes? Share what you love in the comment section below.

Cheers to being merry and bright,

Parker


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Winter Crisps: Sweet Treats for the Season

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This week, my calendar is full of Christmas gatherings around town. On Thursday, we’re off to see the Christmas lights in a nearby town – famous for an extravagant and festive annual display. Friday night, it’s a neighborhood gathering at one house with a follow up party across the street the next night. In between? Girls’ brunch with a dear friend – and loads of holiday treats I am sure!

In preparation for these gatherings, I’m building up my repertoire of sweet treats and trying my hand at a couple new recipes! Click on the images (both above and below) to see what I’ll be making this week. Do you have any tried and true recipes to share? Please comment below with the full recipe. You’ll definitely help me impress “one and all” in my Christmas galavants this week!

Happy baking,
Parker

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Warm Sips for Winter

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This week, the Carolinas have seen cloudy mornings and rainy afternoons – and the damp chill of winter has settled in for the months ahead. While strolling through our neighborhood recently, I turned to my husband and said “This is the best time for hot chocolate.”

I find comfort in mixing up a warm beverage and plopping down on our cozy couch, backlit by the twinkle of our Christmas tree. To top it off, I love the aromas of a warm beverage coming from my crock pot. Below are a few recipes to enjoy this season. Simply click on the image for the recipe! (And enjoy the mint tea hot or iced – just in case you’re a California Christmas kind of person!)

What are your favorite recipes for this season? Share them with me in the comment section below – and Happy Christmas!

Warmly,
Parker

 

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I am Parker. My mom, Lynda, is the owner and President of National Wholesale. We are a woman’s apparel company that I’m hoping you know about but if not, you’ll be inspired to learn. We’ve been around since 1952. And the business was started by my entrepreneurial grandfather, “Georgie” with the support of my grandmother, GaGa. I’ve been surrounded by clothing and hosiery since the day I was born. I've also been surrounded by the drive to stay in business, which means connecting with our customers.

So, this is my story.

And in a way, yours too. Welcome.

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