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Here Comes Summer!

I hope you have enjoyed the digital wallpapers from Spring but it’s time for a some Summer sunshine! (I can hardly believe it!) Summer tends to be the height of work for our family so we don’t get to take many beach trips during the summer months. Instead, we take advantage of our surroundings and take shorter trips to the mountains. (I’ll share more about that later!) But, being from the Carolina’s, I can’t help but dream about the ocean too!

Here’s some sunshine for your technology!

Summer -Digital Papers

Simply download this file onto your computer/phone/tablet, extract the enclosed Jpegs, and upload as your wallpaper!

Download your wallpapers HERE!

Have a lovely weekend! Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for Saturday Style!


Throwback Thursday - Rolling Trash-Can

I hope you’ve been enjoying your Summer so far. It’s so stinkin’ hot around here I’m afraid we may melt by July. SO, we’ve been working on indoor projects this week. G is just happy we’re not working in the yard today.

I can’t believe White Tulips has been moving along for over 8 months now. I’m so glad for all of you that have been with me since then and so happy to welcome all the new friends that have come on board as well. If you’re new to the blog I thought I’d share an older project for Throwback Thursday! It’s an oldie but a goodie and I’m happy to report my super-hero trash can is still going strong.  (Click the pic for the original post!)


Rolling Trash Can

Thanks for stopping by!


The Perfect Breakfast Topping

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Several years ago I discovered the perfect sweet treat while having brunch with some friends. We were in a cute little cafe in the North Carolina mountains. I don’t remember the name of the cafe but I sure remember the cinnamon sugar topping they gave us for our french toast. It adds the perfect hint of sweet without going overboard on syrup. So, when I got back home, I set to work figuring out my own version.



It’s perfect on toast, waffles, oatmeal, bagels, or biscuits. When company comes I mix a about 1/2 a teaspoon into a small bowl of softened, unsalted butter or cream cheese to spread on warm muffins or croissants. The recipes makes a good sized batch and you won’t use very much at a time so I don’t need to make it very often.

 To start with you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup white sugar (or Turbinado, if you prefer)
  •  3 tablespoons ground cinnamon (higher quality is best)
  • 1 vanilla bean pod (I use a spent pod after the seeds have been used for another recipe.)
  • fresh nutmeg

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Pour your sugar into a bowl and add in the cinnamon, stirring as you go. I use a fork to be sure it mixes in really well. Now, using a rasp or zester, grate just a little nutmeg into your cinnamon mixture (this should equal a large pinch). The nutmeg can be a bit strong but if you really like the taste you may want to add a bit more.


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Add your Vanilla bean pod into a clean glass jar and pour the mixture over it. Easy, peasy, right? Well, almost. Seal the jar and store in your pantry for at least 4 weeks. You’ll want to shake it around every so often to make sure the Vanilla spreads pretty evenly.


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I like to scoop out a smaller amount to keep in it’s own shaker and keep the main jar “marinating” in the pantry.

 Mmmm, yummy goodness!

 Breakfast Topping


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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/23/2015 - 1:24 pm

Thank you Joy! It’s wonderful to have on hand.

Joy @ Yesterfood - 06/23/2015 - 12:41 pm

I love this Perfect Breakfast Topping idea, Jennifer! It really does sound perfect- I can think of so many things it would be good on! Thank you for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinning and sharing! 🙂

Book Review - The Homemade Home

The Handmade Home -book review - White Tulip Designs

 For today’s review I wanted to share a book that is one of my absolute favorites, The Handmade Home by Sania Pell (photos by Penny Wicker). This is an older book (published in 2010) but the color palettes she uses are absolutely timeless.  The Homemade Home has 50 projects for home and gifts ideas. The projects will stretch your crafty muscles with sewing, beading, upcycling, painting, and clay work. With skill levels ranging from the beginner to the seasoned crafter. Throughout the book she includes “Quick ideas” to expand on her original projects.

 The Handmade Home book review - White Tulip Designs

If you’re a fan of more modern projects with clean lines and a delicate look you will fall head over heals for The Homemade Home. These are the kind of of projects that turn into family keepsakes. This book is great for any crafter or homemaker.

The Handmade Home -book review - White Tulip Designs


Sania Pell is also an amazing interior stylist and designer (not too mention a creative genius!) If you’d like to see more of her work, check out her blog here!


To buy your own copy of the Homemade Home click here!

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Rustic Country Kitchen - Saturday Style

Today’s Saturday Style is perfect to pull together a rustic look. It seems like rustic country kitchens are all the rage these days. Don’t you just love how warm and inviting it feels? A perfect, cozy kitchen is great inspiration to get your creative cooking juices flowing!




Rustic Kitchen - Saturday Style


Rustic Kitchen by White Tulip Designs

Industrial cart / Heather Lins Home table linen / Olive bowl, $140 / Stoneware pitcher / Pottery Barn kitchen dining / Ralph Lauren blue dinner plate / Tea mug, $49 / Linen tea towel / Kitchen Craft food canister, $12 / Kitchen / Antique home decor


Here are some great pie recipes from some of my favorite blogs:

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 08/06/2021 - 12:28 pm

Thank you Cyndee!

Cyndee - 08/06/2021 - 10:48 am

Love the colors! Thank you for linking up at Idea Box!

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