It’s two days before Easter, and I’m just getting my Easter recipe to you all.  I promise though that this is one you’ll want to last-minute-add to the menu for this years dinner.   I’ll be completely honest with you all.  My family is not overly religious.  I completely respect religion and the importance it has for so many people, but I personally have not led a religion-driven lifestyle.  That’s not to say that I don’t know the importance of Easter, or why it is celebrated.  In my family, however, Easter’s most important meaning has always been that we dedicate the day to a good meal, good company, and we all make sure to put our busy lives and distractions aside to be together.   It’s a day we all look forward to.  But, mostly, I look forward to my mom’s pineapple casserole, which is what I’m bringing to you today.  It’s literally Easter’s best side dish.   Try it, ladies.  I promise you won’t regret this sweet accompaniment to a beautiful dinner.

I’m going to start with a quick confession…I’ve set my table twice (two different ways) for Easter, and we aren’t even hosting.  Nope, not one person will eat at these place settings.  Not one.  I can’t lie to you guys.  This was purely for my styling-obsessed self, and my love of decor.   Ok, phew – I got that out of the way.  But c’mon…look at these tables!

I decided to style our table in two different ways to prove to my all-black-everything loving self that setting the table for Easter can include black accents.  And drum roll please…… works!  The other table I styled was done with the traditional pastels and florals.  I can’t decide if I love one more than the other, they’re both beautiful.

We’ve lived in this house for 3 years and I’ve hated how tiny and closed in our entryway is.  When you first walk into our house, you are quickly greeted by our 3-sided brick fireplace that jets right out into the room.  Don’t get me wrong, I love painted brick – but it’s a little in-your-face, ya know?  That, coupled with an out of style front door and little space for a coat rack or table – it’s just not ideal.

One day it dawned on me that although I can’t smash through the fireplace with a hammer (yet), and I can’t make this space any larger – I can at least make it prettier.   And let’s face it, this space needs a lot of prettying up.

Here in the Berkshires, we still have about 6″ of snow that has not melted, with predicted storms this week.  Most of the Winter, I love the snow and all the feels that come with it.  But, mid-March is when I start to feel like I need to move out West or down South – ya feel me?  Especially when it’s the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!  I am ready to hear the birds chirping, ready to see the tulips sprout, and ready to get outside without my winter parka.

To try and get in the Spring spirit, I decided to make a spring hoop wreath for the front door!  It was literally one of the easiest DIY’s i’ve done, and cost me under $20 for the entire thing!  Seriously, I don’t care how crafty you are, I promise this is a DIY you can handle.

Give. me. all. the. shiplap.

This was one of the easiest DIY’s we’ve done in our home, and made a huge difference in our master bedroom.  It took an ordinary bedroom to a farmhouse bedroom in minutes!  Ok, hours….but seriously, this project only took us a few hours and one trip to Home Depot.  Any project that requires only one trip to the hardware store is a solid win in our household.

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