Sundays on Silverado #53

Life Lately

College Celebration

The youngest heads off to college next week, so we had a little fun family gathering this week for him. He’s been working at a local pizza restaurant for the past couple of years, so he we did a make-your-own-pizza bar, and had him show us his dough technique! He’s a big oreo fan, so I made him an Oreo pie for dessert. It was such a fun night.

Flea Market Fun

The start of school is quickly approaching, so I’m trying to live in denial for a bit longer. My husband took a couple of vacation days giving us a four-day weekend. On Friday, we got up early and headed to a small Iowa town about an hour and a half away to attend one of the biggest flea markets in the midwest. It was massive! Our intent was to shop in the morning, then have a picnic by a nearby lake for lunch, then head home. Instead, we spent 7 hours strolling the flea market, then came home and had dinner on the couch! It was still a great day, and we came home with some awesome finds.


My Limelight Hyrdangeas have the most beautiful huge flowers right now. I’m enjoying them freshly cut in my kitchen and screened porch right now, and then when they turn just a bit more pink, I’ll cut some for drying. You can read about my easy method for drying them HERE.


The garden is still pumping out tomatoes, with plenty more to come based on all the green ones still on the vines.

As a result, I’ve been making as many of my summer recipes that use tomatoes. Here are a few of my favorites in case you need some ideas, too.

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We’re planning on spending the morning today canning both salsa and pizza sauce, but even so, I have more produce on my hands than I can use. I’ve been packing them up in little brown sacks and sending them off to the neighbors…

In Case You Missed It…

I gave makeovers to two of my inherited furniture pieces and used them in my guest bedroom update. You can see the beadboard cabinet that my dad made many years ago HERE, and the antique dresser that belonged to my great-grandmother HERE. The entire finished guest bedroom reveal is HERE. I love how the whole room turned out, and it’s already been put to use several times this summer.

This week was also the first Tuesday of August, which means our monthly Prime Purchases post! Check out all my most recent Prime finds HERE.

The Weekly Features!

As much as I hate to let go of summer, I have felt a subtle shift in my thinking start to happen this week. I think many of you are feeling it too, based on all the fall/winter posts many of you linked up this week.

Time to Celebrate Teachers | Feet Under My Table

How to Stand Out with Your Personal Style | Shelbee on the Edge

Decoupage Pumpkins | Kippi at Home

Reclaimed Wood Christmas Tree | The Apple Street Cottage

Baby Blanket with Pompoms | Howling at the Moon

All features have been pinned to the Sundays on Silverado Pinterest Board!

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32 thoughts on “Sundays on Silverado #53

  1. Thank you for hosting another fabulous link party – so many great ideas.
    If you get the chance, please join the link party I am hosting so that I can share the love <3 and complete the sharing cycle

  2. Hope you are enjoying the days. We are in our meeting week and kids arrive on Monday. LOL.

    Good luck to your son at Iowa. Go Hawkeyes.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  3. Such a fun way to celebrate your son, Niky! I can hardly believe summer is getting ready to come to an end. Hope your week is filled with all good things. Thanks so much for hosting, CoCo

  4. It’s been a while but hopefully I’m back in the swing of things. Loved reading this post. My daughter is going to college in Sept and its a huge transition for her. We’re also growing tomato’s but yours are way ahead of ours as my son decided to plant them a bit later after he made a raised bed with his dad.

  5. I’m still waiting for my tomatoes to turn red! Yours are lovely. Can you believe it is time for “back to school”? Thanks for hosting!

  6. Thanks for the great post – and the tomato recipes. We don’t have a garden, but we have VERY generous neighbors who gift us with lots for garden goodies. Can’t wait to try some of your recipes. ENJOY AUGUST…as a retired middle school librarian ( just 4 years retired) I think I still get a big of excitement for the school year coming up, but I remember that “omg, I have so much to do and it is AUGUST!” So take your time and enjoy – and thanks for the link up party!

  7. Your day at the flea market looked great, can’t wait to see how you use your finds. Thanks for hosting Sundays on Silverado each week. I always find great ideas here.

  8. Niky,
    What a great way to celebrate your son going off to school soon with having a party for him!! And you hydrangeas are lovely!!
    Thanks so much for hosting this charming party each and every week!! I so appreciate all the time and effort that does into it!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  9. Such great links here. I just linked my gluten free peach cobbler and gluten free cauliflower crust pizza. I loved the recipe for the gluten free chocolate brownie fudge ice cream. Definitely going to try that.

    1. Hello! The market is in What Cheer. Yes that’s the name of the little town. 😃 It’s held at the local fairgrounds three times per year- first weekend in May, August and October. It was huge and so much variety! Hope you can make it sometime!

  10. Niky, thanks so much for the feature this week! That was a lovely surprise! I love the idea of a pizza bar for your son’s heading off to college party! What a fun idea. And that flea market looks amazing! Oooh, I would have so much fun at a place like that. I could easily stroll and shop for 7 hours! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Thanks for the link up!


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