Hey Y’all! I am in no way shape or form a true Southern belle. We are better known around these parts as a “half back”! Have you ever heard that term? Either did we until we moved to the South. In our case, we moved from WNY to Florida, and then here to South Carolina. That is where the term “half back” comes in. We came half way back:)
A few things you get accustomed to real fast here in the South, are traditions, BBQ, and of course, hands down “Sweet tea” It’s of course very popular. I have a dynamite sweet tea recipe I will share with you but first, come on over and sit, sip, stay awhile and have some sweet tea with me on our back deck.
Today I am teaming up with some other fabulous ladies and they as well will be sharing their Sensational Summer
porches and table scape ideas.
I won’t do a lot of talking in today’s post. I will let the scenery and back deck speak for itself.
Remember my Diy thrifty welcome porch sign? It say’s sip lemonade, however we are going the Southern sweet tea route today.
My pretty new Y. Collection No. 2 candle smells so heavenly out here today.
As you can tell, we are in a heavily wooded area. This time of year I sort of feel like we are in a tree house when I sit out on the deck. It looks beautiful, but come Fall, when the leaves drop. Complete nightmare of a mess.
My love for the color blue carries all around
Hope you enjoyed the sweet tea. Thanks for stopping over today.
If you are not a regular here, I sure would love to see you back again. I share all things heart and home, diy, craft and recipe ideas.
I have since added my solar lights from LTD. You may want to check out that post. I have a little LTD giveaway for you.
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I guess that would make me a Full Back? lol We had to come ALL THE WAY BACK, girl. Well…at least to the North, anyhow. I miss the South in the late Winter months, but I don’t miss the humidity, snakes, and alligators in FL. Your deck is gorgeous. I am going to try your tea! XO
Hi I really enjoy your blog and the pictures and tips! I just wanted to let you know that lately when I click on the email link it’s been taking me to the crazy tourist website. At first I thought it was me but it happened twice with this email and I ended up entering your address in order to get to your blog. Just thought you should know.
You mean the email that gets sent out Melanie? WOW..I will have to contact them. Thank you for letting me know.
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hey halfback! you must love this time of the year with that shade on hot days. I really like those lights and the design on them. I have always gotten the kind you stick in the ground and then the kids run them over and destroy them. ha
What a gorgeous site! But I had to share re: your sweet tea recipe…try adding your sugar to your hot water and stir thoroughly before adding your cold water. That way you don’t get that nasty undissolved crunchy crust at the bottom of your pretty pitcher 😉
Good tip! Thanks:) Although it was gone real fast when I made it. My boys loved it.
Would love to have some southern tea.
Thanks for the giveaway.
I live in an older house with an amazing front porch. That’s my decorating spot!
Your patio is so beautiful Debbie!! I love all of those lush woods surrounding your backyard and your blue decor is stunning!! On my way over for a glass of that yummy iced tea!! Thanks for partying with me!
Thank you Heather my dear. Always a pleasure xo
I love to make my screened porch and deck pretty for the summer. I also grow tomatoes and herbs on the deck in pots. In the yard the deer would feast on the tomatoes!
That is so nice to have a little fresh veggie garden!
I love your little added treasures mixed in the garden. I have now started collecting rooster to my outdoor decor. Thanks Debbie for all your lovely pictures. I can hardly wait for your next piston!!!! 🙂
So sweet Carole! Thank you.
Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline
Your patio is gorgeous, Debbie! Very welcoming ~ I would love to have some sweet tea with you back there any day and those lights from LTD are so unique. I may have to grab up some for my back yard.
It’s always such fun to party with you, friend!
Have a beautiful week ~ hugs, mb
You bet Mary Beth, come on over!
I love your porch and all your plants. I would love a mop bucket with a fern in it for sure. I don’t like to mop either–pass me a glass of that tea, please!
That was a birthday present Marsha:) I love it too!
Oh how I love your deck!! How I wish I had an outdoor space………as it is, I always have potted plants by the front door, usually geraniums.
I miss you on blogspot……..haven’t been able to find you, so glad to find you today!!! hugs…..
For sure the backyard is my favorite place to hang out!
Debbie, I love your back yard and oh yes…nothing says the South quite like sweet tea! Love all your pretties on your deck and I love how you used the wash tub! I l always look forward to reading and looking at your blog! Hugs and blessings, Cindy
We don’t have our backyard done yet (I really wish we did), so I decorate our front stoop. I would love to be able to get stuff for the back and hopefully that would get my husband moving!
Your patio is so very festive with the perfect summer details……I just love how you add so much beautiful color….Who wouldn’t love to sit on your gorgeous patio and sip sweet southern tea with you!….
I’ll take some southern tea anytime, love your outdoor space!
Your sign is sweet and welcoming, as is your porch/deck! Everything looks gorgeous!
Yvonne @ StoneGable
Your deck is an oasis, Debbie! And your view beyond the deck looks amazing! Don’t you love having such a great outdoor space? I’m a northerner with a southern girls heart! Pour me a big glass of sweet tea! I’d love to spend an evening on your deck relaxing!!!
I might be considered a Yankee but I still love me some sweet tea! This sounds so yummy Debbie!
Debbie, I love your chalky painted terra cotta pots!
Thanks for the iced tea recipe. ( I’m your new Instagram friend )
I also have enjoyed all your dump cake recipes!
Also, so glad your mom is doing good!
Thanks Melissa! Very nice to have you here.
Love those pots! Since our backyard is currently unfinished, I can only decorate my front porch. 🙂
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Debbie I love your deck with all it’s pops of blue… you’re all ready for summer! Thanks for the sweet tea recipe. Can you believe I’ve never tried sweet tea..gasp!
How lovely! Like a jungle tree house!
Love your deck! I have lots of wooded area behind my house too and it is nice and shady during the summer but in the fall….well it is a nightmare of leaves and pine straw. Sounds to me like you have “halfback” southern sweet tea and while I’m sure it is good, those of us who grew up in the deep south might think it is needs more sugar, at least a full cup if not more instead of 3/4 cup (but to each her own). Yes, sweet but that’s what the south is about, sweet accents, sweet southern belles and sweet tea! Enjoy your summer!
Yes..I would say you are correct, more sugar for the true southerners…I think it was plenty for this halfback lol! You enjoy your summer as well. Thanks for visiting:)
Debbie, I really like what you’ve done with your terra cotta pots. And I love your deck. It looks so welcoming and very inviting. I think I will try some chalk paint on my terra cotta pots too!
Great Doris! you will love it:)