The Very Bad Squirrel Brothers

Do you remember me sharing a story about  Mr. Squirrel Jr. and his brother?  They are the cutest brothers who were born last year.  Mr. Charmer and I have enjoyed watching them grow.

Mr. Squirrel Jr.

Introducing Mr. Squirrel Jr (his brother is identical), adorable!  But we knew from the start that they were trouble!

If any of you have squirrels in your yards you know the trouble they can cause, and get in to!

Two years ago I found a resin white wicker bench at Salvation Army for $35 bucks.  We enjoyed having it on our beautiful deck...

1929 Charmer Deck

This week working on our Spring garden cleanup we started to remove the outdoor furniture coverings.  As we uncovered the wicker bench we never expected this....

Wicker Bench

Remember the  bench is resin, the squirrel brothers are using it for building their nests!

resin wicker bench

They chewed up....

resin wicker bench

the arms from both sides... but they didn't stop there...

resin wicker basket

they also chewed up the top!

Seriously, I could of killed them!  But that would be a federal crime!

Here's Mr. C dragging it to the garbage morgue

resin wicker bench

Mr. Squirrel Jr. and his brother may have won this round....but

Let the battles begin!

Savvy Southern Style


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Chocolate Cake

It's was a  beautiful day here, sunny and a little warmer.  Earlier this morning I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Illinois blogger, Blondie @ Blondie's Journal.  I am a fan and a follower! We met at Starbucks and chatted endlessly for 3 hours.

It was so comfortable chatting with her....and I am so glad we finally met.

When I got come I was pleasantly surprise to see Mr. Charmer out in the back yard working in our garden.  He had cut down all the grasses and was racking the beds.  We got the whole front yard done last week and this was a big start in the backyard.

Since Mr. C was so helpful today I decided to make him his favorite cake, Chocolate Cake.  You may know that Mr. C and I went gluten and dairy free over a year and a half ago.  We can testify that this cake is so delicious, moist and chocolaty!

Chocolate Cake {gluten, egg and diary free}

It's a pretty easy to make as far as cakes goes, and it is so much better than a processed box cake by far.

Chocolate Cake (gluten, egg and dairy free}

I also made my own gluten and dairy free chocolate milk and included the recipe.

To be honest with Mr. C's sweet tooth this cake will not last very long!

Savvy Southern Style


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Sunday’s Best #60 Par.tay

Sunday's Best Par.tay

I'm so excited about today...for several reasons.... 1) it's suppose to be near 60 degrees today and I'm headed out to work in my garden....and 2) I can't wait to see all of your creative inspiration So welcome to Sunday's Best #60 Par.tay... I  enjoy seeing what you've been up to.... what creative inspiration you've […]

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Out Junkin

Limoge Frange Coronet tea pot

I don't know if you remember me sharing last week's out junkin finds?   It seemed like everywhere I thrifted I was running into vintage/cottage dishes.  Well, that trend continued! Lately when I walking into the thrift store I actually think to myself "I hope that aren't any dishes"! So you're probably expecting dishe? Your […]

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Wicked Witch of Waterlogue

Wicked Witch of the West

I've been PEA GREEN with envy seeing all the beautiful watercolor pictures on blog land! Everyday, everywhere I kept seeing watercolors and I was so envious!  Now that envy can rear it's ugly head and can make you think bad things! It's not been fun everywhere I visit to to see beautiful watercolors!  But I […]

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Daffodil And Pansy Spring Vignette

Daffodi and Pansy Vignette

It was beautiful the last two days here in IL. Even though today is colder I'm staying in those moments of Spring.  Both Sunday and Monday I was out in my garden! This was very special since I wasn't able to work in my garden last year (sick)! Daffodils and pansies are Spring....last week I […]

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Asian Ginger Pork Chops

Asian Ginger Pork Chops

Mr. Charmer loves pork of any kind, he eats it (I usually eat fish) at least 3 times a week.  Last week I had a craving for Asian Inspired Pork Chops. The pork chops have really great flavor and are quick to make.  You can make them outside on the grill or inside on a […]

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I don’t care, if you want it, get it!

Ironstone Soup Tureen

It's 3:45 p.m, Mr. Charmer is saying "I don't care, if you want it, get it!  This is Mr. C's way of not making a decision.  He wants me to  make the decision!  Mr. C uses this tactic in case it doesn't work out...then it's not his fault. Does you husband do this too? Like […]

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Vintage Tea Towel Banner Spring Mantel

Watercolor Pansiy Picture

Pansies come to mind when I think of Spring because they are a great cold hardy flower for IL.  It's typically one of the first flowers planted in our flower box outside the front door.   The last few years while thrifting I've kept an eye out for some pansy dishes.  I've only been able to […]

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Out Junkin….

blue tea pot

There's nothing I'd rather be doing than to be out junkin... Mr. Charmer tells me he thinks I'm a "junkin hoarder", I think he maybe right I will say one thing...all the finds I'm sharing with you today would not fall under junk. Did you ever notice when you head out junkin the first few […]

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