The Novel Bakers Present Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel

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I’m joining The Novel Bakers with a review of *Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal J. Ryan Stradal delves in to the American heartland, sweeping the vast landscape of Lutheran church bake-offs, chili-pepper–eating contests, and the opening of deer season to capture the zeitgeist of the Midwest and the rise of foodie…

Anchors Aweigh and Nautical Fun on the Pontoon!

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I’m weighing anchor with a little boating and nautical fun! A nautical insulated picnic tote, plates, and glasses set sail to me for a belated birthday gift a month ago. I broke them out for their maiden voyage last week when we had a slight reprieve in the weather and the mercury moved down from sweltering to hot. :) Towels provide a tablecloth…

At the Table: Birds, Blooms, and Pfaltzgraff Heritage Dinnerware

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I’m at the table with birds, blooms, and Pfaltzgraff Heritage Dinnerware. Pfaltzgraff Heritage provides traditional styling with a classic white design for dining at the table. Microwave and dishwasher safe, stoneware pieces are 12-sided, with coordinating accessories that are architecturally inspired. White dishes inspire creativity since they provide a blank canvas at the table! A printed floral tablecloth provides…

All Paws On Board

Boating with Dogs, Lake Norman

There’s nothing like the thrill and anticipation of a boat ride. . . . . .whether you have two legs or four.  :) We’re happy to be All Paws On Board! The captain’s lap is the seat of choice. . . Whether we’re under way or anchored to watch the sunset. We all like to admire some of…

The Bees Knees: Summertime Sipping and Giveaway!

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In celebration of Bee Season, Garden Bouquets and Summertime Sipping, I have a giveaway for your summer entertaining! And I’m serving this giveaway with a recipe for refreshing beverage for summer! This Summer Peach Tea Punch recipe can also *bee* easily adjusted and mixed as a cocktail for a party or summer soirée.   A summery twist on an Arnold…

Summer Blooms Around the Potting Shed

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I hope you’re having a blooming good summer! It’s hot and drier than normal here in North Carolina this summer, so I’m watering pots around my Potting Shed every morning. It’s apparently the perfect weather for Passion Flower! This vine volunteered and has grown up from between cracks of the boards of the porch of my Potting Shed.…

Through the Looking Glass: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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  I’m stepping through the looking glass to join A Fanciful Twist for the 8th Annual Virtual Mad Tea Party! Have your pinkies at the ready, bring your favorite tea cup, don your hats and join the mad fun! 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! Written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name, Lewis Carroll,…

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