Sitting Pretty and a Just-Picked Garden Bouquet

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I filled a new-to-me vintage enamel pitcher with a garden bouquet of azalea, Bridalwreath Spirea and wild daisies. A happy and care free mix of blooms. . . And a guaranteed blues-buster with wild, sunny daisies free for the picking. I picked up a vintage lawn chair for my Potting Shed recently. . . Sitting pretty…

Cheesy Masa Cups for Cinco de Mayo

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I have a little bite that delivers some South of the Border flavor for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or summer fiesta, Cheesy Masa Cups! You can make these cheesy corn flour cups and serve them with a variety fillings. I filled mine with a mixture of guacamole, corn, black beans, salsa and some with leftover pulled pork.…

Nest Feathering with Birdhouses, Dishes and Snowballs!

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I’ve been feathering my nest with snowballs! The Chinese Snowball Viburnum kind of snowballs, enjoying the snowball effect around the Potting Shed. I had a little tabletop fun with bird houses and dishes for a little whimsy, enjoying the snowball blooms before they melt away from all our April Showers :) Timely with nesting season. We look forward to bluebirds…

First Pontoon Ride of the Season

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We had the first boat ride of the season last weekend. . . The highlight of every dog’s weekend. Enjoying the wind in our ears again. . . And in our tails. Gracie’s showing signs of boating bliss. . . Or possibly spring pollen allergies :) We all take allergy meds in our house in the spring…

Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted Grapes

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Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted Grapes is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s worthy of company, but so quick and easy to assemble, you’ll want to treat yourself and enjoy with a glass of wine for cocktail hour! I’ve seen several recipes recently for roasted grape appetizers, this recipe comes from the pages of Southern Living Magazine in the…

A Welcome Snowball Effect

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Snowballs in April are a good thing if you’re talking flowers! Our Chinese Snowball Viburnum is blooming, covered in fluffy white flowers. We planted our shrub about 3 years ago but this is the first year it’s been covered in welcome snowballs. The hydrangea-like blooms start out as green, changing over to cream and then white. It’s also ideal to…

At the Table with Blooming Dishes: Mikasa Sunset Valley

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I’m at the table with blooming dishes and the vibrant florals of Sunset Valley Dinnerware by Mikasa. Mikasa Sunset Valley provides a modern interpretation of a tradition floral design in a vibrant palette of yellow, lavender, coral and rose. Scattered flowers are strewn along the borders of Sunset Valley’s plates and bowls like petal confetti in a playful watercolor…

A Happy Spring Wreath With Blooming Wellies

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We’ve had some beautiful spring weather and the trees have been bursting with blooms! I always look forward to seeing the plum trees dressed in pink, putting on their annual spring show. And I can’t resist cutting branches of pink petals to dress my Potting Shed for spring. I filled some watering cans with blossoms to enjoy before they scatter to the…

Asparagus Strawberry Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Asparagus Strawberry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette is spring on plate! Colorful and delicious with fresh spring asparagus and strawberries and pretty enough to serve company! We enjoyed this salad for Easter. You can prepare the components of the salad in advance and assemble right before serving. Asparagus and strawberries may seem like unlikely salad partners, but their…

At the Table: Katie Alice Scarlet Posey

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 I have a table full of posies in time for spring and gardening season, Katie Alice® Scarlet Posey by Pfaltzgraff! Northamptonshire born lifestyle designer, Katie Alice, weaves her colorful magical story across beautiful tableware collections, inspired by her love of vintage heirlooms and antique fabrics. Scarlet Posey Dinnerware, a pattern inspired by a snippet of 1950s textile, is…

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