A Fruit and Vegetable Centerpiece and Mikasa English Countryside Dinnerware

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I’m at the table with a fruit and vegetable centerpiece and Mikasa English Countryside dinnerware. An all-white embossed fruit and lattice design borders the dinnerware of English Countryside by Mikasa for a pattern that’s versatile for casual or formal dining. Crafted from stoneware, English Countryside is dishwasher and microwave safe, as well as oven and freezer safe.…

Weekend Mountain Views

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For those of you who need an escape from the heat and humidity of summer, I’m taking you with me on a quick trip to the North Carolina mountains where the temperature ranged last weekend from the 50s in the morning to the mid 70s in the afternoon~ perfect weather in my book and teaser of fall…

The Potting Shed Garden Shop {Sign}

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It’s been a long hot summer and I’m beyond ready for fall, but Mother Nature has more summer temperatures for us in North Carolina before it’s time to shop for pumpkins, mums and Indian corn. My petunia-filled flower pouch on the door of my Potting Shed, suffered from heat exhaustion and couldn’t be resuscitated after a long weekend out-of-town.…

Every Dog Has Its Day: National Dog Day!

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Every dog has its day and it’s August 26th~ National Dog Day! But if you’re a dog owner, everyday is paws for celebration. :) National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. It’s celebrated August 26th every year to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed…

Fall is a Southerner’s Reward for Surviving Summer

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 “Fall is a Southerner’s reward for surviving summer.” ~James Farmer We’ve had a long, hot and humid summer and I’m ready for all things fall and a Southerner’s reward! Fall is my favorite season with its quintessential mums. . . Pumpkins. . . Fall foliage and leaf peeping. . . Sweater weather and warm plaid layers . .…

Weekend Waterview: A Tale of a Nauti Squirrel

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We had a nauti squirrel stowaway on our boat. He made himself a cozy nest between the deck of the boat and one of the pontoons. Apparently tree living isn’t all it’s cracked up to be so he decided to relocate to enjoy a waterview. I did a double take when I first discovered him scurrying along the cover of the bimini top.…

“Fresh Up” with 7 Up: 2-Ingredient Cupcakes!

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My name is Mary and I’m a lazy baker. . . I’m happy to use a short cut for a cake or cupcakes, especially during the dog days of summer. I saw this quick and easy cupcake/ cake formula on Pinterest. These cupcakes couldn’t be easier, made with just two ingredients~ a 12 ounce can of soda and a boxed cake mix! I…

Florabundance: Blooming Pages and A Flower Fix

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I’m joining Jain, at a quiet life, playing with books and sharing some perennial favorites, full of florabundance! You may have noticed I have a ‘thing’ for flowers . . . In arrangements with the fruits of the season. . . At the table. . . In dishes and in jars.  I’m sharing some perennial favorites from my…

A Transitional Table, Paisley Swirls, and Pfaltzgraff Village Dinnerware

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I’m at the table with Pfaltzgraff Village dinnerware. Introduced in 1976 and the year of America’s Bicentennial, Pfaltzgraff Village features an Early American-style design, inspired by early historic Pfaltzgraff earthenware salt-glazed crocks. You can read more beginnings of Pfaltzgraff and their 200+ year history of pottery and crocks here. I’d like to believe we’re on the cusp…

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