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Berry Caprese Bruschetta

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Berry Caprese Bruschetta is a perfect

summer appetizer with berries in season. . .

Perfectly Patriotic too with the red, white & blue

from the strawberries, mozzarella and blueberries!


I adapted Southern Living’s recipe for Strawberry Caprese Salad to celebrate the Red, White and Blueberry! The addition of the blueberries adds a little sweetness and color just in time for your July 4th celebration.


Quick and easy to throw together with an hour or two of chilling time to allow the flavors to meld.

Slice and grill or toast a baguette and serve with a bowl of your berry-mozzarella medley and let your guests help themselves!



3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 small garlic clove, minced (I omitted and used a garlic pepper seasoning blend instead)
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 (8-oz.) tub fresh perline “pearl-size” mozzarella cheese balls
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 cups fresh blueberries



Whisk together white balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, brown sugar, salt, and freshly ground pepper in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth.

Add 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil and mozzarella cheese balls; toss to coat. Cover and chill 2 hours. (I was impatient and hungry and only chilled mine an hour :)


Stir in strawberries; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with toasted French bread baguette slices.

Garnish with additional thinly sliced fresh basil.

You can find the original recipe from Southern Living here.


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Cobb Salad Boats


We’re Sailing into the Summer

with Cobb Salad Boats!


Mini Cobb Salad bites of romaine leaves, with Cobb salad ingredients~ diced or shredded chicken, bacon, blue cheese, avocado, egg, and tomato.


Topping our boats with

Basil Buttermilk Dressing

and a Basil Leaf Sail!


Basil Buttermilk Dressing Ingredients

Makes about 1 cup, or 4 to 6 servings

1 small garlic clove

Rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

Mince garlic and mash to a paste with salt using a heavy knife.

Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, basil, and garlic paste in a small bowl. Chill, covered, 1 hour to allow flavors to develop.


To keep our boats from capsizing, I used half a grape tomato under the boats and moored :) them with a toothpick!


Wishing You Smooth Sailing. . .

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and Calm Seas as You

 Sail into Summer!


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Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler


 Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler was in the Lazy Day Cobbler section

in last year’s July issue of Southern Living Magazine.

I was too lazy to cobble one together last year,

so I made Almost Red Velvet Berry Cobbler instead. :)


It was definitely on my list of summertime favorites

 to make this year, so with Memorial Day

and the kick off to summer on the horizon,

I cobbled one together!


Quick, oh so good, and the star of your Memorial Day or July 4th celebration with its red, white, and blue if you top it with Vanilla or Cream Cheese Ice Cream!


Start with 6 cups of fresh berries~

whatever ratio you prefer.


Toss the berries with a mixture 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.

Spoon into a lightly greased 11 x 7-inch baking dish.


Mix your batter and pour over your berries.

Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes and let stand on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 servings.



1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 1/4 cups sugar, divided

6 cups assorted fresh berries (I used mainly blackberries,  blueberries, and 1 cup of raspberries)

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons red liquid food coloring

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda



 Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cornstarch and 1/2 cup sugar. Toss berries with cornstarch mixture, and spoon into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.


 Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add remaining 3/4 cup sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in red food coloring and vanilla until blended.


 Combine flour, cocoa, and salt. Stir together buttermilk, vinegar, and baking soda in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. (Mixture will bubble.)

Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.


Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.

Spoon batter over berry mixture.

Red Velvet Berry Cobbler

Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake topping comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes.

You can find a printable recipe from Southern Living, here.


However you celebrate Memorial Day,

remember our military men and women

who protect and serve us!


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Anchors Aweigh for Memorial Day


Memorial Day kicks off the summer 

boating season on the lake! 


Although we generally refrain from boating on major holidays to avoid the crowds, we have been known to weigh anchor early in the morning or enjoy a late evening cruise.


 In anticipation of the holiday, I’m setting sail into summer with  appetizer boats and wooden buoys from Pottery Barn for a nautical and patriotic table!


A “ready-refill” at Lowe’s was proudly hailing its patriotism with a combination of  white petunias, red verbena, and blue lobelia.


   Drop your refill in your pot, and anchor some flags for quick decorating & smooth sailing into the holiday weekend!


I found an Americana Plaid Seersucker Tablecloth from Kohl’s to top a red quilt for the table. Baskets serving as chargers were brought ashore from HomeGoods several years ago.


Flatware, resembling rope, adds a nautical

touch along with mini glass buoys.


Red, white & blue striped napkins from World Market are casually knotted on the port side of the basket.


We filled our boats with a recipe from Southern Living’s collection of Quick & Delicious Summer Salads for an easy summer meal after watching a regatta on the lake last summer.

Help yourself to a taste of Lemon Basil Shrimp Boats~

 Shrimp Salad with a Lemon-Basil Marinade.


 And Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad~

 A refreshing summer salad and a combination I have had before, with the exception of Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette~ a  surprisingly delicious addition, which added just a little heat in contrast to the salty cheese and sweet melon!


The newest ship added to our fleet,

found docked at HomeGoods~

a boat cooler for beverages.


Of course Memorial Day has a much more important significance than boating & picnics. . .  it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in military service.


First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.


A day to recognize, reflect, and remember

how fortunate we are to live in freedom.


Anchors Aweigh Table Details:

Dishes/Food Network™ Cafe Red & Blue Dinnerware, Kohl’s

Americana Plaid Seersucker Tablecloth/ Kohl’s

Goblets/ Dollar Tree

Flatware & Napkins/ World Market

Baskets & Boat Cooler/ HomeGoods

Buoys, Appetizer Boats/ Pottery Barn


Wishing you a Safe & Happy Memorial Day!

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Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue

We Celebrated the Red, White, & Blue

with a Memorial Day Picnic~

Stars and Stripes were the Guests of Honor!

And a little retro fun~ plaid & portable~ was provided by this metal picnic basket I found at World Market~

  Mini MoonPies and vintage-style seltzer waters arrived, but unfortunately RC Colas were unable to attend :)

 Parchment paper checked basket liners, and galvanized metal pails, also from World Market served up snacks and drinks~

A galvanized bottle caddy from Pottery Barn, is fitted with jars so it can tote napkins, flags, flatware, & flowers with ease~ and  gets pulled into service frequently!

You can see it Picnicking with Pumpkins here, and here, toting BBQ Sundaes last Memorial Day.

(World Market also has a 4-bottle caddy available now, you can find here.)

I found patriotic baskets at Dollar Tree~ just the right size for serving a sandwich & chips or jars of salads~ along with a side of Sparklers and a MoonPie :)

Our salads in jars are not traditional Memorial Day fare, but a little less filling so there’s room for dessert!

Tarragon Chicken Salad ~ chicken, halved red seedless grapes, tarragon, chopped pecans, celery, and mayo~ mixed to your ratio of preference, and seasoned to taste.

And pasta salad~ pasta with chopped sundried tomatoes, black olives, marinated artichoke hearts, feta cheese. Toss with vinaigrette or Italian dressing.

Patriotic Berry Trifle~

Layers of angel food or pound cake, berries, and pudding.

Instead of pudding, I like to mix a jar of lemon curd with 8 oz. of light cream cheese to layer between the cake and berries.

 While we had our fun in the sun, Memorial Day is more than picnics and recreational boating~

A day to recognize, reflect, and remember

how fortunate we are to live in freedom.

Thank you to all our military men and women who protect and serve us~

We are humbled and grateful for you and your families’ sacrifices.

Celebrating the Red, White & Blue Picnic

 Plaid Picnic Basket/ World Market

Checked Paper Basket Liners, Galvanized Buckets, Round Tray, RW&B Striped Napkins/ World Market

Patriotic Baskets, RW&B Straws/ Dollar Tree

Galvanized Picnic Caddy/Pottery Barn

Flatware/ HomeGoods, several years ago

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A little boating~

Some snacking . . .

These special treats courtesy of this bonnie lass, Sadie~

Sadie, whose mom Sarah, knows cinnamon & oatmeal and

peanut butter & blueberry are the best flavors

at Woof Gang Bakery :)

Thank you Sadie & Sarah!

Wishing you a Safe & Happy Memorial Day

with plenty of treats!

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