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Waterside Dining: Pfaltzgraff Cayman


I’m at the table with some waterside dining

and Pfaltzgraff Cayman Dinnerware.


Pfaltzgraff’s Cayman brings sun-muted shades of

 turquoise and browns, sea and sand, to the table.


An island of crushed shells adds a little

Caribbean touch for a centerpiece . . .


Along with jute knotted bottles,

washed ashore from World Market,

and a candelabra insert for

 island ambiance for dining.


Shell napkin rings were found

beachcombing the aisles at Kohl’s

a couple of years ago. . .


The square shells resembling the chiseled stones

that border the edges of the stoneware.


Water hyacinth placemats

provide some coastal texture and

contrast to the stoneware.


And jute bottles are filled with

white powdered sand and shells.


 Cayman accent plates provide flowers for the table,

a welcome and pleasant surprise as spying

Beach Morning Glory growing in the sand.


Providing blooms and

 pattern to the table.





Enjoy 20% off one Cayman item through August 17th,
with the link below (some exclusions apply):


Cayman Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Cayman by Pfaltzgraff

*Flatware/ International Silver Forte

*Stemware/  Barmaster’s All Purpose Wine Wine, Mikasa

Knotted Jute Vases, Bottles/ World Market

Glass floats/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Candelabra bottle insert/ Amazon

Crushed Shells/ Michaels

Napkins / Target

Napkin Rings/ Kohl’s, several years ago

Water hyacinth placemats/ HomeGoods


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Pfaltzgraff Cayman Dinnerware

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Tying the Knot: Mikasa Cameo Platinum Dinnerware


I’m at the table with a processional

of white porcelain dishes courtesy of

Cameo Platinum Dinnerware by Mikasa.


Bordered with a simple and classic platinum band,

Cameo Platinum Dinnerware

sets the stage for elegant dining.


Described as ‘unrehearsed glamour’,

I had a little bridal inspiration

with this processional of white porcelain

dinnerware at the table.


An accent plate, bordered with a graceful flourish,

 is topped with duo of napkins. . .


A metallic silvery overlay, as a sheer veil

and married with white linen napkin

and silver napkin ring.


 I added a bit of the garden to the table for

alfresco dining with some hydrangeas and ivy.


Ivy which symbolizes eternity,

fidelity and wedded love and hydrangeas

for a pop of color and something blue.


With a nod to a bridal gown,

pearl-trimmed napkins are used as placemats,

as a delicate layer to dress a light blue tablecloth.


Cameo Platinum is also available in a square shape

for a modern version of the traditional dinnerware.


Mint Julep Cups are serving

as vases for hydrangeas. . .


And a silver candelabra is softened

with some additional ivy sprigs

‘tying the knot’ on candles at the table.


Orion Crystal Iced Beverage Glasses with their

etched bases lend an elegant and graceful shape. . .


And Wallace Tatum Flatware is a handsome companion

to the dinnerware and contrast

to the delicate pearl trim of the placemats.


You can see all the Cameo Platinum options by Mikasa here:


Cameo Platinum Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Cameo Platinum by Mikasa

*Flatware/ Tatum by Wallace

*Stemware/  Orion by Mikasa

*Mint Julep Cups/ Towle

Napkins / Pier 1 Imports, several years ago

Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Tablecloth/ HomeGoods


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Mikasa Cameo Platinum Dinnerware

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Setting Sail for Independence Day

Setting Sail for Independence Day

We’re setting sail for Independence Day

onto a sea (or lake :) of Red, White & Blue

for the holiday weekend!


Spending time with family. . .


Flying our Flags. . .


Boating. . .


And enjoying 

the fireworks!

Independence Day Berry-Lemon Sparklers!

Grab a cup and help yourself

to a Berry-Lemon Sparkler!


Paper sails were hoisted from

scrapbook paper with bamboo knot pick masts

for nautical rope napkin rings. . .


And can be used to

mark place settings. . .


Or decorate a regatta of

Red Velvet Cupcakes

for a sweet and patriotic bite!

Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

 If you want to set sail with some other

 patriotic table inspiration,

click on the links below:

A Star-Spangled Celebration

A Star-Spangled Celebration

Long May She Wave Patriotic Table

Long May She Wave

Celebrating the Red, White & Blue Patriotic Table

Banner Yet Wave:

Celebrating the Red, White & Blue!


Setting Sail Table Details:

Rope Cocktail Plates/ Pottery Barn

Salad & Dinner Plates/ Mikasa Jet Set Blue

Stemware/ Mikasa Swirl  

Flatware/ Towle Living Everyday Nautical

Sailboat, Chargers & Placemats/ HomeGoods

Rope Napkin Rings/ Bed, Bath & Beyond

Napkins/ World Market

Quilt/ Kohl’s


Wishing you a Safe & Happy Independence Day. . .

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With Liberty & Potato Salad for All!

Setting Sail for Independence Day with a Regatta of Red Velvet Cupcakes!

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Stop and Smell the Gardenias


Our Gardenias are in bloom,

I wish my photos had a

scratch and sniff feature. . . :)


I was afraid our colder than normal winter

had taken its toll since they were a little

later blooming this year.


 I smelled their fragrance as I stepped out

the back door before I even saw them. . .


“Sultry as a summer evening and as intoxicating as an exotic perfume, the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul. The blossoms are just as enticing.”


“Buds shaped like seashells unfurl into velvet soft flowers in the warmth and humidity of early evening. But it’s the fragrance that captivates.”

~Southern Living

Gardenias in the Garden

 As I pause to stop and smell the gardenias, help yourself to some Gardenia Tea and enjoy a charming book The Novel Bakers shared last summer. . .


Dancing with the Moon,

A Story of Love at the Villa della Luna

by Jana Kolpen and Mary Tiegreen


 “Gardenias are known to attract high spirits, induce peaceful vibrations and strengthen love potions.”

~ Dancing with the Moon


They are also considered an edible flower and safe to brew for tea, so you can gather some gardenia blooms and petals to steep.

Brew a pot here.


Or prepare a Gardenia Love Bath

for yourself or the birds :)

Gardenia Love Bath


And dine with them at the

table with shells here.


I hope you take time to

stop and smell the Gardenias!Sultry as a Summer Evening Gardenias

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Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue: A Star-Spangled Celebration

A Star-Spangled Celebration for July 4th!

With July 4th approaching, here’s a round-up

of some Red, White & Blue treats

for your Star-Spangled Celebration!

Click on the links to revisit or for a taste :)

A Star-Spangled Celebration


Land of the Free Lemonade

A refreshing combination of pureed watermelon

& lemonade,  garnished with watermelon

stars and blueberries.


What So Proudly We Hailed 

Watermelon “Cupcakes”

Banner Yet Wave Burgers

We pledge allegiance to small bites, allowing us the freedom to snack in good conscience over the course of a long holiday :)

RWB potato salad_11

Rockets’ Red Glare Potato Salad

A Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad,

 liberated from mayonnaise, and

garnished with a fireworks display of flowering dill!


Broad Stripes Berries

White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries,

rolled in blue sugar and served in a

Bright Stars cupcake liner.


Patriotic Mini MoonPies


 Dawn’s Early Light Pretzel Sparklers

sure to be extinguished quickly :)

Patriotic Berry Trifle

Patriotic Berry Trifle

an easy no-bake dessert to celebrate

the Red, White and Blueberry!

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Blueberry Salsa

Fresh & flavorful served with

 Red, White, and Blue Tortilla Chips!

Berry Caprese Bruschetta

Berry Caprese Bruschetta

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 berry-mozzarella medley and let your guests help themselves!

Patriotic Pretzel Popcorn Crunch

Patriotic Pretzel Popcorn Crunch

 A sweet & salty treat for July 4th snacking with

Snyder’s Patriot-Shaped Pretzels

Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler

 Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler

Quick, oh so good, and

the star of your celebration!

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Red, White & Blue Sangria,

And an anatomy of Sangria chart to exercise

your Freedom and Independence

for mixing your own summer sangria!

Funfetti Cupcake Trifle,

Light a Sparkler and Serve!


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Welcoming Summer: Whites on the Porch!


I’m welcoming summer with whites on the porch!

If June’s weather is any indication, we’re in for a hot, humid summer! In anticipation, I’m surrounding myself with whites, to stay cool, at least psychologically, on the porch.

I’ve been busy with some household projects the past several weeks and no time to play with my camera, so I reached into the archives for this post to welcome summer! Originally from July of 2010, temperatures were the same as this June, in the mid 90’s with humidity to match.

This end of the porch stays in the shade all day

and catches a breeze,

unlike the other end of the porch that faces west.


I like to nest on the porch

 with a few favorite things. . .

. . . a pair of old corbels that

 have been since painted green,

now residing on the porch

of the Potting Shed.


And join a flag banner

for some patriotic dressing!



A favorite birdhouse. . .

That joins me at the

table on occasion.


And a little Lacy Queen Anne,

free for the picking.

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Along with a few books to enjoy~

 some for porch inspiration.

Perfect Porches

Perfect Porches:

 by Paula S. Wallace

A well-designed porch is like a welcoming committee that invites friends and family to share stories, catch up on neighborhood news, or quietly enjoy the breezes of a sultry summer evening. Porches bridge our public and private worlds, and convey the essence of one’s home.


In more than 250 stunning photographs of forty homes, Perfect Porches illustrates how varied these iconic American spaces can be. A wealth of structural appointments are presented, such as the extended eaves of a rain porch along the Gulf Coast, the shimmering copper flooring of a converted Amish cattle barn in Bluegrass country, and Outback-inspired painted thresholds in California’s wine region.


Whether you seek to reawaken a cherished memory of a childhood porch, create an adorned haven of your own, or take an enlightening journey across the nation, this volume is certain to become a treasured companion as well as a source of fresh inspiration.

Happy First Day of Summer!

Wishing you a cool and

comfortable spot to nest

this summer :)


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National Flag Week: Long May She Wave!


This week is National Flag Week with June 14th,

Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the flag

of the United States, paying tribute to the banner

that weaves us together and waves above us all.


 Americans are encouraged to observe Flag Day

and National Flag Week by displaying the flag

so I’m waving the flag from the archives :)

Click on the links for a Stars & Stripes Salute! 


Long May She Wave,

Patriotic table & book review




Patriotic Dressing~ Potting Shed




Watermelon, Feta and Blueberry Flag 


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

Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue Picnic



 Banner Yet Wave,

Table & Star-Spangled Menu


Flags on the Porch for a Stars & Stripes Salute


Long May She Wave:

“In its deluxe format with over 500 illustrations, LONG MAY SHE WAVE  gives wide berth to the flag in all its manifestations, and the result is a stunning visual history of America’s most treasured symbol.”

Long May She Wave

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At the Table: Mikasa Aliza Teal and Aliza Gris


I’m at the table with flowers and

blooming dinnerware by Mikasa,

Aliza Teal and Aliza Gris.


Aliza Teal blooms with a watercolor floral in a wash of teal

for a vibrant touch of color that provides a modern option

for casual or formal dining!


And Aliza Gris combines the delicate warmth of a pencil sketch

with an accent of color on the floral leaves and stems.


  Crafted of high-quality European porcelain,

Aliza dinnerware is elegant in design,

but offers everyday durability and

is microwave and dishwasher safe.


I snipped some variegated leaves of Kaleidoscope Abelia,

the red stems echoing the leaves

 on the plates and in the bowls.




And picked some hydrangeas,

Japanese maple foliage and abelia

 for an easy & casual centerpiece

to fill a vase for the table.








You can find all the Aliza Dinnerware

options by Mikasa in Teal and Gris here:


Aliza Teal and Gris Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Aliza Teal, Aliza Gris by Mikasa

*Flatware/ Emerson by Wallace

*Stemware/  Barmaster’s All Purpose White Wine Glasses, Mikasa

Napkins & Tablecloth / Cynthia Rowley/ HomeGoods

Chargers/ World Market

Vase/ Target

waterlogue Aliza table

And Watercolor fun & photos

with the Waterlogue App!

waterlogue hyrdrangea

*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Aliza Teal and Aliza Gris by Mikasa

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An Invitation to the Garden and Dining with Butterflies


I’m joining The Novel Bakers for Garden Week!

You’re invited to pull on your gardening gloves and dig in with some virtual gardening as we share books, tour gardens, set tables, and enjoy some garden-inspired recipes this week!


First on our list, An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors by Michael Devine:

In this indispensable entertaining guide, Michael Devine, a well-known tastemaker, shows how the garden can be a perfect and easily transformable setting to stage enchanted events in every season. 

An Invitation to the Garden, Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors by Michael Devine

From the Foreward by Charlotte Moss:

“In his enthusiastic greeting at the door, the festive decoration of the table, and the delicious menu, Michael’s desire to delight his friends is on full display. Whether the settings are casual with color scheme reflected in paper lanterns and bright zinnias, or more formal with walls luxuriously draped in pagoda fabric and a mountain of lilacs on the table, one thing you can be sure of as Michael’s guest: The atmosphere is one of ‘We’re so glad you’re here.’ “

An Invitation to the Garden Michael Devine

An Invitation to the Garden is a feast for the eyes! You’ll be inspired to have a Lilac Brunch, a Rose Pink Breakfast and an Alfresco Dinner with Hydrangeas!

Butterfly Luncheon, An Invitation to the Garden

I had some table inspiration from the Butterfly Luncheon,

set in summer to coincide with the arrival of the butterflies. . .


Since it’s a little early for dining with butterflies,

I brought some to the table. . .



They migrated on plates, napkins,

flatware and glasses. . .


And a butterfly box provides some shelter for

sleeping beauties and serves as a centerpiece.





Mini bouquets in butterfly goblets

provide a source of nectar. . .






Mini Arugula and Scallion Pizzas

from Michael Devine’s Butterfly Luncheon menu

provided some Dining with Butterfly inspiration . . .


Resulting in a metamorphosis of

Fig, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto & Arugula

topped mini pizzas!


Taking flight from butterfly

cookie cutters and puff pastry . . .



Box of Puff Pastry
Fig Preserves
Goat Cheese
Butterfly Cookie Cutters


Thaw puff pastry according to box directions.

Heat the oven to 375°F.
Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet lightly to remove the fold marks.

Using butterfly cookie cutters, cut shapes for mini pizzas and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Prick pastry shapes with a fork several times and place in oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven.


Microwave desired amount of fig preserves until spreadable and can be brushed or spread easily onto puff pastry shapes. Top with goat cheese. You can run the puff pastry back into the oven for 5 additional minutes if desired, or skip this step and proceed to top with prosciutto and arugula.

The combination of flavors makes a satisfying sweet, tangy, salty, peppery bite!


You can top smaller butterflies with just a wee bit of goat cheese and drizzle of fig balsamic glaze. . .


Or brush them with fig preserves before

 topping with goat cheese and arugula.



“I am sure these entertaining stories will inspire you to experiment, encourage you to explore your cupboards in search of treasures long ignored, and of course, have fun. Here, hospitality and exuberance meet daring and originality. RSVP to Michael’s invitation to the garden, turn the page, and discover and delight in all things Devine.”

~ Charlotte Moss


Dining with Butterfly Table Details:

Dishes/ Lenox Butterfly Meadow Dragonfly

Butterfly Goblets, Butterfly Box, Napkins/ HomeGoods

Butterfly Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn

Goblets/ Mikasa French Countryside

Flatware/ Portmeirion Botanic Garden

 Chargers/ Pier 1 & World Market

Quilt/ Kohl’s, used before here

Visit Jain and Michael Lee

for Garden Week:

 a quiet life

Rattlebridge Farm


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At the Table: Pfaltzgraff Ocean Breeze


 I’m at the table with

Ocean Breeze Dinnerware

by Pfaltzgraff.


Ocean Breeze has three sculpted and distinct ridges

of color, reminiscent of the water as it shifts

 and changes shades with depth of the sea.


This easy, breezy stoneware is microwave and dishwasher safe

and can be easily accessorized for a seaside table

or enjoyed for understated, everyday dining.



A coral shell napkin reverses to a striped pattern

and is accented with a coastal shell napkin ring.



 I did a little shell seeking, combing the

the aisles recently to uncover

 some seaside treasures. . .


I reeled in a fish vase and shell and starfish

lanterns in watery shades of aqua

and turquoise for a coastal centerpiece.



Pieces of sea glass add a playful

colorful accent to a seaside table. . .


 And turquoise straw placemats provide a

bright band of color, layered

with textured rattan chargers.



 Enjoy 20% off one Ocean Breeze item through June 28th,
with the link below (some exclusions apply):


Ocean Breeze Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Ocean Breeze by Pfaltzgraff

*Flatware/ Alexander by Towle

Goblets/  Dollar Tree

Napkin Rings / Pier 1

Napkins / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Lanterns, Vase, Chargers / HomeGoods

Teal Seaglass Mix / Pier 1

Votives / Target


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Pfaltzgraff Ocean Breeze Dinnerware

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