Flowers for Mother’s Day


 In celebration of moms, I picked some flowers from the archives to send you for Mother’s Day! Help yourself to a bouquet or a bite :) Flowers for Mother’s Day, Oakleaf Hydrangeas and a Strawberry Bellini My Grandmother’s Flower Garden Violas and Open Face Cucumber Sandwiches Frosted Brownie Bites with Violas~ Lilacs & Daylight, Lilacs & Viburnum~ Strawberry Fields Salad with Nasturtiums &…

The Novel Bakers Present My Abuela’s Table: An Illustrated Journey into Mexican Cooking


I’m joining The Novel Bakers with My Abuela’s Table: An Illustrated Journey into Mexican Cooking  by Daniella Germain  A lovingly created blend of essential Mexican recipes, magical illustrations and a family’s story.  My Abuela’s Table is as much a work of art as it is a book of trusted heirloom Mexican recipes. More than seventy recipes…

Sprouting Daisies and a Boot Bouquet


My field of dreams is sprouting daisies. . . Not for long since the field will soon be mowed for hay. And the occasional Bachelor Button, aka, Cornflower or Bluebottle Flower will also disappear. I took some time to stop and smell the daisies :) and pick a boot-bouquet. . . Ox-eye daisy is a common roadside…

Off To The Races Tablescape


I’m off to the races at the table, in anticipation of the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” with the running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. A table inspired by the “Run for the Roses”, with both plaid and roses married in Lauren Skylar Floral plates and served with floral flatware. The unbridled spirit of 14 Hands…

Mini Derby Pies with Bourbon Whipped Cream

mini derby pies blue border

Mini Derby Pies marry pecan pie with chocolate and a touch of Kentucky bourbon for a winning trifecta! This Bluegrass-inspired recipe is just the right size for “the most exciting two minutes in sports” and to accompany your Mint Julep while watching the Kentucky Derby or as an sweet ending for a party or crowd! I used a Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie recipe, dividing the filling to make…

At the Table: Merisella by Pfaltzgraff


I’m at the table with the colorful and sunny dinnerware of Merisella by Pfaltzgraff, enjoying the flowers and welcome sunshine! After two weeks of rain, I’m happy to be dining outdoors again! One benefit to those April showers besides May flowers, is that they wash the pollen away…*achoo* :)  Jana Kolpen & Mary Tiegreen, the creators of…

Sitting Pretty and a Just-Picked Garden Bouquet


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

Cheesy Masa Cups

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!


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…


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