A Lakeside Table with Pfaltzgraff Villa della Luna Dinnerware

Lakeside Dining with Pfaltzgraff Villa della Luna

I’m lakeside at the table with the vibrant collection of Villa della Luna Dinnerware by Pfaltzgraff. Villa della Luna by Pfaltzgraff was created as a magical collection of dinnerware and accessories based on the art of Jana Kolpen and Mary Tiegreen in ‘Dancing with the Moon, a Story of Love at the Villa della Luna’. The centuries-old traditions of Italian…

A Teapot Wreath for a Mad Tea Party


I’m hanging a teapot wreath in welcome for a Mad Tea Party! Did you get your tea party invitation by post? If not, never fear, your invitation is here: You’re invited to a Mad Tea Party at A Fanciful Twist, Saturday, July 23rd. There will be butterflies. . . Cards. . . Keys. . . Hearts. . .…

Weekend Waterview: Boating with Dogs


We haven’t been boating much this summer for one reason or another. But it’s one of our favorite things when it’s not too dog gone hot. Early mornings or late evenings are our preferred times for a ride, avoiding the heat of the day. There’s nothing like feeling the wind in our ears. . . Or…

Peach Caprese Salad and Just Peachy Recipe Round-Up!


The best thing about summer is the bounty of fresh produce! If you’re a fan of caprese salad, I think you’ll like this summery twist on the classic caprese salad made with fresh, juicy peaches! If you haven’t tried peaches and summer tomatoes together in a salad, you don’t know what you’re missing. Best of all, no…

Weekend Waterview: Osprey Nests on the Lake

Osprey Nests

We always look forward to boating in the summer to check on “our” osprey nests. Osprey return to their same nest each year in March here on the lake, after wintering in Central and South America. They can log more than 160,000 migration miles during their 15-to-20-year lifetime. They build their nests on manmade structures . . . channel markers, duck…

Potluck Broccoli-Grape Pasta Salad

Potluck Broccoli-Grape Pasta Salad

I have a crowd-pleasing recipe for your next potluck or picnic, Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Grapes! This colorful pasta salad is a medley of sweet, tangy, crunchy and salty, thanks to a tangy red vinegar dressing and the addition of toasted pecans and bacon. I reduced the amount of mayonnaise and onion slightly from the original…


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