Morsels, Meals & Memorable Books



 This week’s letter assignment is M in Mrs. Matlock’s class, so I’m sharing my meals, morsels & memorable books from this past year for Alphabe-Thursday~

I’m approaching my one year blogiversary which is hard for me to believe until I look at my number of posts :-)

Before I embarked on my blogging journey, I had been visiting & sitting on the fence~ uncertain about what I would want to share until I stumbled on Jain’s blog at Food for Thought by way of Designs by Gollum. My love of books and the idea of sharing one in an edible fashion seemed intriguing and a fun way to get my feet wet.

Taking a page out of Jain’s book, I’m sharing a year-end summary of the journey my year of reading has taken, the meals & morsels I’ve enjoyed along the way.


 I have. . .

  • searched for Flower Fairies while dodging falling acorns & nibbling on fruit & cake

  • watched dolphins in Sweetwater Creek while raising Boykin Spaniel Cheese Straws

  • floated down the Duoro River in Portugal in a Cork Boat feasting on Tiger Shrimp

  • picnicked On Folly Beach with Fried Chicken, Cornbread & Blackberry Iced Tea

  • won a bet & learned not to fear a few extra carbs & calories when it comes to the perfect Chicken Marsala

  • rooted for The Help in Mississippi while having Chocolate Pie minus Minny’s secret ingredient

  • sipped on an Omar Sharif cocktail, sampled Strawberry Tea sandwiches, Grilled Peaches & Pound Cake on my Flowers for the Home journey

  • learned about Asperger’s Syndrome as well as House Rules eating by the colors of the rainbow

  • entered witness protection~  8 aliases & several Orange Hostess Cupcakes later, fled with a mafioso’s son, discovering the Ultimate Mussels

  • was Inspired by designers’ favorite foods including David Easton’s mac & cheese, Candice Olson’s favorite pizza and Green Tea Ice Cream with Vincente Wolf

  • ate Green Eggs & Ham along with Dr. Suess, commemorating the 50th anniversary of this classic book

  •  solved a 30-year old mystery eating Peanut Butter Pie with the Domino Boys

  • stopped inflicting a good marriage on a reluctant husband & re-invented my life while enjoying Brie in Puff Pastry

  • tried to settle a family feud in Between Georgia & polished off Deviled Eggs

  • defended an Amish girl at trial, ultimately learning the Plain Truth with a slice of Squash Pie

  • investigated an abused boy while Chasing Fireflies & eating Tomato Cheese Grits

  • celebrated Christmas with a Big Book that inspires fresh ideas in cooking, baking, entertaining, and decorating.


In summary my plate was full this year, reading & cooking my books. . . I chowed down, crammed, devoured, digested, dined, dispatched, feasted, gobbled up, gorged, gormandized, grazed, ingested, inhaled, masticated, munched, nibbled, noshed, polished off, put away, ruminated, scarfed, snacked, supped, swallowed, & wolfed my way through my pages.

I chased the moon & fireflies~as well as props & dishes to provide visual book reviews & find tablescape inspiration. . .


I discovered the magic of bottle trees, fairies & sugar and well as new authors, books & recipes. . .

I stopped to smell the Roses (not very fragrant :-) Flowers for the Home & Southern Bouquets.

I was waterlogged from happy hours in Sweetwater Creek, On Folly Beach, Last Light over Carolina, Between the Tides, and with Women of the Sea.

I spent time with winery dogs, racing dogs, re-incarnated dogs, tuckered dogs, lived with dogs, boated with dogs-

I was surrounded by girls… one named Zippy, The Girl She Used To Be, & one who Chased the Moon & just The Girls~

 It was an educational, entertaining & full year :-)

I hope you can join us this year, as I co-host Food for Thought with Jain here, Feb. 1st.

 You are invited to share any book of your chosing, be it fiction, nonfiction, favorite children’s, cookbook, coffee table, etc.

 It’s a fun way to read & find something for your supper~

Rate your book:

**** good read
*** average read
** so-so
* just skip it~

~link it to amazon and provide an edible passage from your book~


  •  Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday~stop in & see what’s being served~








  39 comments for “Morsels, Meals & Memorable Books

  1. January 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Each and every morsel of this post is delicious, Mary. Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary!

  2. January 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    oh did i savor every minute of this post… it was heaven, that you were so visual in your recap hurts my cheeks… it was a good year, A VERY GOOD YEAR!

    thanks for all the joy and beauty you shared week in and week out. i am so happy you got off the fence and dived head first into your creative juices. this year with you has been astouding with you, i know we both had so much more fun visually reading. i could do without the calories this year,but not the beauty or fun ever~

    thank you for keeping fft alive all year with me :)

  3. January 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I am so glad you posted this..I had missed some!
    I looked at the bouchons things at W-S but had spent too much by that year..maybe..

    You really put your heart into all this..I live the sand castle too..the doggie cookies.. too much to say really..
    Loved seeing everything you did(almost) through FFT..
    You two are admirable! Bravo bravo bravo!

    You gave us lovely personal glimpses also..home and dock..chairs:)

    Really..great entertainment!

  4. January 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Not that I don’t love every single one of your photograph filled posts…this one was AWESOME! Simply amazing! Happy Blogiversary early!

  5. January 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I have to tell you this is probably the BEST, most ENJOYABLE blog entry I’ve ever read!! I am in tears I’ve giggled so much! I, too, share your love for dogs and my little Bichon is in my lap as I type this. I love Chloe and Gracie!! They’re precious!

  6. January 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    What a fun look back, Mary. You were a busy lady! I savored every morsel of your edible posts this year. So glad you jumped in to the world of blogging and especially your enthusiastic approach with FFT. You and Jain are to be commended. Both of you are masters behind the lens and at styling vignettes. Thank you for sharing your creative energy with all of us. It’s a joy to follow along! ~ sarah

  7. January 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I love this post! Now, I can catch up on the ones I missed! of course, I’ll probably get hung up on re-reading all of them again! Congratulations on your 1st year of blogging, and may there be many more! You do an amazing job!

  8. Pondside
    January 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    It’s been a year’s worth of good reading for us – thank you!

  9. January 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I am so glad I am getting dinner ready. This post has left me hungry and jealous of all those wonderful foods.

  10. January 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I absolutely love this post!

    I love the Food for Thought blog and have played around with the idea of joining in the fun…

    You’ve inspired me to try….

  11. January 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Congratulations…what an anchievement , a wonderful and colourful year…a real inspirational blog.Have a great 2011 and look forward to reading a seeing all your new ideas! x

  12. January 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    What a delicious year! All the best in 2011!

  13. January 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I am speechless! I have gained 10 pounds just looking at it! All I can say is “YUM!”

  14. January 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Ezcuse me, I have to go raid the frig now. Excellent post!~Ames

  15. Sue
    January 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    OMGosh, I want desert…NOW! Great photos! What a fantastic year you had…congratats on your upcoming anniversary!

  16. January 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Okay. that was amazing. Seriously! I am now dying to read and starving. I am also following you now so that I can see more of your amazing self!!

  17. January 6, 2011 at 4:02 am

    After having seen all this delicious food, I am not hungry anymore, lol !

  18. January 6, 2011 at 7:20 am

    You have the most delicious looking photos of food I’ve ever seen! I can go for some of the dessert you’ve shared in this post….mmmm…. Congratulations on your almost bloggerversary!

  19. January 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Simply stunning! Magnificent Memories Mary! I will be back to explore your blog more.

  20. January 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

    What a great way to organize a blog review…around food! And oh, the food you have shared here. This early in the morning it shouldn’t make me sos hungry, but my mouth is watering, for sure.

    Lovely, lovely post.


  21. January 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I just visited Food for Thought and got a clearer idea of what you’re doing here. Amazing! It’s like performance art, but with your menu and even life. I love the idea that you are sort of living out the book you are reading.

    Anyway, I love what you guys have done/are doing. Really cool. And congrats on the fact that you are sort of co-hosting this year!


  22. taylorsoutback
    January 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Wow – your post is over the top and will earn honors from Jenny Matlock!!
    Wonderful year in review – books and images…I am so hungry for both now…

  23. January 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Lovely post, delectable photos!

  24. January 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    You have some lovely mosaics that tell the story of your cooking and reading this year. What fun! Congratulations on your upcoming blogoversary and will look forward to more from you.
    Blessings, Beth

  25. jo
    January 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    and suddenly my plans for tonights dinner just dont seem to measure up … what a lot of yummy yummy looking food!

  26. January 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    What a wonderful “M” post! And such delicious photos – I really love those sand dollar pancakes!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and Happy New Year!
    ~ Joy @ Joysweb

  27. January 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    What a beautiful post. I had to go back and forth on it because I might have missed something. Great job.

  28. mub
    January 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Oh I’m drooling all over myself! I had to bookmark this to come back to and browse again… yum overload!

  29. Amy
    January 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    You have a beautiful blog! :) Love your photography as well.

  30. January 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Wonderful look back!

    You have certainly made me hungry — dang I wish you had a little resturant just down the road from me :)

    Have a wonderful week.


  31. January 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    What beautiful food photos…and I too am hungry now!

  32. A Garden of Threads
    January 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    All those food mosaic are beautiful and I am now hungry.

  33. January 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Wonderful look at your last year of reading. My mouth is watering!

  34. January 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Omigosh, what a wonderful and delicious year you have had! I think I gained 10 lbs. just reading about it all! Congratulations on your one year blogging anniversary! :)

  35. January 10, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Oh my! And I’ve not had breakfast yet! Whew, indeed! Wishing you a grand Day! And congratulations!!

  36. La
    January 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I think I gained 40 pounds while looking at these beautiful and tempting pictures of your culinary delights.

    What’s in store for your second year???

  37. January 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

    You have had a tear of good eating and reading! Gorgeous pictures! looking forward to this years :)

  38. January 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Delicious!! I loved reading your blog! I am a new email subscriber. Keep it up.

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