Stem to Stern


 Memorial Day kicks off Boating Season at the Lake.

In anticipation of boating over the course of the long holiday weekend, I decorated the pontoon for fun~ from Stem to Stern ~ including a few stems in a mason jar.

A few pillows. . .

Some Red,White & Blue to dine with. . .

A beverage tub filled with drinks to keep us hydrated. . .

 A breezy day~ with the wind whipping the flags :-)

 Watermelon and Feta~the creamy, salty cheese is the perfect partner to the sweet, juicy melon~ in a flag formation with the addition of a side of blueberries :-)

I found this idea in Southern Living Magazine where Foods Editor, Scott Jones, fondly remembers the BBQ Sundae served at the Rebel Barn BBQ in Oxford, Mississippi.

 An entrée, not dessert, the sundae layers pork, slaw, and baked beans, all covered in thick, sweet red sauce, or Lexington-Style sauce in our case. Perfect and portable for tailgating or picnicking~

My husband smokes a “Boston Butt”, “Picnic Roast”, “Pork Shoulder” or “Shoulder Blade Roast” ~ all names for shoulder cuts that make great pulled pork.

Our pork shoulder is brined for 24-48 hours, depending on the size & how organized we are :-) . . . in a mixture of ½ cup of pickling salt (which dissolves in cold water), 2 quarts of water and ¾ c of molasses.

 Remove from the brine, blot with paper towels, brush on olive oil, and liberally add a dry rub/seasoning blend of salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, garlic powder etc.

Smoke at 225 degrees over lump charcoal with some soaked hickory or apple wood chips for about 1  1/2 hours per pound. Remove from smoker, wrap in foil and let stand an hour. It should fall apart, with all the fat melted away :-)

Wishing you a Safe & Happy Memorial Day~

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  47 comments for “Stem to Stern

  1. Pondside
    May 30, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Well, that was mouth-watering! I’m trying to imagine all of the layers in a jar – it’s really new to me.
    Your pontoon is gorgeous – I can just imagine a sunny afternoon slipping away during nap time on the sofa.

  2. May 30, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Such a colourful display of red,white and blue. A wonderful spread of tantalising food. A lovely way to spend the day!

  3. May 30, 2011 at 8:04 am

    What a beautiful post! I love the flag with the watermelon and feta cheese! What an interesting combination but I’m sure it is delicious together. Thanks for the pork shoulder recipe, too. I’ve never brined one, but I bet it is fabulous.

  4. May 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Whoever gets to be guests on your pontoon boat for Memorial day sure is in for a treat! Everything looks so beautiful! Hope you enjoy the day.

  5. May 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Can I just say that your creativity blows me away? The watermelon, feta, and blueberry flag just sent me right over the edge. :)

    Your photographs are so vivid. I just love looking through them. I am such a fan of red, white and blue so, of course, I just LOVE your beautiful design. The pillows and quilt make everything so homey. I also like how you have displayed the flatware on the plate. And flags everywhere…just fantastic!

  6. May 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I am visiting from Seasonal Sundays at the Tablescaper. As soon as I read the caption, I just knew it was your blog “Home is Where the Boat Is”. I don’t even know where to begin with this one, the flag fruit platter knocked me out. And then the meal in a jar, I can’t. I just can’t. I am your newest follower! Oh, to be a passenger on this boat! I’d even swab the decks. xo,

  7. Jackie
    May 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Mary, the watermelon “flag” not only looks delicious, it looks festive and so much easier to prepare than all those fancy “flag” desserts that become so ubiquitous this time of year. Another post fabulously well presented and beautifully done!

  8. May 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Likes others above me, the watermelon, feta and blueberries salad just gobsmacked me into a delighted aha moment…..this is what I will contribute to the 4th of July pot-luck get-together with our friends…. Perfect!
    Your collection of accessories is amazing….and your taste for displaying them is impeckable. Thank you for another enjoyable read!

  9. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    May 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Totally festive and fun Mary, looks like you’re ready for summer and boating season! Love that cool napkin holder/S&P and your flag munchie looks great too! Have fun:@)

  10. May 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    This is a fabulous post. You’ve made me hungry for pork and I will be trying your recipe! Thanks so much for sharing. The settings are lovely! What a clever idea to serve everything in a jar! Hope your weekend was safe and fun!
    xo marlis

  11. Carolyn
    May 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Mary,
    Great Americana decor and accompanying vittles. Very cozy afternoon you have got going on there. Do you ever have any trouble enjoying your pontoon ride with all the motor boats on the lake. Do you find a cove and just “drop anchor”? Gee, sounds like I know how to do that! Hope your holiday was fabulous.
    Carolyn NC

  12. May 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Now this is how I want to spend time on the lake. Your pontoon looks like a living room. And the watermelon and cheese idea looks delicious. I’m going to try that. Seriously envious of those polka dot utensils. Your cupboards offer the perfect details for every occasion. Hope your day was special.
    ~ Sarah

  13. May 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Unbelievable… lovely. I could not take my eyes of those amazing pictures!

  14. May 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    girl you are just one perfect party on the go! i adore ALL you do, every freaking time… i mean talk about a broken record from me, but i do mean over and over and OVER! i am stealing that salad for the 4th… i just wish i could steal the lake, boat and your good dogs!

  15. May 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    This is a beautiful, and tasty post!!!! I love the flag dish of watermelon and feta!!!! GREAT idea! The BBQ in a jar sounds wonderful! I just started a diet today so you have my mouth watering!!!! Your pontoon boat is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!! I love pontoons and going out for a ride. My SIL has one and we get to ride when we are in Fl. I know you had a good TASTY day! XO, Pinky

  16. May 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    This is such an amazing spread! The pulled pork in mason jars is amazing. I love the flag with the watermelon and blueberries and feta. I keep hearing of watermelon and feta. I’ve got to try it.

    Looking forward to having you be a part of “Where do you keep it all? – Part 2”.

    – The Tablescaper

  17. May 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    HOW do you make each post better than the one before??? This is the most beautiful patriotic picnic I have ever seen. The colors are stunning & the presentation over board… Hee hee a little boat owner comedy… Out pontoon boat NEVER looked this festive. I am gonna have to kick it up a notch to be friends with you!!!! Thanks for sharing the beauty & ideas!

  18. June 1, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Superbe! tut simplement superbe! En France, nous sommes loin du 14 juillet , notre fête Nationale, mais il semblerait qu’il y ai une petite ressemblance au niveau des couleurs : le bleu, le blanc!!
    Bravo en tout cas, aussi pour le cadre choisi pour dresser cette superbe invitation à la détente, au charme et à la beauté des lieux!
    Amicalement Jackye

  19. June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! You really did it up right for Memorial Day! Your pontoon looks great. I did a Hawaian theme for my husbands birthday last year. When we started crusing a little too fast all the decorations started coming down. He wasn’t as impressed with all the decorating as I was!

  20. June 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Looks like someone has the red, white and blues. Wow!

  21. JDaniel4's Mom
    June 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    What a wonderful place to be!

  22. June 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Love the blueberry,watermelon and cheese dish – very clever. And the table is so festive!! But what really caught my eye is your silverware – love it!

  23. Joni
    June 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Oh how I love this! The red, white, and blue just is so wonderful. I love the barbecue, slaw and beans in the jar. I love the red and white varied silverware. I love the watermelon, feta and blueberry flags. I love your whole boat decorated in red, white, and blue with the flags blowing in the wind. I have tried to do my deck in red, white, and blue but other colors keep on pushing their way in….:). If you didn’t already get this, I love it. Joni

  24. June 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Mary! How festive that all looks! I enjoyed every bit of it! We had a picnic for our small beach community at our ballfield and I decked everything out in r w and b, and then forgot to take pics as I was so busy serving the crowd!
    Love everything about this post, and yes, God bless America!

  25. June 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I love all the magnificent details of your pontoon boat dinner! It looks so cozy and inviting with the fun and fabulous pillows and quilt. The watermelon/feta flag is adorable and I am loving the BBQ ‘sundae’! It looks delicious and how cute of an idea is that??

  26. June 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Patriotic perfection! Right out of a Ralph Lauren catalog! Just wondering how you are going to top this for the 4th of July! Seriously, everything is pure perfection, right down to the food. I’m in awe! ~Delores

  27. June 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Well you have definitely got it going on!! This is quite wonderful, from the great napkins and place settings, the cozy seat, to the pulled pork in a jar, this is just great. I want to hang out with you next Memorial Day!! I will be using your watermelon, blueberries, and feta flag on the 4th. Such detail with everything, I truly enjoyed myself, and I will probably visit again to make sure I didn’t miss anything!!

  28. June 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I offer you a “standing ovation” for your gorgeous tablescape and presentation! What “eye candy” you have provided us!

  29. June 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    This is just the cutest. I love the cokes in the glasses…and the flag watermelon. Really, so cute and patriotic!

  30. June 2, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Beautifully conceived and executed! I have a set of giant tumblers that I intend to use with a bottle of something in them…just haven’t, yet. Do you have to make your friends go home? We had lake homes and boats for many years. We used to say that the only thing better than having a great boat was having a friend with a great boat! LOL. Thanks for sharing your wonderful design. Cherry Kay

  31. PJ
    June 2, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Love the photos in this post….and have always adored the song!

  32. June 2, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Wow, that is just gorgeous! What a great way to celebrate Memorial day! It’s very patriotic too! Oh and I love the fruit platter. It’s so cute! :)

  33. June 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

    One word: AMAZING!!!!!
    I’m stealing the watermelon/feta/blueberry idea for the Fourth! How fun!!!!!!
    The boat looks great and so inviting! Did you have a party or just you and the hubby?

  34. Ellen
    June 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Oh girl! This post has it all and it’s calling to all my senses. What a wonderful job of decorating with the Red White and Blue! I am so stealing that Blueberry, watermelon and feta idea for our 4th of July celebration!! Your photos are fabulous! Drool….

  35. Lucinda
    June 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Mary, I always enjoy your lovely tablescapes. They remind me of the carefree summers I spent with my family in Rockport and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I’m also impressed with your wonderful photography. Well done. Lucinda / Rhode Island

  36. June 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    What a beautiful, classy display of patriotism. I love it! The backdrop of the boat makes it even more special. I love the fruit and cheese displayed like “Old Glory”!! I pinned that pic!!

  37. June 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    well, what is there not to like ! wow what a gorgeous set up. I just love the whole thing. and the pictures are fantastic too. stunning !! julse ♥

  38. June 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Looks like a great start to summer 2011 on your boat! Everything looks fun from the food to the decor.

  39. June 3, 2011 at 12:09 am

    What a lovely post. I loved all of it! Love the food inside the canning jar. I’ve been doing this alot lately and I love it. Your boat is perfect with the tablescape, the tablesetting with all the goodies on it. And I even showed my hubby the watermelon and feta cheese sering you did. That turned out so great and looks wonderful. I always enjoy coming to your blog and seeing what you are upto!

  40. June 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I really enjoyed everything about this post- the red, white and blue table, the watermellon and feta, the pulled pork – oh my! How inspirational you are.

  41. Angela
    June 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

    How beautiful. I love your creativity.

  42. June 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I LOVE how you’ve decorated your boat from “stem to stern”. The red Coca-Cola bottles in the blue glasses is such a great touch. Your photographs, as usual, are lovely. Everything looks so fresh, pretty, and patriotic! Thanks for sharing.


  43. June 4, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Absolutely picture perfect! I love everything about your stem to stern post. The red and white pineapple quilt is gorgeous, the food looks delicious and creative! And the decoration is wow!!! Love it!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (…catching up on my blog reading…I didnt even manage to get my “once a week” post up last week! But am glad that I was able to see your lovely post this week :o)

  44. June 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I’m intriqued. I’ve never spent any holiday on a boat…okay, I’ve never spent any time on a boat, but this looks so grand and fun!

    Love the idea of the bbq in the jar. I do salads and desserts like that. It sounds delicious. And I need to try watermelon wih feta. It sounds interesting. My daughter has a Turkish boyfiend and he always puts feta on cantaloupe, too!

    Thanks for a glorious stop this week!


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