Celebrate Summer: Recipes and Inspiration from the Kitchen to the Table!

Enjoy the flavors of summer with recipes and inspiration from the kitchen to the table. You’ll find a bumper crop of recipes using Farmers Market fresh tomatoes, corn and peaches along with summer table inspiration for alfresco dining.

celebrate summer

Are you looking forward to the lazy days of summer?

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I pulled together some of my favorite ways to celebrate summer from the archives. Click on the links in red for the full recipe or table!


Farmers Market Tablescape

Farmers Market Pasta Salad | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Farmers Market Pasta Salad

 A bumper crop of delicious flavors in a pasta salad


You Say Tomato Centerpiece and Tablescape


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BLT Bruschetta


Mini Tomato Pies

Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

Hot Bacon Caprese Salad


Fresh Corn. . .


Corn Utopia Tablescape


Corn on the Cob” Cupcakes

 Sweet corn kernels of Jelly Bellies with Laffy Taffy butter pats!

The Flavors of Summer Pizza

Corn, Tomato and Basil Pesto Pizza

A trio of summer flavors in every slice

Summer Peach Iced Tea Punch

Summer Peach Tea Punch

Patchwork Fruit Cobbler

Patchwork Fruit Cobbler

A medley of peaches, plums, and blueberries with patchwork squares of sugar-crusted pastry!

Peach and Proscuitto Crostini with Basil & Goat Cheese

Peach and Prosciutto Crostini with Basil and Goat Cheese

 A light summer appetizer that’s sweet and salty, tangy and creamy

Skillet Bourbon Peach and Blueberry Crumble

Skillet Bourbon, Peach and Blueberry Crumble

A celebration of summer fruit in a skillet!


Fishing . . .

Catch of the Day and Fishing for Watermelon


 Fishing for Cupcakes


Fun in the Sun. . .




Nutter Butter Flip Flops

Served on a brown sugar beach!

Building Sand Castles

and a Fantasy Island Getaway

Cheering on the Loggerheads


 More Loggerhead Love Tablescape

More Loggerhead Love Tablescape | homeiswheretheboatis.net


Swimming Lessons for Chloe


Boating. . .

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Dinner Cruise


Nose To The Air & Wind In Our Ears


Caribbean {Floating} Island Picnic


Wishing you Happy first day of Summer

and Father’s Day on Sunday!


Chloe and Gracie want to know your favorite things about summer. . .

Boating with dogs Lake Norman

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  28 comments for “Celebrate Summer: Recipes and Inspiration from the Kitchen to the Table!

  1. June 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Like old home week, lovely ways to while away the summer~

  2. Linda
    June 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

    We have a stalled weather pattern here in Ohio and it has rained for days! Such a lovely post. Can’t wait for a sunny day to try some of the recipes.

    • Ellen Stillabower
      June 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Same here in Indiana and predicting more! Can’t wait for sunny, summer days..😎 gotta have sun to ripen these tomatoes along with some heat!!! Hopefully, soon!! ☔️☀️☀️

  3. Anne Keller
    June 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Your pictures are just beautiful. I love to go to the beach in the summer and listen to the ocean, and eating blue crabs. Can’t wait.

  4. Cheryl
    June 20, 2015 at 9:08 am

    It’s 114 today here so summer has definitely arrived. Heading out to the local organic farm to pick fresh fruit and veggies in about 15 minutes.

  5. June 20, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Mary, I think you are extraordinarily talented. You and Molly of remedial reading, are my very different and very favorite bloggers. I am forwarding this post to my daughter, I want her to see the “Fishing for Cupcakes” and the turtles, er loggerheads. Happy days lady!

  6. June 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I’m so glad you posted all of these recipes! I’m planning to make the Pasta Salad. Do you think the decorative pasta shapes (bells , flags, etc.,) found at specialty shops will work out nicely in this recipe? Thank you!! Debbie

  7. June 20, 2015 at 9:34 am

    OMG!!!! Best post ever and I cannot wait till I have some quiet time today to go back thru every recipe and tablescape to enjoy and smell the smells of summertime!! Gonna make so many of these dishes at our lakehouse with friends. Yum!
    This entire post should SO be submitted to a magazine. It’s THAT good!
    Happy Summer days to you!

  8. June 20, 2015 at 9:54 am

    How I love reading your site, seeing your photos, tablescapes, and trying your recipe sharings. You make my day!!!!! THANK YOU!

  9. June 20, 2015 at 10:38 am


    • June 20, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Cookie! It’s in NC :)


  10. June 20, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Love how you entice us to spend our summers… Gorgeous!

  11. June 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Mary, you can put together some really awesome recipes…..are you a personal chef? The pictures are so tastefully captured…..As said above you are one talented lady!!!!!
    Happy Summer…..

  12. las321
    June 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful kick-off to summer! I just spent a crazy amount of time reading through every single thing in this post! Even though it’s chilly and dreary where I am today, I feel so warmed by your post! Thanks for making my day!!

  13. Donna Brown
    June 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    You have the best ideas and so many recipes. I love your blogs. Thank you.

  14. June 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    The best for summer all in one post….thanks Mary….I remember that scene of the farmers market…Loved seeing the girls and the swimming lesson for Chloe!

  15. June 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hilarious! I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Girls wet before! Happy Summer Mary, I hope we all get to indulge in it’s pleasures:@)

  16. June 21, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Oh Mary, to begin with the farmer’s market mural and table is such a perfect way to kick off summer! I have to tell you that your tomato centerpiece table is my all time favorite and is one of the things that inspired my starting a blog~ I adore all your beachy, sandy scapes and recipes, and your precious pups swimming and boating. What a super summer round-up, you make magic with your creative and beautiful posts, worthy of revisiting again and again~ Happy Summer!!

  17. Paula
    June 21, 2015 at 9:52 am


    Ohhh how I love tomatoes !! You sure seem to have a colorful summer, everything looks so yummy, and a must try for sure!! The minnow keeper reminded me of my daddy fishing days so very long ago, but what a nice picture to see here on Fathers Day.
    p.s. your puppies make me giggle :)

  18. Robyn
    June 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Oh my goodness…one goodie filled post for all my summer favorites….Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent!! I so look forward to your posts! Happy Monday Mary!

  19. Melissa Leach
    June 22, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for a great post!

  20. June 23, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Hi Mary! I guess I missed this,post because I was traveling to Florida. I’m at a beach house with some family and enjoying the sand and waves. Your,post is chock full of fabulous summery inspiration for all of us!

  21. Ingrid
    June 23, 2015 at 11:16 am

    love the brick wall, the dogs, the food, everything as always fantastic, thank you!

  22. June 24, 2015 at 10:07 am

    You asked what my favourite thing about summer was. Mine is the loooong days, In the UK, the sunrise is 4:45 am and the sun sets at 9:30. I love having 17 hours of daylight!

  23. linda kemp
    June 29, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    My favorite thing about summer is sitting on the deck with my morning coffee breathing in the fragrance of all my fresh herbs.

  24. July 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    What wonderful ways to celebrate summer, the tablescapes are probably my favorite, but wow, peach and prosciutto together? That sounds like a fantastic combination that I have never thought of before. Your pictures of swimming in the lake make me anxious to get up North. No swimming in the lakes in Florida for me! I would love it if you would stop by and share this or one of these fantastic posts (like the peach and prosciutto), or even a couple of them at my new link party! Check it out at Celebrate and Decorate! I will be back again at the ‘boat’ again this week, I am sure, I never miss a post, you always inspire me1

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