Guest Bloggers Chloe and Gracie: Sailing into Summer

Hi Everyone, this is Chloe & Gracie, wishing you a happy first day of Summer! We’re guest posting for our Mom today, since she’s been busy gardening and working on some projects around her Potting Shed. We told her we’d fill in for her and give her a break with a little ‘sailing into summer’ and boating fun!

Our Mom said to tell you that ‘sailing into summer’ is really an expression for those of you who are new here. While we love to watch the sailboats on the water, putting around on the pontoon is more our speed.

There’s nothing we love better than the wind in our ears or our tails unless it’s riding with our Dad in the Captain’s chair.

We pulled together some nautical fun from our Mom’s archives. . .


Ideal for weighing anchor and sailing into summer!


The summer boating season is definitely underway here on Lake Norman with our warm (hot!) weather.


Towels provide a tablecloth and absorbent seating and pillows keep us anchored for a little nautical fun.


Rope cocktail plates, purchased a couple of years ago from Pottery Barn, are first mate to Tommy Bahama melamine anchor plates, found at HomeGoods . . .


And flatware and napkin rings provide a nautical rope detail to pair with rims of the plates.


  Here are a few recipes to float your boat, click on the links in blue for the recipe and details!


Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad 

A quick & delicious salad to sail into summer with! Enjoy as a salad or as a marinated shrimp appetizer. Pleasing to sailors & land lubbers alike, basil sails not required ;)

Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad

 Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad

 A refreshing summer salad with watermelon in season. Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette adds a little sweet heat to pair with the salty cheese and juicy melon!

Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad

Caprese Stacks with Basil Leaf Sails

An easy summer appetizer! Serve with little balsamic glaze to keep the stacks afloat and flavorful!

Watermelon Fruit Boat

Old El Paso soft tortilla taco boats make an easy and edible vessel to serve a salad. . .


Fill and serve your taco boat with your favorite salad or taco ingredients. . .


We’re setting sail with a southwest salad boat filled with romaine lettuce, black beans, corn, grape tomatoes, chicken and avocado.


A rotisserie chicken from the grocery store makes for speedy salad assembly. Scrapbook paper sails are hoisted with bamboo knot picks as a mast.


And for a sweet ending help yourself to

Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats


Summer means enjoying a boat drink at sunset!


Quench your thirst with a creative cocktail inspired by boats at the marina, here.






Wishing you smooth sailing and calm seas as you sail into summer!


Sailing into Summer and Nautical Details:

Nautical Towels / HomeGoods, several years ago

 Anchor Pillows, Tommy Bahama Melamine Plates, Nautical Glasses / HomeGoods

Boat Cooler, Cocktail Oar / HomeGoods, several years ago

Blue Woven Placemats / Ballard Designs

Rope Flatware and Napkins / World Market, several years ago

Napkin Rings / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Enamel Boat Dishes and Rope Cocktail Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago

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  35 comments for “Guest Bloggers Chloe and Gracie: Sailing into Summer

  1. June 21, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Happy Summer, Mary! Another terrific compilation. Grace & Chloe – good job!

  2. Michelle
    June 21, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love seeing the pictures of Chloe and Gracie! We lost our bechon in February and we miss him sooo! Enjoy your summer!😎🌴the recipes look so yummy!🤗

  3. June 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Perfection describes your posts.

  4. June 21, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Mary, love visiting with Chloe and Gracie and your wonderful round-up!

  5. June 21, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Happy sails to you!!! And the little cuties…❤️🇺🇸🛥🗺☀️

  6. Karen
    June 21, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Thank you Gracie and Chloe. I wish I could give you both a big hug. You are about the cutest two girls Ive ever seen.

  7. Patti
    June 21, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Maddie and Zoe think Chloe and Gracie did a wonderful job (as usual) guest-blogging!

  8. Karen
    June 21, 2017 at 8:52 am

    You never cease to amaze me with your adorable pictures,beautiful place settings and scrumptious looking recipes.

  9. June 21, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Happy First Day of Summer to you and your sweet Pups! Love the photos of Chloe and Gracie!

  10. June 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the sail into summer Chloe & Gracie! You do a great job guest posting for Mom! I love all Mom’s sailing accessories, not to mention the sailboats of salad and the sailboat cupcakes! Our first day of summer is full of tropical rains, so this bright cheery post brings sunshine our way~

  11. Cyndi Raines
    June 21, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Awesome Job Girls! You are just darling! Oh, how I wish I was on the boat with you. I LOVE the water and we’re headed to Houghton Lake this Saturday, so fun times are ahead and hopefully we can go out in the rental pontoon boat. :) Don’t forget your sunscreen – lol!

  12. June 21, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Thanks Chloe & Gracie, you make such wonderful hostesses!! These two always look so happy and enjoying life!
    Mary, I hope your summer started off on the right foot. We had an absolutely gorgeous day here, perfecto for enjoying the lake!

  13. Melodie Strickland
    June 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Chloe and Gracie have done a good job posting for the 1st day of summer–they are precious!! Love the pictures and decorations. Wish I could be out on the water to enjoy the day. Here the 1st day of summer is perfect–low humidity and lots of sun. Wishing all of you the best for the summer. It’s hard to believe the 4th of July isn’t that far off.

  14. June 21, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Thank you so much!!! Big hugs Chloe and Gracie! Wishing you lots of fun this summer!

  15. June 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    We were boating and camping in the summer of 1973! It was so much fun!

  16. Chloe Garden
    June 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    When Chloe and Gracie popped up in my email, I couldn’t wait to click over to see what they were up to! Thanks for the tasty summer recipes and cute pictures of the pups…or should I say thanks for the selfies? Hope you have a wonderful summer.

  17. June 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much girls. You did a wonderful job on this post. You look like you love boating and your lunch looks terrific.

    Thanks so much for the recipes, they look yummy.

    Enjoy your summer.


  18. Sue
    June 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Your fur babies are so precious!!!! Thanks for the good “eats” recipes. Happy Sailing!!

  19. June 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Chloe and Gracie, You are great hosts. Thanks for all the great food ideas and decorating fun.
    It has rained all night and all day today. Hope it moves on soon or we will need a boat.

  20. Teresa
    June 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Please tell me what do you clean your boat seats with? HELP! I need to know ASAP and order it. Thanks a million.

    • June 21, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Teresa, That would be my husband and he’s not for sale :) He uses 3M Marine Mildew Stain Remover, it takes a couple of bottles the beginning of the season and ALOT of elbow grease!

  21. June 21, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Chloe and Gracie you two are great guest posting! The picture in daddy’s arm is precious. All the dishes make me hungry. Happy 1st day of Summer!

  22. Kathleen Allers
    June 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Chloe and Gracie, it is so much fun to hear from you two. You always look like you are having so much fun on Daddy’s boat but sometimes I am afraid you might fall out. Be careful. Could you ask you Mom what she uses for dressing on the southwest chicken salad boat? It looks delish and I would like to try it. Have a great summer on Lake Norman. It is beautiful. We were there one summer many years ago.

  23. Paula
    June 21, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    That was so very sweet the “girls” let you relax for the day :)
    They are very adorable that is for sure!! We found out just Monday that our girl Lexi the Boxer has cancer tumor, poor ole girl :(. breaks our hearts.
    Happy summer Mary! and the watermelon salad is winner!!

  24. June 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Those cutie patooties live the good life. You can be our guest bloggers anytime.
    Yummy looking recipes.

  25. June 22, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Ha, ha-Happy Summer Mary:@)

  26. June 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Chloe and Gracie make excellent guest posters, Mary! I’m sure they look forward to pontooning on Lake Norman as much as you and your hubby. Thanks to Chloe and Gracie for finding all those nautical recipes for us to enjoy. Happy summertime!

  27. June 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

    You two girls just know how to party!….and with the help of your mom and dad, they make boating on the lake so much fun and you two can definitely say that Life is Good!

  28. Cindy lou
    June 22, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Beautiful times!! Wonderful food and decor as always!!

  29. June 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Very cute post………and loved your patriotic theme……and the sailboat napkins. All very cute!
    Blessings, Nellie

  30. June 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you, girls! I envy you that breezy ride with your dad. All your mom’s pretty patriotic settings has me envious too. Love the look! Have fun on the lake this summer and stay cool!

  31. Tracy Chandler
    June 25, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Do you happen to know the blogger that makes round breadboards?

    Sent from my iPhone


    • June 25, 2017 at 5:37 am

      No, sorry.

  32. June 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Chloe and Cracie are the best guest bloggers!!! Great job, girls!!! Now, to you, Mary, I hope your hubby knows how lucky he is to have you doing all this!!! I wish we were neighbors and could take pontoon boat rides together:) I would be happy to bring the drinks, or ANYTHING!!!! We have been on vacation, so I am catching up.

  33. Kathy G
    July 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Happy sails always bring happy wagging tails!! The girls just love fun times on your sailing excursions; they are always darling and mom catches the cutest expressions with them. Delightful post Mary, your decor is always amazing!! Hope you all are enjoying a lovely summer.

    Thanks you for all your inspiration, I have used the lemon curd w blueberry sauce and lemon cake with great success Have been creative also trying blueberry sauce over ice cream or sherbet garnished w/mint and it has also been so refreshing for dessert. Thanks again, Kathy.

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