Author: Mary

Christmas Greetings

I pulled out some vintage Christmas items and set a table to display them. . .  Cardboard Christmas village houses & churches, known as Putz houses, most old mixed with some new. . . I’ve used this quilt on my table before~ it’s currently nestled underneath my tree at the lake serving as a tree skirt.  Christmas Greetings …

Kris Kringle

 Kris Kringle~ aka Santa Claus, also known as St. Nick, and Father Christmas~ is known across the globe. I set a table with my various Fitz & Floyd Santa pieces collected through the years. . .     The western idea of Santa Claus is a combination of the European traditions of Kris Kringle, Father…

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

    The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree **** by Gloria Huston I’m joining Jain at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word.  This story takes place in a little mountain town in North Carolina. We visited Spruce Pine this past weekend for a taste of small town mountain life, and were…

Bunny Christmas

    Bunny Christmas *****  by Rick Walton- Author  &  Paige Miglio- Illustrator     I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite~ for the written word and food. I’m also joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday as part of this Edible Review.     I ran…

Southern Living Big Book of Christmas

    Southern Living Big Book of Christmas ****.* by the Editors of Southern Living Magazine     I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, where pages from your book magically mix with the kitchen and your camera~     And Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday~ this week’s letter assignment is the letter J~       A compendium &…

Cork Boat

  Cork Boat **** by John Pollack I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite~ for the written word and food. This book caught my eye bobbing amid the audio selections at my library. Drawn to the title and subject of both boat & corks, which I have my own small…

The Cookbook Collector

    The Cookbook Collector ***.* by Allegra Goodman     I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite~ for the written word and food.       I picked this book up based on the cover and title, despite some of the reviews I had read.  At the center of the story are two main characters…

Giving Thanks

I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~ I set a table for two outside taking advantage a serene lake in the background, with most of the recreational boaters having put away their boats for the season. I am thankful for so many things but this past weekend, I was thankful for crisp fall weather, a Carolina Blue…

Inland Sea

      I’m joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday~ this week’s letter assignment is the letter I.     Referred to as an “Inland Sea,” Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, and is located in the northern part of Mecklenburg County, just 18 miles northwest of Charlotte, with over 520 miles of shoreline and a surface…

A Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving centerpiece for your table or buffet, use your pumpkin as a vase for your table. Start by soaking some Oasis or florist foam in water, a minimum of 30 minutes is best. Oasis foam is easy to penetrate with delicate stems and will hold the water that is needed to help keep your arrangement fresher…