Author: Mary

Beach, Birds, Boats & Boys

  Harbor Island, a barrier island in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, is a private residential community, located between Charleston and Hilton Head Island.  Its three-mile stretch of beach is visited mostly by pelicans, herons, horseshoe crabs and is a nesting site for Loggerhead Sea Turtles.         A great beach for boys. . . To see some…

You Say Tomato. . .

You Say Tomato, I Say Fresh. . . You Say Tomato, I Say Summer. . . You Say Tomato, I Say Italy. . . You Say Tomato, I Say Salsa. . . You Say Tomato, I Say Pass the Bacon, Lettuce & Duke’s Mayonnaise :-) However you slice it, nothing says “summer” like a fresh-from-the-garden tomato. . .…

Loggerhead Love

We just returned from our annual family trip to Harbor Island~ a barrier island in the Lowcountry of South Carolina~ home to pelicans, herons, horseshoe crabs and a nesting site to Loggerhead Turtles.  By the end of our week’s stay, this private residential 3 mile-stretch-of-beach, had a recorded number of 64 turtle nests~ closing in…

Anchors Aweigh

Before weighing anchor & setting sail for the beach, I created a nautical nook on my porch . . . I hope to return buoyed~ after enjoying a week in the sun with the sand between my toes. . . I’m looking forward to some coastal scenery. . .   I’m filling my beach bag with a few books that will…

Southwest Flavor

I’m enjoying a little southwest flavor inspired by Lynn’s Celebrity Cook-Along with Bobby Flay. Bobby Flay, whose signature style~marrying the flavors of southwest with his love of grilling~ and known for his bold flavors & zingy spices, prompted a trip to the Farmers Market for this Cook-Along. . . for a medley of veggies. . . and for flowers. . . Where I…

Lilacs & Daylight

I was thrilled to have found lilac bundles at Trader Joe’s about six weeks ago, which was the inspiration for this table~ a surprise as delightful to me as their fragrance~ and the only way to enjoy them here since our climate is too warm for them to grow. I pulled out my Mikasa Daylight Dinnerware for…

Latitude Adjustment

     There is nothing like spending a couple of days in Key West to make you long for a latitude adjustment. . . the laid back lifestyle filled with sun-drenched days, beautiful sunsets, southern charm & Caribbean flavor~         At the peak of summer, the average high is 89° F with an ocean breeze blowing across this 4 mile by 2 mile…

By the Dawn’s Early Light

 There is more activity on the lake in the early morning with the anticipation of a long holiday weekend. . . Plans are under way. . . While some like us, will stay home feathering their nests in preparation of  family & friends arriving for festivities & fireworks . . . Others have already begun enjoying the weather &…

Oh, Say Can You See. . .

A 4th of July Table with simple white dishes and red & blue accents~ where the food and the party favors are the stars & stripes. . . to celebrate Independence Day~ On the fourth, there will be 17 of us celebrating family members’ and Uncle Sam’s birthday~ while enjoying food, some boating fun, & fireworks on the lake.…