Category: Tablescape

Less Labor Day Picnic

We’re enjoying a lakeside picnic over the holiday weekend~ I’m testing the theory that everything tastes better out of a jar~ it certainly is more fun :-) A layered salad made in advance~ a minimum of 8 hours or up to 24~ chilling for the flavors to meld. You can enjoy the fruits of your labor later ~ since…

Fantasy Island Getaway

 We celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary August 18th~ No grand celebration or jetting away to an exotic locale or favorite destination for the last week of summer~ just enjoying a quiet weekend after a few busy weeks.      Although I  did find myself fantasizing about a tropical island getaway. . . Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, St. Maarten. . .…

Corn Utopia

My palate and my table are in a state of Corn Utopia this week~ a place where these little kernels are bursting with the sweet flavor of summer. I borrowed my mother-in-law’s Fitz and Floyd Corn Pitcher, Salt & Pepper Shakers and last but not least, Butter Dish, for summer’s sweetest vegetable~ and the essence of the season~…

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

I recently unearthed a quilt that came from my grandmother, that was tucked away and forgotten (translation: I cleaned out a bedroom closet :-)  The hexagon pattern is known by several names. . . French Bouquet, French Rose Garden, Hexagon Flower Garden, or more commonly, Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The quilter’s identity is uncertain~ but it is thought to have been quilted by neighbor and friend of my grandmother. My…

More Loggerhead Love

My lovefest with Loggerhead Sea Turtles continues this week at the table. . .   Our family vacation to Harbor Island was most memorable due to all the turtle activity this year. . . By the end of our week’s stay, the 3 mile-stretch-of-beach, had a recorded number of 64 turtle nests~ closing in on the record of…

Catch of the Day

  I’m tackling a little tabletop fishing~ after a week with family at Harbor Island surf & pier fishing~ My mother-in-law’s fish planter is angling to function as a wine chiller for this Pinot Grigio I was able to catch ~  I cast a look into my husband’s grandfather’s tackle box for a couple of old reels & lures for the table. . . Our surf fishing landed…

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. . .…

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…