Category: Tablescape

{Less} Labor Day Picnic

A reprise of our {Less} Labor Day Picnic~ I hope you enjoy a second helping! 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 convenient & more fun :-) A layered salad made in advance~ a minimum of 8 hours…

Looking for Flower Fairies

I have been reacquainted with the Flower Fairies, prompting me to take a page out of Cicely Mary Barker’s book Fairyopolis, and look for Flower Fairies. My hopes are to photograph one~ “The first rule is that it must be a very hot day. . .” {check!} Equipment needed to find a fairy: ~Binoculars ~Butterfly…

Catch & Release

I’m Tackling a little Tabletop Fishing on the Dock for Kathleen’s Let Dish~ Summer Fun Table Challenge. I toted my supplies~ sunscreen, a book, glass, and fishing map in a vintage minnow bucket~ all essential to enjoy a little outdoor scenery which is the lure of fishing for me. Fishing net and rod at the ready~…

Filigree and Gray Shells

It’s August and it’s Hot! I realize that’s redundant :) To survive the heat, I’m thinking cool thoughts at a table with white dishes, shades of weathered gray, and accents of soft purple that seemed fitting for the temperature. . . Along with a few shells dotting the shoreline of  the plates and table~  Conch…

Tomato, Tomahto

Our tomatoes runneth over this time of year~ However you say it or slice it, nothing says summer like a garden fresh tomato! In addition to the requisite BLT, we enjoy tomatoes served in a simple & light summer salad~  Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio Salad~ Heirloom tomatoes~ sliced extremely thin~ with onion, capers, shaved parmesan, basil, olive…

Setting Sail

We’re setting sail on the pontoon :) after boating over to watch a few regattas on the lake recently~ admiring the boats & colored sails dance across the water! Since I’m no sailor, I picked up a few nautical pillows from HomeGoods to help me with my sailing terminology~ Enamel Boat Appetizer Dishes from Pottery Barn…

Tropic of Tommy Bahama

The closest I’m getting to a tropical island is sipping Fiji Island Water~ So for Kathleen’s Let’s Dish Destination Challenge, I’m heading to the Tropic of Tommy Bahama. . . In a world of schedules, to-do lists, and the lost art of relaxing, I’m digging my toes in the virtual sand and idyllic island life of…

Brown Sugar Sand

I have an affinity for Brown Sugar~ in cookies, spice cakes, and crumble toppings~ but especially in the summer if I can’t feel the sand between my toes. . .  I pretend I’m beach side~ substituting sugar for sand~  the texture ideal for sculpting turtles, shells, sand castles and even mermaids! Here are several brown sugar sand posts…

A Stars & Stripes Salute on the Porch

Preparations are underway for a Stars & Stripes Salute for Indespendence Day~  a day with family enjoying food, fun, and fireworks! We’re pulling out all the flags for this High-Flying Holiday! Excerpt from “I am the Flag” by Ruth Apperson Rous: “My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in…

A Star-Spangled Celebration Table and Menu

A Reprise of our Independence Day Celebration last year~ complete with a Star-Spangled Menu! 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…