Category: Tablescape

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…

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…

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.…

A Jeep Picnic

A little ride in my husband’s new/old restored 1985 Jeep Scrambler to enjoy a picnic~ With the original tailgate color for comparison. . . Blackberries were on the menu after a visit to the farmers market and I found this idea in Southern Living~ Blackberry Skewers:  basil leaves,  fresh small mozzarella cheese balls, and fresh blackberries~ My husband…

Dining with Butterflies

I’m dining with the butterflies~ enjoying this book~ with its beautiful illustrations by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717), German-born naturalist and artist. At a time when few women were educated or literate, and rarely travelled, Maria Sibylla Merian was a pioneer, and made history with her studies of insects in Surinam. Trained as a copperplate engraver and…