Dogs Days of Summer

“Dog Days”  are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September. In the southern hemisphere they are usually between January and early March. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by a…

Just a Dog… Help PEDIGREE donate food!

           JUST A DOG by Richard Biby   From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.”   Some of my…

All Aboard

  I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.    Thank you, Susan, for hosting such a fun event & providing dishaholics everywhere with a weekly fix ~     Instead of setting a table on my porch, I packed a picnic and set the pontoon for this week’s tablescape. . .     We…

Zoo Story

    Zoo Story ****.* by Thomas French   I’m joining Jain with my Edible Review at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word.    I loved this book~  animal lover that I am, I found it heart warming and heart wrenching in equal measure. Written by Thomas French, a…

On Folly Beach

On Folly Beach **** by Karen White 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. This was a beach read for me this summer, very different from Between the Tides, that I also read on our family trip, but enjoyable just the…

Gone Fishin’

I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Thank you, Susan, for hosting such a fun event & providing dishaholics everywhere with a weekly fix ~  Labor Day weekend at the Lake usually involves a little boating, relaxing, eating and sometimes. . . . . .fishing~ I was lucky to have caught these fish at…

Plum Goodness

         This is the final week of Rainbow Summer School for Mrs. Matlock’s class~ the last color of the Rainbow is Violet.   I thought I’d share a plum good book that I enjoyed reading in April, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, served with a plum tart :-) You can see the review of this book in its entirety here.  …

By the Sea

I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Thank you, Susan, for hosting such a fun event & providing dishaholics everywhere with a weekly fix ~ Although we are knocking on fall’s door my tablescape inspiration this week came from this book~ it gave me the excuse to pull out and play with my coastal-inspired dishes one more time. .…

Seeking Indigo

 Seeking Indigo for Rainbow Summer School for Mrs. Matlock’s class, led me to return to Charleston, SC~ which we visited several weekends ago. From South Carolina Indigo Plantations The Forgotten Cash Crop of History: Indigo, or indigotin, is a dyestuff originally extracted from the varieties of the indigo and woad plants. Indigo was known throughout the ancient…

Women and the Sea

Women and the Sea ***** by Claire Murray 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. “In 2004, Claire Murray launched La Vie Claire magazine to celebrate women living creative lives pursuing their passions. It quickly became apparent that there were many…