Thanksgiving Lakeside

 I set a table lakeside for Thanksgiving taking advantage of the last of the Fall color and warm temperatures. . . I soaked some oasis & filled a pumpkin for a centerpiece again this week using roses, sunflowers, daisies, and Hypericum berries from the market along with leaves & clippings from our shrubs. A visit to the produce section for…

Pumpkins at the Table

I have been enamored by these little ornamental pumpkins this Fall~ known as Lil’ Pump-ke-mon variety, or more commonly Tiger Striped. I’ve enjoyed them all through the month of October~ for Halloween, for my picnic and again at my harvesting table. They are the guests of honor this week~ setting the stage for the color &…

Thinking Pink

I’m Thinking Pink for my friend Carolyn as she is begins her journey to battle Breast Cancer. We joined her for a “Hair Today~ Gone Tonight” Party where her daughter buzzed her hair after her first chemo treatment and we showered her with love & support. I planted some Pink Rebound Pansies for her and for…

A Coastal Reunion

I had the good fortune to be invited to the beach for a weekend reunion with former roommates & suitemates to celebrate our milestone birthdays this year. . . The six of us happy & lucky to have a friend/roommate with access to a beach house. . . Enjoying the scenery while reminiscing on our college years . .…

Picnic with Pumpkins

It’s been the perfect picnic weather~ sunny, with a little nip in the air. . . I pulled out the pumpkins, spread some blankets & pillows and pulled on a sweater for a lakeside picnic since the boat is tucked away. A seasonal sip of Pumpkin Ale to wet your whistle~ Leftover Pork Tenderloin makes a perfect picnic slider~…

Up, Up and Away!

We attended  the Carolina BalloonFest two weeks ago~ our second year enjoying this annual weekend event held in Statesville, NC and a short drive from the lake. A colorful, fun event and the second oldest hot-air balloon festival in the country~ with 50 Hot Air Balloons and Mass Ascensions, a Balloon Glow, Tethered & Hot Air rides,…

Harvesting, Reaping, & Sowing

I’ve spent a little time Harvesting this week. . . Reaping some of Nature’s Bounty~  Sowing the ingredients for a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece. . . a few clippings from the garden & fall grasses, along with Sweetgum branches for some leafy fall color. . . Collecting Sunflowers, Mums, Daisies & Hypericum Berries from the Farmers Market as well as…

Autumn Lakeside

  We were able to sneak in a little boating leaf tour right before the temperatures nose-dived into the “too-chilly-to-boat” range~ which for me is anything below 60 degrees :) “Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” –   George Eliot…

Happy Halloween from a One-Eyed Pirate!

Wishing you a Safe & Happy Halloween with plenty of Treats. . . You can see more of this post here~ “…be prepared to witness your pooch enter a zombie-like, tail wagging delirium when the aroma of these savory snacks starts wafting out of the kitchen.” Chloe & Gracie wish you Happy Halloween~  Bone Appetit!

A Surplus of Candy Corn

I have a surplus of candy corn from my candy jars.  Despite the fact that it’s the poster-child-candy for Fall & Halloween, easily substituted for Bat Fangs used in potion stirring spoons~  I have to confess~ I am not a fan of the flavor or texture. . .   { insert gasp here } . . . blasphemous,…