Figuratively Eating

I’ve had an ongoing love affair for a while now. . . My husband knows all about it. . . Figs. . . sweet, savory, sliced, diced, baked, puréed or sautéed. . . By themselves or with blue cheese, goat cheese, mascarpone, prosciutto, carmelized onions, arugula. . . Our neighbors have a ginormous fig tree that we…

Sunflowers & Bees

I’m easing into Autumn with a sunflower celebration this week~ inspired by an April Cornell tablecloth with its sun-faded palette and sunflowers from the Farmers Market. What I really want to do is fling myself head first into fall. . . . . .enjoying football weather under layers of blankets, hoodies, and a glorious canopy of changing leaves! I’m imagining the idyllic…

Great Expectations

 We’re all looking forward to Fall at my house~ anticipating its arrival with great expectations. . . Eager for cooler weather & less humidity. . .   Anxious for the smell of Fall in the air~ apple cider, pumpkin pie & fires burning. . . Longing for cooler nights~ sleeping under blankets with windows open. . . Under clear skies~ watching…

Purples, Plums & Petunias Alfresco Tablescape

While the calendar says September, we’re still having summer weather, fortunately with some lower humidity.  A teaser of fall-like temperatures are on the horizon for the weekend.  I set a transitional table reflecting the summer weather we’re still in the midst of and to enjoy the last of the summer annuals.  Petunias~ still blooming after a long, hot summer and some fruits…

Villa Vizcaya

We had the opportunity to tour Vizcaya Museum & Gardens back in the spring while visiting Key Biscayne & Miami. I took more photos than anyone would care to see :-)  which can’t begin to do it justice~ if you are visiting Miami and have time I highly recommend a tour! Photos are permitted only on the grounds and gardens of Vizcaya, but you…

Bottled Sunshine

BEVERLY EAVES PERDUE, Governor of the State of North Carolina, hereby proclaims September 2011, as “NORTH CAROLINA WINE APPRECIATION MONTH” in North Carolina and commends its observance to all citizens. Well OK then. . . I’m more than happy to observe :-)  Until last year, I was completely unaware there were 106 wineries and 400 commercial grape…

Taste the Fruit

 The calendar says September, but there is still plenty of summer weather ahead of us here in the South and plenty of fruit in season to enjoy~ I harvested a medley of fruits at the Farmers Market prompted by some dish inspiration from HomeGoods~ My basket is brimming with pears, white & yellow peaches, blackberries, along with a…

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. . .…

Dog Days

Living with Dogs: Collections and Traditions, At Home and Afield ***** by Laurence Sheehan   Since yesterday was National Dog Day and we are in the midst of the Dog Days of Summer, I thought it was timely to repost this edible book review~  inspired by Jain at Food for Thought~ a delicious blog for readers with an appetite…