Welcome September and Autumn Inspiration!

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Welcome September. . . I’m so glad you’re here! I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for your arrival. I’m ready for cooler temperatures. . . Looking forward to your colors and textures. . . Fall boating and picnic weather. . . Fall Pontoon Picnic The Flavors of Fall Picnic Leaf peeping. . . Beautiful sunsets. . . The arrival of pumpkins.…

At the Table: Summer’s Last Hurrah with Hydrangeas and Majolica

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 I wanted to have a little dish fun at the table for summer’s last hurrah before the calendar page turns to September. Endless Summer Hydrangeas have transitioned from vibrant, spring blues, now faded to softer greens and deep plums. Reproduction majolica plates on sale at Pottery Barn, flew home with me and have been waiting to roost at the table…

A Paws for Celebration: National Dog Day!

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If you’re a dog owner, every day is a paws for celebration . . . and August 26th is National Dog Day. National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. It’s celebrated August 26th every year to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure,…

Featured in Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine: Spooky Settings and Spellbinding Decorations!

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The countdown to the witching hour has begun. . .Halloween is just 72 scary days away! Better Homes and Gardens special publication, Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine, hits the newstands August 23rd. I had some bone-chilling fun setting up some spooky settings for this issue! Editor Ann Blevins arrived on a very rainy day last November with…

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pie Crust Leaves!

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pie Crust Leaves

Here’s a last hurrah for those summer heirloom tomatoes with a nod to fall~  Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pie Crust Leaves! I prefer a tomato tart over a tomato pie since it cooks in half the time, and is easier to cut and serve with the removable outer ring of the tart pan. I took a short cut and…