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Party Panache, Tex-Mex Summer Spread

  With Labor Day a mere 2 weeks away, I want to share this idea of feeding your group in a fairly laborless way!           This a family friendly way to have dinner, Easy on the chef/hostess and fun for the diners/guests         Set out a Tex-Mex Summer … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Sunflower Love

  I’m all about sunflowers this week       I have been extra busy, so I borrowed parts of this post from the archives         to share some easy sunflower painting fun today         Before you begin to paint something take a few minutes to really look at … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Sunflower Tomato Pie

  A tray full of tomatoes just about commands a tomato pie!         Did you know that if you keep tomatoes stem side down they will last longer? Do you store your tomatoes on the counter or in the fridge? You can find important information about storing tomatoes here       … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Late Summer Garden

    Oh sweet Summer, how have you gone by so fast? πŸ…Β  How I wish Summer produce could last and last! 🌽         Welcome to Celebrate and Decorate’s Late Summer Tablescape Hop! Our temps in Alabama have been hovering around the 100s this week so let’s dine inside away from the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Better Than A Bakery Jammin’ Cream Cheese Danish

  I call these “better than a bakery” because not only are they incredibly easy to make, they are not as cloyingly sweet as many sweet rolls and danishes       The base is, yep, my best friend, crescent roll dough         If you have jam or jelly jars that look … Continue reading

Creations, Sunflower Door Basket

  When I got back to the city a few days ago, I was itching to fill my house with fresh sunflowers and start transitioning my decor to late summer/early fall         I had an idea rolling around in my head for a sunflower door decoration, and decided to poke around my … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Card Creations

  Do you have piles of sketchbooks lying around?         I can’t seem to ever part with a sketch book and love to flip back through them to see the drawings, ideas, doodles and paintings they hold         Recently when I needed some thank you cards for friends I … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Summer Peach Quiche Lorraine

  I have fond memories of Quiche Lorraine, the first time I ever had it was at a sophisticated lunch with my father and one of his colleagues         When I was in college I had a summer job as an intern for his company in downtown Los Angeles.Β  One day he … Continue reading

Tablescapes, August Alfresco

  “Ohhh, that’s so pretty!” CC exclaimed as she bounced up the stairs from the pool         Smiling, I said “Thank you!”         “What are you doing Gigi?” asked Charlie Brown         “I’m setting the table for dinner,” I replied         “Are we … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Fresh Garden Tomato & Basil Flatbread

  Even though I am not much of a gardener, I can manage fresh herbs like basil and rosemary, and HHjr loves to plant cherry tomatoes and peppers         We have a bountiful crop this year and so let’s roast them and make a sophisticated version of a traditional tomato sauce and … Continue reading

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