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Tablescape, Fishing for Father’s Day

  Happy Father’s Day!         Fishing is a very big deal to some special Dad’s I know         I set a table for them so my love for them could show         It’s full of all kinds of fishy things         Fish plates, … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Sun Dappled Terrace

  Welcome to the “Sun Dappled Terrace,” where you can dine al fresco and enjoy a view of the sea       This was inspired by the painting below, that I saw on Pinterest,  but I wasn’t able to source the artist’s name         This was one of those things that … Continue reading

Creations, Red, White & Beach Tree

Do you celebrate Flag Day and the 4th of July? I decided it would be fun to have a red white and blue tree for the summer holidays and was doubly inspired by some of my favorite blogging friends who are having a Patriotic Friday with Tree Classics Blog Hop.  Be sure to see Jen … Continue reading

Recipe Box, 2 Easy Breezy Summer Desserts

  I tweaked 2 favorite recipes to share today, easy breezy summer desserts   Zucchini cookies are a perfect summer cookie           I tweaked my original recipe, White Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies, by adding butterscotch chips too           They are easy to make, not to mention very … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Sheet Pan Sausage & Marinara Sandwiches

This really is a weeknight easy, very satisfying sandwich that is a meal in itself         Simple ingredients, easy prep         The vegetables and sausage roast together on a sheet pan         Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Summer Buffet & Watermelon Cupcakes

One of my favorite things to do is arrange the large kitchen island seasonally, setting out plates and self serve pieces so everything is handy at meal time         Right now there is a summer vignette is set on the high top end, with beach chair and palm tree candles, an old … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Garden Tomatoes

Before I made Summer Tomato Slab Pie I took a photo of the beautiful garden tomatoes so I could paint them         If you look closely you can see many different colors on what at first glance is a simple red tomato         So many different shades of red, … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Summer Slab Tomato Pie

My sweet neighbor brought me some tomatoes from his garden         I couldn’t wait to make the first Summer Tomato Pie of the season!         I decided to make it “slab” style, inspired by this Southern Tomato Slab Pie         It’s very similar to a pizza … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Sea Creatures & Shells

  We have really been enjoying our new table and the chairs are so comfy for dining or lounging {furniture source at end of post}         The table is cozy enough for 2 or easily can seat 8         This table for 2 features octopus plates!       … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Spinach & Watermelon Summer Salad

    We had a delayed Memorial Day celebration with our family, the boys wanted to come the following weekend instead for the grand opening of snapper season, so we had a “Memorial Day Delay”       They were very successful!   Red Snapper season is a very big deal on the Alabama Gulf … Continue reading

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