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Carolina BBQ: We Like Pig Butts & We Cannot Lie

A tureen filled with Carolina BBQ chopped

7 Tips for smoking delicious Carolina BBQ from our family grill master, including grilling tools, dry rub secrets, and techniques! Around our family circle, my husband Seth is the grill master. He can roast a steak to medium rare perfection, sear a scallop without it sticking, and smoke pork to barbequed goodness. Yeah, he is …

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Patriotic Table Decor for July 4th

Katherine sets patriotic table with red and blue china, Fostoria goblets, and hydrangea centerpiece

Mix antique china with Indian block print and rustic wicker with cheery hydrangeas for festive patriotic table decor this July 4th celebration! The official start to summer is just days away. It’s time to start thinking about Independence Day celebrations and backyard BBQs! The smoky smell of roasting pork… The crackle and fizz of sparklers… The …

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2 Easy Recipes for Tostadas

An easy summer meal with endless possibilities: chicken tostadas

Tostadas: an easy summer meal with endless possibilities. With all the extra meals I’ve been preparing at home lately, I am looking for recipes that are simple but versatile — easy to make but special. I’ve discovered that tostadas match those wishes perfectly! Tostados are a Mexican deep-fried tortilla topped with a seasoned mixture of …

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Pretty Spring Sugar Cookies with Pastel Icing

Rolled out sugar cookie dough with spring cookie cutters

Bake some pretty spring sugar cookies and decorate them with pastel icing and sprinkles for a sweet treat perfect for kiddos and adults alike! Admittedly, I am no baker! Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook, but baking has just never been my thing…too many measurements and too many possible snags. In all honesty, I’m …

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An Effortless French 75 Cocktail with Champagne Sugar Cube

An effortless French 75 champagne cocktail in coupe with floral linen napkin

Pour up this effortless French 75 cocktail recipe with champagne, lemon, gin, and Teaspressa LUXE sugar cubes for a delightful spring drink! Bartender! One bubbly spring cocktail please! Something fruity but light… Refreshing and bright… & mixed with minimal might! A quick pour of this and plop of that then before you appears this quick …

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A Fresh Traditional Easter Tablescape with Spring Flowers

April Cornell cottage rose placemats add a colorful, bold pattern to the Easter table setting

Dress your Easter tablescape with spring flowers, bold pattern, and a riot of color to create a fresh traditional style that echos the hopeful promise of spring. The great gift of Easter is hope. ~ Basil C. Hume The sun pours in on a brand new spring – full of promise, new life, and His …

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A Splendid Spot of Tea for Valentine’s

Katherine pours tea

Red & Pink roses, velvet ribbon, Rose Medallion, silver, and delectable macarons make for a splendid spot of tea for Valentine’s Day! Join me in hosting a Valentine’s Day tea party for your dearest gal pals. Valentine’s Day is of course for sweethearts, but I think it is also a day to celebrate all forms …

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A Pomegranate Gin Holiday Cocktail

Top view of coupe filled with pomegranate gin cocktail for the holidays

Mix up a delightfully fizzy pomegranate gin holiday cocktail for your guests this Christmas season! Who is ready for a fab holiday cocktail sure to please everyone of age? Ok, well maybe not the Grinch, but what does please him? After all the holiday prep and blogging, I am more than ready to kick up …

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Set a Bold Christmas Tablescape in Pink & Green

a bold Christmas tablescape set with a William Morris print, centerpiece of white roses and magnolia, polka dot placemats, and layered pink and green china

5 Tricks to create a bold Christmas tablescape in a colorful palette that is whimsical and swoon-worthy! Forget boring ole palettes of red and green! Forget your stereotypical Santa and reindeer figurines! Forget pine boughs and plaid! Oops, not the plaid. Never the plaid…whew…almost went too far there! 😂 This year, join me in mixing it up …

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Thanksgiving Side Dish: Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, & Beets

Antique white tureen filled with roasted brussel sprouts for a delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish

Roasted Brussel sprouts are a classic for Thanksgiving side dishes, but liven up this traditional recipe with a healthy twist by adding pickled beets and sweet potatoes! Brussel sprouts, beets, and sweet potatoes are three of my favorite autumn foods! So I figured why not put them all together and see what kind of magic …

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