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A Fall Table with Pastel Hues & Pretty Chintz

Fall table with pastel hues and pretty chintz for an elegant but playful look !

Set a memorable fall table with pastel hues and pretty chintz for an autumn celebration that gathers loved ones near and reminds us all how important the dinner table is to family connection and civility!   The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners, but of conversation, …

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My Mama’s Chicken Salad with Grapes & Pecans

Picnic table set with vintage dishes, cloth napkins, and silver. Plates filled with chicken salad and fruit.

A favorite summer dish perfect for picnics and dining al fresco — chicken salad with grapes and pecans! We all have a favorite dish from our mama’s kitchen….you know that dish that no one can make better than her! It’s one you get a craving for and can never make as tasty as she does. …

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A Romantic Picnic on the Pond

Picnic blanket and table set up for some romantic al fresco dining in the mountains

It’s a fine summer day in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I’m in the mood for a picnic — a picnic on the pond! Let’s escape the heat and monotonous chores piling up at home and head to the farm. Grab your picnic basket, some yummy fare, and a bottle or two of wine…OK make …

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Mojitos Anyone? Put the Lime in the Coconut…

sun shines through bottle of Rum Haven set up for coconut mojito bar

Let’s stir up the most refreshing summer cocktail for these hot sultry afternoons…coconut mojitos! 🎶🎶 You put the lime in the coconut, you drink ’em bot’up Put the lime in the coconut, you drink ’em bot’ up Put the lime in the coconut, you drink ’em bot’ up… There is nothing more refreshing for sultry …

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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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