Bounty of the Garden

Those of you who know me have heard about my mom’s multiple versions of coleslaw. Sometime after I “took up housekeeping” I realized the motivation for all those different slaws.  Mom was a child of the depression. They grew their own vegetables and raised their own meats.  They “put up” provisions for the winter but…

Good Cheer!!!

Every day is an opportunity to learn a life lesson.  The holiday season sort of amplifies those opportunities.  Helen Keller said, “Be of good cheer, Do not think of today’s failures but of the success that may come tomorrow.  You have set yourselves difficult tasks but you will succeed if you persevere and you will…

Seasonal Segue

My mother wanted everyone that came into our home to feel loved. She had a loving spirit.  She said I love you, often…and meant it. But it was her work in the kitchen that displayed unconditional love beyond compare. She would prepare a meal with multiple entrees, numerous vegetables, various salads, a “relish” platter and…

Thankful Indeed

We both make every attempt possible to be thankful every day of the year.  We are both happy and healthy and that is certainly reason to give thanks daily.  However, it is always enjoyable to celebrate a “season” of Thanksgiving. We began on Sunday…and from the looks of our social calendar I think we may…

Fall, Food, Friends

I have no Italian blood that I know of.  However, the Italian culture is very much a part of who I’ve become.  I love Sunday Suppers.  The Italian mothers cook all day Sunday and the family comes over to enjoy her labor of love. Sunday night just seems like the perfect time to celebrate the…

It’s not done…

’til it’s OVERDONE!!! I’ve been back to East Tennessee to do an event with my dear friend.  The event was called “Festival of Tables” and it was the first time the organization had done an event of this type. Tables were assigned to a designer and a hostess and tickets were sold to come view…

Good Eats

My attempt to let you see the progress on my current design project was denied by the annual rain that accompanies the Beale Street Music Festival.  Therefore, you’ll just see that this weekend started off and continues to be a good eating weekend. Friday was a work and play day.  We were in Tupelo, MS…

Another Year!!!

I am so fortunate to have clients that not only allow me to help them make their house lovely but also endear themselves to me to the point of becoming chosen family.  One such client hosted a splendid birthday dinner for my “sweet one” in celebration of his 66th birthday.  I wanted you to see…

Supper Club

The gathering in the picture above lead to our first official Supper Club meeting last evening.  First, we’re a group of friends.  Second, we are all of like mind with regards to food and wine.  Third, some of us really enjoy cooking and those that don’t are really good at cleanup…how perfect is that. The…