Thanksgiving Tables

Are you thinking about Thanksgiving yet? Since the leaves around here have started changing, and the fall temps seem to have arrived to stay, I’ve got Thanksgiving on my mind. Thanksgiving tables to be exact. For our table this year, I know a couple of things for sure. One, that I’ll be using my vintage […]

Blue Willow

I have such a thing for dishes. They may be one of my love languages. I’ve written before about brown transferware and white dishes. I also have some green Bordallo Pinheiro plates that I love.  Recently I saw some blue and white dishes paired with red and white linens on Pinterest, and the combination was […]

Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Packets Recipe with Some Tweaks

Last night we had a rare weeknight dinner for six, a mixed group of family and friends. I made these grilled shrimp foil packets from Delish.com and they are without doubt going to be a summer go-to for us. I’m already eager to make them again! Delish says they “take their inspiration from the beloved (but […]

A Family Baby Shower

Back in February, my sisters-in-law and I threw a baby shower for our niece Emily. I had forgotten how much fun baby showers are. It was a treat to host this one. My sister-in-law Julie (the other Julie in our family) and I created a shared Pinterest board, started pinning all things baby shower to […]

Fall Favorites

Last Thursday was the first day of fall, so all of us who call that our favorite season can stop sneaking mums and pumpkins into the house and enjoy the fact that fall is officially here. To celebrate, I’m indulging in pictures of some of my favorite things about the season. I love blue and white almost as much as […]

What I’ve Been Pinning: Bamboo Furniture, Wallpaper, and Lemon Cake

Have we ever talked about Pinterest? Somehow I don’t think so, even though I imagine a lot of you love Pinterest like I do, so I thought it would be fun to do a Pinterest post. First of all, it seems that I’m a fan of bamboo furniture, because recently I pinned these chairs from Wayfair to my furniture […]

Vintage Soup Spoons and Two Favorite Soup Recipes

Several years ago I pinned a picture of some vintage soup spoons, the kind with round bowls (I think these are sometimes called gumbo spoons), on Pinterest. I loved the round shape of them…a shape you don’t see much of anymore. I made a mental note to look for some of these spoons in my antique booth […]

Jillian’s Killer Pumpkin Bars

My daughter, Lindsey, turned 24 last week (which I find amazing enough) but she didn’t want a birthday cake because – get this – she doesn’t like sweets very much. I’m not sure how she’s my daughter, really. She did, however, say that maybe I could make something pumpkin, since she does like pumpkin. After […]

Banana Pudding with a Twist

A while back I made a decision to only share a recipe on this blog if it’s one of my go-to recipes, meaning one I’ve made for family and friends a number of times and can recommend with confidence. These Potato-Stuffed Bell Peppers fall into that category. So do this Poppy Seed Salad and Bruschetta Chicken. And now […]

Summer Tomatoes and Bruschetta Chicken

Its been perfect in KC the last two days. Per-fect. Like sunny skies with highs in the low 80’s perfect. Our dog, Cash, has been hanging out in the yard instead of begging to be let back in the minute he goes out. Last night we ate dinner (salmon with this salad) on the patio. And then we turned […]