Peach and Blueberry Crisp

We have this great new development at our house. My daughter and her fiancee like to cook, so often when they come over for dinner they offer to do the heavy lifting. That was the case on Labor Day and since I was freed from cooking duties, I offered to handle dessert. I opted for […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Are you celebrating? My daughter and her fiancee are coming to our house to make brunch for my mom and me. All I had to do was set the table. Later in the day, we’ll head out to visit Tom’s mom with that side of the family. I also did what I usually do to […]

For the Love of Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Do you celebrate? Parades? Special foods? I’d love to hear. I’ve never paid much attention to St. Patrick’s Day, but when I did my DNA recently I discovered I’m 1/3 Irish! To celebrate I’m sharing a little St. Patrick’s Day love via my love of all things green. I’m looking forward […]

And He’s Off to New York

Last month our youngest, Grant, graduated from Saint Louis University and started a new job in … New York City! You guys, I’m not gonna lie, this development has been tough on this mom, but he is absolutely living his dream, so it’s all good. It’s great, actually. He is living in Brooklyn for the […]

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 […]

What’s Going On at Our House and Some Christmas Favorites

Happy December! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying the start to the holiday season. I’m sharing this photo from our living room last year because, as you may know if we’re connected on Instagram or Facebook, we’re undergoing some renovations at our house. Last month we had the popcorn ceilings removed […]

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 […]