February 15, 2016



           GARDEN LUNCH
A Beautiful Spring Garden...
      ...sets the Inspiration for an easy
                             Garden Lunch!
    Using a cherished heirloom table topper
 on the patio table makes a picturesque
          area to serve your guests
         an easy, yummy light lunch...
“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”  ― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog:
     Beginning with a Tarragon Pasta Salad...
        QUICK TIP: 
              Make your family's fave
          Pasta Salad Recipe, then  
Sprinkle fresh Tarragon Sprig Confetti over the top.
(Fresh from the garden, of course!) 
Garnish with rough chopped
Petite Heirloom Tomatoes and
a couple of the fresh Tarragon Sprigs,
                            and then ENJOY!
ZsaZsa Bellagio: Flower of the Day: Beautiful Blue!:

      Enjoy an Outdoor Garden Setting...
    Or you can create a beautiful, garden-like setting, like these from Carolyne Roehm,
           that any guests would enjoy!Mint Juleps, Magnolias & Pearls:
       Another Quick and Easy Luncheon
          or Light Dinner Entrée is this
             Beautiful Tuscan Chicken       
    made with a Deli Rotisserie Chicken!

     TUSCAN CHICKEN will quickly become
your go-to meal for impromptu entertaining!
     (Really familiar with this one!)
Soooo easy and yummy,
     your family and friends will want more...
           (not to mention your secret
    for making this meal so impressive!)
Mint Juleps, Magnolias & Pearls:
**ROSEMARY SPRIGS freshly cut from your window box herb garden (or your neighbor's)
**AVOCADOS (2-3) Sliced Lengthwise
**ZESTY LIME VINAIGRETTE drizzled over entire platter after all items have been placed on a Mediterranean Style platter.
SERVE with a Crusty French Baguette.
    Assorted olives make a great appetizer for this cool, refreshing, light summer meal.
    (TIP: I especially like the garlic stuffed olives packed in Napa Valley Chardonnay by    Mezzetta.)
Great use for a garden urn.:
                 Our Friends at Food & Wine
                   suggest these wines:
**White Burgundy:

2012 Delaye Saint-V'eran Les Pierres Grisses White Burgundy
**Sparkling Rose:

NV Gruet Rose'
**Orange Wine:

2013 Lo Zerbone Vino Bianco Le Ghiare
Lunch table setting:
              This simple table, from Aerin Lauder,
                      is another fun example of
            dining al fresco in your garden setting.
              Let your creativity flow, as you enjoy
                          the wonderful Spring
                      into Summer Weather ideas
             for your  Garden Lunch Entertaining!
Blue & White:

February 1, 2016


                SWEET HEART
         for a Happy
    Valentine's Day!                               
strawberries and champagne:
                                                (photo via flicker)
           Who can resist the decadence of
            Champagne and Strawberries??
            Especially when those Luscious
               Strawberries are dipped in
                Velvety Chocolate...Sigh!Please tell me I'm not the only one who's perfect valentines day entails delicious treats like these Mmmm a simple and delicious way to brighten any ones V-day :):
              Here a few great ideas
    for some
         LOVE-ly Valentine
Sweet Heart
   Strawberry Treats
                for that Special day!
Happy Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Rose Box:
 A fun, tempting Chocolate Strawberry Fondue Idea
          from Baileys...
This Baileys chocolate fondue is a great dessert to indulge in on Valentine's Day, and share with family and friends. It’s super easy to make, no pot needed!  For 8: In a large pan, heat 8oz heavy cream and remove when it simmers. Add in 9oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate and stir until melted. Stir in 2tbsp butter, a pinch of salt, 1tsp vanilla, and 2oz Baileys. Serve with heart shaped strawberries, raspberries, bing cherries, cheesecake bites.:
           Chocolatey Goodies... 
                                      & More Sighs...
Chocolate cake with red roses (by Christine Capendale)  Lots of reproductions on the net, yet to see one as pretty.  Those chocolates/roses/strawberries look like they are just tossed together, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't as simple as it looks!:
This is a fun way to get the kids involved...
. You Pinspire Me .: Easy Chocolate Strawberry Hearts:

Chocolate & Strawberry. I love these despite everyone admonishing me to refrain from eating them, due to my headaches. Lord, deliver me from this temptation! :-):
Here's an easy to follow Chart for making your own Chocolate Covered Strawberries...
just in case you didn't know the tricks of chocolate covered strawberries:
At our house,
anything with
Holiday Sprinkles are always
a favorite!
Chocolate covered strawberries:
Chocolate Covered Strawberries:
pink chocolate dipped strawberries: cute idea for a girl baby shower and if its a boy just change the colors:
And last, but by no means
the least...
A primo Champagne,
Roses and Strawberries
 with your Valentine!

              WISHING YOU A VERY

(All photos from Pinterest)