Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Dining



Easter...Spring is in full bloom...Easter was early this year & welcomed enthusiastically here with fabulous weather...gorgeous flowers...beautiful blue skies...Easter Dining is a tradition for our family..sometimes formal and other times..a picnic at the beach...Spring is always busy...many wonderful antique markets...farmers markets and a gorgeous wine country wedding...Sharing with you a glimpse at my last few weeks of Spring & Easter celebrating..Happy Easter!














Until next time...Wishing you a joyful Easter!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Celebrating...entertaining!


Entertaining...celebrations...birthdays...dinners...love them all...in the last few weeks I have entertained more than usual...two birthdays...entertaining with family & friends...wine & cheese with neighbors and clients...I love to entertain...always enjoy setting the table...love to arrange an artful mix of delicious fruits & cheese on a large bread board...I always use my antiques when entertaining...My faves...French silver & linens with monograms...antique candlesticks & altar candle holders with tall tapers...love vintage and antique goblets...china & serving pieces..French baguette baskets...I baked a delicious French chocolat layer cake with seven minute frosting for my fave two guys birthdays...we celebrated all weekend...what fabulous memories...We also dined at Napa Rose restaurant at one of the local wineries...a fabulous evening...Hosted a small dinner party...I baked Mimi Thorisson delicious Creme Fraiche chicken...a fave recipe...and more wonderful desserts...a Southern banana cream pie that my friends here on the West coast went crazy for...it was definitely a big hit...I also shopped  several wonderful antique markets..brought home a truck full for Rue 27 Maison...Sharing with you a small glimpse into the last few weeks...



Love this photo from Ty...at our birthday celebration!







Wine & Cheese...





Southern banana creme pie...everyone loved it!








Until next time...Cheers!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas festivities...


Christmas...magical..joyful..festivities with family & dear friends...a Holy holiday that keeps the spirit in our hearts throughout the year...a season that makes us grateful and thankful..even more so when we give to others...this years Christmas festivities in our home started the first of December when we put up our trees..hanging ornaments from years past...and continued until late today...lots of entertaining this year...Holiday baking this last week and then our Christmas Eve & Christmas Day dinner & gift giving..I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday...Sharing with you a small glimpse of Christmas this year in my home💚




French chocolat cupcakes with seven minute frosting...my family's fave!



Christmas Eve...

Southern pecan pie...

Christmas Dinner...

Desserts...

Christmas Eve dinner...


Christmas...



Until next time...Cheers!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

As November fades ....


The last days of November are bittersweet for me...sad that Thanksgiving is over...yet anticipating the wonderful Christmas season that is upon us...Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends is one of my fave celebrations...I love everything about Thanksgiving...the food...everything pumpkin...golden leaves outside...cool crisp weather..most of all sharing this special time with loved ones...memories revisited & new ones made...much to be grateful for this year....I used persimmons this year everywhere...my Grandmother loved them...I felt like she was here with us...I made her delicious cornbread dressing...several turkeys..a traditional roasted turkey & a smoked one...Southern bourbon ham with all the sides...many desserts...my Dad's favorite chocolate pie...pumpkin pie & white layer cake with French buttercream...now to start decorating the tree...Sharing with you a glimpse of my Thanksgiving week 💛














Wine & cheese after black Friday shopping...

Cheers....until next time 💛

Friday, November 10, 2017

Antiquing France & England...



Visting Europe in Fall is always a treat...antiquing England & France is my favorite way to shop for found objects...markets in the fall are always a perfect place to find those hard to find...one of a kind...antiques...and the weather is gorgeous...golden trees...crisp cool days...I have made many dear friends in the last twenty years who I look forward to visiting with...special merchants who always are warm...friendly & have beautiful objects...furniture...art...I love shopping Les Puces in Paris...many shoppes...all inspiring...my fave markets are always in the French and English countryside...weekly village markets & the larger country brocantes...looking forward to unpacking all the boxes in the next few days...Sharing with you the last few weeks of antiquing in Europe & a walk around the most magical city..Paris 💛


Les Puces...Paris



French treasures...



Early morning light at Les Puces...




A fave shop in Paris...



My fave croque monsieur...


Paris...

Les Puces...
Paris...


La tour Eiffel...always beautiful 


Strolling neighborhoods of Paris...

Antique Market in Newark - Nottingham, UK


Love a full English breakfast!


Newark - Nottingham...



Afternoon tea...Newark Antique Market


Until next time...Cheers!