Al Fresco Tablescape for Two

After some really hot days here, the temperature finally leveled off at more of our normal upper 70s to low 80s daytime highs.  Even if it is hot during the day, when the sun goes past the mountaintop to the west, it cools considerably.  Early evening temps are pleasant, with a light breeze, and the …

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Late Summer Cookout

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer for most of us, but the actual end of summer isn't until later in September.  This year the Autumnal Equinox is September 22, when day and night are equal.  Finally, the evenings are getting cool enough to eat outside, so we had a meal on the veranda …

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Patriotic Cookout

It was raining on the 4th of July, and I had already invited friends over for a cookout. I decided to go ahead, but have the meal inside. So I set another Patriotic tablescape on the formal dining table. This time because we were inside, I used the red chargers on white Battenburg placemats, with …

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Red, White and Blue Luncheon

Spring and early summer in the mountains is a perfect time to have an outdoor party.  Patriotic holidays dominate the summer months, so I decided to have a few friends over for a ladies cookout with a patriotic theme.  It was lovely to spend the day with friends, in an easy manner, just chatting and …

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