My Butterfly Meadow Carved floats in the summer season

I was a lucky girl this past April when I randomly won an Instagram contest sponsored by Lenox, for four place settings of their newly-introduced Butterfly Meadow Carved to their everyday dinnerware line.  This is solid color pattern they’ve come out with after the popularity of their Butterfly Meadow pattern (here’s a photo of the tea set), which is white and richly decorated in pastel flowers and butterflies.

This latest Lenox pattern is available in aqua, white and grey. I thought it would be very “springy,” but here I have simply paired it with a paisley blue, grey and beige runner from Pottery Barn, and I think it has a very summer feel.

No telling what other combinations I will be able to create throughout the summer! Stay tuned!

 

Macy’s Instagram video: Charming Lenox and vintage china placesetting gets me

I’m absolutely in love with this tablescape setting video from Macy’s Instagram! Using Lenox’s French Perle Groove Bluebell and French Perle Violet, the video shows several other mix and match patterns with  a vintage feel to show the amazing amount of options you have while setting your table.

How can you decide which is your favorite!?

Proof that even our tabletop is coming up roses #brunchgoals 🌹🌹🌹

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Around the table tribute for Memorial Day

We enter this weekend remembering those who gave everything for us, families around the country will be gathering for parades, beach days, picnics and memorial services.  And so I decorate by setting the table in the colors of our country.

Using red Fiestaware and Franciscan blue and white dishes…

…My mom’s Jim Shore Uncle Sam and Polish pottery pitcher.

Some may think setting  the table with china for a summer holiday is a bit much, but the tradition comes from my mom always setting the table, no matter what the occasion, as long as the family was gathering around the table.

My family and I took some time to recall what soldiers had done for us in the past to keep our country free. Their sacrifices take my breath away.

 

More than 200 ways to make a taco; here are three

At the recent Sunday Supper Movement Food and Wine Conference held in Orlando, we were treated to a lunch of an elaborate taco bar. Along with tortillas there was a display of veggies from Duda Farms with snap peas, cole slaw, sweet potato crisps, beans, quacamole and more.

Even with all those options, It seemed obvious to me how to put a taco together!

But as I returned to the table, I realized everyone else’s looked completely different. Did they see things I hadn’t? Everyone’s was completely different, and there were 200 guests!

What would you include on your taco?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes come and go, but some you remember forever

I’ve made a lot of cupcakes in my life. Especially when my girls were little. Girl scouts, birthday parties, school events or just rainy days.

At the recent Sunday Supper Food and Wine Conference we were presented with a variety of lovely colorful cupcakes from Gigi’s baker in Orlando.

What makes these stand out? Not just that they are from a lovely bakery,   but because we chose different flavors and toppings. They were more marvelous when we had a selection. It was hard to choose.

We were able to focus on the variations, colors and toppings, pay attention to lighting and angles.    

Here are some of my first cupcake photos that I really paid attention to.

Sweet dreams!

 

Food, wine and friends around the table for Sunday Supper Movement

Due to my relationship with Sunday Supper Movement and the Food and Wine Conference, I was invited to attend a dinner and cocktails at Orlando’s Spanish Tapa Toro restaurant. All opinions are my own. 

Upon entering the Tapa Toro Spanish restaurant in Orlando, I feel like I stepped into a Barcelona restaurant.

From the Gaudi-inspired tile mosaics, to the bull-inspired chairs, to the music and Flamenco dancing. The elaborately prepared huge portion of Paella was amazing, the sangria and other cocktails delicious. Chef Wendy and staff were impeccable and worked so hard to keep all of us delighted with flavors.

 

The mosaic tiles reminded me of Gaudi artwork in Barcelona.

Refreshing Gingerbeer melon cocktails with mint awaited the guests.

 

Winning cocktail in Food and Wine Conference by Sunday Supper Movement

This weekend I attended the Food and Wine Sunday Supper Movement Conference, held at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek.

Three days of sampling recipes, taking photos, meeting other bloggers, exchanging cookbooks, classes on social media and photography and meeting a lot of very talented bloggers.

Today, we visited the Rosen School of Hospitality, where we listened to great speakers, were treated to baked potatoes from Idaho Potatoes, among other treats. Other sponsors were Florida Strawberry Association and Florida Dairy Farmers.

Part of the day was a #Hashed contest which involved using CK Mondavi Wines, Wish Farm Berries and Cabot Cheese.  There were about eight groups and we were challenged to make a cocktail with the ingredients we were given. Not only concocting something tasty, but we also had to take photos of it and post to social media.

Luckily, we had April, blogger for April Golightly, who is Very talented. We all contributed to making the cocktail and arranging the drink, fruit and cheese, but it was April who’s talented photography pushed us over the edge.

We were thrilled to win the contest with our Summer wine spritzer.

In addition to getting a ticket to next year’s conference, we also received a Wish Farms Berries Prize package.

This was the winning photo and cocktail made by my team at the Food Wine Conference by Sunday Supper Movement sponsored by CK Mondavi & Family and Wish Farms!

Thank you to April Golightly for her brains and talent and to Family Foodie for this three-day conference! Each member of our 7-person team won a ticket to next year’s conference and a big basket of berries from Wish Farms!

Cabot Cheese and fruits from Wish Farms.

Can’t wait for both!!

The Little Lamb offers his and hers to make everyone happy

 We found a great meal at this new gastropub, The Little Lamb, which is  located right in my neighborhood.

There’s a friendly, low-key vibe but also many of surprises for the palate.

I’m amused by the difference in these “his and hers” choices we made: Mine – charcuterie and prosecco; his – burger and fries and beer.

Something for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Including dessert!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely floral find on a summer day

Sometimes you just walk right into something.

A job, friendship, love.

And sometimes it’s serendipity with a china pattern.

It can happen!

Some of us love china. So some of us feel it is serendipidus when we happen onto a beautiful pattern.

Today I found Minton Bone China in the Haddon Hall pattern. Based on a lovely town in England, the floral pattern is encircled in green, and holds up today just as well as when it was introduced to the market in 1948. It was made in both green and gold trim, and I was glad to find it in the green trim, with makes it more suited for a spring and summer table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three were 25 dinner plates, salad plates and cups and saucers.They were stacked haphazardly in the china cabinet, which I promptly rearranged (not pictured.)

I probably should have only purchased four place settings, but there was something so sweetly captivating about this pattern, and it Was Minton Bone China, that I had to buy 10 place settings.

I’m sure it will be a good investment and serve many summer dinners.