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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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

A winning post from Lenox Butterfly Meadows


I have always loved Lenox. Ever since I flipped through the pages of Seventeen magazine, when I was 15. I can distinctly remember the photo of the teddy bear with the silver spoon.

Lenox Holiday was my first grown up pattern in my 20s, after I was married. For 30 years I’ve collected it and made many family memories around the table with it.

So when I stumbled over the Lenox giveaway contest on Instagram in March, of course I tagged and posted my Lenox tablescape.

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