Cabot Cheese at Epicurean Hotel kitchen Pair for Sunday Supper Movement Event

So excited to be with the  Sunday Supper Movement for this event at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa!

It was a great day with hours of recipes, fun and surprises by Cabot Creamery. We were treated to a beautiful Cabot yogurt bar with fresh fruit and chocolate, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April Cornell tablecloth a welcome addition to Holiday table

Have you ever seen something – say, on social media – and you knew you had to have it? That’s how I felt when I saw this April Cornell holly tablecloth on the feed of Instagram user The Tablescaper, who has been one of my favorites for years.

I have several holiday tablecloths, and two or three Lenox tablecloths that match my Lenox Holiday pattern, but this one took my breath away.

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Sarasota’s Cafe L’Europe an enlightening treat

Going to St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota is always a treat. In December, the circle is lit up, the nights are cool and people are out in full force enjoying what the region has to offer.

I’ve been to Columbia, Shore and Venice restaurants, but had never been to Cafe L’Europe before .

What a treat! I had crusted mahi mahi and prosecco.

They also feature a gorgeous cocktail of the day, which they go to great lengths to make tasty, colorful and festive. They also post these on their Instagram account so you can follow along.

My favorite part was wandering through the different rooms (Um, maam? Your dinner is served) to see the gorgeous wrought iron and especially the very different chandeliers.

Old Northeast Neighborhood Association shows off festive candlelight home tour

I have wanted to go on the  annual historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association candlelight tour of homes for years. Finally! I couldn’t find anyone who would go with me, so finally I just went by myself. And I’m so glad I did!

There were eight homes on the tour, from one that was remodeled and did not have furniture yet, to modern designs, to traditional.

My favorite was the first home I toured. The homeowners had created a very warm harbor in a traditional bungalow style home. Done in rich reds and traditional evergreen boughs, it was magnificent.

Moving into the traditional and separate dining room was a feast for the eyes! Tablecloth, runner, chargers, elaborate decorations on the plate, crystal tipped tree in the centerpiece, amongst swag garlands and a beautiful chandelier – all reflected in a large mirror — well it was all breathtaking.

More of her china collection, including Bordallo Pinheiro from Portugal, was neatly displayed in two smaller china cabinets that looked like built ins.

The whole room was charmingly welcoming and elegant at the same time. 

 

After going through the beautiful kitchen, there was the family room dining room, more casual but just as welcoming.

Down the hallway, i was delighted that she had her linen collection so that others could see. Usually people store them away in drawers – but a collection like this Should be on display! I thought I had a large collection!

It was awe-inspiring.

What’s more, the homeowners couldn’t have been nicer, and the lady of the house indulged me by talking about china, patterns, and tablecloths for quite some time.

What a wonderful day!!

Create the perfect holiday table with tips from Plate Girl and WFLA

 

This month I was honored by WFLA’s Gayle Guyardo to be asked to be on her Pinterest segment. Gayle loves featuring crafty how-tos and the people who love to pin!

She heard that I loved setting tables and l knew how to do it on a budget — visiting thrift stores to find many of my great finds.

I was able to share several pieces of my Christmas china – Christopher Radko, Fiestaware red, Noble Excellence’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, vintage Scio’s Holly and my favorite, Lenox Holiday.

I showed how to make an easy floral centerpiece using flowers from the grocery store, and how to swap out different collectibles or candlesticks from an existing collection.

It was so much fun to be able to set a lovely holiday table in Gayle’s own dining room!

Spode turkeys make Thanksgiving the most Thanksgiving of all

I have had many Thanksgiving tablescapes that Really loooked Thanksgiving ish! Tablecloths of all patterns that screamed “fall,” Beautiful orange and yellow and brown china. But when I found these plates, I almost fell over. (I DO like my plates, you know!)

I nearly keeled over when I found these Spode turkey plates in my local Goodwill — in pristine condition with not one fork or knife mark on them. I found them in March – a great time to shop for Thanksgiving by the way – and stashed them away in my china cabinet until the time was right.

So now that it’s time, I’m so excited to share my table.

The tablecloth is from Ralph Lauren and the crystal vase is Waterford Marquis.

Fort De Soto Beach offers the bluest of water

Living in Florida, one of the best parts of life is living near the beach.

The closest beach to me is Honeymoon Island, located off the Dunedin Causeway. But there are so many other beaches located on the west coast along the Gulf of Mexico, including Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Island, Sand Key, Madiera Beach, St. Petersburg Beach, Redington Shores, Pass-A-Grille, Shell Key and Fort de Soto Beach. And that’s only in Pinellas County.

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