Travel

St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

This post feels a bit like it’s the first day of school and I am giving a report on what I did over my summer vacation. But I was so blown away by the beauty we encountered on our trip to the picturesque and wonderfully temperate (especially compared to steamy North Carolina) provinces of New Brunswick and Prince… Continue reading St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

Crafts · Party/Tablescapes

How To Embellish Chinese Lanterns

Chinese lanterns are an inexpensive way to add both light and a fun festive element to a celebration. And now that individual battery operated lanterns are available, they can be hung anywhere. However, finding them decorated and in your particular color scheme is a bit more difficult. I wanted white lanterns with green flowers for my Dum… Continue reading How To Embellish Chinese Lanterns

Entertaining · Party/Tablescapes · Recipes

Chinese Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Because the weather has been so hot, I decided to throw an Asian themed dinner party I called Dim Sum On The Deck where I mainly served Chinese take-out appetizers and beer. It’s a fun party to host because you can spend most of your energy on party decorating and leave the cooking to your favorite local Chinese take-out place,… Continue reading Chinese Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Entertaining · Party/Tablescapes

Dim Sum On The Deck: A Chinese Take-out Dinner Party

The weather has been so darn hot that the thought of cooking anybody anything is completely unappealing. However, when the sun starts to go down, and it cools off a bit, I still like to entertain on my deck. Since I’d scratched cooking off my to do list, I decided to host a dinner party… Continue reading Dim Sum On The Deck: A Chinese Take-out Dinner Party

Interior Decorating · Interior Design

Inexpensive Kitchen Updates And Camouflage

The Dog Days of Summer are here. It’s mid-July in North Carolina and, as my darling Step-Dad used to say, “it’s hotter than a $2 pistol.” Days on end of 90+° have driven me inside where I worship the air conditioning gods and pretend that I don’t notice the proliferation of weeds sprouting in my gardens.… Continue reading Inexpensive Kitchen Updates And Camouflage