4th of July

Happy Fourth of July!

No recipes, no flowers, no invitations – just this: I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.  ~Abraham Lincoln

4th of July, Dessert, Food, Summer

Warm Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Sauce

The Peach is the thing. If you have nice, ripe peaches for this dessert it will be heavenly!  And it’s so fast to put together – you can even use Bisquick instead of the shortcake recipe if you’re pressed for time (I certainly have done that before).  The vanilla sauce brings out the flavor of the peaches.  And if there are leftovers, it’s good for breakfast.

Flowers, Summer

Contain Yourself!

The containers you choose for flower arrangements can make as much of a contribution to the visual impact of an arrangement as the flowers themselves do. To demonstrate, we’ve used the same flowers in four different containers to show how a little thing like using a basket instead of a vase (or a box, or even a hat!) can completely change the feel of the flowers. And by “we”, I mean my longtime friend and house manager, Nelly Salvacion and […]

My Recipes, Pasta, Vegetarian

Pasta and Raw Vegetable Salad

This is a salad I’ve been making for many years, and it remains a solid favorite with my family.  It’s never exactly the same each time I make it, because it depends on what fresh veggies are available when I’m putting it together.  Dress it with a simple vinaigrette, but you can easily use your favorite bottled vinaigrette as well.  Just give the salad a couple of hours to get cold before serving. Pasta and Raw Vegetable Salad Serves 6 […]