Thursday, September 19, 2013

Summer's Last Clam Bake

Hello world.  Are you all enjoying the last few warm days of this year?  I have been trying to make the most of it for sure.  Day trips to New York, weekends at the Jersey Shore and plenty of strolls down sun-dappled streets surrounded by carefully tended lawns.  Such wonderful little escapes.
Last weekend, we spent it at my sister-in-laws lovely home at the Jersey Shore.  And what a fun and relaxing weekend it was.  There is no place more inviting and relaxing on a perfect late summer day.  The sky was a perfect shade of blue and the weather was delightful.  I also get the extra benefit of spending quality time with my sweet friend and partner in crime, my sister-in-law Lilly.  We are both very creative and share the same passions.  We both love to cook, entertain and above all, we truly enjoy setting a table.  And when we get together, tablecloths, dinner napkins, placemats, dinnerware and crystal are the toys are choose to play with.  We can spend ours playing around with everything and anything tabletop related.  It is funny to watch.
On this occasion, Lilly and I wanted to bring the beauty of the sea to the table.  From the natural beachcombing accents such as seashells, to the bold deep blue we love to see at the shore, and the bay just outside our door, all add to the allure and excitement of a classic shore clam bake.  It is a gloriously delicious, fun and colorful meal which Lilly loves to put together for family and friends during the summer months.
For the table setting, we started with a simple blue placemat and Lilly's Villeroy and Boch flatware, white dinnerware and glassware.  We paired it with blue glass salad plates that she found at a thrift store for a steal.  Did I mention that she is becoming a great treasure hunter too. 

Here are a few shots of our clam bake at the shore and Lilly's gorgeous home.  Thank you for visiting.  Your sweet and kind words are always appreciated.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  I am off to the San Genero Festival in New York this weekend.





Sunday, September 8, 2013

Colonial Burlington Wood Street Fair

Hello everyone.  Happy Sunday to you all.  As fall gently makes its entrance, I can't help but think of all the great outdoor activities to plan and enjoy.  Picnics, gatherings, apple picking, fields of pumpkins to explore and the local annual street fairs. 
Such as our towns annual Wood Street Fair.   This much anticipated annual event which takes place, in the midst of the Historic City of Burlington, New Jersey draws over 25,000 visitors and is comprised of more then 175 of the areas finest artisans and crafters.  Visitor's also get to tour many of the historic sites and homes in the area including one of New Jersey's oldest houses, the Revell House (ca. 1685), fabled site of Burlington's hospitality to Benjamin Franklin.   Our town is a little gem of history hidden on the banks of the Delaware River.  Burlington offers a taste of the earliest colonial American living, history and it also the place we are proud to call home.
Here are a few photos of the fair and  historic homes for you to enjoy.  Have a wonderful week.










Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lazy Afternoon

Good afternoon to you all...Oh how I love summer...And what a glorious Sunday it is.  The sun is bright with uplifting cool blue hues.  The birds are singing and the garden looks like a little outdoor paradise.  So sad to think that we are enjoying the last few warm days of summer. 
Weekends don't get much better than an afternoon lounging around the garden.  Taking in a bit of sun or just a napping under a tree.  And why not make your own garden the perfect hideaway.  A comfy comforter set on the grass,  a few pretty indoor pieces to create a little romance, comfy pillow, a few favorite magazines or books and some easy appetizing accompaniments.  Viola... A perfect summer day under the sun.
For my husband and I, I chose an easy to prepare quiche and apple tart that require minimal time in the kitchen.  (recipe below)  No time to waist in the kitchen...  Sunny days are better spent outdoors don't you think??
Have a fabulous Sunday and a great Labor Day.  Hugs to you all lovely friends..  Thank you for stopping by.





Recipe for Quick and Easy Apple Tart
  • 1 whole sheet puffed pastry, cut in half
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 whole apples, cored, halved and sliced, but not peeled
  • Store-bought caramel sauce, for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans



Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place the puffed pastry rectangles onto a baking pan that's been sprayed with nonstick spray or lined with parchment paper. Add the sugar, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice to the apples. Stir to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes.
Arrange the apple slices on the pastry rectangles in a straight line, overlapping as you go. Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes. 
Remove from the pan immediately and place on a serving platter. Serve with caramel sauce and chopped walnuts or pecans.