Let's Play In The Dirt...

We love to play in the dirt...and it's almost that time.

For the best results this season...plan early.

We've all done it. That first sunny day in mid April, we just can't stand it any longer and head to the Home Depot Garden Center or our favorite local nursery and start buying stuff...

It all looks so fresh and pretty, so we just start buying without a plan.

 That's the same mistake we keep making over and over again, both inside and outside of our homes.

We're girls...we like to buy!!!

Do yourself a favor and plan first this season...You will be so glad that you did.

It's the same process as inside your home...tear out sheets in magazines...go online...check out pinterest...

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Late last season my good friend Debra from Scentimental Gardens and Fifth and State Blog drew some fabulous plans for garden areas in my landscape.  I can hardly wait to get going with the implementation this season...

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You don't have to have a formal plan...but if you really want one I would suggest that you

contact Debra.  We consulted back and forth completely online and she did a magnificent job...

Gather ideas, formulate some sort of plan...and at the end of the day enjoy the fruits of your labor...

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Beautiful Urns

We apologize for our absence this week...our Dad was taken to the hospital on Tuesday and ended up in Coronary Care with an abnormal heart rhythm. Luckily they think they will be able to treat this with medication. He is in the middle of chemotherapy treatments for prostate cancer. We are so thankful that  this heart issue appears to be treatable.  

We begin a big move at Fabulous Finds tomorrow.  Will take a couple of days...Lot's of great new merchandise.....

Today our monthly guest post was posted on the At Home in Arkansas Blog...We are featuring urns...inside and out.

You don't want to miss this one. It's packed with fabulous inspiration...

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This is just a tease...we share some incredible inspiration using urns both inside and out in our guest post for At Home in Arkansas.  Click here to view ...and please leave a comment while you are there.  We really want to know what you think!

It's your turn.  Let's Talk!

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Recent Obsession

We miss you!

Between life changes and business, we've not been blogging near as much as we would like. I guess the bottom line is we are not bloggers but designers who blog.  We have to put our clients first.

  I wish I could just post a pic or two a day, but that's not us either. We normally do that on facebook, but try to use this as our platform to share larger ideas, inspiration and projects.

That being said...today we are going to share a single image that we recently posted on facebook that we absolutely love... from the response, obviously our folowers did too..

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Is this not fabulous?

Trying to figure out a way to talk my husband into this. I just can't get it off my radar.

It's your turn. Let's talk!

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It's All In the Details...

Gustave Flaubert, the French writer best known for his novel Madame Bovary, is generally  attributed with the saying, "Le bon Dieu est dans le detail".

Over the years this expression has morphed and changed but the simple message remains the same...and that is… that whatever we do, should be done thoroughly and to the very best of our abilities.

The details are what make all the difference...

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Details can be very simple or extremely elaborate. The complexity is not the point...

It's as Gustave Flaubert tried to convey...that whatever we do, should be done thoroughly and to the very best of our abilities.

We're thrilled to participate in an international blog party today.

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Please join us there for lot's more beautiful details from all over the world.

Click here.

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

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Sunday Supper...Tomato Tart with Basil and Fresh Goat Cheese

Have you seen this?  

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It's a Microplane herb mill.

Here's the claim by the manufacturerer...

Microplane’s easy to use Herb Mill cuts fresh herbs like parsley, dill, cilantro, sage and mint with hundreds of tiny scissors without bruising or blemishing. Dishwasher safe  Here's the link.

http://us.microplane.com/microplaneherbmill.aspx

 I've just ordered one...I'll let you know what I think.

So what's for Supper?

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Image via William Sonoma

Tomato Tarts with Basil and Fresh goat Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 20 to 25 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips 
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 
  • Salt, to taste  
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, about 10 by 12 inches, partially thawed 
  • 5 oz. fresh goat cheese 
  • About 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1 large red tomato  
  • 1 large yellow tomato  
  • 6 medium tomatoes, quartered 

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 400°F. 

In a small bowl, combine two-thirds of the basil, the garlic and the cherry tomatoes. Add the 1/4 cup olive oil, season with salt and toss gently to combine. Set aside. 

Place the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface. Cut into 6 rectangles, each about 4 by 5 inches. Place the rectangles on a baking sheet and prick them all over with a fork to prevent the pastry from rising. Bake until light golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand on the baking sheet. Leave the oven on. 

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, using a fork, mash the goat cheese. Slowly pour in the milk, stirring until the cheese mixture has a smooth consistency but is not runny. You may not need all of the milk. Cut the large tomatoes into slices 1/2 inch thick and season with salt. Gently spread a heaping tablespoonful of the goat cheese mixture onto each pastry rectangle. Using only the large, center slices of the large tomatoes (reserve the remainder for another use), place a slice on each tart. Bake the tarts until warmed through, about 5 minutes. 

Place the tarts on individual plates. Season the tomato quarters with salt and scatter around the tarts, dividing them evenly. Top each tart with a mound of the cherry tomato and basil mixture, again dividing evenly. Drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes. Garnish the tarts with the remaining basil and serve immediately. Serves 6. 

Yum...This recipe is from Williams-Sonoma and they reccomend serving a heart healthy full bodied red wine with this such as Alain Jaume Côtes du Rhône, 2009, France.

The tables all set...

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It's your turn.  Let's talk!

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I'll be sharing at Stone Gable today with lot's of other foodies.  Click here to visit

Stylish Summer Entertaining.. Be Creative But Keep It Simple!

Our friend Yvonne with Stone Gable is hosting a link party, ... On The Menu Monday.  Bloggers from all over the country will link up and share menus, party tips and entertaining ideas...anything menu related.  We decided to join in on the fun...

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We're sharing tips and recipes for Stylish Summer Entertaining ...

Entertaining is made simpler this time of year because beautiful fresh flowers and plants are just outside the door...

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Clip sprigs of lavender for glasses filled with ice water or fresh lemonade ...

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Fresh mint for flavorful iced tea.

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Fresh herbs for recipes and garnish...

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Fresh cut hydrangeas make a simple but beautiful centerpiece...

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Love beautiful white dishes.  I have two different patterns... perfectly plain for  every day and casual entertaining...

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As well as dressier scalloped edge plates from Anthropology...

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Plain or fancy...it makes no difference.  The real wow is in simple details that make a big impact...

It may be a pretty cloth or candles...

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 A pair of runners across the table rather than a single placed the length of the table...These are just flour sack towels...but fabulous!

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Add collections to your table...these blue and white vases filled with tulips are stunning...

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How about clear jars lining the table with just single blooms from your garden?...

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How about a single line of lanterns?...

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This is fabulous due to repetition of the same yellow flower...From centerpiece to beverage to salad...

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Add pots of herbs, bulbs or succulents from your patio...

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Does it get any simpler than this?...yet, how beautiful?

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You're getting it ...

1.Take your queues from nature and create center pieces and garnish for your dishes from your own back yard...

2.Begin with a basic, like plain white dishes and add fun splashes of color or a particular theme with collected colorful plates, personal collections and even vintage finds...

3.An assortment of beautiful napkins is always great to have on hand , but you can never go wrong with a classic white linen...

Now For The Food...

I have to tell you that I'd much rather set the stage than prepare the food. It's hot outside so we'll keep it light and simple...

A simple Summer dinner for a few close friends...

Beverages:

Watermelon  Cooler

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Click here for the recipe...

Appetizer:

Assorted cheeses, crackers and fruit...

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For The Salad...

Vertical Pear Salad

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For the recipe click here...

You will not believe how easy this is...impressive looking , huh?

The Entree:

Grilled Balsamic-Garlic Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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Click here for the recipe...

Pennette w/ Zucchini, Ricotta, Salata and Fresh Herbs

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For the recipe click here..

and finally dessert...

Chocolate Decadent Brownies

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For the recipe click here...

There are sooo many fabulous ideas out there.  The possibilities are endless.  We'd love to hear some of your entertaining tips and favorite recipes...

It's your turn.  Let's talk.

A big thank-you to Yvonne at Stone Gable for inviting us to participate. Click here to hop on over and have your mind blown away by all the creativity and talent the blog world has to offer on Menu planning and entertaining.

Image Credits 1)Belgian Pearls2)Tumblr3)Cote de Texas4)Dcor de Provence5)Veranda6)Pinterest7)Cote Sud8)Unknown9)House Beautiful10)Griege11)All other images via Providence ltd. Design and Pinterest.