Queen Anne’s Lace and Little Details

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Details, Details, Details— Maybe it’s me, but have you ever noticed how small details suddenly become big details? And once you are aware, you notice it everywhere you look. I have a tendency to fixate on something and drive myself crazy with it. Now you know what I am talking about—you focus on one thing, and it becomes an obsession …

3 Ways to Create a Centerpiece Using Multiple Small Arrangements

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My post last week about my garden got me thinking about how I plan to use what I have growing this year. When entertaining, there is simply nothing quite as beautiful as an arrangement of flowers sitting in the middle of the table. It immediately draws your guests in and creates conversation, warmth, and beauty.  However, even when I am …

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Our Hearts Are in England

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It’s no secret that England holds a special place in my heart. From the city to the countryside there is a theme of Old-World charm and romantic beauty that is unmatched by any other location. The breakneck pace that this world seems to run at suddenly slows to a graceful rhythm. Ravishing gardens, lush hillside, and fascinating architecture are only …

Baked Blackberry Almond Oatmeal

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Recently, I received a reader request for a simple recipe. I love special occasion dishes, but when I read this, I was totally on board. Everyone loves a meal that comes together quickly and with ease! Many things came to mind as I was brainstorming; we have such an expansive library of recipes that our test kitchen has developed. But …

French Butter Cookies

The Cookie That Makes Everyone Happy

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It’s time for another reader request topic: French baking recipes! Oh, I just love this subject. French baking sounds fancy, but in reality, is very simple. What makes it special is using the proper techniques combined with high-quality ingredients. The recipe I have chosen to share is perhaps the simplest cookie of all. It is humble in shape and color, …

The History of Easter Eggs

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Along with ham, Easter baskets, and perfectly pressed pastel outfits is the Easter egg. Dyeing eggs and Easter egg hunts are traditional ways that many celebrate Easter today. All of us here appreciate a little history of time-honored traditions, so when I started doing more research to share with you, I was delighted! Easter eggs and Easter egg hunts are …

Chocolate Butter Cake Bars

An Easy Southern Lunch Menu for Casual Company

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I saw a reader request for easy recipes, and I am all about a quick yet delicious meal. I loved the idea of a simple menu for when you have friends or family stopping by briefly, and you want to serve them a delightful lunch! Luckily, my friend Paula Deen was delighted to share some of her favorite recipes from …

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I Would Love to Hear What Inspires You

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Now that it is officially spring, it’s time for another topic request! Not only did you all give me wonderful ideas when we did this a few months ago, but your feedback also opened the door for more conversations among the community we have through this blog. The moments I love most are when I get to connect with you …