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Monday, September 1, 2014

Pool-time Dining

It's hard to believe Summer is almost over.  Where does the time go?  Just when we get everything all situated down by the pool,  in another month, it will be time to put everything away.

 It's time  do some pool side entertaining. My husband has been busy installing led lights, to make the evening more colorful and fun.  We ordered a new daybed and it came late, so next summer, we plan on enjoying our pool area more.
I did two dinner parties days apart. I set the table both times with our new melamine dinnerware.
It is so colorful and pretty. I bought it at QVC.
First dinner party.

Our pool beach entry, looking toward the tall palm tree.  My husband Paul, wrapped the palm tree with rope lights.

My wonderful hubby getting things ready.

Second dinner party.  I changed the tablecloth and the napkins.

Our Outdoor kitchen.  I had my husband install led lights under the outdoor kitchen island and palapa for some night time drama and ambiance.  You can change the 20 colors with a remote control.

Beautiful sunset

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Here's our new daybed 

I am off to enjoy our new daybed with my hubby with a glass of champagne.
Happy Labor Day.

I am joining the following parties:
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicate House 
Table It @ Rustic and Defined
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday Garden Party @ Creative Country Mom
What's It Wednesday @ Elephants and Ivy
Fluster's Creative Muster Linky Party @ Fluster Buster
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Grand Babies

I have been busy getting ready for two dinner parties. I hope to post the tablescape of one of them soon.  I wanted to share my Grand babies, or toddlers now.....My how they have grown.

Lilly Dot and Jacob are growing up so fast!

Lilly is taking ballet classes and she looks like the prettiest little ballerina...of course I am partial.
She is now 4 years old.

Excuse the flash in the pictures.

Lilly made cupcakes for her classmates.

Lilly Dot is a girly girl.

Here's Mama (Michaela) and daughter and the news is, they are expecting a little boy the day before Christmas.

Jacob is such a handsome little boy with his red hair and blue eyes. He is also 4 years old.
Here's Jakey with his new haircut.

 Jakey is opening his presents from Nana and Papa Paul.
They  went to Chuckie Cheese to celebrate his birthday.

Here's Mama ( Tiffany) and Jacob.
They are such a joy!

The first dinner party is tonight, so I am busy getting ready.  It will be down by the pool.
Brats, baked beans, potato salad and cobbler for dessert.
Here's  my new dishes for the dinner party.

I also have a new blog to design.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Carmelized Onion and Apple Tart

I am not in a hurry for Fall. We have has some crazy weather so I thought I would make a tart.
I had some apples on hand, so it seemed logical to put them to good use.
I made a savory sweet topping of apples, carmelized onions, ham and cheese on pizza dough.

Everytime, I say pizza dough, it reminds me of the episode of Iron Chef America, where the mystery ingredient was pizza dough.  The chairman is always so dramatic with his presentationn of the mystery ingredient.  It is so funny to hear him say  allez cuisine"pizza dough" with drama and flair.


2 Tablespoons butter
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 lb pizza dough homemade or store bought
2 oz thinly sliced or cubed cooked ham
1 apple, cored and sliced thinly
3/4 cup shredded swiss cheese

1.  Place oven rack in lowers position and heat oven to 450.
     Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray
     Set aside
2.  Melt butter in skillet and  add sliced onions.
     Cook covered on medium low for about 12 minutes. Stir.
     Uncover and cook an additional 2 minutes.
     Remove from heat and set aside.
3.  On a lightly floured surface roll out pizza dough to fit
     a 13x9 baking sheet.
    Transfer to prepared pan.  Press with fingers.  Use a fork to prick
    the dough.
    Bake until puffed and lightly crisped.  Removed from oven.
4.  Top crust with ham, then layer with carmelized onions, apple slices and cheese.
     Bake another 10 minutes until crust is brown and crispy.
    Sprinkle with thyme.  Enjoy!

Tweet: #Carmelized onion and apple tart @lifeandlinda

Have a fabulous weekend.
I am partying with the following blogs:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Foodie Friday @ Designs By Gollum

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Birds With Bees Dining

I have done several tablescapes with bees, birds, etc.  I put together this summery table with my bee plates and these cute bird plates I bought.  Green and yellow is so bright and uplifting.
The cute little birds share the color theme. I set this table on our pub table off the kitchen.
I started with the green tablecloth.

I found the plates at Ross for a few dollars.  The green goblets are from the Dollar store.

Flatware and the bee plates are from Horchow. Who says you can't mix inexpensive with expensive goods.  I am  also using my Chris Madden chargers I bought from JCPenney.  Unfortunately, they are discontinued.

I love this darling little bird cloche.  I added greenery, yellow roses and a candle to it.
I love using the battery candles...so safe and they make them with remotes or timers.

Sweet little green bird salt and pepper shakers.

These bee napkin rings I found online.

Here are the links to  my other bird tablescapes.
Bee-ti-ful Tablescape
Birds and Bees
Bird Inspired Table

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  The weather is cooling a bit.
Feeling pretty good. 
Still thinking about the RAI treatment for the thyroid. I had my thyroid removed last year due to cancer.  They recommend the RAI treatment to kill off any remaining thyroid tissue.
I had so much radiation, I thought it best for now to hold off on the treatment.

Just so some of you know....

I will be joining the following blogs this week:
Christine @ Rustic and Refined
Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Kathe @ Kathe With An E
Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch



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Linda from Northern California.
I enjoy blogging, Designing Blogs, Decorating, cooking, entertaining, gardening and clogging.
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