Thursday, March 5, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else -- March 6


Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I'm so glad you're here! 

How's the weather in your neck of the woods? It's a cold, snowy evening in Tennessee. 

Last week's party was filled with superlative offerings. Here is a sampling:

 Home Is Where the Boat Is is a place of wonder. Mary is known for her cooking, styling, tabletop designs, and hospitality. She also built (and relocated!) the most beloved potting shed in America. This adorable, idea-packed shed can be seen in the current issue of Flea Market Gardens Magazine. 


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I was totally charmed and inspired by Purple Chocolat Home's Easter tabletop, along with her round, ruffled burlap cloth.
Interested in making this tablecloth? Get the tutorial HERE.


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Keep cold weather at bay with a hearty pot roast by My Carolina Kitchen. Just look at that delicious "red" gravy (that's what my people call it) and tender beef. 

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Many of us are still dealing with snow and frigid temperatures, and the cure is a heartwarming recipe: Chicken Enchiladas by The Charm of Home.
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For an elegant dessert, try Earl Grey and Limoncello Cake by Living the Gourmet. The ladies at Downton Abby would approve!

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I'm always looking for new potato recipes, so I was happy to find Parmesan Fries by Katie-Kate's Kitchen.

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Lines from Linderhof held the second Cookbook Club meeting, and members chose the recipes of PBS chef Lidia Bastianich. Here's one dish, Asparagi Gratinati al Parminiano Reggiano. 

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Are you ready for Spring? Enjoy a fresh, delightful taste of warm weather at The Nest at Finch Rest.

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Don't miss the 7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen. Mark your calenders for March 11th--the link will be ready at 7 pm EST.

The Novel Bakers will return Tuesday, March 10th, to celebrate the pub day of a magical memoir,  Bettyville, by George Hodgman (Viking). Jain (...a quiet life)Mary (Home Is Where the Boat Is), and I will be serving up recipes and fun.

Guidelines to the Linky Party:
Older posts are welcome. 
No limit on the number of posts. 
No "rules." 
Everyone is welcome.

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Happy Friday!

March Snow

Winter reminds me of a handsome narcissist, a guy with a beguiling smile and a stone-cold heart. 
He knows what scares you, and he loves every minute of it. If my Mimi were here, she'd break off a switch and whip that man proper.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blossom by Blossom

On this damp, chilly day, I am remembering my gardens. My spirit soars as I think about warm spring days, my hands plunged in the dirt, flowers spilling out of plastic flats. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Curious Case of the Fake Chimney: Reno Diary

No one knows the history of the ranchburger's faux chimney. Has it always been fake? Or, once upon a time, was it a working chimney, hooked up to wood burning fireplaces? If so, what in the world happened? A fire? Water damage? A remodeling decision? 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Renovation Diary: Operation Sunlight


 I hope you are enjoying your weekend. 
I wanted to give you a little update on the ranchburger. In just a few weeks, the foyer and living room have been remodeled. The foyer's walls were bumped out. Arched openings were built at each end of the large room. To keep the budget in check, stock French doors were ordered--two doors were turned into "windows."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party -- February 27th


Welcome to the Foodie Friday and Everything Else Party.
You are invited to share recipes, DIY projects, time saving tips, crafts, tablescapes, and everything else (including your link parties, give-aways, reviews, and/or sponsored posts).

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Renovation Diary: Part 2 of Adding Curb Appeal to a 70s Split-Level

I'm still recovering from Friday's mishap, so instead of our weekly house tour, I'm just updating an earlier post about the ranchburger's front elevation. 
Last week, I posted eleven possible front elevations for the ranch (above). My goals for the house were to increase curb appeal, balance the similar, yet mismatched, wings, and reduce the long, "train-like" appearance of the middle section. Also, I hoped to add a traditional mood . . . but with a twist. If I had to define this twist in one sentence, it would be "Something's Gotta Give" (my all-time favorite imaginary abode) Meets a "Rambling Farm House." 

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Old Gal Is Slipping

This morning, I looked out the window and saw the hay truck skid up the icy farm road. The donkeys heard the noise and made a beeline for the driver. He got out of the truck, nudging through the animals, and opened the gate. My breath caught a little as he returned to the truck and drove forward. Would the animals follow him to the barn or sprint through the gate, into the frozen yard? The truck rumbled ahead. And the donkeys trotted onto the  driveway, a place too slick for man or beast.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else


Welcome to the February 20th Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party. I'd like to thank everyone who left me a comment last Monday. I appreciated your warm, comforting notes more than I can say. I wanted you to know that your kindness lifted my heart. Since then the farm had quite a bit of ice damage, and we're bracing for more bad weather. I hope everyone is safe, dry, and warm.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Once Upon a Yorkie

This is the most difficult post I've ever written. I can't seem to find the right words, so I am taking a convoluted route, picking my way around the heart of darkness.

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