August 2020

Whenever I sit down to post my monthly intros, I try to find an image that captures the mood for that month. This month, a view from my cutting garden felt like the right choice. The gardens are flourishing in the abundant sunshine we’ve been having and summer is in full throttle. The season has felt quite a bit longer than in previous years, but that is most likely due to all my children being home much earlier, and I am grateful for that. Summer is typically so fleeting, but I feel like we are squeezing it for all it is. This month look for my fresh salad recipes and inspiration for fresh meals to prepare with all the abundant produce available at roadside stands. I’ve also added many new items to The Hive Shop, so breeze on over and take a look. I’m excited to be trying a new skin care line from an exclusive spa and I will be posting and giving my feed back on that in a few weeks.  Be sure to check back often for updates and as always follow me on Instagram for daily inspiration.  August is here my friends, lets get out and savor every minute!

Two new recipes added!

This “Tomato, Basil, Corn Salad with Lobster” is the epitome of freshness, and don’t forget to try my “Green Goddess Dressing” for your summer salads! Try them both and let me know your feedback!

Fourth of July Cookout Menu

Our annual fourth of July cookout is such a tradition.  We invite just a few of our closest friends and my husband puts on a spectacular fireworks display. However, this year is going to be a bit more subdued, but it won’t damper our fun. Same crowd but I’m keeping the food a little more basic. That doesn’t mean boring by any means! It means serving the tried and true, can’t go wrong, American favorites. Besides all the munchies, here is my menu for this years’ bar-b-q….

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs

Dill Potato Salad*

Macaroni Salad*

Fresh corn

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Desserts:

Creamy Hazelnut Pie*

Raspberry Granola Bars*

S’mores around the fire!

*All these recipes are here on the blog!

July 2020

Love this idea of carving a hole in a watermelon, inserting a vase and creating a fun centerpiece!

Happy July everyone! Time for all things summer and I couldn’t be happier. While typical summer activities such as summer camps, vacations and travel may still be different this year, I think it is also opening windows on how to be more creative in enjoying our own kind of summer fun. The resurgence of drive-in movie theaters for example is proof that people are embracing what used to seem old-fashioned and seeing it in a new light.  An adirondack chair by the water, a hammock in the woods, a canoe out on a quiet lake, a rainstorm viewed from a covered porch, capturing lightning bugs in a jar. Aren’t these just some of the things that define summer? The simple things have always been the best things anyway. Lets remember to just slow down and savor all the moments. Here’s to having a terrific month. Welcome July!

June 2020

As I write this I find myself asking is it really June already? I have a love/hate relationship with this month, love because it’s really here, the promise of so many special days ahead, warm weather, summertime. Hate, because for whatever reason as soon as June hits, time seems to go into overdrive just as I want it to slow down so I can savor every moment from sunrise to sunset. There is amazing change that takes place in the gardens on a daily basis and I find myself lingering to admire it all as I stroll the grounds. Then, for weekend warriors as we are, we live those days filled with activities on the water, cookouts with friends and s’mores around the campfire until exhausted, we collapse, slightly sun burnt, into bed, happy and ready to do it all over again. There is a happy delirium in this season. That child like abandon of living for the moment and the pure joy of chasing fireflies. As we enter June, my wish for you all is to look through the eyes of a child, soak it all in and enjoy. Summer is here, we all deserve this rewarding season. Go out and make your memories! Happy June everyone.

Salad Days!

Summer Salad Days are here! Find all my favorite recipes under “From the Kitchen

May 2020

I found these beautiful Ranunculus flowers at the local grocery!

Well we’ve made it through probably one of the most unusual April’s any of us have ever known. Corona virus has changed all of our lives in one way or another, some perhaps permanently and hopefully, most of it, temporarily. Through it all, however, I’ve tried to stay positive and look at the upside of the situation. Staying home has never been a problem for me, hence the birth of this blog. I see this time as the ultimate gift with my young adult children who are all home at a time when they would not be, and even more special is how happy my youngest one is (still in 7th grade and was so missing her college-aged siblings). Just a few months ago, after I tucked her in, I remembered thinking of how quiet my house was. I remind myself that I may never have this much time again with everyone together, under the same roof. What I have missed is being able to just venture out casually, to see friends, entertain, shop, etc. As we enter May, my hope is that some sort of normalcy returns for all of us. It is a changed world for certain, but at least we can get outside and start to enjoy the warmer days ahead. Happy May my friends.

April 2020

Sitting down to write my monthly intro, I am a little uncertain of where to start.  March began innocently enough, but within weeks were all in a ‘new normal’ so foreign to us, it took us by surprise and shock.  Shock that something like a pandemic would, could, ever actually happen in today’s modern world. So here we welcome April and the uncertainty continues to loom as we are all sequestered in our homes whiling away the days in ways we are not accustomed to. So friends, I offer you this. My blog originated because of my strong convictions about the importance of home life. Finding the joy in the everyday. Things that seem mundane are all the wonderful things that create that special place we call home.  I think, if there is a silver lining to this crisis, it is the fact that people are rediscovering these simple things and actually embracing them and finding fulfillment. I am certain that as soon as the green light flashes the all clear, we will go back to our busy lives, but there will be that weird wistful feeling of gratitude for this time we were given to be close with the ones we love and see our homes through new eyes. I think we will have a new appreciation for enjoying the simple things and accepting some forced down-time. Hang in there, take a deep breath of that wonderful spring air, exhale. We will get through this better and stronger.   

Beautiful Chinoiserie

I have always had a soft spot for chinoiserie. Something about the curvy shape of a well proportioned ginger jar and the elegant pointy corners of pagodas always appealed to me. I decided to curate a lovely collection that is available on my LiketoKnow.it app page. Simply click this link to take you directly there to shop the pictures above and much more! http://liketk.it/2LLbS