7/24/16

One of my all Time Summertime Favorites ~ A Caprese Tower made with Tomato, Basil and fresh Mozarella


A few summers back I was down the shore just for the day with a good friend and my two kiddies. We decided to have lunch at this lovely restaurant called The Columns right across from the beach in the beautifully Victorian shore point known as Avon by the Sea NJ.. We went in bathing suit covers and all, but then again that is the attire of the sea shore! Anyway, we ordered up this appetizer called a Caprese Towerand I have been recreating it  ever since.


Despite the fact that this week it is predicted that the northeast will be continuing the heat wave we've been in, our garden, although flourishing in all this heat, has yet to produc any tomatoes ripe enough to pick. Fortunately we are in the heartland of farm country here in central NJ and the roadsides are riddled with farm stands and markets with loads of fresh produce. So today I was out and about and stopped to grab a few tomatoes. 


All you need is a nice ripe tomato cut into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Do the same thing with a medium size ball of fresh mozzarella. Pour some olive oil on your serving plate and kind of roll the oil around. Then grab some large fresh basil leaves which have been rinsed and dried, and begin to stack your tower on the olive oil covered plate. Start with the mozzarella then add a tomato slice with one basil leaf between the tomato and cheese. Repeat two more times and finish by topping your tower with a pretty sprig of basil. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. I also added some balsamic vinegar to the plate so I could swirl each bite of my tower through both oil and vinegar.


For me this truly is summertime on a plate! Enjoy!!!

XO

7/20/16

Share Your Style Link Party #75



Welcome to Share Your Style #75.  Can you believe how fast the summer has gone by?  How come January and February don't go that fast?  But each and every week, we are delighted to have you here and share all your wonderful inspirational posts with us.  Remember there are five of us that co-host this Link Party so your posts go far and wide.  This week I am the host of the party, Lynn, owner of the The Vintage Nest blog.  I have picked out  a few of your blog post that really caught my eye and are the features this week. 


Shannon,  of the blog Belle Bleu Interiors, shares how she was able to obtain a French Pastry table, once belonging to Charles Faudree; a famous interior designer, known for his fondness of all things French.  What a lucky lady.


Mary of  "Orphans With Makeup" , did an outstanding make-over on an old top bookshelf.  It truly is gorgeous and a must see.



Decor to Adore blog is owned by Laura.  She shows us how to make the cutest sailboat pillow.  "summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime".  Remember that song?  That's immediately what came to mind when I saw her project.


Heidi, of the blog Life with Heidi, has a cool, simple, no cook dinner- Ranch seafood dinner or lunch to share with us.  Sounds good to me!  


My last feature today caught my eye because it's so  happy and so colorful, that it just screams summer......  Pam, of Every Day Living shares with us a tablescape in her summer garden.


Thank you for visiting our Share Your Style party today.  I do hope you will visit the features and say hi, and visit others too, for fabulous recipes, inspirational posts and fantastic make-overs.   If you were featured today, please grab our button and proudly display it on your blog. And please post a link back to our party within your blog post somewhere so you can be featured.

Have a wonderful weekend.     :)  Lynn




7/13/16

Share Your Style Link Party # 74


Hi all and welcome to another inspiring Share Your Style link party. This week it is me,  Barbara from the blog 21 Rosemary Lane, back as your party host!



We are all thrilled your are here. Remember when you link ups to SYS your awesome creativity will be seen on all five of our blogs!

Summer is here and the kiddos have been out of school a full 4 weeks now, so let me share with you the 21 Rosemary Lane posts of the last month. 


I sure hope you have a chance to stop on by and visit my little corner of blogland...the door is always open!!

And now it is on to...
First up is a farm house styled bedroom from the blog Hoosier Homemade. And yes yes yes...ship lap on the walls! Love it!!


Speaking of farm house style, the next feature is from Kingsbury Brook Farm who linked up a post featuring a few totally minimalistic, yet absolutely lovely farmhouse vignettes. Aren't those peonies in the ironstone pitcher simply gorgeous? What else do you really need right?


Stephanie over at Garden Therapy shared her knowledge of how to harvest and dry fresh English lavender. (And even shared a few lavender craft ideas too!)


Stacy from the blog Not Just a Housewife dropped off a recipe for an Easy Creme Brulee! One of my most favorite desserts in the whole world!


So if I am going to feature a decadent dessert like Stacy's, then I must make sure to counter with a totally healthy treat. This tasty looking "post workout berry smoothie" is from Jordyn who pens the blog Almost Supermom


If your creative style has been featured please make sure to grab our cute "Featured" button before leaving tonight's party!


Now it is on to the P A R T Y!!!

Make sure to have a link back to Share Your Style somewhere in your post and remember to visit other party goers and maybe make some new bloggy friends!

7/12/16

Kill Devil Hills ~ The Outer Banks of NC






Last week our family spent the 4th of July on the shoreline of North Carolina's Outer Banks. We were fortunate enough to be able to spend the time with Mr. Rosemary Lane's entire family...yup 41 of us in total. We actually stayed in the part of OBX known as Kill Devil Hills, the home of Kitty Hawk. And you know I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of the country I call home. The crystal clear water of this coastline vacation spot is met by a beach with unbelievably hot sand during the day, but by evening cool enough to take a nice long barefoot stroll. It was an incredibly relaxing vacation with no schedules to adhere. You ate when hungry, slept when tired, and partied when in the mood. The nice thing about vacationing with such a large number of people is that there is always someone to do something with. And if it was a little alone time you desired, well you could easily sneak off to any number of remote corners of the house to just chill and read a book, check your emails (if you so desire), or catch a well deserved cat nap.





Sharing this post a link parties hosted by these wonderful blogs...
Coastal Charm

7/6/16

Share Your Style Link Party #73


Hi Everyone!
Welcome to Share Your Style Party! 
I'm Des from Peeking Thru The Sunflowers and I'm your host this week.
I'm glad you stopped by to join the fun and be inspired!


When you link up to this party it will be seen on all five of these blogs.


Here are a few features from last week's party:

Penny from Penny's Vintage Home shared this incredible garden mantel on her porch.


Marty from A Stroll Thru Life revealed her living room with new gorgeous hardwood floors.


Pat from French Country Style From The Foot Of The Rockies shared her love for old houses.


If you were featured this week be sure to grab the button to display on your blog.


Now on to the party! Please remember to link back to the party in your blog post!



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