Share Your Style Link Party # 76

Welcome to Share Your Style! 

  I'm Julie from Little Farmstead and I'm your host this week. It's hard to believe we're in the last week of July... We hope you're enjoying your summer!

When you link to our party, your post will be seen on all five blogs below!

Recently on Little Farmstead, I shared:

An indoor picnic for my sister's birthday. 

And Our Son's Modern Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover!

Now on to the features from last week's party... 

h2o Bungalow shared their inspiring backyard makeover. Feels like summer!

Simply Designing shared a DYI industrial baby gate. Love the look!

Cookie Doug and Oven Mitt shared a no bake cherry limeade cheesecake that I am craving!

Now it's time for you to link up your new inspiration! Please include a link back to this party in your post to be eligible for a feature. Have a great week!


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!!!



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


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!


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.

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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!


A Red White & Blue Table Setting

It has been quite awhile since I've put together a patriotic table setting...4 years to be exact. Not sure why it just hasn't been something I do on a yearly basis like my Christmas and Thanksgiving tables. This year I wanted to put together a table using red, white and blue but not really focusing on typical 4th of July items. My goal was to do something not contrived and to implement a "...hmm...I never thought to use that", kind of approach. So what I did was simply shop my home for any items that where red, white and blue, to put together a patriotic tablescape.

And what I ended up using even surprised me!

I decided not to use any tablecloth and let the plain white table serve as the backdrop. Next I spread out a red and blue boat print table runner I purchased a few months ago at the Christmas Tree Shop. Then I scoured the house...nothing was off limits including the frig! I pulled out a bag of cherries I just bought at the market for the kids, and yup, they went right into a glass bowl as an accent element for my table.

A natural fiber place mat is topped with a galvanized snowflake looking charger along with my everyday white dinner plates. Then  blue and white salad plates where placed on top of the white dishes.

Using a red and white print napkin, plus a second blue napkin, I cinched the two together with a silver napkin ring and, in a criss-cross pattern, tucked in the knife and fork. As I rummaged through the breakfront in the dining room,  I found my little candle wreaths I use for the dining room chandy at Christmas, and decided to I pull them up over the silver rings to add a little more color to the place setting.

Plain mason jars serve as casual glassware and the centerpiece display is flanked with two galvanized lanterns from Pier One.

A few little rope spheres and starfish are scattered about the table to add a bit of a nautical touch.

I also decided to keep the turquoise blue candles already on the table for a pop of an unexpected blue color. I wrapped the base of each candle with a piece of burlap for texture and then added a couple of miniature American flags for a patriotic flare.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe
4th of July!!!

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