Outdoor entertaining is my favorite!  I’m joining a group of bloggers hosted by Melaine of My Sweet Savannah to share our ideas for outdoor tables.

We have lived in California and Arizona and I loved that the outdoor entertaining season was a bit longer. Living in Connecticut makes you appreciate the outdoor days even more because the season starts around Memorial Day and ends around Labor Day.  I’m always managing to squeeze in way more than that, but the one thing you need is a Plan B.  Because rain happens.  A lot.

Outdoor-Entertaining-Spring-Peonies

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Cinnamon Baked Mini Donuts are super easy to make and you can prep the night before and have them ready to go on Easter morning.  I’ll make them for my kids who will both be home for Easter.  Mostly because I love the house to smell yummy just as everyone is waking up.  I use Ina Garten’s recipe that you can find right here.  I accidentally ordered a mini doughnut pan so I cut the recipe in half and the baking time down to about 6 minutes.  Do not over fill like I did the first time.  They come out looking like mini bundt cakes which is fine, but not if you’re telling your kids that you’re making them home-made doughnuts!

Cinnamon Baked Mini Doughtnuts

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Arizona Bridal Brunch

Monday, April 10, 2017

I had the opportunity to help my sister with a few details for a bridal brunch for the last of three daughters in a family of all girls.  It was in Paradise Valley, Arizona and many of the guests were from New York City and Toronto.   The bride wanted to play up the Arizona Desert theme.  After all, they had Mariachi Pasion, an all female mariachi band at their wedding reception.  How cool is that? For the bridal brunch invitations, we turned to Wedding Paper Divas and of course they had the perfect look with their Succulent Cluster Invitations.

Arizona Bridal Brunch + Wedding Paper Divas Invitations

We both loved all the details like the back of the invitations and the lined envelopes.  We went with the luxurious Premium Double Thick Paper.

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Green Bean Salad with Walnuts

Our weather has been rainy and cold, but that has not stopped me from thinking of dinner on the patio and picnics on the beach.  This simple recipe is one that I go to over and over again.  What I love about this dish is that it’s best at room temperature.  I can make it ahead and serve hours later.  For picnics, I’ll pack it into a large Weck jar and give a shake before serving and then add the walnuts.

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Modern Easter Baskets 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I’m taking a different approach to the traditional basket with a Modern Easter Basket or bowl.  I miss those years when my kids looked forward to decorating and dying Easter eggs.  Sometimes they had so much fun, we would repeat it the next day after buying more eggs.  Now they are 17 and 22 so no more egg dying after school, but I still like to have a basket of eggs on the table for a little springtime decor.  I loved this Købenler bowl from Terrain(and not just because of the Danish design) but I like that I could use it for Easter/Spring now and then re-purpose it all year long both inside the house and out on the porch or patio.

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Springtime + Rain Gear

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cottage Front Porch Spring

It’s April 1st and you know what that means?  April showers brings May flowers.  And it’s looking like it’s going to be a beautiful May!  The forecast in Connecticut and New York involves a lot of rain.   That’s okay if you’re properly dressed for it.  My favorite rain jacket is always one that is a little longer and hits just above the knee.  I like the look, but also it provides more protection.  Here’s a few ideas that includes neutrals, pastels and my personal favorite, olive green. Read More >

Easy Make Ahead Salmon

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Now that I’m working I love to get a head start on dinner in the morning.  Before I leave for work I can start my salmon baked in foil and have the mess cleaned up.  I usually have cherry tomatoes and shallots on hand.  I’ll stop and get salmon on my way home.

Easy Make Ahead Salmon

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Happy first day of Spring!  When we were in Copenhagen last week I was seeing pansies and spring plants everywhere.  I was a little concerned that I might not find any pansies today, but I didn’t have to go far.  Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk had me covered.   The sun is shining and I need pansies for my planters.

First Day of Spring + Spring Cleaning

We have tulips on our table and pansies on the porch. I don’t buy tulips all that often because I would only buy them in the Spring and they just don’t last that long.  But when I saw these I knew I had to bring them home for my new Canyon Crock from Studio McGee. Read More >

Sonny + Coffee + Copenhagen

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sonny + Coffee +Copenhagen

Sonny was our first stop after dropping our bags at the hotel upon arriving in Copenhagen.  Turns out they had only been open for a few days, but you never would have known it.  The front of the space is more of the coffee shop with a few seats and a place for take-away coffee. The rear of the shop is a cozy restaurant serving up delicious and beautiful meals all day and into the evening on Thursday & Friday.  We didn’t have the chance to enjoy a meal at Sonny, but seeing their instagram makes me think we missed out!

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Flower Shops + Copenhagen

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Flower shops are plentiful in neighborhoods all over Copenhagen.   Since it’s almost spring, the shops fill their sidewalks with beautiful fresh cut flowers and spring plants.   It makes it impossible not to stop and take a look.  Danes really have it figured out, they light candles all day into the night and apparently have spring plants and flowers filling their homes.  Pretty much a dream come true.

Flower Shops of Copenhagen

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