Ode To Summer

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Rose’ champagne! Cheers to summertime!

As Labor Day has already come and gone and all things pumpkin flavored/colored start to invade our space, I’m getting excited about Fall: cozy sweaters and boots, fire pits, OYSTERS (!), camping trips to the mountains, and lots of time in the kitchen. Ahhhhh. But….it’s still 95 degrees here in the Lowcountry, so we’ve got a little while. Until then, let’s get outside and enjoy the warm weather we have left before we’re whining about how “cold” it is! Here are some photos from our Summer:

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The Incredible Pacific Northwest

We recently spent some time in the Pacific Northwest to visit good friends in Coastal Oregon and to attend an (amazing!!) wedding with wonderful friends on Whidbey Island, Washington. Neither of us had ever been to this stunning corner of the country, and we are already plotting our return.



Roses at the International Rose Test Garden, Portland

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Great Banana Bread

Banana Bread


This is quite possibly the most delicious banana bread I’ve ever had. Soft on the inside with a slightly crunchy crust and a hint of salt.  Adapted from Bon Appetit

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Carolina Snow Days

Here is what Charleston never looks like during the Winter:


Deacon enjoying the snow, January 2014

This is more like it. Just a few days later:


Kiawah Island, January 2014


Folly Beach, February 2014

Life is Better with A Dog


Welcome to the family, Deacon! Dogs seriously brighten life right up. We adopted him on July 4th and he is super chill, friendly and smart! He’s already made some friends in the neighborhood and is growing more each day.

I can’t believe some low-life threw this guy off of a bridge! He was rescued in Alabama after a saint of a lady saw him being tossed off a bridge and went and found him. He’s a Catahoula mixed with who-knows-what and is just as sweet as sugar. We’re totally smitten.