A Memorable 4th of July Menu

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This week, everyone’s mind is on Saturday’s 4th of July celebrations. Our national holiday, the 4th of July, or more properly referred to as Independence Day, features a color scheme of red, white, and blue for everything from attire to house decorations and table settings to food.

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Whimsically Detailed

Nearly everyone attends a party or picnic where staples like hamburgers and hot dogs are universal favorites. However, with a few new recipes you can make your picnic stand out from the crowd.

Here are my selections for the 4th of July 2015:


First, let’s start everyone off with a Basil Lime Spritzer. This is a non-alcoholic beverage that all can enjoy. It’s a refreshing drink for a hot day and a good one to space in between the alcoholic beverages.

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Appetizers usually run to chips and dips but for a more refined guest list (and those who choose healthier snacks), how about Grilled Radishes with Rosemary Brown Butter?

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Of course, if the urge to bite into a crispy chip is too strong to ignore, you can make Red, White, and Blue Chips from baking potatoes, purple potatoes, and beets.

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The Gardener and the Grill

If your group is relatively small, go for an entrée that rises above the typical. Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Fig Skewers is just the thing. The combination of pork with sweet is a traditional favorite and using locally grown, seasonally fresh produce is economical and healthy. This recipe is featured in The Gardener and the Grill Cookbook by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig.

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To finish your star-studded menu, a blueberry and strawberry-topped red velvet cake is almost too pretty to eat. Not only will you have your guests eating out of your hand but you will be handing out recipes at the end of the evening, so be prepared with give-away recipe cards. Or, if you are the creative time-advantaged type, create a small do-it-yourself recipe/memory book of the day. Combine pictures, recipes, and a run-down of the day’s events and send it to all of your guests after your event. Online services such as Blurb, Bookemon, and Shutterfly are easy to use and relatively inexpensive. Look for coupons or Groupon for specials.

Happy Independence Day!

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The Perfect Beach Chair

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There is something about sitting on the beach at the water’s edge and doing little more than reading a book or people watching that gets people terribly excited during the summer months. Taking a trip to the beach is a summer ritual and having the proper beach chair makes the trip more relaxing and fun.

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Some people take a small beach towel and others a giant beach blanket, perhaps an old comforter that is large enough for several people. However, many people take furniture with them—folding beach chairs which provide amenities and comfort that blankets and . . . → Read More: The Perfect Beach Chair

5 Best Chaise Lounges for Summer Relaxing


Chaise Longue…That’s the way the French say it. Literally, it means long chair. We took the chaise part and changed the longue into lounge and voilà! English speakers call this comfy piece of furniture upon which we recline with our feet propped up, a chaise lounge. I wonder if the French “longue” was simply misspelled as it was translated and that’s how it became lounge? No matter. The term “lounge” in association with this piece of furniture is apt for that is exactly the point of a chaise lounge—relaxation and, perhaps to sleep.

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Outdoor Living in Shades of Turquoise

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House of Turquoise

Turquoise is a color closely associated with summer. It is the color of the ocean—the clear, clean ocean we think of when we dream of an exotic vacation. Cool, refreshing, and relaxing, all shades of turquoise make most people feel good.


Historically, the stone known as turquoise has been thought to bring good fortune and was won in ancient Persia and Egypt as a talisman. Worn on the wrist or around the neck, it was believed to be protection against an unnatural death. The name turquoise comes from the French where it means Turkish . . . → Read More: Outdoor Living in Shades of Turquoise

Beach Style

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Beach style is casual and must be non-fussy in order to fulfill the premiere caveat of life at the beach, which is to relax. What’s the fun of having a beach side retreat and having to worry about dirty feet, wet clothes, and sand adversely affecting your furniture and floors? If the house is a weekend home, it is imperative that everything is planned for minimal maintenance and maximum fun.

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So, what should one consider when planning their beach house style? For starters, since life at the beach centers around the beach and being . . . → Read More: Beach Style