Hurricane Preparedness

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While hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30, it is important to remember that Mother Nature can, and will, do whatever she pleases. This year, our first named hurricane was Arlene and she arrived nearly six weeks early. So, while it is helpful to know when “hurricane season” is, it is prudent to be alert and ready at any time.

In addition to keeping paperwork up to date and in a place where it is either safely stored or easily accessible and portable, the gathering of necessities such as food, water, flashlights, . . . → Read More: Hurricane Preparedness

Changes at Casual Living

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As you have probably noticed, I have not posted in a while—quite a while. Honestly, the time between our annual buying trip to Chicago and now, Christmas week, have flown by and my days have been filled with furniture orders for 2017, changing our Forest Drive store from an outdoor furniture store to a holiday shop, making custom holiday décor for customers, and decorating people’s homes for the holidays.

Please accept my apologies. Each time I thought of my negligence and lack of posts, I kept telling myself that I had to prioritize some how and the blog got . . . → Read More: Changes at Casual Living

Double D’s Double Decker Coffee Shop

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I spent last week in the mountains of North Carolina, including a day in Asheville. While the residents were complaining about the heat, I was happy to be relieved of the oppressive heat that we have been experiencing in South Carolina all summer. And, while a hot cup of joe was not on my list of wanna-haves, I couldn’t resist stopping at this adorable coffee shop. A bright red English double-decker bus parked in the middle of downtown Asheville serving coffee and food items–how cute! Of course, I had to know if the upper deck was open to customers–it . . . → Read More: Double D’s Double Decker Coffee Shop

Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

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Romulo Yanes for Bon Apetit

Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

Courtesy of Bon Appétit

 

Quickly grilling kale makes it crispy. Pairing it with fresh plums and ricotta transforms it into our new favorite salad.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon honey

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

4 medium plums, halved, pitted, and thinly sliced

12 large or 16 small curly kale leaves

¾ cup fresh ricotta

Preparation:

Whisk 3 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, thyme, and honey in a medium bowl. Season vinaigrette to . . . → Read More: Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

Dreaming of a New Front Door

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John Rizzuto

I love doors! Those posters, The doors of wherever: Ireland, France, New York City—they have always caught my eye and held my attention. Is it simply the beauty of the door, or am I captivated by what lies beyond? Certainly something wonderful must lie on the other side of those beautifully photographed doors!

Craftsman in Wood

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Pearl River Door Company

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Just when I think no door could be more beautiful and is the one I want to grace the front of my dream house, I find . . . → Read More: Dreaming of a New Front Door