My grandparents live on a farm out in Central Virginia. As someone who moved around a lot growing up, its one of the few things in my life that stayed constant. I loved visits to the farm. It meant snapping green beans with my Ma, catching lighting bugs (aka fireflies) in the summer, picking blackberries […]

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Back to work after a lovely 3 day weekend! My husband and I barbecued up a delicious meal on the 4th of July, then took a bike ride along the bay to get a good spot for the fireworks. It was a lovely relaxing day with perfect 75 degree weather. My favorite kind of weekend! […]

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For our first summer road trip of our July series, I bring you the Francis Ford Coppola Winery! Hopefully you caught my post on Monday for some 4th of July Homemade Whipped Cream and Berries and introduction to a summer series of my favorite easy Southern style BBQ Baked Beans, Orange Marinated Steak with Buttered […]

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Waterslides, bike rides, fireworks, weekend getaways, BBQs….the list is endless. Summer is one of my favorite seasons! To celebrate summer, I’m doing a special series this month! For July, I will be bringing you a different BBQ recipe each week. We will start with dessert first, because “Life is short, eat dessert first!” and why not??? Then […]

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Summer pool parties are here! What are you bringing to those get togethers? A good Southern girl always brings a homemade dish to a party. Chips and dip are always a big hit at pool parties.  I love the salty chips with a creamy dip. Garlic dip with chips is one of my most popular […]

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Have I mentioned how gorgeous the Bay Area is? There is so much to do. This summer I recommend jumping on the ferry and heading out to Angel Island. All of the San Francisco Bay glory goes to Alcatraz, but just beyond Alcatraz is another gem, Angel Island. It is one of my favorite state parks! […]

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How is it June already? Father’s Day is in less than two weeks! Celebrations for my Dad usually means a bike ride and an ice cream stop after church or going out for BBQ dinner. What are your traditions with your dad? 10 Great Gifts for Dad I have gathered some Southern gifts, some local […]

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Sometimes a mini getaway on the weekend is all you need to recharge. Enter Filoli….an amazing hideway in the San Francisco Bay Area. Filoli is similar to the Huntington Library that I featured a few weeks ago.  It’s located in Woodside, about 25 minutes south of San Francisco. There is an adorable little cafe if you […]

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Have I mentioned that I love picnics? There is something about getting outside on a gorgeous day to share a meal with your loved ones that is just perfection to me. Not to mention how adorable all of the tiny picnic items are! I love tiny salt and pepper shakers and picnic baskets where everything […]

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