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A Summer Seafood Feast Al Fresco

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all having a fantastic week so far.  

It’s August 14th and in blogland, that means getting ready for the autumn season with brand new recipes, home decor and home decorating ideas.  And I am gearing up for a Transition from “Summer to Fall” Home Tour on Tuesday, August 21 with a group of 20 talented bloggers that will be sharing ideas for transitioning your home into fall.

But in the meantime, I am still savoring every bit of warm weather and sunshine.  Of course, that includes dining al fresco!  There are so many things to celebrate this time of year so why not take the party outdoors.  It’s fun and keeps things easy.  

Summer also means Seafood Season and we do love our seafood around here. And with this in mind, I planned a dinner party with a coastal feel in mind.  A casual backyard Seafood Feast that was actually quite simple to put together.  

I wanted my table to have a blue and white color scheme so I started with a white drop-cloth tablecloth and blue and white place mats.   Stylish paper plates keep cleaning easy and fast.  Decorating my place setting is a striped napkin which I folded in to a sail boat.  This simple addition added endless visual interest and whimsy to the table setting while acrylic glassware kept things worry-free.

Small galvanized metal pails hold extra napkins, lemons, seafood picks and crackers.  Best part, they also serve as a wastebasket for the lobster shells 

We like to combine grilled lobsters and a one-pot shrimp boil along with a few traditional trimmings and sides.  This makes for a party that does not require a major production to host and one that allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy, along with your guests.

Cheers to Summer Entertaining,


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"Transitioning From Summer To Fall Home Tour"

Hello everyone.  I hope your week is off to a great start.  If you are here for the first time, welcome!  I am glad you are here.  

Fall is my favorite time of the year for decorating our home.  I love filling our home with autumnal textures and colors.  But with temps still in the high 90’s, fall decorating takes a back seat in my to do list.  Truth is, full on fall decor happens sometime in September.  But as all bloggers know, seasonal decorating happens much earlier in Blogland.  

Today, I am excited to be joining a group of blogging friends for the “Transitioning From Summer To Fall Home Tours” hosted by Amber Lyon Ferguson of Follow The Yellow Brick Home to share inspiration and simple ideas that you can incorporate to your decor for a subtle transitioning into fall.  So sit back, relax, and grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea and enjoy the tours.  

Let’s first head to our sun room or as I call it, our breakfast room.  This room had a makeover last year.  It was originally a dark taupe with dark furniture and popcorn ceiling!  After a much needed room re-do, it has easily become on our our favorite rooms in the house.  The walls and furniture were painted in a light antique white color and the difference has been incredible.  It feels so much lighter and welcoming.  If is my go to room now for serving an afternoon snack or tea.  Since the room is decorated with blue and yellow, transitioning the room into fall is just a matter of adding a few simple details such as decorative pillows, throws and a large floral arrangement that I made a few years ago.
An apple cake is always a sure sign of fall and this one is a must.   If you are interested in the recipe, click on the link here.   

Sunflowers are also a sign of fall and our local farmers have plenty this time of the year.  A weekly trip to our local stands is always a must.  It supports our local farmers and I have fresh flowers all week for a fraction of the cost!
Isn’t this flower farm stand adorable?  This is where my sunflowers come from.  Just a few minutes from our home!

Fresh apples also great for decorating!  Especially during the autumn season.  Don’t look at apples just for baking, use them for adding color and a natural element to your decor.

Pitchers are a great addition to any style of decorating.  They are inexpensive and can be used all year.  I just love they were they look in this vignette.  A few simple accessories can add a fall feel to your home without much effort. 

Fall also means apple picking, fabulous pumpkins and lots of weekend visits from relative that live in the city and wish to connect with nature during the colorful and majestic autumn season.  Having a guest room that is always ready for company is a must at the Rosemary & Thyme Bed and Breakfast.  That’s how our family and friends lovingly refer to our home. lol


My goal is always to make guests feel welcomed by creating a room that feels warm and cozy.   This is particularly of importance during the cold winter months.  Once that crisp autumn air sets in, I like to add lots of throws, warm blankets and candles to the rooms.  A few soft colored autumn themed pillows bring a bit of the fall flair without feeling overdone.  

Sometimes, when I want my guests to feel extra special, I will set-up an afternoon snack in the room for them.  I know if may seem over the top, but nothing makes me happier.  It is a simple courtesy that will make anyone’s day.

And the ultimate fall indulgence!!!  A cozy seat by the fire.  

This concludes my “Transitioning From Summer To Fall Home Tour” friends.  I hope you have picked up an idea or two for decorating your home this fall season.  Now be sure to visit the rest of the homes on the tour for more fall inspiration.  Links are below.

A big thank you to Amber for putting this Fall Home Tour together.   

Happy decorating friends.

Rosemary & Thyme

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Tips For Effortless Garden Entertaining

Hello everyone.  I can’t believe that tomorrow will be September!  Where did summer go?  As much as I love the autumn season, summer is a close second in my world.  Because winter was overly long and brutal last year, I plan to enjoy every bit of warm weather left this season.

Enjoying the outdoors is one of the highlights of summertime. It is the perfect time to catch up with family and friends in a relaxed and intimate setting. Today, I am excited to share that I am will now be a regular online contributor for Romantic Homes Magazine. My first online story offers readers tips for elegant garden entertaining.  I invite you to take a few minutes to discover the beautiful and dreamy online world of this lovely publication.  I guarantee that if you are a romantic just like me, you will be completely charmed.

Dream up beautiful decor and an easy menu to keep things casual and stress-free. And if you already have a garden, terrace or patio, then these five tips will help with put together your own intimate get-together in no time.

1. Create a theme

I wanted my table to feel inviting and that conveyed old world romance. For me, nothing says old world romance like vintage linens and china. They are my go to when classic and gracious living come to mind. I love the freedom I find in mixing vintage and delicate floral patterns. They bring an irresistible allure that is hard to achieve with modern dinnerware.

2.Decide the number of guests

One of the first things you will need to decide is the number of guests that you will invite. That will determine how large of an area you will need for your gathering. Since I was planning for intimate get-together for two, I knew I could set my table by my much loved bistro set which is set in an area of our garden that is surrounded by green lushness and natural beauty.

3. Find the right spot

Choosing the perfect spot in your garden is the first step in planning your get-together. Find an area in your garden that looks inviting, pleasing, and that keeps your guests away from direct sunlight. I have a favorite area in our garden that is flanked by trees, hydrangeas and offers the perfect open air backdrop that invites one to relax and take in nature. It is enchanting this time of the year and provides plenty of shade

4. Decide on a menu

The food and drinks are equally important. Since my main goal was to enjoy my company, I decided to serve a cheese course. It allows everyone to help themselves and you won’t have to play server. I made a lovely and refreshing peach sangria as our signature drink. I filled a decanter with the left over sangria and kept it nearby which made refills a cinch.

5. Use florals from your garden

For a casual garden setting, I like to use flowers that are seasonal and have a just-picked feel. Since hydrangeas are in full bloom in our garden, they were the ideal flowers to create an effortless arrangement. To add character and romance to your arrangement, use a silver-plate pitcher as your vessel. You can easily find them at thrift stores or flea markets these days.

Happy entertaining!!!


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Apple Pie Baked In Apples

Hello everyone.  Happy fall to you all!

Here is an easy and fun dessert that not only looks amazing, but will have your guests asking for more.  It has everything that you love about apple pie – the warm apple filing with gooey cinnamon flavor and crunch of a pie crust – all baked inside an apple.

Pre-cooked apple filling is poured into a hollowed apple and topped with an easy lattice pie crust.  Then baked for 20-25 minutes.  So easy and cute!


  1. Large Granny Smith or Gala Apples
  2. Additional apples for filling (4)
  3. 3 tablespoons butter
  4. 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. package (14.1 oz) Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust (use just 1 of the 2 crusts in the box)
  8. 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • 2
    Slice the top off each of your apples and scoop out the inside of the apple. I used a knife and a spoon to hollow out the apple.
  • 3
    Cut apples into cubes and place in saute pan. Add butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Then add vanilla.
  • 4
    Unroll one pie crust and cut it into fourths; one for each apple. Then cut each quarter into 1/4-inch strips.
  • 5
    Lay strips of the dough on top of the apple. Then take one new strip at a time and alternate weaving it over and under the pie strips already in place. Repeat until the top of the apple has been covered. Trim excess pie crust around the edges with a knife. You can use any left over dough to make decorative leaves.  Lightly brush beaten egg over the top of each crust.
  • 6
    Place apples in a baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust if golden brown. Remove from baking dish and enjoy.

Of course you can serve these warm with a scoop of ice cream.  I hope you enjoy.

Happy fall baking!!


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Apple Harvest Fall Tablescape Blog Hop

Hello everyone.  It’s time for another fall tablescape blog hop again!  Our talented friend Angelina of Petite Haus is the person behind this fun blog hop that is guaranteed to be filled with plenty of tabletop eye candy and inspiration from my fellow bloggers.  If you are coming over from Areeba of Mint Candy Designs, then welcome!  I am so glad you are here!  Make sure to check out all the links at the bottom of my post for more fall tablescape inspiration.

Today, I am excited to share my version of an apple harvest tablescape.  It is simple to put together yet bursting with charm, color and textures.  From the vibrant yellow sunflowers to the rich reds of the apples placed at each place setting.  These warm and inviting colors are a delightful way to welcome fall and to create a table that will make your guests want to stay a little longer.

My goal was to create a pretty farmhouse – apple harvest table without having to spend too much so I tried to use as many items I had around the house already.  This was definitely a fun challenge for me and one that I was open to.  The only items I had to buy were the fresh apples and sunflowers.  But since they were purchased from our local farm stand, the cost was very reasonable.  No need to say that I did plenty of baking and cooking with these apples!

I am always fascinated by the beauty and versatility of  fresh fruit.  Especially apples which are my go to during the autumn season.  They are ideal for adding color and an organic element to your table.
A striped tablecloth, white plates and copper mugs; ( all from Home Goods) come together to showcase  the bright colored apples.  The darling buffalo checked napkins placed under the farm baskets add textures and color at each place setting (from Pier 1).  Local sunflowers add  a happy note this autumnal setting. 
At each place setting, I placed a small farm basket filled with fresh apples.  I used a striped napkin to add softness to the baskets.  I just love how pretty these little baskets look!  Stainless steel flatware with blackened handles, galvanized metal chargers and mason jars complete by farmhouse – apple harvest tablescape.

I hope I have inspired you to create your own pretty fall table.  It doesn’t have to be complicated!  With a few items already owned, you can create your own little masterpiece.

Thank you for your visit.  Happy entertaining and may you all have a most beautiful autumn season.  Next up on the blog hop is Rebeca of Lincluden Cottage LifeBe sure to give her a visit too for more fun tabletop inspiration.


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Style A Welcoming Fall Table Alfresco

Hello everyone.  Happy Monday!  The weather is still warm here on the East Coast and that means that the open-air dining continues for us.  And believe me, we are going to enjoy every second of warm weather.  Winter is just too long!

This spot under our weeping willow tree provides plenty of shade while allowing enough of the sun to peek though the branches.  It is the ideal backdrop for setting a cozy fall table alfresco on a casual Saturday evening.  A picturesque spot for an intimate gathering with friends

The inspiration for this table were the colorful accent plates I chose for my place setting.  Decorated with large flowers in orange and violet and detailed with elegant leaves and lavish gold accents.  The burnt orange tablecloth allow the plates to stand out while the willow chargers add texture and contrast. 

I always pay attention to the details – what I call the table jewelry.  Copper drinking mugs and candle holders add a little bling and shimmer to the table.

And remember the seasonal touches such as pumpkins and flowers to give your table .  For this table, I used a planted Celosia for height, dried hydrangeas from our garden, small pumpkins placed randomly to create my centerpiece. 

Classic Black and White Gingham Plaid Pattern Napkins layered with add whimsy and a touch of country.  

Isn’t this a lovely setting for dining with friends?  I truly love the relaxed feel of the table – engaging and welcoming!

I hope I have inspired you to create your own cozy autumn table.

Wishing you a blessed and happy week.


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Fall Baking ~ Apple Roses

Fall Baking ~ Apple Roses

Fall is my favorite time of the year!  There is a chill in the air, the leaves are changing color, local festivals are plenty and the apple picking season begins.  With a ton of orchards in our area, apple picking is a must.  And who doesn’t love an apple dessert during fall?  I for one always have a hard time saying no to fresh apple pie!  

As much as enjoy apple picking, I love baking even more.  The apples are much sweeter, and aromas in the kitchen are heavenly.  These beautiful apples roses are the perfect way to celebrate autumn. A tasty and easy dessert made with lots of soft and delicious apple slices, wrapped in puff pastry that has been flavored with cinnamon sugar.   Below is the recipe which has also been shared at Romantic Homes Magazine. Click on direct link for article.


  • 1/2 package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
  • 2 red apple 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, to sprinkle the counter
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup fine sugar
  • as-needed confectioners’ sugar (also called powdered sugar)


Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature if you haven’t done so yet. It should take about 20-30 minutes.

Prepare a bowl half filled with water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper-thin slices. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl so that they won’t change color.

Microwave the apples in the bowl for about 2 minutes, to make them slightly softer and easy to roll.  If you prefer, you can also simmer the apple slices with the water in a small pan (on the stove). The apple slices should be cooked just enough to bend without breaking. If they break, you need to cook them a little more.
Unwrap the puff pastry over a clean and lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough into a rectangular shape of about 12 x 9 inch. Cut the dough in 6 strips, each about 2 x 9 inch.

In a small bowl place the sugar and cinnamon and mix well.  On another bowl, place three tablespoons of butter. Microwave for about 30 seconds (or until melted). Spread a thin layer of butter on each strip of dough.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. 
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Drain the apples.  Arrange the apple slices on the dough, overlapping one another. Make sure the top (skin side) of the slices sticks a little out of the strip. 

Fold up the bottom part of the dough.  Starting from one end, carefully roll the dough, keeping the apple slices in place. Seal the edge at the end, pressing with your finger, and place in a regular muffin cup. No need to grease the muffin mold if it’s silicone. Otherwise, make sure to grease with butter and flour (or spray).
Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked. 

NOTES: Make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven!  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Happy fall baking friends!


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Neutral Fall Farmhouse Tablescape

It’s finally Friday and I am so ready for the weekend!  October was such a busy month and November and December, well, we all know how those two months will go.

Entertaining season is here friends!  Time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends and early autumn is the ideal time to plan a relaxed gathering under the stars.  And for all my ladies that prefer a softer and neutral autumn color palette, I got you covered.  This romantic and inviting fall table is simple yet bursting with lots of charm.  

Today, I am excited to share that this Soft tone Fall Farmhouse table has been featured on the Romantic Homes website.  I invite you to visit their beautiful website to read the full article and to enjoy all the pretty content that they share.

Try these simple decorating tips to create your own inviting and romantic fall farmhouse table.

Set Your Table Outdoors

There is nothing more beautiful and inspiring than nature.  For that reason, I often treat of our backyard as another room in which I can entertain in.  And while the temperature allows, I set most of our dinner parties.  So take your delicate linens, pretty dinnerware, mason jars and flowers outside – add some candlelight for ambiance and enjoy the colorful view.

Keep It Neutral

A neutral color palette always adds an element of romance to a table.  It makes such a statement on its own.  Choose dinner plates, glassware, linens and flowers in neutral tones to keep the tone of your table soft and understated.
For this table, I selected a simple cream linen tablecloth.  To add that bit of a farmhouse feel, I layered a gray and ivory gingham check table runner on top of the tablecloth.  Pink ruffled napkins add a subtle touch of color and loveliness.

Bring In The Seasonal Touches

Introduce seasonal touches to your table by simply adding accent plates, decorative pieces and flowers that reflect the seasons transformation.  Just be sure to select objects that are neutral in color.  My seasonal item for this table was a salad plate with the word gather across its center and gracefully decorated with a lovely wheat motive around the perimeter of the plate.  A simple addition that contributes to the poetic composition of soft colors, beauty and rustic elegance of this table.

Use Your Collectibles

Ironstone pitchers are a fun and interesting way to add height, shape and a country feel to your table.  Plus you can use them to serve water, wine, or any cold beverage that you want to serve.  Selecting these components is enjoyable and a great way to display your collections.
Add Autumn Flowers
Autumn offers some of the prettiest lush flowers and rich tones.  But in early fall, hydrangeas are at their finest. I often cut a few from our garden for drying and preserve.  They are as love as any you can purchase.  They are beautiful, unfussy and perfectly pleasing.  Take a cue from nature and, fill your favorite vase with a bunch of delicate petaled and soft tones hydrangeas, ranunculus, roses or branches.

Relax and Have Fun
Part of setting a table is the enjoyment that I get from the entire process.  From selecting the occasion, inviting guests, planning my theme, selecting a menu, choosing my linens, dinnerware, flowers.  You get it!  But beyond that, entertaining is about enjoying your guests and creating new memories.  Your family and friends will love you just for making the effort, so don’t fuss over the details – Relax and enjoy the moment.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day with me.  I am so glad that you stopped by.

Wishing you a fantastic autumn season…  Happy entertaining friends!

Janet Collazo
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Gather Round The Table Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop

Hello everyone.  It’s time for our Thanksgiving tablescape round up and I am beyond excited to be  joining 21 fellow bloggers for this fun blog hop.  Our talented friend Amber of Follow The Yellow Brick Home is the person behind this delightful round up that is guaranteed to be filled with a plethora of tabletop ideas and inspiration from this brilliant group of bloggers that Amber brought together for us.  If you are coming over from Angelina at Petite Haus, welcome!  I am so glad that you are here!  Make sure to check out all the links at the bottom of my post for more beautiful Thanks giving tables.
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday because it is family – Gathering around the table, catching up with our families and being thankful for all of our blessings.  The world just seems to fade away for those few hours that we’re all gathered around the dinner table.  It’s all about the well-seasoned turkey, tasty gravy and plentiful sides. And for the ultimate holiday treat, my Mom’s flan, which no family gathering can be without!  For me, the ultimate gift is seeing everyone eating, laughing and enjoying each others company.  There is no bigger blessing sweet friends!   

Today, I am excited to share my “Alfresco Thanksgiving Table”.  It is a traditional table that is bursting with charm, color and lots of textures.  From the striking centerpiece to the eye-catching place cards at each place setting, these neutral and inviting colors are a delightful way to celebrate the holiday and a sure way to make your guests want to linger a little longer.

Because Thanksgiving is such a special holiday for me, I like to make the occasion truly unforgettable.  That doesn’t mean going full-on fancy.  Although it may seem that way!  You can achieve a sophisticated and elegant look with everyday dishes and pieces you already own.  In fact, the only items I purchased to style this table were the fresh autumn vegetables and a small bunch of hydrangeas!  

And because the weather was still warm and the skies were so beautiful, I decided to bring our dinner party outdoors.  We truly got lucky!  I couldn’t ask for a more glorious backdrop.
Nothing says this is a special occasion like a beautiful pressed tablecloth and napkins.  Don’t be afraid to bring out your pretty linens.  New or vintage, these will set the tone for your table.  In addition to the tablecloth, include a table runner for a pop of color.

Use Place Mats.  I love using these Willow Chargers from Pottery Barn.  They anchor the place setting, add visual interest and texture.

You don’t need fancy china.  Of course you can if that is what you want to use.  After all it is Thanksgiving but pretty white dishes can be just as stylish and fancy. These delicate and beautifully proportioned white plates are my current obsession.  

Go the extra mile and add a pretty napkin ring or handmade place card.  For this place setting, I made these lovely place cards using a rubber stamp with the message “Have A Joyful Thanksgiving”.  An element of surprise that will make every guests feel special.  (I will share this fun and easy DIY this weekend.)

And don’t forget the centerpiece.  This can be as simple as using harvest vegetables.  They will look beautiful, add color, are inexpensive and can become part of a another meal.  Tuck in a some fresh flowers and greens from to add a bit of texture.

This is the time to bring out your pretty glassware and flatware.  Use your copper mugs, colored glassware, vintage pieces.  Mix your metals!  They are all welcomed at this table.

Candles are key for creating ambiance.  Add a few votive candle holders, and pillars to add warmth.

I hope I have inspired you to create your own Thanksgiving table.  It doesn’t have to be complicated!  Basic white plates, simple linens and fresh produce, can help you create your own little masterpiece.

Thank you for your visit.  May you all have a most beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving.  Next up on the blog hop is Judith of Botanic Bleu.  Be sure to give her a visit too for more pretty tabletop inspiration.


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Easy Thanksgiving Place Card Tutorial

Hello friends.  I am stopping by to share this fun and easy Thanksgiving Place Card tutorial that will add a special touch to your table setting this holiday.  It is a simple detail that will take your table from ordinary to fabulous.  
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s time to start thinking about setting your table for the holiday.  Whether you are planning to keep things simple or full-on glam, these lovely place cards will add a touch of elegance and charm to your table. And if you’re anything like me, the holiday season is that time of the year when you are willing to devote the extra time to create something truly special for family and friends.

What You’ll Need:
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Single-Hole Punch
  • 1 Package of place cards of your choice (But you can use any paper to create your own place cards.   Just cut them 2″ x 3.5″)
  • Rubber Stamp (I found mine at Joann Fabrics.  It is by Hero Arts – Have A Joyful  Thanksgiving) But if you have good penmanship, they can be handwritten too.
  •  Full size Ink pad (I used Rich Cocoa by Memento)
  •  Twine

What You’ll Do:
  • Gather all your supplies.
  • Open ink pad and press rubber stamp on top of the pad.  Be sure that all the lettering is covered with ink.
  • With ruler or measuring tape, measure center of place card and press your rubber stamp on center. Let dry for a 2 to 3 minutes. Press lightly if you prefer a faded look or firmer if you prefer a darker print.
  • With hole puncher, press hole on the left side of the card.  Be sure to find center before punching hole.
  • With scissors, cut twine.  I allowed about 20″ because I wanted to double it.
  • Bring twine through opening.  Tie around napkin and your done.

 I hope I have inspired you today.  This is a fun and relatively quick project that
will add a lots of personality to your table this Thanksgiving.

A big thank you to each and everyone of you.  I am extremely grateful for your
support, attention and time.  

May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Rosemary & Thyme

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