Lilies of summer!

Lilies of summer!

Wow, a bit of a bliss here at Hilltop! Started many moons ago with bucketfuls of nature’s free wild lilies and added a few of pedigree along with way. The multiplication is stunning!
What a Symphony of Colors and Joy!

Rain, then sun!

Rain, then sun!

Road this Rainy – Sunny Day like my old school bike! First checking out the cherished “Saint Theresa Grape Vines”, planted 3 years ago! First Sightings of GRAPES! Had so much fun taking the old bike and delivering an order to my local neighborhood! (That was old school fun!) With grapes on the mind, headed over to Firelands Winery (big doings on the board there)and picked up a few cases of perfect summer Wines! Gewurztraminer 2019, American Rose 2020…and in a nod to the Saint Theresa Grapes a perfect Firelands Pinot Noir 2016! Can’t wait to create perfect Summer Dishes to compliment the wine, or is it the other way around! Charlotte NC…Ohio Wines will Travel!

Mondays!

Mondays!

Monday Funday…well at least the wrapping up the day was at Lake Front Park. Little Town America you are sweet, and so is my little gang!

Beautiful warm market mornings…

Beautiful warm market mornings…

Early morning wanderings, this lil piggy’s going to market, one of the grands giving me a hand (Owen’s handprint 2020), my flower boxes getting ready to leap – and color chart reminder for gardens! Sunny day shades for everyone…next hitting the Sandusky Market – fabulous! Croissants, Manuella’s Cookies, Hydroponic Lettuces (gorgeous)…do we eat or use for decor? Okay both! Then an unexpected visitor rode the copper pot in from outside – yes, I did jump…just like the frog! Early afternoon and oh those June Days! Hope you’re enjoying yours!!! (Merle Allshouse, here’s is to you, who always said “start it like you want to finish it)

And the same Elephant Ear Bulb, just peeking out, here is a year ago…..early September! Isn’t it cool! These are all over the grounds!

Setting the Easter Table

Setting the Easter Table

Enjoy this gallery of my elegant upcoming Easter table setting. Pewter Easter bunnies encased in a glass egg (our small gifts) accompany some fabulous floral arrangements on the tables. Placeholders created from favorite silks, glass and pewter chargers from Mexico, a miniature zebra rug to grace the table center, glasses that were gifts from friends and my sweet Belle (Memere) to all go along the egg-shaped Cognac server!

The Easter menu will be coming soon…

Lunar Celebrations…

Lunar Celebrations…

Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Celestial Moon…give me an excuse to create a Dinner Menu! Muddled Blueberry Martini kissed with Orange started it off…broken Chocolate Globes with Mousse and Creme lit with gold, a sweet ending! I’ll publish this luscious menu and all the recipes this week…for any moon you want to celebrate! Stage set!

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Iced Coffee à la Kitchen’s Bounty

Iced Coffee à la Kitchen’s Bounty

So playing with my daughter in laws favorite coffee drinks this morning! Chilly Iced Americano, topped with Cream kissed with vanilla! So for this MIL the only kind of coffee was hot, well I’m here to tell you it was time to open my horizons! So girls, I think I’ve got this, Starbucks…look out, 2 Iced Coffees, and for Memere double shot espresso, a little cream and yes, a little Kahlua (no clocks here). Out playing with KB’s French Velvet Roast and *Thunder and Lightening Espresso (named after my childhood dogs/ dark and awesome Shepherds). Who wants my job??!