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Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Good Morning Darlings!

Oh My Goshy! How much do I love Easter? What do I love best? The PEEPS of course! I mean – really! They are totes adorbs and so yummy.

I got a special Peeps cookbook in the mail called Peeps-a-licious! and I’m completely smitten. Apologies for not writing about this sooner, but this book has all the ways you can cook with our little marshmallow buddies. And if you score them after Sunday, 50% off! Voila!

 Look at how cute this cake is – any little one would adore this, so it’s not just for Easter! Okay, not just little ones, I would be totally melty if someone made this for me.




And it’s not too late to make these adorable Peeps In A Nest!

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I would use these at each place setting with a sweet pastel place card. What do you think?

These are not just Easter ideas – use them all through Spring!

How about Peep Creme Brulee? Buy the book and learn how to make this! You’ll make somebunny very happy, my little chickadee! See what I did there?


Hoppy Easter my darlings!

xoxo, Patti

The Boys Are Back!

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Good Morning Darlings!

If you are a fan of divine parties and fab furnishings, then you must be tuned into Eddie Ross, yes? He is the East Coast Editor for Better Homes and Gardens and I am so lucky to call him and his incredibly charming partner, Jaithan, my friends.

Have you been with me for a while? If so, you will remember the night Eric and I hosted Eddie, Jaithan and a flock of other marvelous friends in our home for a grand dinner party.  We had the best fun!

Eddie and Jaithan have been hard at work on their fantastic book, Eddie Ross Modern Mix.

Featuring never-before-seen photographs of Eddie’s own homes—his eclectic apartment in New York and Pine Hill Farm in Connecticut—Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence.

And if you are lucky enough to catch him when he comes to your town, you might be able to join him on a shopping expedition so you can find your own treasures!


Buy This Book!

The book is chock full of delights! This past Thursday I had the chance to catch up with my friends when they arrived in Atlanta. Steve McKenzie gave a fab party for the boys in his own new outlet filled with things you have to have for your home!

Me, Eddie and Jaithan

Me, Eddie and Jaithan

I apologize for the size of this photo. Next time I will not use the phone and bring the Canon along with me.

Some fab photos of Steve McKenzie’s goodies!

I need all of these for the holidays!

I need all of these for the holidays!

I also had the distinct pleasure of saying hello to NY Times best selling author, Mary Kay Andrews and renowned food stylist and party maven, Annette Joseph. Annette will be giving us some tips for the holidays in November. Stay tuned!

Me, Mary Kay and Annette

Me, Mary Kay and Annette

Go buy Eddie’s book for Christmas. Everyone will want one!

xoxo, Patti

Sweet Home – A Book Review

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

I am wrapping up the week with a little book review.

Come on in!

Clint & Patti’s Big Adventure

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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Last Thursday Clint & I played hooky together. Clint planned an entire day of surprises that just delighted me to no end.

What did we do on our play day?

Cookbookery Club Goes South

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

This month our Cookbookery Club chose The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook. It included recipes for all things southern and delicious.

It was more like Thanksgiving than a Saturday night

The Haggis Chronicles

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

When our sweet friend, Stephanie, asked Eric and I to join her Cookbookery Club back in December, we were thrilled. The premise – choose a cookbook and allow everyone to prepare a dish, then get together and chow down.

That sounds perfect for us! Of course we would love to join!

This month was very exciting!

The Pics Keep On Coming!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

No more musings. The photos say it all.

Come on in and join the party!

Cookbook Reviews!

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

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I get a lot of cookbooks. I love cookbooks. It is time to review all those cookbooks recently sent to me.

Do you love cookbooks, too?

What About The Sides?

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

All kinds of emails show up in my inbox everyday. It’s sometimes hard to decipher what might be cool and what I might want to share with you.

Something worth sharing inside

Etiquette & Life Lessons

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

My life is truly wonderful. I have an amazing husband, two adorable dogs, friends that fill my heart, a lovely, cozy home and a soft bed on which to lay my sleepy head each night.

Wait, you do, too? How marvelous! But it’s not something we think about each day, is it? I have never had much adversity to overcome, my middle class upbringing was pretty much like living in Mayberry and my loving parents kept me safe and warm, buying me anything I needed, including cute clothes and the newest styles of shoes. I received a car at 16, went to college and never pondered where my next meal is coming from. I married a man who loves me without fail and always shows it.

It’s astonishing to think that my reality is someone else’s dream. A dream that has been thwarted again and again by abuse, by poverty, by unrealized ambition.

Join me inside and see what I’ve been up to.