Christmas in July

From car accidents to multiple job interviews for my Audley, December 2016 was rather hectic and stressful for our family.  In between traveling for business and family, we did enjoy a lovely holiday with quite a bit of celebrating including a party with over 75 guests, hosting my in-laws to celebrate and an actual Christmas Day at home!

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I was never able to sharing any of our holiday decor, except a few posts on Instagram, so I thought it would be fun to celebrate Christmas in July here at Fiddle Dee Dee!

And why not?

Macy’s having a Black Friday in July sale, the Hallmark Mysteries and Movies channel has been showing Christmas movies for a week, a few bloggers have jumped in with Christmas themed posts, so it seemed like the perfect time to share our Christmas holiday!

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So step inside and take a peak at our final  Christmas in our South Carolina home.

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I didn’t do a lot of frou-frou decorating around the house this year.  For the most part I stuck to trees and garland with a small scene on my dining room buffet.

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I love the bright colors of the holiday and lots of sparkle, so my decorating reflected that. We had a Nutcracker theme in our living room and that included the tree!  Audley and I discovered it is not so easy to get these guys to stay latched to the branches!

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My sparkle was enhanced using garlands we had purchased at Michael’s and cut to tuck throughout the tree.

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FYI, glittery garland makes a huge mess.

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We don’t have a mantle on our fireplace … sacrilegious I know, so the banister from the loft has made a lovely display for our stocking each year.

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But, I still decked the fireplace hearth.

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And we decked the dining room.

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And set a festive table for celebrating with family.

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While I didn’t do much in the kitchen with our decor this year, or deck every nook and cranny, I did decorate this cake which made a fabulous centerpiece for our party!

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And now to plan for our first Christmas in our new home here in Georgia.  Audley actually mentioned planning to me just this week!

Hmmm… hubby is looking forward to Christmas!

This is going to be fun!

Happy Christmas in July!

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Easy Breakfast Souffle’

Sometimes when we are meal planning we choose a recipe with a bazillion pictures that requires visiting four different markets to gather the vast amount of ingredients we need to cook a gourmet dinner.

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And sometimes, often when we are home alone, we just open up the refrigerator, cross our fingers that there are enough ingredients to make a delicious breakfast just because we have these cute miniature enamel-coated cast iron cocottes that we are eager to use!

{Hey!  It happens!}

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COCOETTE:  a covered, heatproof dish or casserole in which food can be both cooked and served; a Dutch oven.  via google

These “luck of the draw” concoctions as I call them are often the most delicious meals I put on the table.

{Or eat in the living room while watching Netflix…}

For my latest concoction, I rifled through the refrigerator to find eggs from Dad & Mom’s little farm, heavy whipping cream, cherry tomatoes, prosciutto, onion and parmesan cheese.  Perfect ingredients for a breakfast soufflé for one and would be perfect in my little dish.

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For this breakfast for one you don’t even really need a recipe!

Eggs and cream form your base; the rest of the ingredients are at your discretion.

Taking a tablespoon of grass-fed butter I melted it in the little dish, adding a little chopped Vidalia with a little fresh garlic and sautéed it briefly.  While that was sautéing, I whisked 3 eggs with a couple of tablespoons of the cream, and chopped up two little tomatoes.

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Removing the dish from the hot eye I poured the egg into it, whisking the garlic and onion in the mixture, added the chopped tomato, a little prosciutto and shredded Parm cheese to the mix.

I added a little salt & pepper, popped it into the oven set at 350 until it was set (about 20 minutes) and voila!

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An Easy-peasy breakfast for one in my cute little Lodge cocotte.

{Topped with fresh basil because it was just so pretty!}

Do you ever just open the refrigerator and throw something together?  What are your “luck of the draw” specials?

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3 Cheers for the Red, White & Blue!!

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.

~Louis D. Brandeis

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With patriotic colors adorning our table, from our home to yours, we wish you a very safe and happy Independence Day!

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Bright & Cheery Summer Tablescape

We’ve had a lot of rain this summer here in the Southeast.  In fact it hasn’t really seemed like summer much at all.

I’m not complaining as summer’s heat is not something that I enjoy, though the masses of mosquitos do need to go away.

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After multiple days of dreary rain and storms here in Georgia, and the excitement of Audley being home from working in Savannah, I decided we need a little cheery color to help make Sunday dinner cheery and bright for our little family.

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Our table is always set with the basic plate, fork, napkin, and glass when we eat, but sometimes family dinner deserves to be elevated.  It’s a great reminder to your kids and husband that they are special and even dinner at home calls for pretty and fun from time-to-time!

All the white in the blogosphere right now is pretty, but it’s repetitive and boring.  I love color and try to incorporate lots of it (within reason of course) all through our lifestyle! Color is a sure mood booster!

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For this colorful tabletop I incorporated lime, red and blue.  I also used items that are kept on-hand for use throughout several seasons or celebrations in a year.  It sure keeps the clutter down when you have items that can be used in a multiple of ways.

The plates are Royal Warwick,  Lochs of Scotland Blue.  I love this vintage patterned plate, how versitle it can be and it can be used in just about every season as well as mixed up with other blue patterns for a unique table setting!   You can see another setting I did back in the fall using the same plates here.

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I added lime napkins that were found in a shop on St Simons Island secured with BH&G napkin rings.  The red silverware is something I love having as it is useful for themed celebrations from Christmas to Patriotic days and any day in-between!

The cobalt blue glasses are a bright finishing touch to the place-setting.  I found these gems at Steve Mckenzie’s awesome shop in Atlanta.

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Flowers are the perfect accent to any tabletop.  You don’t have to spend a lot if money on them.  I love going to Costco and shopping their flowers as well as hitting up Trader Joe’s or Whole Food’s Market.  Normally I would stick to a short display, because it makes it easier for conversation, but I just love all the color in this arrangement!

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We will just remove it when the food is served anyway!

I had never visited an IKEA until we moved to Atlanta, but we have found some fun buys there!  The lime votive candles were a 4 for a $1 purchase, so I stocked up for use throughout a couple of seasons.

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The red lanterns were just the perfect finishing touch.  These were picked up at a yard sale several years ago and are another of those items I keep around for use through multiple seasons.

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On the menu is tarragon lemon chicken with mini potatoes and asparagus.  Simple yet delicious and totally worthy of an elevated table setting!

I would love to hear your favorite ways to set a table!  Are you a fan of the “white” trend or do you just adore color?

Have a fabulous holiday weekend!

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