june 17th

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enjoy your saturday

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recipe friday

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Potato Pancakes


·        2 grated potato (squeeze water out/ the drier the better)
·        2 eggs
·        6 T Flour
·        2 tsp salt
·        ½ tsp pepper


In a large bowl, mix all ingredients

Fry until brown on both sides.

Serve with applesauce, or sour cream and caviar


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a june wedding - the who, what, when and why

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“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards.”
        – Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)


June is the most popular month for weddings (followed by August, July, May, and September.). Sunny skies and brisk spring breezes are obviously appealing, but it turns out that our attraction to early summer unions may have something to do with our ancestors.

The tradition of "June Brides" dates back to Roman times and the June 1st festival celebrating the marriage of deity Juno and his wife Jupiter (the Goddess of Marriage and Childbirth, no less).

The goddess Juno (for whom June is named) was the protector of women in all aspects of life, but especially in marriage and childbearing, so a wedding in Juno’s month was considered most auspicious.

In the 14th Century, June was the top pick because it's when people began to bathe again following winter, and brides wanted a pleasant-smelling crowd. It was also convenient because flowers were newly available and very necessary to mask the smell of those who hadn't yet cleaned up. This is the origin of the floral bouquet after all!

In the Celtic calendar, the term 'honeymoon' referred to the first moon of after the summer solstice (June 21). The term became synonymous with 'time following the wedding', even when it happened outside of June weddings.

In today's day and age, we have a few reminders of spring's popularity. We love the 1948 film June Bride (starring Bette Davis and Montgomery Clift), the song "June Bride" from the 1954 musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as classic examples of the nostalgia around June weddings and who could ever forget the 1950 film Father of the Bride (starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor.) Yes, there was a remake with a fabulous house - but don't ever forget the original!

Today, for June brides (or those considering a June wedding) it's good to note the following things:

- Flowers costs do begin to drop in June as more stock becomes available closer to home, especially bright blooms like lilies, orchids, and peonies.
- Watch out for holiday weekends and dates when schools get out, if you can, to consider those travelling for your wedding (especially if they have kids).
- Consider a destination wedding. Summer months are typically low-season (because sun-seekers can finally stay home to have nice weather) and therefore less expensive for you and your guests, as well as more room options and perks at the resort.
- Hurricane season is technically June - November in many places, but June is the safest of all months.

So, whether you're a bride this June, or simply attending the June weddings of your friends and family, enjoy it! You're taking part in one of the most romantic traditions we have on this planet. And as the song says, "when you marry in June, you're a bride all your life."

Sunday used to be a popular wedding day; it was the one day most people were free from work. Puritans in the seventeenth century put a stop to this, believing it was improper to be festive on the Sabbath. In early U.S. history, Wednesday was the luckiest day for weddings. Friday was avoided as the “hangman’s day.”

Today, Saturdays are busiest, despite this old rhyme:

Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all; 
Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.


According to tradition, only an unmarried woman could be a maid of honor, and only the brother, best friend, or father of the groom could be the best man.

The original purpose of the bridesmaid and the best man was to aid in the capture of the bride, get her to church on time, and keep any hostile family members away! Now the bridesmaids can usher the guests to their seats, and the best man carries the ring and offers a toast.

Once the flower girl’s role was not simply to spread petals down the aisle, but to protect the bride from the Devil with her shield of virginity. Today, the ring bearer can be a girl, boy, or even a dog!


Although engagement rings have been popular through the ages, it wasn’t until Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented a diamond to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 that the tradition of offering the most enduring gem on Earth took hold. These days, the majority of brides still receive diamond engagement ring but more and more brides are choosing unique precious stones as their center stone for wedding ring sets.


Rice is the latest in a long list of fertility symbols that have been thrown at newlyweds. Over the centuries, guests have tossed cakes, grain, fruit, sweetmeats, and biscuits. Nowadays, it’s common to shower the couple with rice or the more environmentally-friendly birdseed. Another idea is to toss dried rose petals.


Being given away is a tradition that evolved from the days when men bought brides from fathers or, even worse, captured them! Today, brides may ask either parent or both parents to walk them down the aisle.

The traditional wedding vows have given way to more personal expressions of love. Many couples have even dropped the wording “honor and obey”.


Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, you wed not dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, joy for Maiden and for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.


monday at the beach

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When warm weather arrives, my mind and soul wander off to the beach.
(Unfortunately, my body just doesn’t get a chance to go!)

Whether it’s New England or the Gulf coast, I am physically and emotionally drawn to sand and surf.

What is it that has this effect on me?

Does this happen to you?
So welcome to my new blog series…

'Monday at the Beach'

Let’s go...

Beloved Nantucket Cottage

Once a shabby beach cottage, this updated escape now makes the most of its square footage to allow for picture-perfect family vacations.


Nautical Entry

The home's maritime location is subtly referenced in the architectural and decor details throughout, starting at the front entrance, with its ship-like lantern sconce, navy blue starry carpeted stair runner, and lighthouse-shaped banister post.

Make It Work

A subway-tile backsplash, farmhouse-style sink, durable Corian countertops, and open shelving ensure that the kitchen can handle any supper request that comes its way, while staying true to the previous home's sweet cottage look. "It was intended to be functional and charming, not a showpiece," says the architect.

Friendly Family Room

Rather than having a family room centered around a TV, the focal point is a grand stone fireplace added on during the rebuild that extends from floor to ceiling—a labor of love for the family, who gathered some of the rocks from the beach nearby. Its uneven facade allows for makeshift crests that hold tea candles, creating a romantic feel. Shiplap boards on the walls and a painted plaster ceiling add architectural interest.

Cozy Nook

Side-by-side built-in double beds with a thick privacy wall in between allow each girl to lounge comfortably without disturbing the other. Drawers beneath the beds and carved-out shelving provide plenty of storage space.

What do you think of this cute little beach cottage?

Is it move-in ready for you?

Many thanks go to my friends at Coastal Living for their help with this.

church on sunday

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Whether a church is
simple or ornate, large or small,
old or new, wooden or stone...
it is most likely always a beautiful sight to behold.

Today, I share this beautiful image of a church with you
in hopes that it will bring
a little peace, a little joy
and a lot of love.

Lord, as I walk through this World,
Let Your Grace Light my Path,
Your Mercy Shelter my Soul
and Your Love Heal my Heart.

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recipe friday

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Potato Gratin


·         1 head Savoy cabbage, cored, cleaned, & shredded
·         1-piece slab bacon, thinly sliced
·         2 T unsalted butter, more to grease gratin dish
·         4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
·         ¼ C fresh chives, finely chopped
·         Sea salt
·         Freshly ground black pepper
·         2 lb baking potatoes, unpeeled & thinly sliced (about 1/8-inch),
see Cook's Note*
·         2½ C heavy cream
·         2 C grated Parmesan


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Finely shred the cabbage.
Cut the bacon into 1/2-inch chunks.
Place a small skillet over medium-low heat and fry the bacon, until crisp.
Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
Add 1 T butter to bacon fat in frying pan. When it has melted ½ the garlic and give it a quick stir with a wooden spoon to soften.
Add the cabbage and coat it with the butter. Slowly let it wilt. Add the bacon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper Remove from heat and add most of the chives, reserving a little for the garnish.
Generously butter the bottom and sides of an ovenproof casserole dish.
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 1½ C of cream, 1 cup of Parmesan, and the remaining garlic,
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Using your hands, place a layer of potatoes in the casserole dish.
Sprinkle with Parmesan and repeat with 2 more layers.
Spoon the cabbage mixture on top and spread it out evenly over the potatoes. Top it off with 2 more layers of potato and Parmesan.
Pour the remaining 1C cream over the dish.
Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.
Cover dish with aluminum foil.
Bake for 1 hour.
Remove foil and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
Leave for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh chives.

*Cook's Note: Slice the potatoes immediately before using so they don't turn brown.


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june 6th

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my 900th post

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So, I am going to take a moment here and pat myself on the back, toot my own horn, fly my own kite… sing my own praises. I don’t do that very often and some might even say I don’t do it enough. I know it is a very healthy thing to do for yourself, but I seem to be very insecure when it comes to acknowledging my own achievements (hmmm, don’t know exactly what that says about me, should I ‘google’ that?). With that being said, this post might be a little more difficult to write than the past 899!

After this post is published, my blog will have exactly 900 posts to date. Boy, that really seems like a HUGE number when you see it written down in black and white! Congratulations to All in the Detail for having such a huge accomplishment on the record - which I believe not many blogs out there run by a single person can claim.

And yes, congratulations to me for the unlimited amount of time and effort it takes to producing 900 posts.

Also, Thank You, God for giving me the opportunity and support from my loved one to have the ability, the passion and the time to reach this and to now have passed the 900 posts milestone.

Ok, that wasn’t too hard to write.

Now there is exactly 100 posts to go before reaching one of the most amazing 'round number' milestones any blog could wish to achieve, having a whopping 1000 posts on a blog. That achievement is definitely not far from now and I estimate I will produce another 100 interesting posts in the next few months. And after some quick calculations, I am guessing that my 1000 post achievement would arrive very close to my blog’s anniversary of October 12th.

I think I might have to plan something very spectacular for my 1000 posts and anniversary… maybe a special giveaway? Stay tune!

Having 900 posts in a blog is not an easy task. Let’s estimate the average number of words in a single post here on my blog – I am going to guess approximately 600 words. (we have 400 so far on this post) So, after some quick calculations, producing 900 posts is similar to writing over a half million words (540,000). That’s more than enough words to have written several large novels! *According to Wikipedia: while the length of a novel is to a large extent up to its writer, lengths may also vary by subgenre; many chapter books for children start at a length of about 16,000 words, and a typical mystery novel might be in the 60,000 to 80,000 word range while a thriller could be well over 100,000 words.

Ok, I might make it sound more daunting than it really is for me because I love to write, I love design and I love sharing my love for design through my writing… so for me, this blog is a win-win.

By typing these words, expressing my views and love through my blog, I consider myself blessed that I have had this opportunity to make it to the 900 posts milestone and I believe that much more is still to come.

sunday in bed

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It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.

Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.

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