Date Night With Jeff

date night ~ dinner in front of the fireplace

This week for date night we had the house to ourselves. Gracie was at a friend’s house for a sleepover, so we decided to have a romantic candle lit dinner in front of the fireplace. Once we had candles glowing on every available surface, we wrote the menu on the “bistro board,” put a bunch…

date night

This past weekend we got our little pool set up in the back yard and bought a market umbrella for our deck table. We spent a lot of time out there, sipping vino, lazing “pool side”…and we took time to go on a date. We walked up to the Veranda Restaurant at the St. James…

california travel journal ~ day four

Of course the fourth day of our vacation started with breakfast at Ocean View Cafe. Many tumblerfuls of iced tea with lemon is the way to start the day out right… I ordered the Mediterranean Sampler that came highly recommended by the hot hubby… Jeff ordered the same and we got a side of labni,…

california travel journal ~ day three

On the third day of our California vacation we decided to try another breakfast place that someone recommended to us, and it just so happens to be located right next to Uncle Bill’s. It’s called the Ocean View Cafe. The view of the ocean is even better than that of it’s neighbor because it’s closer.…

date night ~ dinner al fresco

Yesterday for “date day” we had lunch at the St. James Hotel… We sat on the pretty patio at the Veranda… and had the yummy mahi mahi fish tacos after lunch we went home to enjoy cocktails on the deck the “rose wall” is starting to bloom! so pretty! Would you like to hear about…

picnic

“A book of verses underneath the bough, a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou…” ~Edward Fitzgerald It’s my birthday week and the first celebration was a little picnic under our oak tree. We made a Muffuletta sandwich, sipped wine and rosewater lemonade, and had creamsicle Oreos and dark Dove chocolates for dessert.…

the languid step of spring

The house needed a little TLC both inside and out and because it was gorgeous over the long weekend I decided to start outside. I cut at least 30 oak tree saplings out of our front bulb/fern garden… cut back the MAMMOTH ROSE BUSHES without too much bloodshed, which was a first. One year I…

date day :: tea for two

“Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.” ~Henry Fielding One of the things I like about the tea ritual is that it can be made as simple or elaborate as you wish. Today I decided to fill a teapot with lilacs, pour iced tea with lemon and mint into our crystal wine glasses,…

french bistro on the deck

After a fun-filled day celebrating our grandgirl Madeline’s 2nd birthday with a houseful of family and friends, Jeff said he wanted to make a special dinner for our date night. So, we set up a little fantasy French bistro on our deck. There was a slight breeze that played over the newly-green grass in the…

mussels in white wine

photographs by Melissa Placzek ~mussels in white wine~ We made these yesterday afternoon and sipped vino while we did a photo shoot out on the deck. It was sunny and warm while we took pictures, and we were finally able to enjoy the fresh air without wearing jackets. I’m having so much fun learning about…