The Weekend

On Friday night the kids were away, so we decided to stay in.  It's so rare we have a date night in our own house.  Since no one was screaming, begging, pleading for food, we decided to have a late dinner outside.  If you have ever been to Birmingham in late July, you know the later the better.  

These zinnias have almost faded, but I still thought they would be nice on the table.  I wish we had zinnias in our own garden - these are from a very sweet friend whose garden is bursting with them at the moment.  They also seem to last an incredibly long time once cut.


Notice the ice cubes in my wine - it's hot here people! And no, that is not a second bottle of wine - it's this incredibly yummy organic olive oil for dipping your bread. 

I served a lemon grilled chicken with melted heirloom tomatoes and orzo and crusty french bread.  I topped it all off with some parm grated on a microplane.  

When we make time to enjoy an evening like this, I always think, "why don't we do this more often?"  It's really not that difficult to make a meal special even when you are not expecting guests.  I think we just get so caught up in our routine we forget to stop and breathe. 

It was so relaxing time slipped away; and before we knew it, the evening had faded into night. 
Savor the summer season and make some plans for an evening at home. 

PS: I just got an email that the new issue of Adore Home Magazine is out!  I have not had a chance to take a peek yet, but I will be making time to do so!  Click here to see for a look see - Adore Magazine   M.



  1. Sounds like a wonderful evening to me! Beautiful set up!

  2. What a lovely evening! You have such a nice and peaceful have inspired me to do the same before summer is over! Take care, Caroline

  3. What a gorgeous setting and perfect evening! Totally magazine it, and your meal looks and sounds fabulous as well.

  4. I have a solution to your ice cubes. Buy the plastic ice cubes at Bed, Bath & Beyond & keep them in your freezer for just such a need!!

  5. Looks like such a perfect evening. I will have to plan this soon for the hubby and me... since our outside looks great but the inside of our downstairs is down to the studs!


Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.