This is what morning looks like…

On The Home Front

Since the porch has been freshly painted, it is almost impossible to stay indoors.  The vinca, dusty miller, geraniums and begonias are all perfect companions during, what is shaping up to be, a perfect Georgia sunset. The weather was humid and sticky earlier but now the temperature is cooling down and the sunset in Cabbagetown is so inviting.  

I can’t imagine a more perfect way to welcome September than a sunset Monday with my porch buddy Tootsie (woof)!

Happy Labor Day all!

Farfalle Arugula Pasta

(Serves 6)

1 ½  pounds fresh peas, shelled, or 1 1/2 cups frozen baby peas, thawed

1 ½  cups loosely packed  arugula

1 ½ cups of fresh portobello mushroom – sliced

4 large ripe roma  tomatoes – diced

½ cup fresh basil

6 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino romano ( plus more for serving)

1/3  cup of extra virgin olive oil

½  teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 pound farfalle

Salt and freshly ground cracked black pepper


Salt and freshly ground cracked black pepper

 In a small saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the fresh peas just until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a serving bowl, combine the arugula, peas, mushrooms, tomatoes, basil, pecorino, EVOO, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Cook the farfalle in the boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well. Add the pasta to the arugula and  peas. Toss well.

Serve at once. 

The Cut
All fresh flower stems, especially roses, need to be recut. Recutting the stem base allows water to cleanly follow into the stem and allows the flower to properly hydrate.
Also remove any foliage that may be submerged in the vase (container) water. Leaves (foliage) in the resting water shortens the life of fresh cut flowers and makes the water yucky!!

The Container
Any clean, secure container will do. I preferred to use glass because it allows me to see the stems and adds to the fresh look. I bought this vintage liter decanter from a local thrift store in town.

The Water
Here the secret! The water. By add 1tbsp of table sugar and 3 drops of bleach (yes, bleach). Your flowers will not only stay fresh but the water in the container will stay clean and clear!

The Arrangement
By cutting the stems at different lengths you can create a beautiful layered effect. Be creative!

'Morning 'Lanta


Nothing beats a sunrise hike on Stone Mountain.  The air is crisp and fresh.  The burn your muscles feel from walking the incline is intoxicating.  You push and push and push and then…THE VIEW!  

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Monday’s Message: DO NOT WORRY


If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you know that I was in San Francisco with Dereck last week.  It was the perfect getaway for both of us after a long month apart.

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Be prepared when creating summer’s favorite treat.

Read more: 10 Tools for Making Ice Cream on Food52

A sweet treat from one of my favorite food bloggers, Food52. Yummy!

This is what your morning looks like when you promise a friend to cat (and chicken) sit!!

I call this place Seed&Shelter - the magical humble abode of friends Cooper S. and K.Jo G. At Seed&Shelter the grounds are beautiful and welcoming and complete with fresh produce growing in clay pots and view of a well-kept meadow that’s to die for. Along with the chickens and finches, cats roam free and there’s even a slight hum from beehive that’s taken residence near local shed.

It’s always a pleasure to visit but even more special when you get to walk the grounds alone, pretending like you’ve stepped into the pages of Garden and Gun magazine.

Glad that I could help guys, but really the pleasure was all mine!

What could more beautiful and romantic than an evening on the ‘Frisco pier with my love, followed by dinner at Il Fornaio. 

Monday’s Message: ENDURANCE


I am a runner.

As a push to break a 7 minute mile this month, I think about The Race of Faith.  I memorized this scripture back in 2005 and it has become my mantra, actually a cadence, during my daily run.

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Looking for that perfect grocery bag? Not anymore.

Check out Thug Kitchen’s new merch store. You’re effing welcome.

aleeshadenise turned 1 today!

Monday’s Message: NO ANXIETY!


These days it seems like my prayer list is getting longer and longer. I’m hoping to somehow God can organize and prioritize my prayers by importance: what I really need and what I really want.

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English Elegance


If you follow me on Pinterest you know about my love affair with Pashley bikes and Old English countryside manner.  

The quintessential English town and country bicycle. Perhaps the world’s first luxury bike - and still handmade in Pashley’s Stratford-upon-Avon factory. Traditional style. impeccable details. It doesn’t get more romantic than this.

Click here for more info on the timeless beauty.

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