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Road Trip: Oakhurst Inn – part 1

Oakhurst Inn building 1


disclosure:  We received a discounted rate and a free upgrade at the Oakhurst Inn.  Regardless, all opinions are totally my own. 


Our recent 11 day 3,400 mile road trip provided many overnight stays at some form or fashion of inn or hotel along the way.  Planning for this trip occurred well before we packed anything in the car.  I will admit that I am super duper picky when it comes to accommodations, and my husband is more than aware of it.  So he turned the hotel planning over to me.  I just had to let him know where we were going, stay within some kind of a budget, make sure that we moved our son into his apartment in New Haven, Connecticut somewhere along the way, and let him (my husband) plot our adventure on the map so that he could drive it.:)(Easier said than done!)

“Super duper picky” means you do a ton of research before making a reservation anywhere.  From Trip Advisor (the good, the bad, and the ugly) to Expedia to google images and everything in between, I did my homework.  So when I finally committed to a reservation at a place, it meant that it had already been thoroughly checked out…by me…the picky hotel girl.

Oakhurst Inn building 1 side viewWhen I found Charlottesville, Virginia’s Oakhurst Inn I knew I had hit the jackpot.  It passed all my tests – great reviews, wood floors, good interior design, minimal bed linens,(yes, that is really a requirement for me and no I am not crazy 😉 ) interesting architecture, and even better – it was a relatively new place having opened on January 1, 2014.  But there was also much more that made me choose it.

Our first day on the road (and the night we would be in Charlottesville) just happened to be our son’s 25th birthday, and the interior of Oakhurst looked exactly like something I thought he would like. He loves coffee shops, and if a coffee shop could grow up and be an inn, it would be the Oakhurst Inn.:) From the photos I could see of it, the inn had that kind of vibe – cool, urban, eco smart.  And even better than that – Oakhurst has their own cafe and coffee shop!  Yes, I had hit the jackpot with them (but we didn’t tell our son where we would be staying so that it would be a delightful surprise.)

Oakhurst Inn buildingsNow let me share a little about the background of the inn.  Oakhurst is really a group of 4 buildings on a circle in a lovely historic residential neighborhood.  Dr. Paul Barringer, former president of Virginia Tech, built one of the buildings in the 1920’s.  The owners lived on the 1st and lower levels of Oakhurst House 100 (the building in the top 2 photos of this post.)  The other entrance to the house led to the upstairs.  This floor was for boarding medical students who worked at UVA hospital.  Later Dr. Barringer had another building constructed (the one in the next photo) to provide more housing.  The buildings actually served as dorms until 2012.

Oakhurst Inn building 2The other 2 buildings of the Oakhurst Inn were former homes of college professors.  We stayed in the one pictured below.  In 2007, a group of investors, including owner Bill Chapman, purchased the 4 buildings and began the 7 year project to redesign, renovate, restore, and turn the buildings into the beauties they are today.  Getting approval for all the plans took several years, and the actual construction took 18 months.

oakhurst inn building 3I mentioned that the buildings are on a circle in a residential neighborhood.  The interior of that circle is a beautifully landscaped park area.

Oakhurst Inn parkThe inn borders the University of Virginia campus.  In fact, you can see some of UVA’s apartments here between 2 of the inn’s buildings.  There is a small conference room in that complex that Oakhurst often rents out for those who need such a facility when staying there.

Oakhurst Inn by University of VAOkay, enough of all the info.  I want you to see the inside of this glorious place!  So come on in their plum colored door to check in.:) (Note that beautiful potted plant there.  It was one of many on their property. Kudos to their landscape person!)

Oakhurst Inn entranceI cannot even begin to explain the feeling of “at home” that you get when you stay there.  It truly is like being in a friend’s house.:) Soooo very welcoming.  Each of their buildings has a library on each floor for a common space.  Our son is an avid reader, so this was yet another reason for choosing Oakhurst.  The room below is beside their office where you check in. (You can see it through the door there.)

Oakhurst Inn lobby libraryEach common room has a working fireplace, a wine cooler stocked with bottled water and San Pellegrino sparkling juices, and a Nespresso coffee machine available for guests 24/7. (And there is no additional fee for the use of these.  It is included in your rate….just in  case you were wondering.:))

Oakhurst Inn lobby library fireplaceWe checked in, unloaded our car, and made our way up the stairs to our room.  (If you have mobility issues I would recommend requesting a first floor room.  The stairs are authentically steep and narrow in these old houses.) We had a suite with a sleeper sofa because our son was traveling with us. (He was afraid my husband and I would snore so loudly it would keep him awake.  No problem.  The Oakhurst Inn has equipped each room with  a white noise machine.  We gave it to our son to use while we were there, and he had no problem whatsoever sleeping.)  I was expecting one room with a bed and a sleeper sofa in it.  Boy was I wrong!

We entered our room on the second floor through our sitting room with the cute patterned ottomans….

Oakhurst Inn sitting areaand nice desk and chair…

Oakhurst Inn sitting roomand there was a full length mirror hanging in a hallway that led to….

Oakburst Inn bedroom hallwayour bedroom…an entirely separate space!:)

Oakhurst Inn bedroomAll of the beds in the inn were designed by Kenny Ball Antiques and Accessories and built out of cherry by local craftsman, Tim Fisher.  I loved those drop down tables and the ample plugs for charging phones and all the electronics we travel with! Using those beautiful brass wall sconces gave the “table area” more free space. Super smart.

Oakhurst Inn bedroom head boardI forgot to photograph the dresser on the wall opposite the bed, so here is one like it in another room in the inn. (Photo credit oakhurstinn.com.) The dresser had no legs and “floated” on the wall.

Oakhurst Inn room

The bathroom was simple but classic luxury with a fabulous walk in shower.

Oakhurst Inn walk in showerLoved the Malin+Goetz products in the shower.  All 3 of us wanted to take the bottle of peppermint shampoo with us!:)

Oakhurst Inn shower products by Malin and Goetz

Oakhurst Inn bathroom sinkOur door was the one on the right in the photo below.  If you walked right past that bench, and went across the hall…

Oakhurst Inn hall window with benchyou entered the library common space for our floor. I love how the fabric from the lumbar pillow and ottomans in our suite was repeated on the hallway bench and the throw pillows and ottomans in this room. It almost made me a fan of orange! There were more charming brass sconces in this room as well.

Oakhurst Inn libraryThis library was full of interesting books, and because no one else on our floor was using the room, (truly) we just left our door open, and it felt like it was part of our suite.  I told you it was like staying at a friend’s wonderful home.:)

Oakhurst Inn library bookshelvesI want you to notice all the Roman shades in the inn.  This detail will be important in a future post.:)(And of course you can notice the old phonograph player below!)

Oakhurst Inn library phonographThere’s my husband enjoying an espresso at the desk by the fireplace in the library.

Oakhurst Inn library fireplaceJust look at all those treats for guests!  No detail has been overlooked at Oakhurst Inn.

Oakhurst Inn guest refreshmentsWe went out for a birthday dinner that night at a restaurant in Charlottesville. (A post is coming up about it very soon.)  When we returned, the kind folks at the inn had left their nightly package of delicious ginger cookies and this plate of goodies with a card for our son when they came in to do their evening turndown and set up of the sofa bed with linens. (When I contacted them about reservations, I mentioned that it would be our son’s birthday, and I would love it, if possible, if they could do a little something for the occasion.  They surprised him by greeting him with “Happy Birthday!” when we registered in the office, and I had assumed that was all they would do.)  I think they came through nicely; don’t you?:)

Oakhurst Inn birthday cupcakesWe all enjoyed the cupcakes tremendously (and the cookies) and our stay at the Oakhurst Inn.  Our son says it was the best place on our entire trip.  Remember this is the son who said, “Mom, I want my apartment functional – not decorated.”  Well, when we were about to leave the inn he asked if we could make his apartment in New Haven look like “his” room at Oakhurst!:)I’m afraid that didn’t happen, but at least he did notice that decorated can be functional, comfortable, and welcoming too.

Oakhurst Inn birthday(He did share his birthday cupcakes.:))

And this isn’t all there is to see of the Oakhurst Inn!  I want to show you the inn’s cafe, our delicious breakfast there, one of their other libraries, and one more room when we come back for part 2. So be sure to watch for that post later this week!

Until next time…

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Tricia - August 26, 2015 - 6:09 am

Oh, Kelly, I’m going to love going on this trip! How charming it all sounds, especially how the buildings are clustered around a park. Looking forward to hearing more! Enjoy your day, T
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Thank you Tricia! Yes, I hope you will enjoy going on this trip! I think my camera was tired from all the photos it had to take. LOL The inn was charming and in a great quiet area right in the city.
Kelly

Katrina - August 26, 2015 - 7:30 am

Oh I have been anxiously waiting to go on this trip with you! Great post and I can’t wait to see the rest. 😀
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MUCH more coming Katrina! You are going to love the Maine and Vermont places we went! (Wish you could have piled in the car with us. :) )
Kelly

Donna Collins - August 26, 2015 - 7:55 am

Hi Kelly, I knew the photo of the house you showed in your last post looked familiar. My son just graduated from the University of Virginia & his apartment was just up the street from the Oakhurst Inn. We never got to stay there (they were usually always booked when we visited from NJ) but from your wonderful description, I feel like I got a taste of what it would be like to be a guest there. I wish they built it sooner! Looking forward to the rest of your posts. Congrats on your retirement too – you certainly have been on the go!
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What a small world that you would recognize the house! Congratulations to your son on his degree from the University of VA! You can still go back there for a visit you know. 😉 (maybe go with your son for alumni weekends and football games?)
Thank you for the congratulations on retirement. Yes, it has been go go go since June. Now that the weather is cooling some and I have no plans for projects or travel, things will settle down and it will actually feel like I am retired. :)
Kelly

Cheri - August 26, 2015 - 8:36 am

It is nice to read your blog concerning your travels because you do all the leg work of where to stay, where to eat and what to see. You are the perfect travel agent.
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Thank you bunches Cheri! It is nice to be appreciated. :) It would be much more fun to be the traveler than the travel agent.
Kelly

Kaye Ann - August 26, 2015 - 8:50 am

Hi Kelly! Just wanted you to know that you aren’t the only “picky” hotel lady. I’ve been known to leave a hotel room if I feel uncomfortable in the accommodations! This place looks wonderful. It’s on my list if I ever get back to Virginia (where I lived for 4 years). Thanks for the picture!!! Have a great day.
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Yay! I not alone! Picky hotel people unite! :) I hope you do get back to Virginia one day. That was one state i didn’t want to leave. :)
Kelly

Nancy Reves - August 26, 2015 - 9:34 am

I love your posts! Thanks for letting me tag along! Such eye candy you bring to your blog!
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Goodness thank you Nancy! I am more than happy for you to tag along. :)
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - August 26, 2015 - 9:40 am

My brother in law and his family live in the Charlottesville area. I will keep this inn in mind when we go to visit them. Both are nurses and work at the University Medical Center. I am picky as well and I usually stick to Hampton Inns as we have found them to be the most reliable of the chains. But it is fun to see all the furnishings and to get ideas for decorating!
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I am glad you have found a reliable hotel. That makes it so much easier when you travel. We stayed in Marriotts on the way back home because my husband likes them and one very nice Hilton Garden Inn. (Of course I had to read every review out there before booking them!) Oakhurst was a wonderful one to get decorating ideas from. :)
Kelly

Vicki - August 26, 2015 - 10:31 am

Thank you for sharing – great post. We stayed in Charlottsville this past spring. This is great info!
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You’re welcome Vicki, and thank you for reading and enjoying the post. I hope you get to make a return trip to Charlottesville sometime in the future and that you get to stay at the Oakhurst Inn. :)
Kelly

Louvina - August 26, 2015 - 10:49 am

I feel like I am on a road trip! Love seeing this wonderful inn! I have a friend that lives near UVA and her daughters work there. So it was especially interesting to see this post and looking forward to part 2. Wasn’t that orange modern print an unexpected nice touch?! I think orange may be the up and coming color for the fall and maybe something you can work into your decorating at home. Of course, I like it as orange and black were my high school colors! Yea! Raceland Rams!!:)
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How wonderful that your friend’s daughters work at UVA. It looked like a great college town there in Charlottesville! Orange and black were your school colors? Wow I bet you all really had fun at Halloween! LOL I think all the fabrics at Oakhurst worked very well together. They got me thinking about looking for something different for here…but I have to wait until everything from the trip is paid off first! :)
Kelly

DiAnne - August 26, 2015 - 11:04 am

Oh Kelly, I am going to love everything about this trip you took. Thank you for letting us tag along with theses posts. What a lucky son! I know he has worked really hard to get to this place and hopefully New Haven will be a wonderful adventure.
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Thank you DiAnne! I wish we could have taken everyone with us. :) (But the car was quite full with us, the luggage, and the things we had for our son’s apartment!) He has definitely worked hard to get to Yale’s law school, and he still has a lot of work in front of him to go. I pray he can stick with it and not get discouraged when things don’t come easy.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - August 26, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Kelly,
Okay, if you don’t end up publishing a series of books on entertaining at home, then you must publish a book of best inns in America! I have no patience when it comes to doing in depth homework on places to stay. I rely on Mr. B. and friends that have visited the region. :-)
Looks like a great trip so far.
xo,
Karen
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You and my mom must be getting together to push this book thing! She said something like that this morning on the phone. :) It does take a lot of reading to find just the right place. You are going to love our inn in Vermont! Can’t wait for you to see it. You should be glad Mr. B does the research for you. :)
Kelly

Gina - August 26, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Oh, I was so excited when I read Charlottesville! :) Our daughter attended UVA as well as our niece living there for twelve years (undergrad, med school and residency) so we feel right at home there. Just so happens our daughter and son-in-law sold their townhouse this week and will be moving to C’ville at the end of September!! I am familiar with the inn’s location because our daughter lived on JPA for three years. It sounds like the perfect place to stay. So charming and welcoming. :) I love your detailed posts like this. It makes me feel like I have visited myself. I think I’m going to enjoy this trip. 😉 That’s such a sweet picture of your son too. :) What a special road trip with him.
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Gina, Virginia is on my mind tonight as I am sure it is on many people’s after today’s tragic events. So very sad. Virginia is such a beautiful state. I know your daughter and son-in-law will have a great time back in Charlottesville. The restaurants and shopping there looked wonderful. I need to go back! Yes, the trip was fun with our son…until the air conditioner in the car went out in Vermont. That was NOT fun (and not part of the plan or budget!) But other than that, we saw sooooo much on the trip..a once in a life time road trip. :)
Kelly

Dawn - August 26, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Wow, Kelly!

I want to travel with you! You certainly have best kind of “picky” as far as I am concerned. What fun to stay at such a nice and accommodating place. I have two second favorite colors…purple (like the front door) and orange (like the ottomans, lumbar pillow and decorative touches). I can’t wait to see more. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Dawn
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Dawn, my husband doesn’t think it I am the best kind of picky. (But I am glad you do! :) ) He wants to always shoot for the lowest price anywhere, but then I remind him of a certain place we stayed in Boone that was the least expensive and the most yucky place we have ever set foot in. So that is why he turned that part of the planning over to me. I really liked all the orange at Oakhurst. It really looked nice there.
More travel posts coming soon. :)
Kelly

Linda - August 26, 2015 - 8:22 pm

I also think you would be a wonderful travel agent. Lovely place, made me want to visit.
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Well I do hope you have an opportunity to visit there one day Linda. It is a great inn. I think being a travel agent would be a very fun job! (But not as fun as being the traveler! :) )
Kelly

Sherry Myers - August 26, 2015 - 11:19 pm

Oakhurst Inn looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for the virtual tour! I remember a certain hotel that my family and I stayed in on a trip to Florida. That was in the day of brochures, the ones that show a picture perfect pool and accommodations. Needless to say, we got none of the picturesque, and many things that nightmares are made of. We left the hotel at four in the morning as fast as we could! So, I am very picky to the point of being persnickety! Your trip sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to see the rest! Love the details!!
Sherry
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Sherry, that is terrible about your Florida hotel! I am so thankful today there are websites with reviews from real people who have stayed there. Management photos can make something look very good when it isn’t. I would say that I am right there with you in the “persnickety” category. :) More of our trip coming soon. :)
Kelly

From Farm to Table – A Dinner – Tomato Pie and Peach Crostata

Talk of the House Fam to Table dinnerWe are talking food today friends! Do you remember all those lovely tomatoes and that beautiful okra that graced the table in the last post?  Well we just couldn’t leave them lying around the house.  We had to eat them, right?  They all made for quite a delicious dinner, and I want to share that dinner with you today – complete with a couple of recipes!  So let’s get started with the menu.

Farm to Table dinner menu

When I first ran this meal idea by my husband, I did not have the grilled chicken with the salad, but he did not like the idea of a “totally vegetarian” dinner.  So at his request I added the grilled chicken to it.  (I must admit it did add to the flavor of the meal.:))  You will need to mix up the marinade first and let the chicken soak in it before you make the rest of the meal.

recipe easy chicken breasts

The chicken had a somewhat sweet flavor, but with that salad I think I would have liked it to be a little sweeter.  So next time, we will substitute a raspberry vinaigrette or perhaps the Panera Fuji Apple salad dressing for the Italian dressing in the recipe.  For the rest of the salad, just mix the ingredients listed in the menu, and you will have it.

salad Farm to Table dinner

For the actual dressing on the salad, we used a champagne vinaigrette, but again, I think it would be better with a sweeter flavor.  So use one of the dressings mentioned above or even an orange poppy seed one.

I prepared the dessert before I made the tomato pie so that I could just keep it warming in the oven during dinner, but it will be last in the post today – just because dessert comes last in the meal.:)Let’s take a look at the tomato pie now.  It is super easy.  I tweaked Paula Deen’s recipe (which is not the one on the chalkboard in the kitchen….I found hers after I did the board.)  The only change that I made was substituting a chopped Vidalia onion for her green onions.  Either will taste fine in it.

Talk of the House recipe Tomato Pie

Here are all the ingredients ready to be prepped.

tomato pie ingredients

The onion and basil were chopped first.  Then four of the tomatoes were sliced, salted, and left to drain in the sink.

(Aren’t they beautiful?!)

tomato pie tomato slices drainingAfter the tomatoes drained, the chopped basil, chopped onion, and tomato slices were layered in the pie shell.  The cheese and mayo were mixed and then spread atop the pie ingredients.

tomato pie with toppingAnd now ready to go into the oven.

tomato pie with cheese toppingAnd it came out looking like this.

tomato pie Farm to Table dinnerYum!

While it was baking, I made the biscuits (my recipe here,) boiled the corn (directions here,) and fried the okra.  I thought I had already written a post with directions for fried okra, but it seems that I haven’t.  It is just like preparing the fried eggplant in the post here, just use okra in place of the eggplant (obviously:)) and buttermilk in place of milk. Basically I slice it, salt it,  and let it rest/drain on a paper towel for 10 minutes. Mix 1 egg and 1 cup of buttermilk in a bowl.  Place 1 1/2 cups of flour in a bowl (not cornmeal.) Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.  Stir the okra in the egg/buttermilk mix, then roll it in the flour.  Then drop it in the oil and fry until golden brown.  It comes out like this:

tomato pie and buttermilk fried okra

And now for the peach crostata.  I was inspired by Jenny Steffens’ recipe for it from her blog post several years ago, but again I tweaked the recipe a little.  She called for leaving the skin on the peaches.  I peeled the skin off, and I also used more peaches, spices, and butter than she did.  Here is my version:

Talk of the House peach crostata

I definitely used a pre-made pie crust to make this very easy to prepare (the roll out kind – not the frozen one in the shell.)

peach crostata crust

The peaches (both yellow and white ones) were sliced, piled in the middle of the pie crust, sprinkled with sugar and spices, and dotted with butter.

peach crostata fillingThe pie shell was then folded over the peaches.
(This was the fun part to me.:))

peach crostata folded crustThat cinnamon smell while it was baking was heavenly. (I should make it every night just for its scent in the house!) It came out of the oven like this …

peach crostataAre you ready to eat now?

Farm to Table dinnervegetable plate

This dessertaholic was so excited to eat that peach dish, that she forgot to photograph it in the bowl with ice cream.  :( Sorry.  But I will tell you that it was a perfect ending to the meal with its sugar crunch crust and sweet peach flavor. (My father liked it better than the tomato pie.)  I used to think a cobbler was the easiest of desserts to prepare, but I think this peach crostata has it beat.  I am going to try it with apples in the fall with some cloves in addition to the cinnamon and nutmeg.  Doesn’t that sound yummy?

There are a few more things to share with you before I run off today.  First, let’s see who won the giveaway! Your  comments were all so wonderful!  You can’t imagine how much I appreciate them and all the smiles they brought me. Truly.:)

So out of 409 comments that got in before the closing of the entries, this was the winning number:

winning number

And that number went with this comment:

winning comment

Congratulations Julia!  I will be in touch with you via email soon (unless you beat me to it.:)) and all your goodies will be in the mail this week.

And now for my final bit of news…. The last 4 posts (not including this one) have been written on the road. You see, we spent the last 11 days on a road trip up the East Coast moving our son into his apartment at Yale and visiting parts of Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and Virginia. (I am a very annoying back seat driver, so looking at the computer and writing posts kept me from stressing out and aggravating my husband on the interstate.:)) Anyway we crammed soooooo much in those 11 days, that I now need a vacation to rest up from our trip! LOL I have a zillion things to share with you.  First up will be this charming inn.

the innI hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.  So stay tuned for some beautiful inns, a fabulous hotel, wonderful restaurants, fun shopping, a before-and-after on our son’s teeny tiny apartment (more like a dorm room with a kitchenette,) sightseeing in some towns, and more…lots more.:)

Until next time…

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Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 24, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Fried okra makes any day better!

I use a combination of flour and cornmeal. I guess that’s our GA – AL differences showing! Such beautiful photos, and now I want a tomato pie for lunch!

Can’t wait to see and read about your travel adventure!
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Amen to the fried okra! I used to make it with a combo of the cornmeal and flour, but the more flour I used the more I liked it…until I was using no cornmeal at all. The buttermilk really makes the flour stick so that it has a great thick crunchy coat. Yum…

You weren’t in Virginia on Saturday morning were you? I thought a lady seated in front of me looked a lot like you…but I wasn’t brave enough to ask since I wasn’t 100% sure. It would have been quite a coincidence if it had been you!
Kelly

Vicki - August 24, 2015 - 3:07 pm

You made this cobbler girl want to try a crostata. It really makes a pretty presentation. Can’t wait to see if you get a little red or gingham (well, probably not gingham) decorating into your son’s apartment. :)
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You should try that crostata. I am thinking of making it again tonight with the last of the peaches here (but on-a-diet husband will not be happy with me!) Yes, to the red, but no to the gingham. Remember, this particular child wanted “functional – not decorated.” QUITE a challenge!
Kelly

Kathy P. - August 24, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Thank you so much for the wonderful menu and recipes. Can’t wait to hear about your trip. Love your posts!!!!
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You are so welcome Kathy. I am flattered that you enjoy the posts. :) Thank you for reading!
Kelly

Ruth - August 24, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Dinner looks AMAZING! Is salting and draining the okra the secret to making it crisp, not mushy? I’d given up on trying to fry okra, but will try it again, using your recipe. Thanks!
Can’t wait to hear about, and get glimpses of, your trip!
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I don’t know if that is what makes it crisp or not, but it works with our fresh okra around here. I think fried okra would make a great appetizer! Don’t give up on it yet.
I can’t wait to share our trip with all of you!
Kelly

Julia - August 24, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Kelly – I enjoyed reading the recipes and was thinking I would make that peach crostata for my husband and then I read that I WON the drawing!! Thank you so much!!
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Do give that crostata a try! You will be an instant fan. :) Congrats on winning! I hope you enjoy all of the items and find something you love at Sur la Table.
Kelly

Tricia - August 24, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Hi Kelly. I’ve never heard of tomato pie….it sounds so good! It all does. Looking forward to hearing about your trip!
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I loved the tomato pie, but then again, I am a super big tomato lover! You need to give it a try. How can tomatoes and cheese be anything but good? :) Do come back for all the trip details. There will be something for everyone in the posts.
Kelly

Talia - August 24, 2015 - 4:29 pm

My husband loves tomato pie! I’ve been making it well over 20 years and it continues to be a favorite. The crostata looks amazing. Will surely attempt it this week.
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Talia you got a big head start on me with the tomato pie! Glad your husband is a fan. I hope you get to make the crostata soon. Be sure you have vanilla ice cream on hand to go with it!
Kelly

Gina - August 24, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Yum! That sounds like my kind of meal. :) I could skip the chicken too…it’s a woman thing. 😉 “Pinned” a couple of the recipes to try. Can’t wait to hear about your trip, especially since you went through my home state Virginia!! :) What a perfect opportunity for a road trip since you had to help your son move. :)
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Must be a “woman thing” Gina! LOL Thanks for sharing the blog love on Pinterest. Loved loved loved your home state!!! Beautiful farm country in the areas we went through. I would gladly move there. :)
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - August 24, 2015 - 5:56 pm

My mouth was watering by the end of this post. Everything looks delicious. Even the okra. I grew up smelling the delicious aroma of fried okra (mom and grandma were born in OK) but I never cared for the texture of it when I ate it. So other than that, I’d eat everything, especially the crostada. Yummy.
xo,
Karen
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I think you would like the texture of this okra. I slice it so thin, it is almost liking eat pure crust! (What a way to eat your veggies, right? :) )
Kelly

Dawn - August 24, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Kelly,

Thanks for sharing the delicious looking meal and recipes with us. I am going to try your tomato pie with all of the tomatoes we are getting out of our garden and I can’t wait to try the crostada! I love dessert and peaches. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. Take care.

Dawn
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You’re welcome Dawn! That pie is a good way to use up a good many of your tomatoes. If you like peaches and desserts the crostata is perfect for you!
Kelly

Nancy - August 24, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Everything looks delicious! I would love to know where you found the ceramic measuring cup and the individual ceramic measuring cups. Thank you!
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It was quite delicious! The measuring cups all came from World Market. I loved the script on them and had to have them. :) The big one is here: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/2-cup+measuring+jug.do?&refType=&from=Search They seem to have replaced the individual ones with a different style online. Perhaps they still have some of the old ones in the store. I hope you can find them!
Kelly

Anne from Atlanta - August 24, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Yum, yum! Dinner looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Can’t wait to hear about your trip! Glad to know that working on the computer in the back seat of the car didn’t make you carsick! It would me.
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I would always have carsickness as a child. So I was rather worried that it might hit me again on this long trip, but luckily it did not. If you suffer from it, you know it is no fun. :( Perhaps the fact that I was taking a low dose of Benadryl to help with itching from hyperthyroidism was helpful in preventing the motion sickness as well. I also wore one of those wrist bands when we were traveling in the mountains. I don’t know if they really do anything, but it was certainly worth a try. :)
Kelly

Terry Cross - August 24, 2015 - 8:54 pm

Oh yum, we didn’t do dessert here at home tonight and now I’m having dessert envy! Love your posts!
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Dessert envy- that’s a good term. I frequently experience that at restaurants! :) I am happy that you are enjoying the posts Terry. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!
Kelly

Louvina - August 24, 2015 - 9:22 pm

What a comforting post– I think we always enjoy the posts where you share pictures of your cooking and recipes. I want to try these–especially the dessert. I think I will have to wait and make the fall apple one. Been so busy– cleaning and working on party plans for 4 days over the Labor Day weekend at the beach. Have you been able to realize you are really retired yet? And how does it feel? I am so looking forward to cooler weather — this is NOT my favorite time of the year– tropical heat and storms brewing all around. I know it is baking temps in GA too. Hope the NE was a bit cooler while you were there.
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I hope you will try the crostata when things slow down for your party planning. It is a very easy to prepare delicious dessert. I know that mermaid party is going to be one fun party! No, I still do not feel retired. It is probably going to take cool weather to make me realize that I am not going back to work at the school. Our nights here are supposed to be cooler this week, and we are having lower humidity. So that helps. But New England was NOT cooler. It was like we took the Georgia heat and humidity with us! And would you believe they even had news reports of “air quality warnings from the high heat and humidity” while we were in Maine!! :( And to top it off, the air conditioner in the car died while we were in Vermont. We took it in for servicing in Virginia, but they did not have the parts. That was a hot few days! I am ready for some cooler sweater weather. :)
Kelly
p.s. Thanks for the like on Facebook!

Sherry Myers - August 25, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Oh, Kelly,
This is such a “delicious” post. I can hardly wait to make that tomato pie, and the fried okra using buttermilk. I have never heard of that. Why didn’t I think of it? I will definitely try the grilled chicken. The marinate sounds tasty. Your meal looks good and it is PRETTY. Don’t you love it when it turns out scrumptious and pretty? I love your ceramic two cup measuring pitcher, measuring cup and spoons. I have been looking for ceramic measuring spoons. Just haven’t come across any yet. I am glad you all made it back from your trip safely. Ugh, I feel for you with the lack of air conditioning. I am looking forward to your posts on the trip, your son’s apartment, and all the goodies you have in store for us. Congratualtions to Julia, that lucky girl!
Sherry

LJ - August 25, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Congratulations, Julia; you’re sure to enjoy these “winnings”.

Hi Kelly, first I should thank Louvina and your comment abt fb. I’m a novice with social media and just now learned that you have a fb presence…I’ll be sure to like it.
On the Crostata, being Italian and while growing up I saw my mother frequently make this with any dough remaining after making pies and she usually made the crostata apples but sometimes peaches…I make it only occasionally as my family likes fruit but are not terribly fond of it being cooked.
Abt the tomato pie…well, I intend to make it this weekend; it’s new to me. Thanks for the new recipe to try.

KellyinPA - August 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm

What a wonderful meal! I love when you tell us how you “tweaked” the recipes:) I will definitely be making the peach crostata! The tomato pie looked great too, but dairy free, boo! What!?! No stops in PA on your road trip?:) Can’t wait to hear all the details, you guys always have such fun!

Kathy - August 25, 2015 - 11:13 pm

Yummy! I had never heard of tomato pie until you mentioned it in the last post. It looks delicious! I will have to try it. Fried okra is one of my favorite foods and your salad looked wonderful!

Yvonne M Chavez - August 26, 2015 - 11:29 am

Oh my goodness I’m on my way to the market so I can recreate this yummy looking meal…
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I hope you found what you needed for the meal at your market! I would love a plate of fried okra right now myself! :)
Kelly

Faye - August 28, 2015 - 3:27 pm

I made both the peach crostata and the tomato pie this week since peaches and tomatoes are so plentiful right now in our midwest farmers markets. Both were so delicious. Thanks Kelly for the recipes! Tomato pie was a first for me.
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Yay! I’m so glad you tried out BOTH recipes Faye! And I am also happy that I could introduce you to the wonderful tomato pie. As a tomato fan, it is one of my favorites!
Happy eating this weekend. :)
Kelly

From Farm to Table – August Decorating

Talk of the House porch tableYes, I know.  It is almost the end of August, and I am just now getting around to showing you the decorating for this month.  I apologize, but I wanted to do the giveaway this month, and those posts that went with it came first.  Some of you are probably already looking at pumpkins and mums and don’t want to see anything else related to summer!:)

foyer buffetBut summer marches on in full force here in Georgia.  Full force with lots of vegetables! This decorating actually started in mid July when tomatoes were coming out of the gardens here by the bucketfuls.  (Is bucketfuls really a word??)

foyerI love heirloom tomatoes with their gorgeous range of colors from yellows to reds to even browns. (You can see that here.) So they were the inspiration for this month’s decor, and because I was using garden vegetables, I thought cans made a nice metal accent for my “vases”…

family roomwith a few canning jars thrown in for good measure.:)

family room mantelA group of my teacher friends went together and gave me a very nice gift certificate to Pottery Barn when I retired in May.  Pottery Barn gift cards can also be redeemed at pbkids, PBTeen, and Williams-Sonoma.  So I had quite a few stores from which to choose!

dining roomI had spied these tomato plates in Williams Sonoma earlier in the summer.  They are beautifully hand painted. I knew I wanted several sets of them; so I waited until they were on sale, and then I happily ordered them with my gift card (and I still have some money left on it to spend!:))

dining room tableI mixed a couple of patterns of silver for the flatware, and mason jars just seemed like the perfect choice for our glasses for this farm to table setting.

dining room tomato tableI loved how the centerpiece with all the vegetables turned out!  (Those cardboard berry baskets came from Hobby Lobby I think, but I am not 100% sure.)

dining room centerpieceI ordered the sets of plates in a couple of different patterns so that I could mix them.  (You have to look closely to really be able to tell the difference in them.)

dining room table with Williams Sonoma tomato platesThe red and yellow color scheme is also in the kitchen.  The little stool there that had been blue earlier in the summer got painted with my wall paint.

kitchenHere’s the desk with a few canned vegetables from Fresh Market.  Aren’t those labels just perfect for this?:)

kitchen deskAnd a recipe for tomato pie just had to go on the chalkboard.:) Even Garden and Gun magazine went with a cover of tomatoes this month!

kitchen chalkboard tomato pie recipeAnd finally, I want you to come out on the porch (even though it is hot as the devil out here!)  There has been a domino move of furniture around here lately.  Our daughter got the sofa from the playroom.  The playroom got the wicker sofa from the porch, and the porch got the wicker loveseat from my classroom when I retired.  Got all that?:) My plans are to paint it the same color as all the other wicker out there when the weather cools off some, and I want to get the cushions recovered as well.

porch

I used more of my new tomato plates out here too.

porch dining areaThe fun chalkboard has vegetables listed all around the border.  :)

porch chalkboardLove love how this table turned out with the candles and more vegetables!

porch table

porch Talk of the House farm to table

 It is really tooooo hot to be out there in the day, but the early morning and late evening are nice with the fans on.

porch Talk of the House

In my next post, I will share a meal with you that we enjoyed out there with all that tomato goodness (and maybe a recipe or two.:))

porch farm to table centerpiece

And one last reminder to enter the giveaway that ends tonight.  You can read the details here. All you have to do is leave a comment on a post that publishes between 8/13/2015 and midnight 8/21/15.  If you’re reading the post from an email delivered one, you will need to go to the actual website to leave a comment.  www.talkofthehouse.com. Click on Leave a Comment.  Then scroll to the last comment on the post to leave yours in the comment form.   You can enter on all the posts in that date range if you want more chances to win. (Only one comment per post please.) The entry deadline is midnight Eastern time 8/21/15.  I will do a random drawing and announce the winner in my next post.

Talk of the House August giveawayHappy Friday!  I hope you have a super weekend as we near the end of this summer season.  I’m sorta ready for some fall temps around here….and maybe a few mums.:) How ’bout you?

Until next time,

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Lynne - August 21, 2015 - 11:15 am

I just love your new tomato plates and the summer/veggie table decorations!

Susan - August 21, 2015 - 11:18 am

I love your vegetable decorations! So original and fresh for the hot end to summer. Thank you for the chance to win the cookbook too.

Nancy L - August 21, 2015 - 11:18 am

Love your new tomato plates!

Nancy - August 21, 2015 - 11:21 am

You are so creative, Kelly! I always want to duplicate everything you do. Now if I could only do calligraphy!😊

Maureen detwiler - August 21, 2015 - 11:22 am

Love your porch

PJ Bronson - August 21, 2015 - 11:27 am

Love your tomato plates!

MaryAnna C - August 21, 2015 - 11:29 am

Love the vegetable theme! I too have a porch and live in Georgia and enjoy early in the morning with my coffee and very late in the afternoon with my book. Yes, it has been hot as the devil and I am really looking forward to this cold front the weather folks keep talking about.

Frankie - August 21, 2015 - 11:30 am

I love the plates, flowers and all the red and yellow!

Donnamae - August 21, 2015 - 11:36 am

Cute plates! I love the summer decorating…but, fall is really my favorite! Quite the variety of tomatoes you had there…did they make a great salad? 😉

Nancy - August 21, 2015 - 11:36 am

I am new to your website and am enjoying everything that I have read! Love your farm to table post!

Lynn - August 21, 2015 - 11:49 am

I love love your decorating style. Hope your retirement is going well, your blog readers will undoubtedly reap the rewards!

Delores Clark - August 21, 2015 - 11:54 am

Ooh I love those tomato plates!

Kathy P. - August 21, 2015 - 11:57 am

Love the new plates. Your tables are always so beautiful. Hope you do share the recipes. Have a great weekend!!!!

Ellen Martin - August 21, 2015 - 11:58 am

What a charming farm to table post!! I love your new plates, and the way you have used them at your tables. Coming to dinner in your home must be such a treat for anyone who is invited……and always for your family! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Priscilla - August 21, 2015 - 11:59 am

I always enjoy your blog and your southern style. Keep ’em coming! and thanks!

Julie - August 21, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Love your blog. Would love to win a guest luncheon slot with 4 other lucky readers of Talk of the House.

Susan - August 21, 2015 - 12:10 pm

This was such a fun, and appropriate, post! (We are buried under our garden tomatoes, right now :) You made a wise choice with your gift card – those plates are beautiful! I’m sure that you will get a lot of use from them.

Trish - August 21, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Love your porch decorated with all the veggies.

ChrisTea - August 21, 2015 - 12:28 pm

I love those tomato plates! So cute. You’ve also made me hungy for a huge plate of veggies. I think I’ll do that tonight. Thank you!

LJ - August 21, 2015 - 12:37 pm

I seem to love everything “tomato-y”…truly made up word…and following that reasoning I like your summer decorating. I have fond memories of helping my Dad in the garden when I was a child. He had a huge garden and every kind of vegetable that he knew my mother would cook or can. I loved every minute being with him. He was a really good man and a great father. Thank you for bringing him to mind with the theme.

Paula Jolly - August 21, 2015 - 12:50 pm

I love a pretty tablescape: they really don’t have to be incredibly expensive – yours are always so thoughtful & seem to be a nice mix of collected treasures, gifts from others, & bargain finds! What a wonderful way to bless those you love!! Dinner at the table is almost a lost art. Thanks so much for sharing & inspiring others to bless their family & friends.

Debra - August 21, 2015 - 12:52 pm

I will say it endlessly….I love your porch! Your decorating is charming. Fun garden/tomato goodness! I bought the pumpkin print plates last fall. Ugh, after seeing this post, I think I might need the tomato ones now. :( Does this mean I have plate addiction?

Jackie Layton - August 21, 2015 - 12:54 pm

What a warm and welcoming home!

I love the decorations. This morning I went outside early and cut daisies to put on my kitchen table. Now I’m tempted to go cut more.

Thanks for sharing!

Joan Rhea - August 21, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Your tablescape and especially your tomato plates make me feel like I’m about to sit down to a meal at my grandmother’s table. Makes me remember smells from her humble kitchen that included fresh churned butter, fresh sliced tomatoes, okra, butter beans, chicken, gravy, biscuits and then a fresh pound cake for dessert. MMM!

Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns} - August 21, 2015 - 12:55 pm

You really outdid yourself, Kelly, with your summer home!! I ADORE it all! Those plates are so much fun and I love all the bounty of summer with your veggies, zinnias and such. You are just so darned talented! Happy late summer to you!
Julie

Betty - August 21, 2015 - 12:57 pm

I am going to see if I can find those plates—perfect for August!

Julie Atwell - August 21, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Love those plates!!
Your pictures provide so much inspiration!

Nancy - August 21, 2015 - 1:08 pm

It is all so beautiful as always! Love it all.

Pat - August 21, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Never have I seen someone so creative. And when do you find the time to come up with all these beautiful decorations? Please keep it up because I love your style.

Sandy - August 21, 2015 - 1:22 pm

Seriously, you never cease to amaze me at your creativeness. I simply love those tables with the tomato plates. Your chalkboards are adorable too… such talent. O look forward to your posts.

Ren - August 21, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Such a creative vegetable theme! Love the plates. I think it may be buckets full. But, then I was an apparel and textiles teacher, not English! As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this post.

Dana - August 21, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Tomatoes, daisies and mason jars… these are a few of my favorite things. Although I do prefer autumn, I want to enjoy the last of summer and this post is inspirational, as usual.

Sallie - August 21, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Your table is delightful and I love the plates. I think we all want to come to your house for dinner!

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - August 21, 2015 - 1:53 pm

So many wonderful ideas, Kelly! I love your flowers displayed in tin cans!! Such fun to see the red and yellow touches in your kitchen. I adore the beadboard back splash!! Love your beautiful chalkboards, too! What do you use to write on them? The retired teacher in me would love some small chalkboards at home to hand letter, but I don’t want chalk dust! My Pinterest boards are filling up with your great ideas!! ♡

Helen - August 21, 2015 - 2:14 pm

I have always liked using old cans and jars for flower vases. Love the plates and all your little touches as always.

L. Bratton - August 21, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Love your porch!!!!

Julia - August 21, 2015 - 2:29 pm

I really like those tomato plates :) Thank you for posting these decorating ideas – I starting my fall decorating (I’m in Florida) and it just seems out of place. I will re-do using some of your inspirations!

Happy weekend to you Kelly!

Sherry Myers - August 21, 2015 - 2:36 pm

You had me at tomato! I am ready for the fall temperatures, but I guess as a former teacher, it’s in my blood to want summer to last a little longer. I love your summer decor, from the entry and the too cute little red truck (wherever did you find it?),to
the new dishes (envy!), all the table centerpieces (loved how you tucked in the radishes and okra too.) On a trip to Savannah, I found a couple of ceramic berry cartons. I have used them all summer. What a clever idea for your flower vases. It all came together perfectly. The new stool color blends well, and yes, the Fresh Market canned vegetables add just the right touch. The porch is pleasing perfection as always. The red plates inside and the yellow plates outside coordinate smartly with the tomato plates. The table looks inviting, well, the entire porch does for that matter. I am still in love with the chalkboard in your kitchen and the one on the porch. AND, Yes, we will take some more recipes. Looking forward to the post on your tomato goodness meal! Thanks, Kelly.
Sherry

Renee Cook - August 21, 2015 - 2:46 pm

I especially love a farmhouse theme! The cans for vases idea was so simple and cute. I sure wish I had your knack to be able to write so well on a chalkboard! Good job, as always!

I feel certain you’re enjoying your retirement, but imagine it feels weird with school starting back and you’re not! Hope you’re feeling better, too. Enjoy the remaining lazy, hazy days of summer!

Mary Ellen - August 21, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Oh, your tomato dishes would be so fun to have! I love, love, love dishes and would be tempted to have tons if I had room to store them. Love your decorating as usual! Have a good weekend.

jerri - August 21, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Love the veggie decor. Now I know what’s for supper………tomato pie!

DEBI - August 21, 2015 - 3:14 pm

I have had my eye on the fabulous tomato plates! Love your style and willingness to share with all of us.

Crystal B - August 21, 2015 - 3:20 pm

The plates are lovely, and the farm veggies look great!

Nicola - August 21, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Love, love the plates! The table are so pretty, great inspiration!

Donnie - August 21, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Love the tablescapes. Made my mouth water looking at all the beautiful tomatoes. Thanks for such cheerful posts, look forward to hearing from you!

Beth - August 21, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Your table setting is beautiful and so appropriate for the last weeks of summer. As a fellow retired teacher I am so happy that you are now having a chance to relax with your family and share your fascinating creativity with your blog readers. I always look forward to your next post. Thanks for inspiring us!

Cheri - August 21, 2015 - 3:57 pm

I am not a fan of eating a tomato but I LOVE those plates. You did a super job on your tables…can I come over to eat?

Bonnie - August 21, 2015 - 4:07 pm

It’s great to celebrate the fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes, of summer! And, I always enjoy seeing how you make it all come together.

Judy - August 21, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Vegges are my favorite. Could use some of those bucketful of tomatoes over here.
Wish you could toss me a few but it was great looking at yours.

Michele Bailey - August 21, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Love your new dinner plates. I’ve been debating on getting some pumpkin plates I seen at pottery barn. Enjoy the rest of your summer

Tina sneed - August 21, 2015 - 4:44 pm

love the tomato plates!

Louvina - August 21, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Can almost smell those delicious tomatoes!! Where’s my salt shaker?! This is the time of tomato harvest– and I have canned many jars of juice and fruit to use during the winter. Hot, hard work but oh, so rewarding! My mother in law used to say “beats eating snowballs” coming from a family of 11 children! Last year my daughter got me the tomato smelling soy candle from WS and it was wonderful!

Debra C - August 21, 2015 - 5:10 pm

I love the tomato plates.

Mechelle - August 21, 2015 - 5:34 pm

You can never have too many tomatoes! Looks fabulous!

Darla B - August 21, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Yet another table scape I love, absolutely love the tomatoes plates!

Cindy Ross - August 21, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Well I might be deathly allergic to tomatoes but I do believe that I want those tomato plates. I love those. I don’t think they would go in my kitchen. I have brown and turquoise. I would try to find a way. So cute!!! I always love reading your blog and look forward to seeing your next creation. Your the best!!!

Gina - August 21, 2015 - 6:25 pm

Perfect theme for August! Tomatoes galore. I visited my grandparents yesterday and they had lots from their garden. We had BLT’s for lunch. :)I love the plates you chose.I’m sure you will get plenty of use from them. Can’t wait to see what “tomato” recipe you made! :)

Dawn - August 21, 2015 - 6:42 pm

Kelly,

I love your new tomato plates. I am not ready for Fall yet. We are still enjoying the Summer time weather here. It has been a very pleasant Summer here in Missouri this year. We have been making salsa from all of the tomatoes we have been getting out of our garden lately. I can’t wait to see what recipes you made. Have a great weekend!

Nan, Odessa, DE - August 21, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Like how you used the veggies!
Give a tutorial on painting the love seat when you paint, please.
Thanks for the tour.

Tiffany - August 21, 2015 - 6:54 pm

I love the tomato plates!I am always inspired by your decorating posts. Can’t wait to hear the recipes.

Cindy Kuhens - August 21, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Your decorating is so inspiring – love it !!!!

Cindy - August 21, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Love reading your website and would love to win the give-away.

Janet nunn - August 21, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Kelly, You have a flair to make everything pretty. What a wonderful gift!

Janet

Monika - August 21, 2015 - 8:28 pm

I, too, have a gift card from Pottery Barn in my wallet … will have to check out those gorgeous plates at Williams Sonoma … and that little red truck! Where did you find that beauty?
Thanks much for another very inspirational post, Kelly.
Monika

theresalh - August 21, 2015 - 8:30 pm

love it all. i had my eye on those plates!

karen charleston, sc - August 21, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Kelly, Beautiful post as always!I feel as if i’m right there enjoying your hospitality!What time is dinner?

Patty in Michigan - August 21, 2015 - 9:45 pm

Kelly, I just love this tablescape. I am loving those tomatoes plates!

sharon - August 21, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Love the summer theme using fresh produce. The plates were a perfect choice.

Diana Taylor - August 21, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Loving that tablescape! And with fall in the air, I too am ready to decorate with all the rich colors. I have a love affair with plates and the tomato plates are fun, fun!

judy e - August 21, 2015 - 11:11 pm

love the tomato plates also, and also your table set ups

Joan - August 21, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Yikes, Kelly, where has Summer gone? I like how you have painted the stool in your kitchen which in turn reminds me that I have a bookcase, wicker shelf unit, and something else that I have conveniently forgotten, that all need to be painted before the hot weather leaves us. And those plates are great.
I believe it is considered more correct to say bucketsful though my spellcheck doesn’t agree. You have a slew of teachers to confer with; let us know what they conclude. Have a great weekend.

Kathryn - August 22, 2015 - 12:20 am

Love Love how you place a decorative plate on a plain colored! I am watching for some perfect 3/4 plates for me. Good luck to me for the drawing. Thanks for all of your inspiration

Karen - August 22, 2015 - 8:38 am

Was so happy to see your post featuring farm to table dining. Your table settings are beautiful, fun and inviting. Keep the summer posts coming, I am not ready for mums or pumpkins!

Linda - August 22, 2015 - 9:01 am

As always so fun, I am ready for cooler temps also. Have a great weekend.

kathy - August 22, 2015 - 9:44 am

Kelly, I can never get enough posts about summer. I am not ready for mums and pumpkins yet. How sweet that your friends gave you a Pottery Barn gift card! You are spending it well. The tomato plates are fun. Do you like fried green tomatoes? They are one of my favorite things.

Garden, Home and Party - August 22, 2015 - 9:52 am

Kelly,
Happy weekend! I love the tomato plates and of course, all of the red touches! We’re really still in summer mode so this post was perfectly timed. :-)
I like all of the changes on the porch. The wicker love seat from your classroom looks happy there.
xo,
Karen

Debbie@debbiethisandthat.blogspot.com - August 22, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Great decorations, Kelly, and I love the Williams-Sonoma plates!

Sherri - August 23, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Cute and creative idea to use veggies for decoration! It’s always fun to see what you will come up with next.

Lanita Anderson - August 26, 2015 - 9:03 am

Love, Love, Love the tomato plates and the beautiful tablescapes!! I have similar plates and am going to use your ideas for dinner this week! Thanks for sharing – I so enjoy your blog and your fun ideas!
Blessings,
Lanita
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I’m so glad there are ideas here that you can use Lanita! Thank you for putting my ideas to work! :) I hope your tomato plates work for the meal.
Kelly

Libby Patterson - August 30, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Love the tomatoe plates and your table decor. Also love the lamps on your table with the books, framing your family pics. Where did you find those?
Enjoy your blog!

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