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Red and Green and Geraniums and Strawberries

buffet in foyerI mentioned in my Mother’s Day post that all those photos of decorating and cooking with strawberries got the wheels in my brain turning…and I bet you thought they only inspired that dinner.:) Well I am afraid they affected much more than that.  The red and green color scheme is one of my favorites, and because of the strawberries and geraniums in this photo…

strawberry linens

The red and green and geraniums and strawberries are now running rampant around here. Would you like to see?  (Nod your head yes.:)) Let’s start in the foyer.

Remember, this is hanging on the front door…

door basket of geraniums

So after you pass the geraniums there, you see geraniums on the foyer buffet along with red and green books on the silver tray (and of course the red candles found their way back in.)

foyer buffet with geraniumsfoyer buffet geraniumsOn the other end, gardening tools, plant markers, and green patterned gardening gloves are in the jar, and seed packets are there beside them.foyer buffetThen walk on into the family room.  You will find another geranium on the mantel along with a red berry basket, another gardening tool, and one of our red lanterns.

Talk of the House mantel with geraniumsmantel with geraniums mantel vignette

The throw pillows on the sofa are back to red again after a month or two of spring time yellow.

Talk of the House family room


And the cabinet has another red lantern from the Pottery Barn outlet.  (Love that place.)

red lantern from Pottery Barn

And on the end table…guess what…another geranium!  I told you they were running rampant…and we are just getting started!:)end table with geraniumsI’m afraid the red and green and geraniums and strawberries have really taken over the dining room.  See for yourself…dining room red buffalo check drapesYes, there is another geranium on the table and berry baskets on all the plates…and even a berry basket filled with strawberries.strawberry table in dining roomI just can’t resist red geraniums…they seem like the quintessential summer plant to me.  (All you hydrangea lovers are jealous I know.:))

strawberries and geranium centerpiecePlus, they really work well with the red checked drapes.

strawberry table settingThe red and green colors have taken over the cookbooks in the dining room too.

dining room cabinetRed napkins by the cookie jars…

dining room cookie jarsNow let’s take a look in the kitchen.  Do you spy geraniums and strawberries?

red buffalo check drapes kitchen window

Hmmm…the photo above was taken today, and the one below was taken yesterday… when there was half a cake on the cake plate. Wonder where that went?? Everyone around here claims innocence, of course.

Sorry…where were we?  Oh yes, red and green…the cookbooks are dressed to match.

cookbooks in kitchenAnd there is a recipe on the desk chalkboard for…strawberry pretzel salad..what else?

kitchen desk kitchen chalkboard with strawberry pretzel salad recipe

One more look at the kitchen corner.

kitchen cornerand that wraps up all the red and green and geraniums and strawberries for this post.  It’s entirely possible that another post might be on its way with the same contagious disease affecting a different area of the house, but I’m not quite sure yet.

geraniums and strawberries

  We’ll just have to wait and see.:)

Has your home caught any of the red-and-green-and-strawberry-and-geranium disease? 

We’d love to hear!

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Donnamae - May 15, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Yes…I love red geraniums! I’ve got plans for lots all around our house…on the outside though! I usually plant several shades of pink…but I’ve missed the red ones. They are the quintessential summer flower in my opinion! ;)

Design Chic - May 15, 2014 - 11:46 pm

I adore the color combination – so fresh and inviting. Your home looks so beautiful and all the details are amazing. The gallery wall really caught my eye…love it!

Ann - May 15, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Hi Kelly, I absolutely love that piece of furniture in your foyer! I have long admired it from other posts in the past. Is it antique? I want one just like it! Lol.

Love your reds and greens!


Kim - May 16, 2014 - 2:25 am

Love all the red, everything looks so nice. I have to ask what are the red cards on the side table?

Anne Boykin - May 16, 2014 - 2:49 am

Hi Kelly, I love red geraniums too! They look fabulous at your house. You have such a beautiful home.

Sally - May 16, 2014 - 7:15 am

Good morning, Kelly!!! I have to tell you that my very-most-favorite things on your blog are your posts about YOUR HOME. It is always stunning and welcoming, and you have an incredible way of carrying through with a theme. The geraniums and strawberries and reds and greens are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Another *favorite* post for me! ~Sally

Jill - May 16, 2014 - 7:58 am

I love it! A great Summer look for sure. We’re still sporting daffodils around here. I’ve been itching to switch things over to something summery but there just wasn’t time this week…hopefully next. Thanks for all the inspiration Kelly!

Sandy - May 16, 2014 - 7:58 am

Red geraniums and strawberries are a must have to brighten this tail end of spring after our horrendous winter. Thank you for sharing your home with its red and green. I love your placement of your children’s pictures throughout the house. I hope to use your inspiration and thrill my grandchildren with more of their pictures throughout our house.

Arlene@Nanaland - May 16, 2014 - 8:01 am

I love all the red and green…it is just a cheery color combo. I have never had luck with geraniums even though I love the way they look! Red is just my favorite color…a bright cherry red gets me every time!

yarlette - May 16, 2014 - 8:06 am

Love the red touches in the rooms. That color just makes me feel happy whenever I see used in a room or in flowers . So smart to keep everything neutral in your home so that you can get a new look with just a few changes in curtains, pillows, books and small things like that

Cheri - May 16, 2014 - 9:03 am

Love how you incorporated the red and the green not to look too Christmasy. I would like to know where you got the strawberry tablecloth? Love it. My kitchen is red, browns and white and my dining room is green. That would look lovely in either room.

Donna - May 16, 2014 - 9:06 am

Kelly, I love all the red and green. I have used red geraniums for years and a while back I painted my doors a deep burgundy color and the red clashes. I have gone to a soft pink. I still love the red, but I now realize I just love geraniums!
I really enjoy how you change things out for a season. The neutral backdrop you have is wonderful. The posts you do about your own home are my favorites!!
Happy Spring!

Louvina - May 16, 2014 - 9:14 am

I’ve been away on mini trips with daughters and yearly medical testings — but have been peeking in to see what you’ve been up to! Loving the red and greens and all that goes with it! I’ve been thinking green and red, white and blue which pretty much takes me until fall— I finally found the standing bronze bunny with faux moss and had to get it. My sweet husband decided my other smaller bronze bunnies need to be painted white– ugh! But I bit my tongue and said I loved them! They don’t look too bad with the knock out roses! :) Are you counting down the days ’til summer?! I bet you are!!:)

Scribbler - May 16, 2014 - 9:15 am

You had me at red! I need that tablecloth — vintage? It all looks fantastic. Geraniums can’t be beat, and strawberries? Delicious.

sarah - May 16, 2014 - 9:41 am

Kelly – As usual I LOVE the decorating in your house. I usually have red geraniums on my front porch but I think I will be expanding them to other places in my house & porch now… as a result of seeing your decorations. :-> I live in Wisconsin and the geraniums I usually see around here aren’t quite as pretty as the ones you are showing …I’m going to have to look harder to find ones like you have. Also – where did you find the red and white berry baskets? And I love the bright red lanterns…I have been trying to find some like you have for awhile but I didn’t seen any in Pottery Barn (didn’t check the outlet) but my Target has had some big and small ones recently …which I had to get it. :-> Looking forward to seeing your next post!

Dawn - May 16, 2014 - 9:53 am


I love your red and green scheme. It is lovely for this time of year. I have several plants around the house but only one geranium in a mixed hanging basket on the screened in porch. The rest are ferns and gerbera daisies. I love the super intense orange gerbera daisies the best. I also have lemon grass, citronella and lavender planted on the porch to deter mosquitoes. I can’t wait to see where else your geraniums and strawberries wind up. I might have to make that yummy strawberry pretzel salad for Memorial day weekend.

Becky in 'Bama - May 16, 2014 - 10:07 am

Okay…what is your secret? to work all day (with children, no less) and still have the brain cells and energy to come home and be so clever and energetic? I love, love – LOVE the red (as I’ve commented before), so I devoured this post of my favorite eye candy. Yes – my outside plants are all red – including a red geranium by the front steps. Sadly, I cannot have real plants in my home – my cat has chewed every plant I’ve ever tried to keep inside (unless I put it high on the fireplace mantle). A friend gave me an aloe vera for Christmas…she ate the plant down to a nub. ~sigh~ :)

Barbara (WA) - May 16, 2014 - 10:40 am

You are speaking my language – and I love the use of the geraniums and strawberries for a spring/early summer decorating theme. I am inspired!

Funny side note – I don’t like red outside in my gardens for some reason. Give me pink, purples, white, a bit of yellow. But inside, I must have red accents in the kitchen & living room.

Garden, Home and Party - May 16, 2014 - 11:42 am

What a great display of color. I think this could ride through summer is so fresh. I love the first image with the geranium and ranunculas for the wedding table. The gardening theme is so perfect with the flowers.
You always give me fresh ideas to change out a few things in my own home, thanks, Kelly!

Debra - May 16, 2014 - 11:43 am

Thank you for the beautiful Friday morning wake up, now if I could just grab a cookie or two from your glass jars and a have a Starbucks coffee in hand. All your sweet touches of red and the flowers are such sweet torture. Your home is delicious in a sweet simplistic way. You won’t believe this, but there were a few little flakes coming down just an hour ago and we woke to 38 degrees this morning. Oh, I love red geraniums. I haven’t bought any yet as our weather here is bouncing all over the place. My boxwoods, 2 new hydrangeas, impatiens and herbs are waiting to be planted. I had to cover the flower trays and tuck away my herbs inside last night. Ugh! Hopefully Sunday will bring back warmth. I love your neutral backdrop that allows the versatility of the color changes. Red graces the outside décor with umbrella, cushions and flowers here as it looks nice against our gray cape cod. I have red doors and they are fading a bit, so I will be repainting in the next couple of weeks. I’m so eager to be enjoying the outdoors but until then I will enjoy your beautiful home through your blog. Oh, the warmth of the South! Everything is lovely Kelly. Thank you again for this nice Friday wake up. I think it is going to be a day of Barnes and Noble, a coffee in hand and a quick stop at the greenhouse for a red geranium for the kitchen windowsill at least. Have a great weekend ahead Kelly. P. S. I think you said you got the berry baskets at Target last year. Wishing I would have seen those. I’m going to have to surf the net and see if I can find some. I have a few ceramic ones just for serving and décor.


Vicki - May 16, 2014 - 2:32 pm

I enjoy seeing all the details- down to coordinating your books. That’s such a cute touch. Debra- I saw berry baskets like those at T.J. Maxx (or maybe it was Homegoods) this past weekend. Hopefully it’s not just a local thing. Kelly, that’s such a great idea to use them for place settings!

Sue - May 16, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Kelly I love the red and green – I use it all over my house too, but I admit to still having the yellow and green out in the front of the house. The kitchen is turning over to the red in time for Memorial Day. I always love the posts of your house. I just want to know where you get your energy after all day with kids!

Ashley - May 17, 2014 - 1:02 am

Always enjoy your seeing your new posts. I haven’t made the pretzel salad you have on this post, but I have tasted it at a church dinner. Out of this world good. I would rather have Strawberry Pretzel Salad than cake!

I always try to get a closer look at your books. I LOVE the tall bookshelves in your living room. Not that you don’t have ideas for new posts running out of your ears already, but if you ever decide to take us on a tour of your book collection that would be wonderful!

Karen - May 17, 2014 - 8:15 am

Hi Kelly
Love it all. I have one red geranium but unfortunately I’ve had some caterpillars who like it too.
I’m crazy about green and orange.
Kind Regards

susan@avintagefarmwife - May 17, 2014 - 9:40 am

Kelly-Hello! Your home is just lovely-every room. Geraniums make me think of my grandma who “wintered” her geraniums over and brought them out every spring. Gosh. Now I want to go buy some!

Theresa in Nebraska - May 18, 2014 - 11:02 am

So put me in the summer mood. Lovely! The reds are just wonderful!

Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - May 18, 2014 - 9:12 pm

I am loving your geranium and strawberry touches–makes me want to skip the last week of school and just plant things!:-) After last week’s snowstorm though, I think I’ll be okay waiting until next weekend.

I have to agree with Sally’s comment–I enjoy all your posts tremendously, but I’d say my very FAVORITE ones are about your home and how you decorate. Your teaching background and your excellent decorating taste merge to create wonderful posts that aren’t found anywhere else on blogland. I think you’ve definitely found your calling for your next career!

Enjoy your last days of the school year! :-)

Jayne - May 19, 2014 - 9:55 pm

Everything looks lovely! So fresh and summery! I love the strawberry baskets on the plates! How creative! I have missed reading your blog. I’ve been repainting the kids bathroom and the kitchen for the last 3 weeks! So glad that is over with. I’ll be sharing it soon on my blog! Thought of you often while I was doing my kitchen. I just love the way you change it up every season and I kept thinking of how I can now change my up much easier. Thanks for all your inspiration!

Jaybird - October 20, 2014 - 12:33 pm

I’m late to the party, and unfortunately Texas sun does not smile sweetly on the geraniums, but my home has been forms or red and green for about 40 years…..does that count???
Love your pictures and your home!
Thank you for your time and effort to create a lovely place to visit.
Better late than never! :) No the Texas heat would be quite brutal to geraniums. Ours seem to do best when there is a little touch of coolness in the air. I think the red and green in your home should definitely count! (Especially since it is one of my favorite combinations.) Thank you for your kind comment and for taking the time to read my posts. I am so glad you enjoy them!

Sunday Supper: Our Mother’s Day

Talk of the House  geranium door basketYou know those strawberry photos with all the red and green I showed you last week?  Well… they kind of got my brain going with that color scheme for our Mother’s Day decorating.

It started at the front door with the red geraniums in the basket.

Talk of the House basket of geraniums on doorAnd then it proceeded into the dining room.  The red buffalo checked drapes and the red plates have returned.:) I have been living in the land of green and yellow for a couple of months, so I felt happy to be surrounded by red again.  I mixed in the green checks and plaids with the napkins, and I used the red mugs for serving soup.

Mothers Day table in the dining roomWhen I called my parents to invite them to come to dinner for Mother’s Day, they accepted and my father asked what we would be eating.  “Sissy food,” I told him. “There will be no steaks or burgers. This meal is in honor of ladies, so you will have to eat girl’s food.:)” (And he did, along with the other 8 guests at the table.)  Here was our menu.

Mothers Day dinner menu


 I had my daughter make a trip to Fresh Market for the pimento cheese, soups, and the cheese straws. The shrimp were steamed at our local Kroger store.

Mothers Day dinnerI made all the sandwiches and salads from scratch, and the pecans were simply toasted in a pan with butter and salted.

Mothers Day mealDefinitely girl food!  The geraniums were gifts for both my mother and my mother-in-law.  Each held a gift card as well.

Mothers Day tableI had planned to eat outside on the porch, but summer seems to be making a fast arrival here.  It was 90 degrees at 6 o’clock, and the boys did not want to sit out in the heat.  So we ate in the dining room, but by the time dessert rolled around, the temperature had dropped, and it was very comfortable out there.

Talk of the House build your own shortcake barA build-your-own-shortcake bar was set up on the table out there from which to serve.  I made two pound cakes:  a chocolate one and a sour cream one.  We cut up several fruits…peaches, blackberries, and strawberries and layered them with sugar, and of course there was freshly whipped cream.

Talk of the House shortcake barTo serve, everyone just helped themselves to whatever combination they wanted.  The next time I do this,  I am going to put a pitcher of milk on the table because everyone seemed to want a glass a milk with their dessert!:)

build your own shortcake bar(Of course I chose the chocolate cake for my dessert!)

Talk of the House shortcake

I also enjoyed some sweet gifts for the day…gift cards for dinner and a movie from my husband, and fresh flowers and the gifts you see below from our children.  Those books have been on my wish list for a very long time, so I was super excited to get them!

giftsAnd that was my Mother’s Day – another special day filled with food (sissy food!), family, and fellowship.   I hope your weekend was a good one too!  I loved loved all your stories and comments on the last post and will try to get replies back to them next weekend.  We have less than 10 days of school left in our school year and the mad end-of-year testing and paperwork is in full swing, so replying to comments and emails will probably be delayed for the next couple of weeks – but I am reading everything that comes through here!  Just wanted to let you know. Okay?

So… how did you spend your weekend?

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Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - May 12, 2014 - 10:25 pm

I loved, loved, LOVED all your Mother’s Day goodies–especially the girl food! Yum! You always have such great ideas!

I spent most of my Mother’s Day recuperating from my daughter’s college graduation. It was such a wonderful day, but it sure tuckered me out! We also had SNOW yesterday, so I just felt like hibernating. I usually plant flowers on Mother’s Day but not this year!

We’re on the countdown too–only 7 1/2 more days of school! Whoo hoo!

Garden, Home and Party - May 12, 2014 - 11:21 pm

I love the touches of red and the geraniums are so summery. I had to laugh, one of my sons gave me the Gil Shaferbook, which had been on my amazon wish list for over a year. Don’t you love it?
The menu looked great. I was treated to a great lunch prepared by our California son and his sweet bride.

Jima - May 12, 2014 - 11:25 pm

You have the most beautiful home. It is my favorite of any that I visit on blogs. Beautiful colors and so homey! Do you mind me asking your square footage? My family is planning to downsize in the next year or so. We currently have 4,100 sq ft and our kids are in college so it is a little too big for us. :)

Vicki - May 12, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Yay for you, getting Gil Schafer’s and Thomas Keller’s books. What a perfect gift, to sit on your porch and savor them, along with your candy. Your sissy food looks so light and refreshing – perfect for a hot day.
My Mother’s Day gift was a day of shopping without the kids, which meant I could make more than 3 stops. Looking for cute summer skirts– even though we still have 17 school days to go….

anita - May 12, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Very nice table and the “sissy” food looks delish. Last week we came back from a little trip to Las Vegas (we needed to feel some warmth on our bodies:))! The day after our return, I took a flight to visit my mother for a few days, then we returned home for mother’s day, where I was greeted with lovely flowers and a dinner. The weather is trying to get warmer, but I think the snow is done for now. Enjoy your new books!

Debra - May 13, 2014 - 12:10 am

Well Kelly, you weren’t the only one who brought out the red. My Saturday brought work of bringing out all the iron furniture with red cushions and umbrella, (from Target). Smiles…Oh, Target! We normally open the pool, but chose to wait a week. I worked all day spreading shredded mulch, prepping hanging baskets and a little planting of red and white impatiens in a few pots and urns. Oh, I was so enjoying a glass of wine and soaking sore joints in the hot tub by nightfall. Best investment we have made. Sunday brought sunny skies again and a quiet wake up of coffee and just a sweet roll out on the deck. It was lovely. Then by early afternoon it was off to my parents home nearby for a three hour visit that brought a four generation picture of my mom, myself, 2nd daughter and my granddaughter. My mom is 88 and dad 89, so they don’t like to go out much. We had planned to cook out, but dinner time brought rain so there was no grilling of the chicken shish kabobs. Change of plan here too Kelly. My husband had just bought a ham on sale so he made the family a baked ham with beans and mashed potatoes. Yeah, it was like Easter again, but I didn’t care as long as I wasn’t cooking. The two young ones gave a flower arrangement, two Smith & Hawkins wicker votive candles (Target). Got some new boxwoods for the outbuilding from the hubs. A necklace from my married one and lunch out yet to come with my Chicago girl. Such a busy but very content weekend. As I type this I am listening to thunder, lightening and we are in to two inches of rain so far…not good. I am glad I didn’t do a bunch of flowers yet. I am fearful that I will be redoing the few pots I just did, UGH!!! Take care. Teachers always have so much to do. I don’t know how you do it, but thank you. I so enjoy your blog Kelly.


Barbara Hinske - May 13, 2014 - 12:25 am

Looks absolutely perfect! I am always amazed at the number of items you put on a menu for only a few people. All those choices would have worked for a group of 30! I don’t know how you do it. Seriously — and you have a very busy teaching career and your blog. Do you ever sleep?

Arlene@Nanaland - May 13, 2014 - 8:08 am

Happy Mother’s Day Kelly…everything was beautiful as usual!

Cathy Norrie - May 13, 2014 - 8:41 am

Hi Kelly,

What a delightful looking table! And such fun with all the delish girly food (I’m sure all the men secretly looked forward to it!).

My son took me out for breakfast at a local Dutch pancake house which specializes in stuffed pancakes. We had some fantastic mixtures… the favourite being banana and bacon topped with Nutella!

All the best

Katrina - May 13, 2014 - 9:18 am

Mmmm…your menu looked yummy. After church my husband went to Tennessee and picked up his mom. Then he took me, my mom and his mom to a wonderful dinner at a restaurant called Square Root. Our kids met us back at the house for dessert…so good…the fudge pie in May’s Southern Living magazine with vanilla gelato. My son’s gift was a pottery bird feeder and my daughter gave me “The Southerner’s Handbook..A Guide to Living a Good Life” by Garden & Gun.
Hope you are marking those days off the calendar, Kelly….’Round about this time, I could always start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

Dawn - May 13, 2014 - 10:45 am


Your Mother’s day meal looks divine! I love all of those foods. this weekend my husband tackled my to do list around the house. It was wonderful. We planted more in our garden, power washed the front porch, back porch, screened in deck and garages. He mowed, trimmed and ran the weed eater. I cooked and baked. He and my daughter woke me up on Sunday with a new Keurig machine that make frothy cappuccinos! Then they took me out to lunch. We had grilled shrimp kabobs, spinach strawberry salad, cold pasta salad and pie for dinner with our parents over. I was such a productive and wonderful weekend. I have 7 days of school of left and it is a whirl wind of activity around here too. Thanks for sharing your Mother’s day with us. I might have to try to Strawberry Shortcake bar next year!

Sandy - May 13, 2014 - 11:40 am

Kelly, I love the red and your scrumptious “girly” foods. Enjoy reading your blog. Oh, how I remember this time of the year with field trips, field days, state tests, and meetings and more meetings. Bring on summer break! My husband and I retired two years the end of May. We may no longer be in the classroom, but we oversee our two grand children’s homework throughout the week.

Susan - May 13, 2014 - 1:27 pm

What a lovely Mother’s Day you had! We ate out, but I am hoping that someday my daughter will cook (sissy) food for me :)

Martha - May 13, 2014 - 4:35 pm

You had me at Red & Green! I do love your decorating touch. How in the world do you find time to teach, blog, decorate, cook and then run a house and be a great mom??? I am really impressed. I know that blogging takes a lot of time and preparation and so does teaching. You have several full time jobs!!!

Sherry - May 14, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Kelly, I love your blog and so look forward to it. But…..I am no longer getting my feed burner email subscription. Any idea of what I should do?
Sherry, the only thing I know that you can do right now is follow through Bloglovin (or just check on the site every day or so.) Yahoo implemented a DMARC policy about a month ago that is refusing to send out the Feedburner email notices to anyone with a yahoo email address. It also affects hotmail and some others as well. (This is a super huge problem all over blog land.) I don’t foresee it getting “fixed” either. Once I am out for the summer, I am going to see what I can do to change my delivery service. It is looking like a paid service may be the only solution, and the only way I can afford to do that is to make some money through advertising on the blog. I hate that this has happened, and it is frustrating for everyone, but thank you for letting me know.

Lynne - May 19, 2014 - 6:11 pm

I really enjoyed reading about and seeing all the pretty pictures of your Mothers Day feast. I just love sissy food! I wanted to tell you I almost lost your blog. For the past several weeks I have noticed I haven’t been getting my emails from the bloggers I followed. I remember Kim at Southern Savvy Style telling everyone they just needed to sign up at Bloglovin’ if they were still having problems. Well, I did . Then I couldn’t remember which ones I followed and it was driving me crazy. I remembered your name but not the name of your blog. AFter some research I found it and I am now signed up through bloglovin’ so I hope I never miss another post by you. Yours was not the only blog that wasn’t getting to me and I don’t know what the problem was but hopefully its fixed. Missed you ☺ Keep up the good work!
Thank you Lynne. I am so glad you started following through Bloglovin. I agree with Kim that is the only way to keep up right now. Google and Yahoo have a new policy that is killing emails from third party senders (like our Feedburner delivery service) before it even gets sent out. It doesn’t go to spam. They just refuse to send it. So that is why so many blogs are having such trouble getting posts to their email subscribers. There really isn’t anything that we as bloggers can do about it unfortunately. I have been told to go to a paid publishing company, but since I do not make any money on the blog, going to a paid publishing company isn’t something that fits in my budget. Plus I have heard that some of them are running into the same problem with email subscriptions. I hope that something will be done about the policy so that all of this is fixed. In the meantime, please keep reading at Bloglovin. :)

Sandra Kay Hayes - July 4, 2014 - 9:48 am

I am seeing your beautiful home for the first time today!! Very gorgeous!! I have red and pink through-out my home. It is a very small condo that my daughter Debbie, (she has Downs Syndrome), and I have just moved into. Trying to find room for everything has taken me longer than usual!! So loved your Mother’s Day dinner. It looked just wonderful and inviting. The food sounded delish also!! Looking back at your Christmas decor since I’m a crazy for Christmas kind of girl!! Will enjoy following your site!!
Welcome Sandra! I am so glad you found the blog. Good luck getting everything in place in your new condo. Moving is A LOT of work!! Thank you for the compliment on our Mother’s Day meal. I think “girl-y food” is probably my favorite food category. LOL (I always loved weddings because the receptions had the best things to eat!) If you love Christmas you will enjoy the December posts since I am also addicted to the season….waaay too much holiday decor around here then. (And can you believe Hobby Lobby already has Christmas items out??)
Hope you will visit again when you get a break from unpacking. :)

Strawberry Inspiration for Mothers’ Day

rustic strawberry cake


Strawberries… yes, they are the topic of this post, but it was a crazy path that led me to them today. So let me try to explain.

It all started with a house…

house for saleThis house.

It is on the market, and it has been calling to me for months.  Houses can do that, you know.  Really, if the truth is told,  it has been calling to me for years.  Every single time it has been on the market, I have asked, Should we buy it?  And every single time my husband has said, No.  I even took him to see it once with a realtor about 10 years ago. It did no good.

It has a somewhat pretty exterior that could easily be improved by changing all the windows and the roof line there on the right, replacing or removing the iron railings, and adding some landscaping.  But the interior needs tons of work….tons.  Which is why my husband does not want to buy it.  We should be downsizing, not looking at a larger home that comes with a never ending to-do list of projects.  And he is right.  So why in the world do I want this house – a house that is not even really “our style”?


It is for purely sentimental reasons.  When I was around 15 years old a friend of mine and I began babysitting for a family – the family that lived there.  It was a local doctor’s family, and the couple enjoyed going out a lot, so my friend and I would alternate weekends.  There were 3 children (including a daughter named Kelly:))  Eventually my friend got other work, but I continued to babysit for them all through my high school years and every chance I could when I was home on college breaks.  They also hired me in the summers to work in the doctor’s office doing secretarial work. I spent so much time with that family that I felt like I was part of their family, and I felt like that home in the photo was my home too.

And it was a pretty house years ago.  That little area on the left up there in the photo above was a pantry area with windows on two sides, and the room on the far right (that little side wing) had a baby grand piano sitting in the middle of it (which I loved to play.) The living room in the photo below had been painted a soft buttery yellow with white trim, and the piano room was through that cased opening there.

living roomSo I when I close my eyes, I see those rooms as the pretty spaces they once were.  I see the potential.  I want to buy the house and bring back the charm.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we have the funds or the energy to do that at this stage in our life.  So I am hoping that someone else will love it back to life.

And what in the world has this got to do with strawberries?  Well here’s the answer… I keep looking at the real estate listing for this house online, and the other evening when I was doing so, an advertisement for these dishes appeared on my screen:

wedgwood wild strawberries china
Wedgwood Wild Strawberry 5 Piece Place Setting

When I saw that ad, I immediately got a major case of deja vu.  You see, the kitchen in that house I love had yellow painted cabinets years ago (they’ve been replaced with stained brown wood ones:(), and all of the dishes were strawberry patterned ones.  I loved that Wedgwood Wild Strawberry china, and seeing it again just brought back more happy memories of the house.   So I started looking for additional images of it..

which led to images of table settings with strawberries…


and beautiful bouquets with strawberries mixed in….

bouquets with

which led to party favors with strawberries in brown paper packages tied up with string.

strawberries in paper

All those wedding photos made me search to see if anything new was up over at one of my favorite stationery sites, Felix Doolittle.  And look at the precious kitchen labels I found there.

felix doolittle

And all of that led to photographs of food with strawberries…

like this strawberry ice cream,

strawberry party from Tomkat studio via Talk of the House

and this strawberry pie.

Strawberry pie like Shoneys

Which I then learned is another version of the famous strawberry pie from Shoney’s Restaurant.


shoneys strawberry pie recipe

The strawberry pie made with jello recipe led me to another strawberry dish with jello – the strawberry pretzel salad recipe (or dessert if you want to call it that).

strawberry pretzel salad aka

Then that strawberry salad led to this yummy looking strawberry, spinach, and avocado one.

Strawberry Avocado and Spinach salad easy and

Along the way, I came across these cute strawberry shortcakes in jars…

strawberry shortcake in a

and these strawberry shortcakes on sticks.

strawberry shortcake on a

and before I knew it, a blog post was born.:)

As I looked back through all of these images, I thought how perfect the table, flowers, shortcakes, and salads would be for a Mothers’ Day meal.  So my wheels are turning for a special lunch or dinner this weekend.

strawberries for mothers day

I hope you could find a few bits of inspiration among the photographs as well, and I hope you get to enjoy some time with someone special on Mothers’ Day.

Enjoy your weekend!:)

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Garden, Home and Party - May 9, 2014 - 10:37 pm

I love the house. Still, I agree with your husband, this is probably a time where staying put, or downsizing makes more sense. Maybe you could talk your darling daughter into one day, after finding her prince charming, could buy the house and return it to it’s original charm.

I love strawberries and all of the things you shared looked delicious. I own Wedgewood Wild Strawberry. It’s china, so I confess, I don’t use it that often, but whenever I do set the table with it I always buy strawberry plants for little table top urns I have and maximize the strawberry theme.

The pie looks tempting.
Happy Mother’s Day, my friend. I know you’ll be taken care of by your darling family.
What a smart idea Karen. Our daughter loves the exterior of the house. (She has not seen the interior.LOL) I can’t believe you own that Wedgwood china! That is just too uncanny. Yes, it is “the good stuff” and with that gold edge, I guess it does not go in the dishwasher. Love the idea of the strawberry plants for the centerpieces!
I hope you have a wonderful Mothers’ Day with all your family.

DiAnne - May 9, 2014 - 10:42 pm

I wish you could buy the house. I think it is calling your name. I think you could work your magic on it, and take us all along on a design/decorating ride.

Love, love all the strawberry inspiration!

I am not giving up on you getting that house!
I am afraid that house can call my name only if it includes a message of winning the lottery! Ha ha. That way we would be able to hire out all the work instead of trying to do it all ourselves. But believe me, I can picture exactly what I would do with each of the rooms in the house….a lot of cheerful yellow. One challenging thing about it is that the laundry is way downstairs in the full basement, and all the bedrooms are up on the second floor. You would certainly get your exercise simply keeping your clothes clean.
Glad you liked all the strawberry things.

Barbara Hinske - May 9, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Your post made me smile! I’m sure you’re familiar with one of my favorite children’s books — If You Give a Moose a Muffin? That’s what your post reminds me of — just the grown-up version. Happy Mother’s Day!!

Katrina - May 9, 2014 - 11:30 pm

I had the same thought as DiAnne…buy it and thrill us with all your “Kelly” decorating and designing! The laundry thing is a real problem. Our last house had the laundry in the basement and now that I have moved I realize what a pain that was! You know on second thought…buy a vintage beach house and fix that up!!!
Have a happy,restful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day, Kelly!

Kathy - May 9, 2014 - 11:47 pm

This post hit home because a house is calling to my daughter. It is a house that is near our church and she has loved it FOREVER. When I saw a “for sale” sign in its yard a few weeks ago, I immediately called to tell her it was on the market. Unfortunately, when she took her fiance to see it, he didn’t love it as she did. (He thought it would take too much work and the English flower garden that is the front yard would not be a place his dog could run.) Oh, well! You have me wanting a slice of Shoney’s strawberry pie. Happy Mother’s Day!

Donnamae - May 10, 2014 - 12:02 am

Well, I’m certainly inspired! Did you ever buy those plates with all your searching? They are pretty! ;)

Loretta Hamilton - May 10, 2014 - 7:39 am

Inspiration indeed! As I look at this while lying in bed this early Saturday morning, I am now thinking strawberry waffles with whipped cream for breakfast!!

Arlene@Nanaland - May 10, 2014 - 9:33 am

Oh Kelly, there is a house in my hometown that I always wanted to own as well. It was a big old two story farm house and it sat on a hill. Big oak trees surrounded it and although I never saw the inside of the house, I knew it would be perfect. It sat on a road that my school bus route traveled and I have longed for that house since I was a little girl!! I guess “house” interest started early for me. So I totally understand your desire for the doctor’s house. I like that strawberry china as well…but then I have never seen too many pieces of china that I do not love. Hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day with your family!

Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane - May 10, 2014 - 10:20 am

Oh, Kelly, you brought back so many memories with this post! In junior high and high school, I loved all things strawberry–shampoo, lip gloss, AND those exact dishes! I had forgotten all about them. Nope, I never owned a set, but I remember thinking as a teenager my “Someday” house would have them.

I had a similar experience with a house. It was the setting of my first girl-boy party and I LOVED that house. When it came on the market 20 years later, I went to look at it and was SO disappointed in its state of disrepair. I decided that it wasn’t a project I was willing to tackle physically, financially, or emotionally. :-) Wouldn’t it be wonderful to to have the resources of HGTV or the like to restore old homes like that? That would be my dream job!

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

Debra - May 10, 2014 - 11:07 am

Kelly I love your mind. What a delicious post! So much strawberry goodness. That home is wonderful. I like the look of it as it is in the picture, but I would love to know how you would change it too. I think I can relate to the babysitting/childhood memories thing. When I was about that age too, I babysat for a couple that lived in a sweet saltbox house. The gal was into antiques, which I grew interest in. At 15 I was purchasing crocks, vintage baskets and a pedestal table for my bedroom. Ha, what 15/16 year old does that with babysitting money?! I loved being there. It was like a step back in time. She had the great room in the back with walk in fireplace. In her small sitting room she had two tall mason jars always filled. One with red licorice and the other with homemade sugar cookies…hmm reminds me of you too. What a sweet treat for a babysitter it was. I always adored their house and so wanted one, but instead when we built, we chose a cape cod. I do feel she influenced me in many ways though. Well, I will end it with, I think I can say you are influencing me and many here as well. Thanks for the feel good post. Even as Martha would say, “Its a Good Thing”, (another influencer). :) Happy Mothers Day to you and your mother Kelly. Have a great day tomorrow. Maybe something strawberry will be served?


Barbara (WA) - May 10, 2014 - 11:34 am

Two things: I totally understand the progression from the house to strawberries! I often go on long trails like that online. And, I used to have a strawberry themed kitchen. I had so many strawberry things (dishes, linens, decor) that I was asked to display it at the local library! I loved the Wedgwood dishes but was never able to buy them. The strawberries are long gone except for plants in my garden. I still love red in my kitchen, however. Fun post!

Barbara (WA) - May 10, 2014 - 11:39 am

PS: could you post a link to the listing so we can peek at the rest of the interior?

scribbler - May 10, 2014 - 11:48 am

I totally get it, the whole thing. You would love my everyday dishes, “Berry Fields” — they have big strawberries.

I have had a yearning for an old grey stone farmhouse with white trim which is near us, now swallowed up by subdivisions which sit on land that was no doubt their farm at one time. It is a craftsman style, sort of, with big porches and a well in the front yard. Whoever lives there keeps lots of bright red geraniums on the porch every summer. There are mature trees all around, and lots of old plantings like azaleas and camellias.

Two problems: it has never been for sale, and it is almost on top of what is now a major highway. I don’t even know what the inside looks like, but I have mentally designed it anyway.

So I do understand. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Vicki - May 10, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Oh, Kelly, I totally understand that houses call to you, and I can certainly see why this one would! Isn’t it funny how those influences in our teens stay with us? When I was a teen, my friend’s grandmother gave me some decorating magazines, and of course, her house was filled with antiques, including a beautiful old pie safe. Maybe she baked strawberry pies? :)
I love the other comments on this post- such great stories. Happy Mother’s Day!

martha - May 11, 2014 - 9:07 am

Oh my!!! First of all…I love how your mind works and glad to know that someone else can start at one point and jump to ten others. I love strawberries, I think because they combine my two favorite colors green & red. When I got married back in the late 60’s I picked Poppytrails Strawberry pattern for my everyday dishes. It seemed that as soon as I got married everybody decided that strawberries were the new theme to decorate with and that dampened my enthusiasm for them. I packed up those dishes years ago and hope one of my granddaughters will like them one day. I also babysat for a family whose lovely home influenced my own ideas of how I want my house to look. Their kitchen cabinets were painted a beautiful dark green and I wanted to duplicate that look in our first little house. Being young, foolish and not very savvy, I let the man at the paint store talk me into a garish ,green GLOSS paint (“it will dry much darker”). It was so ugly and I was so upset. This was the first of many decorating mistakes I have made over the years, but they do seem to come fewer and farther apart now ☺
I am still not getting e-mails notices and I hate it when I am late to look at a post…..crazy internet!
Happy Mother’s Day!

Teresa W - May 11, 2014 - 10:14 am

Happy Mother’s Day, Kelly! I love this post, as I have a love for old homes & strawberries. Yes, that house is a lot of work, but could be rewarding too. My husband & I had an old home in Charleston before we moved to Georgia & we had no kitchen for 9 months. Every night after work, I spent 3-4 hrs. steaming wallpaper off of EVERY wall in the house. I loved that house so much! Switching gears to the topic of strawberries, I made the BEST & easiest strawberry jam yesterday. We picked strawberries & of course had a crazy amount that we couldn’t eat fast enough, so I used Ina’s Easy Strawberry Jam recipe. It’s FABULOUS! Used the Grand Marnier, left out the blueberries, just used strawberries & it was thickened w/ half a Granny Smith apple, no powdered pectin. (If you make it, my thermometer never reached the temp. in the recipe, I just cooked it for the time stated). I can’t believe it turned out so well. Now go pick a ridiculous amount of strawberries & make jam:-)

Paula B. - May 11, 2014 - 5:13 pm

What a lovely story, Kelly. I can totally relate to your sentimental attachment to this house. (It was one of your first “loves”.) Oh, and all the strawberry delights here, I am drooling as well as dreaming of strawberry shortcake! Here’s hoping you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.

Megan - May 11, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Hi Kelly,
What a great post:) My brother and sister-in-law bought a house about 2 years ago that was one that my S-I-L had loved for many, many years. It too needs tons of work, but my brother is one of those “This Old house” kinds of guys (in fact, I can imagine that someday we will see it in the magazine – he is that passionate about restoration.). I liked the idea of showing it to your daughter!! The strawberries made for a fun post too – did a Moose give you a Strawberry?? Laura Numeroff would be proud!!

Leslie - May 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Darling post, Kelly! I love that sweet story about your time in that home. Our lives and our homes really do have the potential to touch the lives of others even when we think it is just a run of the mill kind of day. So happy for you that you are left with such lovely and healthy memories!

KellyinPA - May 12, 2014 - 7:39 am

I love the sentimental connection you have with that house, so neat! I wish I could see it as it was when you knew it, I love that kind of stuff. And strawberries, yes please! One of my favorite things:) When I was a young girl, my mother worked part-time as a waitress at our local Big Boy restaurant and I remember very clearly those famous strawberry pies!

Dawn - May 12, 2014 - 10:13 am


I too love strawberries. I made a salad that had spinach, strawberries, feta cheese, almonds and homemade dressing for our Mother’s Day meal. My Mom loves it! She always takes the leftovers for her lunch the next day.
That house is amazing! So neat and sentimental for you. Thanks for sharing your connection with us. I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day!

Nikki Lehnhardt - May 14, 2014 - 8:31 pm

I love it. I live in Ponchatoula also known as the strawberry capital of the world. We have a strawberry festival each April when the berries are ready. Everyone collects all types of strawberry themed items. You gave me some new ideas.

Also FYI they are filming the new Nicholas a Sparks film in our town now. Movie trucks everywhere.

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