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July 27, 2011

Sunflowers, Daisies and Lasagna!

An early evening dinner is planned and I've got the table set!  I chose my burlap tablecloth and added my wood chargers to create a semi rustic feeling. 
My Mikasa Italian Countryside dinnerware is mixed with some golden colored salad plates from Pier 1 Imports. The stemware is Le' Cheap from Le' T.J. Maxx!
I chose my gold plated flatware from Wallace to enhance the warmth of the table setting and to add a little sophistication!
My flower arrangement is partly from my own garden and some from the grocery store..I went out for sunflowers and found a mixed arrangement that I added some of my Shasta daisies too and a splash of orange with my Cone flowers! 
I found these sweet hurricanes by Mikasa out of a group they call Cottage Lace
They are fairly large and even though they look like a votive they called them a hurricane.  I found some natural beeswax candles too, which worked out well because of their color, organic look and they were fragrance free!
 I'll be serving a Caesar Salad, Lasagna and some delicious dinner rolls from a local bakery that are just like homemade!
Of course we'll have wine with our meal and top off the dinner with some Decaff Coffee and a Lemon Chiffon Pie with Gingersnap Crust from a recipe at Bon Appetit

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July 25, 2011

Lana Austin: Motif

After visiting this lovely blog Lana Austin: Motif and 
drooling over many many pictures I finally picked
this one to post from her blog.  
She is a very lucky woman who has moved to 
Italy for a year with her family.  
What a wonderful opportunity!  
She has so many wonderful postings, it's like taking 
a vacation just seeing them!  
I hope you can take a 
moment to visit her blog and enjoy 
some of her wonderful postings!
She's also offering a wonderful
givewaway- check it out!!

I used the word Infuse in the name of my blog 
because I feel we are  always being "infused" with 
so many elements in life. 
Things like great food that we 
ooh and ahh over, fabulous architecture, 
great theatrical events, etc.
(I can go on and on with examples)

 I seem to be being infused with little bits of Italy which started in 2005 with our exchange student from Naples.  My son's new bride is 100% Italian and some of their family actually flew in from Italy and we were blessed with their presence at the wedding.  I hope some day to be able to travel to Italy and see our "Italian daughter" Roberta again and meet her family.  Seeing this blogger's postings has reminded me again of the rich cultural heritage that Italy has to offer and the warm and wonderful people they are!

This is Roberta (My Italian daughter)! 
You can see Mt. Vesuvius in the background...she lives 
in Naples and this is one of their balcony views! 


July 22, 2011

Garden Blogging

Stop on by my garden blog...Lately, gardening is pretty much all I've been thinking about!
Click on the link below and it will take you there ! 


July 10, 2011

A Tuscan Themed Wedding!


I'm back from the recent wedding of our 
son and his lovely new bride!  

I have a collection of pictures from 
an iPhone and my trusty little digital 

I'll have to wait a little longer to see the  
professional versions!

With Angela's family being Italian they 
put together a lovely Tuscan themed 
wedding to honor their heritage!
I'm sharing a few pictures I took 
before the reception got underway!

The reception took place at this lovely 
outdoor location called Brandywine Manor House under this elegantly appointed room.

The color theme was blue, yellow and 
white and there were many sunflowers as 
accents everywhere!

The tall centerpieces came off the stands 
and all the floral centerpieces were given 
as a gift to one person at each table.

Each table had a number and the guests
located their names from one of these 
cards and identified their table from there!

Isn't it neat how they prepared all this! 
The tray had a combination of moss and
ivy with sunflowers tucked 

I snapped a shot of this birdcage they were 
using for the gift cards to be dropped into!  
Cute idea!

This is a long shot of the table where the
bridal party sat with a view of the
bar area at the end.

I loved the cake they had and the lovely
pewter bride and groom centerpiece!
The cake stand was awesome too!

Angela also had a "grooms" cake made!
 She plays the violin and he plays the 
guitar, so she had these two metal statues
representing each of them placed on 
the guitar shaped cake!  
Isn't that the cutest!

It was a great day and one
I'm still living over and over
in my mind. 
It's still hard to wrap my
mind around the fact
that 27 years has passed
since our son was born and
where we're at now!  
Dreams do come true!

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