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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Bon Voyage!

Shortly before we left for our trip to Peru we had the honor of hosting a little au revoir dessert for our darling friend Katie.

Katie left for six months to study outside of Brussels.  This is her second study abroad experience through Clemson University, and I am just a little jealous. 

So we gathered on a Sunday night to celebrate Katie and bless her amazing travel and opportunity. I thought about attempting macarons, but decided to go with what I knew I could accomplish, so we served sugar cookies and coffee-toffee shortbread.

 I pulled out the Haviland Limoges china to add a little French flair, and I’ve decided I need to use these beautiful dishes more often in the new year.

Beautiful blackberries and strawberries made a fresh counterpart to the rich, buttery cookies.

But the piece de resistance was the French cheesecake made by Katie!

Light and lemony with a sponge cake base, it was divine!  Katie found the recipe on La Tartine Gourmand, a beautiful and inspiring blog.

And so, without further adieu, bon voyage, Katie!

We miss you!


  1. Yummy...the berries the cheesecake and of course the toffee coffee cookie cookies sound and look delicious! I am sure they travels to all :)

  2. All looks so yummy! Love the silver too...

  3. I agree with Bevy, I love the forks......and I suspect that the cake was out of this world.


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