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Independence Day Party

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello, My Lovelies!  I've been working on some projects around here, but the biggest one is helping my daughter.  She had a month between graduation and her job, so she wrote a romance novel.....and it's being published!  Congratulations, Shanley Belle!

I've been helping her edit her novel before she submitted the entire book to the publisher, and I've been helping her set-up a blog and social media.  So between helping Shanley and my two art classes this summer, I've had little time for reading. cooking, blogging, or gardening.

But I did have a little Independence Day party (pre-party, really).

We kept it informal and in the breakfast room due to the afternoon thunder showers we've been experiencing.


Everything on the table is from Pier1 except:
Ceramic tumblers:  An Angel at My Table
Berry basket, dessert plates, Molly Hatch vase:  Anthropologie
Westie salt and pepper shakers:  The Church Mouse
Polish condiment servers:  One Kings Lane
Candle holder:  Pottery Barn
Vintage Wedgwood China in Rosedale pattern

Ha!  I just realized that our silverware was in a caddy on the breakfast bar.  I can assure you we didn't eat with our hands!  ;P

For dessert, the simplest blackberry cobbler, ever!  I have a goal to memorize 10 dessert recipes. Here's one of them:

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

4 cups blackberries
Juice of one lemon
1 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 large egg (the larger the better)
6 T melted butter


Preheat oven to 375.

Lightly grease a small 8 X 8 inch casserole dish.  Place blackberries inside dish.  Liberally squeeze the juice of one lemon all over the blackberries.

In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and egg until it resembles coarse meal.  Spread on top of berries.

Drizzle melted butter on top of four mixture.

Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool for fifteen minutes before serving.  Best served with fresh whipped cream!

Now for the men in your life.....If you want to make them happy, make them Bacon Bombs!!!

Bacon Bombs

Note:  The recipe calls for around a pound of ground beef. Below is the video.  it is simple and delicious!  I used Stonewall Kitchen's Maple Chipotle Grill Sauce.

Mini Bacon Bombs Video

Happy Independence Day, America!

Until next time..

Ricki Jill


  1. Fun to see your red, white, and blue table. All of my things are packed and in storage. ;-(
    I miss having my Molly Hatch vases out and using my McK-C dishes. Living in limbo here.
    Happy 4th of July and a big congratulations to Shanley Belle on all counts - graduation, new job, and the novel being published! Yea!

  2. Congrats to your daughter, wow! those hydrangea blooms are amazing, thanks so much for coming over tonight to link up to the party!! have a great weekend!

  3. I love your bloggy parties. Thanks for the cobbler recipe. My husband will appreciate it.

  4. Festive table, and I am going to try the bacon bombs - YUM!! And Shanley wrote a novel?? WOW, good for her! You have certainly been busy!!

  5. That is one talented gal you have on your hands. Congrats, you must be one proud mama!
    Have a safe and happy 4th!

  6. Your hydrangeas are pretty in their subtle blue and white hues, and you table is popping with red white and blue. The napkin holders are cute and sparkly, and congrats to your daughter on writing a novel.

  7. Congratulations to Shanley Belle! What a great achievement. This young lady is going places.

  8. Happy 4th of July Ricki! Your displays look very festive!

  9. Hold the phone- Shanley wrote, edited AND got published in one month?!? When does she sleep???
    And congrats to her! That's a huge accomplishment! I know great writers who spend years trying to get published. When is it coming out, so I can read and support it?

    And your table looks lovely, as always!

  10. How super exciting she wrote a book. I can't wait to buy a copy! I love your decorations and thanks for the recipes.

  11. Congrats to your daughter! I love your decorations, and thos bacon bombs are calling my name. :)


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