A way to eat salmon if you you’re not a fan:

Candied Brussels Sprouts, Potato Croquettes and Wild Caught Dill Salmon (Cooked on a Cedar Plank)

I’ve tried to be a sport in the past. I WANT to like salmon, it’s good for you, yayaya… BUT, it’s strong taste about did me in each time. We would go out to eat and my husband would have me try a bite of his… #itsanogo Then, one day we were talking with a neighbor (thank you CW) who had been to a nearby restaurant. She said she always orders the salmon. I thought, ugh. And then…

Continue reading “A way to eat salmon if you you’re not a fan:”

Sunset on the Ashley River…

Sunset on the Ashley River…

The vast skyline is pretty, isn’t it? I love the dark of the landscape against the colors in the sky. Snapped this on the way home one evening (as a passenger in the car, not the driver) 😉 Magnificent, isn’t it? There is the round landmark hotel in the distance.

Continue reading “Sunset on the Ashley River…”

Charleston Window Box…

Charleston Window Box
Charleston Window Box

Beautiful, right? There is nothing like walking around Charleston, SC… its just so pretty all the time! The window boxes are over the top gorgeous! It really makes a statement, doesn’t it? I guarantee you that someone is busy keeping that creeping fig trimmed so perfectly this time of year. I remember when we had it on our house. It was great, made the house look like an English cottage, but Fred had to get the ladder and go around the house twice a WEEK with scissors… then the bee’s got bad and we decided to take it off the house. Whew!

Have a wonderful weekend!!  Catch you back here tomorrow!

SPOLETO Charleston – [HOT TIP] Be sure to check out…

Image via charlestongalleryrow.com
Image via charlestongalleryrow.com


Well, it’s official, Spoleto kicked off on Friday and it’s in full swing right now! If you’re in the Charleston area this is something you do not want to miss… Theater. Music. Opera. Dance. Jazz. Art.

Click HERE for info on all the performances, shows, etc. The city is booming with people right now, it’s a festive time here in Charleston!

This is where the [HOT TIP] comes in…

Spoleto has plenty of free events, which is what makes this city so cool… but another “free” thing to do is to stop in the wonderful galleries in Charleston! We have an abundance and they are all amazing. Be sure to head on over to Historic Gallery Row, located on Broad Street, this is Charleston’s “Fine Art Destination”. Pop in Galerie on Broad! I hope to see you there!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             On behalf of a grateful nation…

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Charleston Photo

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Artist: Sue Stewart!

Bowens Island Restaurant MENU as of May 2014

IMG_0792 IMG_0793

The restaurant was packed and I couldn’t find my way to a menu (well, at least not where I would have enough room to set it down to photograph), so I settled for the sign… It gives you all the information you need!

See yesterdays post to see what the fried shrimp looks like… oooooh, too good!!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            What kind of footprints are these?

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Artist: William Wray!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Artist: Keith Oehmig!

Shrimp at Bowens Island Restaurant – Charleston, SC

Shrimp at Bowens Island Restaurant
Shrimp at Bowens Island Restaurant

THIS my friends is the 1/4# (small) shrimp dinner at Bowens Island Restaurant. The fresh, local shrimp in their delicate coating fried to perfection. This isn’t the thick batter that’s fried deep brown, this is succulent and out of this world good… so is the cole slaw… and the hush puppies… french fries are good too (and I’m not a french fry gal). I do wish you had a healthier option to go with the fried shrimp, but if you only go every once in a while its a splurge worth waiting for!

Bowens Island Restaurant is close to Folly Beach in Charleston, SC… check them out! (More details on the post from tomorrow)…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            Artist: Bill Schenck!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Piccolo Spoleto – Charleston, SC

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Kitchen Aid Mixer

Gaulart & Maliclet (Charleston Restaurant) Turned 30!


I meant to post this prior to May 4… I hate that I missed this! Darn, darn, darn… Too many sticky notes everywhere with ideas… it’s dreadful when some of the ideas have time limits, ugh!

BUT, we can all wish them a “Happy Birthday” and stop by for something fabulous! What a cool place, it’s where you see many locals as well as people visiting. It’s very cool how you sit with others if you don’t have a large party. Let me tell you, almost every time we go we meet someone so interesting. That makes this place so much fun!

Gaulart & Maliclet (also known as G&M or FAST & FRENCH) has great specials, and if I remember right fondue night is on Thursday! We usually make it there for lunch, the cold cucumber soup is to die for AND healthy… for real!

Check out their MENU, it will blow you away! Too good for words! Check it out if you get a chance!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             Artist: Kim Lordier!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Happy Mother’s Day!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Bessie Mae!

Bowens Island Views…

View from Bowens Island, Charleston, SC
View from Bowens Island Restaurant, Charleston, SC

Beauty as far as the eye can see… Bowens Island Restaurant… located in Charleston, South Carolina near Folly Beach (about 5 minutes away!) is one restaurant you need to check out next time you’re in Charleston. It’s, well… eclectic? The food is fresh and so tasty, I always get the fried shrimp, (my one splurge) and this is the place to get it!

They’re open from 5-10PM Tuesday – Saturday (CLOSED ON SUNDAY & MONDAY)… we usually get there early and there is a line, but just look at the view (above)… bring your camera, especially if you go near sunset… gorgeous!

Bowens Island Restaurant
Bowens Island Restaurant

This may not be a fancy restaurant, but LOOK AT THAT VIEW! I have gotten many gorgeous photos from this location! I have their updated menu set to post May 18 so check back then… but see the previous menu HERE, not much has changed!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           Artist: Andy Evansen

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Times Square Digital Gallery!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   Parmesan Chicken with Salad – Ina Garten!

Take the time…


Flowers at Easter Time - Charleston, SC
Flowers at Easter Time – Charleston, SC

Unexpected and unique I said yesterday… regarding Charleston, SC. It is. You can walk around and see beauty everywhere. I suspect that its not just Charleston. If you have the right mindset, you can see something beautiful everywhere you go. It’s worth taking the time each day to find that one unexpected thing of beauty… and be grateful. Camelia’s this time of year are so pretty…

Enjoy your Sunday and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Featured Artist: Jennifer McChristianson!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   Best Meatloaf Recipe EVER!

Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza – the Inside Scoop!

Margherita Pizza
Margherita Pizza

Fred and I had the best lunch the other day… we had worked hard (our study has been painted, woohoo Fred!) it was getting late and we were starving! We headed to Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, in Mount Pleasant, SC. Usually we split a pizza, they aren’t big, but just enough for us… except for that day… this turned into a lunch/dinner situation… we ordered our typical Margherita Pizza… it’s so fresh tasting with a light crust, very fresh (house made) mozzarella, fresh roma tomatoes and luscious basil… a tasty treat… but we saw that someone had ordered a pizza with some lots of “green” (it was a ways away), we asked what it was. It was the Wild Mushroom Pizza with fresh arugula. So we ordered one of those as well! (Oink! Oink!) Oh. My. Gosh. We were in Heaven… the arugula was so fresh a tender, the PERFECT addition to this pizza. The Margherita Pizza was delicious, as it always is! Their iced tea is pretty spectacular as well… always fresh, and if you’re an iced tea connoisseur like we are (unsweet please) this is the place to go!

Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula
Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula

Can I tell you how difficult it was to wait to snap this photo? I was getting the evil eye from Fred. HURRY UP! ha ha… Heaven, I’m tellin’ ya! If you get a chance, head on over there… Here’s their website with menu! Or if you prefer to jump right to the PIZZA MENU just click the link! Enjoy and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           Featured Artist… Chad Smith!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Charleston Photo: Charleston Fountain with Turtles

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   Happy Earth Day!

Old Road Mercantile: The World’s Smallest Department Store!

Last week I mentioned a cool new store “Shirtini” located on King Street downtown, Charleston, SC. There is another store next door (same owners) called OLD ROAD MERCANTILE, and it has the most unique items you can imagine. It truly is the “World’s Smallest Department Store”! If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out. Otherwise check out their website (pictured above)… This is just one of the many unique gifts… this is so smart! I bought it. I used it and it’s fabulous… highly recommend…

Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 8.41.58 AM
Image via OldRoadMercantile.com!

Swedish Dishcloth… reusable, washable and won’t have that horrible sponge smell!

These come in beautiful patterns, It’s a “dishcloth” that is not a dishcloth. Great for delicate glasses, etc. Perfect for anything. Dries quickly (hence, no bad sponge smell)! Pretty smart, eh?


I have something else to share from this wonderful store… coming soon… hey, there are actually three stores owned by the same couple. I’ve mentioned Shirtini and Old Road Mercantile, the other store is LILY Charleston… another great one to stop in!!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             Featured Artist… Eric Bowman!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Happy Easter!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Mellow Mushroom Pizza!

The Dock Street Theater!

Dock Street Theater with St. Phillips Church in the background - Charleston, SC
Dock Street Theater with St. Phillips Church in the background – Charleston, SC

Ahhh, the Dock Street Theater… a gorgeous building located downtown Charleston, SC at 135 Church Street… with a view of St. Phillips Church in the background.

A gorgeous building that just reopened 2010 after it underwent a $19 Million dollar restoration.  Check it out!

Read about the history of the building (now owned by the City of Charleston)… Click HERE to see the list of shows!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff – Mackinac Island!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Charleston Farmers Markets begins!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Disposable Pepper Grinders

A downtown Charleston photo…

IMG_0508Just another downtown photo in Charleston, SC… We had my sister visiting, and we covered some territory, so I’m not sure where this was at?  I remember thinking it was cool looking, so I snapped a photo of it. This wasn’t the best time of day to be taking photos, but sometimes you’ve got to take whatever you can get, right?

Have a great day!   Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:          Featured Artist… James Richards!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:       A Happy Anniversary wish…

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:  Artist to watch… Rhett Thurman!