Category: Misc.

Summertime Food Safety

Summer is here and with it, parties, picnics, and lots of grilling outside–in the heat. Needless to say, preparing and serving food in the heat of the summer requires special attention to safety. It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of the moment and overlook the potato salad that has been sitting in [Continue Reading]

Peak hurricane season has arrived and with it, a bevy of storms from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Right now, most of the East Coast is preparing for Hurricane Florence, a storm that promises to be possibly the biggest we have ever seen in North and South Carolina. Clearly, Flo is not a storm to [Continue Reading]

Changes at Casual Living

As you have probably noticed, I have not posted in a while—quite a while. Honestly, the time between our annual buying trip to Chicago and now, Christmas week, have flown by and my days have been filled with furniture orders for 2017, changing our Forest Drive store from an outdoor furniture store to a holiday [Continue Reading]

I spent last week in the mountains of North Carolina, including a day in Asheville. While the residents were complaining about the heat, I was happy to be relieved of the oppressive heat that we have been experiencing in South Carolina all summer. And, while a hot cup of joe was not on my list [Continue Reading]

  Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums Courtesy of Bon Appétit   Quickly grilling kale makes it crispy. Pairing it with fresh plums and ricotta transforms it into our new favorite salad. Ingredients: 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 1 teaspoon honey Kosher salt, [Continue Reading]

Dreaming of a New Front Door

I love doors! Those posters, The doors of wherever: Ireland, France, New York City—they have always caught my eye and held my attention. Is it simply the beauty of the door, or am I captivated by what lies beyond? Certainly something wonderful must lie on the other side of those beautifully photographed doors! Just when [Continue Reading]

HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes

Since 1997, HGTV has given away a breathtakingly beautiful, fully furnished home in a jaw-dropping location. On January 1, the location of this year’s HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes was revealed with photos of the future home of one lucky winner. And the winning location is…Merritt Island, Florida, located on Florida’s east coast in Brevard County. [Continue Reading]

All I Want for Christmas

My Christmas wish list this year is very simple in terms of quantity yet very difficult in terms of being fulfilled. But, here goes… My one teeny, weeny desire this year is for peace and harmony, understanding, and compatibility. I would like to experience, once again, the carefree world that I used to inhabit where [Continue Reading]

A Week Not to be Forgotten

Outdoor living has been severely curtailed the past few days here in South Carolina, as well in most of the states on the east coast of the United States. Having gone through a disaster which has been described by meteorologists as a 1000-year storm, although the sun is shining, few of us are thinking about relaxing [Continue Reading]