Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dinning Al Fresco


We love to eat outside.

I wish I could have you all over for dinner. That would be so cool.

There would be great food, tons more then what you see below…lolol

good laughter and fun!  A BIG party to celebrate inspiration!

Dinning Fresco 036

I made a simple dressing and tossed it over mixed greens.

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

I use Dijon in most of my salad dressings. I love it!!

Olive Oil (Wisk in desired amount)

Balsamic Vinegar

Salt & Pepper to taste

Bon Appétit

Dinning Fresco 038 

Ahhh Peonies…

Dinning Fresco 042

Enjoying the early evening’s with my family.

Dinning Fresco 043 

I love to cook for my husband, he loves it. I do believe in the old saying,

“The way to a mans heart is through his stomach”.  So true.

It makes him feel cared for.

Dinning Fresco 049

I have a dozen of these chippy white old lanterns. I love them.

Dinning Fresco 035


Dinning Fresco 079

Sand and candles!! I want to go to the beach.

Dinning Fresco 134

I wanted to share a great vendor I use, and a beautiful blog.

Bid Daddy Antiques is an amazing store, just check out there site.

Secret Garden Cottage Blog, Jo is just the sweetest.

I will be featuring great vendors and inspiring blogs you want to know, often.

Have a beautiful day friends!




  1. I'm investing in a peonies bush! Is it a bush? :) I should so know that by now.

    Beautiful pictures....love the inspiration...

  2. Beautiful pictures and love your candles. Dining Al Fresco is the absolute best, I love the warmer weather finally!

  3. Good food, the outdoors and peonies!!! Who could ask for anything more?!

    You are quickly becoming my go to girl for recipes! Your salad was a hit and I am definitely trying this one!

    As always your images are STUNNING!


  4. just headed over to Secret Garden Cottage's blog...love it!

  5. Honey, you sure do know how to set a table!

  6. Beautiful pictures and love your lanterns and candles............i love the secret garden blog....i follow her too now ! have a great evening hugs from Ria

  7. Aaaaaa like nice blog you have,,,, first time I drop by,,, on a lot of fun =)

    Hugs Josse

  8. Mmm....thank you for the recipe. I love the lanterns!

    Hope you're having a gorgeous day!

    : )

    Julie M.

  9. Looks beautiful!
    I'll be sure to try your dressing, maybe even tonight!
    Thanks for sharing your resources. I'm off to check them out!!!

  10. When is the party? How fun that would be to get to meet you and your sister. I would be in heaven! I will have to try out this salad dressing since I love anything with vinegar in it. Especially balsamic! My favorite!

  11. Your table looks so inviting and very romantic. Will definitely try this dressing recipe. Peopnies are one of my favorite flowers, so gorgeous.
    Wishing you a fabulous week,

  12. Your table is a delight and the peonies are beautiful.
    Am going to try your dressing, I like the sound of that.
    Jenny x

  13. You show us the most beautiful simple beauty, always! Thank you for making everything BEAUTIFUL and then sharing!!!

  14. What a beautiful post!
    Love your old lanterns and the jars!
    I wish I was there with yoU! your peonies are fantastic!
    Have a great week!

  15. These gorgeous images make me swoon!

  16. Hi Lulu,
    Your pictures are beautiful, as always!! I love the peonies...so pretty. Have a great week! :)~ Jo

  17. P.S. Oops!! You're so sweet to mention my little blog. THANK YOU!! Hugs ~ Jo

  18. I am in love with this post Lu. Just beautiful. And I am in complete agreement that a way to a mans heart is through his stomach xx

  19. Now that's a soothing table setting Lulu. Food is one of the ways to that heart I do concur.

    Peace and Honey Bunches of Oats-Olive

  20. omg we ARE bff's... we both say in like flynn and we make the same dressing for our salads... twins separated at birth maybe?



  21. This is so dazzling and dreamy..a gorgeous series!! Lovely!

  22. Dining al fresco...love it...and those lanterns!!!! Love them!!! I so believe that is true too...my hubby always loves a good meal cooked too especially of his favorite things:)

    Those peonies are just gorgeous!

  23. You could serve peanut butter and jelly with that beautiful setting and it would be great.

  24. Ah so pretty, I wish we could join you! Love your little candle lanterns!

  25. We ate al fresco last night too!! My chickadees love it!! your dressing sounds soooooo good! Thanks for sharing it, I can't wait to give it a try!! Your lanters are perfect... they are now on my must find list!!
    Wishing you a great day,

  26. Your outdoor table looks divine! I would join you in a heartbeart my friend.
    Happy Monday,

  27. hey lulu! i love this! looks so serene! and thanks for sharing that yummy salad dressing! i will definately be trying that! i just posted a recipe that i think you might like! have a great night!

  28. Gorgeous setting and images Lu! I wish we had some warmer weather! xx

  29. What lovely photos...one of my favorite posts in a long time!!! All the best,Chrissy

  30. Would love to eat with you-what a great table setting- and outdoors- so summer like- love teh mason jars- i just bought some today-Ill have to use them like that as well- You have inspired me to-set the table a bit fancier for the family- Just became a follower-looking forward to more inspiration-so lovely

  31. i just love outdoor dinners! these pictures are lovely and i ADORE these peonies!
    have a sweet day,

  32. These pictures are so amazing! I found your blog through Humble Pie's and love it. Seriously, these pictures look like they are straight out of a magazine.

    I love sitting outside to eat, partly because our summer's are so short, mostly because eating outside just makes you feel so relaxed.

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your life! :)