Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Culinary Trip Down Memory Lane

Happy 2016 Everyone!!
What a wonderful year 2015 was...
we are looking forward to spending some time with you all this year!

While out and about last year we found this
adorable recipe box
(we LOVE old recipe boxes...don't you?)

So we thought that we'd share some of the contents with you...
because it really is fun(ny) and interesting

First there were lots of 
menu ideas 
for the week...

What do you think?

It doesn't sound too bad....

UNTIL you get to Friday's lunch of
Individual Spinach Rings!!

There were several hand written recipes
like this Quick Nut Bread

Stuck in the recipe box were some 
Games for Adults and older Children!  

This Impromptu Scavenger Hunt might be fun
at your next get-together!

(our favorite part is where it says "make necessary rules against tearing pictures 
off the walls and about returning things afterward to their proper homes
 and respective corners" ~ LOL!!!!)

And then...there were the 
cut out from the paper....

They MUST be delicious...
these ladies both won a dollar for submitting the winning recipe...

We just might have to try one for fun...what do you think??

Thanks for coming down a Culinary Memory Lane with us today!

Join us for What's it Wednesday
with Patti & Paula from Ivy & Elephants
for some great inspirations!!

Have a great week!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hosting the Perfect Hitchcock Night.....

Last week we had a special evening with our friends over at 

Beeker's General Store in Pemberville!

Our guests stopped at Beeker's first for some delicious Pumpkin Soup
 and hors d'oeuvres and they got to make a sweet paper pumpkin...
and then they traveled to our store where we had a surprise waiting for them!

All summer we've seen the 
Outdoor Movie Theaters 
on Pinterest...
so we decided to try it ~ and it was


We sat up chairs with a blanket for everyone...
and stapled a twin sheet to the trees for our screen.  
We then sat the projector up and waited patiently for our guests to come!

{such goofy sisters!}

We served their meal on foil cake pans 
with our fun Halloween napkins covering the bottom!

Wrapped the silverware up....

and then we decided to add a 
beaded spider to the silverware

Everyone got a Hot Foil Pocket 
with a Ham & Cheese Croissant enclosed
with some Pear & Cranberry Coleslaw

We didn't get a picture of dessert...
but you can get that recipe here:

Go ahead...check it less than 30 seconds  
you'll know how to make the easiest dessert EVER!!

Then everyone went out to sit by the bonfire 
until the movie was ready to start

The movie is starting! 

And of course...after everyone finished their meal
we handed out bags of popcorn...

 The weather was perfect...
We couldn't have asked for a better night!!
We watched two short Hitchcock films:
The Cheney Vase and The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Everyone raved about how much fun this was...
We hope that we've inspired you to have your own
Outdoor Movie Theater in the future!

Have a wonderful week everyone!
Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Join us for What's it Wednesday with
Ivy & Elephants
for some wonderful Fall Eye Candy!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 where?

It's no secret...
we LOVE transferware...

why is it called

Well, because of the transferring of the design onto the plate of course...
We think it's because those plates and platters can
from one room to another!!

This past weekend we were doing a little
of transferware for mom...

changing things up in her living room...
and bringing in a fresh look!

and THAT
is why Transferware is really called transferware 
it TRAVELS well dahhlings ;)

Hope you all have a fantastic week...
We'd love to know what are you "transferring" from one room to another!

~Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Join us for "What's it Wednesday"
with Ivy & Elephants
('cause you've got to get out and play sometimes!!)

Friday, August 07, 2015

Let Your Lighthouse Shine!

Did you know that today is

ya....we didn't either!

Well, we are pretty lucky because we have a lighthouse near us...
and it just so happens that Karrie & her hubby
just visited the Marblehead Lighthouse recently!

 (we couldn't have planned THAT better lol!!)

"The Marblehead Lighthouse was built in 1821 
and is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse 
on the Great Lakes."
~Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society

Wishing you all a great day ~ if you have a lighthouse near...maybe go for a visit!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

“Man must behave like a lighthouse; 
he must shine day and night for the goodness of everyman....... 
A lighthouse is not interested in who gets its light!
 It just gives it without thinking! Giving light is its nature!” 
~Mehmet Murat ildan

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

After the Rain

After the big storm Sunday night,
 we were left with quite a few puddles...

but some of them appeared above ground!

Look! The bird has its own birdbath! 

Karrie's back porch has the sweetest little tablescape
sitting on the glass coffee table.
It consists of an ironstone platter...teapot, plates, iron bird..

AND there's the most beautiful succulent on it this year...
Don't you just love the ripples on this one?

We're off to brew a pot of tea to enjoy before heading to work!

Thanks so much for stopping by this morning...
Wishing you the happiest of Tuesdays!!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Darling Decoupage Transformation

Don't you just love seeing 
anything decoupaged?

We just finished these pretty plaques up 
(we think they turned out adorable!)

We didn't take a "before" picture
but they looked a lot like these....

maybe worse...they were faded pretty bad!
So....we painted everything a creamy white....

Then we found some
 pretty Waverly wallpaper 
and cut some of the flowers out....

Then worked on a couple of different designs....

We put painted the background of the frame
and then we put a coat of Mod Podge
on the frame and placed the flowers on them

and then put another coat of Mod Podge over
 to seal the flowers in place. 

What a change!!
(for the better for sure!)

What projects are you guys working on this week?
We'd love to hear about them!

In the meantime...join us over at
and get inspired!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Traveling Lavender Class & Herbed Pasta

Last week we had our 
Traveling Lavender Class

Everyone met at our store
(and thankfully the rain held off for our party!)

Tables were set outside 
and we shared how to cook with culinary Lavender
while everyone dined on:

Cherry Turkey Wraps with Raspberry Lavender Vinaigrette
Herbed Pasta with Goat cheese
and Lavender Pineapple Dream Cake

After our talk & meal we traveled west down
Route 6 to Schooner Farms 
Where we were treated to walking
the Lavender Labyrinth
and learning how they make their lavender hydrosol

Because the 4th is coming up
we thought we'd share the Herb Garden Pasta recipe
 because it would be perfect for a picnic or get-together!


1/2 pound uncooked penne pasta
1-1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil,plus 1-1/2 teaspoon separated
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon organic culinary Lavender buds, chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 red onion, minced
2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 Tablespoons vegetable broth
2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup goat cheese
Fresh basil for garnish

Cook the pasta according to the package's directions, and drain.
Place the pasta in a large bowl and toss with 1-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil..
Add the basil, parsley, lavender, salt and pepper.
Toss well to combine.
(We added more lavender because we wanted to taste it more
~ you can do this at the end if you'd like to adjust your herb flavors!)

In a large skillet, mix together the remaining 1-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil,
garlic, onion, chives and rosemary.
Saute the ingredients over medium-low heat for 4 minutes,
stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes, and continue sauteing until
 the skins of the tomatoes are slightly charred and just beginning to burst.

Add the vegetable broth and butter, and add the tomato and onion mixture
 to the pasta.  Toss well to combine.  Sprinkle with the goat cheese
and garnish with as much fresh basil as you want!

Serve immediately.  Makes approximately 2-4 servings.

Wishing everyone a lovely 
4th of July Weekend
with friends & family!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls


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