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Hi! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful and enjoyable Sunday. After a blissful week at PB, I am well rested and ready to roll my sleeves up and get back to work. Rest and the ability to recharge is so important and I have gotten better as I get older in recognizing when I need to unplug. And I find that doing so regularly really helps with my productivity and just getting back on track with things.

We are so happy that things are finally moving, still with some delays but far better than what the situation was just a few months ago. Anywho, moving along to this Sunday’s post….



1 EVERLYWELL  With more and more evidence of how various foods can affect our digestive health, I love that a company like Everlywell  can make getting this information so implied without even a visit to your doctor. I once did something along this line and found out things I never would have know like my body does not react well to of all things, romaine lettuce and certain nuts.

And they don’t just do food allergy test but do thyroid tests and others. Brilliant idea since this can all be done from the comfort of your home!

It allows you to consider what your body does not process well and aim for optimal digestive health in being sure you eat not only a well. balanced diet but one that works for you specifically. Click here to find out more about Everlywell.

2  OBSESSION WITH LATTICE Always been obsessed with lattice, scallops, piercing and other design details. I have a lattice inspired project I am going to be starting to work on and will share it when I begin. I found these super inexpensive vinyl lattice panels which to me reads almost maintenance free. I love wood lattice but it is work and I am looking for something I won’t have to worry about (will be outdoors).  I am so excited to begin. Click here to see just what a bargain this panel is!

A few fabulous lattice ideas using this lattice…

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3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Always so much beauty to be found on Instagram, flowers, summer and travel seem to be the theme this weekend:) Enjoy!

4 IDYLLIC PALMETTO BLUFF I could write about Palmetto Bluff all day long. It is such a little slice of heaven. If you haven’t’ been, you must…a very special place. Here are some highlights with Duke as the cherry on top:)


5 MY FAVORITE CHICKEN SALAD I have written about this a few times but its been a while and it is worth reminding you about as it is so darn good! It is a wonderful salad to make for a luncheon, or even a light dinner. It tastes amazing literally with any kind of bread, a rich multi grain, sourdough, even on a wrap….delish and the most flavorful chicken salad I have ever eaten, soo good! Might even be better the next day refrigerated, so you can get two days out of this scrumptious recipe!

Best ever dill chicken salad

  • 3 – 4 lbs of chicken parts (bone-in, skin-on thighs and breasts work well) (you’ll need about 3 to 4 cups of cooked chicken) I cut mine super small I use chicken boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons quality olive oil
  • 1 cup of seedless grapes, sliced in half (red and green varieties are great)
  • 1 cup almonds, thinly sliced (optional) This is a must add, gives great texture
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped thinly
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped ( I about doubled this as I love dill and it adds a lot to this)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I USE 1/2 cup and 1/2 greek plain yogurt)
  • Juice of 1 lemon or more
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt (start with ½ teaspoon, then add more, to taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Rub oil all over the chicken pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes (internal temp should reach 165 F). OR you can boil chicken in lightly salted water
  4. Remove the chicken, let cool, then pull the meat from the bones and roughly chop.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, grapes, almonds, celery, scallions, dill & parsley
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, salt and pepper.
  7. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the chicken mixture, and gently stir until will mixed.
  8. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  9. Serve on a bed of green leaves with sliced tomatoes and avocado. Or, serve on bread with green leaf lettuce. Add more toppings to your taste!


6 CUTEST BIRD HOUSES  I am in the market to buy a birdhouse. I had one which got damaged so in the market for a new one and these just blew me away. So charming and adorable. What bird wouldn’t’ want to flock over to one of these! There are birdhouses and there are birdhouses. Click here for info


7 SUNDAYS SURVEY This is a question for anyone who has an opinion on using your phones/ipads in restaurants. Though I am guilty as most I do my very best to keep my phone off the table and use only if necessary. I have noticed an increasing number of people using their phones extensively while dining with others. Such a pet peeve of mine. Barring a true warranted emergency, this makes me crazy.

This seems to be a very American thing, when we were in Europe, of course you see people with their phones but its unusual to see them dining and being on their phone whereas here,  its commonplace. If I owned a restaurant I would implement a no phones on table policy without question. Can’t some things (like dining) be sacred! Curious what you think?


And that is a wrap for this Sunday. Hope you enjoyed the post, anything in particular get your attention? Love hearing from you and thanks for making TEH part of your Sunday morning routine. Hope everyone has a wonderful day! Until next time…..

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Ms. Tracey on

Chicken salad is always a winner. Cell phones…I was a new hire and HR took us out to lunch. I thought it would be a conversation about the company and what have you. Instead everyone was on their phones. Mine was in my bag. Once they looked up and noticed I wasn’t on my phone, they awkwardly tried to make conversation which failed miserably. I had to say it’s ok for them to be on their phones and I people watched. Maybe I’m an old fuddy duddy but I find it rude to do that. I understand that everyone is not like me so I say to each his own. Such a cringeworthy experience. I resigned my position there in about 9 months.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra on

Tina, those bird houses are so pretty and you reminded me of how I need one (or two). Will try the chicken salad as all your recipes are winners. I see more parents using technology as babysitters in restaurants. It’s unfortunate because it’s such a great opportunity to teach the art of conversation. We have a no phone rule at the table and find it to be a wonderful time to learn more about each other. When our children were small, we’d play word games to pass the time until the meal was served. There are positives and negatives with technology. We all should have mandatory unplug times! Love your Seven on Sunday. I want to replicate that hand painted tile floor with the Birdies shoes.

Suzanne on

I also love anything with lattice so thank you for the lead. Also very interested to know more about the home diagnostic test, what a clever idea!

going to try your chicken salad as it’s one of my favorites and that sounds and looks really good never thought to put dill.

definitely not a fan of having a cell phone in a restaurant unless it’s an absolute emergency when I’m there to meet family and friends I’m there to see them talk to them and engage with them not watch them on their cell phone. my time is more valuable than that and I do the same to others. great post!

Franki Parde on

You never disappoint! Duke is magnificent, I luv lattice, too…AND, Chicken salad on a croissant…Perfect!! franki

Rose on

When I entertain at my home everyone knows that it’s a “no phone zone”. If anyone is so bored with the company they are welcome to go home. I have actually told people that before. Needless to say they didn’t get another invitation for quite some time. When/if they were invited again they left their phones in the car.

Kathryn on

It’s a beautiful morning as I drink my coffee and read your blog. I will be making your chicken salad soon it’s sounds delicious ! I personally wish everyone would not be on there phones when your out with someone whether it’s for coffee or a meal. It’s a respect thing for me. We started early on that when you come to visit Grandpa and Grandma please put your phone in a basket by the front entry ,we would like to share this special time talking to you and catching up on everything. The time you spend with each other is so precious.

Teena Tucker on

I make your chicken salad all the time ~ I have strayed from the original ~ so nice to have it back!!
I like my cell phone close by with sound off for two reasons only 1) to snap a picture 2) to look up an answer to a question pertaining to the conversation at the table but even this is not appropriate in all situations!

Toni on

Duke is a BEAUTY!!!!

Teri Tobey on

Much about this mornings blog I love. PB looks wonderful will have to visit one day. Duke is gorgeous!
I’ve always been a lattice fan. Inside and out. Prefer real wood but now living in desert it’s too much maintenance.
Your recipes are always winners. Wish you had a section on your site to post and keep all you’ve shared, as I sometimes misplace and want to go back for one. The other day I spent literally half a day searching for an older one of yours. Finally found!
I am easy about phones but personally prefer to turn my ringer off. If one of my children text I will quickly respond. If they call I step outside. In most things I think if people just used common sense AND good manners this would not need to be a conversation. Like many issues today.

BJ on

Where do you stay in PB since you sold your house that you built there?

Elizabeth Yingling on

Thanks so much for reposting your delicious chicken salad recipe! Can’t wait to try it.
FYI, you might want to reconsider a birdhouse/birdfeeder for a little while… There is a terrible, mysterious disease spreading among songbirds right now and killing vast numbers of them. It is being recommended that people take down their birdhouses and bird feeders, as well as emptying bird baths. Google for more info.
As far as cell phones go, I think restaurants could take a page from country clubs… At ours on Kiawah Island, talking on cell phones is banned inside all club restaurants. You can text (if necessary), but if you need to make or receive a phone call, you have to step outside the club.

Fran Burnside on

Not only ban phones in restaurants the same should be true for Dr. waiting rooms. I was “forced” to listen to a woman talk LOUDLY on her phone for 35 min. while waiting for my husband to come out from his appt. I could also hear the person she was conversing with! I really didn’t need to hear all her woes, medical numbers, etc. This behavior is just plain RUDE. The receptionist for the Dr. heard her also but was concerned about asking her to “take it outside into the hallway”.

Linda Cashman on

Cell phone usage in public places is a matter of common courtesy. There may be times you need to take a message when out in public, but the phone should be on vibrate and you should not talk loudly and disturb those around you. The whole idea of going out to dinner with others is to focus your attention on them. I am against outright bans on things. The government is already taking our ability to exercise our free speech, spying on our internet postings if we do not agree with them, etc. We are already on our way to losing basic freedoms we were founded on. What is needed is good old fashioned common courtesy like most of us were taught. The problem today seems to be an outbreak of me, me, me thought with no care of how our actions impinge on someone else’s freedom to enjoy their night out.

Cathy on

Since Covid, a lot of restaurants have gotten rid of regular menus and gone to using your cell phone to download and see the menu, so many patrons keep their phones on the table to refer to it.

DE on

Phone etiquette should be to turn the ringer off and put on vibrate so that a call can be checked but NOT returned until after the meal, bar an emergency. Using your phone in the presence of others while they are talking to you screams “I am more interested in what my phone has to offer than you what you do right now.” There’s is no way to read or write texts and truly listen to someone speak. It says “I can’t be bothered with you right now.”

Fran on

I actually ‘broke up’ with a friend who stayed on her phone constantly whenever we were having lunch or drinks. I had mentioned that it bothered me but she continued. That kind of behavior Is inconsiderate and rude.

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