Punch Bowls 2.0


“When life throws you a curveball,  give a punch.”

Dr. Peter Hunt

After a quarter century of marriage some wedding gifts fade from popularity and lose their shine.  One of our most surprising but delightful wedding gifts was an antique English sterling punch bowl given to us by one of my professors with the witty quote above.  I look at that punch bowl every day as it corrals our outgoing mail right by the front door.  Once upon a time, a punch bowl was a wedding registry staple.  Today, not so much. That is unfortunate as there are so many novel ways to use a punch bowl.   Perhaps you’ve got a punch bowl gathering dust in the back of a cupboard or maybe you’ll come across a beauty available for a few dollars in a yard sale.  It is time to reimagine the punch bowl for today’s lifestyle.  This post will give you some ideas of how I use some of our punch bowls and inspire you to show yours some love.

In summer, I heap sea shells in a punch bowl on a hall table for a no-fuss, no-maintenance seasonal vignette.  The punch bowl is three quarters  filled with crumpled newspaper first which is then topped with the sea shells.

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Portobello Personal Pizzas


“Warm, enticing scents were floating down, basil and oregano and tomato.  It made Wes long for something, something he couldn’t place. A happy childhood, a home.”

Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

If you’re eating low carb and missing pizza, these portobello “pizzas” will satisfy your craving totally.  Easily customizable with whatever toppings you love, these mini pizzas are easy to make to order.  Bursting with oozey gooey melted cheese, they are mouth-watering with the enticing aroma of baking pizza filling the kitchen. Continue reading