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August 11, 2016

This and That This Week #5

The biggest thing I've done all week was to pull together a new look on my plate rack as seen at this link  "Later Summer on the Plate Rack"
Seems like lately I haven't been as inspired to do tablescapes but using my dishes to create new looks on the plate rack makes me happy!  

As you know if you follow me I am a bit of garden enthusiast and have a 2nd blog that I focus on my gardens with.  The hydrangeas are in bloom and that brings me great joy!  
Stop on by "here" and visit me.

Last Saturday I made a batch of potato salad.  I make it just like my mom did (sticking with the basics- potatoes, eggs, onion, celery, Miracle Whip with a touch of mustard) and I love having it ready to pull out when we grill so dinner is easy to put together.  It served the two of us for 4 days.  

I cheated a bit in that I bought a pie at Grand Traverse Pie Co.  This was called Raspberry Lemon Silk  and it was/is delightful!  I cut it into sections and froze up the extra.  


A sad note and ending to this week for me….

I have a prayer request for my friend Linda and her son Brent.

Yesterday Linda's son Brent was crossing through an intersection in Boston and was struck by a car.  He was thrown into the air and left with multiple injuries.  He has suffered a very traumatic brain injury which is the biggest battle the doctors are concerned with as well as many broken bones and internal injuries.  Linda is flying out to Boston today with her sister by her side.  I can't even begin to imagine the emotions going through her right now.  Earlier this year Linda's husband died of a short illness with cancer and two weeks later Brent contracted something that affected his lungs, heart and kidneys that he nearly died from.  He was in ICU for 10 days and had a long recovery afterwards.  He just got back to work in June and then this happens.  Linda is the one my daughter bought the patio set and grill from that I posted about last week.  She and I meet every other week for lunch and have known each other since 1984.  

  This is also unreal.



  1. Liz, you have been a busy lady. Love seeing all of your pretty photos. So sorry to hear about your friend's son. I will definitely say a prayer for them.

  2. Oh, Liz! I'm so terribly sorry to hear this about your friends. Poor Linda going through this with her son after all that with her husband. Of course I'll be praying for Brent.
    You may think you've not done much this week, but you've made a lot of pretty! You know how I love your gardens! Take care, friend.
    You're always a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Oh Liz, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's son. We will keep them in our prayers.
    Life is so fragile.
    Your hydrangea is beautiful. I know how much joy gardening brings to you as I feel the same way. Have a nice afternoon. ♥

  4. That's awful Liz. I am so sorry to hear of this. I will have them in my prayers.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this.
    Linda will need all the support she can get.
    Please let her know there are people she doesn't even know
    thinking of her and her son. They are in our prayers.

    Your garden is so full and lush, everything blooms so nice for you.
    The squirrels ate the buds on my only hosta. :(

    Linda C in Seattle

  6. Hi Liz, I'm so sorry to read about your friends son. My prayers will be lifted for him and your dear friend. I imagine she is beside herself with worry. Give her our well wishes from blogland!!
    Your potato salad looks so good. Your garden is gorgeous too. My hydrangea is trying to come back with new leaves after a rabbit ate them. I think!! We sprinkled rabbit be gone around and hope it helps. First time to see this. It's 106 degrees here today!! Too hot. Today my hubby and I celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary.
    It wasn't this hot in Michigan when we got married.
    Have a great night. xo

  7. Hello Liz, I am so sorry to for your friend and her son. I will definitely say a prayer for them. Your hydrangeas are beautiful. I especially like the white ones. My family loves potato salad, similar to yours only no onions or celery. And oh my! That pie looks delicious!!! Wish I had some myself!

  8. Liz,
    I will pray for your friend, Linda and her son, Brent, dear friend!
    Oh, my goodness. . .that lemon raspberry pie looks divinely delicious!

  9. Many prayers, how horrible and sad.


  10. Liz,
    Sending prayers to your friend....
    I make my potato salad in a similar fashion but add just a few drops of vinegar and Worgestershire sauce and I use Hellman's mayo.
    I am so looking forward to Fall . This Summer has been way to hot fot me to even enjoy it..


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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