Cranberry Crazed

Photo by Cindy Dyer

Photo by Cindy Dyer

Give the traditional cranberry sauce a new twist with a jar of orange marmalade. I make mine a few days ahead. You can serve it cold or warm. The prep is so easy and fast.

  • 4 cups fresh cranberries (one bag)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (13-oz jar) orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)

Wash cranberries and drain. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl; add cranberries, stirring well. Place cranberry mixture in a 9-inch square pan. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Add marmalade, walnuts and lemon juice; stir well. Cool.

Credit for this recipe goes to Southern Living.

Poppy Fields Forever

Here in the northern part of Virginia our summers go long. We are a coastal state, really not in the north, and somewhat in the south. There’s plenty of garden left and warm temps. I’m still inspired by the summer flowers and fresh herbs in my beds. Here’s a pretty table created from summer’s best. A table that says, “Welcome, we’re glad you came!”

Get the look!

  • Lime green salad bowl (Home Goods)
  • Opificio Etico plates made in Italy (Home Goods)
  • Scalloped metallic green chargers (Michaels)
  • Wine glasses (Ikea)
  • Gold napkins (Home Goods)
  • Tablecloth and burlap runner (handmade by Cindy Dyer with material from Joann Fabrics)
  • Homemade centerpiece box with three sections, each holding quart-size bags for water to keep flowers and herbs fresh

We did this tablescape for the summer issue of Celebrate Home Magazine. For more tablescapes, go to Celebrate Home Magazine. There’s something for every season there. Photo by Cindy Dyer.

She’s a Peach

Having fruit for dessert is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. When paired with this sweet mascarpone-yogurt topping, this dessert just melts in your mouth. You won’t even realize that this is actually a virtuous dessert at less than 200 calories per serving. Chef Emily Doerman created this dessert with summer in mind. For more of her light, summer recipes, see the summer issue of Celebrate Home Magazine. (Download it for free here.)


  • 3-1/2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla vodka
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 4 peaches, soft but not overripe
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • Heat grill on high heat.
  • Mix together mascarpone, yogurt, vodka, lemon juice, and sugar. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • Cut peaches in half lengthwise and remove pits. Lightly coat the inside half of the peach with canola oil. This is to prevent the peaches from sticking to the grill.
  • Reduce heat on grill to medium. Place peaches on grill with the flat side down. Let peaches cook 5 minutes, until you see grills marks on the peaches.
  • Remove peaches from grill. Serve 2 halves, each topped with 1 tablespoon mascarpone mixture and a sprinkle of hazelnuts on top.

Yield: 4 servings

Photo by Cindy Dyer.

Summer Table: Seaside Supper

So what if you are landlocked and can’t get to the ocean too easily. Get the look of the sea by setting a summer table with all the elements of the ocean. Find one inspiration piece to drive your design. Here we used a driftwood candle holder from Home Goods. Other elements:

  • White tablecloth from Home Goods
  • Basketweave Charger from Pier 1 Imports
  • Primagera dinner plate, made in Portugal from Home Goods
  • Fish net and shells from Michaels
  • Hand-poured graduated candle from Decorware purchased from Home Goods
  • Striped glasses (Home Goods)
  • Napkins are handmade

See Summer Table: Sunshine Yellow for last week’s table idea.

These summer table ideas are featured in this issue of Celebrate Home Magazine. Download it for free. Photo by Cindy Dyer.

Summer Table — Sunshine Yellow

The staples of summer—sunshine, gardens, birds, the seashore—can be the inspiration for your tables. Whether eating indoors or out, let summer’s bounty grace your tabletops to welcome your family or guests.

Digress from the typical matching set of dishes and a centerpiece. Find one inspiration piece to drive your scheme – a plate, napkin, candle, flower, plant, seashell, and go from there. Be bold when it comes to mixing patterns and contrasting colors. Yellow is a happy color like the sunshine, use a lot of it. 

Look to the outdoors and what you can borrow.  Fresh herbs, flowers, ferns and even tree branches can add green to your table’s palette. Cut or buy a bouquet of summer flowers – sunflowers, zenias, snapdragons, gerberas, daisies – and cut their stems down to put in low clay or glass pots for the table. Accent the flower pots with fresh mint.

Throw some whimsy out there and see what happens. Set a table (indoors or out) that says “We’re glad you came!”

This tablescape was featured in Celebrate Home Magazine, summer issue.

Elements used: Reversible picnic quilt (Williams-Sonoma); hemstitched white napkins (Pottery Barn); wine glasses (Ikea); fiddlehead flatware (Pottery Barn); metal flower napkin rings (Pier 1 Imports); blue plates by Gibson Dinnerware (Garden Ridge Pottery)

Photo by Cindy Dyer.

Celebrate Home Magazine Summer Issue

Go to to download your free issue now. Here’s what you’ll find in this issue:

Up a Creek with Lots of Memories—The Havermann family finds a place to play in a vacation 
home on St. Leonard’s Creek in southern Maryland.

Light and Lively Summer Fare—Chef Emily Doerman whips up a tasty summer meal.

Not-a-Burger—Everyone loves a burger on the grill during summer. If you’re not a meat-eater, here is an alternative that can’t be beat!

Six Summer Sips—Mixologist Karen Covey shares cool summer drinks to beat the heat.

Space Cake—Put down that Moon Pie and try this heirloom cake without-of-the-world taste.

Inspired by the Garden: Garden Muse Tea Reception—A photography exhibit and reception to remember.

Summer Tablescapes—Usher in summer with cool summer-inspired tablescapes.

Shoe-la-la, Ooh-la-la!—A popular children’s book is the inspiration for a mural in 
a shoe-loving little girl’s room.

That 80s House—A bathroom gets a new lease on life.

Rest for the Weary—Create a welcoming guestroom for your visitors.

Ode to a Chicken—Becka Davis pays homage to a beloved feathered friend.

Suburban Agriculture: Confessions of a Brown Thumb—Maria Hufnagel shares her experience as a first-time gardener.

Fashioning a Fairy Garden—Kristin Clem connects with her inner child and creates 
a miniature fairy paradise.

Photographing Your Garden Through the Seasons—Photographer Cindy Dyer shares her tips for creating captivating images in the garden.

Rampant Biblioholism—A book lover shares her passion for  her treasured collection.

So Charming—One gal shares her lifelong passion for charm bracelets.

Fit to Tied (and Dyed): Fun and Easy Wearables Made with T-shirts—Achieve amazing results with inexpensive t-shirts, colorful dyes, simple 
knotting and a pair of scissors!

Celebrate Home Magazine — Spring Issue in Bloom!

The spring 2013 issue of Celebrate Home Magazine is now available for digital download in the links below. Click on either of the links below to download your FREE pdf copy of this issue.

This issue is jam-packed (and there’s even a jam-making feature!), so download today and get started reading.

On the cover: What says “spring” more than colorful tulips? Cindy Dyer, art director, was photographing this bed of flowers and was standing on the edge of the wall when this little girl, clad in a princess skirt with sparkly shoes, came running around the corner. Cindy snapped this one shot and the little princess was gone. Serendipity!