Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Coastal Cottage and Fathers Day

In early summer, it's a good thing to focus on the home furnishings and now expanding fashions at both Homestead Gardens stores. With 40 new items each month, we can't let anything get away. Relax and get inspired on this colorful refreshing visual tour.

 Al Fresco Living

Load up the trays and make that lifestyle happen out in the fresh air. The melamine dishware this year is exquisite or just plain charming with no worries on breakage. As I always say, "One can never have enough trays", which are also in abundance in many styles and shapes.

The lead image above shows some great finds for outdoor eating. The place mats are carefree paper and can be tossed after use. They come in a package designed as a tablet of place mats. The flatware caddy keeps all utensils in one easy to reach place.

Have you noticed the interior Coastal Cottage in the front of the Davidsonville store? You'll find all kinds of goodies for the Coastal lifestyle-furniture, lamps, market umbrellas, ladies fashions and shoes and even body care. What I perceived as inspiration for an outdoor shower (don't you want one?) turns out to be a changing room complete with rustic mirrors made by the genius designers, Sue and Erin.


Yes, the stool is cool but I especially want to highlight the table top pieces which are oven-proof, microwave-proof and grace a table beautifully


Sweet Smellin' Body Care

These luxurious soaps, towels and soap dishes are an indulgence in the bath or an outdoor shower!

Dads Day

It's a first...ties for Dad at Homestead Gardens! Of course there are other gifts for the guy who can fix everything!



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