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Foolproof Salmon with Mod Squad Martha

by Marion Blount | October 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week I wanted to share my favorite salmon recipe. I love this recipe because it's super easy, but it is also foolproof (you would have to try really hard to mess this one up). I keep bottles of this marinade + rub combination on hand. It makes an easy weeknight meal or is a great crowd pleaser. I also like to give bottle of the marinade as hostess gifts.  
First, press the rub (a moroccan spice mixture) into the fish. Then pour the marinade to coat the fish and refrigerate for 20 minutes to two hours. When you are ready, place the fish in the oven and bake at 350 degrees – 10 to 15 minutes for a 6 oz. portion, 20 – 25 minutes for a side of salmon. Voila! It's that easy. You can also use this rub + marinade on poultry and meat. 

Blue & White: A color story

by Marion Blount | September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

I can't think of a more classic color combo, blue and white seemed like the perfect colors for an elegant [and easy] brunch. 

To create this look, we took a bold fabric and threw it on top of an outdoor table. We layered more pops of blue and white to create the color story (terrafirma plates and a fun vase). The meal was a simple banana bread, fresh fruit and of course mimosas. 

Labor Day Tips + Tricks

by Marion Blount | August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The approaching long weekend is the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and celebrate the end of summer. Traditionally, this weekend is when you fire up the grill and dine outside (my kind of party). To make outdoor entertaining for a crowd easy and fun, I'm dishing up FIVE entertaining tips and tricks. 

ONE. Create a self serve bar so guests can help themselves to drinks. Fill a large ice bucket with beer, wine and waters.

TWO. Serve a selection of colorful salads to accompany your hamburgers and hotdogs. This weekend is historically hot, serving cold salads is a refreshing balance to grilled burgers. 

THREE. Get creative with what you grill. Sure everyone loves a good burger, but there are so many vegetables in season that are super tasty when grilled (especially when marinated with this). 

FOUR. Serve popsicles as dessert! I don't think popsicles get enough attention. They are the perfect dessert on a hot day. 

FIVE. Make clean up easy with square paper plates, but kick it up a notch with wooden chargers to keep the plates sturdy.

Blueberry Lemonade Mocktail

by Marion Blount | July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Well, I am officially 30 weeks pregnant and am sick of drinking water. When I go out to dinner and request a mocktail, it ultimately arrives tasting too sweet or too fruity. So, I decided to concoct my own special mocktail to enjoy at home. It's easy, refreshing and not too sweet. Honestly, it would probably taste pretty good with vodka if you want to go that route. 

What you'll need:

1/2 cup Blueberries 

10-12 Mint Leaves

1 Lemon

1 cup water

Sparkling Lemonade from TJs (or make your own)


Chop mint and slice lemons and then put top 4 ingredients into a pitcher to make your "fruity water mixture" and let sit for at least an hour (the more time, the better). When you are ready to serve, pour sparkling lemonade over ice and top with "fruit water mixture". Garnish with a few blueberries or a lemon slice. 


Summer Luncheon

by Marion Blount | July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

I wanted to finally share the photos from our summer luncheon that I held at 86 Cannon with Emily from Noteworthy Mag. It was a warm day, which made it the perfect occasion to gather with a few friends, sip cocktails and enjoy fresh salads from Caviar & Bananas

My friend Wimberly from Wimberly Fair did an amazing job with the flowers, they were the perfect punch to our monotone palate. 


My friend Hart poured the peach sangria for everyone! If you haven't become an avid reader of Emily's blog, then you must start now. It's the perfect fusion of fashion and lifestyle and so well curated. 

The light filled room of 86 Cannon and neutral terrafirma dishware were the perfect backdrop for this summer luncheon. You can shop the entire look here.