Herb n Garden And My New Favorite Exterior Green


Herb n Garden- Living With Color Designs BlogIf you drop in to the Herb n Garden you are likely to find Sue Baltes right smack in the middle of project.

Williamsburg wreath

I dropped in on her the other day to let her know how much my granddaughter enjoyed the Haunted Fairy Garden class.  I found her, hands in the dirt, potting some plants.  Sue opened up shop last Spring in the carriage house right behind the Brightside Gallery on Worth Street.

Sherwin Williams- Relentless Olive - Living With Color Designs Dried herb wreath on green barn doorAs long as I have know Sue she has been working with plants, often helping other garden stores arrange plants in her free time.  That’s how much she loves it.  When this great location came up it was all she needed to get the entrepreneurial bug and decide to open up her own shop.  Herb n Garden is a florist, event venue, and yard and garden source all-in-one.

You can find all kinds of interesting plants and herbs here.  I’m not real good with identifying herbs other than basil so I just turned my wish list over to Sue.  She rounded them all up and labeled them so I could keep it all straight when I got home.

Potted Herbs

One of the wonderful things about Sue is that she loves to share what she knows with others and she has crafted a great line-up of classes for the Fall/ Holiday season.  They fill up fast, so just drop by and inquire about what’s available.

Garden Theme Wreath

Terrariums at Herb n GardenIn September she offered Herb Wreaths and Terrarium classes.

October classes featured Succulent Pumpkins and the fun Haunted Fairy Garden Kids class. Upcoming classes include Live Christmas Wreaths, Williamsburg Wreaths, and the Tomato Cage Christmas Tree class that I’m signed up for.  I can’t wait to see how that turns out.

Recycled china garden edgingYou are guaranteed to pick up some creative ideas here at Herb n Garden like this recycled china garden edging.  Ever wondered what to do with all those broken and chipped pieces?

Here is my granddaughter enjoying every minute of the Haunted Fairy Garden Class.

Haunted Fairy Garden with succulents and skeleton- Living With Color Designs

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Haunted Mansion in a fairy garden- Living With Color Designs

Haunted Fairy Garden- Big FootAnd here are her fun results.  So many creepy little details.  Spiders, zombies, haunted houses and more.  Great idea planting succulents in the pine cone too.


I love, love, love this color of green that trims both the Garden n Herb and the Brightside Gallery.  So never one to be bashful about asking questions, I inquired about the paint and it’s color.  You know I had to get that to share with my readers.  Turns out this particular paint is by Sherwin Williams and is appropriately named Relentless Olive.  Sue is such a pleasure to talk to, I just know you will enjoy your visit. So if you are in the area, go ahead and drop in to the Herb n Garden.   –  Marianne

Just A Little Pumpkin Decorating

Wow, one of the exciting things about Fall is that there is so much to do!  And I am not talking about just raking leaves, although I’m sure many of us are engaging in that activity.  For me Fall has brought a fun, inspiring, and sometimes exhausting week at furniture market (I don’t even want to talk about the blister I got from the first day of walking, new shoes were not a good idea), the ole switch-a-roo of clothes in may closet for the wonderful change of seasons we enjoy in North Carolina (but today it is back to 80 degrees so I’m pulling out things I shelved), helping grandchildren with big decisions like what to be for Halloween (the purchase of a blue wig was involved in one), crock pots full of taco soup (yum), fall festivals, haunted fairy garden classes, and me and my man finding a little “us” time to do a little shopping together.

Easy Pumpkin Decorating Ideas -Living With Color Designs

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Decorating That Takes a Hint From Home Furnishings

Since Halloween is knocking on our door and everyone keeps saying that the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I would share a last minute pumpkin decorating idea that was new to me. Brought to you by way of my daughter, Meredith, and her two beautiful, sweet, and artistic children. (One of the perks of being a grandparent is bragging. Where it seemed off-putting to do such about your own children, it seems perfectly acceptable and is tolerated when it is directed toward your grandchildren.  Isn’t that great!)

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I am so glad my daughter is continuing the tradition of hands-on creative fun for kids.  She finds great ideas and is not afraid to try something new.  I had no clue about the special decorating plans they had this year so I was really delighted and surprised to see what they had done.  I couldn’t get over the fact that they used thumb tacks.  I mean, brilliant!  So simple but, I would never have thought of it.  One of my design addictions is my love of nailhead trim so all I could think was ‘how great, nailhead trim for pumpkins’.

Thumb Tack and Paint Pumpkin Decorating- Living With Color Designs

My granddaughters are three and eight and the simple combination of using paint and thumb tacks was user friendly for both ages and allowed them each to create masterpieces that reflected heir style and personality.

Thumb tac detail on decorated pumpkin - Living With Color Designs

Pumpkin decorating with paint and thumb tacksWhile the eight year old seized the opportunity to create detailed trim and exhibit some of her favorite things, hearts and writing…

modern Art painted pumpkin - Living With Color Designs

Easy Pumpkin Decorating- Living With Color Designs… the three year old channeled her abstract modern art abilities and the shear joy that googly eyes can bring.

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You wouldn’t want to pass up on a great opportunity to add a monogram to anything.  This pumpkin monogrammed in thumb tacks displays the love between these two sisters by putting their initials out there front and center.

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I also liked the cute little pumpkins they made at a party they attended using washi tape and feathers. Just darling.  I loved how my granddaughter realized that it would certainly hold equal weight and value to my hand blown Starworks pumpkin and ceramic tureen to be placed right there beside them. Check out this past post to learn more about Starworks.

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If you give this a try, please come back and leave us a comment and let us know how much fun you had.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing some of the wonderful products I found at the High Point Market/ The World’s Home For Home Furnishings.  I’ll also share about some of the people I met, and some of the insights I gleaned. Life is just one big learning experience for me and I’m always looking for inspiration.  It was a bustling market with a lot of people attending. There was a real feeling of excitement in the air. I hope to inspire you and get you excited about your home so be sure to drop back by to see what we are up to.   –  Marianne

Design Inspiration Fall: Pumpkins

You know I can not get through this season without sharing some beautiful pictures of pumpkins.  I realize this may not be a fondness shared by all, but the beauty of nature always amazes and charms me.  Since my mind is getting all geared up for Fall Furniture Market I can’t help but be thinking about where the design inspiration for new products comes from.  It is unique and different for each creative, but I know that nature is a big provider of inspiration for many.  I decided to put my own little spin on this, inspired by my newest  pumpkin photographs I thought I would see what products I could find that resemble the beauty and inspiration that I see in my pumpkins.

Design inspiration from white pumpkin with beautiful taupe striae- Living With Color Designs

If you have read some of my past fall post, here and here, then I am sure you are aware of my love affair for white pumpkins.  Anything unique and interesting catches my eye.

What I notice in these beautiful white pumpkins is the taupe colored striae that infuses the pumpkin.  Dictionary definition of striae is:  a slight or narrow furrow, ridge, stripe, or streak, esp. one of a number in parallel arrangement.  You can find this look replicated in products like fabrics, wallpapers, and surface finishes.

Kravet First Crush Truffle fabric

via Kravet Couture

The fabric pictured center from Kravet: First Crush Truffle, looks like it’s design inspiration could have been our white pumpkin.

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This beautiful two toned pumpkin brings us a beautiful mixture of colors, blood orange and true orange. These colors can certainly result in some lively design inspiration for your home.

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via Safavieh

This Safavieh rug designed by Tom Felicia , the Durston, perfectly combines these two colors in this bold geometric rug.

Yellow and orange pumpkinThe mottling on this pumpkin sets itself up for design inspiration.  Definition of mottling is: with spots or blotches of different shades or colors.  This natural phenomena may be replicated by blending colors, by removing some of the existing color, tie dying, or acid washing.

abstract orange silk fabric

via PopDecorFabrics on Etsy

This luxury fabric from PopDecorFabrics on Etsy is just exquisite and reminds me of the mingling of colors on our pumpkin with an added pop of fuchsia. Really beautiful.

cinderella pumpkinObviously we cannot ignore the shape of our pumpkin and it’s literal interpretation.  Round and Plump.

Design inspiration orange pouf- Living With Color Designs

via Imports from Marrakesh

Poufs abound in the interiors market.  Made out of any color and from a wide variety of materials like leather, fabric, knit.  There is just something fun about a pouf and it’s available foot lift or seat.  This orange pouf with coral embroidery is from Imports from Marrakesk.

Orange knit pouf

via World Market

This Jafar Knitted Pouf is from World Market and just invites you to cozy up.

I just loved this blog post from Flax and Twine that featured a chunky knit pouf.  Of all the crafty things I have tried, I have to say that I have never tried knitting.  I thought , however, some of you adventurous knitters might want to give this a try. The instructions for a tweed pouf ottoman are included in Anne’s post.  I have just discovered this darling blog and if you knit, sew, or craft, I know you will enjoying visiting there.

Pumpkin stem - Living With Color Designs

Obviously I can not ignore the stem.  Actually the stem is the deciding factor whenever I select a regular ole pumpkin for display of for creating a jack-o-lantern.  Locating a product to replicate the design inspiration of the stem proved a little challenging but in the end I hope you like my selection.

design Inspiration: pumpkins


This Good Earth Twisted Side Table was featured on HOUZZ  out you can click in the link provided to get purchasing information.

Don’t forget to subscribe to Living With Color Designs Blog to receive my new posts via email. That way you won’t miss a thing.  I am so excited about the up coming Furniture Market and sharing all my great finds with you.

So there you go. This post is probably a testament to the fact that you can find design inspiration almost anywhere if you can find it in a pumpkin.   –  Marianne

Bargain Chicks Warehouse Sale

Just in time for a little Christmas, or birthday, or personal shopping, Bargain Chicks is having their warehouse sale in Greensboro, NC.

Bargain Chicks Turtle tote

I heard about the sales but had never been until today, and I had great fun.  My husband totally does not understand my love affair with all kinds of bags but happily chalks it up to a “girl thing”.  But, I know my two sisters and the other women in my family get it and will be glad I came.

Bargain Chicks Lime and Royal Blue

So many cute designs.  They were so sweet to let me take pictures for the blog.  Thanks Bargain Chicks.

Bargain Chicks Navy Chevron Tote with pockets I really never knew that you could configure bags in so many ways for so many purposes.

Bargain Chicks Red and Navy

These little bags were so cute I had to take a picture of them all.

Don’t worry, if you are in the area you have plenty of time to go yourself.  The sale just started today.

Bargain Chicks Vinyl bag

Live in South Carolina?  A sale is coming your way in November.  You can check out the dates below for Greensboro, NC and Greenville, SC.

Bargain Chicks warehouse sale

You can go to the Bargain Chicks Facebook page and see the hours they are open each day.

I just love a bargain, and although my plan was to only buy gifts, I did walk out with a darling new tennis bag.  Gotta have a little style on the court.   –  Marianne

“Mad About Navy”

Navy at pottery barn- Living with Color Designs

Picture Via Pottery Barn

I am truly “Mad about Navy” and I mean in a good way.  This is not really a new passion for me but one that has been a long time coming back around to me.  When I first built my house twenty years ago I painted our study Navy.  Now, just when we are ready to change up the study, and I have renewed my love for navy, we will be moving the navy into another part of the house.

Navy bedding Pottery Barn- Living With Color Designs

I thought I would give you a little sampling of some of the hot products for all around your house, all featuring deep rich beloved tones of blue.  The wonderful thing about Navy is that it acts like a neutral, it pairs beautifully with so many colors.  Make a statement in the bedroom with the bedding above which is paired with tangerine, from Pottery Barn.

I love these pillows from Villa Home Collection.  Use a few on your living room sofa to change it up for the new season.  Don’t forget that your porch areas may like a little love after the summer season, spruce up with a little Navy.

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via Serena and Lily

Lay a little Navy love underfoot with this two-tone blue rug from Serena and Lily, the Feather Rug-Navy/Cobalt.  Ideal for any room in the house.

Taylor Burke Kings Grant Chair Cobalt- Living With Color Designs

via Taylor Burke

Who wouldn’t love this Kings Grant Chair in cobalt by a great little company Taylor & Burke, started by two Carolinian sisters, Julianne Taylor and Lauren Burke.  They offer unique designs, quality furniture, and keep an eco-friendly focus. Tuck one of these at each end of your dining table or pair two together to make an cozy conversation area with a lot of style.

Bungalow 5 Navy Chest- Living With Color Designs

via Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5 is one of my favorite companies for great transitional pieces. This JACQUI 4 drawer chest features our Navy and the hot new gold trend. Love these stylish gold pulls.

Navy Mid Century Modern Mirror- Living With Color Designs Give Navy a little face time with this mid century modern mirror from Mirror Image.

Navy Kelly Desk Barclay Butera- Living With Color Designs

You can learn more about this piece, the Kelly Desk, in this earlier blog post about Barclay Butera .  His collection was filled with plenty of Navy inspiration.

Kate Spade evidently is also “Mad about Navy”.  Many of the Kate Spade dinnerware collections include this color.  If you are local you can check these out at the newly opened Belk Home Store at Friendly Shopping center.  Check out the cute Navy and Green combinations in her About Town and Wickford collections.

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via Eastern Accents

And I will end with one of my favorite Navy combinations, Aqua and Navy.  This Palm Beach bedding collection by Eastern Accents is also from a Barclay Butera collection and is available through Living With Color Designs.

Hope my “Mad about Navy” post doesn’t have you feeling a little blue because it is meant to get you all excited.  Have a wonderful weekend.   –  Marianne


Southern Style: Customizable Products

Today I am sharing about a new little company called Southern Style.   Local and home grown.  Started by my long time, super creative, highly energized, friend Stephanie and her partner Tami.  These ladies are putting their creative juices together to offer the cutest products that are highly customizable and friendly on your pocketbook.

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These cute yard flags make a great welcome to your home. You choose the colors you want from the burlap flag base, to the decorative background fabric, to the bow.  You can customize your flag with your family name, monogram, and even your street address.

If you want something modern and sophisticated, you might want to choose one of these chevrons or graphic prints.

Yard flag with overalls design by Southern Style -Living with Color Designs

I just love this little flag with the coveralls, made from recycled jeans.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.  I’m sure with their creativity they will continue to deliver great new designs with a wide range of possibilities.

Southern Style decorative yard flags- Living With Color DesignsHere are a few more of their most recent creations.

These are the current selections of fabrics available through Southern Styles.  Click on images for a larger view.  Flag price is $15.00.

Monogramed platters by Southern Style- Living With Color Designs

Looking for a great gift for someone special?  Order one of these monogramed platters customizing the color and name.

Halloween buckets by Southern Style- Living With Color Designs

Just in time for Halloween you can order customizable trick-or-treat buckets, insulated cups, and decorative plates.

You can also order decals.  Monograms, phrases, and decorations that you can apply yourself to personalize your pumpkins and other fall decorations.

Big Sister Little Sister Shirts by Southern Style- Living With Color Designs

The last product of theirs I will feature is the customizable t-shirts.  I wish I’d had one of these sports Mom t-shirts to wear when my girls were in athletics.  Nothing like showing a little mom pride.  Children can get in on the fun with these darling sister shirts.  Lots more to choose from, there is just too much cute stuff for me to show it all.

Sports Mom Shirts by Southern Style Logo shirt- Living With Color Designs

You can check out the Southern Style Facebook page to see other products that they create.  To contact them about pricing and ordering email southernstylegifts7@gmail.com.  I am sure this is just the beginning for these two Southern gals.   –  Marianne

Owl And Bird Themed Baby Shower Welcomes Baby Skylar

Hand stamped shower napking livingwithcolordesigns.comOh my goodness, our family is growing once again and we welcome the cutest little rosy cheeked baby, Skylar Rose.  That sweet little face must have know her middle name was Rose.  Such a little darling.  We welcomed Skylar this week, but we helped mom (my niece), a few weeks ago, get prepared for her arrival using an owl and bird theme for her baby shower .  I thought you might enjoy seeing this cute little theme.  These baby owls are perched on a decorative metal nest inspired basket, showcasing aqua napkins with a navy hand stamped message “tiny little thing…great big blessing”.

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We knew a baby girl was on the way, but instead of pink I chose a predominately aqua color palette and incorporated navy and greens. My ADD never allows me to navigate towards the normal or do anything the same twice.  It’s sort of a curse but one I share with many creatives.  This delicate ruffled edge antique vase in aqua provided a stunning backdrop for these beautiful cream roses and green floral accents..


lime vase with flowers

We felt like the addition of some neutral tones and rustic elements would be in keeping with our owl and bird theme and give some balance to our sweet colors.  This was easily achieved with the salvaged barn wood bird house and painted bird houses, the crystal studded burlap trim strung down the middle of the table, and the birds attached to the metal nest intertwined with ribbon.

Of course flowers always make the day.  Thanks goes out to my dear husband, the gardener and green thumb, for creating the beautiful arrangements. White roses were purchased and the rest came out of the yard.

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Snowy owls perch on metal nest baskert

Once I decide on a theme and a color for an event, I go around and round up anything that I already own that might complement it.  Everything usually ends up in a pile on my dining room table.  If it might work I put it in the pile.  This process of gathering up and editing later usually yields a more creative result for me.  Give it a try and let me know how it work for you.  At first thought I considered that the aqua bird soup mugs might look out of place, but in the end I love them as serving dishes.

Cup cakes in aqua and soft green dotted a rustic aqua tray.  Aqua homemade mints and chocolate almond bark rounded out the sweet offerings.  Thanks again to my friend Jan for making the beautiful and super delicious cupcakes.

Aqua and mint green mini cupcakes

As an alternative to cake stands I used a large tray for the cupcakes and dotted it using alternating colors.  A soft ruffled fabric in coordinating colors was used on the buffet and spoke to all the ruffles to come for a sweet baby girl.

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My sister and I had so much fun working on the shower, you do something for someone else and you will always receive the blessing, i guarantee it.  We were pleased as pie with or pretty little cucumber bites.  Don’t they look all professional.  They are decorated with herbs from my sisters garden.  The addition of country ham biscuits and quiche pleased any hungry appetites.

Baby Shower gift

I do not even think the pictures show you how pretty the occasion was.  I always get a little nervous about how any design will be received, but everything was just beautiful and the day went perfect.  We entertained in a beautiful home, with a delightful crowd of guest, bearing precious gifts.

shower centerpiece and table- Living With Color Designs

The theme all began with a question for the new mom to gage her interest.  An owl theme was then chosen and a hunt for an invitation began.  After finding the invitation at Tiny Prints,  I made a  few custom tent cards with scrapbook paper and stickers to mark various things at the shower. I think a few hand made details make an occasion extra special and deliver a lot of love.  To see some fun extra behind the scenes pictures go to Living With Color Designs Facebook page and like us while you are there.  You might want to check out this book themed baby shower and this pink and grey baby shower also.

Welcome to our family baby Skylar.  We enjoyed celebrating your anticipated arrival and you can count on us to love, cherish, and spoil you from this day forward.   –  Marianne



Inspiration Boards For Your Home

Aqua inspiration board- Living With Color DesignsJust in time for the weekend I have some inspiration boards for your home. When selecting items choose colors that blend.  Choose artwork whose subject matter you really  have a connection to.  Look for interesting shapes.  Add textiles with texture and dimension.  These items available through Living With Color Designs.

fabric inspiration board- Living With Color Designs

Beautiful embroidered fabrics can be found to suite any style or taste.  They add a luxurious dimension and can be worked into most budgets if used on smaller pieces like accent pillows or chairs.  There are just so many beautiful florals available, there again, to suite any style and taste.  I love combining geometrics with more modern florals.  These fabrics are available at Printers Alley.

Inspiration Board Greeen Trellis  Inspired Wallpapers- Living With Color Designs

Trellis inspired wallpapers are the subject of this third and final inspiration board.  They range from soft muted shades to full on bold contrasting color.  No matter your preference, they are sure to impress and stand the test of time as a classic. These wallpapers are available at Interiors Exteriors.

Here is a list of some of the brands that are represented above Thibaut, Surya, Decor 55,

If these inspiration boards have your creative juices flowing you may also like these posts on color inspiration.  Have a colorful weekend.    –  Marianne


Thibaut Caravan Collection

Banyan Embroidery by Thibaut- Living With Color DesignsYou all know how I am wild about fabrics.  Well I just received the new Caravan collection sample book from Thibaut and I am all excited about the beautiful color combinations. You can always expect Thibaut to play beautifully with color.  These rich and often unexpected color combinations and patterns would make a great foundation for an exceptional interior that will be both timeless and current.

Novia, Jayanti Stripe, and Sevita  by Thibaut- Living With Color Designs

Novia in Green and Blue, Jayanti Stripe in Blue and Green, Sevita in Blue and Green.

Bedroom by Thibaut -Living With Color Designs

This bedroom is beautifully styled with fabrics from the Thibaut Caravan collection and offers plenty of inspiration for how you could use these fabrics.  As you can see, some patterns are available in wallpaper also.  Photograph via Thibaut.

Janta Bazaar by Thibaut -Living With Color Designs Janta Bazaar by Thibaut -Living With Color Designs Janta Bazaar by Thibaut -Living With Color DesignsSix color ways are available in the Janta Bazaar pattern offering a wide array of color inspiration.

Juniper Ogee Embroidery by Thibaut - Living With Color Designs

Let your senses and creativity go wild with endless combinations of these color coordinated fabrics.  Juniper Ogee Embroidery pictured in the center in Coral and Stone.

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Interesting combination of both applied and embroidered designs in Banyan Embroidery shown in Fuchsia and Coral.  Room photograph via Thibaut.

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And one last photo of Banyan Embriodery in Navy.  Navy is so on my radar that it is scary, but I am going to leave that for another post.  The Caravan Collection is just one of many by Thibaut.  Thibaut fabrics are available through Living With Color Designs.  Contact us for pricing and information. Hope you are as wild about these fabrics as I am.   –  Marianne

Tomato Pie

Happy Labor Day!  We are sweltering here in the hot and humid, no one at my house is interested in sweating over a grill.   Maybe you are in the same situation.  Not to worry, I have an option for you that includes enjoying some of Summer’s bounty, the tomato.  I am in love with tomato pie.  I had never eaten or even heard of a tomato pie before last Summer.  How could it be that this Southern girl had not experienced this deliciousness?

Tomato Pie - Living With Color Designs

This is just “Oh My Gosh” good.  After hearing of tomato pies I set out to find a recipe and give it a try.  In the end I could not settle on one particular recipe but combined what sounded like the best of two recipes. The results were delicious.

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Home grown tomatoes from my sister’s garden and fresh basil from my little front porch herb garden resulted in a tomato pie bursting with flavor.

Tomato Pie Crust - Living With Color Designs

Start by preparing your crust.  I used ready made Pillsbury Pie Crusts from the refrigerator section.  Just follow the instructions on the package.  Sorry my edges are a little wacky.  I did not think about taking pictures and sharing with you until after I baked the crust.  You see, ugly crust tastes just a good so feel free to let go of perfection if you like.

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Isn’t the red of these tomatoes just beautiful!  I used about four medium sized tomatoes. Start by slicing them and placing them in a single layer on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and let it stand 10 minutes.

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While the crust cooks and tomatoes stand; sauté the onions, mix up the cheese with mayo, and chop the basil.

Fresh layers of tomato pie - Living With Color Designs

With crust ready and onions sautéed the layering can begin.  Layer tomatoes, sprinkle of olive oil, herbs, and onion.  Repeat.

Topping the tomato pie - Living With Color Designs

The cheese mixture creates the crust.  Just spread it on top. You can shield the precooked crust edges with foil to avoid over browning.  Now here is the hard part, waiting for it to come out!  My mouth is already watering just thinking about what is to come.

Tomato Pie Recipe - Living With Color Designs

Time to eat.  This is so good my son-in-law, the non tomato lover, enjoyed it.  Check out the recipe below.  Please leave me a comment if you try it and let me know if you agree that it is great.   –  Marianne

Tomato Pie- 1 refrigerated pie crust (boxed), 2 1/4 lbs. tomatoes, 1 1/4 t. salt, 1T. olive oil to drizzle, 1/2 c. fresh basil (1t. dry), 1t. pepper, 1c. mozzarella w/ touch of Philadelphia cheese, 1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese, 1/2c. sweet onions, 1/4c. mayonnaise.

1. Prepare pie crust according to pkg. directions.  2. Prepare filling: Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with 1t. salt. Let stand 10 minutes.  3. Meanwhile, sauté onion and 1/4t. each salt and pepper in a skillet over medium heat 3 minutes or until onion is tender.  4. Pat tomatoes dry with a paper towel. Layer tomatoes, a sprinkle of olive oil, herbs, and onion in a prepared crust, seasoning each layer with pepper (1t. total). Stir together cheeses and mayo; spread over pie.  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, shielding edges with foil to prevent excessive browning.  Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. Makes one pie. Cut into 6 slices.

Tomato Pie Recipe




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