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  • Writer's pictureCharlsie Pecoraro

Goodbye August and Hello September!

August is a big birthday month in our family; mine included. This year I has headed out of town to celebrate, however the hurricane duo in the Gulf nixed those plans.

I wound up having a wonderful and relaxing day at home. One of the key lessons that I have learned since March is to remain flexible.

Last Friday, friends surprised me with a dinner out at a local seafood restaurant. We sat out on the covered patio overlooking the water. Despite the heat, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food, the company and being out of the house! I certainly have a new found appreciation for experiences I used to take for granted.

Small dinner parties at your home are a great way to gather with others in a safe environment. I am committed to doing more of that sort of entertaining over the next few months. I miss seeing my family, friends and business partners. Are you looking for ways to reconnect to others? Well, dust off the "good" dishes and invite a couple over for supper. You know you are going to be cooking anyway, so why not?

If you really want to feel GREAT, pack up some food and surprise a neighbor with dinner. I did that last week for someone recovering from surgery. WOW, the love I felt from this couple was incredible. Sometimes we hesitate to do these sorts of things, however we have been given the gift of time. Let's spread some love this week to those around us.


What's New in September?

Black standard poodle
Rebecca Bunkley, Apollo's Paws with Marcello

This week the "boss dogs" met Rebecca Bunkley, owner and groomer at Apollo's Paws in Mobile. The boys left her spa looking fantastic and they are "in love" with her. We all know how important it is to find the right person to groom your dog or cat. Well, look no further, she is incredible.

We'll be on location this week doing her professional photo shoot for the website. Stay tuned at for her story and contact information!

Meanwhile, I have a couple of dogs who are strutting around my house with attitude! Thank you Rebecca and welcome to the family!

Jessica in her office, Mobile, Alabama
Jessica Zoltek, Healthcare Resource Center Mobile

I was on location this week with Jessica Zoltek at Healthcare Resource Center Mobile for her photo session. She is an insurance agent offering customized health, Medicare, life and hospital indemnity plans to meet specific needs of her clients. She is ramping up for open enrollment on October 15th and is ready to answer your questions. Navigating the confusing world of supplemental coverage is what she does! Read more about her at

Sleep experts from Good Morning Mattress in Mobile, Alabama
Tina Walker, James Bryan & Carlos Lett of Good Morning Mattress

Huge Labor Day Sales are happening right now at Good Morning Mattress on Airport Blvd. in Mobile. Tina, James & Carlos are the sleep experts at the showroom and are ready to help you get the BEST night's rest possible.

This is a shopping experience that you do not want to miss! When was the last time that you went into a mattress store? This team will not "hound" you. In fact they encourage customers to take their time, browse and ask questions!

6153 Airport Blvd, Mobile, Alabama

Kassie with Louis Vuitton Handbags for sale
Kassie Gundlach, Back on the Rack Upscale Resale

Kassie Gundlach, owner of Back on the Rack Upscale Resale Boutique in Fairhope has been offering fantastic deals on investment wardrobe pieces. Be sure you are following the store on social media. Click here for her Facebook Page and here for Instagram.

You are not going to believe all of the cute clothes at BIG savings! The next time you are in Fairhope, stop in and do some shopping. The boutique has handbags, shoes, formal dresses, clothing and precious accessories!

I plan to spend a day across the bay this week and Fairhope is one of my destinations! I can't wait!

407 Fairhope Avenue



CFH - Cooking from Home

Last week I wrote about CFH (Cooking from Home) and shared a Cobb Salad with Shrimp concoction. Click here if you are interested in trying it in your kitchen. I got so much positive feedback, I decided to share another yummy recipe. This one is a family favorite meatless dish that can be served with a side salad and crusty French bread. It takes about 10 minutes to prep and bakes for 30.

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

baked Tortellini
Cheesy Baked Tortellini


Olive oil

2 cups marinara sauce

1/3 cup mascarpone cheese (cream cheese works also)

1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 pound purchased cheese tortellini (found in refrigerated section of the deli department)

2 ounces thinly sliced smoked mozzarella

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil an 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish.

Whisk the sauce, mascarpone cheese, parsley and thyme in a large bowl to blend. Cook the tortellini in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Add the tortellini to the sauce and toss to coat. Transfer the tortellini mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top the mixture with the smoked mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover and bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheeses on top melt, about 30 minutes.

Click here to watch the video!


Shih Tzu, Standard Poodle
Charlsie, Lil' Jack & Marcello

From my home to yours, wishing you a wonderful week. May September be filled with loads of love from family, friends, fur kids and neighbors!

~ Charlsie



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