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July Porchin’

Enjoy the moments

Photography by Lisa Staff

The JKN Home Staging and Design team, pictured from left: Kendyll Nelems, Janelle Nelems, Holly Blocker and Brittany Kennedy.

South Carolina has always been special for the Nelems family, creating memories over the years at their home on Kiawah Island. In 2008, they visited Oldfield and were captivated by the charm of the Lowcountry, stunning canopy of oak trees and the Southern hospitality. They selected Lamar Acuff to build their Southern Living-inspired family retreat in 2009. It was intended to be a place to escape the congestion and chaos of Atlanta. The Nelems decided to make it their primary home in 2014. Their beautiful porch serves as a gathering spot for friends and family. 

“The porch is a fabulous place to entertain, but we use it as a place to simply escape, reflect, nap or read,” Janelle Nelems said. “It’s a constant reminder of the beauty that surrounds us, how fortunate we are to call this home, and most importantly, to slow down and enjoy the moment.”

The porch also hosts weekly meetings for the family’s business, JKN Home Staging and Design. During one such gathering, guests munched on bacon pimento cheese bites while sipping on pink cocktails. We close this summer crab issue with a recipe for that wonderfully colorful drink. It’s the perfect way to enhance another perfect Lowcountry afternoon.

The Pink Lady

Pink Lady Cocktail Recipe

(raspberry simple syrup)

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup raspberries

Juice and zest one lemon

Directions Boil and strain cool.


1 bottle prosecco

1/2 cup limoncello

Raspberry simple syrup (left)

Directions Mix prosecco, limoncello and raspberry simple syrup. Sugar the rim of a rocks glass and top with fresh raspberries and a slice of lemon. 

Bacon pimento cheese bites

Bacon pimento cheese bites recipe


2 (1.9-ounce) (15-count) mini fillo shells

1 (3.5-ounce) package chopped real bacon pieces

3/4 cup prepared pimento cheese (Palmetto Cheese brand is good)

1/2 cup mild green pepper jelly, melted

Directions [1] Preheat oven to 350 degrees. [2] Fill each mini fillo shell with 1 teaspoon pimento cheese. [3] Drizzle with about 1/2 teaspoon of the melted pepper jelly. [4] Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the bacon crumbles over the top each. [5] Transfer to baking sheet and bake 5-8 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 30 appetizers.