couple of things

couple of things

March 29th, 2013

A good batch this month, I tell ya! I think it’s because spring is definitely in the air and everyone’s feeling a burst of energy after what’s felt like the world’s looooooongest winter! So let’s take a look! Are you obsessed with Pantone? I am. Ever wonder where that iconic Pantone chip came from? image […]

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put the lime in the coconut…

put the lime in the coconut...

March 28th, 2013

…and make macaroons of course! For those of us celebrating Passover, a can of these in the house is as ubiquitous as a box of matzoh or a jar of horseradish. I’m not much of a fan though – they’re too sweet and sticky, even for me. But these. These lovely macaroons are the complete opposite […]

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favor-“ette”: ankle boots

favor-"ette": ankle boots

March 27th, 2013

One of the items on my life list is to do a major purge of my wardrobe (#36, if you’re interested). I know I’ve shared my clothing travails here before, and have even enlisted the help of a stellar wardrobe consultant to help me out. But I’m still “tweaking”. And this season I want to get […]

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why you need a gardening calendar (yes, you!)

why you need a gardening calendar (yes, you!)

March 25th, 2013

Last weekend as I ventured out into my gardens for the first time this year, I was once again reminded of how handy it is to have a gardening calendar. Part of my landscape design services includes a set of maintenance instructions for all plants. It covers things like which plants to cut back (and […]

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nyc-etc: no longer empty

nyc-etc: no longer empty

March 22nd, 2013

I’m always impressed with the wealth of really stellar programming that Noah and I can enjoy at so many New York City museums. We’ve done“First Saturdays” at the New Museum (site of THIS memorable exhibit – remember the nude sensory tank?). And we recently participated in a special kids’ day at the Whitney, which coincided […]

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you say macaroons…

you say macaroons...

March 21st, 2013

Passover’s approaching, and I’m on my annual hunt for a few yummy, flourless desserts. And I decided that this year it was finally time to tackle the one. The one I’ve been avoiding for too long now. The one I even TOOK A CLASS FOR. And had yet to make. Yes, it was time. I […]

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favor-“ette”: roasted chickpeas

favor-"ette": roasted chickpeas

March 20th, 2013

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of chickpeas – whether in a lunchtime salad or my-current-favorite-snack hummus, you’ll always find at least a few cans hanging out in my kitchen cupboard. But here’s my most favorite way to eat chickpeas: roasted. Have you ever had roasted chickpeas? They’re delicious, and a perfect nibble with […]

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101: classic vanilla buttercream

101: classic vanilla buttercream

March 19th, 2013

Ah, buttercream.Whether it’s for a cupcake, a batch of whoopie pies or a birthday layer cake, every baker should have a great buttercream (or two) in her arsenal. And though I’ve made my share of buttercreams/frostings/icings over the years, I’ve never been  quite satisfied. They’re either way too sweet. Or too greasy. Or both. And […]

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with love

with love

March 18th, 2013

So I have this friend – R. And I love him so, so much. R lost his mom last week, after a long and unpleasant battle with a chronic illness. I’ve been talking to R a lot over the past few weeks, as things seemed to be escalating, and the prognosis was not good.  Hearing […]

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“simply” perfect

"simply" perfect

March 15th, 2013

When it comes to my favorite foods, I’m a simple gal at heart. Give me a great burger, a slice of toasted pound cake, a classic BLT, and I’m happy. But sometimes “simple” can be quite deceptive. Take stuffed shells. It’s one of my very favorite dishes – cheesy, saucy – what could be better? […]

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