d.i.y.: black and white cookies

black and white cookies

May 31st, 2013

As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve had a lifelong relationship with black and white cookies. And we’ve had our ups and downs. See, the idea of the black and white – plain Jane on the bottom, sugar icing on top – meets all of my cookie requirements. And visually, I can’t resist the clean, simple […]


favor-“ette”: a peony tip


May 28th, 2013

So now that I’ve reversed my position on peonies, I’m sure you’re going to have lots of them in your garden this year (at least I hope you will!). And I’ve got a great tip to help you get the most bang for your buck from these short-lived beauties. See, here in New York the […]


nyc-etc: it’s about the journey…

roosevelt island tram, new york city

May 27th, 2013

Chelsea’s spring break was coming to an end, and I was in the mood for an adventure – something along the lines of a how-much-can-I-cram-into-one-day excursion. There would be some fun food (of course), a little culture, and something brand new. One of my fondest childhood memories was a day spent in the city with […]


couple of things


May 24th, 2013

I do love sharing my favorite links from the web with you each month! Are you as excited as I am about the return of “Arrested Development” this weekend? Here’s something to tide you over till then. These little DIY bowls are completely charming, and so easy even I could make them! I have MAJOR […]


favor-“ette”: mess-free measuring

leftover tomato paste

May 22nd, 2013

Some tips today to make cooking and baking with those sticky, messy ingredients a little easier. Sound good? Next time you’re baking with honey, corn syrup or molasses, lightly spray your measuring cup or spoon with a non-stick cooking spray (like Pam). Every last drop will pour right out, and you won’t waste any time scraping […]


dealing with deer, part 1: the basics

dealing with deer, part 1: the basics

May 20th, 2013

If you garden with deer (and you know who you are), then you know that this is a two-part post – at least. Without a doubt, dealing with deer is the #1 (and maybe even #2, #3 and #4) most frustrating challenge I face as a landscape designer – and gardener. And if you’re like […]


like father, like son (sponsored post)

quaker oats perfect portions

May 17th, 2013

Disclosure: Compensation and product for this post were provided by Quaker, via AOL Media. All opinions expressed here – as always – are completely my own, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Quaker. You know the song “Me and My Shadow”? Well that is exactly the tune that comes to mind […]


favor-“ette”: caravan shoppe

caravan shoppe

May 15th, 2013

Oh, do I love Caravan Shoppe. Let’s start with their mission: “Everybody deserves beauty when they want it and at a price they can afford.” Caravan Shoppe offers charming – I’m talking  super charming – and affordable printables that you will SO want to have. From posters and stationery, to adorable children’s toys and games, […]


blove: lovely things

lovely things

May 13th, 2013

Whenever commenters on my blog list links to their blogs, I try – as often as I can – to take a look. While I respond to each and every comment I receive, I also want to give a fellow blogger the courtesy he or she has shown me by reading my blog and taking […]


city mouse, country mouse

golden knives challenge

May 11th, 2013

So much good stuff to share, I couldn’t wait till Monday! I’ve been thrilled to discover that children’s clothing is so much more stylish now than when I was shopping for Chelsea and Conor back in the day. And CHaLK nyc is a perfect example of how far things have come. CHaLK nyc is the creation of […]