d.i.y.: kouign amann

kouign amann

June 28th, 2013

I know – you’re all like, wha???? Let me explain…… Do you ever “discover” something you’ve never seen before, and then it seems like you see it everywhere? All the time? This is like that – except it’s the exact opposite. Bear with me……. Remember when I participated in the NYC Food Blogger Bake Sale? […]


favor-“ette”: bensimon

bensimon sneakers

June 26th, 2013

For a long time I didn’t wear sneakers, except for running. I’m not a Converse girl, and I could never find a pair that was both stylish and worked well enough with my wardrobe to justify the purchase. And then Madewell arrived. I was an early adopter on-line, and practically catapulted myself to Soho when […]


goody bags. again.

grow your own grass goody bags

June 24th, 2013

When Noah turned four last November he had his first “friend” party. We held it at our local nature center, and served Sponge Bob cupcakes. And I assembled goody bags for the first time in almost 10 years. I was never a fan of the goody bags – for the most part they were filled […]


milk bar birthday layer cake (aka, my longest post, ever)

birthday layer cake

June 21st, 2013

Update: I took some more pictures of the cake-assembly process recently – which I hope you’ll find helpful! You ask. I deliver. When I first posted this cake last year (for Chelsea’s 21st birthday), I was reluctant to include the recipe. It is sooooo lengthy, with sooooo many steps (as well as four – yes, […]


favor-“ette”: herb centerpiece

herb centerpiece

June 19th, 2013

Whether it’s the perfect ankle boot or a no-fail recipe for ganache, I love a good multi-tasker. And this just might be one of my very favorites! This herb pot centerpiece takes just a few minutes to assemble and looks so pretty on your summer table. It works as a simple and inexpensive table decor, […]


dealing with deer, part 2: the plants

yarrow and catmint

June 17th, 2013

So last month I talked about some easy, low-key tactics for dissuading deer. You can also strategically employ plantings to help keep the herds at bay: Think “deer-resistant”, not “deer-proof”. Every season brings fewer and fewer truly deer-resistant plants. That said, in addition to barberries and daffodils (yes, they are deer-proof, I promise), I have had excellent […]


favor-“ette”: a perfectly (imperfect) rolled sleeve

how to roll a sleeve

June 12th, 2013

Am I the only one who’s obsessed with J. Crew? Like, obsessed in that I-worship-Jenna-Lyons kind of way? Of the many (many) things they do well, I think one of the best is the perfectly imperfect vibe that all of the outfits seem to project. Nothing ever looks “done”, yet it always looks totally cool. […]


blove: corner blog

corner blog, tiffanie turner

June 10th, 2013

While perusing the “round table” line-up at Alt Summit SLC, this caught my eye: “Growing and Maintaining a Small Blog with Pride”. I immediately clicked on the speaker’s name. And I’m so glad I did, because it brought me to this beautiful lady: This beautiful lady is Tiffanie Turner, of corner blog I connected with Tiffanie […]


101: breaded cutlets

milanese chicken with arugula salad

June 7th, 2013

I know what you’re thinking: “Breaded chicken cutlets? Do I REALLY need a tutorial on this?” Yes, you do. We ALL do. When I got my long-awaited copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, I was so excited that I dropped what I was doing and immediately sat down to peruse all of the wonderful recipes. […]


favor-“ette”: apple to go

apple to go

June 5th, 2013

Noah will be in a little program for a few weeks before camp starts, and I have to send him with his lunch each day (I know, when did THIS happen??). As his picky eating has been well-documented here, you can imagine how stressful this is for me. But one thing I can pretty much […]