favor-“ette”: ike’s cookies

favor-"ette": ike's cookies

July 31st, 2013

It was almost too good to be true. Ready-to-bake cookies, made from the same ingredients (some even better!) that I would use. Cute, recyclable and compostable packaging. Cookies individually wrapped in their own little parchment circles – so you can bake one or a dozen, with no mess to clean up. A company that gives – […]


i can’t/she can: finding the “me” in mommy

Laura Rossi

July 29th, 2013

I am SO lucky to know Laura Rossi – and thrilled to share this thoughtful and positive essay with you all today. photo courtesy of Laura Rossi When Laura graciously offered to contribute to my “I Can’t/She Can” series I just about jumped for joy. And I knew exactly what I wanted her to share. […]


d.i.y.: lobster roll & homemade mayo

lobster roll, homemade mayonnaise

July 26th, 2013

I know – it’s a DOUBLE “d.i.y.” today – woo hoo!! So it’s NO secret that I love me some lobster roll – so much that it would absolutely play a starring role in any “final meal” of mine. And my Instagram feed will totally back me up on this. Over many, many years I’ve […]


favor-“ette”: foxgloves

foxgloves gardening gloves

July 24th, 2013

If you’ve not yet run out to get the materials for your hanging herb garden, add these to your list: images courtesy of Foxgloves I’ve been seriously gardening for over 15 years. And for many of those early years I did so without gloves. I could never find a pair I liked – they were […]


hanging herb garden

hanging herb garden

July 22nd, 2013

Without question, one of my favorite perks of summer is the abundance of fresh herbs. There’s no comparison to the dried variety, and I use them liberally in my warm-weather cooking. I would love to have tons of herbs growing around the house – so that I can have access to them at any time. […]


paris peeks: le petit atelier de paris

le petit atelier de paris

July 19th, 2013

I took Chelsea on a very special trip to Paris last month, to celebrate her college graduation. It was just us girls and I couldn’t have been happier. I had been to Paris twice before, and Chelsea once – both of us there during the winter. We were excited about enjoying more pleasant weather, and […]


favor-“ette”: no-slip

tea towel, no slip bowl, no slip cutting board

July 17th, 2013

There are times in baking and cooking when you have to whisk with one hand while pouring ingredients with the other. If you’ve ever tried this you know that it’s almost impossible to do without the bowl skipping or wobbling across your countertop. Same with rolling out dough – it’s so annoying to deal with […]


blove: the daily muse

the daily muse

July 15th, 2013

I recently re-read my post about sharing blogs that I love (aka “blove”) on a regular basis. I needed a little reminder of what mattered to me most when selecting a blog to add to my growing list of  “must-reads”: Great writing. Well-designed. Always worth spending time with. I never want to miss a post. […]


when it’s too hot to cook (NOT that I’m complaining)

steak and pasta

July 12th, 2013

Sometime back in May – when I was truly convinced that summer was NEVER GOING TO COME – I instructed my family (along with anyone within earshot) to punch me in the throat should I complain even once about the heat. Of course, we are now on like the third straight week of sweltering, humid […]


favor-“ette”: mosquito plant

mosquito plant

July 10th, 2013

Me. Summer. Mosquitoes. We are quite the threesome each year – me being the one covered in bites.  And I’ve tried everything, in the hopes of avoiding both DEET and itchy uncomfortable bites. Candles, “natural” repellents, you name it. So you could imagine my reaction when I saw these at the nursery: They were literally […]