the high line: summer

high line, nyc

August 29th, 2013

Oops. When I looked at my last High Line post I realized that I implied that there was to be a “late spring” post to follow. Can you guess what happened? Late spring. A.k.a., weeks – I mean, weeks – of rain. And cold. And then suddenly, summer. So no, there was no “late spring” visit. […]


favor-“ette”: a little tip

dampened hands

August 27th, 2013

This is one of my favorite kitchen tips: Slightly dampened hands make a big difference when working with all manner of sticky foods. Here’s just a few examples: Making meatballs. Rolling out a “log” of slice and bake cookies. Forming ganache truffles. Shaping a meatloaf. Working with coconut macaroons. I learned this tip years ago […]


there goes my hero.

Chelsea college graduatio

August 22nd, 2013

“So are you writing a post about Chelsea’s graduation”? I got this a LOT. And I’m not surprised. A child’s college graduation is truly unlike any other milestone in a parent’s life. I’ll try to explain: Assuming your child goes the traditional straight-to-college-finishes-in-four-years route, you will have spent 17 of 22 years dealing with their […]


favor-“ette”: crayon vase

diy crayon vase

August 20th, 2013

Do you have 10 minutes? Then you (and the kids) can make this adorable vase! Nothing – and I mean NOTHING – was more thrilling to me each September than that new box of Crayola crayons (64, of course). There was something about that tiered box – all the crayons still sharpened and clean – […]


nyc-etc: the butcher’s daughter

the butcher's daughter

August 15th, 2013

Does a place ever just grab you – so much so, that you wish you lived closer and could visit any time? That’s what The Butcher’s Daughter is like for me. This cool/charming restaurant has been on our “must-go” list for quite some time, and we made our first trek there last month. And went back the […]


favor-“ette”: the perfect pair of shorts

sanctuary long shorts

August 13th, 2013

At some point early on in my 40’s, I just stopped wearing shorts. I found them to be too casual, not very flattering, and for some reason, “not befitting” a woman of a certain age. And then the lovely gals at Tumbleweed sent me a version of these, to wear under a few summer dresses […]


bits and pieces

babble posts

August 9th, 2013

Hey all! Just a few little announcements to end off the week…… First, as promised: the week’s Babble links! 10 Clever Uses For a Tea Towel Mocha Ganache Tart with Macaroon Crust Next, I was thrilled to be nominated again this year for Circle of Mom’s Top 25 New York Moms. Voting runs through August […]


blove: artsocial

art social

August 8th, 2013

Confession: I have a tab open to this blog at all times. No lie (I’ll explain why in a bit). I love artsocial – and Erin too. image courtesy of Erin Cassidy artsocial launched in 2011 (just like me!), as “a place for talking about art in a smart, yet approachable way”. But – as […]


favor-“ette”: the best way to freeze herbs

freezing herbs in oil

August 6th, 2013

So it’s August, aaaaand – herbs. I’ve got lots of herbs. In pots. In baskets. Outside my front door. And I’m in that end-of-season panic of what to do with all the herbs. Cannot. Waste. The herbs. Here’s a nifty trick for preserving most herbs – and I like it even better than just straight […]


couple of things

washi tape, ellen foord

August 2nd, 2013

Hey all! So last month I told you that I had exciting “bloggy” news – but I’ve got great links this month too, so let’s start with those…. I have never gone camping. And have pretty much decided that I never will. However, this great “Camping 101” guide by lovely Deborah makes it look like […]