i heart chickpeas!

chickpea apricot cake

September 27th, 2013

I am very excited about my participation in “Cans Get You Cooking” – a campaign sponsored┬áby Canned Manufacturers Institute, in an effort to promote the benefits of cooking with canned foods. My post is entitled “1 Can, 7 Meals” – and I was tasked with coming up with 7 dishes using one canned food. And […]


blove: papernstitch

papernstitch brittni

September 26th, 2013

If I could – poof! – transform myself into a D.I.Y./crafty blogger, I’d want to come back as Brittni. I am SUCH a fan – huge, huge fan – of papernstitch. And, of course, of this lovely lady right here: all images courtesy of Brittni Mehlhoff I adore Brittni’s aesthetic, and I especially love the […]


favor-“ette”: ginger syrup

homemade ginger syrup

September 24th, 2013

Do I love a good multi-tasker? You know I do. Whether it’s an ankle boot, a ganache recipe or the perfect pair of shorts, I love all things that have multiple uses. And this one is even better, because it’s the leftovers from another recipe. Allow me to present…..ginger syrup! My obsession with candied ginger […]


paris peeks: montmartre

montmartre, sacre coeur

September 19th, 2013

One of the best things about our trip to Paris was the fact that we had both been there before. We had done most of the “major” sights and museums so were able to focus on lots of meandering and people watching (and eating, of course). One neighborhood that neither of us had been to […]


favor-“ette”: leftover dough scraps = best treat ever

cinnamon sugar puff pastry scraps

September 17th, 2013

If you ever find yourself with leftover dough scraps – from pie crust, phyllo or puff pastry…. DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY!!!! Wrap them in plastic, store in the fridge and when you have some time, bake them into the best treats ever: Simply brush with some melted butter or margarine, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar […]


101: self-tanner tips

self tanner jergens clarins

September 12th, 2013

As you all know, I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to sunscreen. I wear it every day, year round – including my neck and hands. Except……when I go away on vacation. I know, I know. But there’s just something about that once or twice a year, being away from my normal routine, […]


favor-“ette”: my favorite salad

salad with grapefruit fennel parmesan

September 10th, 2013

I know – salad. Big deal, right? But having just come home from a trip to Florida (where grapefruits are in season year round), I’m itching to make my very favorite salad. I’ll admit, I’m not the most creative when it comes to putting a salad together – I’m never sure what ingredients go together […]


i can’t/she can: a flea market “primer”

sara peluso

September 5th, 2013

I’m VERY excited about today’s guest. I met Sara Peluso a few years ago, in her “former” life as a professional organizer. We hit it off right away and she soon joined my local blogging community. About a year later, Sara shut down her organizing business, as she explains: A lifetime of picking, garage sales, […]


favor-“ette”: j. crew & the high line

j crew high line

September 3rd, 2013

When I got the e-mail I think I may have done a little happy dance. Seems J. Crew is as smitten with the High Line as everyone else is (including me), and created a special collection inspired by NYC’s “Park in the Sky”: image credit: the high line This super-cool collection includes kids’ and adult […]