cookie jar: chocolate sea salt shortbread

chocolate sea salt shortbread

August 28th, 2014

Though the “sweet-salty” trend has definitely had its moment, I find that there are still times when “just a pinch” can bring many sweet treats to a whole new level. This is especially true of candies and baked goods that are unrelentingly rich, or “one note”. Caramels. Marshmallow-cereal bars. The best blondies you’ll ever eat. […]


pop! goes my summer: vegan cookie dough pops

vegan chocolate chip cookie dough pops

August 27th, 2014

It occurred to me how “naturally” vegan most ice pops are – like these. And these. And these. But sometimes a creamy treat is in order – like these. So I wanted to add at least one more dairy-free pop for my girl. My girl, who also happens to LOVE any and all things cookie […]


favor-“ette”: a little earbud tip

an earbud tip

August 26th, 2014

So I know that I’m getting older – and that my eyesight is failing – daily. But, REALLY WITH THE EARBUDS???? I can’t believe I’m the only one who cannot easily read the left vs. right – which, we all know, is critical before starting your workout. Now that my running partner has flown the […]



kanken mini ox red

August 21st, 2014

End of August is always a bittersweet time of year for me – and most of you too, I imagine. I feel a strange need to “hang on” to summer, yet there’s a part of me that’s looking forward to fall – fall clothes, fall cooking, fall weather. So in an effort to assuage any summer’s-ending-blues, […]


pop! goes my summer: strawberry cheesecake pops

strawberry cheesecake pops

August 20th, 2014

Happy Wednesday! I’m sharing this week’s popsicle post over at Buttoned Up – and it’s a good one guys! The last time I made a batch of these mini cheesecakes I realized that I actually preferred them frozen (and since I always make too many I always wind up freezing them). So I thought it […]


favor-“ette”: the bouqs

the bouqs ranunculus

August 19th, 2014

So I HATE getting flowers delivered. Which probably puts me in a group of, oh, one? Much like houseplants (which we all know by now that I tend to kill), my home is where packaged bouquets come to die. I don’t change the water, I forget to add food/sugar/Sprite/whatever it is you’re supposed to add, […]


some “vrai” news!

vrai logo

August 15th, 2014

When I started my landscape design business back in 2003, one of the biggest rewards was the pride I took in building something from scratch. I had, up till that point, always worked for another person or company and this time I was completely in control of the future of my professional life. It was […]


nyc-etc: story


August 14th, 2014

So once again my NYC cred was jettisoned by a good friend…. This time it was at the hands of my Seattle-based pal and fellow blogger Melanie – who, a few months back, wrote a piece about an innovative retail space called STORY (you can read it in full here). And I had never heard of it. […]


pop! goes my summer: creme brulee popsicles

creme brulee popsicles

August 13th, 2014

When drawing up my list of flavors that I wanted to incorporate into pops for this series, I didn’t give much thought to the actual execution. I just figured I’d find at least a  few recipes out there –  that had worked out all the kinks for me – print out the best one, and make amazing […]


favor-“ette”: the easiest way to peel a mango

easiest way to peel a mango

August 12th, 2014

You’re doing it wrong. Peeling mangoes, that is. Is it me, or are mangoes one of the more annoying fruits to prep? First, you’ve got that awkwardly shaped, gigantic pit to contend with. And then there’s the peel – I can never seem to find just the right tool to use to get as much […]