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 […]


favor-“ette”: mason jar pour spout

mason jar pour spout

July 29th, 2014

I know – another mason jar post. But don’t worry, I don’t think this is going to be a thing. Yet. But how could I resist sharing this adorable, easy – and basically FREE – idea?? I’ve had the same little jar, filled with kosher salt, for years. When the hinge finally snapped off I […]


favor-“ette”: minted

favor-"ette": minted

December 19th, 2013

Confession: I’m addicted to stationery. Literally. I adore anything paper-related, be it note cards, labels, tags or journals. Paper is my go-to gift and the thing that will stop me in my tracks anywhere from an office supply store to a holiday bazaar. Which is why I’m head over heels for Minted: “Minted is the […]


favor-“ette”: a pot tip

wax paper over a pot

November 26th, 2013

If you’re like me, fall and winter mean pulling out the pots – the large ones, that is – for soups, stews, pulled this and braised that. I LOVE one-pot winter meals for many reasons – not the least of which is that most can be made in advance. And actually taste better after sitting […]


favor-“ette”: bread and butter

banana bread and strawberry butter

October 29th, 2013

Sometimes an old standby needs an upgrade. Banana bread is a staple in most bakers’ repertoires. Even “non-bakers” typically feel comfortable whipping up a batch. And what better way to use up the inevitable overripe bananas? But I think we can all agree that – on its own – banana bread is a bit….meh. It […]


favor-“ette”: fall nail color

essie navigate her

October 22nd, 2013

Fall can be a challenging season in New York, wardrobe-wise. Here we are in the third week of October and the weather is still in the upper 60’s, with sunny day after sunny day. It’s not yet cool enough for sweaters and boots, but shorts and flip-flops don’t seem quite right either. Even my summery […]


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 […]


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 – […]


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 – […]


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. […]