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Wine Tasting Notes :Flying Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc

Jeff and I just LOVE wine and going to wine tastings. At a tasting last summer we happened upon a Sauvignon Blanc that knocked our socks off. It has been, for the last year, my favorite white wine. It’s called “Flying Kiwi” and its fabulous. Go get a bottle so we can compare notes 🙂…

Luxurious Retreat Tips: Simple Feng Shui

While writing my book, “Welcome Home“, I decided to include a page on easy ways to implement Feng Shui in your life every day. Wikipedia definition: Feng shui- (fung-shway / fung-shwee in English) is an ancient Chinese practice believed to utilize the Laws of both Heaven, (astronomy), and Earth, (geography), to help one improve life…

Frugal Bath & Beauty : One Minute Manicure

This treatment will leave your hands silky smooth, and it really only takes a minute! One Minute Manicure- In a small bowl combine: 2 Tablespoons white or brown sugar 3 Tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons water Mix ingredients. Scoop some of the mixture out. Over a sink, rub all over hands and wrists for 20…

Spa Cuisine: Toasted Sesame Hummus

This is one of our favorite sandwich spreads and dips to serve at a party. Toasted Sesame Hummus: In a food processor, combine: 2 cans chickpeas (drained) 2 Tablespoons tahini sauce 2 fresh cloves of garlic, peeled 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil salt and cayenne…

Musings Newsletter: Door County

Door County Wisconsin For the last 10 years Jeff, the girls and I have been taking a short road trip to Door County Wisconsin . This year we decided to make the trek in the summer instead of autumn. Two of our closest friends will be honeymooning in “the Door” the same month that we’re…

Wine Tasting Notes

photograph by Melissa Placzek I once heard a wise French woman say, “Two glasses of wine a day will keep the doctor away.” I believe her. Although most of my wine tasting notes are usually fun and light hearted, all about the pleasure of drinking wine, this post is focused on health more than anything.…

Luxurious Retreat Tips: Lavender Linen Spray

“Aromatherapy in Every Room” as seen on page 43 in my book “Chin Deep in Bubbles,” and on ivillage.com One of my favorite simple pleasures is taken from this page. Linen Spray. Picture yourself taking freshly washed sheets from your washer. Instead of mindlessly throwing them in your dryer (like we all have to do…

Frugal Bath & Beauty: Vinegar Rinse

photograph by Melissa Placzek Spring Spa Tip from Melissa Placzek’s book “Chin Deep in Bubbles” Copyright 2001-FairWinds Press Well, it seems that spring is almost here (I’m trying to ignore all of the snow that recently got dumped on us.) Time to bring your hair and skin out of hibernation. I’m sure you’ve noticed that…

Spa Cuisine: Breakfast Parfait

This recipe was originally published in my book “Chin Deep in Bubbles” on page 63. Since then I have made a few changes to the recipe. This is a simple, delicious, dessert-like breakfast that is good for you. It’s also a great way to