Inspire!

Inspiration in a Coffee Cup

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~James Michener I haven’t always been a coffee drinker. About twenty years ago I had a can of the stuff that I kept in my freezer so I could offer it to guests, but other than that my…

Giant Cupcake

Q: Why did the cupcake major in hotel and restaurant management? A: It wanted to be a Hostess. I love cupcakes. They’re so cute! I love little tiny ones, regular sized ones that you can display on a cupcake stand with their adorable little papers showing, I love crocheted and knitted cupcakes that aren’t even…

Bento Boxes

“Let the dishes be fewer in number, but exquisitely chosen.” ~Brillat Savarin A bento box is a Japanese lunch box, in Japan called ‘o-bento.’ The first time I was served lunch bento style was about six years ago at a restaurant in the Mall of America called “The California Cafe,” which, sadly, is no longer…

The Mysteries of Tea

photograph by Jeffrey Placzek “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.”  ~Catherine Douzel Back in 1995, soon after Jeff and I got married and were still living in our apartment in White Bear Lake, something magical happened that changed me forever. Jeff had a job at a little coffee shop on Washington Square in…

Paris Party Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from my Paris themed birthday party with my best friends! We had such a great time. I have the best friends EVER! 🙂 Mantle with mini Eiffel Tower We all went outside after dinner and had wine while I opened my presents on the front porch. My girls …

Buttermints Baby Blanket

“Heirloom” is knitting code for “This pattern is so difficult that you would consider death a relief.  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much I promised I’d start sharing my knitting and crocheting projects with you and I’m starting with a baby blanket I crocheted for my grandbaby Madeline May.…

Good Enough to Eat…Almost

I am intrigued by knitted and crocheted food. I have no idea why. It serves no purpose, I just love it. Sushi, cupcakes, breakfast food, animal crackers…I love it all. This year my resolution is to knit or crochet at least 10 food items. So, if you read my last post (which I retracted because…

Creating Ambience While You Cook

photograph by Melissa Placzek Cooking the evening meal is one of my favorite things to do. I light candles, play a soothing CD, and sip a glass of wine as I cook. I like to have a fragrant bouquet of flowers of a bowl of tangy lemons on the counter to delight my senses when…