Product Review

the spirit of scent ~

~ ~ ~ The Spirit of Scent~The Proust Effect ~ ~ ~ From the book “Welcome Home” by Melissa Placzek ~page 96~ “But when from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, taste and smell alone, more fragile but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent,…

My 6 Favorite Summer Perfume Scents

I wear different perfumes according to the season and my mood… Here are my 6 favorite summer scents: Summer Hill by Crabtree & Evelyn This perfume will forever remind me of the east coast. Strolling the streets of Boston, and touring Nantucket Island… A light and airy fragrance captures a perfect summer day in a…

Product Review-Mighty Leaf Tea

“Ecstasy is a glass of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.”
Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) For my friends who are just learning “The Mysteries of Tea” and have recently purchased their sun tea jars… 🙂 MightyLeaf tea is the BEST tea for making sun tea! The same wonderful quality of loose tea and the…

Current Crush-Piccolini Pasta-Mini Bowties

Have you seen the cutest pasta in the world? I noticed this on the shelf next to the only store bought pasta I’ll use, Barilla (I prefer homemade.). Barilla also makes this adorable ‘baby’ pasta, Piccolini. My favorite are the baby bowties, and here is a good for you recipe using them. They’d also be…

Current Crush-Cray Floral Thermos

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. ~William Morris My friends Heather and Tom gave this to me for Christmas a couple years ago and I just love it. Beautiful and useful. Perfect! Thanks guys! It’s available at Patina stores if you just have…

Our Long Weekend

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”  ~Bill Watterson John Mayer is singing in the background and I’m sipping a glass of iced sun tea. Aahhh, I love a lazy Sunday Morning. I wasn’t quite sure what to write about this morning, and then decided to tell you about our fun…

Feeling Domestic

Another quiet day to myself. It feels like a gift. I’ve decided to make Julia Child’s boeuf bourguignon from her fabulous cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” She once said that when beef stew is simmering in the oven, all is right with the world. While this is cooking, I’ll be finishing up a…

Current Crush-Lollia “Wish”

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~Mark Twain Spring is just around the corner and I’ve been going for…

Current Crush-Laini’s Bohemian Ladies

I have a pretty lady that sits on my desk and watches over me as I write. Jeff bought her for me when we were vacationing on the Door County peninsula in Wisconsin. She inspires me every day. I got this one for my friend Chantelle who loves coffee… And this one for my friend…