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My daughters and I went on a wedding dress safari in Chicago last week, and UPS is delivering the lacy trophy in the next few days. The process couldn’t have been more pleasant at BHLDN‘s shop on East Walton Street. Last born and I settled on a velvet settee in a large fitting room, sipping…

Snapshot: Champagne Tasting

Champagne tasting with my Valentine and friends at The Capital Hotel in Little Rock on February 14, 2015. (So glad I’m not in charge of washing stemware.) Sometimes the photo is the story.

Raves and Faves 23

A Cuban sandwich pairs exceptionally well with Apple Cider Sangria. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend of Cuban extraction providing the Cuban sandwich, then life just doesn’t get any better. This inventive Apple Cider Sangria was a lovely way to welcome friends and fall recently. Get the recipe by clicking here. The link…

Siberian Huskies and Moscow Mules

This is Kai last week, the day after a veterinarian administered the husky’s first heartworm treatment. The medicine is a brutal, arsenical compound injected deep into a muscle in the lower back. It kills the parasite worms, which is great, but it also causes lesions within a dog’s pulmonary arteries, which is terrible. Heartworm treatment…

Elderflower Cosmo

This drink accompanied my Super Bowl Nachos a couple of weeks ago, and I’m thinking it will make a lovely preamble to Friday night’s steak dinner, too. The original recipe came from a Valentine’s Day potluck menu posted on Williams-Sonoma’s “Taste” blog. I had to do a little modifying to account for a total lack of…

Watermelon Margaritas

Quick, make these before the last watermelon rolls out of sight to make way for pumpkins and corn sheaves at your grocery store. (It’s happening now. I saw chocolate turkeys on the shelf last Saturday, and that’s just wrong. What is the rush?!) It’s hot on my backyard deck – 116°F. this very minute, according…

And The Windsor is…

 ♦ First gardenia of spring ♦ The Windsor, made best by the bartenders at The Hive in Bentonville, Arkansas. Enjoy it there if you can, but if that’s not possible, here’s your how-to. Combine in an ice-filled cocktail shaker: 2 ounces Absolut Ruby Red vodka 1 ounce St. Germaine elderflower liqueur 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice…

Pear Tart (the Drink)

  Sometimes I get recipes through circuitous routes. This one, for example. My husband and I spent a wonderful April evening at The Hive restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas. We were early for our dinner reservation and so ordered cocktails from the bar, then spent a delightful half hour sipping and perusing. Modern art decorates the…

Moontowers and Frozen Margaritas

Maybe you’re thinking now would be a good time to read about Christmas cookies. I’ll get to that another day. However, a nice frozen margarita is a year-round necessity. Consider this post a public service announcement. ♦ ♦ ♦ AUSTIN, TEXAS. I wanted to know what a moontower looked like. First born wanted to taste a freshly-made…