Raves and Faves 27

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…

Raves and Faves 26

One wall in my dining room is dedicated to a changing display of photos hung on rows of shiny, black clipboards. I print the photos on premium photo paper with a cheap but serviceable ink jet printer, and nearly all of the images were taken with my iPhone camera. What’s the use of leaving those…

Raves and Faves 25

If you love cooking, eventually you might find yourself hanging out at your local farmers market, asking farmer types if a chicken’s eggs match the color of her ears, and whether chicken ears are visible. If you’re lucky, the farmer will give you a friendly smile and an answer that satisfies your curiosity without ridiculing…

Raves and Faves 24

I like crazy socks. ♦ ♦ ♦ I’m no car buff. My seven-year-old Honda Fit is purple because a) I like purple, and b) the color makes my car stand out a little more in a full parking lot. Many cars look alike to me, and when out to dinner with my husband in his…

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…

Raves and Faves 22

A sighting of autumn at my grocery store. ♦ ♦ ♦ This antipasto platter made by G, the teenage daughter of dear friends who were hosting my husband and me for dinner. It was a work of art, beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. ♦ ♦ ♦ Compassion. I’m still rocking an orthopedic boot after foot surgery…

Raves and Faves 21 (the California edition)

I just got back from a week in California. I’d go again tomorrow if I could. A world of fresh experiences always unfolds when I am lucky enough to travel there. Amazing things happen every time. Like new flavors on my plate. Octopus, for example… …and rabbit (which got me in trouble with Last born, who…

Raves and Faves 20

Fresh herbs growing right outside my back door. ‘Tis the season! Photo on the left was taken immediately after planting three weeks ago. Photo on the right was taken yesterday. Pot of mint added last week. ♦ ♦ ♦ Having an electrician friend willing to come to my house and correct that one, tiny electrical wiring mistake…

Raves and Faves 19

The riot of color in this voluptuous bouquet from my Valentine, via About Vase in Little Rock ♦ ♦ ♦ This quote, transcribed on an index card and tacked to the bulletin board in my home office, where I can see it any time a new catalog from Williams-Sonoma tempts me to go online and put stuff…

Raves and Faves 18

Hot oatmeal in a red bowl, butter and brown sugar on top. ♦ ♦ ♦ Chanel Glossimer lip gloss in Giggle (#46). ♦ ♦ ♦ Clinton School of Public Service speaker series, through which the world comes to Little Rock, Arkansas. Two speakers in November 2013 held me rapt. The first was Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of…