so delicious.

Fall means apples, right?

Fall is a funny time in Los Angeles: not really cool, kind of hot, weird weather patterns. But, there is a certain je ne sais quoi in the air, particularly in the evening. Just a hint of crispness that those of us who love fall and winter weather can hang onto as a promise of […] Read more…

Building the wreath. Individual beaded leaves, grouped in threes & twisted together then attached to form.

Christmas in August

  People – it’s 13 weeks until the holidays (Thanksgiving-ish). Now, I know that I’m rushing it, but there’s SO much to do. I’m approaching Christmas this year with a theme of White, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper, Sage green, and succulents. My pinterest board of inspiration is here: Christmas 2014 Inspiration I have another Christmas […] Read more…

With my favorite go-to cupcake, the Champagne Cupcake by Sprinklebakes.

Death by Chocolate (and Nutella)

Find the amazing recipe for Chocolate Nutella Layer Cake over at  Sweetapolita  The photo above is my cake. Her’s is much nicer  It was relatively easy to make; however, it’s time consuming. It is DELICIOUS BEYOND BELIEF. The frosting is to die for – you’ll think you’ve gone to Chocolate Heaven. Some notes from me, an […] Read more…

two of my favorite shows above: The Bridge and Tyrant

My favorite TV shows

I’m a TV fanatic. I love watching great (subjective, I know) shows! I get asked for my favorites a lot, so I wanted to document them here for my friends, and for me (just in case I forget to catch up on any of them). Truth be told, I missed quite a few of these […] Read more…

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The “I can’t believe I’m doing this” Chronicles.

Confession time. I cannot believe I’m actually doing this. Remember the Cabbage Soup diet? The rage of the 90s or was it 80s? I dunno, but it was everywhere. While getting my mani/pedi/facial a week ago, my lovely manicurist imparted her favorite detox diet. Lo and behold, it’s the cabbage soup diet. Since I’m in […] Read more…

The White Angel right outta the shaker.

Weekend Cocktail: White Angel

  I wanted to make a White Lady today (I’m on a cocktail kick), and I wanted salute someone who has inspired me significantly, opened my eyes to possibilities, the value of education, working my ass off and work as a passion, having a hobby with passion and loving a good whisky. I’m raising a […] Read more…

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Figs now for later

Have you noticed that Fig backwards is Gift without the T? amazing! Seriously, it’s easy to whip up some incredible fig jam (recipe from Set the Table)  to take along as a hostess gift for a weekend party or to preserve properly for holiday gift giving. I tend to can my jams properly, because I […] Read more…

Red, White, Blue (and crust) Tart. Vanilla Bourbon cream with Fresh Berries.

Happy 4th of July!

A tart for anytime really, but it looks particularly good on the 4th. Or for Bastille Day! The recipe needs a few edits, but overall, I thought it worked very nicely. The fruit was so fresh and summery. Just perfect for an afternoon lunch or tea. The original recipe is on Smell of Rosemary, here. […] Read more…

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my fave quilt

One of the quilting blogs I visit has a series running called “my favorite quilt”. This is my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s because I love the quilt, the palette, the fabric or that incredible baby for whom it was crafted. This is one of those quilts that even first time quilters can make. […] Read more…

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