Friday, July 31, 2009
Personally, I would like these strung together into a necklace. It would be fabulous with a red t-shirt and jean jacket, don't you think?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Fill an empty San Pellegrino Limonata can (Tip: Drink the sparkling lemonade while you are cutting the flowers!) with water and add:
It is such a "happy" bouquet - one that is sure to bring delight!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Six o'clock in the evening is another magic time. The sun is still high, but the relaxed feeling of "a day well done" sets in. You still have hours before the beach fire and all you can do is give in to the moment.
My dear friend invited a few of us over for wine & appetizers on the patio. It was perfect.
Surely, this is what they mean by Coastal Living.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
In this photo, my newest rose, Day Breaker, is in a glass test tube vase from CB2 (a modern store in Chicago that is owned by Crate & Barrel).
The neat part is that it can hang from the lock on the armoire in my family room. I simply threaded some coordinating ribbon through the hole in the glass test tube, added water, roses and hung it from the key.
When they glance around the room, my guests can't believe that the flowers are real!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Simply fill glass jars with:
- diced orange bell pepper
- chick peas
- black olives
- cucumber chunks
- steamed green beans
- cooked bacon pieces
- and slivers of Parmesan cheese
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
It makes it easy to add a sprig of rosemary to roasted potatoes, some basil to an heirloom tomato salad, even a "bit of green" to a bouquet of flowers.
Every year my Dad and I plant strawberry pots with our favorites (pineapple sage, lemon thyme, chocolate mint) and tend them all Summer long.
I even designed a day bag (click "Delight Totes" button on link) called "Herb Appeal" in honor of our tradition. The leading article is:
"Pot + Water + Sunlight = Herb Appeal"
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
As a photographer, every moment has a "time stamp" on it. The magnolia, lilacs and peonies are gone now, but the hydrangeas, delphinium and roses are at their peak. I can no longer make fresh strawberry jam (but believe me the freezer is stocked!), but I am looking forward to peach ice cream.
There are so many wonderful festivals, outdoor concerts and "things to do," it makes my head spin. I hope your 90 days of Summer are filled with things you love.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Each year I make a pilgrimage to the Scandinavian shop Punzel to enjoy a lunch so beautiful, it is worthy of a picture frame.
The elements of this work of art (horse-shaped "Dala" pasta, shrimp, begonias, a crepe) was completely unexpected and absolutely delicious.
What do you consider to be edible art?
Monday, July 20, 2009
It is time to get out our calenders and pick a date for the Roseglen Garden Club's Annual Garden Walk.
There is a mental checklist we go through to know when the time is right.
- Are there many rosebuds about to open?
- Are the hydrangeas blooming?
- Is the herb pot thriving?
- Are the nasturtiums ready?
The answer to those questions is: Yes Yes Yes!
(This beauty is the The McCartney rose!)
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I found this at The Morikami Museum and have been looking for the right place to display it for some time now. But today things fell into place. I have it on my cream plate rack next to a glass cup filled with 3 pink roses.
Wishing you good health, great happiness and good fortune.
Friday, July 17, 2009
The tonal stripe really brings the plate rack (with my grandmother's dishes), sideboard and oval back chairs "together."
It is a little bit like a dollhouse...and it is a gorgeous place to entertain.
Cup of tea, anyone?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So I made up for it with one each of Lavender, Rosemary, Mint and Basil truffles plus 2 Sea Salt caramels. Did I really need chocolate on a Monday? Umm...yes!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Preppy, happy clothes to wear all Summer long. On the beach, cocktails at the cottage - a brand that is appropriate anywhere you might see a boat. Seriously.
I had seen the clothes for years and heard the story - 2 brothers that founded their business on brightly colored neckties.
So, I was very happy to come across one of their shops while I was in Georgetown. As we walked across the street, I gave a quick brand profile to the girls so that they'd know what we were about to see. A gorgeous shop packed with plaid, seersucker and nautical details. My favorite thing? A whale-print tote with a rope handle.
The bonus? I left with a large pink foam whale - a promotional item that they give away "for fun." I like their spirit.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
These little garden beauties are destined for a few bowls of cereal, nothing more. But even though there are hardly enough to speak of, we grew them ourselves and that will make them the best we've had all season!
Alas, the farmer's market is my actual source for blueberries. I need cartons and cartons to keep up with the Blueberry Gateau requests. It has become my signature dish in July and I just can't make it enough.
Have you ever made Blueberry Gateau? Make it once and they will ask for it for the rest of your life.
Monday, July 13, 2009
And then there are days that I glance over at my "harvest" and remember that, although I am having fun, they really need nothing at all. What's growing in your garden?
***To see more of my casual flower arrangements, click here.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
July is the month for lavender festivals and events in the Midwest. I took this photo last year at Lavender Hill Farm in northern Michigan. What a day! I came home with some lovely culinary lavender to use in my shortbread. Yum.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I roasted marshmallows on a stick and indulged in one too many S'mores. Sitting out in the quiet was just so peaceful. And it was all topped off with a sighting of the "Big Dipper." I wish you many starry nights.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I saw this picture perfect scene on the Platte River when I was driving across the county a few days ago. I had to turn my car around and take a photograph. The life jackets hung by the river, canoes lined up on shore. Everything was perfect for a day on the river.
The last time I drifted in a tube down a river, I was in the Texas Hill Country. Have you ever spent the day on a river in a inner tube?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
In my wildest dreams, I never thought that the wind would blow the flag "just so" and that the planes and jet stream would line up with the stars and stripes! This is one of my favorite photos.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
It is no big secret that I love to cook. When I saw a Dean & Deluca shop in Georgetown, it instantly moved to the top of my "must visit" list. We had a relaxing day shopping the area and finished with a culinary whirl inside this beautiful store. Long glass cases were filled with the finest meats, salads, cheeses and pastries. Everything was a picture. But what did I choose to represent my trip? A display of their signature spice tins. I have always wanted to have a ridiculously large selection of spices in tins from Dean & Deluca and here they all were before me.
How did the afternoon end? At Dean & Deluca's outdoor gelato bar. I indulged in two beautiful shades of green: pistachio and mint chocolate chip.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
What was my favorite part? Seeing her library of cookbooks on the shelf. She had written "KITCHEN" down the spine of the books she had written, to use as her own reference point at home. Can you imagine having written a series of cookbooks and then keeping a "kitchen" copy for yourself? How cool.