Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

 pumpkin lights with snakes

a spider with candy corn

black wreath on door (front & back view through window)

Last Harvest of the Season

 birdhouse gourds

 blue potatoes 
(which are so exciting to dig for and find!)


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Greenville, SC

Of course, after I get home from a trip, I always wish I had taken more photos. I certainly took plenty of our walk around Falls Park in beautiful Greenville, SC. However, I wish I had more to show of Corey's solo exhibition at Furman University, our delicious dinner at Soby's and our quick trip to vibrant Asheville, NC. We met so many lovely people, ate good food, and are grateful to have seen the gorgeous autumn colors covering the hills. We are happy to have missed the first big snowfall of the season in Colorado and come home to blue sky and sun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Calder Inspired

What an inspiring man, artist and book ... 
now I need an anvil and more brass wire!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Vintage Schlitz Ads

came across these great ads when researching a vintage 1970 Schlitz beer can I found at a thrift shop

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My 301st Post!

Celebrated with a lovely breakfast: homemade scone and coffee
while reading my new Design*Sponge book!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Girl Time

delightful lavender lime martinis and desserts on a sunny fall day at Shuga's

Friday, October 14, 2011



radish  |  serrano  |  ukranian purple  |  early girl

my first green pepper! (with a jalapeno, basil and early girl tomato)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Seasonal Gnocchi

seasoned with homemade pesto and chorizo, served with beet greens, turnips and carrots

Monday, October 10, 2011

birthday gifts

kitty portrait + kitty cup + chocolate = fabulously perfect birthday gifts

HUGE THANKS to all of you who helped me celebrate my birthday (all throughout September -- wow!).
I am so lucky to have you all in my life!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


... these are all now inside
because this is happening outside...

ugh, snow already?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Zest

I found a Martha Stewart recipe, but the reviews weren't stellar, so I decided to revise it. 
Here is my version -- they are truly delicious!

•    3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese and milk mixed together
•    2 Tbl granulated sugar
•    1 large egg
•    1 teaspoons grated orange zest
•    1/4 tsp vanilla extract
•    dash of salt and a dash of cardamom
•    1/4 tsp baking powder
•    1/3 cup all-purpose flour
•    powdered sugar or maple syrup

1.    In a large measuring cup, mix together ricotta cheese, milk, eggs, vanilla extract and orange zest. In a bowl, combine salt, cardamom, baking powder and flour. Add liquid ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.

2.    Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches (and adding more oil to skillet as needed), add batter, using a large spoonful for each pancake (they need to be little to cook properly). Cook until browned, making sure they don't burn (can happen easily). Serve hot, dusted with confectioners' sugar or drizzled with maple syrup.

Yields only about 10 little pancakes, so if you need more, just double the recipe. Enjoy!

Monday, October 3, 2011


Friday: egg, kale, ricotta on ciabatta toast

Sunday: strawberry jam and ricotta on ciabatta toast

inspired by: Simply Breakfast