Archives for January 2010

70’s Inspired Food

My grandmother, Betty, was always the foodie of our family!  She was a professional waitress for more years than I've been alive!  We'd drive to Jersey and visit her every Christmas.  She's greet us and quickly make us feel at home, being the experienced hostess that she was!  I vividly remember a very seventies house decked out with shag carpet and wood paneling.  I don't remember the presents.  I do remember the retro spread of food she laid out every year!  There were perfectly sectioned hors d' ouerves plates, with mini … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday Snow

Snow, snow, snow.  And, now you see just why I had to go on my little "research trip".  What destination is on your mind?  Love snow? Or, gotta' go!!  What's your Fancy? … [Read more...]

Mexico Getaway

You could say that I was rescued.  My husband happened to have a business trip in Mexico last week and I had to go with him.  Had to.  Because my back yard looks like this. And, actually I could be dying of low vitamin D or even C.  So, you could say that this trip was practically a need. And, of course, being a mother of four and multitasking a kid in every stage of life (high school, middle school, elementary school and kindergarten... I could use a little R&R. But really the true story is that I went … [Read more...]

Photography Tips From My Friend, Brian

You know you're getting old when you can't recall how you met a friend.  Yikes!  I'm not really sure how I met Brian or his band, Peyote but, somehow, about 17 years ago, I started hanging out with this talented group of guys!  I loved their music and their sound so much I began to act as "manager" (not really sure what that means!)  But, basically I began to make calls to local venues and get them booked.  I also began to compile a list of followers and notify them of upcoming shows.  I even got to hang with them in studio and … [Read more...]

Mosaic Fancy Friday

I've always been fascinated by mosaics.  So, this sunny afternoon, I grabbed my camera and toured my city!  I found... a meadow of flowers on the side of a cafe, a school building, created by Banner Neighborhood Arts Club, a Bluebird of Happiness by Dick Brown, even a school bus adorned with mirrors and cracked tiles, a reflection of my city, (not a mosaic) but a very cool stained glass window, bottoms of bottles, china plates and mirrors covering the American Visionary Art … [Read more...]

Banana Cake Recipe

Banana Cake  (adapted from the Chic Simple Cooking) This cookbook is an oldie of mine.  I got it at a flea market in Maryland with Kristin and our families, when our kids were really little.  I always remember it as a  hot day, towing little ones, and Em got stung twice near her eye by a bee.  We had picnic and I think our boys got Star Wars coloring books. Serves 16 2 Cups Sugar 1 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil 3 Large Eggs 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract 4 Overripe bananas, mashed with a fork 3 Cups unbleached … [Read more...]

LoveFeast Table’s Random Sevens …

1.  This is my favorite picture this month because I got a new camera lens, and it makes even my dirty dishes beautiful. 2.  I love mornings in Minnesota when they are frosty, pink, and serene.  This is an untouched photo.  The little strings of red our my neighbors bird feeders. 3.  This is our silver chalkboard frame.  Kristin brought it over to me as our moving truck was loading up for our move to Minnesota.  You can read the back-story on all that here.  The chalk board use to be in their coffee shop.  It holds … [Read more...]

Join Us At The Table To Benefit Haiti

Yes we're bloggers but more importantly we're moms of nine kids total.  On a daily basis we feed our kids, our friend's kids and the kid's in the neighborhood and sometimes even those we don't know.  As we share meals around the table with our children in our homes, it is hard at a time like this not to think about other moms, children, and families in Haiti.  We would like to push up a few extra "virtual" chairs and "serve" some love and food to those who are now in such dire need.                                     Recently … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday Knit Snack

Knit bombed by The Baltimore DIY Squad. What meal brings you comfort and warmth?  Do you have your soup on? … [Read more...]

Our Happy List

What's a Happy List?  A list of things that are putting a smile on our faces right now!  It can be anything that just makes us...happy! Kristin's List: one:  Pink's Funhouse CD, given to me by my killer daughter! two:  My new red power bag (from Chris Ann).  Tag on this gift read "For the chic board member-business woman-entrepreneur-non-profit head-artist-blog-writer & mom on the go!" three:  Smith's Rosebud Salve...the fragrance and color make my day! four:  This little coin purse my mom … [Read more...]