Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
There are few things more delicious than having a book that you don't want to put down, one that is satisfying and leaves a good after-taste in your mouth. One of my best friends recommended "The Help" and if you haven't already read it, this is the perfect summer book. I originally thought the book had something to do with someone needing help, am I intuitive or what? But instantly after beginning the book the light turned on and I remembered my mother always referring to their housekeeper as "help." She would say something like "oh yes, we all had help growing up." And that is just what this book is about, African American women working in white women's homes in the south.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I am finding that prep school is fairly common up here in New England. Our babysitter goes to prep school and one of my best friends up here also went to prep school. Where we're from down south, in all of my childhood, I have ONE friend that went to prep school (if you're reading, I love you!).
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Every now and then someone will share something they've made with me and I think to myself "I've got to get that recipe." And when I say "I've got to get that recipe," I mean I will stalk them, call them, email them, give them friendly reminders, beg them until I get it. This recipe is one of those. The other night some girls came over for dinner and funny enough I was the only American. My beautiful Venezualan friend, my kind Mexican friend, and my amazing-cook Canadian friend came over for a glass of wine. When my Canadian friend brought these cookies, part of me wanted everyone to leave, go change into my pjs and sit there with that entire plate of cookies all by myself.
White and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks of butter (1 cup), room temperature
1 cup packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup of milk chocolate chips, 1 cup of white chocolate chips
In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Beat until mixture is combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add flour gradually (I usually do a cup at a time because I'm impatient) and beat in as much of it as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in chocolate pieces.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wide rack and let cool.
I always make the cookies a little bigger than they say you should, and I undercook (about 6 minutes in my oven, in my old oven it was just over 7.. so just check them often)
Monday, April 26, 2010
We live in a condo and share a wall with a family from Tokyo, Japan. Over the last year, we've had the privilege of getting to know them up here in New England. They are such a special family and to say that the wife is a phenomenal cook would be an understatement. When they invited us over for dinner, we couldn't accept quick enough. She made some of the best Japanese food I've ever had, and that's including living in Japan for three years!! She recommended the chef and her books, Harumi Kurihara, who has been coined "The Martha Stewart of Japan."
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Yesterday, I met with photojournalist, Stephanie Kuykendal. She is one the most down-to-earth photographers I've ever met. She is one of those photographers who is all about taking a true photo without all the fancy gear and with as little editing as possible (yes, most photographers spend hours editing!). Here is a website with some of her work. The way she captures emotion in a picture demonstrates her superior level of photography.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I am officially on the countdown until our trip to NYC. A couple of my girlfriends and I are driving down to "the city" (as the New Yorkers call it, as though there is only one THE city) to watch a broadway show and do some window shopping (yes, window only unfortunately). I can hardly wait. I've got the mix almost completed for the car-ride down, including Jay Z Empire State Building and Lady Gaga.
But before I go, I have to share this email that I received from my dear friend who is from "the city" and who is going with us. Her mother is a member of the city's most exclusive and prestigious private women's social club, the Colony Club, which is where we are going to stay. For all you Gossip Girl fans, it is the Club Blair Woldorff tried to join. After googling this Club, since I had no idea what or where it was, I realized that this puts the Junior League to shame. It's so exclusive, it doesn't even have a website or any information about it, much less any info on how to join.
In her email to us she warned us that there might be a lot of ladies with "helmet heads" and
"OHHH, my mom reminded me – unfortunately no jeans unless we are sprinting out to dinner."
Hmmm....do they not know that my jeans are quite possibly...okay undoubtedly my nicest piece of clothing in my wardrobe?
Back to the drawing board for weekend attire.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
First, thank you for the hair compliment, I'm blushing. Next, onto serious matters ... winning those boots on ebay. As you know, I love ebay. I do a lot of the children's clothes shopping on ebay and every now and then, I get something fun for myself. Ebay is a great way to buy something that is a nice brand but one you wouldn't or couldn't necessarily pay full retail price. I've bought brand new Tory Burch flats for half price, Rothschild children's wool coats for the winters in New England, smocked dresses for the girls, etc. I even have a friend who buys oriental rugs from ebay.
When we lived in Italy, I would get so frustrated because all of the auctions ended when I was sleeping since we were in such a different time zone and I would often lose the auction by less than $1. Then, I discovered there were sights that you could sign up easily (easy being the key word, I didn't want anything that took a lot of time or was complicated) and it would bid your max bid in the last five seconds of the auction.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Another organization that I personally know and trust is Compassion International: