Boogie, the Boston!

I have a calendar on my wall loaded with Boston Terriers sitting on top of Scooters. I have a Boston Terrier. And I have a Scooter. Perfect! And soooooo cute!!! Look at that face! My little man, Bogey, makes that exact face when he stretches on my leg, or on the couch, or on the toddler. You can find all kids of Boston goodies on her etsy shop, Boogie Wonderland. Woof!



Spring has been slow to arrive this year. All the more reason to bring it indoors. We’re suffering yet another ear infection today. Please, spring, come quickly.


Second Birthday Party

This weekend was Daughter’s second birthday, so we had a party! We chose a flower theme, maybe with the distant hope that there would be tulips coming up? But no, we got another dumping of snow last week, so there were still a few inches of the white stuff on the big day. If nothing else it covered all the mud and dead leaves that await us. Here are a bunch of photos from the big day. Credits and links follow.

Heavenly White Cake with The Best Ever Frosting

Fondant Cake Topper and Cupcake flowers by KidsCakes Etsy shop

Flower Gift Bags inspired by Martha Stewart Magazine.

Button Candy and Rock Candy from Candyland.



My baby is turning two today, so I’ll see you next week. And I’ll tell you all about her party.

Have a great weekend!


Modernist Cuisine

Have you seen this?

“Modernist Cuisine is a six-volume, 2,438-page set that is des­tined to rein­vent cook­ing. The lav­ishly illus­trated books use thou­sands of orig­i­nal images to make the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy clear and engaging.”

Apparently a former Microsoft executive had some time on his hands and put together a cookbook. But wait, not just any cookbook. Probably the most amazing and intriguing and beautiful set of cookbooks EVER. Seriously. I first heard about the “book” on NPR, you can listen to the interview here.

They actually cut grills, wok, pans, etc in half to get cross-section photos of the food while cooking. Simply amazing. However, it’s also a bit pricey. Like about $600 too pricey. But it’s on my wish list, and I’d consider it an investment. Or I just need to win the lottery.



Spring, Indeed

The calendar says it’s finally Spring. The view from my window does not agree. Regardless, here’s a bit of spring from a favorite poet, Mary Oliver. Enjoy.

Such Singing in the Wild Branches (2003)

It was spring

and finally I heard him

among the first leaves—

then I saw him clutching the limb

in an island of shade

with his red-brown feathers

all trim and neat for the new year.

First, I stood still

and thought of nothing.

Then I began to listen.

Then I was filled with gladness—

and that’s when it happened,

when I seemed to float,

to be, myself, a wing or a tree—

and I began to understand

what the bird was saying,

and the sands in the glass


for a pure white moment

while gravity sprinkled upward

like rain, rising,

and in fact

it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing—

it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed

not a single thrush, but himself, and all his brothers,

and also the trees around them,

as well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds

in the perfectly blue sky— all, all of them

were singing.

And, of course, yes, so it seemed,

so was I.

Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn’t last

for more than a few moments.

It’s one of those magical places wise people

like to talk about.

One of the things they say about it, that is true,

is that, once you’ve been there,

you’re there forever.

Listen, everyone has a chance.

Is it spring, is it morning?

Are there trees near you,

and does your own soul need comforting?

Quick, then— open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song

may already be drifting away.

— Mary Oliver, “Such Singing in the Wild Branches”

Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays,

Beacon Press, Boston, 2003, pp. 8-9


Roasted Vegetables

Last week we roasted two pans of vegetables based on this recipe. We included potatoes, carrots, parsnips, poblano peppers, red onions and summer squash. The first night we served them with a pork tenderloin using this recipe. The vegetables were very good, the pork was amazing. But the whole point of making that many vegetables was to create a base for the rest of the week’s meals.

So, the following night we made Thai Red Curry Salmon Stew, using  Salmon, Coconut Milk and the vegetables. It also was good, but the curry with the smoky vegetables was a little forced.

And a couple days later, we made Shrimp Burritos with the Roasted Vegetables. Again, very good, but frankly, I was getting sick of the vegetables. At least all of the recipes were very easy and quick. We got more vegetables in three meals than we’ve had in awhile, and I’m sure we saved times getting these meals on the table.

Not sure if we’ll do this again. I can imagine making the vegetables again, but not enough for a week’s worth of meals. Do you ever cook extra for the next night or nights? I’d love to know your secrets to getting a decent, healthy meal on the table night after night after night.



Spring is finally starting to arrive up here in these parts. In it’s honor, I finally brought home some Tulips. Love them in this vase.

A few things I’ve found this week.

I want to go here.

I want to watch a friend run this.

I want to eat these.

I want to read this, again.

And I want to make this.

But I’ll probably spend the weekend cleaning, relaxing, eating, singing and dancing. Which is just fine by me.

What are you doing this weekend?


I’m Irish!

Really, I am. My grandfather was born in Arklow, Ireland many moons ago. To celebrate, I decided to make a batch of Guinness cupcakes for my coworkers and a Guinness cake for the family. What a way to start a work day. What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day?