Around The Yard

Summer showed up this weekend, well, yesterday actually. So nice of it to show up. We spent a whole lot of the weekend working in the yard. Let me show you around….



A quick round up of what I’ve been eating lately, now that spring is here.

Fishwich BLT from Surdyk’s.

Catfish Po-Boy from Sea Salt. 

Grilled Brats (Smokehouse Stacks, Minneapolis Farmer’s Market) and Homemade Pasta Salad (Penne, Tomato, Asparagus, Balsamic, Feta)

It’s been a delicious week.


Sparrow Road

This past weekend I went to a really fun Book Launch Party for my amazing grad school mentor (and dare I say, friend), Sheila O’Connor. Her newest book, Sparrow Road, is getting wonderful reviews and I can’t wait to curl up in a lawn chair and dig in. It’s geared for ages 9-12, so if you know someone that age find this book. Or if you believe in the power of imagination and creativity, find this book. Read it. Let me know what you think.

On a side note, the reading was at the Red Balloon Bookstore in St. Paul. I had never been there (shame on me) but it’s a delightful little children’s bookstore. And even the tornado sirens that went off during this reading couldn’t get us from enjoying it. 


Baby Lux Giveaway!

photo from BabyLux

You must check out Tyler’s giveaway over at BabyLux Design. She’s giving away a beautiful fabric flower, but really the best part is you can check out her adorable handmade onesie designs. AND you can vote on your favorites! The photo above is my favorite….. “Daisy Mae”, so happy!


Sorry, I’ve Been Missing….

Or actually, I’ve been weeding and writing and running and working. Not much else. But a year ago I was in New York with some amazing friends, where we walked and ate and drank and shopped and talked. I miss you New York. See you next year.

And don’t forget, Art-A-Whirl is this weekend. Go there. Buy stuff. Have fun. 


The Garden

Well, it’s finally planted. Well, almost. I’m waiting for some heat out there before planting the tomatoes and peppers. But in the mean time we’ve got basil, cilantro, rosemary, mint, radishes, romaine, arugula, lettuce, peas and pumpkins. My chives, parsley and strawberries all came back (yay!). Husband was kind enough to rototil the garden and add a whole of of bags of compost. Now, bring on the heat and sunshine so these things can grow!


Five, Part Two

Meet Go-Go. She’s a Bonsai Tree. And she’s’ beautiful. Husband gave her to me for our fifth anniversary. (Which is the wood anniversary, if you care, get it?)

She’s beautiful. And I love her. I really, really, really hope i don’t kill her! Any tips?



Borrowed this from Dandelion Paperweight

Current Book(s): Just started Bossypants by Tina Fey. Can’t. Stop. Laughing.Current Playlist: Natalie Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Thin Mints….. but I’m running out!

Current Color: Spring Green (julie – I know!)

Current Drink: Moving toward Pinot Grigio, but lemonade with fresh mint sounds great too.

Current Food: Kashi cereral, granola bars and frozen meals. they’re good!

Current Favorite Show: Selling New York. Glad I’m not them, wish I was them.

Current Wishlist: More sunshine and fresh air.

Current Needs: Sewing inspiration, got any?

Current Triumphs: Teaching myself to Swim, like lap swimming. It’s hard.

Current Bane(s) of my Existence: Spring Showers

Current Celebrity Crush: Can. Not. Think. of. One.

Current Indulgence: Bacon-Brown-Sugar Scone from Bewiched

Current Blessing(s): My little family: hubby, daughter, dog. The perfect pack.

Current Outfit: Fabulous Banana Republic cropped dress pants that I found in the depths of my closet with a hooded sweater.

Current Excitement: Friday night with the girls, Saturday family photos!

Current Linkhttp://chezlarsson.com/


Mr. Happy Makes Me Happy

Thanks to Google (and Husband for pointing it out) I just learned that today would have been the 76th birthday of Roger Hargreaves. the creator of the Mr. Men characters. I started collecting the little figures when I was in Junior High and they came in the Arby’s kids meals. I have about a dozen of the little guys (give or take a few when daughter is playing with them) and they’ve always had a special spot in my heart. I think they’ve made quite a comeback lately and I’m glad. They make me so happy!!