Where Do You Write?

Do you write? If you said yes, then I want to know where. Do you use a laptop in your backyard? A notebook at the coffee shop? A desktop computer in your office? We were talking about this last week at my new Writer’s Group. One of our members mentioned an article he read that said writing by hand allows the emotions to flow easier than on a keyboard. Huh. That got me thinking. And it made my pull out my notebook. I think he’s on to something.

So, tell me, I want to know, where do you write? And do you think a pen opens you up?


Friday calls for Garlic

I just found this video. Brilliant. Now I just need me two beautiful stainless bowls. Love.

And it’s finally the weekend. We have a birthday party for a very special little girl, we plan to carve pumpkins and I have my first hockey game of the season. Haven’t skated since May. Wish me luck.

What are you doing this weekend?


Autumn in a Bowl

Please forgive this photo — I was starving and sitting at my desk. Or just hold your hand over your screen. It really doesn’t do justice for this amazing soup. I forgot to pack a lunch yesterday, so I ran down to Bewiched and grabbed a cup of soup. So, what was this soup, you ask? It was “Butternut Squash with Turkey, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Sage and Mushrooms.” Got all that? As soon as I smelled it I knew it would be amazing. Seriously, Autumn in a Bowl. And it was. They turkey was thick and moist, and I could take the Sprouts, the mushrooms, the squash. I’m still thinking about it. I sure hope they have it today, too!

(Maybe then I’ll take a better picture.)


Announcing… Purple•Poppie!

Well, after a bit of planning, a lot of dreaming and a whole lot of glue, I’m excited to announce my latest project. Together with my friend and coworker, Jen, we’re launching purple•poppie paper & parties. As graphic designers, paper freaks, and two gals who love a good party, we’re here to help. Anything you might need for your event, from invitations, announcements, themes, decorations, menu ideas or just the name of a good caterer, we can do it. We’re excited and ready. In fact, we’ll be demonstrating our talents and ideas next month at our launch party.

We’re working on our blog and facebook page, which you can find here and here. Follow us, Like us or just keep in touch. It’s time to party!

Richard Scarry, etc

Do you remember Richard Scarry’s Busytown? And his books? And his wonderful characters? I loved his books while I was growing up and I love sharing them with Daughter. Then I found these. Guess I know what’s on her Christmas list!


I’m Inspired

I recently started reading the blog, Pancakes and French Fries. For the entire month of October, she’s been purging and dumping and organizing. I’m inspired. I’ve also become addicted to Chez Larsson…. more inspiration. In the last few weeks I”ve tackled my closet, Daughter’s closet and I’ve started the basement. This weekend I tackled my “studio” drawers. My “studio” consists of an area at the top of the stairs that contains a wet bar. The bar is the perfect place for my cutting mat and across from it I have my sewing machine and drawing table. The whole area needs to be purged and organized, but this weekend I started with the drawers. Little hands have been reaching in lately and I needed to make sure all the sharp objects were well of out reach. So here are the before photos:


Man, there was lot of JUNK in there. So many cords! And everything was everywhere!


That feels so much better. Glue is with glue, clips are with clips, punches are with punches. I used ziploc bags to store velcro and buttons, etc and while it’s not glamorous, it works. For now. These drawers are shallow so I’ll have to find some short little containers for these. Until then this will do.

My next project? The bathroom. Wish me luck.


Brussel Sprouts and Friday

It’s Friday. And I made the best Brussel Sprouts for dinner last night. It’s was another recipe from My Father’s Daughter, and it was amazing. Just a bit of olive oil, some patience, and a splash of salt and a squirt of lemon. I’m still thinking about them. Yum.

I”m ready for a weekend. We had a day of conferences. Three nights with a teething toddler. (When, oh when, will those molars come in?) And a midday weeknight sushi outing with three toddler, two outfits and six adults. What a week.

As for the weekend? I have a date. With Husband. Movie and Dinner. No cartoons. No highchairs. I can’t wait.

And next week? An announcement. Yep.


Gwyneth and Her Veggie Burgers

I waited weeks, months for this cookbook from the Library. And man, this was worth the wait. But ironically, I wasn’t a fan of her in her early acting days, but lately she’s impressed me. And this cookbook? It’s geared toward families and it’s loaded with healthy recipes. I can’t wait to make the “Macaroni & Cheese (a few ways),” and “Salmon with Ginger Preserved & Thyme.” So far we’ve made the “Chicken Milanese with Endive and Gorgonzola” and the “Veggie Burgers.”

They were really easy and really delicious. If you remember, making homemade veggie burgers is on my 39 at 39 list. Consider it DONE. And I can’t wait to make them again. They were loaded with onions and black beans. And while I wouldn’t really call them Veggie burgers, since Onion was the only Veggie, I would call them Black Bean burgers. We served them with Avocado, Fresh Spinach and Siracha. Again, Yum.

PS: She even includes a recipe for a homemade-type Siracha sauce. Just without the preservatives. I need to try it. I also need to get this book.


Sea Salt, Finally

We made it back to Sea Salt yesterday for just the second time this season. While we love Sea Salt, we don’t like the lines or the waiting. Especially with a Toddler. So we ran over there for an early lunch on Sunday. It was quite the spread. Tacos, Crab-Stuffed Avocado, Crab Fries and a Fish basket. Way too much food. Daughter ate most of the fries (surprise, first time ever!) and Husband helped me with my Fish Basket. Man oh Man, that was a lot of food! If you’re craving really, really, good seafood in an ultra-casual environment, get there. They’re only open until the end of the month.