Wednesday, August 31, 2011

brooklyn grange rooftop farm dinner

We went to our Outstanding in the Field dinner last eve
at the Brooklyn Grange, a one acre rooftop farm in Queens, NY.
 jim denevan, the founder with the staff from ABC Kitchen.

 andrew loves it!

 glazed donut + peach + blueberry crostada = dessert

 ben flanner, the founder + farmer sat next to me.
lucky me...I asked him a zillion interesting.
 katie + jim giving a little history about 
outstanding....this was their first rooftop dinner.

brooklyn grange heirloom tomatoes with chilis + basil = DEElish

 view of manhattan skyline + farm

 see the table in the background?
usually there is one long table...but last eve there were 3.

everything was perfect.

a part of the staff from ABC Kitchen.

Last eve was a very high light of my summer!
Thank goodness Irene did not hinder our plan
Hallelujah! Our power went back on yesterday!

Friday, August 26, 2011

hurricane irene

 Hurricane Irene from space via yahoo news.
I hope it's not as bad as they say.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

sweet room for girl


so sorry..don't recall where I found this.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

tivoli mercantile

On our way back from our farm/camping trip,
(Most scenic non-highway drive thru Catskills)
we stopped in Red Hook, NY to visit
Jill of Tivoli Mercantile.
Jill has been following 
Paper Oranges and we have chatted a bit via facebook.
It was a very, very special treat to see her shop.
I met her husband, Arno who invented HUDSON PAINT
a chalkboard paint that comes in an array of my favorite colors.
(He is now doing paint for walls + floors)
I met their daughter, Stella who is Everett's age (5)
teens Josh (son) and Lola (daughter).
WHAT a shop!
(no joke)
Amazing books for children + adults, 
simple perfect jewelry, toys, key chains, purses,
t-shirts, baby tees, soaps, aprons.....
I found the most special things + gifts...
You must make the trip to 
5 E Market Street
Red Hook, NY 12571
Tell Jill I sent you!
Jill:  I know I went on + on!  I had to!!!
 the shop

 arno + his paint
another shop shot

 everett shopping

arno + jill
 see jill in her gorgeous dress 
(I have the same ones ;)

there is the red sign on the right!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

stony creek farm

Everett and just I went to a 
in Walton, NY
to have some one on one time together.
We camped in a tricked out tent
(no electricity),
bought our food at the 
"honesty shop" in the big red barn, which was fully stocked 
with all you need to make 
delicious meals
(Kate's home baked bread=delish),
+ all organic produce + meat right from the farm,
+ I made the fires to cook all our food.
I could go on and on about
how incredibly wonderful 
the experience was.
The snaps tell a bit of the story.
We will be going again for certain!

and YES!  I did feel the earth just quake.
Stony Creek Farm

making our supper on outside grill

our tent

our new friends + pigs

 breakfast cooking on the wood burning stove

 french toast, blueberries + peaches
Everett + tractor

 pork chops + fresh string beans + water for tea

 Everett + new friends on the gator

 picking blackberries with the beautiful Kate, the farmer + her children
 the chicken coop (yes! old lockers=brilliance)

 Everett finds 8 eggs!

 Ryan + Everett + Abby the milking cow
(raw milk for my coffee=yum)

Everett milking Abby

 feeding chickens

 getting ready to roast marshmallows

Monday, August 22, 2011

proud mary

New bag from great shop called
Great textiles too.
Originally found via

Monday, August 15, 2011

tent days

Everett and I are off to stay in a tent on a farm
so we will be off the blog wave for a few days.
I'll tell you about where and what
when we return.
This photo is from my new favorite blog

Friday, August 12, 2011

spaghetti with roasted zucchini

So glad I tore this recipe out of People Magazine.
I made it last night.
I added grilled sweet italian chicken sausage.
It was DELICIOUS with little stripey zucchini
from Red Rooster Farm.
Lightly browned bread crumbs sprinkled on top adds a little crunch.
You must try while the zucchinis are in season!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

kh skateboarding

Suzy pinned this on pinterest.
I just had to post.
She was so cool.
She also baked the best brownies.
Her recipe is my go-to brownie.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

q body intense lip treatment

Do you need a little
This will do it.
An intense lip treatment for
those sun-kissed lips of yours.
Feels tingly with tea tree oil+mint.
A nice gloss so no lipstick needed.
My new favorite thing.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

percy thomson meadows farm

We were lucky enough to get a wooden crate
full of the most beautiful veggies from
Percy Thompson Meadows farm
in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
In the box:
yellow+green string beans, purple peppers,
yellow+red cherry tomatoes,
big tomatoes, turnips, purple little potatoes,
yellow squash+patty pan squash
a head of cauliflower, turnips+6 ears of corn.
What did I make?
I made
Ina Garten's garlic roasted cauliflower
a chopped salad
with everything else
+ cucumbers from our garden.
I grilled chicken
made garlic bread
watermelon for dessert.
Perfect August fare!
Thank you Dana+Ken!

Monday, August 8, 2011


A new book for children called WILDWOOD.
Love the clip...don't you?
It's available at the end of the month

Friday, August 5, 2011

august scenes

First zinnias from the garden

Everett on Nina's new Vespa

A shrine in memory of my sweet mama.
She died 6 years ago.
Hard to believe that much time has gone by.
So much has happened since.
Happy things I am happy to say.

Here is to a memorable weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I would like to lounge here.
Simple. White.
Or you can hang under the porch up above.
oh I think this is from Rue.