Friday, April 29, 2011

royal wedding


Image Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

that jamie oliver

I made this yummy salad over the weekend.  
with a simple grilled salmon
and rice.
It's from Jamie's Dinners
a super must have cookbook.

Here is the recipe:
(so easy & can be made way in advance) 
I didn't have chillies, basil or mint.
I used parsley which was perfect.

summer chickpea salad

serves 4

• 1 small red onion, peeled
• 1–2 fresh red chillies, deseeded
• 2 handfuls of ripe red or yellow tomatoes
• 2 lemons
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 x 410g jar or tin of chickpeas, drained, or around 4 large handfuls of soaked and cooked chickpeas
• a handful of fresh mint, chopped
a handful of fresh green or purple basil, finely ripped
• 200g/7oz feta cheese

First of all, finely slice your red onion. Once that's done, finely slice your chillies then roughly chop your tomatoes, mixing them in with the onion and chillies. Scrape all of this, and the juice, into a bowl and dress with the juice of 1½ lemons and about 3 times as much good extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste. Heat the chickpeas in a pan, then add 90 per cent of them to the bowl. Mush up the remaining chickpeas and add these as well – they will give a nice creamy consistency. Allow to marinate for a little while and serve at room temperature.

Just as you're ready to serve, give the salad a final dress with the fresh mint and basil. Taste one last time for seasoning – you may want to add the juice from your remaining lemon half at this point. Place on a nice serving dish and crumble over the feta cheese.

photo and recipe from here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

macrame rings

They are all screaming summer!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

minted rose lip balm

This is the lip balm I have on 
my night table.
I love it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

carrots for easter

Great idea for Easter from bkids.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

flip and tumble

First off,  I am baffled by 
organic produce or organic anything 
for that matter
that is sold in plastic...
does not seem right in my very own humble opinion.
I also think that plastic produce bags are a big waste 
EXCEPT for this little window in my life where 
I reuse plastic bags for pooey diapers. 
I also don't like storing loose veggies or fruit in plastic.
I was happy to have found these via that great blog
The idea is to take these to the grocery
for loose veggies and fruit.
I will store my produce in them as well...
worth a try!

Friday, April 15, 2011


This is the most joyous photograph.
Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

bookhou at home

 The alphabet.
This is a fantastic piece of art for a child's room.
See it in this sweet room?
Bookhou at Home is the creator.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Trad Home

Got this email blast today from
Lonny Magazine.
More eye candy for you....
another great zine
called Trad Home.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


The sweetest puppets at sweetnellie, an etsy shop.
Just in time for Easter.

Monday, April 11, 2011

milk and honey home

 I love this.  
It's from this great shop called

And here are the 
tiny hands that steal my heart away.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

deer ticks

 As you will recall, we went for a hike in the woods when Everett was on staycation.
The day after, I was shocked to find a tick embedded 
in the right side of my abdomen above my hip 
where my jeans hit my waist.
I pulled it out with tweezers in a nano second.
It was so disgusting.  
The bite area was extremely 
red and irritated and swollen for a whole day.
Of course my first thought was
LUCKILY, a mom from the studio 
gave me the info as to where to send the tick for analysis
if ever I found one on me or my family.
I am so grateful to this lovely mom 
(she has dealt alot with ticks and Lyme disease).
Now, some towns will test the tick for Lyme for you 
if you take the thing to your local health department.
I would rather do it myself.
I sent the tick to:

The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
University of Connecticut
Department of Pathobiology
61 N. Eagleville Rd. U-89
Storrs, CT 06269-3089

 Send the bug dead or alive in a damp paper towel in a ziploc baggie in a crush proof container.
The lab will call you in 3-5 days with results and will follow up with a letter with all the details.
Bill for $30-40 will follow.

I was happy to find that the tick I found in me was:
an adult female
slightly engorged (gross!)
head and mouth parts missing
(because they were stuck in my side...nice.)
LUCKILY and most importantly
it tested 
NEGATIVE for the Borrelia burgdorferi 
(the causative agent of Lyme disease)
If you live in these parts you know how horrible Lyme disease is.
So I am passing this info on to you
just in case you ever come across a tick on you or yours.

I did go to my physician to document and show him the bite.
Not a whole lot he can do
until one knows the kind of tick
one is dealing with or if one has flu like symptoms
and/or that bulls eye rash.

I found the following info here.

Removing Ticks

Ticks on Cape Cod
Ticks need somewhere between 24 and 48 hours to spread infection, so if you spot one, remove it immediately. Here’s how:
  1. If possible, put on latex gloves.
  2. Use tweezers to grasp near the attachment point and pull back.
  3. Clean the bite area with soap and warm water, your hands and the tweezers.

Final Tips

Watch the infected area for a small red ring or rash. A rash could mean that a part of the tick remained inside the skin and will work it’s way out. A red ring could indicate possible lyme disease. Fluid could be a sign of an infection.
Remember, the tick will not back out (unless it is fully engorged and ready to drop off). You must pull it out. Also, do not use other methods to remove the tick such as burning the tick, using nail polish remover or petroleum jelly. These methods do not work and can cause the tick to release more pathogens into the epidural layer.

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    more of our staycation

     museum of natural history

     hike in the woods

     strep throat

    little sister

     sleepover at leslie's

    stroll in central park

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    if I had a.....

    This is what it would look like.
    Found this bakery

    dream stone holiday house

    When I go to sleep tonight
    I will dream about this
    stone, stucco house.
    I will dream I am living there 
    for one whole glorious month
    on a summer holiday
    with all my favorite 
    peeps popping in.
    Found it on this fab blog 
    I just discovered called

    Monday, April 4, 2011