Creative Crush: Road tripping with Courtney Khail Stationery

Each Friday, a special blogger friend shares their current Creative Crush – whatever is cause for inspiration at this very moment. This week, I’m happy to have Courtney from Courtney Khail Stationery. She is a seriously watercolor gifted artist. I’m selfishly hoarding two of her hand painted cards. And after you read about her crush (which has me seriously itching for a road trip) you simply must check out her latest food-related project. It’s gorgeous. Also, she was hands-down best dressed at the Alt White party – wearing her grandmother’s vintage Halston-esque gown and belt. Read More →

Story of a cutting garden

It should be stated that I had big plans for this little patch of land. For the past two months I’ve been reading just about everything I can get my hands on that has anything to do with French Intensive or companion gardening. The idea is that certain plants (specific flowers, fruits and vegetables) benefit from being planted close together. Some repel particular bugs that could hurt the other or add to the flavor of another. For example, marigolds planted near citrus will repel white flies and basil planted near tomato plants will make for Read More →

Reunion Style: touch of nautical

Polk-a-dot Asos dress, Tory Burch jacket and striped shirt. Judging from the comments last week’s Reunion Style post (and the snarky emails from a few girlfriends) it looks like this series may have struck a cord. So I hope you’ll continue to play along and imagine the polk-a-dot dress with a skinny metallic belt and some sassy wedges, and the white jeans with a dressier shoe. Now, which one would you wear? Of course, it all depends on the location. I’m sort of loving the casual stripes for a family picnic style reunion. See also: Bohemian Read More →

Farm to Table: Spring Brunch

Living in Northern California provides an endless supply of fresh produce, but nothing compares to shopping at our local farmer’s markets. I have a few weekend favorites haunts and recently let the their offerings dictate my Sunday brunch menu. I’m crazy for brunch, aren’t you? It’s the perfect pairing of savory and sweet and ultimate weekend indulgence. I came up with a few recipes that could easily be customized for any season. Just switch out whatever fresh fruits and veggies are staring at your local farm stand and settle in for a feast. Nearly everything Read More →

Soup Monday: Potato, leek and mushroom

Last Friday, we spent the day in San Francisco to celebrate my birthday and started with lunch at Absinthe. It was a lovely meal, as usual, but the highlight was a delicate soup of pureed potato, leek, green garlic and mushrooms. Naturally, the soup lover in me knew I would have to try my hands at my own version. My husband and I teamed up to piece together this recipe and we were quite pleased with the results. It’s fresh and flavorful and, let’s face it, pretty. Ingredients1 lb. mushrooms, sliced2 lbs. buttercream potatoes, pealed and Read More →

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