Housekeeping 102: The Entrance Hall

November 4, 2014
IMG_0878Some time ago, I promised to show you how, exactly, I clean the various rooms in this old, old, house. We've already tackled the master bedroom. Shall we get down and dirty in the entrance hall? Read more »

Fragrant Earl Grey Cookies

October 30, 2014
IMG_0675Yesterday, if only for the sake of experiment, I ground up some citrus-y Earl Grey tea leaves in the food processor. Then I added the leaves and a splash of rose water to a standard butter-cookie dough. The result of this crazy adventure? Pure heaven! Read more »

A Walk in the Late-Autumn Garden

October 28, 2014
IMG_0409In late-October, when the skies are clear, the sun is shining, and leaves are crunching underfoot, I enjoy taking leisurely walks. Would you like to see what I see when I wander the gardens here? Then you must join me on this sip-and-stroll tour: Read more »

Halloween Masquerade Ball 2014

October 26, 2014
IMG_0271BOO! Ghosts, goblins, sailors, and even a Kansas City Bomber arrived at our house last night. The occasion? A Halloween Masquerade Ball! We ate. We drank. And we danced! Some scenes from the party: Read more »

Brown Rice, Lentil, and Kale Soup

October 23, 2014
IMG_0016This soup plays all the right notes for me. It's healthy, hearty, colorful. It's beautifully perfumed. And if you think it tastes great on day one, well, it's even better on days two and three! Read more »

Halloween Tablescape Ideas

October 21, 2014
IMG_9878One nice thing about living in an old, scary-looking house is that you don't have to decorate much for Halloween. Still, I try to dress up the dining room, since this is where the appetizers are served during our annual Masquerade Ball. Would you like to see how I give the buffet table a ghoulish appearance? Read more »

Creamy Dreamy Mini Quiches (GF)

October 15, 2014
IMG_9645I made these crust-less miniature quiches for supper last Sunday, and everybody loved them. They are creamy-dreamy-wonderful! They are also easy to make. The only special equipment you need is a muffin tin. Read more »