My July House & Garden Chores

July 2, 2014
IMG_0671TRUE CONFESSION: I wish we could spend the month of July sipping cocktails by the pool. But alas, the garden beckons. There are weeds to pull, Japanese and Lily Leaf beetles to battle, veggies to preserve, and…well, just have a look at this list of essential chores: Read more »

Afternoon Tea with Harold B!

July 1, 2014
IMG_4843HAROLD BROWN -- one of our oldest and dearest friends -- is arriving from England today. Would you like to see the tea-time treats I've prepared for his stay? Read more »

A Summer Centerpiece

June 23, 2014
IMG_4156wbTHIS WEEK, I asked floral designer Erin Brady to create a large arrangement for my entrance hall table. Would you like to see the purples, pinks, blues and greens she chose? Here they are, in my latest you-can-do-it flower-arranging tutorial: Read more »

Your June Veggie Garden Report…and Mine

June 19, 2014
IMG_4118HOW'S YOUR VEGGIE PATCH PROGRESSING? Any problems to report? My own Kitchen Garden, above, is still waiting for some consistently warm temperatures to arrive. Still, the lovage is blooming, the tomatoes are climbing, and a couple of greens worms are going about their wicked ways. My "farm-report," followed, I hope, by yours: Read more »

Napkin Folding 102: “The Arrow”

June 17, 2014
IMG_3566wbIF YOU LIKE A WELL-DRESSED DINNER TABLE -- I certainly do -- then you might like to give your dinner napkins a whimsical shape. The arrow fold above is extremely easy to do. Have a look: Read more »

Super-DuperTart Pan Giveaway/Winners Announced

June 13, 2014
IMG_1616wbDRUM ROLL, PLEASE! The winners of the tart pan are: Lorna (#15), Jennifer H (#485), and Sharon C (#84). To collect your prize, just send me a note. Read more »

Glazed Strawberry Tart

June 11, 2014
IMG_3446wbI MADE THIS STRAWBERRY TART the other day, and can tell you that it looks, tastes, and smells like a sunny summer holiday. It's an extra-easy tart to make, because you don't have to roll out the pastry dough. Ready to try this ruby-red sonnet? Here's the step-by-step recipe: Read more »