Three Little Birds

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. ~ Murphy’s Law Edward Murphy probably never imagined that his statement would someday become law. The old adage now symbolizes the error-prone nature of people and processes. If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the… Read More

À Table!

Take your pleasure seriously. ~ Charles Eames In French, à table literally means “at the table”. Equivalent to “lunch (or dinner) is ready,” the phrase, à table!, is used in many French homes to let people know when the meal is ready to be eaten. The first time I heard of this phrase, I knew I wanted… Read More

Blackberry and Raspberry Crumble Tart

I had heard that freshly picked, sun-ripened blackberries were worth their weight in gold. Now I know why. Both tart and sweet, they have a perfume about them that far surpasses varieties bought in a store. All summer I’ve been getting fresh berries from our local farmers’ market. They’ve been so juicy and delicious. So when a friend recently invited… Read More

A Little Cake for Two

Children’s birthdays these days are often a really big deal. Many times they involve elaborate parties with lots of interesting décor, guests, food, sugar, entertainment, and great goodie bags. Big parties—sometimes stressful for the hosts and/or the child—can be nice and a lot of fun, but I find I tend to gravitate towards the idea… Read More

Rustic Simplicity: Black Raspberry and Blueberry Galette

I prefer to live simply, creating more space for peace and balance, but that’s not always easy. So every so often I make sort of an assessment of my possessions. Lately, I’ve been de-cluttering—clearing out storage units and closets and analyzing the value of things I own, asking myself questions like, “do I really need to… Read More

Summer Garden Cake with Black Raspberries

This ultra-light lemony-basil chiffon cake, paired with lemon mascarpone frosting and fresh berries, will melt in your mouth. We know a blackberry is one thing and a raspberry is another, but who knew there was a whole different type of berry called a black raspberry??? Not me. So when I recently came across black raspberries… Read More