Snow sustenance

Nothing says, “FEED ME” like a big fat snowstorm. As our sun set yesterday, a soft blanket of snow began to fall over the Washington, D.C. area. By dinnertime, we were locked in and went full throttle — a giant platter of spaghetti and meatballs. It was so flavorful, zesty, warming, and colorful. Our full bellies and the quiet of falling snow delivered all of us into a heavy slumber.

Waking to a serene landscape of white was the perfect punctuation to our noodle-filled night. Happy snow day!






And just like that, 2018 is about to close down. For good. Good! Here’s looking to a brighter year ahead. Wishing everybody peace, love and clarity in the new year!



Cold, gray days inspire rainbows!

During the holidays, I like to bring as much color and fun as possible to my table settings. I think of the month of December as 31 nights of limitless table design possibilities. The absence of color outside inspires me to dress my table in just that — color…lots of it!


Pansy Napkins and Small Plates span the seasons and add just the perfect bit of color to any table setting. Birds and Bees Salad/Dessert Plates and our ultra luxurious Persian Carpet Dinner Plates set the stage for colorful night!



Sweet sixteen

Being the mother of a sixteen year old does feel sweet. It is a time to celebrate the glory of your child. It is a time to sit back in wonder at the person that has grown up before you. Sixteen years of tremendous accomplishment have led us to this moment. To this sweet moment. Happy birthday, sweet Ava.



A Little Soupy

Perhaps it is a sign of old age. Or perhaps it is my appreciation for the perfect simplicity of it all. One bowl full of all the right things to be enjoyed and savored spoonful after spoonful. Whatever the case, I love soup. All kinds. The simpler, usually the better. Spicy, savory, sweet, pureed, creamy, chunky, hot or chilled — I like it all. Yesterday I was enjoying my last holiday lunch in the tropics. What could better than sitting down to a lunch of perfect chilled soup feet from the crystal blue sea? Answer: sitting down to a lunch of TWO perfect chilled soups feet from the crystal blue sea! Who could resist these? Each bowl was so bright and cheery in its own way; but, together, they made me smile.


Cold Cucumber Mint and Watermelon Soups. The crystal blue sea in front of me was the ultimate backdrop for these two gorgeous bowls of chilled soup. Visit to find a unique selection of soup, salad, snack, and large serving bowls.


Snack time

Memories of my Montessori classroom are fondly recalled, having been stashed away for many decades now. Scents, sounds, rituals, puzzles, everything low to the ground — I loved it all. Punctuating the morning was snack time, always served at small tables, with small chairs, and on small plates. I still like this break. Although time has rendered me unable to sit at a small table, in a small chair, I do serve my snack on a small plate. A little connection to the past sprinkled with a bit of now is satisfying.


Morning snacks taste a little better when served on these adorable Celebration Stars Small Plates. Visit to find out more


These little sweeties were a one-bowl cinch. An added bonus was that they required no electric mixing equipment. The whole mixture came together using the kitchen’s best tools — les mains. Whole wheat flour, almond flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder, and jam. After ten minutes baking, these shiny morsels emerge needing only a brief cooling. The filling possibilities are endless… chocolate (duh!), spicy jam, peanut butter/jelly, marshmallow, nuts, nonpareils, hazelnut spread, I could go on and on…

3 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 cup sugar
21 tablespoons (2 sticks plus 5 tablespoons) salted butter, at room temperature
large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
Scant 3/4 cup your choice of jam

Generous tablespoons of the dough are baked at 400 once a scant teaspoon of jam fills the thumbprint.


Colorful thumbprints look perfectly at home on Rainbow Herbal Small Plates.
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