Monday, November 7, 2011

the artichokes have a new home...

good day to all!

on October 3rd, i wrote a little post about our
Summer garden experiment. 
growing Artichokes in the PacNWest!
the project was inspired by my sweet blog friend 
Linda at Flowers On My Table.

~ if you would may read the post here ~

yesterday...i caved in...the chokes were frosted by was time to come in.

you may notice that the bloom on top is kinda of purply
and different. it was the first bloom, which, according to
this wonderful French gardening site...we should have nipped!
Mr D. and i just didn't have the heart to do it, because we
were so elated when we spied that first bloom!
( next year we will have more confidence!)

deep breath...CLIP!

here they are at my kitchen sink, on Sunday morn'!
i hung the stock upside down to start the drying process...
we had our Great niece, Brogan Rae's first B-day party to attend.

this photo was taken this morning at about 5:30 am,
just after Mr. D. left for work.
i clipped the blooms from the stock and popped them into Terracotta pots.
 i thought they looked a little naked, so i grabbed some Spanish moss
and raffia from my potting bench.

i made each bloom a little moss nest. because of  it's diminutive cuteness,
 i tucked a small raffia bow into the nest of the smallest choke.
for now, they look perfect with my Lavender jar next to our kitchen sink.

~ the little chokes will have a place on our Thanksgiving
the gathering of inspiration begins~

Mr D. and i have chosen a spot to transplant our bare plant.
we will give it a warm blanket of mulch.
in the Springtime, we plan to add two more plants...and... in the Fall of 2012,
we'll harvest, add butter, and dine with French Bread and wine!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

a romance with baking papers...

last night, after returning from the
Enchanted Evening Holiday Benefit, i started to
plan my holiday baking and hostess gifting.

i have decided to transform our simple little 34th 
street kitchen into a boulangerie ~ panificio.

it will be possible with little help from Sur la table and a few 
other  resources featured here today...

how pretty the pumpkin donuts look in the 
Panettoni ~ Brioche wrappers.

perfect paper baked gifts!

there are Tulips to be picked...

to bake and to hold...

here is a sweet suggestion from Matthew Meade!

a how to...

above...there is parchment!  so elegant!

i'm not sure how much more excited one can get about...
(just Google)


aside from baking for a second...some simple paper magic...
...with a wrapper, a tiny exacto "X" and twinkle lights!

pass the bread paper please!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

it's November! i'm in my Saturday shoes!

first things first!
~ C O F F E E ~
i am  a vintage Starbucks favorite blend is
Cafe Verona. it's pure romance in a mug for me!

i pinned these ...

 ~ Sperry's with grosgrain here ~

i need some new Saturday shoes...(an alternative to those
famous pull on boots.)
i love the grosgrain ribbon. i could even weave in some
other ribbon colors...hmmm... maybe in black...we'll see.

it's time to get going...

the Saturday morning chores...

 a pumpkin scrub and some pecan gloss
~ a  little day of rest from my fave Chanel Chance~

are you feelin' the Fall vibe yet?

this isn't me, but this image just gives me that Autumn get up 
and go push!...(i think it's from tumbler
about two years ago...and now a popular PIN!

i am going to...
The Half Yearly Sale...
(another PacNWest classic) buy something special for
my great niece Brogan Rae's
first birthday!

 back home to put on some burgundy beef stew for mr d.
because it's a huge college football day!

the Cougs are in the bay area playing Cal, a biggie...
 #1 LSU playing #2 Alabama, and our son, Jay will be covering 
the # 5 Boise State Broncos at UNLasVegas at 7:30pm.

i will be leaving football and stew to 

 attend an Enchanted Evening benefit for Multicare
with my mom and our friend Doreen

i adore the month of November!
happy Saturday! whew!

Friday, November 4, 2011

sweet November on 34th street!

it's time to turn up the heat,

crawl under a cozy blanket,

make the perfect cup of hot chocolate,

put on a favorite sweater,

and, find a mud puddle!

HaPpy WeeKeNd!

...and a spoonful of turquoise butter cream icing.


~ all images via started with
enter..."turquoise and chocolate" and
ended with a "chocolate settee and boots" surprise!  ~ 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

a room for Jay...

my son Jay has recently moved to Boise, Idaho.

he is basically starting from scratch. he decided to leave his

 hodgepodge of college and first job after college furniture behind.
the first thing he bought was a good queen size mattress.

he found this bed at Crate & Barrel, and is most likely going to 

purchase it soon. when we were catching up by phone last night, 


i asked him about color. he has decided that he would like to go with 

the colors of  black, shades of grey, white and...

as he put it a "yellowish ~ green". 

when we ended our conversation, i told him that i would put

a few images together for him to consider.

i tend to gravitate to subtle ~ neutral...


with option of tossing some too cool 

pillows and

throws onto the canvas!

this works especially well when living on a tight budget.

i couldn't help including this idea for a future dining space!

i am inviting Jay to my blog today for his opinion.

 hey Jay! i love you and miss you!
have fun covering the Broncos in Vegas this weekend...
we'll be watching for you on the sidelines!

additional opinions, links, and ideas are welcome!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ready to talk turkey...

i don't know about you...

but this sleepy little Candy Corn Princess and
her Grandmother are ready to talk turkey!

Holland and her Mom spent the day making
candy corn magic wands ( a la Oreo) for her first  Halloween.
she gave them to her friends in the neighborhood and
her Grandma & Grandpa! YUMMY!

Welcome NOVEMBER! 
i Love Turkey Day!

~Seven French Turkeys / June Berry ~