Sunday, May 31, 2009
Lulu and I went to see The Brother's Bloom today, and we absolutely loved it. The film is visually stunning and beautifully told. " The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world."
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Deke's After School Snack
I found these little chocolate & biscuit mushrooms
at World Market. I still have to perfect decorating with them, but this will do for today.
I know that gummi candy is a lowly candy, but I couldn't pass up these butterflies and their beautiful colors. I cut them in half to give them more movement.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Lynne is secretly making over Rachel's room in to a sophisticated retreat while she is at school. She surreptitiously has been gathering Rachel's color and design preferences, and plans a huge "While You Were Out" type surprise after school. Isn't that the coolest idea?
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I am trying my hand at making a recycled material chandelier this summer. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Monday, May 25, 2009
My little brother, Toby Summerfield is performing tonight in Chicago. I always feel like I'm part of a "happening" when I attend his shows.
2149 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608
|Performers:||Sheep or Shepherd|
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Toni Frissell (1907-1988), American photographer who apprenticed under Cecil Beaton. She was mostly known for her wonderful fashion photography and her lovely photos of Jackie and President Kennedy's wedding.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Another Memorial Day weekend is approaching and it is time to open my imaginary summer cottage. My imaginary cottage is quite small and on a crystal clear lake. The cool breeze from the lake guarantees our comfort on the hottest summer days. Once we are at the cottage we don't need to use our car, except for the occasional trip to the drive-in movie theater or flea market. The kids pick baskets of berries for breakfast,pies and jam. It is amazing how great my pie crusts turn out using the restored vintage oven. The giant hydrangeas in the backyard make for the most spectacular bouquets all summer long. Lulu and Deke love spending their days together, swimming, fishing and hiking, and they never argue at the imaginary cottage. O.K., that may be asking for too much.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Victory Gardens like mine were huge during World War II, people felt patriotic planting gardens in whatever small space they had to help combat food shortages.
I enjoy growing my own food because I know that no chemicals are on it, and nothing is more convenient than having fresh produce available in the backyard. I love that Michelle Obama has started a vegetable garden at the White House, too!!
WASHINGTON —Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut. Virtually the entire Obama family, including the president, will pull weeds.
Whether there would be a White House garden had become more than a matter of landscaping. The question had taken on political and environmental symbolism, with the Obamas lobbied for months by advocates who believe that growing more food locally, and organically, can lead to more healthful eating and reduce reliance on huge industrial farms that use more oil for transportation and chemicals for fertilizer.
Then, too, promoting healthful eating has become an important part of Mrs. Obama’s own agenda.
While the Clintons grew some vegetables in pots on the White House roof, the Obamas’ garden will far transcend that, with 55 varieties of vegetables — from a wish list of the kitchen staff — grown from organic seedlings started at the Executive Mansion’s greenhouses.
The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatillos and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter, Charlie Brandts, who is a beekeeper, will tend two hives for honey.
The total cost of seeds, mulch and so forth is $200, said Sam Kass, an assistant White House chef, who prepared healthful meals for the Obama family in Chicago and is an advocate of local food. Mr. Kass will oversee the garden.
Cristeta Comerford, the White House’s executive chef, said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season.
For urban dwellers who have no backyards, the country’s one million community gardens can also play an important role, Mrs. Obama said.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Timberlake Barley Candy
Imagine an entire birthday party with edible dishes, spoons and cups!
This type of candy is called barley sugar or clear toy candy and it first appeared in the 18th century. Barley candy looks amazingly like glass, and the detail is stunning. Timberlake Candy Company has the largest variety of candy dishes, and they even have candy pedestals to add to candy plates.