Dining Room Table and Chair Sale!

   I love everything about dining room and kitchen tables!  They’re the place where you sit down to enjoy a good meal, with a friend, or your whole family.  It’s a gathering place, a place to play dominoes, or do homework.  For me, setting the table and making a flower arrangement, for a special dinner…

Dining in Manhattan

One thing that Mr. Wonderful and I are really good at, is eating! Today was no exception. We had a really enjoyable lunch, in New York City’s Meat Packing District, at The Standard Grill. It’s on Washington Street and has indoor and outdoor dining, which is covered with greenery, with fans whirling, to keep us…

Need a gift for your Valentine?

Well, that was fast! My first order placed at the Las Vegas Market, on Monday, arrived today! I brought in the last two, in the six-series line of The Gathering of Friends Cookbooks. I’m always amazed by how many of my customers have collected all or part of the series and love them! Expert and…

My Favorite Things

Yoo-Hoo! Ever since I loaded a new software update, my computer and blog software stopped talking to each other! Thankfully, my techie friend, Ann Marie came to the rescue! I don’t know what I’d do without her! I thought I’d check in with you and let you know what’s going on at the shop! The…

Sunday Dinner Shortcuts

Hello there!, You may have gathered, that in the kitchen, I am all about minimal effort, with maximum impact. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, I suggest you move! I love the place and they too, are short cut masters! Mr. Wonderful thinks I make a wonderful spaghetti sauce. The best.…

My Deal of the Week!

This week, I made a great find, at Veranda Antiques, of course! Having 6 sets of china, purchased or passed on to us by family, we certainly didn’t need another, but these were too great a deal to pass up and I love them! Just the dinner plates, TWELVE of them, for $90.00!! they’re great…

“Vegetables from an Italian Garden”, at Costco

I’m one of those people that tends to read the cookbook for enjoyment more than to actually create a meal. I don’t know about you but I have oodles of cookbooks, that I hardly ever open. I’m hoping that my newest acquisition, Vegetables from an Italian Garden will be a more hands-on cookbook for me.…

World Market’s Come A Long Way

Greetings!, While I was out, looking for a colorful outdoor umbrella, I decided to stop in at World Market, formerly known as Cost Plus. While they haven’t really changed the type of things they carry, the selection seems to be quite a bit nicer. Cool jewelry, hats and scarves… …to outdoor or indoor furniture and…

Easter Breakfast in the Kitchen

Easter greetings to you! We’re starting our Easter morning bright and early, this year. All of you with little ones, anxious to see what the Easter Bunny brought, are up early too! Wrappers flying, fingers sticky, with more energy than a freight train. I remember those days, looking back fondly. Some days, wishing I could…

4 Steps to a Beautiful Centerpiece

Mr. wonderful gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers, for our anniversary, recently. While I am not a professional florist, my mother was a stellar entertainer. Having lots of dinner parties, and not a lot of money, she always made her own centerpieces. Her tables always looked like a wonderful celebration was about to take…

More New Pillow Fabric & Lunch at The Breakers

With just two days left in South Florida, the sky is clear and it should reach 80 today! Pretty nice! I’m ready to get back home soon,to work on some projects. I hear Annie Sloan calling my name and am going to work with her gorgeous red color, for starters. Emperors Silk, I believe she…