Wednesday, May 31, 2023

What's a Cocktail Riddle That Stirs Up Spring, Cinema, Herbs, & Flowers?

What does a pun, a cocktail, and military personnel have in common?? More than you might imagine.

All about this springtime riddle will be revealed here…

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Summer Kicks Off in Style: Inexpensive Hostess Gift Ideas

Memorial Weekend honors our service members and veterans.  We salute you all and thank you for your service.

If you’re like me, you love a parade (our hamlet’s little march and ceremony is tomorrow.)

The long Memorial weekend has also come to be the official kick-off to summer.

If your holiday plans include visiting with friends or family, you’ll need to think about bringing a hostess gift.

Miffed about the gift?  Here’s some suggestions:

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

How to Cultivate A Garden Lifestyle: Homegrown Taste, Garden-To-Glass Style ~ Highlights from My Talk at NKBA


Few things can equal the joy of talking to a group of hard-working, artful professionals about how to live a Garden Lifestyle ~ while enjoying the journey along the garden path. 

Recently I had that distinct honor and pleasure; speaking to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Manhattan members in the delicious Sub Zero/Wolf/Cove Gotham showroom. 

As an “expert” on the NYC food and drink world, I was asked to share my “secrets” about my farm-to-table and garden-to-glass life ~ brimming with plants, pollinators, style and love.  

Here’s a snapshot of that “ground-breaking” talk. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Tips For Curating A Lavish, Colorful, Mexican Heritage Tablescape Your Guests Will Love ~ Plus My Conversation with Mexican Food & Drink Expert


Who doesn’t love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  

Its calendaring is a perfect pin to launch a season of exuberant fun. 

I was keen to curate my first table design dedicated to this celebrated holiday not only because of the rich Mayan and Mexican history I experienced while exploring and studying there but also just in time for this happy May Day fiesta, to honor my very special Ladies Who Lunch Conversations guest, Bárbara Sibley: expert on Mexican food and libation ~ author, owner, CEO, and chef at her much beloved La Palapa Cocina Mexicana restaurants.

Bárbara is also a fellow Les Dames E’Escoffier ~ I say with unbridled pride. 

So, por supuesto, this table design had to be good.

Here’s how I achieved a look that earned me Bárbara’s two-thumbs up.