Nothing but blue skies

at home laundry on the line – white linen coverlet (designed by LeAnn – circa 1997) beautiful September day, California Pepper Tree – l&l at home  laundry day – l&l at home  wire laundry basket in afternoon sun – l&l at home                       we recommend: […]

Which wine, which wine…

As part of the Virgin Wine Club, we periodically receive a knock on the door and welcome a large, heavy box into the house.  It’s always fun to receive something in the mail, but its especially fun when it’s a collection of wines and you get to discover the names, regions and recommended pairings for […]

Advice from a French Grandmother…

“It  is  not necessary to hide your reserve of winter logs.   Crude wood gives a different aspect to this dignified  room,  evoking  a Venetian palace.” ~excerpt from A Well Kept Home, Household Traditions and Simple Secrets from a French Grandmother . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]

Functional art.

Root vegetables. Cote Ouest Magazine Sensational Preserves Jams, Jellies, Chutneys and Sauces SHOP the emporium for glass storage items  (scroll to page bottom) Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad Giada de Laurentis, (via Food Network) Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes,  Cook Time: 12 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon […]

Thinking Outside the Box…

I save olive oil bottles that appeal to me and the pretty little jars that jam or jelly often come in.  I wash off the labels and keep them on hand for a variety of uses.  I also buy new canning jars in various sizes for use as storage containers for boxed pastas and other dry goods. […]