Friday, April 23, 2010

Lunch...with a view

My beautiful lunch from Wasabi Restaurant in Orange, CT.
So delicious!
It's such a treat to stop for lunch at Wasabi.  
The staff and chef are so lovely and the food is wonderfully (and artfully) prepared.
Today was a special treat because I got to eat it with hubby Paul here:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Olive Oil


Olive Oil being warmed in hot water
Emma's hair became very dry from all of her recent fun in Florida.
We performed a DIY at-home "hot oil treatment" tonight.
The bag is off now and Emma's hair is beautifully soft again!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread...

Creative Every Day/Flickr Project 365 photo for 4/13/2010:

"The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread." ~DH Lawrence
(So nice when they can be found together!)
Another beautiful food from the hearth at Old Sturbridge Village.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spahhh....

Emma left for Florida today -- away for a week with a friend's family.  
WOW!
Last night, before she left, and as Annie and I prepared for our 
stay-cation, we had a spa night.  
We painted fingers and toes, had berries, and fancy sparkling juice drinks (pictured above).
Fun!
The juice is beautiful, but you should see their fingers and toes!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Beautiful is as beautiful does

There are so many celebrations in our family during March/April!
Based on this theme, it sure looks like we only eat treats!
This photo was taken on Paul's birthday - we started that day with Annie's omelet
and ended it with a delicious chocolate-cherry dessert.
Paul and the girls were blowing out the candle so they're blurred,
but I love the photo. To me it caught a beautiful warm & cozy food moment.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Sundae for Wednesday...


Yum!  
Another creation by Annie (who wants 
to own a coffee, ice cream, bake shoppe, art gallery when she's older)!
That's a gluten free "graham cracker" up on top.  
My sister in law found them recently at Thyme and Season.
Made by Kinnikinnick, these S'moreables were a big hit with my kids!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hotdogs, beautiful, hotdogs?

Hot dogs, beautiful hot dogs!
We are so lucky that Paul raises pigs here on our property, 
Shaggyhill Farm.  

We have our own steady supply of nitrate-free, preservative-free 
hot dogs made from our own meats.  
The hot dogs are smoked for us at Noack's Smokehouse and 
the inaugural roasting on a warm April evening 
is truly a beautiful food event at our house each year!

A food you can eat while on the swings with your sister ~ perfect!

Of course a healthy, homemade dinner on a stick is nicely 
balanced by another special food on a stick.


Yum!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hard-boiled...

~HaPpY EaStEr~
This beautiful food was prepared with much joy!
Emma's "Strawberry" egg, which inspired...
Annie's "Watermelon" egg.
Emma also made a Florida-themed egg in honor 
of her big trip next week!
A clutch of assorted other beauties and as always, 
Paul infused some humor...
...with his "No Jokes, I'll Crack Up" egg.
Beautiful food fun!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hippity, hoppity...

The girls, their friend, and I made this "cut up" cake today.  
It's the same bunny cake my mom made with us kids when we were little.  
A tradition, it is as much about the cake as it is about making the cake.
This year I modified a Bob's Red Mill Vanilla baking mix by adding a 
package of pudding and a cup of sour cream.  
Gluten free cakes can be so very
 dry and this moistened it right up.  
Yum!
This shot is right before we added the green coconut grass 
all around the tray.
Beautiful!