Spring Cleaning the Kitchen

spring cleaning checklist

Spring is upon us. For many, that means time to throw open the windows and blow the funk off of the place a little. Typically this includes some deep cleaning. No matter how neat and tidy you are, things can use some extra attention occasionally. In the kitchen, particularly, food finds its way into places […]

Cocktail of the Month: Ginger Shandy

ginger shandy recipe

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the opportunity for outdoor entertaining. Finding the right, and somewhat tame, drink to serve is a key element to an afternoon gathering or perfect brunch. The shandy offers light refreshment with just a hint of ‘spirited’ kick. The shandy is generally made of beer mixed with a soft […]

Spoonful of Sugar: Spring Cleaning Playlist

spring cleaning playlist

It’s time to throw open the windows, roll up your sleeves, and get some deep cleaning done. If you’re anything like me, you dread this necessary evil. In order for me to get inspired, I must gather all of my materials ahead of time, grab a checklist, and turn up the music. I always choose […]

Industrial Chic: Galvanized Pipe Vase

galvanized pipe vase DIY

If you are like me, you are probably ready for the beauty of spring. Flowers will soon be blooming everywhere and you may be looking for new and inventive ways to bring some of the outdoors inside. Today we have a simple vase project that will add some industrial flair to your tabletop. With just […]

Bring the Green! Irish Moss Planter Box

We’re taking it easy this week. The boys are on spring break and we’re trying to spend some time together and get caught up in between. But we didn’t want to let you down with no posts to inspire… plus it’s so close to St Patrick’s Day! We thought this might brighten things up for […]

Color Story: Inspired by Spring

color story

Spring has officially bloomed and despite some nasty weather around the US, the air is filled with twittering birds and floral fragrance. It won’t be long before spring gives way to summer. We thought this might be the right time to celebrate a bit of what spring has to offer in terms of color. We have chosen […]

Treat of the Week: Strawberry Strata

strawberry strata recipe

Welcome to April. March is always topsy turvy in terms of weather. There were some very chilly days and some very warm days, but I believe that spring is finally here to stay. In Dallas, it seems to only be spring for a couple of weeks. Then we move straight to summer. For me, during that ephemeral spring […]

Treat of the Week: Orange Anise Madeleines

orange anise madeleines recipe

Oh, the madeleine. It is the perfect combination of sponge cake meets butter cake and in a package that eats more like a cookie than cake… sheer brilliance. The centers are soft and spongy.  The edges ensure that you get some crispiness in nearly every bite. The glaze adds the perfect amount of sweet texture. […]

Treat of the Week: Strawberry Mango Meringue Pie

strawberry mango meringue pie recipe

Another winter season is behind us and the promise of a fresh beginning is on the horizon. I am so anxious to get my hands on new crops of fresh produce. For now, we are using what is in season and available at our nearby supermarket.  For us, that means strawberries and mango (shipped in from California […]

Smells of Spring: Line-drying Laundry

tips for line drying clothes

WHAT’S THAT SMELL? FRESHNESS. The scent of line-dried laundry has no comparison and (we think) it might be sorcery. Line-drying laundry certainly is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it has fallen out of favor in most areas. While it does require more time and effort, the reward is well worth it. For some, the […]