The little things

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“When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,
And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
Ever returning spring, trinity sure you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.

In the dooryard fronting an old farmhouse near the white-washed palings,
Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart shaped leaves of rich green,
With many a pointed blossom riding delicate, with the perfume strong I love,
With every leaf a miracle-and from this bush in the dooryard,
With delicate-color’d blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
A sprig with its flower I break.”
Walt Whitman

A sprig or two I did indeed break. I couldn’t help it. I adore lilacs. A beautiful color. They are so very fleeting!!! I inhale the subtle perfume, a smile comes to my face & my blues disappear.
Alas, no Lilac bush in my backyard. I did have to roam a bit to find some. Just a bush with plenty of blooms to spare. I certainly don’t want to hog all of the Lilacs!
I have a small bunch now. I am happy.
It’s the little things that mean so much.

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Sending Comfort

A friend’s Mom passed away recently. The news left me feeling sad for my friend & a bit helpless. Obviously we cannot take away the pain one feels when they lose someone dear, but we want to do whatever we can to alleviate the pain & sorrow.

Sending a card just wasn’t enough so I decided to bake brownies. Blondie Brownies to be exact. I love them as they are chewy, butterscotchy & laced with just enough chocolate from the chips. I am not a huge baker. Most of the time the precise nature of baking makes me anxious. This recipe however, from Martha Stewart was super easy & quick.

When the brownies were done, I let them cool, scored them so they would be easy to cut(okay, I may have cut off a corner to taste test), wrapped them up tightly in Saran Wrap & wrapped again in tin foil. Found the perfect box, wrote a note & express mailed them to his house.
As I was stirring the batter & adding the chips & walnuts I felt so calm. I love cooking for friends & loved ones. It is my way of showing I love & care for them. Frankly, I find cooking& baking to be very therapeutic. I found my sadness had lifted & I felt happy to do something for someone else.
“Those we love remain with us for live itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart. For as long as there is a memory, they’ll live on in our hearts.” Author Unknown……

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Grateful

It was a crisp, sunny Saturday. A tentative start to the weekend considering the week & Patriot’s Day, started violent and chaotic. I had also found out a friend’s Mom had just passed away, so was feeling sad.
Normally the girls & I spend much of Saturday cleaning, but it was Record Store Day & Emma begged to head out.
You know what?! Lets do this, the dishes can wait!
We made our way to Thayer Street,

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Where the trees were coming into bloom. First stop for Record Store Day? ChrisChris & JenniferJennifer Daltry’s cool spot: What Cheer Antiques & Records. Emma was in record heaven & we enjoyed a live performance from The Feelies.

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While Emma was picking out her records, Zoe & I went to The Brown Bookstore. She is a voracious reader & wanted to treat herself to a new book.
At this point we were starving and bordering on crabby( not me!!), so we drove over to our fave coffee spot on the West Side: White Electric Coffee. I love their veggie wraps with green goddess dressing accompanied by an iced coffee.

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Emma informed us we had one more stop on this Record Store Day adventure: Olympic Records
A gem of a store at the end of Wickenden St. in the Fox Point neighborhood.

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While Emma added more vinyl to her ever growing collection, Zoe played pinball & I soaked in the scenery,
We headed home feeling beat but happy.
I was proud of myself for relaxing & relishing these moments with my kids. It is so important to be present & enjoy time with my family. I am grateful I am healthy & have the time to spend.
Peace & love……..

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Morning!

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On the blustery morning I needed a good pick me up!
I decided to brew up some New Harvest Coffee Cycle Drome. A mild, bright brew with a woodsy aroma. I brew in a French Press. I feel it brews a wonderfully smooth cup of coffee.
Now to figure out what to have for breakfast!

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Stock…..up!

Right before (and right in time) the Holidays, the perfect shop opened up near my house. This lovely shop carries all sorts of treasures a foodie like me dreams of. Kitchen tools( including some Vintage finds), cooking books, resources & gifts galore.
Through blood, sweat, tears(well I hope not!) and good old yankee hutzpah; local gal Jan Faust Dane, (and her amazing supportive kids & hubby) brought Stock Culinary GoodsStock Culinary Goods to life!
Jan has an amazing eye. The items are curated just so. When I went in I wanted to buy my gifts & put them on display at home. However, I had to wrap them up and stick them under the tree. My Mom loved her Japanese kitchen tools calendar, Zoe covets her water bottle. I know that sounds funny (coming from an 8yr old) but the bottle is covered with a map of Paris & NYC and now she has Travelust!
I am sure you have some holiday gift cards burning a hole in your pocket. You’ll find the perfect goodie for your kitchen at STOCK.
Head over today for the Grand Opening celebration(4-6pm). There will be all kinds of local nibbles and an appearance by our Mayor for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

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Stock Culinary Goods is located at:
756 Hope St
Providence RI
401-521-0101
Shop Local!
STOCK up!!!

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Nature’s Candy

Ever since I participated in the Whole 30Whole 30 I have had the oddest cravings. I cannot get enough of roasted veggies!!! It really is the best snack ever. Roasting veggies brings out a wonderful natural sweetness. I love all veggies, but my favorites roasted are: parsnips, carrots, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and beets!
As a matter of fact I got so hooked on them I would run into Whole FoodsWhole
Foods
just to get a small container of roasted brussel sprouts from the prepared food section. Yes, some folks run in for a quick (all natural of course) candy bar, chip or soda snack. Me: roasted veg!
I’ve wizened up & have started to roast my own & save some $. You can too! Here is a quick & easy recipe for Roasted Beets:
Preheat the oven to 400deg.
Toss beets in oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper
Wrap each beet in foil. Place directly on oven rack
Roast till tender: about 60min
Open foil, cool 30 min(or until you can handle it! I waited about 6min. I was so hungry!)
Rub skins off, cut into wedges, coat with some fabulous olive oil like SeggianoSeggiano
Sprinkle with sea salt & pepper to taste.
Enjoy!

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Good Morning!

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January 11, 2013 · 12:02 pm