Monday, February 28, 2011

baby, it's cold outside

windy too.

and beautifully sunny.  
happy monday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

on safari and spring cleaning

images via anthropologie

i'm in the midst of a big spring cleaning campaign right now.  i make it a habit to keep a bag by the front door as a reminder to donate any housewares or clothing i'm no longer using or loving.  this system works for me because, though i can be quite sentimental, i find it much easier to part with things when i believe they are going to be used and enjoyed by someone else.  among other things, i recently decided i need to do something about my excess of books, too.  and oh, is this one is tough for me.  happily, i discovered this charity, which has really motivated me to let go.  

at the rate i'm going, i expect that the uncluttered space i envision can be achieved by, oh, the year 2014.  meanwhile, i am going to toss or donate one old item for every new item i bring home.  it is not lost on me that one way to accelerate my mission is to limit the influx of stuff into my life.  translation: shop less.  so it is with some restraint and only a tinge of regret that i will not be buying any of these safari-themed goodies from anthropologie.  (let's face it, i don't need a cheetah hand puppet.) they are too sweet not to share, though.  after all, tidiness needn't be torture.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

the ordinary everyday

last week was a long one.  and, it rained.  but this weekend there was a sunny view from my kitchen window, plants thriving on the sill, and something sweet cooking in the oven while i washed the dishes.

and while i readily admit that i am one of those "monica" types who actually enjoys most mundane housekeeping tasks...

(because, c'mon, isn't clean and organized pretty?)

...that doesn't mean i don't appreciate a little reward when i'm done.

Monday, February 14, 2011

happy valentine's day

here's to lots of flowers and candy, lovey dovies!

Friday, February 11, 2011

tgif: red

while i won't be visiting the eiffel tower this weekend, or eating lobstahs in boston, i will be giving some thought to a trip i am  planning for later this spring.  closer to home, there will be a visit to the farmers market, which is sure to inspire some serious cookbook perusal.

happy weekend!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

sometimes, it's as easy as opening the paper

this recipe + just the right amount chocolate in the cupboard = a delicious excuse to break my 'no sugar' resolution.