Monday, June 29, 2015
The following conversation from an interview here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/04/iris-apfel-interview?mbid=nl_043015_Daily&CNDID=29549888&spMailingID=7707866&spUserID=OTU0OTAyNjQxNDAS1&spJobID=672507785&spReportId=NjcyNTA3Nzg1S0
Are there any items in your jewelry collection that are too precious or valuable to wear?
"Of course, but I have a very odd collection: it goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. I have some very important, valuable things, and I have some junk, and I like to mix them all together. I’m constantly buying jewelry—I love it, I love it, I love it! I mean, I could be an octopus and have ten heads and I couldn’t wear it all."- Iris Apfel
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
1 cup of butter softened
1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4c. finely chopped pecans
Combine butter, sugar and vanilla. Sift flour, salt together and stir into butter mixture. Stir in nuts.
Chill dough. Roll into 1" balls and place 2 1/2" apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees
for 10 minutes or until set but not brown. While still warm roll in sifted confectioners (powdered )sugar. Cool. Roll into powdered sugar again before serving.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
"La Forêt de Fontainebleau", 1876, Abbott Handerson Thayer An American Painter
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
-- John Lubbock
Monday, June 22, 2015
“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgromer, Anne's House of Dreams
Sunday, June 21, 2015
“summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. you can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. summer just opens the door and lets you out.” -Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
“Summer was here again. Summer, summer, summer. I loved and hated summers. Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That's why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.” -Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Monday, June 15, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Happy 2nd Anniversary Aria and Daniele (June 13, 2013 Madison Wisconsin, June 27, 2013 Palazzo San Gervasio Italy)
Friday, June 12, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
"There are no choices that are really a detour that will take you far from where you're wanting to be -- because your Inner Being is always guiding you to the next, and the next, and the next. So don't be concerned that you may make a fatal choice, because there aren't any of those. You are always finding your balance. It's a never ending process."
Saturday, June 6, 2015
"The summer wind, came blowin' in from across the sea
It lingered there, to touch your hair and walk with me
All summer long, we sang a song and then we strolled that golden sand
Two sweethearts, and the summer wind..." -lyrics from The summer wind by Mercer and Mayer
Friday, June 5, 2015
Salted Caramel Frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 c. dark brown sugar
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese softened
1/3 c. heavy cream
3 T. strong coffee (optional)
2-3 c. powdered sugar sifted (add more or less to your desired sweetness)
Additional pinch of salt as needed
Frosts approx. 24 cupcakes or 2 9" layer cakes
Melt butter, dark brown sugar and heavy cream on stove. Allow caramel to bubble and boil. Keep bubbling and stirring on stove for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt. Allow to cool completely at room temperature. Do not put caramel in the refrigerator to cool.
Once the caramel is not warm. Beat in the softened cream cheese with 3 T. coffee and sifted powdered sugar. Add caramel mixture and blend. Can be made ahead store in sealed container in fridge. Bring to room temperature to frost.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
By the end of the concert they had the crowds up and dancing.
So nice to be with the Sander's family. Below the two Mike's who co-coached our girls soccer teams many years ago. Mike Sanders youngest daughter, Lucy (now living in Hawaii) went to Middle school and High school with our daughter Aria.
We really enjoyed our afternoon backyard concert. Thanks to Mike, Laura, Emily and Katie Sanders for inviting us to be part of this wonderful event.