Pots ‘n Pans

I will admit that I love looking at my cooking equipment, even if it is on the drainboard!

It’s all good!

Live with what you love

One of the benefits of having little discretionary money when I moved away from home, is that it taught me to be circumspect with purchases.  It taught patience and delayed gratification.  Mostly for me however, it meant that because I had so little money to spend, I was very very particular about what I bought.


I still have a one hundred year old antique brass frame and a water pitcher of the same era that were my first purchases at an antique store 30 years ago.  I have only used the frame for a picture of my husband and I, and the white water pitcher is generally used for wild flowers,


All this is to say, is that it is very rewarding to take your time when feathering your nest, especially if what you bring in has tugged at your heart in one way or another.



Hotel Flowers Offer Inspiration

One aspect that I love when staying in a nice hotel is the assortment of fresh flowers.  Whether quite grand or modest, I always take a moment to study the design, the flowers and any special additions to the arrangement.  This arrangement was in The Beverley Hills Hilton .  Simple with hydrangeas, oversized vases, greens and twigs.  Perfect!

Fresh Food Fast!

This is the tag line I created for my parents food business 35 years ago.  It pretty much says it all.  It is also a reminder that you can make delicious food that is good for you without spending the whole day in the kitchen.


Buttery veggie tarts with a salad is one of my go-to favourites for a weekend lunch.  Add soup to the mix and it becomes a bigger meal.   For this one I put homemade pesto as the base, layered roasted red peppers, grilled onions, feta, and greek olives.


My salads are different every time I make them, but I am always sure to include herbs and spices with anti-inflammatory properties like garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, thyme and oregano for example.  I also use lemon juice as the acid when making dressings as lemon juice stimulates good liver function; which is good since Mama likes her wine with supper!


Bon Appetite!



Taking Risks in Fashion

I love this photo of me for two reasons: one, I normally do not like to have my picture taken, and secondly and more importantly, I had fun with this outfit.  It was New Years Eve in Naples.  I bought the vintage head piece from  The Cats Meow in Toronto last summer.   I saw it as a fun statement piece.  That night I wore a sleeveless cream maxi column dress and gold sandals.  Oh ya, and gold Alexander McQueen skull ring and clutch.  Some times you gotta go big or go home, and on New Years Eve Mama ain’t going home any time soon!

Spring at the Farm

Every day when I wake up, I take a peek out the windows to see how the day has chosen to unfold.  I meditate and then walk Gracie.  Do you have a morning ritual?

Living Wall

This has been on my radar for so many years now.  I took this shot at a local restaurant in Naples last week.  The outside of the restaurant is concrete except for the living walls.


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