Reception

Reception Bar’s beautifully designed matchbooks and cocktail menu did not disappoint.

Foodstirs @ Taste Buds Kitchen

Foodstirs – Modern Baking Mixes Foodstirs started online about a year ago with a subscription program, and they are now launching their retail line at Whole Foods on the east coast and Gelson’s on the west.…

Lemon Verbena Gimlet

I had some lemon verbena from my CSA this week, and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Coming home after work on a very hot summer day, the idea hit me. Cocktail time!…

Herbal Aspirations

My city living has meant years of no outdoor dirt to call my own. Now that I have some options, I’m trying window-box gardening. I planted some herbs in a northeast facing window. If they grow, will they go crazy and fight…

The Acorn Pop-Up in NYC

I dined at Vancouver’s The Acorn last night. No, I did not take an unexpected trip to Canada. My husband treated us to tickets to the popup dining event here in New York at Exhibit C…

Cranberry New Year’s Pie

My New Year’s wish for champagne and pie came true, even if I had to bake the pie myself (I don’t mind). Cranberries are festive, their tart flavor says “holidays” to me. They make a tasty, somewhat unexpected pie…

A Kitchen Evolution

I’ve moved out, but my studio’s kitchen holds many memories! Here are my first real experiences with home renovation and how my little kitchen evolved.

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Corn

This is the best stuff. I ate some stale the other day, and it was still good. Can’t-stop-eating good… I’d never made caramel corn before and had no idea it was so easy. Here’s what…

Up Dog, Down Dog

I’ve never been an athlete or enjoyed going to the gym (people do?), but I’m a big fan of yoga. I remember scoffing at it myself before I tried a class, but I was hooked before…

Hummingbird Slip Ons

I’m very happy with my new “Aerialist” shoes from Bucketfeet! They are comfy, unique, and just fun to wear. The design is by UK illustrator Mat Miller (@matmillerillustration). Bucketfeet works with over 20,000 emerging artists around the world, paying them both upfront…

Not Always Cupcakes

Though I’m known for cupcakes, I do occasionally eat and cook other food. One of the reasons I revived my personal blog was to write about other topics I’d like to cover, including non-cupcake kitchen…

Bouquet Shadowbox

I’ve been honored to serve as a bridesmaid 10 times and have kept many bouquets over the years. Moving soon and worried about crushing dried flowers, I decided to better preserve the memories by creating…

Ma Rue

I can’t help getting tickled seeing my name. I never can find my name on pre-printed name keychains, toys, Cokes, mini license plates, etc. It’s becoming more popular in the U.S. now—a friend’s sister just named…

Articles in ARCHAEOLOGY

For several years, I worked at ARCHAEOLOGY magazine as online editor and webmaster. I wrote a number of articles during that time, mostly for the website. They are available in the ARCHAEOLOGY Archive. News Neolithic…

Cupcakes & Castles

I have a Tumblr account featuring two of my favorite things. It’s just for fun, a little happy for the eyes. I started it when I was helping a client with Tumblr, I wanted to be able…

Bourbon Peach Tea

Try this one on a hot, summer day or a cool, autumn evening! I used Prohibition Distillery‘s Bootlegger 21 New York Bourbon and some Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps (honestly, this recipe originated as a way to use…

Little Borrowed Dresses

For our wedding, I used a company called Little Borrowed Dress (now Union Station) that I highly recommend. Instead of purchasing an expensive dress to wear once, most of the women who participated in our…

Our Wedding

White sand beaches and emerald gulf waters were the setting for our fall wedding! Carillon Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City Beach in Florida’s Bay County. The average high in October…

Carillon Beach, Florida

The water is warm, come on in! Where to Stay Eat, Shop, Play Fly, Drive, Bike NOTE: information may not be up-to-date. The pages above were originally created for our wedding guests in 2013, but I…

Love is in the Air

Though it has been years since I kept a Hello Kitty blog, I felt I had to share what my cousin gave me for my birthday and engagement! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Apple, Apples Everywhere

Countless varieties of apples show up at green markets around NYC in the fall, and every CSA member can expect apples in their weekly share.

Cat-o-Lantern

Pumpkin Party

I had never tried this before, it had to happen sometime! There were a couple of near disasters, but I think I pulled it off in the end. Somewhat recognizable?

Hello Pretty

MAC Cosmetics has a new line of Hello Kitty-branded products. When I walked by a MAC store and saw the display, my head literally swung around for a double take and my legs refused to…

MyFriendsterBookSpace

Social Networking has spread like the plague…and that’s sort of the point. They are addictive, viral beasts, these websites. I was recently roped into FaceBook. I’m also on Friendster, MySpace, LinkedIn, and countless similar websites…

Plus… What?

Mm, Diet Coke! I often drink it for caffeine and the fact it is calorie-free. I realize it is probably rotting my teeth, the lining of my stomach, or gods know what else. It might…

Brush, Brush, Brush

I bought a new toothbrush. I know, exciting, isn’t it? Oh, but you don’t understand. Once, long ago, I just used a normal toothbrush. I was puttering along, flossing every day (how I became a…

Potter Crack

I finished reading the latest (and last) Harry Potter book on Monday night. And I had waited several days before purchasing it in the first place. I guess I am a bad fan. It did…

Horse Kisses & Baby Alligators

I stepped off the plane to the scent of Louisiana summer. Now, I don’t know how this differs from the way summer smells in, say, Texas or Mississippi, but I find it a unique scent…

Fast Food

I’m not a fan of fast food chains. I stopped eating red meat well over a decade ago and try to eat somewhat healthy (stop laughing, I said TRY!), but that’s not all of it.…

Blogging

As a web designer, I think the whole blogging phenomenon is pretty interesting. I also find it rather intriguing as a sometime-writer. Why blog? There are many possible reasons to start a blog. It’s a way…