Thursday, March 27, 2008


Even their key chains are cute! I love J Crew.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


For those of you unfamiliar with Ann Arbor, Michigan, we are probably in the running for Organic Food Consumption Capital of the World. We have at least six organic food store as well as a farmers market full of organically food grown by local farmers. Anyway, one of the luxuries that I have acquired from all this organic food craze is that I have milk delivered to my home by Calder Dairy and it is in glass bottles. Since we live in a 90 year old home which obviously had servants to bring in the milk, we have a milk box. Now where are those servants today?

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Well, Happy Easter to all those family, friends and fellow bloggers.

Just a quick blog before we hit the club for Brunch. Christmas is full of traditions while a little thin. But here are our traditions... 1. Fish Dinner Friday with Friends (we hosted it this year)

2. Saturday, Easter Party at Grandmother's place

3. Saturday Night, Dinner at my mom's and egg decorating

4. Baskets put out and kids leave a note and carrots for E. Bunny and the E.Bunny writes back.

5. We read..."The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes "

6. Eggs left by E. Bunny filled with $$ --8 inches of snow means inside egg hunt.

7. Baskets are left wrapped in cellophane with a bow and custom name card tied in the bow.

8. Baskets are hidden by E. Bunny and are hard to find.

9. Church

10 Brunch at the club

11. Visit to Great Grandma

Even more impressive this year, because I am so picky, my children's baskets are white with green polka dot ribbon, white with pink polka dot ribbon and white with aqua polka dot ribbon. I have matching paper grass, custom name tags that match the ribbon and a white bow that holds the cellophane and name tag in place. Last year, I actually put everything (ribbon, grass, name tag and cellophane) in a Ziplock bag and saved it. This year, my life was a breeze and it took 5 minutes to assemble the baskets. This year my kids received a nice book, bag of pink, green and yellow maltballs, sugarless gum, matching calculators (pink, aqua or green), pencils, a Webkin Bunny, and clear game cards (old maid, crazy-8's, etc.)..these are new, Burt Bee's travel kit and footcare kit, and misc. boy toys..gummy egg (not edible) and a little plane, frog, etc. Lots of fun and excitment. WHAT ARE YOUR TRADITIONS?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"The Other Boleyn Girl"

Well, my book group headed to the movie to see the "Other Boleyn Girl". Being a historical fiction buff, I recommended this book and the movie was bloody, but good. Covering 700 some pages in 1.5 hours was a challenge and a few details were left Mary had a girl baby first and a son second....not just a son.
Also my group thought that Natalie Portman was not evil enough as "Anne". This movie is worth seeing if you read the book and like history. Thought you would find below amusing:


Preppy Deluxe
Just when you thought you have seen if all, here is a CD from the past...and it is still available on AMAZON (see link). Thought this would amuse you all.

1. Carolina Girls - General Johnson, General Johnson & the Chairmen of the Board

2. Shama Lama Ding Dong - Band of Oz

3. Rainy Day Bells - The Globetrotters

4. Did You Boogie (With Your Baby) - The Embers

5. Mr. Beach - Shagtime

6. Ocean Boulevard - Band of Oz

7. Hey Baby/39-21-46/I've Been Hurt - Buddy Causey

8. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations

9. Hold Back the Night - The Trammps

10. Tams Medley - The Tams

11. Beach Baby - The First Class

12. Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes - Edison Lighthouse

13. My Baby Loves Lovin' - White Plains

14. In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry

15. Tequila - The Champs

16. Sugar Sugar - The Archies

17. Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price

18. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) [Worst Morning After Version] - The Swingin' Medallions

19. Shake, Rattle & Roll - The Comets, Bill Haley

20. Twist - Chubby Checker

21. Wild Thing - The Troggs

22. Rock Around the Clock - The Comets, Bill Haley

23. Baby Let Me Bang Your Box - Doug Clark,

24. Shout - Legendary Dukes

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Well, thank you someone who purchased one of the Charity Cookbooks through my bookstore. Not sure where I am going to donate the proceeds from my bookstore....I will worry about this when it become successful.
The Junior League, plus other non-profit groups publish wonderful cookbooks. Most of the cookbooks have recipes provided and tested by their respective memberships. I have cooked many recipes from these incredible books. See my bookstore for some of my favorites. I would be happy to include any other charity cookbooks that my readers consider worthy. The proceeds go to wonderful causes! Here is a cookbook that I helped peddle while I was in the Ann Arbor League.

Monday, March 10, 2008


p>Well, after a crazy month...talent show--I was in charge with my girlfriend NP (2 nights with 120 kids, lighting, sound, crew, programs, rehearsals, plus a snow storm, etc.), my birthday (breakfast, lunch, dinner) basketball game (B), tennis (B) ,Valentine parties and dinner with hubby at the club, over the top spirit week costumes for my daughters, etc., etc. Then off to Quebec and back in the swing!

I have just a good moment to reflect before I go to lunch with a girlfriend, two parties tomorrow night party, tennis tournament Sunday, birthday party sleepover for daughter C, basketball game for son T, soccer game (T), baseball clinic (T) and a school play with spaghetti dinner(B), dinner tonight with friends. I only have three more lunches and a group coffee next week, then I think my dear friends will be sick of celebrating my birthday. I think we will need that spring break to relax and for them to like me again! Is your life this crazy or are we crazy? As you can see, I have an affinity for 1950's Vogue magazine covers, I think this one is from 1952. I guess I love these covers because the 1950's style is pretty traditional and elegant. Anyway, just sharing something beautiful and if you can find a red hat for today, all the better.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Well, we have been gone for a bit and have just recovered from hosting two birthdays (my mom's and daughter's) and a few continued celebrations for my birthday (which was a few weeks ago) and a snow day! Anyway-- I am trying to blog a little and miss reading your blogs.
We had a wonderful trip to Mont Tremblant, Quebec. We are kind of last minute, bargain shoppers. We looked at the weather, airfare prices, and ski packages, and even with the weak US dollar, Mont Tremblant was an excellent bargain. It has a gondola, several high speed lifts, several long runs, and a great, charming village. After much debate, we decided to stay at a lovely, new ski-in/ski-out condo called L'Altitude. For eastern skiing, this place is the best! We actually drove (12 hours) with an overnight in Toronto. We ran into another family from my daughter's school (these people own a condo there) and had some great meals with them. Would I fly here...probably not... since we can fly out west for the same price. But, there is a European flare that makes this place special.