Archive for July 2012

Don’t Let This Happen To You

Every once in a while my decorating friends and I have been known to share photos of something that may not have achieved an optimum result. We share some “war” stories or “horror stories” and even sometimes shake our heads wondering “what the hell happened”? After all, girls gotta have some fun!

Near where I live is a company that does re-upholstery and  I frequently get to see the furniture they have re-upholstered; some good, some not so! I have a passion for fabrics and have been told that I have a “good eye” when selecting fabrics. The chosen fabric should not only bring out the best in the piece of furniture but enhance the room it will be placed in. My husband’s nickname for me is “the decorating police”. So, naturally, I had to go and take some photos.

Lots of people like to watch decorating shows on T.V. Some think they know all about how to choose furnishings and decorate. Not true! In reality, there is a reason there are professionals out there! They can actually save you from a bad or inappropriate choice and steer you in the right direction and that, in the end saves money. We all want that!

I call this “try not to let this happen to you”. I refer to the fabrics selected for the chairs as “unfortunate choices”. Both chairs have rather ornate, heavy, wood frames. Rather than selecting a fabric that would enhance the frames, it appears as though this did not happen. I sure hope the owners didn’t pay someone to choose the fabrics! If you like how the re-upholstered chairs turned out, I don’t want to know!

Your Pantry Cupboard

There’s something wonderfully reassuring about a well stocked larder or pantry cupboard!

I love seeing the beauty of shelves lined with homemade jams, jellies & relishes. The jewel like reds, purples and golds with light shining on them is a sight to behold. Memories of sitting on the back porch in late summer, peeling pears for a chutney that is redolent with the scent of spices; to be served during the long days of winter, how good can it get?

The goal of having a pantry full of ingredients that you have collected and keep on hand is that when you come home from a long day or just want not to go shopping, you can raid your storage cupboard that contains your treasure trove of goodies and create a tasty meal.

Having these supplies on hand will make your life so much easier; believe me. I know  people who decide to make a particular dish for dinner and start running around at 5:00 pm trying to get the ingredients together. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it? Not only that, by the time you get home you’re probably exhausted and too tired to start making anything! I know I would be. Well…it doesn’t have to be like that.

**If you would like to see  a list of supplies you might want to consider keeping on hand, please go to My Source List.

Phyllis’ Leek Tart


We have added a number of new vegetables to our repertoire over the past couple of years. There must be an Italian influence here somewhere! We are now including fennel, Romanesco cauliflower, leeks, cavolo nero or lacinato kale, savoy cabbage, butternut squash, kabocha squash and quince.

With the leeks I have made gratins and wonderful soups and then decided to create a savory tart for dinner. We thought it was really a great addition to our recipe file and hopefully yours as well.

From the Farmer’s Market came both the leeks and the bacon. Gelderman Farms** sell their pork products there. Check out their website

Buon gusto! We hope you enjoy the tart as much as we did!

**If you would like to find Gelderman Farms, please go to My Source List.