Friday, March 28, 2014


monogrammed metis...une nappe parfaite for farm fresh to table Summer dinners.

a delivery of French bread loveliness...arrivé hier!
                                                                       (arrived yesterday!)

brocante with lavande... on my doorstep.  magic!

i  could smell the lavender as soon as i lifted the box!


looking ahead to the weekend...     Mr D is working both days. 

 French butter for a little "weekend special" cooking.

i will be spring cleaning, finishing the decorating details for Easter, grocery shopping,

  and checking in on Mom and Dad. the usual stuff. not too fancy to blog about.

oh!  i forgot to tell you that i am heading to Boise to visit Jay next month!

  i haven't seen him since the holidays. he is driving home for a college friend's 

wedding on April 19th. (yes, that means he will be home for Easter!)

i will ride back to Boise with him, visit for a few days, and fly home!


i wish you a peaceful and enjoyable weekend!

thank you to those who popped in to visit this week! i also

thank those who offered your condolences for the

victims of the landslide in Oso. it's  been a very tough week

for that tiny town and the small towns surrounding it.


Thursday, March 27, 2014


in 1965 i wallpapered the inside of  my closet with magazine covers.

the first images selected were those of Jean Shrimpton.

Vogue - 1963

 my girlfriend, Anna's mother gave me a stack of

her old magazines for "the closet cover project".

 the cover above was my favorite!

(it inspired me to cut my own bangs.)

:: ici ::

i spent almost twenty years working in the fashion industry.

the latest issue of Vogue magazine was always within reach.  

one of my favorite memories was when i was in labor with 

Chrislyn.  back then, our family practitioner delivered babies.

Dr G had taken care of me since i was in grade school.

he came into my hospital room and stood next to my bed for awhile.

my labor was not progressing well.  

Kim Alexis - America

Kelly Emberg - Germany


my hospital bed was filled with fashion magazines.  

he picked up the (American) January issue of Vogue,

with Kim Alexis on the cover. we thumbed through it together midst a 

couple contractions. he complimented my successful career, then

told me that i had done a good job with labor.

he said that my baby and i had endured long enough...

...he said told me that we would be delivering my precious

 bundle of joy by via C - section.

can you imagine a doctor like that in this day and age?

he even came to check on me the day before...Superbowl wasn't halftime!

i ended my career in fashion on Chrislyn's first day of kindergarten.

Anna's first cover Novenber 1988

( it was, 1988, the year Anna Wintour took the reigns at Vogue America.)

in a effort to cut back on extras i stopped my subscription.

i would toss an occasional issue into the cart, next to the Pampers, at the grocery store.

(always the August and September issues.)

i have not purchased an issue of Vogue for over ten years.

here is why...

i do not have a problem with the Hollywood red carpet and political "fair" 

featured within the pages of the publication, but i have a real

problem with putting some of these people on the cover.


 i said it!

i know, i know...there was Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Candace Bergen,

more recently, Angelina, Natalie and Beyonce'...


what are you thinking?

you have taken America's bible of fashion and turned it into a British-American tabloid!

it's like puff painting a Monet!

i am sorry, you have now lost me completely at Kim and Kanye!

i know.

i am no longer your demographic!

i am no longer the demographic of...

:: ici ::

this magazine, either, but...

...hello Gisele!

look at that face!

wallpaper worthy, if i was only 14 again!

the first fashion "rag" that i have purchased in ten years.

 a magazine that made it into my cart after the initial thumb through.

i am not young.

i am not thin.

but fashion still inspires me.

i am at the age where i have revisited many trends.

re-visiting can be comforting.

it's like meeting an old friend once again!

it's time to keep a current issue of fashion nearby once again,

as i did  long, long ago inside my briefcase with my Cross pen and pencil.

:: ici ::

now it's inside my Madagascar to Marseilles to Moi to Market tote.

dear Porter, please keep the  Mileys, Mindys and Meryls off  the cover.

Uma, tucked within the pages of fashion was a lovely compliment to your first issue.

i know...i'm ramblin'...

isn't that what one does when they bring up the past?

after all, i'm a boomer, who loved a bit of  Zepplin now and then.

( still do! )

ramble on!


Monday, March 24, 2014


last night before bedtime i made a batch of

cookie dough.  this morning, before sunlight, i baked.

you all know that i am on a quest to change my eating habits and drop some long 

retained pounds of fat. (yes, i am telling it like it is!) when trying to keep the 

sweets out of the house, i found that Mr D took matters into his own, and 

brought home the grocery store variety.

 i  decided to bake sweets weekly once again.

home baked sweets can be contrived as whole foods, and much healthier than

the preservative laced stuff from the grocery store.

:: ici ::

as my nutritionist suggested, when feasible, substitute flour with a bit of

with flaxseed meal. when mixing up this recipe, i made the substitution using

 1/8 of a cup. i was afraid to go with a 1/4 cup at first try.

maybe next time...

using the flaxseed meal instead of the seeds themselves

eliminates the question, "what are these

little seeds in my peanut butter cookies?"...(although, i think

flax seeds could work well with cookie baking.)

my daughter, Chrislyn has become expert at taking her 

family's sweet tooth teeth to a healthier version. 

often, "healthier cooking substitutions, that work

 is one of the topics of conversation during our telephone chats.

this batch made 3 dozen, so i placed 12 in the freezer to keep

for when i don't have a chance to bake.

the little egg cup was my father's when he was a child.

my grandmother would make me a soft boiled egg on some of

 the mornings after i slept over.  i loved the little cup.

she gave it to me when i grew up and moved into my first apartment.

now, it's the first thing that i unpack for Eastertime.

sunshine gift wrap
:: ici ::

it's going to be 67 degrees today! 

(  just like Cali weather! )

i can assure you that many 

Washingtonians are going to be out and about in flip flops today.

on a sad note...i am quite grateful for the recent dry weather.

you may have heard about our terrible landslides lately.

the most recent slide has taken many lives.  we need

Mr Sun to hang out for awhile so the families and rescue workers

get the relief that they need!


i found the peanut butter cookie recipe -here!

it's a good one!

since i refrigerated the dough overnight, i didn't have to 

use sugar to make the fork criss-crosses, thus saving a calorie or two! : )


Sunday, March 23, 2014


:: ici ::

i "tumbled" into this lovely haiku, yesterday.

i hope to find a way to print it on French linen and have it framed for my kitchen.