Saturday, May 17, 2014


helloooooooo lovelies!!!

today's the day!


  Anna & Ty

i am poppin' in for a sec to show you the farm table

before i head to the store for cake flower!

i had lot's of fun shopping and crafting for this shower.

like Nordstrom boxes, we rarely wrap a Crate & Barrel box in this

 house.  the very sight of a C&B package is cause for culinary or casual living bliss!

we just flourish the heck out of them!

my fave wedding shower flourish at the moment is a Microplane.

( that kitchen tool! )

the glove is a cut resistant glove, also made by Microplane.

today's event is casual and fun!


 ...34 RSVP'S!

time to hit the market and bake!


this week has been out of control, in a GOOD way.

i have been visiting, but have had limited time to leave comments.

...also a few computer issues to boot!


i plan to work on those issues tomorrow, and hopefully catch up with everyone.

thank you for you sweet comments about Jay and Antoine.

have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, May 15, 2014


words from my son when i picked up the phone at work yesterday afternoon...

(yes, it was a loaded question.)

(in my heart i knew this was coming...)

"i am going to be on at 5:40 PDT...LIVE!"

i promptly requested to leave early so i could be home in time to tune in!

most of you know that i was over to

visit Jay in Boise about three weeks


when he drove me to the airport he

told me that he would be back at the

airport the next morning to fly to LA

to interview a new Boise State football

recruit with a very special story.

"Mom, he's a really great kid who has survived the loss of his mother, the fallout from "Katrina",

and now in the midst studying for his finals at Fullerton...he's homeless!"

  1. Antoine Turner
  2. In the news
    The NCAA has responded to a request from Boise State and will allow the school to 'provide immediate assistance' to homeless signee Antoine

Jay's story about Antoine Turner aired last Sunday.

Before the show was over, the good will virus began to spread.

the community of Boise was calling...

folks from all over the country were calling...

Antoine's circumstance was called to the attention of Boise State University.

...and yesterday, a ruling came down from the NCAA... Antoine would not have to wait until June for

a home in Boise.




after last night's broadcast, he received a call from Antoine...

Following the news, Turner passed along this statement to KTVB sports director Jay Tust:

"I want to thank the people of Boise and Boise State for the love they have showed me in my life right now. I want to thank the NCAA for allowing assistance. I'm humbled by the situation. I'm humbled by the fact I went through what I went through and I want to thank by grandparents for teaching me to be humble. The best thing is - kids that are going through a similar situation can view this as an inspiration. They can succeed. There are still people that care and just because somebody tells you that you can't do something, it doesn't mean you can't. Now, I would like to focus on my finals, getting to Boise and getting back to the game I love - football."

Antoine wanted to tell his story to Jay so he could inspire other young people in circumstances like his.

( i remember my Chrislyn telling me that the students she mentored at the College 

Success Foundation didn't always have a comfortable environment to study. )

Antoine likely studied in the library at Fullerton, then went to sleep on a park bench most nights.

if you would like to view "A Suitcase And A Dream" will find it here!

yesterday, i also saw a dream come true for my son.  his interview on ESPN was flawless.

he spoke on Antoine's behalf, with humility, and respect in this moment of national attention.

after the interview, he told me...i wish i could have said, "i love sports".  i told him, he didn't need to

say it.  anyone who knows Jay, knows that he told Antoine's story...

withLove...Go Blue!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


...are going fly by!

:: ici ::

there are birthdays to celebrate,

... from 3 to 30 to 60! anniversary of 41.

a couples wedding shower...


(our dear friends son, and Jay's

best friend's) wedding!

i  will be blogging about some of the places that inspire me, to share with you,

for keeping, and ongoing inspiration.


this weekend is the couples shower! 

the atmosphere is casual, and packed with good food, fun, and lot's of old stories! 

the farm table is in full productive 

mode!  ( just a little peek...i'll share the

finished pieces next week.)

Chrislyn and i are making the banners and the cupcakes. Chrislyn is making the signature cupcake for the 

groom. ( her choice is still under wraps... )  i have the pleasure of making the bride's signature cupcake!

i found... 

:: ici ::


 A M A Z I N G



Elderflower honey 




butter cream!

Aimee's blog is one of my favorite "galeries culinaires"!

( it's a visual P I N F E S T! )

:: ici ::

other than my son Jay's fragrant 

backyard in Boise, her blog was 

my favorite stop during this 

year's Lilac season. 

:: ici ::

i know!

...this gives a whole new 

meaning  to that "sweet - 

succulent - major - garden - 

trend - crush"  that is going on 

right now! the fun in the sun begins!

our HONEY(S) MUST DO list is a two pager!

i will be sharing the journey to July 5th...