It’s The Little Things That Count

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Woven Tapestries from Native Line

Sometimes it’s the little things that count.  The accents are what makes a home beautiful and gives it personality.  They can be small and elegant but eye-catching.  It can be the corner of a room that is just so or a small vase added to a shelf.  Simple, neutral and beautiful, here are a few of the little things that I love.

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Roast Chicken, Peach, and Avocado Salad with Yogurt Dressing

IMG_4395I went to my favorite market in Paris yesterday.  The one I wrote about HERE.  I was so happy to see all the summer fruits and veggies (tomatoes!!!) and a brought home a whole slew of favorites.  Amongst them was a perfectly ripe avocado, a few peaches, a head of fresh, young lettuce and half of a roast chicken.  You know how the idea of a meal starts to form in your head as you shop?  That’s what happened to me.  I thought of this epic salad and went home to make it.  Luckily it live up to the idea in my head.  Next time it’s hot and you don’t want to cook, make this instead.  It’s fast, easy and so delicious!

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Hamburg Days

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Hamburg is one of those cities that is really nice place to live or to just hangout for a few days.  It is clean and beautiful with good restaurants and shopping.  It is not a city that has a lot of huge tourist sites so if that is what you like I would look elsewhere.  For me it was perfect.  I stayed with an old friend and it was so lovely to catch up!  I ate good food, relaxed, walked around the lake, and went to the beach.  It was a true vacation! Continue reading

Green Garden Living

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I’ve been in Amsterdam for the past four days (more about that soon) and it is such a beautiful city.  One of the things I love most is that there are flowers everywhere.  People create entire gardens by the stairs leading into their home.  This had me thinking of plants and gardening.  I can’t wait until I am a bit more settled and create something similar.  In the meantime, here are some garden inspiration pics for gardens of all sizes.

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Summer Travel Essentials

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I have spent the past three weeks traveling in Europe.  First to London, then on a trip to Berlin, Hamburg and Amsterdam. It has been a blast but a hot, sweaty blast.  A heatwave has consumed us and made me realize how inadequate some of my packing (3 pairs of jeans?!) was.  If I could do it over again, here are my summer travel essentials.

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Summer Pasta with Zucchini Ribbons and Cherry Tomatoes

IMG_3694Zucchini is an interesting vegetable.  I feel like it changes its flavor by cutting it in different ways.  With pasta, I really like zucchini ribbons.  Sautéed very briefly they retain a bit of their crunch and add a nice texture.  I like to make easy summer pastas with sauces that require barely any cooking if any.  This is the kind of dish you can throw together in a flash and it is healthy, fresh and bursting with flavor.  What is your favorite summer pasta?

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Berlin Days

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Berlin is such a cool city!  I spent the past four days there and I really enjoyed it.  It is such an interesting mix.  It has all this history yet is so modern and ‘now’ feeling.  The beautiful gentrified parts are still a bit gritty.  As with any city with a rough winter, the people really know how to celebrate summer.  There are beer gardens everywhere and all the restaurants have terraces where you can sit outside.  Here are a few photos from my trip.  Next stop, Hamburg for four days!

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