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Generation next……….

celebrating mommies

and babies

one here….three to come

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July…………..September…………October…………November (mommy and baby W)

‘onesies’ hand painted by shower guests

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Moroccan tea and scones

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Brian’s famous chocolate chip cookies

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they were that good!!!!!!!!!!!

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RED

I LOVE REDI love many colors, but each year at this time red becomes my favorite!

I love to wear it,

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eat it,

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decorate with it,

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wrap packages with it

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and drink from my favorite childhood cup featuring the man who wears red so well

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What color spells Christmas for you???

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Master bath remodel/addition

We couldn’t be happier with the finished product!  Part remodel and part addition, this bath/closet/dressing room works seamlessly, providing…………

a beautiful shower

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jacuzzi tub

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vanity area with a view

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mirrored dressing room

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closet with every amenity (including a built-in ironing board)

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as well as this useful telescoping rod

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perfect for styling your look for the day, or deciding what to pack for your upcoming getaway to…………..

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General Contractor:  Robert Taylor and Associates

Cabinetry:  Bartlett’s Fine Cabinetry

Design:  W Designs

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Super sous chef

My super hero has been waiting in the wings to assume some culinary duties from his sister.  With his quiet, serious demeanor, he adds a different flavor to time spent together in the kitchen.IMG_6860

-pumpkin cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting-

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safety first

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working hard

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even super heroes need a break

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and then a good night’s sleep

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wishing you sweet cupcake dreams!!!

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Rooms and Gardens, Santa Barbara

High on my list of priorities as a designer in Santa Barbara:  patronize locally owned businesses.

Rooms & Gardens, owned by Eric Voulgaris,  makes that goal easy to achieve.

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When stepping off of State Street into the store you will be greeted by one of these lovely, friendly, and extremely capable ladies:

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Laura – store manager, Sheila or Carly

-yes, they are great fun, as well as being consummate professionals in the home furnishing business-

R & G has remained on the cutting edge of design by moving ahead with the nuances of the interior fashion industry.  While maintaining a distinctive style, the store offers traditional furnishings with an edge, which mix easily into and enhance any decor.

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Browsing the inspiring vignettes in the store, enjoying the fragrance of scented candles and the sound of… clucking chickens???…

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complete with designer hen house

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…only in Santa Barbara…only at Rooms & Gardens!!!

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New York Fashion Week

Congratulations

to newest daughter-in-law

Samantha Hutchinson Wennerstrom

for making the front page of the Wall Street Journal today!!!

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Visit Sam on her blog ‘Could I Have That?’, and on Instagram

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Cooking with a sous-chef – part 2

When cooking with my grandmother as a young girl, I always wore an apron chosen from her vast collection.

Seemingly always in the kitchen as a busy mother, I never took time to put on an apron.

Now that I am cooking with my granddaughter, she reminds me (as I taught her) to always put on an apron before we start to cook.  In fact, aprons have become an integral part of our times together in the kitchen.  Knowing the joy we find in cooking together, we have been the recipients, from family and friends, of aprons –  even some matching ones.  Which one to wear remains a difficult decision……..we discuss the provenance of each one:

“……….these from Rome when I was a baby, the pink one with the fire dogs from Auntie Sue Sue………..”

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The decision made, we are ready to begin our adventure of making:

‘gooey cinnamon squares’

from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

measuring

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whisking

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adding

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beating

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-time out for an apron change-

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stirring

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spreading

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-and yet another apron change for the sous-chef-

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dusting

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and finally tasting

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YUM!!!

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