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A little oomph

Maybe I’m trying to hold on the last remnants of summer.  It isn’t that difficult to do.  The weather has been warmish and there’s still technically about a week before the autumnal equinox.  Friday at 4:02pm to be precise.  Regardless, I’m loving using fruit syrups to add a little extra oomph of flavor to my buttercream.… Continue reading A little oomph

childhood · easy recipes · Kalvert Rose Syrup · Ramadan · recipes · rooh afza · rose lemonade · rose syrup · roses · sharbat · summer

“A rose is a rose is a rose”

Growing up I had an obsession with roses, and the color red.  So much so that many of my birthday and other gifts incorporated them in some way… and continue to do so today.  I’m not quite sure where it all began and why I was so drawn to red roses.  One of my very first email… Continue reading “A rose is a rose is a rose”

Block Island · Iggy's Boardwalk · Jacky's · lobster rolls · nerd heart · Newport · Providence · recharge · Rhode Island · summer · unplug · vacation · Warwick

Ocean State of Mind

So close, yet so far … I can’t believe it has taken me so long to visit “the ocean state,” otherwise known as Rhode Island.  I enjoy visiting places that have a lot to offer in terms of history, whether it is important sites or building and architecture.  Cities like Boston, Santa Fe, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Williamsburg, to name… Continue reading Ocean State of Mind

easy recipes · fruit syrup · green tea · iced tea · Maya's Jams · recipes · saving money · summer · summer splurges · tea

Brewing summer savings

I’m the kind of person that has to have an iced coffee or tea during the summer.  However, this does nothing for my wallet.  In trying harder to save more, I’ve started being smarter about planning out meals and preparing them ahead of time.  For breakfast, I make overnight oats with a variety of fresh fruit.… Continue reading Brewing summer savings

Bibliophile · books · childhood · From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler · kryptonite · reading · summer · The Alchemist

“When I was your age, television was called books”

Recently, I was speaking to someone about books/book clubs.  The conversation took us both back to our childhoods.  We compared notes about participating in our local library’s summer reading program.  The genres I devoured in my childhood have since expanded. A typical summer reading list then would include:  The Babysitters Club,Sweet Valley High, andThe Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys… Continue reading “When I was your age, television was called books”