Monthly Archives: May 2011

This week’s finds

This has been a great week for finding treasures online and in stores. Here are a few:

Cheap and chic – this pretty lampshade from Target was under $15.


I found these little silver plate coasters on eBay for $2.50 each. I have them scattered around the apartment and at work. I love the elegance of silver & silver plate. I’ve had the little box since I was a girl. It once held my Flintstone vitamins…now holds allergy meds.


Marty thinks these pretty pink carnations would be lovely to nibble on…


And these roses are the most stunning melon color…


Spring time weather in Colorado can vary, but we have had some lovely summer-like days…

Cherry Creek

…which put me in the mood for a great new red lipstick and gavroche…


…and even better – with the lipstick and mascara, I was able to get this cute bag with goodies from Lancome’s promo. Every time I use this, I’ll think of the French Riviera, where we plan to spend our tenth wedding anniversary next summer.


Sooo looking forward to summer getting into full swing! Happy Memorial Day, everyone!


Green Tomatoes

My mother makes, hands down, the BEST fried green tomatoes in the world. She slices them really thin, salts them, and fries them until they’re crisp, almost like tomato “chips.” My grandmother (who turns 86 today…Happy Birthday, Granny!) also has a wonderful green tomato pie recipe with cheddar cheese, Parmesan, and onions baked in a pie crust. I have grown up watching Southern cooks concoct amazing dishes out of that simple, unripened fruit.

magazine cover So I was THRILLED yesterday when the June issue of Southern Living arrived in my mailbox, featuring “8 Ways with Green Tomatoes.”

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes
  2. Fried Green Tomato Po’boys
  3. Green Tomato Salsa
  4. Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade
  5. Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Biscuits
  6. Green Tomato Garden Party Salad
  7. Grilled Green Tomatoes Caprese
  8. Sweet Green Tomato Cornmeal Muffins
I was so inspired that I decided to walk down to the Cherry Creek farmers market this morning to see if I could find any green tomatoes. (They are nearly impossible to find in Colorado’s grocery stores.) No such luck, but I’ll keep searching. To be continued…

In the meantime, here is La Madame showing her approval of my green tomato quest.

Denver’s Derby Party 2011

This was our first year attending, but certainly won’t be our last. We had SUCH a blast!

Enjoying our juleps on the balcony…


There’s nothing more refreshing than a mint julep in a frosted silver cup…

julep cup

The purpose of the event is to provide a full scholarship to CSU for a student who may not otherwise have the means to attend. Here is this year’s lucky winner being presented his check.

scholarship winner

Sam looked dapper in his jacket and cap…


And the 15 seconds of the races were fun as well…


Thanks for a great event for a great cause, Derby Party. We’ll see you next year.


Gusterman’s Silversmiths of Denver

In an earlier post, I mentioned how one of my Georgian serving spoons fell into the garbage disposal and needed repair.


My husband surprised me last month by taking the spoon to Gusterman’s Silversmiths when I was in Vietnam. (I have the BEST husband in the world! xoxo) When I went to pick up the spoon, I was amazed at their handiwork. Look how great the spoon looks now!


Thanks, Gusterman’s. I’ll certainly be back.

It’s Derby Eve – and we are ready!

The mint julep cups have been polished, the straws trimmed…


…and we’re enjoying Kentucky Beer Cheese on Toast this evening…


I’m looking forward to watching the races and seeing great hats tomorrow.

White as a Color, Part 2

Here are a few more photos showing how I’m using white and brown this spring:

Hand-stitched pillowcase made by my grandmother as a wedding present to us:


My orchid is in full bloom right now…


Pretty peonies this morning…