tuesday things


1)  A spiffy record player (circa 1964) was bestowed upon my fortunate (and ecstatic) brother as a birthday gift a few weeks ago.  He was doubly fortunate in discovering a Sinatra record among the many boxes of new & secondhand records, CDs, and other merchandise at a local music store.

If I close my eyes & listen, I feel as though I’m in a secluded jazz club with Ol’ Blue Eyes crooning about 10 feet in front of me…


2)  My brother’s musical discovery has launched me into a phase of listening to more Sinatra, a lot of Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, & Ella Fitzgerald – and many other wonderful artists besides – leaning toward anything jazz, big-band, &/or swing.  I’ll also turn up the volume for anything Glenn Miller or Cole Porter.  I’ve done this before, and I find that whenever I do, I seem to take a holiday from everything current and rather forget about the last 5 to 7 or so decades of music…

Not a bad phase to go through, in my opinion.

3)  I fixated on these bright and cheery roasted apricots yesterday…and while I concede they would make a delightful breakfast, I can’t seem to get it out of my head that they’d taste divine with vanilla ice cream.  Hmm…

yellow and light

4)  Speaking of bright and cheery — yellow nail polish.

It must be summer.

5)  With a gang of fantastic fellow food-enthusiasts, I ventured to a pretty little bakery this weekend where the star confections were impeccably tasty and cute macarons.

I purchased (and relished) the Earl Grey Tea flavored one…

To. Die. For.

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making these beautiful French confections for ages and tasting these led me to believe a certain baking project is in my relatively imminent future…

bon ami

5)  As you can see in the above photos, I enjoyed a cup of Lavender Lemonade (what?!) this weekend…Let me just say it was absolutely amazing and ever since the first sip my mind has been tumbling with ideas on how to create my own.  However, I wouldn’t mind a pouring myself a glass of this Strawberry Mint lemonade either…

6)  Cocktail hour is a long way off from now, but I can’t help ogling these absolutely azure blueberry mojitos… goodness, they’re stunning!  Almost too pretty to drink.


7)  If I could be anywhere tonight, it would be sitting around a fire with a few good friends, making s’mores and chatting like the night would never end.  Summer has exploded on the scene in full fiery technicolor and apart from fawning over the bright colored nail polish, the bonkers lemonade flavors, the sunny bike rides, and humming Sinatra’s Summer Wind – I have a strong desire to make marshmallows again…maybe this time with root beer…or caramel liqueur…or bourbon

8)  By the way, the second episode of The Chronicles of Alexander Hawthorne is coming soon to a computer near you, so subscribe!  And if you haven’t yet, watch episode one, because you’re really missing out on something fantastic here.  Seriously. Go. YouTube. Now.

9)  I love a good muffin & I am in muffin-love with these lovelies.  I’ll take one right now, please & thank you.

10)  I recently purchased To Kill A Mockingbird on DVD and I’ve watched it at least 3 times since.  I feel a little sorry for anyone who hasn’t realized the true value of that story as a result of it being high school required reading, because the book is on my list of frequent re-reads and the film is nothing short of amazing.  Ugh, I can’t get over Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.  His performance and his character are phenomenal.  Not to mention the fact that he’s ridiculously handsome.


Happy Tuesday, kids.

3 thoughts on “tuesday things

  1. Speaking of marshmallows, I recently made your butterbeer marshmallows and they were delicious!! In fact, they were better than marshmallows that I bought at a gourmet bakery. I’m very impressed and I look forward to seeing new flavors. :)

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