Thursday, March 06, 2014
You know those childhood memories that just stick with you?.... the good ones that you have no idea why they left such an impression; they just did... and that's that. Well, one of mine involves standing around the counter of my Girl Scout troop leader's house in grade school. I've long since forgotten the grade I was in and most everything else about Girls Scouts for that matter (minus Thin Mints, Samoas and all of those fantastic badges ofcourse).... but I remember that particular meeting; the kitchen and the late afternoon light and the bunch of us girls staring down in amazement at all that nutty, sticky goodness.... many of us having never made anything in the kitchen before. She told us about her Greek heritage and the history of this dessert.... all the while letting us take turns carefully putting down the layers (I swear she said there were a hundred) and we laughed and she laughed.... and it felt good.
Decades have passed since then and I can count on one hand the times I have eaten baklava. I quickly learned that it isn't a common offering; at least in your typical American eateries.... so it always comes as a pleasant surprise to see it on a menu or hear it included in the list of desserts the waiter is rambling off. And each time without fail, my heart skips in delight and my mind starts reminiscing.... and I'm obliged to tell anyone who is around about the story of the woman who was crazy and wonderful enough to host of gaggle of giggling girls to one of the messiest desserts known to man... and smile about it.
This woman; my troop leader and the mother of dear friends passed away last week..... and, yep, the first thing that came to mind when I heard the news was... baklava. I don't think she'd mind that that is the legacy she left with me for it is filled with sweetness, warmth and love.... one hundred layers worth...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Fruit Tarts... I have an excruciatingly hard time resisting the beautiful and delicious fruit tarts that seem to scream out my name at the patisseries here (the one above came home with me yesterday). I'd love to perfect a recipe of my own (maybe this one) for when we move back to the States.
Ficus... The other thing that came home with me yesterday.... only 14 CHF at Ikea (about $15)... my low risk source for my green thumb wannabe experiments.
Lamp... I spotted this beauty back at this wonderful shop in Cincinnati last November.... I haven't stopped thinking about a pair of them in my foyer since. If I could make my way to a Target right now; I'd be snatching up a couple of these too.
Caftan.... Daydreaming about wearing this in a hot tropical locale (or heck, by the baby pool) later this year...
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The ride on the Glacier Express and our time in St. Moritz was just as I imagined it would be.... like stepping into a bygone era... an old black and white movie complete with glamorous people (clad in fur head to toe....); perfect backdrops (really, the scenery is almost painfully beautiful...); impeccably choreographed numbers (incredible attention to detail)....and Frank Sinatra playing in the background (they literally did have it broadcast over the speakers while we were ice skating).... warmly welcoming us 'normal folk' to come join in. It was all a bit surreal....
Views from the Glacier Express...
If you ever get the chance to ride in a bobsled.... do it!
We stumbled upon these benches about 1/2 mile up on a snowy hike.... handsomely clad in vintage Swiss Army blankets... (not a soul around)..... these little surprises and creature comforts epitomized St. Moritz
Striped snow cabanas with more Swiss Army blankets.... (you know I loved these)....
..... awe inspiring and wonderful. This is a place that stays with you.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
And, in the spirit of the Olympics, who knows, we might even decide to try out a bobsled ride.... it is where the sport originated and YOLO, right? :)
Be back in a week!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
.... it's not like I needed another reason to love Amanda Peet; but did ya'll see this pic of her home on Domaine yesterday?
There's so much to love about this room.... the abundance of colors (navy, pink and stripes at that!) against the bright white backdrop and almost black floors; the eclectic mix of furniture styles and fabrics; books!; beautiful sight lines and a dash of whimsy.... this room just reads comfortable and "happy" and makes me want to sit down and stay a while..... the ultimate achievement in interior design in my book!