2018…thanks for the memories

Before we jump head first into 2019 we pause to be grateful for a wonderful 2018. My business afforded us several opportunities to travel this year.  We visited family coast to coast and celebrated anniversaries, birthday’s (three where both digits changed) and the joy’s of living. We met new friends Miles at Tamboli Produce and Rachel…

Wine & Dine

Fortunate is a word which often comes to mind regarding my work/love relationship with my clients.  It’s wonderful to know so many of my design clients have become dear friends. Four years ago we were invited to a dinner in a client’s home.  I sat by my client’s new next door neighbor and across the…

Slice, Grill, Serve

I’m not one to say I’m inspired by something or someone.  I don’t often, if ever, do something like someone else did it or even as a tribute. I even find myself making things that mom made but with adjustments they’ve become mine. Oh, how I wish I could cook for her again. My focus…

Sunday Breakfast

I’m  not a breakfast guy.  I’m actually not a fan of many traditional American breakfast foods…especially before, say 9:30.  Mom and dad loved breakfast and I married a man who believes the marketing line, “if it ain’t eggs, it ain’t breakfast.”  Mom always did a “full breakfast” on Sunday…and still got to Sunday School.  I…

First Party of the Holidays

I decided to start the holiday celebration early. Part of it comes from the vitriol we’ve had to witness for the past ten months. I’ve felt a strong urge to be around people that share love. We don’t even share the same political beliefs but we love and respect each other.  I also wanted to…

Double Nickel

We love birthdays!!!  So many of our family and friends are no longer here to celebrate their birthday it seems really ungrateful not to be thankful and celebrate the joys of the anniversary of birth.  Mine is always a bit of an emotional challenge as I recall the fact that Fay and Quindel, my loving parents,…

Italian Supper

Here’s Brandt welcoming everyone to our house in Umbria…well, our house for a week in 2012. Channeling the La Dolce Vita spirit we hosted Supper Club Sunday evening.  This was our first time to have a theme.  It was our dear friend Teresa’s turn to host but she is dealing with a health challenge.  We send her…

Best of the West

We recently visited Nevada and California.  Out of respect for your time I’ll share the “Best of” from the trip. Best Plating Chile Relleno, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Ceasar’s Palace Best Greeting The pines and aspens of  Northstar Resort and graciousness of our friends Linda and Jim. Best Welcome Cocktail Actually, we had champagne upon…