The Tempel Lipizzan Legacy

A few miles from my dad’s lake house (where we’re visiting now) are the Tempel Lipizzan Stables which house Lipizzans, Europe’s oldest domesticated horses, owned by the Tempel Smith family (of Tempel Steel).  The grounds are incredible and we love going to see the shows.   {The Stables} According to, “Lipizzans are Europe’s oldest domesticated […]

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July 29, 2010

Debra & Scentimental Gardens

{Love fig trees!!} Last week we got to stop over to see our friend Debra Phillips at Scentimental Gardens in Geneva, IL and I was in Heaven!!  {Debra also recently opened up another store on Grand Ave in Chicago and writes the blog 5th & State. }  Debra & Sarah (below) greeted us at the shop […]

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July 27, 2010

Zit Cure: Plantain (I am so serious!)

I love plantain.  Not banana plantain, but Great Plantain, the stuff that grows all over fields and yards (like mine) that aren’t quite all grass.  It has medicinal properties and I’ve even transplanted a bunch of them from my yard into my garden into a pretty row.  I don’t have a photo right now but […]

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July 24, 2010

Weed Love & What I’m Doing About it

{Queen Anne’s Lace from my Dad’s House} We’re headed out to Illinois to visit my dad this week.  The Midwestern summer flowers bloom just a little bit after the East Coast ones so every year I feel like I get them all summer long.  As I’ve mentioned before, some of my favorite flowers are wildflowers […]

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July 18, 2010

Check out the Skirted Roundtable

  I was so excited to be interviewed on the Skirted Roundtable by Megan Arquette, Linda Merrill and Joni Webb last week.  (Pictured in that order, above)  I’m sure most of you know, but for those of you who don’t know  (my family if you’re reading 😉 –  the Skirted Roundtable is a weekly online interior design radio show […]

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July 15, 2010

My Little Man

Our little man #1 just turned 3.  Time’s flown and you’d think things like cakes, icing, candles, etc. would get simpler.   I “bake” cake out of a box.  I love box cakes, esepcially the kind with the little colors dots inside the batter..  mm mm so good.  We had a really last-minute birthday party for Christian […]

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July 14, 2010



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