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AFP & CPN Photo Booth 5-9-2009Thanks to Clotilde of Chocolate & Zuchini for spreading the word (via twitter) about this beautifully written and photographed post – Getting What You Need, and The Very Best Lunch.  As you can tell from the comments, everyone loved it.

 

I couldn’t agree more.  There’s is nothing like spending time with an old friend…  Many of my best friends are scattered across the country, including  my sister, so it was wonderful to spend time with her this weekend.  Babies and all!  Although it was especially nice to steal away to Nordstrom just the two of us for some shopping and some laughs! 

 

I’m excited to have found Pink of Perfection(a thrifty girl’s guide to la dolce vita) in the process…  Not only do I enjoy her aesthetic, but the author Sarah McColl grew up in Dallas!  If she can really throw a lasso, then I’m even more impressed!

 

These pictures were taken during the photo both promotion from Little Black Booth at Paper & Chocolate , my mom’s store, for Mother’s Day. Imagine them attached to a beautiful letterpress Mother’s Day card.  We loved the promotion, as you can tell.  What a great idea for parties, charity events, and weddings.  So much fun. (I’m on the left. My sister Christine is on the right.)

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Basil.  My favorite.

Basil. My favorite.

 

Today’s post at The Cook’s Atelier captures my sentiments about kitchen gardens exactly.  I choose to:  Dig in the dirt.  Eat real food.  Mostly plants (from around here). In a beautiful, conscious way.

This is truly my first foray into a real garden.  My previous attempts have been limited to “container gardens” on apartment patios starring mint who can live through almost anything the Texas sun can dish out and basil who is clearly more difficult to grow, but my enduring favorite.  Last May I bought a two bedroom house in a little known neighborhood very close to downtown (and to my office).  It has a pretty good sized yard with very big beds for lots of planting, which was a huge draw. 

It’s been a learning experience to say the least, and Google has been a great teacher.  How to harvest arugala, how to care for cauliflower, how to figure out my hardiness zone…  There is plenty more for me to learn, but here’s a look into my garden right now.  So far I’ve enjoyed eating from my nascent kitchen garden.  I ‘m excited about a new season and what’s to come.

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Starting anything is the hardest part…  So here goes.  Writing is part of whom I am.  It’s how I think and process.  The more writing I do the more pulled together and centered I feel. 

 

And, let’s be clear, I’m not writing philosophy or covering Darfur!  I’m just writing about me.  The things I care about.  The books I read.  The places I travel.   The things I cook.  The changes I want to make.

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