Two weeks ago, we returned from a wonderful, six-day ski trip in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Over the years, we’ve enjoyed a number of memorable family ski vacations to Steamboat, Snowmass and Aspen in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Another trip took us north of the border to Whistler, Canada, where we skied glaciers. But, this is the first time just hubby and I went on a ski trip together.
When my husband retired last fall, I knew the best ‘present’ I could give him was a ski trip out West. He loves to ski and is quite advanced. But, there’s limited opportunity within a few hours drive of Pittsburgh.
Originally, we had hoped two of his brothers and their wives would join us. That would have given my husband companions to ski more advanced, black diamond trails — something way beyond my skill set and comfort level.
When neither couple was able to come along, I worried that Mr. Buzz wouldn’t truly enjoy himself if he was limited to skiing with me on easy and intermediate terrain. But, you know what? Much to our surprise and amazement — I skied the best I ever had!
Bonjour mon amis! What could be more fabulous than to have a seat at an Eiffel Tower table on Valentine’s Day in Paris; the City of Light and Love?
I’ve been fortunate to eat dinner there twice. First, was with my husband early in our marriage. While vacationing in Paris a decade plus later, we took our then adolescent sons to dine at an Eiffel Tower table.
There are several dinning establishments inside the Eiffel Tower; including champagne and macaroon bars.
Popular with families and for its incredible view over Paris, is 58 Tour Eiffel. Legendary restaurant and triple Michelin-star, Le Jules Verne, is undergoing a facelift and will reopen in the spring. A truly magical experience in an iconic setting.
My Eiffel Tower table is in a much more modest setting — I’ve swapped Paris for Pittsburgh!
A dangerous icy snow mix is headed our way; along with a high of only six degrees come Monday. Burr! So, I’m building a snowman inside my warm, cozy kitchen.
Snowman table that is — on my kitchen island.
For breakfast this weekend, hubby and I will be warding off the arctic chill (blast?) with bowls of warm oatmeal and cups of peppermint-flavored coffee.
We’re suppose to be going out to dinner Saturday night as part of Pittsburgh’s Restaurant Week. Not so sure that’s going to happen, as the weather forecast is for icy driving conditions. I sure hope not, as I’ve been really looking forward to dinner at The Roost. On Tuesday night we ate at the Twisted Frenchman. Both are newer, highly rated restaurants we’ve been wanting to try. More frequent dining out is part of our new retirement lifestyle.
Come in from the cold and join me at a snowman table for some frosty fun in the kitchen.
It feels like winter again, and the perfect occasion for a toboggan ride tablescape.
After a heavy rainstorm with strong wind gusts yesterday, the high temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight. Now, snowflakes are falling and winter has returned.
After going to gym class in the morning, I spent the entire day preparing for a grand evening out with hubby. It required reading the play synopsis and music lyrics, while listing to the soundtrack of Hamilton. Yes, that Hamilton!
Then, we left the house for a pre-theater dinner downtown, before the three-hour show. Was it absolutely fabulous and fun — yes! It’s a cultural phenomenon I hope you all get a chance to see. Have you been? If not, Hamilton is worth the cost of a Disney + subscription for virtual front row seat.
Now that old man winter has returned, I’ve spent set a seasonal, winter table to enjoy for the rest of the month. Come along on the ride!
My Christmas decorations are still decking the hall, with all but the live tree in place through Epiphany Sunday. But, I’m busy restyling the kitchen and dining room for New Years Eve tablesetting and entertaining.
With a gold, silver, black and white color palate, it’s not too difficult to make the change from Christmas to New Years.
Sparkling decorations are always festive.
Post-holiday clearance sales of metallic and crystal ornaments, beads, garlands, paper products, and candles make for decor that easily transition from one occasion to the next.
Do you set a special table to celebrate New Years?
Today, I’m revisiting two New Years Eve tablescapes, while sharing favorite entertaining and decorating ideas. Whether it’s an intimate setting for two to four, or a buffet table to serve a large party crowd, these are sure-fire to rock around the clock.
I’ve just finished setting the table for Christmas Day; trying to get a little ahead of the curve. Thought you might enjoy seeing it, along with my nutcracker collection centerpiece.
Two years ago, I was in Florida helping mom to downsize. At the time, my parents were living in a sprawling, four-bedroom home; planning a move into an apartment. Sistah B had already helped go through much of the clothing, artwork, sculptures, and decor items. Mom and I worked on the kitchen, bathrooms, smaller artwork, dining room, and her extensive holiday collection of decorations, ornaments and collectibles.
Most of the items had a great deal of sentimental value, and a number were handmade treasures. We spent several days going through the emotional, difficult process. As we accessed each item, we determined what was going in the house contents sale, to donate, or give to family members and friends.
Unfortunately, my two sisters and I simply could not absorb everything. After all, we are our mother’s daughters — having collected holiday decoration ourselves for decades! Plus, mom and dad had given us Christmas ornaments and decor every year since we were kids. None of the grandchildren were married or had homes yet, so they had no place to keep or display anything. That meant my sisters and I would have to store our children’s keepsakes too.
I selected the Christmas decorations and ornaments that had the most sentimental or nostalgic value to me, primarily items from my childhood. Some I had given to my parents, others I knew the boys were particularly partial to — like nutcrackers.