August 28, 2014

The Final Week Of My Maine Vacation

The past two weeks of August in Maine were absolutely beautiful! My daughter, Alexis, and my two grandchildren stayed the entire month. They enjoyed the hikes, the lakes, the beaches and the mountains.  We all ate very well, enjoying foods from the local fisheries, the farmers’ markets and my garden.  We cooked, we gardened, we decorated, we hiked, we ate, and ate and ate!  We also did yoga with my longtime yoga instructor Roseanna. We entertained, we went out to Islesford Dock on Little Cranberry, we went to Havana in Bar Harbor, and we dined at friends homes. We took the boat out to see the seals and visit neighboring islands. We also worked on upcoming shoots for Martha Stewart Living and even the fabulous Architectural Digest! I will be sharing more about those with you in the coming weeks and months. It was a relaxing, fun and event-filled vacation! Please enjoy a bit of what I enjoyed in my photo gallery below! And don't forget to comment - I love to read your remarks!

August 27, 2014

A Lesson in Trimming Donkey Hooves

It is such a joy to own 3 very cute and happy Sicilian donkeys. As with the ownership of any animal, one must be aware of any special needs that are specific to the animal.  In the case of donkeys, one such concern is the proper monitoring and maintenance of their hooves. Hooves, like human finger and toe nails are constantly growing. However, in the case of donkeys, their hooves support the entire weight of the body. If left unmaintained, they will get too long, creating an uneven stride. Hooves can also crack and cause severe soreness and even lameness! It is therefore vital that they are regularly and properly maintained.

Hooves should be trimmed approximately every 6 to 8 weeks. Betsy Perreten, my stable manager and I, saw that it was time for a trimming, so we called in the farrier, Linda Friedman. How did the session go? View the photo gallery below where my precious Clive's session is featured!  Don’t forget to leave a comment!

August 26, 2014

A Visit To Eataly Chicago

I recently took a trip to The Home Depot's regional office in Chicago to talk to the kitchen designer associates about my new Quartz countertops and cabinet doors. It was a very fun and productive trip! I will be sharing more of it with you as Kitchen Week approaches. During the visit, I found some time to visit the Chicago based version of one of my favorite New York eateries - Eataly!

The lovely General Manager of Eataly, Raffaele Piarulli, was kind enough to give us a tour of the space. Within Eataly Chicago, there are 10 different eat-in restaurants and over 5,000 Italian products. At the end of the tour, we enjoyed a slice of the delicious foccacia with passata di pomodori pelati and house made mozzarella. If you're in the Chicago, Illinois area, visit this amazing Italian eatery and market place! Also, see their Facebook page for the the latest trends and events! Enjoy the photo gallery of our visit.