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The simple trimmings for an elegant life™ - featuring affordable ideas with small stay-at-home journeys that can enhance your life - or what I like to refer to as, "trimmings."
Orange You Glad You Made These?
2020-12-15 15:32
As it's been sung, "Everything old is new again."In the 1980s - 1990s, I subscribed to Country Living magazine, and with every new month, I just about wore out the printed pages mesmerized b… Read More
Teas The Season: Grow Your Own
2020-12-08 15:30
Every season is tea season from fancying a cozy warm cuppa to a crisp cool tall glass. And no, it's not about growing black pekoe in your garden. From the polished 17th-century apo… Read More
Tabbouleh, Tabbouleh, Tabbouleh
2020-11-10 15:30
Say that three times... The year was 1975. I was living in Portland, Oregon, and had an opportunity to take a Lebanese cooking class sponsored by Mt. Hood Community College. The Lebanes… Read More
Fall Baking: Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
2020-11-03 15:15
This Pinterest recipe for pumpkin muffins has been around now for several months. I first saw it a year ago on the Food Network's show, "The Kitchen," and was recently reminded of it again o… Read More
Halloween Candy And Wine Pairing
2020-10-29 14:30
Yeah, I know, but the internet is still being filled with this silly topic - even in 2020! I was guilty of this when I was writing a wine blog several years ago. Perhaps this resurge of Hall… Read More
Meet My New Friends On YouTube: Part Two
2020-10-27 14:30
Last week I posted Part One of "Meet My New Friends on YouTube." These video channels are a collection of dedicated women who share their talents on YouTube. They garden, forage, bake, prese… Read More
Meet My New Friends On YouTube : Part One
2020-10-20 14:30
During quarantine, there have been days when I want a bit of "noise" in the house or just a quick break - a mind rest from writing. Yet I am not in the mood for music, regular television pro… Read More
The Power Of Music
2020-09-29 14:30
Sometimes life on my blog isn't all about cooking, gardening, and fluffing pillows. Sometimes it's about experiences - my experiences. Recently on Facebook, a friend (winemaker and nota… Read More
Quarantine Qooking: Sheet Pan Gnocchi
2020-09-22 14:30
It's delicious. It makes generous servings for a one main dish (for one to two people) or several servings as a side. And it's so easy! I discovered the recipe on the Pioneer Woman… Read More
Decor: What's In? What's Out? Do You Care?
2020-09-15 14:30
At least a couple times of year I look through magazines (and now online) to see what is trendy, fashionable, and what is not when it comes to home decor. It's been more out of curiosit… Read More
Elegantly Rustic: Mixed Berry Galette
2020-09-01 14:30
The first time I ever laid my eyes on a galette was through a bakery window in the historic Galleria building located in downtown Portland, OR. This time-frame for me was back in the late 19… Read More
Beans: The Magical Fruit
2020-08-18 14:35
I know. I know. There are moments the old playground song rattles through my mind when I  think of beans, and sometimes I even giggle like a 10-year old boy when the song brings up the… Read More
A Rose Is A Rose Is A Dried Rose
2020-08-13 14:42
Like fruit on the tree or tomatoes on the vine, roses seem to bloom all at once.  I have been successful enough to have a few rose bushes continue to bloom through the summer if I conti… Read More
The Bread And Butter Of Quarantine
2020-08-04 14:30
It's been over 20 years since I've made bread from scratch. During quarantine, all I had was a package of three-month-old expired yeast, and wouldn't you know every store in town was out of… Read More
Quarantine Quandry: It Zaps Creativity
2020-07-07 19:08
On March 24 our governor issued the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order to combat COVID-19. Eleven days before this order I saw the "writing on the wall," and personally made a choice to put mys… Read More
Love In The Time Of COVID-19
2020-03-25 14:30
With apologies to author Gabriel García Márquez...The rules on how to deal with our situation that has swept the world are fairly simple. Go back to basics. I believe… Read More
Incense: Is That Patchouli I Smell?
2020-03-12 14:30
Since I was a sophomore in high school, I was burning incense - and of course, the "flavor" was always-always-always patchouli. After I became a tax-paying adult and stopped wearing pea… Read More
2020-03-03 15:30
It's one of the best food websites and Youtube food channel videos around. Food52, a recipe and cookware site was founded in 2009 by former New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser. It re… Read More
2020-02-25 15:30
Sorry, I'm not buying it. I am not "buying" into that the younger generation doesn't want our "old stuff." There's no doubt that some of the younger generations don't want anything to do wit… Read More
2020-02-20 15:30
You're probably thinking, "Catie, you don't live in a castle or have a driver who hauls your tush around in a Rolls Royce. So where do you get off telling your readers how to live an elegant… Read More
French Toast: It's GRRREAT!
2020-02-18 15:30
And it's origins aren't even from France. It's from Rome. One of the earliest versions of French toast has been traced back to the Roman Empire, where it was referred to… Read More
Heart 2 Heart
2020-02-13 15:30
When it comes to decorating for Valentine's Day, I really don't have to do much. As I was looking around my house, most of the hearts I have around the house are here almost 365 days of the… Read More
Easy Yet Impressive: Cheese Torta
2020-01-30 15:30
What is a torta? It depends where you're standing geographically. If you're standing in Mexico, it's a sandwich on a bun. If you're standing in the Philippines it's a small cake.  If yo… Read More
Hello Lovely: Journal You!
2020-01-28 15:30
New Year resolutions are not my thing as I don't want the pressure or disappointment, but I still try to strive and improve myself or at least take the time for the things I enjoy - and one… Read More
Eat Pray Love
2020-01-23 15:30
Let's keep it simple -Eat what makes you healthy. Eat what makes you happy. Eat with those you love or share an interest with. Pray with intentions. Create a sacred space. Pause. Light… Read More
Emily Post: Who?
2020-01-21 15:30
Is there anyone who was born beyond the 1980's know of Emily Post? In 1922 the book, “Etiquette: In Society, In Business, In Politics and At Home,” topped the nonfictio… Read More
Winter Watch: What To Stream
2020-01-14 15:30
'Tis the season to hunker down and enjoy time at home. I often find January a relief after a busy holiday season. It's nice to cuddle up with a dog (or two dogs, and/or a cat) on my lap, war… Read More
A Repeat Performance: Hygge
2020-01-08 19:14
What is it and why now? A rest in January after the busy holidays is the perfect time to bring "Hygge" into your home. I wrote this two years ago...… Read More
I Am Not A Minimalist.
2020-01-02 18:46
There isn't any doubt that if Marie Kondo walked into my house she would leave screaming, "Help! Save me!"  Where do I start? There are several antique oak hutches in the living ro… Read More
A New Decade
2019-12-31 20:47
On July 23, 2018, I closed this blog for a while. It was out of sight and out of mind while I worked on other projects - namely book deadlines - and to be honest some family issues that knoc… Read More
What I Do...
2018-07-23 15:51
I write.I love this little blog. It's certainly not a barn burner in readers like my original blog that went off the charts, Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman, but that's okay. This blog let's me… Read More
What A Peachy Idea!
2018-07-10 14:30
Yay! I feel vindicated for taking a cooking shortcut!The other day, all afternoon I was wanting something sweet - a dessert - a fruity dessert.  Then I remembered a popular old recipe t… Read More
2018-05-25 14:31
Do you ever get bored with your home decor and furniture? I certainly have my moments... Well, at this stage of my life, I am not going to go out and buy a new couch - I just bought new… Read More
Are You A Procrastibaker?
2018-05-22 14:26
Hello. My name is... and I am a procrastibaker. Baking is my excuse when I have a writing deadline and struggling with "writer's block."Now I am going to confess something shocking. It dawne… Read More
Pickle Juice: Don't Toss It!
2018-05-03 14:57
Use it.  There are several ways to reuse this "magical" elixir.  1. Re-pickle. Make refrigerator pickles. Stuff in the jar one of the following like hard boiled eggs, oni… Read More
May Day: A Forgotten Spring Tradition
2018-05-01 15:07
"Such a twanging of bells and rapping of knockers; such a scampering of feet in the dark; such droll collisions as boys came racing round corners, or girls ran into one another's arms as the… Read More
No Changing My Decor
2018-03-20 14:30
My home decor hasn't changed in over 20 years, and at this stage of the game I doubt that it ever will. What is my decor? A blend of Victorian and Country antique, along with a touch of Shab… Read More
And Then This Happened...
2018-03-16 14:52
It decided not to be a Thanksgiving amaryllis. It decided not to be a Christmas amaryllis. It decided not to be a Valentine's Day amaryllis...It decided to be a Saint Patrick's Day… Read More
Let's Revisit Boeuf Bourguignon
2018-02-28 20:12
The wine cooking makes the house smell so good... I should make this dish more often than I do. For sure I usually make it in February and in the past if Valentine's Day was on a weeken… Read More
2018-01-30 15:24
First of all, you have to use your candles before you can care for them, so let's "shed some light" on the subject. Whether it is a gift or a purchase, the first impression of a new can… Read More
2018-01-26 15:30
You may not recognize the name, but you have certainly seen her illustrations. Susan Branch is an author, watercolorist, and designer.  Her colorful illustrations gained popularity… Read More
Brown The Butter
2018-01-23 15:30
Brown butter sounds like the old tongue twister, right? Betty Botter bought some butter,"But," she said, "If I brown this butter,It would make my batter better... Last year was the… Read More
Hygge: What Is It?
2018-01-18 19:52
It's a Danish concept that's been traveling about for a few years in American decor magazines. I know. Sometimes I am slow to catch up. Hey, I am still decorating in the Country Living/Victo… Read More
Another Year..
2018-01-10 23:16
It's almost the end of the year. I know. I know. I haven't shown my face much, but I have a good excuse. Sometimes I have to write for a living. Sometimes I have to write around editor sched… Read More
Where Did My Year Go?
2017-11-01 16:47
Rabbit, Rabbit... It's the first of the month and I am wondering where my year went? In my mind I am still in August - and no, I am not ignoring my blog so that's why I am checking in… Read More
Cheese: Respecting The Wedge
2017-07-25 18:03
Leave it to me...Here I thought I was well read about the basics, and yes my mother really did teach me table etiquette and proper place settings. Hey  - - I even traveled a few miles i… Read More
Wander And Ponder: A Quiet Week
2017-07-21 15:42
After a few busy weeks and weekends in a row, it's rather nice to have several days of solitude. Through most of my adult life, "solitude" has been a rare thing for me - - and after almost f… Read More
Summer Reading: Pretty Magazines
2017-07-19 21:34
Finding leisurely time to curl up during a quiet afternoon or late evening with a favorite beverage is one of those events in life that is on the list of "nothing better than..."If you are a… Read More
Wander & Ponder: Birthdays And Roses
2017-07-14 14:30
Where have I been?Goofing off? Yes and no.The truth of the matter is I have been writing - a lot - just not writing on the blog. Instead I have been writing a few magazine articles, and work… Read More
Pretty Posy Smudge Sticks
2017-05-22 17:12
It's the perfect time of year to make these pretties since everything is in bloom. All you need are some posies, twine, a little patience and you have, not only a smudge stick, but something… Read More
An Elegant Life
2017-05-10 16:45
The tag line to my blog is "The simple trimmings for an elegant life™... "First of all, it is important to note I do not live an elegant life, especially if you are thinking as in the… Read More
Do Millennials Eat White Sauce?
2017-05-02 14:30
Yes! Yes they do eat white sauce and sometimes even make it, but possibly they do not know they are eating "white sauce." It's just that it's not often referred to as "white sauce." Now days… Read More
About My Recipes And Dieting
2017-04-24 18:07
Last week I did a "survey" about this blog. I have to say all of the responses gave me excellent feed back - - all of them. This blog isn't just a foodie blog, but a "lifestyle" blog - my li… Read More
2017-04-21 14:41
This week I have not had a lot on my mind. Perhaps it is the clouds and rain that bring on somewhat of a malaise. I had great hopes to get a lot of things done, and here I am - feeling very… Read More
Are You A Francophile?
2017-04-19 01:39
Fran·co·phile (ˈfraNGkəˌfīl/) noun - a person who is fond of or greatly admires France or the French.This weekend I read an article in the New York Tim… Read More
Wander And Ponder On Friday, April 14, 2017
2017-04-14 14:30
This week has brought me many memories: from learning some of the basics about Kosher cooking and how to make the perfect matzo ball, to being a youngster and the thrill of receiving the pas… Read More
Touches Of The Season
2017-04-10 15:52
It's been a few years since I put out any Easter-type decor. So why now? It's not that I have more time since I quit working outside of the home. It's just that I am working in my home, and… Read More
Wander And Ponder On Friday, April 7, 2017
2017-04-07 16:12
Sometimes it's a good thing to be so busy you have no time to "wander and ponder," but then again it gives you limited things to write about. My Yard: It looks like hell - - not that I… Read More
We Had A Fairy Tea
2017-04-05 15:09
After a very long and unusual winter, we finally celebrated the arrival of spring. We had a fairy tea. We are known for having an annual "Witches Tea," but this season the fairies came… Read More
Don't Get All Puffed About Puff Pastry
2017-03-29 14:30
Keeping a pantry full of favorites is important, especially for those last minute meals, guests, and events. As I wrote a while back, Cooking is Cheaper than Therapy: The Infallible Bro… Read More
Wander And Ponder On Friday, March 24, 2017
2017-03-24 14:55
What's been on my mind this week, other than the usual of checking the weather reports, running errands, writing a bit here and there...Spring Cleaning: My mind is feeling more inspired abou… Read More
Hurry Spring! Bring Your Violets
2017-03-21 14:45
Roses are redViolets are blue... Some gardeners refer to them as lawn invaders. I refer to them as secretive little petals with a magical fragrance. Sometimes I think I must have l… Read More
What's For Dessert? Affogato
2017-03-15 15:29
If you have vanilla ice cream and espresso (or very strong coffee), then you have an impressive last minute dessert. In Italian, “affogato” means “drowned” or “… Read More
Chocolate: Without The Calories
2017-02-21 15:51
Valentine's may have passed, but February is still a good month to enjoy chocolate, but then again, what month isn't a good month to enjoy chocolate? We still have a few short winter da… Read More
Edible Decor: The Kardashian Cookie Jar
2017-02-16 15:52
Oh yeah, I am going to be truthful. I am drawn to the reality show, The Kardashians. However, I did miss the last season, yet it's not so much their drama (snooze) that captures me.  Th… Read More
Valentine's Day: Scary Or Romantic
2017-02-14 16:20
My love of hearts goes back to as far as when I was a little girl in grade school. Our classroom Valentine's Day parties were my favorite. My mother was often a room mother, and a party with… Read More
New Year Resolutions, Part I: Cook More!
2017-01-02 15:00
This is a blog I have been thinking about for the last couple of months: 1.) Cook more; 2.) Art of freezing casseroles; and 3.) Learn to cook at least one Julia Child recipe before the end o… Read More
Happy Holidays!
2016-12-24 15:00
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to My Readers. Wishing You Peace, Love, and Latkes. C~ Read More
Christmas Nostalgia: Putz Houses
2016-12-16 15:30
You're probably giggling about the name. No, I am not referring to the Yiddish name for a fool or an idiot. I am making reference to a name of a decor - a German Christmas decor of little ho… Read More
The Sweet Life: Parisian Hot Chocolate
2016-12-14 15:30
It's snowing. I know. I know. It's snowing where a lot of you live, but in my home town, the snow usually stays in the nearby mountains. It's rare to see it in the valley - - and so much of… Read More
2016-11-29 17:55
They provoke childhood memories. The mirrored-silver always captivated my youthful eyes. Today I still have a few of the beautiful old mercury glass ornaments that were popular over 50 years… Read More
Just A Touch Of The Holiday: Romance Movies
2016-11-25 15:30
This is my list of holiday movies. It's not the traditional that you think. My list of holiday movies are those with a bigger story line than the holidays, and even those movies where Christ… Read More
Black Friday And Red Berries
2016-11-23 15:30
After a busy day of preparing food, eating food, visiting with friends and family, putting food away and cleaning the kitchen on Thanksgiving; the last thing I want to do is make plans to ge… Read More
Thanksgiving Wine: No Rules
2016-11-17 15:30
This week my email box is flooded with articles about the "Perfect Wine Pairing for Thanksgiving." As always, these articles suggest Pinot Noir.  I cannot help myself, but I need to jum… Read More
Power: Find Your Stone
2016-11-15 15:30
We're told that "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," but sometimes those "best friends" can be a bit elusive. Many of us cannot walk into the jewelry store and buy a few karats whenever we w… Read More
Just For You: The Sabbath
2016-11-10 15:30
Sabbath - a day of religious observance and abstinence from work.No, I am not going to get all religious on you. A few years ago on a flight, out of boredom, I started thumbing through the a… Read More
A Weekend In France: Movies
2016-11-02 15:52
Picture this: It's the weekend, and the wet fog is rolling in.  You need an escape, but where can you go with limited funds before payday, and no time to find a dogsitter for the belove… Read More

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