Hey, Mr. Sexy….

Tom Ford

aka

Mr. Sexy.

I think you are a genius.

Really I do.

Everything you touch.

The super high heels and leather pants won’t work in my car pool line.

www.tomford.com

These sunglasses will.

www.neimanmarcus.com

Who else would get me to spend $280 on a bottle of  a unisex perfume?

You would.

www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Again, I went outside of my financial comfort zone for you.

I spent $30 on nail polish.

It’s such a delicious color.

But the name I am not so sure about…. Bitter Bitch.

 I am not Bitter.

xoxo Carrie

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A Night Out on the Farm

I love my  visits to the midwest, especially during the summer.

Last night we went out to my favorite haunt when I am visiting my sister.

It’s called Heritage Prairie Farm and we went for Mike’s Wood Burning Oven Pizza night.  The ingredients are all plucked from the farm and local food artisans.  The pizza oven is set up outside in back of the little farm stand.  You sit on picnic tables mere feet from an adorable Burrow, Goats and Corn.  Once you place your order you head on into the farm stand for beverages.  That night the signature drink was fresh honey, mint, lemonade and vodka, served in Mason Jars (of course). We loved the pizza so much that were eating off our children’s plates, when the tears started we realized it was in our best interest to order another pizza. We ordered a simple margarita for the kids (the mozzarella made just a few miles away), 4 cheese pizza with homemade bacon,  fresh spinach with a white garlic sauce and pepperoni, and a sausage/bacon/wild mushroom pizza.

We ate so fast I forgot to snap a shot of the pizzas when they arrived at the table.

Luckily, I got this before the plate was empty.

If you don’t want to sit at a picnic table to enjoy pizza and cocktails, you can cozy up to this spot.

Perfect for wine drinking and sunset watching.


My Favorite Goat

The kids ran around and danced to The Stones, played with the animals and picked apples off the tree.  While they were working off their steam I ventured(cocktail in hand) into the market for a little damage. I love their home-grown products and I love to support the farm.  Win-Win.  I gathered bags of freshly milled whole grain wheat, buckwheat and organic popcorn.  Jars of homemade pickles and pickled beets.  And a ton of honey….Rosemary, Lavender, Cocoa and Plain.  I bought flights of honey for hostess gifts.

The lovely Ladies of Heritage Prairie Farm

Despite the drought that has devastated the midwest, they had fresh corn for sale along with a variety of other organically grown vegetables.

Mozzarella that was used for our pizza and for sale in the shop

Part of my Haul

The Farm also offers the venue up for weddings and events.  They have cooking classes, a Saturday Farmer’s Market, and year round Farm Dinners that are based on seasonal crops.  Next time, I am scheduling my trip around a Farm Dinner!

Sun setting and stomaches full, we headed on home.

Thanks Heritage Prairie Farms for another great experience!

xoxo Carrie

Back to School

I know it is a million degrees out there.

I should be buying more sunscreen instead of shopping for Fall Clothes.

But I can’t help doing a little ‘Back to School” shopping for Caroline, and I’ll confess,  me too.

I do have to look somewhat presentable at drop off don’t I?

 I know, I know it’s drop off….but that first week I always try to look decent.

Then slowly, but surely I slip into the ponytail, sweat pants and flip-flop attire for the remainder of the year.

Here are some of the items I have on Caroline’s Back to School List

1. Girls Fuschia McAlister Boots

I am going to add a turquoise shoe string to these.

Perfect for all types of outfits

Crew Cuts

2. The Caroline Cardigan

I am a sucker for stripes and this red and pink number will be a neutral in my kindergartener’s closet.

The sweater’s name certainly makes it all the cuter!

Crew Cuts

3.  Georgia Smock Top

My Smock Time is limited with Caroline so I want to get this in while I still can!

Busy Bee

4. Liberty of London Dress

Crew Cuts

5. Mini Boden Sock Pack

www.bodenusa.com

6. Plaid Skirt

You all know my affection for plaid and why I couldn’t pass this up.

Land’s End

7. Zig Zag Lunch Box

Land’s End

Here are some the items on my Back to School List

1. Yellow Tassel Loafers

So comfortable and the price point makes these shoes a steal!

The Gap

2. Boyfriend Pull Over Shirt

Loose, comfortable, and printed with owls.

I adore this top.

The Gap

3. Cargo Pants

I love a cargo pant, the olive green goes with everything.

The pant will transition from Indian Summer to Fall no problem.

J. Crew

4. Celine Color Block Bag

While any of these beauties would do.

My favorite is the grey and brown number.

5. Scoopneck Top In Silk Scarf Foulard

J. Crew

6. Perforated Cuff

I think I need a cuff bracelet intervention.

I love them and am acquiring quite a collection.

The addicition will continue with this cuff.

Kelly Wearstler

7. Kennedy Jacket

This Jacket is going to be a staple in my wardrobe.

One of my favorite color combinations is black and blue, so this was destined for my closet.

Kelly Wearstler

Now I am off to go buy more sun screen and enjoy what is left of summer!

Enjoy and Happy Shopping

xoxo Carrie

Top Photo: www.tysto.com

What do you do with a Lima Bean?

I bought a large bag of fresh shelled organic lima beans at the Farmer’s Market.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but decided since they were in season I’d buy them and figure it out later.

I searched The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl and found  Herbed Lima Bean Hummus.

                            

It was as delicious as it was easy.

I also suggest that if you don’t have this cookbook, you should.

Buy it here: www.amazon.com

I consult it on a regular basic  for inspiration when I don’t know what to do with a particular item of food.

Happy Cooking!

xoxo

Carrie

The Fabulous Fig

Photo: www.botanicalfeast.com

It’s that time of year.

Fig Season!

Stuffed with blue Cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, roasted and served on top of arugula with a crunchy bread.

Or

Photo: www.designsponge.com

Plopped onto a tart, bread or made into jam.

How about the Fig Newton?

Figs are fabulous.

My friend Kate Paul (of Foodink and Basil Limeade Fame) even has a Fig Fest (which I will report on later) to celebrate the magical fruit.

Here are some photos from years past.

The love affair with the fig doesn’t have to stop in the kitchen.

You can live with a tree year round.

No fruit, but the glorious big leaves are just as good.

This Marion Fig is one of my favorites for the home.

I think that everyone should have a tree and plants of some sort in their home.

Photo: Elle Decor

If you have a black thumb you can always use Peter Dunham’s fabulous fig fabric

Photos: Peter Dunham Interior Design

Here’s another way to get a little Fig into your life.

The Fig Diptyque smells divine!

All your undies in the dirty clothes hamper?

Just grab a fig leaf.

xoxo Carrie