Cool Stuff – Home & Family

Redux: Earth Day Egglings

I thought I’d re-post this project I worked on last year for Earth Day, since it is still so fitting in many ways. 1. I am in the midst of planting my seeds for the garden this summer, and this is such a wonderful alternative to spending money on peat pots while making good use of your egg shells. 2. Earth Day is coming up on April 24th. 3. I’m […]

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Q&A with Grandma Pellegrini

After a long hiatus, I’m pleased to present another installment of Q&A with Grandma Pellegrini. Thanks for submitting all of your questions and apologies for the tardy response. Take it away Grandma P.! ~ Georgia 1. Hi Grandma P. Any suggestions for herbs that I can grow indoors in my kitchen without much fuss? Thank you in advance for your help. Yes. You could have mint and basil and thyme, […]

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My Next Decade

It began with a squirrel hunt, and then a six inch sprinkling of snow, and then a succession of lobster rolls; my foray into a whole new decade. I left snowy Tulipwood and went up to Maine for 24 hours, just because; I ate several lobster rolls. It was the right way to transition I thought. Then there was Indian food, a feast of it, with my Godparents and everyone […]

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Family Meals

My silence this past week wasn’t planned or intentional. I couldn’t ever have imagined the circumstances that caused it, until they happened. Last Monday morning I lost someone very dear to me in a series of devastating events and have been, quite honestly, reeling from it ever since. It has made me think about so many things. That life is so very fragile and that we don’t always stop to […]

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

“The Feast of the Seven Fishes” is an Italian American tradition celebrated on Christmas Eve to commemorate the wait for the midnight birth of Jesus. Seven kinds of seafood are served, though you’ll often find many more than seven varieties on the table I sit at. It has always been one of my favorite nights of the year because of the incredible food that is passed in front of me. […]

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Thanksgiving Menu Inspiration

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? I’ll go first, I like going first. 2 woodcock, 2 pheasant, 2 ducks, 2 pigeons, string beans, salad, sweet potatoes, baked apples… and a pear tree. I’m in England and I’m pretty sure they don’t celebrate the pilgrims escape from England and visit to the new world. But I had a lovely hunt in the British countryside and there are lots of birds hanging from […]

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Fall Colors

I’ve been traveling a lot lately as you may have noticed, and everywhere I go the colors are breathtaking. This is the time to travel. When the earth smells of wet dirt and the air smells of burning wood and the trees are a patchwork of blazing color. My dad sent me these photos from Tulipwood yesterday and I wanted to share. You can see Grandma P.’s little house in […]

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Pesky Brothers

I am here. With my rogue pinkie and all. And I have not had pulled pork until this moment. Or brisket for that matter. And I have not seen a cowboy like this before. It’s a revelation really. Me like Texas. But I have other issues I need to talk about. Namely pesky brothers. They look pretty innocent at first. Pensive even. But then they begin to give you the […]

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Can You Name This Mushroom?

My brother has been finding them in the woods a lot lately. Tulipwood is in the midst of a state park which means there are lots of fallen trunks and wet leaves and other magical things to create the perfect stage for mushroom hunting. Just the other day he sent me this picture from the woods… he found a giant one! Do you know what kind of mushroom it is?

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New York City Book Party

There’s something special about celebrating a book where it all began. I’ve been to all of these cities in the past few weeks, but New York is my true home, where this personal odyssey all began. And so it was nice to be there, to be home, and celebrate with my old friends and family and new friends I’ve made along the way. The event kind of floored me to […]

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