Things I Like — Carpet Diem Kitchen

Sometimes you wake up and all you want is a fancy pastry. Sometimes desperation is the mother of invention. Pain au Chocolate Chips! One sheet ready roll puff pastry, cut into 9 squares 9 tsp chocolate chips 1 egg beaten in a cup Oven 350F. Spray baking sheet. For each square put chips In the … Continue reading

Things I Like — My Readers

I try to be authentic in this space. It’s challenging and liberating. More often than I’d like, it is then compartmentalized from work-a-day living. I’m thinking about tackling that. Either way, I like this place for meeting and sharing. Old friends, collected like charms, drop by. My sisters-in-law keep up-to-date. My mom says she won’t … Continue reading

Things I Like — Sara/Sara

My name in the US is bland. Overly popular in the 80s, it trundles along unremarked except the very occasional with an H? Brits, though, especially the posh ones, upon seeing my written name query is it Sara or Sah-ra? Both vowels uniform, like Princess Zara. Or Italian beauty, cara. I like this glamorous doppelgänger. … Continue reading

Things I Like — Natural Hair

The trend for silvery locks, and my own graceful decent into gray, have only reinforced what I’ve always known: natural hair = best. There’s a long tradition of normalising flowing Anglo hair-types; of color defining social standing or intelligence; of stigmatising the wiriness of erratic grays as a lack of vitality inside, too. Ugly things … Continue reading

Things I Like — Dumpsters

Those big, driveway-sized containers primarily. To look in while passing is obscenely intimate, if casual — so they are finally getting rid of that pink formica from the 1/2-bath — sometimes even glimpses of photos and long-loved armchairs and rugs with a lifetime of stories and stains. Today I found a vintage mirror, oddly oblong … Continue reading

Things I Like — Green

Verdure is remains one of my Top Five deal-breaker necessities for a comfy home. The grape ivy is spilling across our windowsills, the kitchen romaine is spritely sprouting. Moss tufts luxuriously everywhere it can find purchase and the sand dunes are bursting with butterfly friendly growth. Is there anything more delicious than lolling in soft … Continue reading

Things I Like — Quiet

True quiet is elusive prey. I welcome precious afternoons too warm for clicking radiators, just cool enough the fridge isn’t humming and the fans and air conditioners are unneeded. The nights I can luxuriously leave my phone in the living room, requiring no alarm and the attendant, incessant electrical buzz in the dark. In Edinburgh … Continue reading

Things I Like — Libraries

I could spout for 10,000 words about my love of libraries. I’ve previously waxed poetic on their impromptu operas, their clandestine art, their conservation efforts. And words. Always words. But in the age of filter bubbles — where my menu of options is predicated on my past behaviors, choices and social network imprints — I … Continue reading

Things I Like — Recycled Veg

Sounds disgusting, right? Perhaps Hydroponic Replanting would be more accurate (but less fun). I plonked the husky ends of some romaine hearts into small bowls of water yesterday and ceremoniously dumped them on the kitchen windowsill. As if by magic, and in accordance with the advice of the good people at Food52, today they have … Continue reading

Things I Like — A Greater Whole

Belonging to a family. United voices in a choir. Teamwork in its biggest sense. There are many names for this uniquely human experience. Regardless of linguistics, this raw, awesome power of being wholly involved, and simultaneously so with other equally passionate people; coming together to create something bigger than anyone on their own; this I … Continue reading