A Birthday

We celebrated my 38th birthday yesterday. All day I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.  There was breakfast and dinner and gifts and cake! I think it's going to be a very good year.


SNAPSHOT: Weekend activities

This past weekend was all about family and friends...and a little me time too.
diner at VeeVee,
outing in Padanarum with Penny, Tari and Seti
Penny running through the beach grass
mani/pedi with Liz my sister-in-law, IKEA
brunch at Alyson's (Penny was tired and just napped), my awesome birthday gift
new zipper pouch, new luscious red/orange sheets


NEW WORK: house to home

I'm excited to share a new project I have been working on for a few months. It's for a lovely couple who just bought a pretty little house in JP. They are modernists at heart and the house, with it's lovely bones and traditional detail provides the perfect frame for a contemporary remodel.
So, the design process began and for me it's always with hand sketches.
These are from the early stages of the project. I look forward to sharing more as construction gets underway soon!


IN SEARCH OF: crazy good fries

This is Kohlrabi. It's technically a cabbage, but pan fry thick slices of this mild, sweet vegetable and you may never go back to the potato. Well, maybe not never... who could give up french fries?!
I was introduced to this strange looking orb when it appeared in our weekly CSA last year. Hmmm, I had never seen or heard of it before. I started researching recipes and tried a few ways to skin and cook this unusual little plant. None of the results were thrilling. So, this year, when it again appeared at the top of the basket, I went for the simplest preparation I could find. Fries!
And I'm so glad I did. They have a delicate, slightly sweet, vegetable taste with all the pleasure of a crisp fried exterior. Dip each tasty stick into the chili aioli and you'll be hooked. I was.

Kohlrabi Fries + Chili Pepper Aioli  (recipe adapted from New York Times)

1.5 lbs kohlrabi

3 tbs flour

sea salt, pepper

2-6 tbs canola oil, as needed

chili powder

1. Peel kohlrabi and cut into thick sticks .5 inches thick and 2 inches long

2. In a heavy skillet (cast iron!) heat oil on medium-high heat.

3. Place flower in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Toss kohlrabi sticks to coat.

4. When oil is hot, you will see the surface ripple, carefully add sticks in batches. Don't crowd them. These guys like some room around them to get nice and crispy. Brown 2-3 minutes and them turn them over. Crisp on other side until prettily crisp all the way around about 5 minutes.

5. Be sure the pan has enough oil, if not throw a bit more in. Crisp another batch until they are all done.

6. Drain on paper towel.

7. Sprinkle with chili powder.

Serve hot with aioli.

Chili Pepper Aioli

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tbs chili powder

mix and serve with kohlrabi fries...preferably outdoors during sunset.


IN CONSTRUCTION: The Airstream Lounge

You may remember way back I mentioned working the design for the interior of an Airstream! It's in construction and it's looking pretty great.
I can't wait for the final reveal, but until then here are snippets of the thing growing prettier everyday.

(and I think I'll keep using it as a great backdrop for photo shoots)


In the Garden

I have a tiny container garden that sits on a little roof outside my living room window. I know I'm not supposed to go out there, and I rarely do. But, just knowing it's there, and that I am growing little onions and basil and lavender, well, it makes all the difference.



The last few days brought:

pancakes with blueberries, a trip to the planetarium
the barking crab where we ate these and these
pretty sunset of our city, patrick's sister and me
a pretty sunny sky, walking and taking photos with our phones
tacos and corn at la verdad, city pavement in my cute orange espadrilles
fenway park is 100 years old, watching a game on a perfect summer evening
us having some fun, breakfast at this place

Hope you had a great week and weekend!



Asparagus season has passed, but you can occasionally find a good bunch at the farmer's market. Armed with a small bunch myself, I set out to make a simple summer dinner of salmon, lemon, capers and olive oil. These little parchment packages keep in all the flavor while the fish steams gently inside the oven for a few minutes.
As for the asparagus, they don't need much more than a drizzle of good olive oil and some salt. As always, I favor sea salt these days. Maybe it's just in my blood. I was, after all, born in Figueira da Foz, Portugal home to the salt pans of Corredor da Cobra. We are one of a few working salt harvesting cities in Portugal.

So tonight, go get some wild salmon and try this. It's so easy and amazingly delicious.

Little Salmon Parchment Packages with Roasted Asparagus

2  4oz. fillets wild salmon (thickest part of fish)
1 Tb capers, drained and rinsed
1/2 lemon sliced thin
olive oil
sea salt
black pepper
4 sheets parchment paper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
cut parchment paper into large squares. Place washed and towel dried salmon on parchment. Drizzle generously with olive oil, add capers, salt and pepper. Place sliced lemon over fish. Seal packages tightly around edges.
Place parchment packages on a roasting pan and roast for 12-15 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the fish. If you are using thin fillets cook for less time.

For the asparagus, snap off tough ends. Place in roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Roast for 8 minutes.

Serve salmon in parchment.



If you crave a hamburger, I say get down to Grass Fed immediately! We tried this new burger joint in Jp for the first time last night and it was as good as anticipated. Two children in tow, we loved how casual the place is, and how amazingly delicious the burgers are. I got the Cali which lured me in with avocado. But next time I think I'll go straight up Cheeseburger. The meat itself is really the star of the thing, so why not, right? Oh, and the milkshakes rock. Enough said.


SNAPSHOT: No shortage of activity.

After a few weeks of being in a lull, the past week was just the opposite. Lots and lots of activity. Confession: I could use a little cat nap right about now.
But, hence, this weekend brought my niece and nephew who will be staying with us for a few days. It's the equivalent of a small army of small beings in a constant state of motion (although there are only two of them). Yes a nap would be marvelous. Hope you had a great week and weekend, and that it included lots of summer naps.
recap of photos above:

1. evenings out on the garden
2. lantern festival at franklin cemetery
3. Sketches for a stair I'm designing
4. P. and P. snuggling (my new favorite photo)
5. arugula goat cheese salad
6. brimfield fair
7. Party at friends' place...their pretty poodle Olive.
8. My hosta is taking over the flower box...hummmf.
9. When was the last time you did this?
10.Walk around the pond with the children.
11. Twister!!!
12....and more Twister. If you have not played in a while, be warned. You will feel pain.


SITE VISIT: Gaslight

This is Gaslight, a great little spot on Harrison Avenue in the South End. I'm a big fan of everything French, so this spot helps me pretend for a few hours that I'm there. Great food, friendly staff and the atmosphere is lively. There are children running around. It also has an amazing pewter bar. So french!
I think I'm liking the weekend brunch thing this summer. Hmmm....where to this weekend? Suggestions?


IN SEARCH OF: Light Summer Lunch

Summer afternoons are for long, lazy naps, reading a book, and snacking. I tend to eat smaller meals in the summer, so at mid day my stomach usually signals it's time to grab a bite to eat. My go to summer food is a simple Caprese Salad (Insalata Caprese if your going for the real thing). I like mine as simple as can be. Just slice tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and alternate on a plate with freshly picked basil. Drizzle with the best Olive Oil you can find. This one transports me to Napa every time I take a bite.
Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground black pepper. The trick to this salad is using a good hearty sea salt. The crunch adds a nice texture and the bites of salt really wake up your taste buds.


NEW WORK: iPad Sleeve

I was in the studio yesterday planning the Fall/Winter Collection, quickly realizing how fleeting summer is. I suppose there is not much to be done but enjoy every moment and embrace the beauty of the New England seasons, right?
So, the first little bit of goodness already on the cutting table (and in the shop!) is an iPad sleeve made of cozy felted charcoal wool. But, of course, there is the signature MAKE.GOOD pop of vibrant orange to keep the winter blues away.
I'm loving this structured, clean lined sleeve, with just a bit of detail to make it interesting.
What do you think? How about the guys out there? Would you love one of these? I had you in mind when making it...


SITE VISIT: Jamaica Plain

I live in a great neighborhood. It's easy to forget how lucky I am to live in such a great place, so I thought I would stroll the main drag and take a moment to appreciate all the places I love in Jamaica Plain. So here we go...your own private tour of all the mainstay JP spots.
The 39 bus travels down Cenre Street in JP. Along the way there is Salmagundi, an amazing hat shop, and right next door is VeeVee, our absolute favorite spot to have dinner.
City Fee And Supply is a smaller grocer and sandwich place with the best sandwiches in town. Get the Turkey with Apple and Brie! Oh so delicious.
The Galway House is a JP classic. On any given afternoon you will find a colorful cast of characters at this old school bar. But go for the craft beer! The selection is always great.
Penny stops for water at Station 8, a very hip hair salon.
 If it's antiques you seek, stop in at Cobwebs. You will find lovely,unique things and cut flowers. Although if it's flowers you need, stop in at New Leaf, a pretty little shop owned by two super friendly gentlemen who know lots and lots about flowers.
Your sink sprung a leak, head to the Yumont True Value Hardware. They have at least one of everything you will ever need. But really, I just go for Benjamin Moore Paint. It's the best.
Boomerangs and Goodwill are our stops for gently used goods.
Penny loves this stretch of South Street! There is the Polka Dog Bakery with all kinds of treats for the pups. And she loves good design and art too! Aviary is a tiny little gem, gallery/shop. It has unique little finds. Then we hit the Hallway Gallery for well curated art and Room 68 for everything new in design. There is also Ferris Wheels, a bike shop! Yep, we have one of those too. Stop in and fill up your tires with complimentary compressed air.

Blanchard Liquors is a great stop for wine and beer. Ask the staff for help when you need a recommendation.

So these spots are all along the main drag. They are the staples of JP life. But, that's not all there is.
Stay tuned to find out about all the hidden gems you may not have heard of.
And, if you stop by this part of town, don't miss all the nature spots. There is Jamaica Pond of course and the Arnold Arboretum. Hope to see you around!
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