Val’s got a crush!

Beautiful Stock

This overlooked bloom is one of my favorites, it adds wonderful texture and scent to your arrangements.

Shopping Adventure: Metropulos

Specialty food stores offer great and unusual finds that add character to the other gifts piled under the tree — I mean, check out some of my amazing finds.


Holiday Giveaway

I’m thrilled to be included in the Kitchn’s 2012 Holiday Giveaway. My giveaway “goes live” on December 4 at 11 am ET.

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This four-letter powerhouse isn’t a dirty word around here.


Bee Roundup

Here are some of my favorite bee-related products from around the web.

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Bees? Bees. What started out as a little buzz in my brain has grown to a constant hum. The biggest reason for the interest-turned-obsession is this book.

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No More Lunch Box Blues

I think part of my melancholy facing the first day of school is the daily drudgery of packing lunches. Why is it such an intimidating process?