persistence is omnipotent

5 Oct

  Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educa   [. . .]

a pinch less fear

30 Sep

Pinch Less Fear
My mother married for the second time in her early fifties and moved to Nigeria with her husband. She was embarking on a new life adventure, and it was a good thing because only 15 years later, the early signs of Alzheimer’s crippled&   [. . .]

3 Steps to Decluttering

23 Sep

Sideboard AFTER
We all wish to be free of clutter. Everything in its place and easy to find. Am I a minimalist? Well, not quite, but it’s a worthy aspiration (some day.) Follow these 3 simple steps: 1.  If it is an object or collectible, ask you   [. . .]

S’mores in a Jar

21 Sep

S'More Close-Up
This scrumptious s’mores in-a-jar is best eaten while reading the adventures of the New Brighton Archeological Society. After their parents are lost on an archeological expedition, four children begin to unlock the secrets of their pa   [. . .]

A Stay-at-Home Picnic

8 Sep

Pasta, Punch, Thermos
Nothing beats a picnic, especially a stay-at-home one. Recently I brought a friend a picnic after she injured her foot. We sat outside in her garden which eliminated the worry of driving, parking and accidently having her foot tousled and b   [. . .]

A DIY Incense Mirror Tray

31 Aug

After in Silver Feature Photo
Convert a vintage Hollywood Regency gold mirror tray into a contemporary incense tray. You can find these vintage trays in different shapes on eBay or Etsy. They range in cost from $10 up to $50 based on the age, size, condition and ornate    [. . .]

5 Ways to Stretch Out Summer

24 Aug

Fig Jam
1)  Roast it.   It’s time to roast some more marshmallows before the Summer S’mores are no more, and not just for dessert this time. 2) Plant it.   A potted basil is so easy to grow and on   [. . .]

The Fig

17 Aug

Fish & Fig copy
  Last week, the husband of a friend of our family passed away from late-stage cancer. I struggled to settle with this good life passing so early, the second one this year in our life circle, each one passing within months after their    [. . .]

Gin-Poached Foraged Figs & Strawberry Salad

12 Aug

Gin Poached Figs & Strawberry Salad
  Foraging is secret #2 on my list of 10 Antidotes for Civilization and the summer figs are finally ripe for the picking. Phineas and I collected our first bounty from two fig trees overhanging into our local soccer field, heavy w   [. . .]

Life’s a Peach!

6 Aug

Peach Pie
Today is a first for Following Breadcrumbs! Eeeeeeeeeeeee! Take a peek at my guest post on the lovely design & lifestyle blog of French by Design. While you’re there, read all about Si, the fascinating curator    [. . .]