This & That: No. 201

Mar 18, 2016

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Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Announced earlier this week, Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, will be releasing a new cookbook on October 25th. Inspired by her husband Jeffrey, who has a fan following all his own, it is titled Cooking For Jeffrey. Now, be sure, I will be including a reminder when fall arrives, but I couldn’t help but share this exciting news. Filled with Jeffrey’s favorites and a much more personal touch, discover what her friends and loved ones request when they stop by for a meal and a glimpse into their 48 year marriage perfectly paired with delicious food.

Lee Bailey’s Country Weekends: Recipes for Good Food and Easy Living

Sometimes it takes time to discover a diamond. Mind you, not a diamond in the rough, but a diamond that came to be before I barely knew what a library was. Lee Bailey, lifestyle expert and self-taught cook, established the living well genre before Martha Stewart. His first of many lifestyle cookbooks was published in 1983, selling more than 150,000 copies (seen here), and while I will begin with his first Lee Bailey’s Country Weekend’s, I cannot wait to dive into Cooking for Friends, The Way I Cook, Lee Bailey’s Long Weekends, and Lee Bailey’s Country Desserts. No longer with us, he has certainly left his mark on a way of living that people, like myself, continue to be drawn to. If you have read and used his cookbooks, I would love to hear your thoughts.


DKNY Heavy Nappa Shoulder Bag

A well-structured, neutral hue, quality leather handbag is an accessory that will last many seasons. DKNY’s Nappa shoulder bag offers a fresh touch for spring and ample room without the bulk.

Isabel Marant gold-plated double-hoop necklace

I am a lover of simplicity when it comes to accessories, but rest-assured, each item must be made of quality and contain a touch of a signature that speaks to my style. With that said, Isabel Marant’s simple double interlocking-hoop necklace which contains delicate small beads fits this description to a “T”. And the price isn’t that bad either.


Everything is Copy on HBO

Nora Ephron. Only her name being mentioned and I am on board with whatever follows. And in this case, I think you will be too. The writer and creator of beloved films such as When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail and her heart-wrenching inspired-by-her-own-heartbreak film Heartburn, just to name a few you may recognize, this talented woman who is also behind Broadway plays, columns and books to her credit was taken from the world too soon. However, her son, Jacob Bernstein has created a documentary, “Everything is Copy” that will air on HBO this Monday, March 21st at 6pm pacific time. I already cannot wait to see and hear Nora’s take on life one more time. Have a look at the trailer below.

Janet King on Acorn TV
Marta Dusseldorp stars in a new series on Acorn TV. In a role as a prosecutor, her character, Janet King, has just returned to work from maternity leave, only to find herself in the middle of a controversial trial. With two episodes available for viewing, and Acorn TV offering one month free (subscribing is only $6/mo), I might just have to sign back up. Have a look at the trailer below:
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It goes without saying that I am ecstatic at the moment as I look ahead of me and for nine full days I see days I get to design. The annual spring holiday has begun here in Oregon, and the weather looks to be crisp, but full of an abundance of sun, as well as rain (after all we must motivate the green grass and hibernating flowers to grow!).
While I will be enjoying the spring here in Bend as I have in the past, this time I will be a resident and that is quite a special fact to savor. From working on a few projects for the blog, seeing friends and indulging in the pure bliss of it all, I have no doubt the week will be memorable and restorative.
I do hope you have lovely weekend plans to indulge in, and if you too have a spring holiday coming up, may you have safe travels and just the right amount of a respite. After all, we each need time to be restored so that we can enjoy what the new season has in store. Below are few articles and one video I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bon week-end!
~Simple tips to keep in mind as you use your smart phone to snap away . . . 8 Tips for Taking Amazing Photos
~A wonderful brush up on the French language . . . The Quick Guide to Making Small Talk in French
~Author and blogger Sharon Santoni takes her readers with her to the west side of Paris to the Brocante Fair at Chatou to look at beautiful antiques and treasures. Enjoy the video here.
~There is nothing like a luxurious bath to soak in and these bathrooms will be sure to entice . . .  14 Stunning Bathrooms to Inspire Your Next Renovation
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4 thoughts on “This & That: No. 201

  1. A great This and That as always Shannon, thank you. It’s lovely to see you showcasing the Aussie series “Janet King”, it’s done well here on the ABC (PBS in the States).

    I am preparing my blog for a relaunch as it’s been in abeyance for a while, your blogging series was invaluable to me, right down to migrating to WordPress. Many many thanks.

    Enjoy your spring break! It must be — literally — a golden time in Bend.

  2. Hi Shannon, I just have to add my enthusiasm for Lee Bailey’s tried-and-true recipes, sensibilities, and style. I’ve had Lee Bailey’s Good Parties since it came out in 1986 and it’s a bit dog-eared and yellowed with age. It’s one of my favorite cookbooks of all time and, as it’s organized around specific menus for entertaining, I’ve prepared at least one dish from every single menu and even followed his “Game Plan” of timing and prep tips to prepare entire menus. I’m not sure I’ve ever found a “dud” among them!

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