Life is “funny”..

..isn’t it?

Our master bathroom remodel was FINALLY nearing completion. The shower enclosure had just been installed, and as the glass-guy was leaving he told me we’d have to wait 24 hours for the glue to dry before using it.  I laughed and told him I had waited so long, waiting one more day was NO big deal…

Little did I know it would be three weeks before I stepped into that shower.

It was early the next morning (Tuesday) that Hurricane Matthew started looking a bit ominous and I decided to drive down to Florida to shutter our home which was a process  MUCH more flawed and involved than we ever imagined it would be..


My daughter and I wound up evacuating to the Tampa area (Thursday) where she had accepted a new lie-THE NIGHT BEFORE..and we spent a hectic week-end searching for (and finding) an apartment for her to live in.

Back on the east coast the following Monday, she gave her two week’s notice.  I helped her pack up her belongings, cleaned up minor landscaping debris (we were SOOO blessed it wasn’t worse!)  and 14 days later, followed her back out west towing a U-Haul trailer full of her belongings. We spent the next 5 days cleaning up the apartment, organizing utility hook-ups, purchasing necessities, hanging pictures and figuring out important stuff like where’s the nearest grocery store, hardware store, Target and Paneras!

I finally got my first shower in our “new” bathroom when I dragged my sorry, exhausted, aching self back up Interstate 95 to Charlotte this past Friday.

My daughter starts her new job today. 😀

Yeah, Life is “funny”…

Master bathroom before:

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Master bathroom after:


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I am happiest with the faux wood, tile floor. I ordered this sandy colored version online and got a great price compared to our local tile shop. Each piece has a unique design with white and gray veins running through and creates interest on the floor without being overwhelming. I was originally going to go with a white marble counter, but felt I had to choose between having visual “movement” on the floor or the counter- not both. The gray counter also provides some “weight” to an otherwise very light room. (no window) The shower floor is tumbled marble which adds more soft color, texture and interest. New soaking tub is the absolute bomb- I have NEVER relaxed in anything that comfortable.

This was the last major project to be completed in this town home- finished just before our ONE year anniversary of moving in November, 2015!

So yes, that’s a celebratory martini ..🎉



New York Times’ most requested recipe!

Easy and delicious…



When it comes to cooking and baking, easy & delicious are two words that bring music to my ears. So when the NYT posted this, their most requested, recipe online last week I had to give it a try. I was NOT disappointed! This torte looks and tastes like something you’d see in a European bakery, but trust me when I tell you, it is as easy as…well…pie. 😉



(yes, you can use different fruit- I used what were most likely the last peaches of the summer from South Carolina.)

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 24 pitted purple plums, cut in half. (Or 6 small peaches cut into wedges with skin on or 3 large baking apples with 1/2 cup raw cranberries to sprinkle on top.)
  • Sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon if you like.

HEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees.

Cream sugar and butter.  Add flour, baking powder, salt & eggs- beat well.

Spoon batter into springform pan. (I sprayed mine LIGHTLY with pam.)

In same bowl, toss fruit with some sugar and a squeeze of lemon.If the fruit is super juicy, add a bit of flour to coat the fruit as well. (Add a bit of cinnamon if using apples.)

Place fruit ON TOP of batter.- Bake for approx. one hour.

This cake was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Best served still warm for breakfast with coffee or after dinner with a small scoop of whipped cream. I am not at all convinced it would taste as good with apples, but I’ll give it a try at some point and report back to you!

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