Author Archives: Brette

The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel

Today I’m announcing the publication of my Kindle book, The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel. To the point (28 pp) and nicely priced, this is a complete guide to traveling on a gluten-free diet, whether you are celiac, gluten intolerant, or simply choose not to eat gluten. Based on my travels in the US and abroad, … Read more

How to Clean a Lamp Shade

Recently the lamp shades in my house were looking a little dusty and a few swipes with a cleaning cloth did no good. The best way to clean a lamp shade is with a clean, dry paint brush! Brush down, going all around the lamp. You’ll be surprised by how much dust comes off! You … Read more

What’s Old Is New

Our daughter moved out this summer to attend medical school. While we’re so lucky that she has remained in the same area, we miss her terribly. But that hasn’t stopped me from doing cartwheels about all the added space in my house (in the pantry! In the bathroom! In the fridge! In the coat closet!) … Read more

Homemade Peach Iced Tea

Posted by Brette in Food
Homemade Peach Iced Tea

The worst thing to happen to me this year was the K cup coffee machine we bought. Ok, it wasn’t the worst thing, but it got me hooked. We discovered Snapple Peach Iced Tea K Cups. I rarely drink anything but water, but I was seduced by these. First of all, the K cups are … Read more

Corn Fritters

Posted by Brette in Food
Corn Fritters

We are deep into corn season here in western NY state. All the farm stands are selling it. I love corn on the cob, but after a few weeks I start to look for other ways to use it. One problem I have is I tend to make too much corn on the cob so … Read more

Kale and Quinoa Patties from the Move

Allow me to be totally honest. Kale and quinoa generally do not excite me. I do not like massaged kale salads. Kale chips are ok but there’s other stuff I’d rather eat. Quinoa is just a weird substitute for rice in my book. Given the choice, I’d rather have rice. Recently we were embroiled in … Read more

Grilled Potato Salad

Posted by Brette in Food
Grilled Potato Salad

I’m in love with this easy to make salad. And I’m doubly in love with it because it requires very little cooking and the ingredients were sent out with the husband to the grill. 2 scallions 6 medium potatoes 1/2 cup lemon olive oil 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp sugar fresh herbs, chopped salt … Read more

Unique Shopping in South Dakota and Wyoming

When my family planned a summer trip to South Dakota and Wyoming, I did not expect to bring a lot home to satisfy my local, artisan collecting needs. I admit, after two summer vacations in Europe, I was feeling a bit smug and jaded. However, as a dedicated travel shopper, I was determined to snag … Read more

Hotel Review: Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

I’m a little stunned to return from our stay at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda and discover there is no daily free breakfast, afternoon tea, appetizer, and dessert being set out for me at home. There’s no private concierge down the hall. No heated outdoor pool and restaurant on the water just down the hill. … Read more

Sorting

Posted by Brette in Life
Sorting

My sisters-in-law and I have been meeting every couple of weeks to sort through my mother-in-law’s belongings (she passed away in January). My father-in-law is living in the home, so we aren’t completely emptying it, but are dealing with her personal items and all of the decorative, holiday, and non-functional items my father-in-law doesn’t want … Read more