Monticello

This has been the summer of visiting great American gardens! I enjoyed a long visit to George Washington’s homestead at Mount Vernon earlier this summer. On our recent drive West, we made a stop in Virginia to see Thomas Jefferson’s estate – beautiful Monticello. It is difficult to compare the two estates because they are… Read more »

Goodbye New York

My summer in New York was a fun, yet mixed, experience and the road calls me West. Goodbye New York parks that helped inspire my design aesthetic. Goodbye take out, delivery and crazy food combinations like s’mores french toast. Goodbye gazillion H&M’s stores. They say one is coming to Portland, but I know the selection… Read more »

New York Botanical Garden

Apparently there is a theme to my sight-seeing when traveling and it involves lots of plants. What a shocker! I miss plants – a lot. My friend Denise is also a plant junkie, so visiting the New York Botanical Garden became a fun excursion for us while she was here visiting. It’s not super easy… Read more »

White House Vegetable Garden

I mentioned in my last post that we got to see the White House vegetable garden from a far when we were there visiting. I thought I would share my few photos from it because it’s pretty and also kind of funny to me. It’s hard to see exactly what they are growing in here,… Read more »

Washington DC Botanical Gardens

Our trip to Washington DC was relatively short, allowing ample time to visit Mount Vernon the first day and one other day to run around the Mall like mad trying to see the sights. I had heard before that all of the museums were free in DC, but that seemed like an urban legend –… Read more »

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

My sweet friend Denise brought me a much needed dose of Oregon by coming to visit me in New York, and I saved the best gardening-nerdy things for her visit. One of our stops was at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which is not such a far walk for our apartment. We had a nice, albeit… Read more »

Mount Vernon

Sometimes you visit a place so spectacular that no amount of pictures can capture its magnificence. This post is filled with way too many pictures, but nothing will compare with seeing Mount Vernon in person. You must visit if you ever get the opportunity. Mount Vernon was the estate of George Washington and it is… Read more »

Shrimp Étouffée

Inspired by my earlier road trip this summer, I have been incorporating some new dishes into my cooking repertoire. By far the most challenging aspect is working in such a trimmed down kitchen. Our apartment has 12″ of counter space, very limited spices, no measuring spoons, and only a wooden spoon for cooking utensils. But… Read more »

Road Trip: Arrival in New York

The road trip is over, for now. I was driving over the Staten Island Bridge heading into Brooklyn when my trip meter wound past 6,000 miles. What a long drive and how exciting to be home – however temporary that home may be. We hauled my suitcase, my watercolors and my books up three flights… Read more »