Ranunculus are one of my favorite flowers. They are beautiful in bunches or as single stems and they even look good as they are dying (for real!). The bunch pictured above are from one of my favorite internet friends, A Rockridge Life . Elizabeth’s site is always inspiring and her floral arrangements are incredibly beautiful. (photo courtesy of A Rockridge Life)
FRUIT SPOON 
This isn’t just any spoon. I mean, look at this thing—it is so beautiful! It is made using an 18th century spoon mold and hand forged and polished. It is a real work of art and perfect for serving up some fresh berries or a generous scoop of whipped cream. Also, it is dishwasher safe which makes me immeasurably happy.
STANLEY & SONS APRON 
I already wrote about these aprons over at ReadyMade , but wanted to share my own with you. The other day I realized I was choosing what to wear based on what would look good with my apron. Yikes!
Bryan and I have been drinking cherry juice with sparkling water and a dash of orange bitters or a squeeze of lime juice. It is a pretty refreshing soft drink and gets me excited for cherry season. Make sure it is 100% cherry juice.
WOODEN TRAYS 
My friends at Amenity Home  sent me these wooden serving trays  and I am in love with them. So much so that they have been sitting out on display ever since they arrived. I like using them for crackers, cookies and appetizers. Amenity is a great site, I spend too much time dreaming about this bed frame .
PINE SYRUP 
I first tried this strange product at Lula Cafe in Chicago and was immediately drawn to the distinct pine flavor. Syrup is extracted from pine cones and buds and turned into this potent nectar. A few drops are transformative. Try it on salads, ice cream, or in cocktails—the possibilities are endless.
I like listening to music when I cook. But it needs to be the right music. I have been enjoying Joanna Newsom’s latest album, especially in the kitchen. I acknowledge she isn’t for everyone, although I think she gets dismissed a little too easily. For those of you who love her genius lyric writing and astonishing harp playing as much as I do, make sure you give this newest creation a listen. And in case you missed it, Jody Rosen’s profile of Newsom  in the NY Times is a great read.