We haven’t done this in a while!
This beautiful fragrance called Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake  (so good!) from my friends at D.S. & Durga has become a new favorite of mine. The scent reminds me of my childhood basement, and also of the ride Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland (smoke and water?), as well as walks I have taken in England. They, of course, are more poetic about it. This is also one of the most perfect package designs I have ever seen. That box!
These beautiful bronze nails were a birthday gift from Bryan. He knows how much I like triangles. I’m using mine to hang a necklace on my wall, but I keep coming up with reasons to buy more.
I’ll buy every book Nigel Slater publishes. I am at the point where I can’t wait for the US version, so I order the newest from the UK. Eat  has everything we love about Slater packed into a small and flawlessly designed package.
Heidi Swanson is my hero. Everything she does she does beautifully, and Quitokeeto , the online shop she opened, is no exception. My heart skips a beat when the shop is updated because I know I will learn about something new and wonderful. This honeydew  from Canada is a perfect example. It has a complex and rich honey flavor that is delicious on anything. My friend Katie and I think it gives us crazy dreams. (is that possible, Heidi?!)
I accidentally spent the summer reading books about single, lonely women. In another time they might have been called spinsters. I am not sure what was drawing me (subconsciously) to these books, but it made for a weird summer of reading. Excellent Women  by Barbara Pym is really outstanding, and highly recommended.
Blood Countess  incense from Blackbird is the perfect thing to be burning on Halloween.
Possibly the best bottle opener  ever, from one of my favorite design studios. I keep giving these beauties as gifts because I want everyone to have one.
I tried Purple Door  ice cream in Milwaukee and I was blown away by their whiskey flavor. It is the ideal creamy consistency with strong whiskey flavor from Great Lakes Distillery’s Kinnickkinnic whiskey. It is available in Chicago at Treasure Island stores.
While we’re on the topic of things: We recently visited some of our favorite friends (Hi Steph, Greg, and Ames!) in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. In addition to some amazing meals (Pizzeria Locale! Oak!) we also shopped at Cedar & Hyde , which is one of the best stores I have ever been to. Seriously. I was so happy to be there, and so sad it is far from home. The ladies who own the store have done a superb job of curating a collection of things that felt like they were picked out just for me. If you’re in Boulder, or plan on being there, check it out!
Happy autumn, everyone! I’ll be back in a couple of days with a dark & stormy recipe (it’s not what you think!)….