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Tuesday
Dec292009

new year, new days

simple diary Starting 2010 as a clean slate, most of us are optimistic for a Happy New Year. What better way to take note of it than with Keel’s simple diary?

We acknowledge our thoughts every time we update our web pages or text a message, now here’s the perfect place to record them.

With limited choices to summarize how your day was, such as “a gallop, a pickle or jumping through hoops”, edited options help keep you focused and require less energy to maintain a daily journal.

Included are daily quotations such as “Imagination is the foundation of reality” and “Technology fooled us”. And thoughtful questions are posed such as “You are too calm to be nervous. Yes or No”.

Maybe a daily check-in would maintain some perspective when you got a parking ticket? Or, help you remember a triumph? At the very least, even the most mundane Wednesday could be slightly more humorous and thought-worthy.

Thursday
Dec242009

merry christmas!

To you and yours, warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas, from all of us at CB2.

Wednesday
Dec232009

recipe: easy mushroom and parsley salad

Mix in a bowl:
1 lb white mushrooms thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped parsley

Top with shaved parmesan and dressing:
lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper to taste

Unique, healthy, savory.

hint: have toothpicks handy for that pesky parsley!

Thanks to jen, CB2 planner, for this submission.

Tuesday
Dec222009

10 essentials: judy

1. Time off in Michigan, at the house and the Lake Michigan beaches. It re-energizes me and brings back memories of family vacations.

2. The change of seasons. I love the change in the light.

3. Throw pillows. A great inexpensive and quick update for a change of pace. I stock up with new ones every season. Favorites have been wave, seville, and puff.

4. Julius Shulman photography on Case Study Houses. Good design is timeless.

5. The Rolling Stones.

6. Our annual visit to Milan for the Salone. I love how art and design encompasses the entire city.

7. Everything about cars—vintage cars, Formula 1 races, horsepower… I’d be a gear-head if I was a guy.

8. TV marathons of Law & Order, Twilight Zone, and Bond movies.

9. Italian leather boots, preferably black, sexy and comfortable.

10. Hanging out with my husband Gus. He makes me laugh.

puff pillow
Milan 2009 1678
Thursday
Dec172009

10 essentials: the cocktail party

Whether “your place for cocktails” is the warm up act for guests heading to another event or staying for dinner, following are 10 essentials to get you through the party before the party.

1. Set a swanky mood with lounge music and soft candlelight.

2. Once you’ve greeted guests, invite them to the acacia mini bar for something to drink.

3. Chill a stainless cocktail shaker with ice from a stainless ice bucket.

4. Measure libations and bitters with a double jigger for proper mixology.

5. Serve tall tom collins or serious scotches in tambien barware.

6. And serve flirty cocktails in chilled libertinis.

7. Garnish cocktails with twists, olives or onions from a nagoya 3-part server.

8. Graciously present every drink on a restaurant cocktail napkin.
No cocktail party is complete without light appetizers.

9. Simple cheeses and crackers can be artfully arranged on plato with basic cheese cutters.

10. Lastly, stacks of white porcelain appetizer plates and mini flatware ready for use gives you more time to make sure everyone’s drink is properly refreshed.

Hint: be sure to cover all your bases by having plenty of non-alcoholic recipes and mixers.