Saturday, June 28, 2014

Birthday Loot

I had a birthday, and I made out like a bandit. Say, like 38 bandits. I mean, look at all these goodies! What's not showing is a picnic blanket and a nice lightweight sweater, as well. So, what have we got here?

Portland Nursery Gift Card: $100 oh my! I'm so happy to have received this card. Now I get to go to the nursery and just wander. I get to buy a few things that would normally be above my price point. I get to pick out something that I've maybe wanted for a while, but chose a less spendy alternative. This will be great fun for me.

White Mini Butter Dish: This was a perfect gift. It's one of those things I wouldn't buy for myself, but that I would look at often. Many moons ago I stopped buying spreadable non-butter (EarthBalance) and started putting salted butter in a small lidded pyrex on the counter to keep it soft. This butter dish is so much prettier to look at, and it's white. Double score.

Glass Float: Completely unexpected but right on target. It'll look great with the collection of driftwood and sea rib I dragged home in our suitcase from Cape Cod. What's a sea rib? A rib bone of a big fish found in the sea. That's what.

Rosemary Sea Salt: Who said "yummers in my tummers"? Anyway, yummers in my tummers pretty much sums it up. I sprinkled some on my fancy salad of arugula, watermelon and balsamic vinegar last night. It's good stuff. I'll use it on the next batch of pretzels I make. You didn't know I make pretzels? Oh, yes. I do. And they are wicked good with a Boston accent.

And last, but not least (and not last, because I will 100% buy it again),

F by Locations: This wine is so very good. It's complex/jammy, so if you don't like fruity wine I'm guessing you'd better try the E (Spain) or the AR (Argentina). The F is my new favorite. Sorry Erath, you've been moved to second place for now.

I'll be a francophile for the next year or so as we plan our trip to FRANCE!!! I'm so excited and it's still 11 months away. We'll be earning miles toward flights with every swipe of the plastic. Good thing we've got an ER bill on the way. Ahem, not a good thing. That there was sarcasm. I'll not go on a rant about the disgusting big-business nicknamed "healthcare" in our country. Let's just say we're all getting screwed.


  1. I have four butter dishes in rotation. Two regular size, two for double sticks like Kerrygold. We always have softened butter on the counter!

    1. Nice! I knew I should be more like you ;)

  2. Happy belated Birthday!!! Your new butter dish is gorgeous! I never had one up until a few months ago, and I bought myself one from Anthropologie... I love it! Your upcoming trip to France sounds very exciting!

    1. That's funny because I always ogle the butter dishes at Anthropologie. France will be next May, so it's a while off. I'll have to brush up on some French before then ;)

  3. Score! I'd take all of it with a big grin!!!