Opinions & Musings

Cooking School.

I am no stranger to cooking classes.  Infact, I love taking them.  I usually prefer a hands-on class experience, but recently Mr. Heatherland and I went to the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School and took one of their demonstration classes.

Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School

Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School

The facility itself is beautiful, tucked away in a gorgeous spot in York Maine, with stunning seasonal grounds to walk through, and a pretty impressive store.

Honestly, I was worried it would be a little boring sitting and watching someone else cook, but it was awesome.  I learned a lot of new things, the class itself had nothing to do with Stonewall Kitchen products (so it didn’t feel like a sales pitch), and we were fed very well the whole time.  We both loved it and we’re looking forward to taking another class there.

My favorite part of the whole day was the cocktail recipe, of course.  Hello, Ginger and Pear Bellini

Ginger Pear Bellini


gather ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into medallions

1 cup sugar, plus a little extra

1 cup water

2 large pears, cored and peeled

3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 bottle of dry prosecco

begin with a simple syrup:

Combine the ginger, sugar, and water together in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat, cover, and let rest for 30 minutes, then strain and reserve the liquid in a container to refrigerate.

*Simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.

make candied ginger: 

The softened ginger pieces you just strained get lightly tossed in the extra sugar and laid out to cool on parchment paper.  These bits can be stored at room temperature for a month.

in a blender:

Puree the pears, then mix in 1/2 cup of the simple syrup and the lemon juice.

to serve:

This recipe makes four bellinis.  Each glass will get a spoonful of the ginger-pear mixture, then topped off with prosecco, and garnished with a piece of the candied ginger on the rim.

Oh, it’s just heaven.  Thank you to Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School for the Ginger and Pear Bellini… I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of this fabulous cocktail recipe!

Take A Seat.

The hunt is afoot, and I have my sites set on getting a new chair.  More specifically, something made by Lawson Fenning.

Thin Frame Lounge Chair


thin frame lounge chair


I love this chair!  I have poured through every possible resource, and I haven’t found anything else that I am even remotely interested in.  I am only obsessed with this one.



photo credit: lawson fenning


The interesting thing is Lawson Fenning prices the chairs without the fabric because they offer a COM (Customers’s Own Material) option on their upholstered goods.  Which means it’s fully customizable, and how awesome is that?


On this hunt of mine, I haven’t found any other design that offer such a minimal, androgynous, and angular look.  Well, there’s one other Lawson Fenning:


The Box Chair

photo credit: ByBlye Interiors

photo credit: ByBlye Interiors


And for a smaller home like ours, both of these chairs takes up very little visual space but don’t sacrifice comfort.

credit: Catherine Kwong Design

photo credit: Catherine Kwong Design

Yup.  I’m in love.  The only question is which do I love more, the thin frame lounge chair or the box chair.


Decisions, decisions.

Yellow Fever.

What do I have in common with Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde, and Heidi Klum?  Well, besides a rockin’ body of course, we similar taste in jewelry.


yellow gold engagement rings

From Left: Katy Perry, Oliva Wilde, Heidi Klum

From Left: Katy Perry, Oliva Wilde, Heidi Klum


It has been so lovely to see more and more yellow gold pop up on the scene.  For decades, yellow gold has been the ugly stepsister to platinum and white gold.  But, look out world: It’s back and as beautiful as ever!

Green Amethyst Forest Jewel Ring, ALEX MONROE

Green Amethyst Forest Jewel Ring, ALEX MONROE


Wearing yellow gold is like taking a nap in warm sunshine, or basking in the glow of a late summer’s night.  It’s rich and full of depth.

Yellow Gold Ring Set: Photo by Katie Pietrowski

Yellow Gold Ring Set: Photo by Katie Pietrowski


It is also flattering.  If you have a not of blue undertones in your skin, like me, yellow gold will compliment your complexion.

Marquise diamond wedding ring: HN JEWELRY


When Mr. Heatherland was in the market for my ring, he got the name of an AMAZING jewelry maven in the Diamond District named Sabrina.

My Ring: Sabrina and Mr. Heatherland

My Ring: designed by Sabrina and Mr. Heatherland


He came to her armed with two bits of knowledge: I wanted a band and I wanted yellow gold; and she knocked it out of the park!  He tells me that going to Sabrina was a much better experience than going to a jewelry store to pick out a ring from a case.

Vintage Art Deco Ring: Etsy

Vintage Art Deco Ring: Etsy


He and her talked about my ring, she showed him binders full options for the setting, then she brought him samples, and only when they had a solid idea of what he wanted, she sourced the diamonds and had all it put together.  If you are hunting for a talented jeweler in the NY area, please email me for her contact info- I’m happy to share the love!

ring trio: lover.ly

ring trio: lover.ly


However, if vintage is more your thing, there are plenty of pre-loved yellow gold settings to be had.  My favorite spot to obsess over antique little lovelies is Market Square Jewelers.  They’ve been in the jewelry business for over 25 years, and they have acquired a pretty impressive selection.

Flush Vintage Gold Ring: Market Square Jewelers

Flush Vintage Gold Ring: Market Square Jewelers


Like this jaw dropper, could you just die?  It’s incredible!

Vintage Beryl Ring: Market Square Jewelers

Vintage Beryl Ring: Market Square Jewelers


I know, I know… it is highly unlikely that I will be forking over $15k for almost 50 carats worth of awesomeness, but I love to stare at it!


Hail to the yellow gold engagement rings!

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