My trip to New York City this past weekend, like always, has me inspired by all it has to offer.
Among the great shopping and fabulous restaurants we checked out the High Line.
This awesome public park owned by the city, is built on a historical freight rail line above the streets on the west side of Manhattan.
This 1.45 mile park is full of beautiful plants and gardens, plenty of seating
and currently has an art sculpture exhibit throughout the line.
What a great escape to be 1 flight of stairs away from traffic lights & automobiles
and still enjoy the city views.

My daughter with her friends, walking the line.



Not only is the concept incredible, but the design is quite impressive.

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Vendors filled this space the beautiful sunny Saturday we were there.
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Read more on how the same park designer, James Corner Field Operations is helping Cleveland.

Or click here to check out New Vision for a Key Public Space aired 4/23/14 on WCPN.

The sunsets we saw over spring vacation in Sarasota, Florida have me craving a trend favorite:
the color CORAL.
You’ll see it beyond tropical climates -
it’s a hot go-to color right now for spring and summer in fashion and home decor.

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Use it for a pop of color in your home.  A little goes a long way.

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Coral is great next to most skin tones.
A little added to a neutral outfit can give you just the right amount of color.

Design a Dodo case to reflect your style.
After all, the way we are attached to our iPads, it’s a fashion accessory.

It’s mid March.
The snow is melting, the sun is out and the sky is light past 5:00.

I’m ready for some new accessories to launch into spring!
Just like Warby Parker’s new Spectrum Sun Collectionthere’s a palette for everyone.

For every pair of glasses WP sells, they donate a pair to someone in need.
You’ve gotta love that!

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After seeing Oscar nominated American Hustle, I couldn’t help but notice the use of yellow throughout the movie.   Over the top, retro and glitzy – the color was everywhere.



Classic Bentwood chairs were a focal point in Sydney’s apartment.

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No relief from yellow in Sydney’s bedroom.

You could use bright yellow in a bedroom.
Maybe just in one place.


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Yellow rubber gloves and an undo.
This pretty much sums up the character of Rosalyn.

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Glitzy gold overdone in this scene.

Glitzy gold can be great.  Caution: use in moderation.


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Gold CAN be tasteful in abundance.

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I recently made crab legs.  As always, we had more than enough.
But if we hadn’t had extra, I wouldn’t have discovered this incredible crab cake recipe!
I think what makes them extra fabulous is the fresh crab and Panko bread crumbs.


Here’s the recipe.

Petite Crab Cakes

Yield:12 to 16 petit cakes


1 pound lump crab meat, approximately 2 to 2 1/2 cups
2 cups Japanese bread crumbs
2 eggs, well beaten
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
1/2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbl parsley, minced
1/4 cup scallions, chopped
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning (I didn’t have this, so I left it out)
1/2 cup heavy mayonnaise


Place crab meat in a mixing bowl along with 1 1/2 cups of the bread crumbs, the eggs, mustard, and other remaining ingredients.
Mix gently, leaving the crab lumps as large as possible.

Shape the mixture into 12 to 16 equal portions, ball up and flatten into a patty shape about 3/4 to 1-inch thick.
Coat each patty with some of the remaining bread crumbs.
Chill for at least 1 hour before cooking.

Heat 1/4 cup cooking oil over medium heat.
Saute each cake 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side in the oil.

For the rémoulade
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sweet relish
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp prepared horseradish sauce
Couple dashes of hot sauce
Squeeze of lemon

Recipe courtesy Tracy Rabenberg, Apples Catering, Minneapolis
show: The Best Of, episode: Catering

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