Getting Ready for Spring – The Beaufort Bonnet Company

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Spring is on its way… and with it the hope of warmer temperatures and the beautiful globe of yellow, the Sun!  Protect your beautiful babies with these gorgeous bonnets from The Beaufort Bonnet Company made based on a generations-old heirloom pattern from the coastal town of Beaufort, South Carolina.  These bonnets may be personalized with monograms and illustrations in a variety of scripts and color hues, sure to be the perfect compliment to babies new suit or Easter dress this Sunday.   The Beaufort Bonnet Company is so much more than just Bonnets, however, their Bucket Hat was an instant hit with girls and boys alike.  We are also sure that their sun suits will be a go to for girls and boys alike this summer – perfect for pool side or building sand castles at the beach.  The Beaufort Bonnet Company dresses boys and girls from newborn up to a size 4T.


Children’s Film Series – Sundays in April: Gorton Community Center


Children’s Film Series-Sundays in April

Best of the Fest

Join the Gorton Community Center for the “Best of the Fest” from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, produced by Facets. This family-friendly series includes award-winning animation and live-action shorts.

The First Show is April 6 at 4 p.m., featuring 9 short films totaling 71 minutes of fun!  Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now!  If you miss out this weekend, be sure to check out these films playing the rest of the month.

Flying Books: Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m.
3 short films – 71 minutes
For film buffs ages 4 – 400.

Spy with my Little Eye: Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m.
5 short films- 75 minutes
For film buffs ages 6 – 600.


The Nest Thermostat – Great Gadgets Week!



The Nest thermostat is not your ordinary thermostat.  It learns your habits and adjusts automatically.   It also has a smartphone app so that you can control the thermostat remotely.  Nest is a company co-founded by Tony Fadell, who was the creator of the original iPod.  He is on a mission to change the way that we interact with our homes.   And, his products look good – really good.

Recently, Nest launched the Nest Protect, a smoke detector… but more on that tomorrow…



Stay Warm!! Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew – Cooking Light

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Try staying warm these next few days from the inside with this Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew from last month’s Cooking Light magazine.  It has all the traditional savory ingredients, plus the added bonus of dijon mustard and red wine vinegar to give it a little tang.   Enjoy!



  • 2 pounds trimmed boneless chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided $
  • 3 medium yellow onions, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 (12-ounce) nut brown ale
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted beef stock (such as Swanson), divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby Dutch potatoes, halved
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour $
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. 1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of beef to pan; cook 6 minutes, turning until well browned on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Repeat procedure with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining beef; remove beef and any juices from pan.
  2. 2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onions and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup stock, remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer. Carefully pour mixture into a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Add beef, potatoes, carrots, thyme, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours.
  3. 3. Combine remaining 1/4 cup stock and flour, stirring with a whisk. Stir flour mixture into stew; cook 15 minutes or until thickened. Stir in mustard and vinegar. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Sprinkle with parsley.

Ann Taylor Pittman, Cooking Light 



J.Crew Week – Ratti Tile Collection Coat

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The contrast of patterns and inclusion of color in this coat make it so unique.  Love the simple cut of the coat.  Perfect accent to a jeans and and sweater day.  Will be sure to cheer anyone up on a cold dreary day!


J.Crew Week – Nightshirt in end-to-end cotton



One little thing about me is that I LOVE sleepware.  PJ’s, nightgowns, robes and slippers – love them all!   This nightshirt takes the traditional pants and shirt pj and makes it feminine.   Especially if you don’t like to be too covered up in your sleep – these will perfect.  Great for yourself or for a gift.


J.Crew Week – Fringed Jewel Statement Necklace

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You could build a whole outfit around this necklace.   Love the different white toned jewels that make up the necklace and the brass trims.   If you are looking to make a statement – it will be loud and clear with this necklace!


J.Crew Week – Rylan Blazer in Harris Tweed



Why not add some color to your wardrobe with this Ryland Blazer in Harris Tweed?  I love the purple with pop of crimson at the collar.  Fitted shoulder and sleeve gives it a classic look with a bit of flair.  Perfect for the holidays and beyond!


Biscuit-Home Week: Day 5

I’ve always really loved these quilts on www.biscuit-home.com. Love the blue for a green room, or light blue. Love the green in a lilac room. Really, I adore them for any room or just to keep in a closet for when you need a cozy blanket. They are so soft and I love the crisp colors against the white.