A Polished Life

A Polished Life

(Fiction) Our mother always liked to say, “Sarah and Maurine, only a true southern lady can wear red nail polish and not look like a tramp”.  My sister Maurine and I longed for the day when we would turn 18.  This was the designated age 

Maredret Monastery: Where Nuns Spin Gold

Maredret Monastery: Where Nuns Spin Gold

I’m not Catholic, but my love of Belgian beer often ushers my footsteps to monasteries and abbeys. As you likely know, many monks in Belgium make and peddle beer, but if you look in the shadows, you will discover the nuns at Maredret Monastery creating 

Schlosshotel Kronberg: Where Luxury and Love Coexist

Schlosshotel Kronberg: Where Luxury and Love Coexist

Sleeping under the slate roof of Schlosshotel Kronberg will leave those who appreciate history, design and luxury happy. It’s a castle, but staying within the art lined halls feels like overnighting at the wealthy aunt’s home you dreamt you’d had. The estate was completed in 

Verona: Where Streets are Paved Pink

Verona: Where Streets are Paved Pink

In Verona leave your rose colored glasses at home. This Italian city is steeped in romance and passion, even the pedestrian alleyways are paved in pink limestone. Scribbled hearts with names and poems are written on walls, telephone poles and public letter boxes. You can’t 

Todd Bruney’s (Grandmother’s) Fig Cake

Todd Bruney’s (Grandmother’s) Fig Cake

Todd is a true Southern gentleman for sharing his Grandmother’s delicious family treasure. Your house will smell like the comforts of fall when this cake is baking. The final outcome is dense, moist and packed with flavors of autumn. *Note: you can replace equal amounts 

Arenberg Abbey

Arenberg Abbey

They are mythical creatures. You know one when you see one; their habits flutter with the slightest breeze and rest just above sensible rubber soled shoes. They often have a strand of beads dangling from a hip pocket and the shine of their hair remains 

Escoffier

Escoffier

“I wouldn’t consider a program to be serious if it didn’t teach Escoffier, or classic French techniques” Julia Child  (The following is a memory from 2016.) Nicknamed “King of Chefs and Chef of Kings”, Georges Auguste Escoffier’s list of loyal followers included royals, writers, movie 

My German Gingerbread (Recipe)

My German Gingerbread (Recipe)

This cake is pure comfort and purely comforting. Be prepared, it will ensconce your home with the soothing aromas of Autumn. Enjoy. ½ cup white sugar ½ cup apple sauce 1 egg 1 cup molasses 1 ½ cups spelt flour (*See Note) 1 cup all-purpose flour 

On the Heels of Hildegard of Bingen (Recipe)

On the Heels of Hildegard of Bingen (Recipe)

We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to