Ghost Story at Kansas City’s Beautiful Haunted Mansion

It was long before sunrise when the gentleman tour guide at Vaile Mansion in Independence, Missouri stepped to the front door, key in hand.  It would be a long day.  A special champagne reception was to take place at the mansion that afternoon and there was much to prepare.  It was that reception, in fact, …

Five Favorite Finds: A Visit with Susan Robinson

I spent Saturday morning exploring my friend Susan Robinson’s very stylish home, and after a fun visit and a photo shoot of well over 100 pictures, I stepped away from the experience knowing—with perfect certainty—that I had just spent time in the most beautiful bedroom I will ever see.   As I type this, I’m in …

Tootsie Roll Roses: Super Cute and Really Easy to Make!

When I was growing up, Tootsie Rolls were the candy that remained in the Trick-or-Trick bag until the Snickers bars, M&Ms, and Reeses cups were gone.  To me, they were the candy of last resort, a tired brand that had outlived its turn-of-the-century heydey by decades, and a bland taffy that couldn’t possibly compete with …

Vintage Jello: The Space Age Treat!

Summer is nearly over and soon the holiday season will be upon us.  It’s not too early to begin planning all of the luscious menus you’ll prepare for celebrations with family and friends.   You might be tempted to fall back on perennial favorites like steak and potatoes, broiled asparagus and corn custard.  Yes, those …

What’s in This Locked Desk?

Take a moment, close your eyes, and step into the Way Back Machine. You’re watching Mr. Rogers on TV (yes, that Mr. Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame). After a brief introduction, he stands up and takes a short stroll from his living room set into his kitchen set, all the while talking and smiling at the camera. …

From Mickey Mouse to Moonstone (Turning on a Dime)

Life is nothing if not unpredictable. As I type this, a Disney World Magic Band is sitting next to my laptop, along with a lanyard heavy with trading pins and an unused luggage tag. It’s September 11th, the day after Hurricane Irma made her way up Florida’s Gulf Coast from the Keys to south Georgia, …

Here Comes the Sun…Flower, That Is

Those who know me well have heard all about my dream of running a sunflower farm as an agri-tourism business for years.  This is a dream that will never be realized.  For one thing, I have no idea how to farm.  I can barely keep the flowers in the pots along my patio alive.  Second, …