Raisins…oog

I cannot tolerate raisins in baked goods. If I find one in a cookie, muffin, pie, or cake, the joy of eating comes to a screeching halt. To me, bumping into a raisin hiding in an otherwise excellent piece of carrot cake is like meeting a large bug in an alley. Or, more accurately, in my soup.

I’ve been teased about this raisin aversion, probably because I have so few food issues. I was beginning to think that it was my own little weirdism, until I came across this T-shirt on my friend Cody’s Facebook page:

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It actually made me laugh out loud, and I’m encouraged by the fact that I am not alone in my dislike of the shriveled little fruit.

Hmmm…maybe we could start a club: the Raisin Aversion Consortium.

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A Plug for My Newest Book Collaboration

Eco-friendly decorating ideas for the nursery. Baby safety. Brain stimulation. They’re all in Feathering the Nest, a new book by Tracy Hutson scheduled for release on May 1–just in time for Mother’s Day. Tracy, best known as part of the team on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is also the mother of two little boys, so she approaches her subject matter as both a designer and a mom.

In addition to informative and entertaining content, the book includes delightfully charming photographs by Laurie Frankel. Amazon is accepting pre-orders now.

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100 Things I’m Grateful for (part nine)

Whew! Almost to 100. Given my basic nature, the last bunch must be exclusively fashion related:

83. Spanx two-tone tights (brilliant concept)

84. Nike Air Technology in Cole Haan peep-toe pumps (unexpectedly comfortable)

85. Balenciaga purses

86. Wide belts

87. DKNY on Madison

88. Scarves

89. Diamond stud earrings worn with everything

90. Sergio Gutierrez Liquid Metal bracelets

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91. Heirloom jewelry

92. Black and charcoal (Sorry, Sam…old habits die hard!)

93. Camisoles

94. Cropped cardigans

95. Handbags in purples, plums, and greens

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96. Kitson sneakers

97. L.A.M.B. sneakers

98. Nike workout gear

99. My Manolo Blahniks from Trace

100. Great stylists