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:


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.

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.


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


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


96. Kitson sneakers

97. L.A.M.B. sneakers

98. Nike workout gear

99. My Manolo Blahniks from Trace

100. Great stylists

100 Things I’m Grateful for (part three)

20. Having a best friend right in the neighborhood. That hasn’t been the case since I was a child. (Jan, this one’s for you.)

21. Really good sushi

22. Dogs

23. Remembering every rule of grammar and punctuation I ever learned

24. Barack Obama

25. Being required to take Latin in prep school

26. Brilliant novelists

27. The quality of conversation you can have on a long walk

28. A hot bath on a cold night

29. Warm bread and dipping oil

30. My new Ugg boots