Hopefully they were printed on recycled paper or I cringe to think how many forests are decimated each year. The bulge of my mailbox is enough to turn almost anyone into a "tree hugger."
The Nieman Marcus Christmas Book 2011 deserves a quick glance to see what the frivolously unimaginative rich can purchase on a whim.
A motor boat for $250, 000.00
... perhaps a little personal retreat in your back yard where you can spend a few quiet minutes of private time making out your shopping list...all this 'splendor" starting at $75,000.00
and if you need to get away from it all..
a day in the country for a mere $9,500.00
This Christmasy looking vignette makes a
private Scotch tasting look like a real bargain
Luxury gifts are nothing new...
The diamond engagement ring presented to Grace Kelly
by Prince Rainier of Monaco
She wore the ring in her final film HIGH SOCIETY
Princess Grace bejeweled by her Prince
did not live happily ever after...
but she is still GORGEOUS !
and Liz seems to like what Mike Todd (hubby Numero Tres) was thinking
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
She is wearing her famous broach in this photograph
She sure had this puppy whipped
We can only guess at the turn of history had Edward not
abdicated his throne for the "woman I love."
"MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE"
go figure---there is no accounting for taste
MARILYN MONROE & SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER
THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL
Sir Laurence with his wife Vivien Leigh
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Though she is not a dead ringer for the "Blond Bombshell," Williams has
figured out that Marilyn was a total creation of Norma-Jean Baker.
With a breathy whisper and a wiggle of the rump both gals
transform into Marilyn. The cast is star studded with familiar faces
but Williams steels the show. She is perfection.
The movie is smart and funny, tender and nostalgic, with a beautifull star
studded cast but Williams steals the show- she is a gift.
A NEW STAR HAS BEEN BORN
A perfect gift would be movie tickets. Bundle up some tickets with a gift certificate for a nearby restaurant and ...
An elaborately encrusted Madonna was a gift
from Tony Duquette to his friend, the actress Irene Dunn.
It's actually a very subdued piece for Tony, perhaps in deference to it's
Miss Dunn was a devout catholic and a
great admirer of Tony's work
Tony designed for theatre in everything he did.
Over-the-top was never enough
He was a firm believer in
MORE IS MORE
You are unlikely to find that in any catalog.
Gifts of Time
Maddie-Cashie and Ben - Personal Treasures
"This fort our dads built out of old logs and bird netting is
the coolest thing ever !
No one is allowed in it if we don't invite them."
Frank Ponterio - Interior Decorator
..."It's truly a gift to have a counterpoint to my daily life
as a designer...
experiences I share with my family at our farm in Wisconsin."
"What's better than being entrusted with a new project
when you are 87?
In a startling departure from custom, the bottle's
back label has this credit
"Photography by Fred Lyon, treasured friend to Ali, Charles and all
who know him."
Now that is a remarkable gift !"
"That would have to be the 400 rose bushes Andrew planted for my 40th. It was the ultimate gift that kept giving-totally overwhelming in scale, extraordinarily romantic and thoughtful, and just got better every year.
The gift that keeps on giving
Our neighbor across the road, Emiline Tessier had a persimmon tree on her property. When she died we were permitted to move her favorite Persimmon tree and relocate it to our garden. "Tessie" bears fruit every season and I make Persimmon Pudding Cakes to give as gifts during the holidays.
STEAMED PERSIMMON CAKE
A dense moist gingerbread like cake with nuts and raisins - best served warm with vanilla ice cream
This recipe is best made ahead of time by several days or even months. I have kept cakes frozen for 11 months with no ill effects. Just be sure to wrap well- defrost slowly - reheat
Fill a large lidded pot with water and bring to a simmer on stove top
Butter the inside and the top of a fluted pudding mold available at any cooking store . I always find them at flea markets- guess a lot of people lose interest- it does take time to watch over the steaming
But SO worth it...
1/2 Cup butter plus some extra- softened
1 Cup granulated sugar
1 Cup SIFTED all-purpose white flour
4 Ripe Hachiya persimmon pulp(about 1 cup)
2 TBLS Brandy or Grand Marnier
2 Large eggs-slightly beaten
2 Teaspoons baking soda mixed with 2 teaspoons warm water
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon each-ground ginger and cloves
1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Cup chopped walnuts
1 Cup golden raisins
In the large bowl of an electric mixer cream the sugar with the softened butter at medium speed.
Slowly at low speed mix in flour alternating with persimmon pulp until incorporated
Stir in baking soda mixture- eggs- brandy-vanilla and spices
Mix in the walnuts and raisins and continue beating at a very low speed a few minutes till batter is well incorporated
Spoon into prepared pudding mold and clamp top on securely
Place in the bath of simmering water- water should reach about 3/4 of the way up the sides of the mold.
Cover pot and continue simmering about 1 1/2 - 2 hours until a test scewer comes out clean.
Check water every so often to be sure it does not all boil away.
Allow cake to cool about 1 hour before unmolding