Jeff’s 3 Favorite Things – October 2018

Heirloom Roses

When I finally pulled the trigger on my landscaping project in DC, after TEN years of waiting and legal battles with our neighbor, I had in mind a very particular color of rose. And, I wasn’t even sure it existed anywhere but in my imagination. In stepped Heirloom Roses, a treasure-trove of hard to find roses, in all kinds of varieties – climbing, hybrid tea, spray, knock out, you name it. I was able to get exactly what I wanted, which I learned was the Peace rose, a soft yellow/peach with hints of crimson on the petal’s edge. Perfect! And the story could not be more fitting after all we’d been through. Developed on the eve of World War II, a clipping of the rose made its way from France to America for safe keeping during the war. Coincidentally, the All-American Rose Selection named the Peace its only winner for 1946 the same day Japan surrendered, effectively ending the war. It serves as a fitting symbol of our personal saga as well as a beautiful addition to our neighborhood.  I truly can’t wait to see them blooming next summer. You can visit Heirloom Roses here.

I’m kind of digging Etsy right about now. If you’re not familiar with it, Etsy is a website where you can find all kinds of cool things, many of which are handmade like our new cornhole boards pictured here.  Dan and I ordered them for an event we had in the country and the battles were epic, not unlike those American vs. Canadian ones we have regularly around our house 🙂 I also found my awesome live-edge coffee table made from a kiln dried tree trunk on Etsy. It’s now a handsome and unexpected addition to my office that’s always a conversation starter. If you’re looking for antiques, unique and custom items, and things you just can’t find anywhere else, have fun browsing and finding. Let me know what you turn up!  Visit Etsy here.

Nom nom nom. Need I say more? Chocolate, caramel and fudge, OH MY! Oh, and a healthy helping of ice cream, hard candy, and an apple and a strawberry thrown in there for good measure. Kilwins is a long standing tradition of many families and now our own and for good reason. It’s truly a fantasyland of sugar, cream and everything sticky, elevated to the highest level. We loved taking our girls there while vacationing in Sarasota, and I just found out that my dear friend owns the Kilwins in Ft. Lauderdale. I think a road trip is in order! You can visit them online or in person from Maine to Miami and as far west as Denver, where my best friend lives. Another reason for a road trip!  Did I mention I hate to drive? This would make it all worthwhile. Enjoy Kilwins here.
Let me know what you think. The good, the bad, the ugly, the sublime! Send me an email or give me a call anytime at 301-442-8533. 

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