A pomegranate cart in Istanbul…one of my favorite sights ever.

Based on my lack of recent posts, it is obvious that my kitchen and I have been in a bit of a noncollaborative mood as of late. But as we all know, nothing changes unless you take charge and make it change. So, I’ve dug deeply searching for inspiration, innovation, and imagination. I hope I’ve once again found it. Stay tuned…here’s to taking a pause in the kitchen as in travels; let’s just call it a layover! But here’s a link to my favorite pomegranate chicken recipe, inspired by my first trip to Istanbul a few years ago!


Our puffy travel faces with the gorgeous Blue Mosque as the main feature.

This very day last year, the don and I (and a couple of very special friends!) were on a three day layover in Istanbul on our way home from a fabulous trip to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.


Our fantastic friend and guide Riza, bidding farewell.


And Peg departing from the fabulous Four Seasons Sultanahmet (Old City…think Constantinople!)

Sculpture, Lilies, Silver

Just a little post to enjoy until I can share the AMAZING floral arrangements we have been enjoying in Bangkok. Orchids. Orchids. Everywhere. AND, Karen and I are headed to a private three hour class with the chef here at Anantara in just a few minutes. More to come! Until then…lilies-in-silver-service-ii

Recently I was yearning for a low, wide look for a few lilies I had on hand. All of my containers were too bulky for the task; so wandering around the house in search of something anything, it suddenly clicked as I entered my dining room. I borrowed pieces from my silver service and took them right into the sun-room and plopped them beside the sculpture by Jeff Kiefer. Set your silver free and use it all around the house!

Love Your Melon Beanies

Love Your Melon was founded in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two friends, Zach and Brian. On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, Love Your Melon began with the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America.

peg-love-your-melonFifty percent (50%) of the profit from sales of Love Your Melon products is given to Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. Their nonprofit partners work in the field of pediatric oncology, fund cancer research initiatives and provide immediate support for families of children battling cancer.

To date, over 1.5 million dollars and over 80,000 hats have been donated. (Excerpted from the Love Your Melon website.) Read the entire story here! And go shop here and keep raising monies for childhood cancer. Kudos to these fine gentlemen. Pass on some good karma people. That’s all.

Yep, that’s me sporting one of my Melons last week in Chicago. Race to order yours!

October and Breast Cancer Awareness


Lobby of Burj al Arab, Dubai, October 2013 ©PEGhardee

As we near the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I celebrate family, friends, and everyone proud to be survivors of this disease. Blessings to them. I had my annual mammogram this month, and when I checked out they issued a lovely little pocket calendar just chocked full of healthy hints. So, I’m here to share the love by sharing a few of those great tips, because some things are just worth passing along:

Be in charge of your breast health.
Perform routine self exams; over age 40 get your mammograms annually.
Keep your heart healthy.
Check your blood pressure routinely.
Get moving. Do something physical daily to boost your immune system and get your metabolism going.
Cook at home as often as possible with fresh ingredients.
There are tons of healthy recipes right here on this blog to keep you going!
Manage stress over the upcoming holiday months.
Keep your commitments in check…don’t add too much to your list!
Balance work, home, and play.
Practice time management.
Keep a relaxed and positive outlook.
It’s going to be a fun season, so enjoy it!


More Pink in the Burj al Arab for Breast Cancer Awareness.


Gotta Love a Photo in a Mirror! Burj al Arab, 2013.

Decorating with Cacti

1 Living Room IINeed a really quick arrangement for a bare spot in your home for the Holidays. Tomorrow is Rush Rush Rush Day… So, stop by your garden center or floral shop and snag a cacti. Plop it in a ceramic, glass, or silver container…and voila! You better not watch, You better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why…cacti, that’s why.  Easy Breezy! See you on the other side of Christmas you all.

Ho Ho Ho! Hope you are a jolly ole soul!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Greenville’s Beauty Bar

LogoThese gals have got it going on. Beauty Bar Medispa has the distinction of being medically based and operates under the direction of a physician. Not your typical offerings around here! Owners Nikki Blount and Dr. Melissa Beretich are assisted by RN Selena, Aesthetician Terri, and makeup artist and spray tan specialist Hannah. I mean honestly people, you need to be racing out to this marvy place. Call 252.752.1406 ~2577 Stantonsburg Road~ Greenville!

Co-Owner Nikki Blount ©PEGhardee

Co-Owner Nikki Blount

Here’s the scoop…you can only receive a medical grade facial/treatment from a Medispa or physicians office. And this, gals, is exactly what you want for significantly longer lasting results that allows you to say “smack” to the effects of stress, aging, and sun damage. These fine women rejuvenate your skin to its healthiest and are having a blast in their upbeat, modern space, the only free standing Medispa in town. Just sharing the joy with ya!

Co-Owner, Dr. Melissa Beretich

Co-Owner, Dr. Melissa Beretich

I had the pleasure of experiencing a Probiotic Youthboost facial that was just perfect for me, producing instant brightening and smoothing results. They cover the gamut, offering treatments for aging skin, sensitive skin, and acne prone skin. They offer great lines of home skin care products including mybody, SkinCeuticals, Beauty Counter (the all natural toxin-free line), La Roche-Pose, and NEOcutis. And since no one wants to walk around with unwanted hair or wrinkles, Beauty Bar Medispa offers laser hair removal, Botox, and a host of other services designed to get you front and center.

Terri, Hannah, Nikki ©PEGhardee

Terri, Hannah, Nikki




After you get your face and neck all revitalized, you’ll want to try Beauty Bar’s Jane Iredale make up, a mineral based line with pharmaceutical grade ingredients. It nurtures your skin and renders a flawless effect. Think Photoshop, only it’s real! I’m calling this week to schedule my session with Hannah so I can find my best look! Wanna join me?

Jane Iredale

St. TropezIn need of a sunless tan for that party dress this weekend? They’ve got the perfect product for that with the new St. Tropez line. They’ll hook you right up with a spray tan performed by Hannah, then you can purchase the fab products to continue the glow at home. If it’s good enough for their spokesperson Kate Moss, it’s good enough for me!

Gatsby PartyBeauty Bar is hosting an all day “Gatsby Affair” on Thursday November 6th with steep discounts on all skin care items and treatments! Book ’em Danno!Gatsby Details

And remember…You Don’t Have to Tell Your Beauty Secrets!Don't Tell your Secrets

Get Your Gourd On!

It’s F.R.I.D.A.Y. Get your gourd on good people. Just in case you aren’t in the Halloween spirit yet…these petite gourds, pumpkins, and silly Halloween decorations are available at your local grocery and farmers market. Fall is upon us and Trick or Treat Day is a short three weeks away. Get out there this weekend and “do it up right!”Pumpkin GoardsPumpkinsHalloween IIHalloween IIIAnd take a look at these creepy little Halloween creatures I spotted a couple of weeks back at Aldena Frye’s in Aberdeen with my sweet friend Leslie. Let’s get in the spirit like they do in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC and have some ghoulish fun!  It’s scary out there…Be safe; have fun; trick and treat! Post to the Script: I’ll be back atcha next week with some yummy fall recipes, soups included! Have a fun weekend.Skeleton WavingMummiesSkeleton

Apple Art ~ Apple Conserve

JPerry Apples by the Window

Apples by the Window ~ Acrylic on Canvas Jaquelin Perry ~ Private Collection

Just thumbing through my copy of Look Who’s in the Kitchen and happened upon this delightful image of a painting by my friend, artist Jaquelin Perry. Sprinted to phone my favorite grocer. YES, he reported…the Honey Crisp apples are IN! Making my Apple Conserve tomorrow. Yes I am. Reaching for replay of last fall’s yumminess. It’s simple, and that’s a guarantee. I mean, you don’t even have to peel those sweet apples! Try it; you and I both will be happy you did.

Cool Cuff Links

Cuff Links IIGo ahead…Do something fabulous. Just in time to “Git-r-Done” (thank you Larry the Cable Guy!) for Father’s Day. How marvelous is this? Leave it to our dear friend and jeweler Hattie of Kiss the Ring to come up with this idea. Oh wait…Hattie is always creating great design ideas in that head of hers! A couple of Christmases ago Brenton and Gray gave the don a set of cuff links with their initials engraved, one on each link. Now, stop me if this isn’t brilliant! And TD sports them with pride quite often. Thank you wonderful girls and Hattie, for making this happen. PS…for all of you with larger families, trust Hattie to figure it out and allow you to spread the joy. Cheers!Cuff Link Gray