September 18, 2018

Things I Can’t Live Without!

Spoiler Alert!  There is no intellectual content in this blog post, just a realization and sharing of things that have had a great impact on my life and make me extremely happy!  Its been a challenging year and these have made my life tolerable and enjoyable as well!

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie:

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe was found on the Saveur.  Saveur is a website that; “Bring the world’s best recipes, drinks, seasonal dishes, and kitchen tips to your home.”  I allowed them in and fell in love with this cookie recipe.  It is the ultimate chocolate chip cookie that has a chewy texture without being doughy.  I fell in love with this recipe over a year ago and make these cookies regularly.  I weigh the dough, roll into a ball, and freeze most of the dough, and only bake a half-dozen at a time.  You can surmise why I only bake a few!

S’well Bottle:

My S’well Bottle is always with me at home or on the road.  I love my 15 oz S’well , I rely on it everyday to keep me hydrated.  My goal is to drink 64 oz of water a day, the bottle needs to be refilled often during the day.  This water bottle is great for both hot and cold beverages.  This smaller design is ergonomic due to the tapered design and narrow top that makes it easier to use/hold and drink from during challenging days. The bottle is toxin free, doesn’t leak, and best of all, S’well® supports UNICEF USA, which provides clean and safe water to the world’s most vulnerable communities.  


cote’ des roses

Prior to Spring 2018, my only experience with rose wines were limited to combining red and white wines from practically empty bottles of wine.  Constant advertising of trendy rose’ wines, and the housewives guzzling it down on television, and I, attracted to  pretty and shiny objects, was enticed into trying current rose’ wines.  On a rainy spring morning, I perused the shelves of wine in the local BJ’s.  I’m enthralled, thinking I was getting a deal, purchased one bottle of each rose’ wine in stock.  Slowly, from spring to mid-summer I tried all the wines except one.  I wasn’t in any hurry to try the cote’ des roses, it was such a pretty color and the bottle was designed to look like a rose. (turn the bottle upside down I believe)

Well fate be my guiding star, my favorite, an Argentinian rose’ Finc Wolffer was no longer available at BJ’s and I went home to try out my pretty bottle, chilling in the basement.  Low and behold it was delicious!  It was outstanding compared to the other bottles I had purchased and enjoyed.  This rose was dry, refreshing, and left no aftertaste, I was smitten.  The glass stopper was easy to open and can be recorked easily on this bottle as well as other wine bottles.  This wine is no longer available at BJ’s and it has taken me weeks to locate a store that sells this wine.  Mission accomplished, I’ve purchased enough to last me 6 months in case of another prohibition!

There is always a lesson to be learned and hopefully you agree that somethings superficial and unimportant, are worthy of recognition and it is a good thing to sometimes be distracted by pretty and/or shiny objects!


Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater:

This multi-purpose toner is a frequent flyer in my handbag and one resides in my car.  A quick spritz to the face provides a pick-me-up anytime.  The toner smells fresh and is soothing.


At home I use the toner to set make-up and spray on dry hair.  I’ve blogged about this product before and believe it’s worth repeating.  The 4 oz, $7 bottle is a steal compared to other toners I’ve tried, that are not as gentle as this facial spray.

I often ponder the value of material things equating to happiness.  It seems so superficial to believe they do.  My higher order thinking wants to believe that experiences, rather than material things are most valuable.  Experiences are probably most valuable if you regularly go to the theater/concerts, sporting events and partake in travel.  I don’t know if there is a correct way to discern which one is most beneficial, but I do know I’m going to keep on making material purchases, preferably shiny ones, and have as many life experiences as well! 


  1. JACKIE SENICH says:

    Nice post MaryAnn! Glad to see you’re back.


  2. jeffrey senich says:

    Choco chip cookies are love!

  3. Elise Ferrara says:

    Loved the spray. The wine is amazing!!