Quote for Friendship Smoothie

by Caroline on April 4, 2017

If you’ve been following me you’ll know that I’m sharing quotes that got left out of the WHAT’S YOUR POTION? book. This cookbook was very well produced; there just wasn’t room for all of the research I put into it, and you guys who have read my books know I do a lot of research. So  in the friendships and happy home chapter I include a recipe for a “Friendship Smoothie.” The quote that should have gone with it is by Richard Bach, American author. The photos are of my various cats, etc. Bach says: “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” I especially think of you, Ron and also Sara when I read that quote.


Courage to Clean Up

by Caroline on March 29, 2017

The next chapter in my POTIONS book is called Home Sweet Home and has potions for friendship and a happy home life. One recipe is called “Courage to Clean Up Juice,” which theoretically you whip up and drink before tackling the mess in your home. I don’t have a photo with this, but am including a photo of my hot tub and pony barn on a lazy summer evening. I also have a wonderful quote that again got left out of the book. So while you’re contemplating spring cleaning, contemplate this by Anne Gibbons, American cartoonist and illustrator:

“Nature abhors a vacuum and so do I!”


Dunraven House Etsy Site

by Caroline on March 27, 2017

Happy Monday Morning, Everyone!

The major reason I haven’t been posting very often is that I’ve been working on my Dunraven House Etsy site, which is up and running at last. I’ve put in some of my perfumes, massage oils, loose incenses, and books. Also adding vintage books, antique beaded purses, collectible t shirts, silver plate and many other items. I’m adding new stuff every day. So please check it out. Eventually everything will come over to the carolinedowbooks WordPress site, but I have to get the Etsy site fleshed out first. Quotes from the potions book will continue here later this week. I leav you with a photo of one of the Paris Street Scehes by Jan Koraths that I’m selling because it is so cheery looking.  Au revoir!


Crosspatch Prevention Tea

by Caroline on March 23, 2017

In the POTIONS book chapter on Beauty and Self-Improvement, I include a recipe for “Crosspatch Prevention Tea.” Cleaning up after the fire, I’ve made myself more than one cup of it. In the book the following quotation by my favorite author Charles Dickens was left out. Here it is for you:

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”  Yea, Chuck!



by Caroline on March 22, 2017

You haven’t heard from me in a few days because we came very close to losing our home from a fire set by transients’ campfire a few blocks away. I awoke around 1:15 and smelled smoke. Looking out the window I saw flames leaping above the trees apparently 2 blocks away. Actually as the crow flies it was around 8 blocks away. Hard to tell in the middle of the night. Fire crews could do nothing until morning because of the darkness and steep terrain. I spent the rest of the night monitoring the flames leaping and subsiding, and then leaping again and morphing into 2 fires. At 6 AM we got the emergency call to pre-evacuate; that is, pack and be ready to go.

The smoke was terrible–worse than any London fog. I couldn’t see anything. By 7, the planes were dousing the fire  and fire crews on the ground. Three days later now, it’s just mopping up. I have an eye infection, red eyes and a lot of ash to clean up. But my cough is going away and the house and everyone in it is safe. This one was too close for comfort.


Tea Leaf Reading for Estee Lauder

by Caroline on March 13, 2017

Hi All, For once I’m not posting a quote from the POTIONS book.  I’ve exciting news. Estee Lauder contacted me to do tea leaf reading for a product from their Origins natural cosmetics line that they are soon rolling out. The main ingredient is white tea (diminishes wrinkles), and so, they thought it would be fun to have someone reading tea leaves. The first place I’m going is to Colorado Springs. This is April 28-29. I’ll keep you updated about the venue as soon as I get more info. If you’re in the area then and are so inclined, you could stop by for a reading. I may be taking this farther afield with EL to other states. Photo is of 3 perfume vials I’m selling on Etsy.


Beauty and Popularity

by Caroline on March 8, 2017

In my chapter from WHAT’S YOUR POTION? in beauty and self-improvement, I include a juice to encourage popularity for shy folks. But I include a quote that never made it into the book as a reminder. It is by Kevyn Aucoin (1962-2002), make-u[ artist and photographer who knew what he was talking about. He said: “Beauty has a lot to do with character.” Photo is of Big Boy, a magnificent elk who hung around our neighborhood for years until an off-duty cop shot him for a trophy (and photographed his kill)  as he was peacefully munching on some crabapples in a neighbor’s yard. Big Boy, to me, represents the height of the beauty of nature.


Maya Apricot-Avocado Beauty Potion

by Caroline on February 28, 2017

In my chapter on Beauty & Self-Improvement in WHAT’S YOUR POTION?, along with my Maya Apricot-Avocado Beauty Potion, which can be applied to the face, or with the addition of milk, be blended into a smoothie to drink, I originally had a quote by poet Ogden Nash, which somehow was left out of the book. Here it is: “I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.”


Inspiration for Beauty & Self-Improvement

by Caroline on February 24, 2017

As I move through my WHAT’S YOUR POTION? book, the next chapter, titled “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall” deals with potions for beauty and self-improvement. Since some of us attend to this sort of thing over the weekend, I thought I’d try to inspire you with a quote from this chapter by a most beautiful lady, American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). On this topic, she says, “Beauty is not caused. It is.” Enjoy your weekend!


Final Career and Goals Potion Quote

by Caroline on February 19, 2017

Before I move on from my chapter in WHAT’S YOUR POTION? on career and goals, I’d like to leave you with this final quote. It’s in the chapter, but I like it enough, I want to repeat it. The quote is by Marilyn Monroe. “A career is wonderful,but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.” The accompanying photo is of my hot cocoa tea.