Digby O Publishers Weekly 05/26/2014 Hughes’s collaboration with her illustrator daughter, first in a three-book series, tells of a rivalry between amiable Digby O’Day (he’s a dog) and his fashionable neighbor Lou Ella (she’s a human). Lou Ella lives a life of flash (“Lou Ella bought a new car every year, always a very expensive one”), and she expects to win the great auto race from Didsworth to Dodsworth. Digby and his loyal companion Percy (also a dog) are rewarded when an unassuming family they’ve befriended tells them about a secret shortcut. The book’s small trim size and ample illustrations slot it neatly between Continue Reading
A Little Guilt & Finding Balance, By Kim Bradshaw, Co-Owner artlounge Arlington & Lexington mom! One of the drivers of artlounge was to give the community a place to celebrate art and escape. We have now been open now for about a month. We have had the usual ups and downs of any new business, but what keeps coming up and what helps make our journey so clear is the almost nightly adventure of what happens amongst our guests. A lot of laughter, sometimes singing, sometimes some serious focus – but what we find that hits home for everyone, is that it is a journey, a break away from our usual paths. Artlounge seems to elicit Continue Reading
New York-Style Cheesecake Once chilled, this cake can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to three days. In fact, it actually tastes best after being chilled overnight. Let it stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. Adapted from “Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.” Ingredients For the Crust 12 graham crackers 6 tablespoons butter, melted; plus more, room temperature, for pan 2 tablespoons sugar For the Crust pinch of coarse salt For the Cake 3 1/2 pounds (seven 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, room temperature 2 1/4 cups sugar 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sour cream, room temperature 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 5 large eggs, room temperature Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Continue Reading

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