You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sundays

In my home, like any other busy home, time is a commodity. Many weeks, work, volunteer organizations, and family commitments keep me and my significant other from carving out quality time. To use a cliché, “We’re like passing ships in the night.”

Last year, a girlfriend visited and gifted a bottle of champagne. The bottle remained unopened for quite a while. One rare Sunday, with nothing on the calendar, we decided to uncork the bottle of bubbly. We sat on the couch, sipped champagne and chatted for a couple of hours. It was the perfect way to spend some quality time. Later on that week we reminisced how much fun we had and committed to making “Champagne Sundays” a tradition.

“Champagne Sundays” doesn’t always mean a bottle of champagne. Sometimes we opt for a Prosecco or Cava Spanish Sparkling Wine. There are also numerous champagne recipes to try. Here’s a favorite:

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Image: Martha Stewart


  • 3 drops Bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 ounce Cognac
  • 4 ounces chilled Champagne

Directions. Drop bitters onto sugar cube; let soak in. Place sugar cube in a Champagne flute. Add Cognac, and top with Champagne and serve. This recipe can be easily multiplied.

We invite you to join us for “Champagne Sundays.” Check back next week for a new “Champagne Sundays” recipe! Cheers!

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

What Does a Girl Look Like Who Can’t Cook or Clean?

Several years ago, I attended a much-anticipated reunion of college girlfriends. As I assisted in the kitchen, one of the women in attendance looked at me and said “What are you doing in here? You don’t look like you can cook or clean.” Without going into detail, we proceeded to engage in a very spirited discussion about what she meant by her question and comment. She called it “pretty girl syndrome,” meaning in her mind pretty girls don’t know how to cook or clean. Mind you, “pretty girl” were her words, not mine; and that’s not what this post is about. In the end my retort was, “Actually, I’m pretty domestic!”

Her comment has stuck with me, and since that time I’ve often wondered, “What does a girl look like who can’t cook or clean?” I think that this is a very unfortunate stereotype. Women of different ethnicities, shapes, education levels, and socio-economic backgrounds are equipped with an equally diverse set of domestic skills. Anyway, I digress.

As I’ve grown, I’ve learned that I love all things domestic ~ cooking, cleaning, organizing, decorating, and entertaining. Yes in fact, I am “pretty domestic.” While I have a career I love, that keeps me extremely busy, it doesn’t afford an opportunity for creativity. And wanting to try my hand at blogging, I figured why not merge the two. That said …

Welcome to “Pretty Domestic!”

Pretty Domestic is not just a blog about cooking, cleaning, organizing, decorating and entertaining. I plan to post under several different topics ~ “Pretty Is ….” “Pretty Active,” “Pretty Pleasing,” “Pretty Face,” and so on, and so on. You get the idea.

So again, welcome! I look forward to chatting with you again very soon!

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic