Sweet Suite

Ice Cream Days

Ice Cream-O-Rama

I Scream, You Scream…well, you know the rest.

We are pretty into ice cream around here. Any season, any occasion, so when it’s National Ice Cream Day, well, we do have to dial it up a bit. We* made homemade vanilla ice cream and had some extended family over to share in the joy.

Of course the usual toppings were present: sprinkles (rainbow and chocolate), chocolate and caramel sauce, mini marshmallows, crushed walnuts and whipped cream. And as an extra special topping we had some gorgeous chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries.

The berries were plump and delicious and had the perfect chocolate to berry ratio (I care about these things). These berries would be fantastic to send as a gift, or just to surprise your family with a treat, and were a fantastic addition to our ice cream celebration.

*By we, I mean my kids made the ice cream. I was exhausted from running around blogging events in NYC. Yes, look for upcoming posts about Blogger Bash and Getting Gorgeous and great finds I stumbled on.



I was not compensated for this post but did receive some gorgeous Shari’s Berries to review. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.




Blogger Bash Coffee Talk

Blogger Bash Coffee Talk


Next week I am off to Blogger Bash and thought I’d join this nice get-to-know you link up. It’s fun to learn more about fellow bloggers and thank you to Stephanie at A Grande Life for organizing this!

1. Name – Nancy Brown

2. Where are you from? The Merrimack Valley (North of Boston) originally, now (usually in a carpool line) somewhat west of Boston.

3. How long have you been blogging? I have been blogging since 2010 but practicing for it my whole life.

4. What is the meaning behind your blog name? Hmm. Is it okay to say that my IRL blogging group was tired of my prevaricating and said shut up and pick a name already? Capability Brown was a landscape architect (but I didn’t want to use my last name), and somehow Capability resonated with me as a name (wishful thinking?) and maybe I’m picturing a cape-wearing super hero of a mom. Maybe.

5. What are you most looking forward to at Blogger Bash? I’m looking forward to meeting new people, re-connecting with blogging friends.  I have met so many wonderful people through blogging and look forward to more of the same.

6. What three words describe you the best? Chatty, funny, nice. Chatty.

7. Got kids? How many? Two – in teen land.

8. We all have a pet peeve. What is your #1? My pet peeve would have to be rudeness. It doesn’t take much to be polite and it doesn’t cost anything.

9. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? This is such a tricky question. I can answer all smarty, like Albert Einstein or Marie Curie, or spiritual like Gandhi or Mother Theresa, or blatantly celebrity hound-ish like George Clooney or Ellen DeGeneres. Maybe it could be a group dinner? You know, mixing writers and scientists, theologians and movie stars?

10. Show me your face!



Early Morning Reflection and Some Good Reads

Early Morning Reflection and Some Good Reads

I woke up early today and thought I’d use the quiet time (two houses being built + open windows = lots of noise) for reading, reflection, or maybe even writing. Instead I got pulled into the rabbit hole that is this blog and ended up updating widgets and links for an hour. I guess it’s better than the time suck that is Facebook, so I’ll cut myself some slack. And my link widgets look good, too. Go check them out.

Now, this has been a very different summer for me – no camps, no schedule at all, really, and it’s the first time in forever I have been able to sleep in (until 7! Woot!) but I need to get back on track (I miss my walking group if I dilly-dally) so I’m on a new self-imposed routine. Let’s see how that works.

So pretty much I have been working, and I have been reading (really, binge reading), and I’m happy, as always, to share my finds. Some of the books were gifts, some were sent to me, some I found on my own.

Laurie Notaro – It Looked Different on the Model

link to her site here and prepare to laugh until you cry.

. It Looked Different in the Model Laurie Notaro at CapabilityMom.com














Judy Greer  – I Don’t Know What You Know Me From

Actress, Hollywood’s Most In-Demand Best Friend, Author
Find out more about that girl from that movie/tv show (and author!) Seriously funny, candid and charming.


Judy Greer, I Don't Know Where You Know Me From

Kseniya Melnik – Snow in May

Currently reading so I can’t begin to describe it yet (I’m processing) – beautifully written.

A remote Siberian town with a darkly fascinating history teems with life in this luminous linked debut collection of short stories.

Snow In May Kseniya Melnik











Susan Cain – Quiet

What? I can be quiet.











Allie Brosh – Hyperbole and a Half

because you have to read this book. You just do.















Fran Sorin – Digging Deep

I had hoped this wonderful book would make me a more thoughtful gardener but I still just threw some perennials in like I always do. My learning curve is long and slow. Planning on re-reading this treasure so I am ready for next year. Not just a gardening guide, an exploration in creativity and the process itself. What a wonderful guide and resource.

Fran Sorin Digging Deep












Rachel Weaver – Point of Direction

I didn’t put this book down until I finished it. Good thing it’s summer!











I have more books on my nightstand and will share as I whittle away at them, but I may be a little busy in the coming weeks. Next week is Blogger Bash in NYC and I am thrilled to meet all of the wonderful bloggers and companies that will be a part of that two day event. Here’s the agenda in case you want to know why I’ll be packing my comfiest shoes.

From the Blogger Bash website:

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