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Happy 100!

This post marks the hundredth post of “Bring Joy to the Table.”  Woo-hoo! I have loved doing these entries and have learned so much through them.  And I have loved connecting with you, my joy community;  thank you for joining me. Now, for a little […]

When a Little Goes a Long Way

This week I needed some “uppers.” Natural ones, of course! And I found them in little things along the way… Like… *savoring my first cup of coffee, with my homemade Low Fat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, a David Lebovitz recipe *being greeted by our bright […]

Garden Gifts

“To have a basic ingredient that can be prepared a million different ways is a beautiful thing.”                                                         […]

Let’s Hear It for Pasta!

Pasta is one of my comfort foods, so I decided to make some this week.  Oh, my.  Good thing John and I have a sense of humor. I started with a recipe I found in Heirloom Kitchens by Anna Francese Gass, a cookbook of classic recipes […]

Back to Basics

   “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces. Just good food with fresh ingredients.”–Julia Child             I cooked a lot this week–it felt good and centering. One meal in particular came together in a wonderful serendipitous way. It all […]

Musings Over Coffee

Here I sit with my morning coffee, thinking. Thinking about all that is going on in the world, feeling stunned and sad. As I learn about the protests and continue to hear about the pandemic… *I am moved by people speaking out for justice, equality, […]

Overheard in the Garden

  Today one golden blossom popped into fullness announcing “New life will follow”   I hope it’s true

Along the Way

  This week with all the news and realities of “re-opening, ” I felt a mix of emotions. As we leave the known shelter of “shelter in place” and experience this uncertain next phase, I wonder, “How will it go? What new decisions will we […]

Connecting the Dots…

A little while ago, we happened onto a bit of happy news. It was an interview with San Francisco illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. She was talking about her #draw together project–free drawing lessons for children who are sheltering and educating at home. She presents these live […]

Mamma Mia!

This Mother’s Day weekend, I want to honor my mother in a very simple way–by sharing one of her risotto recipes. I had planned to make the risotto on Mother’s Day, but I just couldn’t wait. So Thursday night, I prepared it and it was as […]

Lifting Our Spirits

In navigating the last few months, I imagine each of you has developed a “lift your spirits” program that has informed your days. I wonder what yours contains. Here are a few items in mine: Laughter: Pluto, the cute talking advice-giving dog, who is found […]

In the Garden

We all need a little hope and healing these days. Earth Day provided me with that when I became John’s assistant in our garden. Since I had played the role of Mother Nature in my first grade play, I figured I might have some as […]

Flour Power

  This post is short and “sweet.”  I am including a recipe for Cornmeal Cranberry Cookies that I baked last week. We thought they were quite good. Apparently, we are becoming a nation of bakers. I’m in! How about you? Are you, or have you […]

Creative Endeavors

                       “When you arise in the morning,                          think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–             […]

Feathery Friends

Birds are everywhere these days, at least in Carmel Valley. In the morning I hear them call to each other and I see them, little whiffs of color, flit from feeder to feeder. Crows land in our oaks, birds of prey soar over the valley, […]