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On the Oregon Travel Trail

We just returned from a 10-day adventure to visit friends and places we love in Oregon. It was heartwarming and fun!  So here is a mini-travelogue of some destinations and activities just in case you happen to find yourself in Oregon…   ♥ In Ashland… […]

In Our Own Backyard

  It’s May already.  Oh, my.   Here I sit coffee cup in one hand, pen in the other, binoculars at the ready, watching and listening to nature’s display outside our porch window… ….sparkling raindrops on the bay trees’ leaves  …spirited birds all aflutter at […]

New Inspiration

                                       “No one is born a great cook; one learns by doing.”—Julia Child 🧡 Of late, my cooking has needed some inspiration.  I’d fallen into too many […]

Good for the Heart

As we approach Valentine’s Day, I wonder what is touching your heart these days.  Here’s just a bit of what’s touching mine…♥   •The green all around us in Carmel Valley that the rain has helped create   •Rainbow after rainbow coloring our sky   […]

Home It Is

  We will be home for Christmas.  Yes!   How lucky I am… …as I set up our little tree in front of the windows that allow us to see the expanse of our hills and valley …to get out the silver bell ornaments that […]

Books, Books, and More…

I now have a new cookbook—surprise!  It’s called Seafood Simple by Eric Ripert. Eric is a French chef and co-owner of New York City’s Le Bernardin, a three star Michelin restaurant and James Beard award-winner, as well as being the author of six other cookbooks […]

Mainely Fun!

  “Fun”—that’s what the tag on my travel bag says.  Thankfully, I have had much of it on our East Coast trip.  In between the cornerstones of loving times with family and friends have been unique on-the-road discoveries, many of which centered around food—what a […]

Summer Inspiration

  Here we are in Sun Valley, Idaho, enjoying what feels Iike a summer camp for adults. One round of activities was provided by the annual three-day Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. We had the opportunity to attend or live-stream many of the free-to-the-public events that […]

Madison—and the World!

”Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”                                         —James Beard    I love traveling—here, there, everywhere.   Right now, we are in Madison, Wisconsin, where […]

A Little Sun, A Little Inspiration

The sun is out today—woo-hoo!  We need that!   These last few months in California with one atmospheric river after another have been challenging.   To stay strong and resilient, everyone had to look for hope and inspiration wherever they could.  For me, some of […]

Close to Home

We have been doing mini-trips lately…easy little jaunts that give us new tastes of local-ish life.  I have been amazed at how “little” and “close” can give so much. Take our trip to Santa Cruz the other day…just under 60 miles from our Carmel Valley […]

‘Tis the Season

How are you doing out there in holiday land?  I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for comfort and joy this holiday season.  Oh, yes.  And here’s what I’ve come up with so far… ❤️My morning lattes with my chocolate almond waiting on the […]

Yummy Treats for the Holidays

      On just one day last week, I found three fun treats for the holidays…wine, chocolate and a new cookbook. First, the wine. 🍷       “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”  Yes, this year’s vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived!  It was just released in […]

Happy Fall, All 🧡

    Yes, Happy Fall to you all.  May it be filled with health, beauty and joy.  After my summer reflection time about what next for my “Bring Joy to the Table” blog, here’s my new approach.  Rather than having a regular posting schedule, I’m […]

Ciao for Now

  Here I am with my morning coffee and biscotti, musing about summer, good food, and life. Ah, yes.   I’m also musing about what next in terms of “Bring Joy to the Table.”  Since August marks four years of my blog and 80 years—omg—that […]