musings about food, travel, creativity and life

Life

“It Takes a Village”

  This summer is a little different for us—we are spending more time in our hometown Carmel Valley Village and loving it!   First, there is no packing—at least for a while.  Second, there are no long drives on crowded roads.  Third, our doggie Cosi […]

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… […]

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 […]

Big and Small—All Good

                                                           “Love is the food of life. Travel is dessert.” Anonymous              […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving Time

With the days getting shorter, I so enjoy nestling under a blanket, sipping my morning latte and writing about all that I am grateful for. So much…     •life, health, my husband John, our doggie Cosi     •our dear family members and family […]

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 […]

Happy Year of the Rabbit❣️

  ❤️ As some of you know, I have a rabbit fetish.  In honor of the Year of the Rabbit which officially began on January 22, I have gathered all my ceramic, wood and cloth rabbits together on a bookshelf top; they are happy little […]

Comfort, Please!

It isn’t easy writing “up” things when I, or those I love, are experiencing sadnesses or hard challenges.  You’ve heard me talk about this dilemma before. Right now our little community and much of California is experiencing rain and flooding. People are evacuated and waiting […]

‘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 […]

Food Fun

Discovering fun new food is always an upper for me.  So in Madison, I’ve been “up” a lot!  One food find, a bread purchase at the Farmer’s Market, led us to the bakery source, interestingly enough called Origin Bakery; while there, we saw the bakers […]

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 […]