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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… […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wow!

How do you begin a New Year?   Create goals? Join a burning bowl ritual?  Eat  black-eyed peas or lentil soup for good luck? For good measure, I do all of them!  And this year, I even started the above vision board.  The first word that […]

My Kind of Camping

The traveler in me is looking for creative ways to be happy. Right now, close-to-home VW van trips seem to be doing it for me and us, and for that I am thankful. Our latest trip in Baci—our van’s name, meaning kisses in Italian—was to […]

Let’s Have S’More

I think there’s a fire pit in our future!  We’ve been around a few, so to speak, in the last few weeks, and I t’s been wonderful— cozy and fun,  a celebration of togetherness, a setting for uplifting conversations and a scene for great desserts—S’mores.   […]

A Weekend in San Francisco

“What I like best about San Francisco is San Francisco.” —Frank Lloyd Wright It was time.  Time to visit my childhood hometown of San Francisco.  And to even stay over a few nights in the Marina District—woo-hoo!  I got to see Golden Gate Bridge, hear the […]

Plums Galore

Hi Everyone and Welcome Back! As I look out our window across Carmel Valley, the first thing I see is our Satsuma plum tree. It is my nature calendar. Right now it is signaling the end of its harvest season with its west-facing branches turning […]

What Now?

Here we are…emerging from what has been an historic time. As I slowly peek out from under the covers, I want to take stock. I want to move forward, keeping what was good about “then.” And I want to look for the good and right […]

As Spring Approaches

Over the last few months, I have often visited a local coffee shop.  I order a latte from the shielded doorway and then find an outdoor table and chair for my café-like experience. Simple and pleasureable. Sometimes John joins me, or we meet our doggie […]

Pasta, Please

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” Federico Fellini The other night we met a friend at a local restaurant called Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar (https://www.mezzalunapasteria.com.). Mamma mia–it was molto buono–with all the elements of a good night out. It was a Friday […]

“Comfort and Joy”

‘Tis the season of many emotions. Certainly this time of year can bring joy. There are parties with family and friends, Christmas Carol sing-alongs, and, if you’re lucky, tuba concerts… really–just imagine 200-plus tubas playing “Silent Night” in the Rotunda of a state Capitol! But […]

Around the Table

“It’s not what’s on the table that matters, it’s who is in the chairs.” Over the years, I have often seen this quote. As a food lover, what’s on the table is important to me. But “who is in the chairs” is equally important. To […]

Three Ingredients

“Good food with friends and family is the cure of souls.”  (from a Leigh Standley Curly Girl cocktail napkin)   It was a very warm day on the Peninsula and I had a series of in-town appointments. Highlighting the day, though, were three events with […]