musings about food, travel, creativity and life

Travel

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.   […]

Thank you, Biscotti

These last few weeks, I have been needing inspiration.  I felt I wanted a little adventure, but I couldn’t put my finger on where.  Then I got an image of biscotti from Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola.  THAT’s what I wanted and where I wanted to […]

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 […]

Color Perks!

         “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” Wassily Kandinsky, painter Sun Valley and nearby Ketchum are filled with summer color.  Flower boxes and hanging baskets line the main streets and shopping areas.  And many stores, as well, provide oases […]

“On the Road Again…”

We just arrived in Sun Valley– our first out-of-state destination in a year and a half!  As we drove through California into the Sierras I was in transition mode. I was still thinking about home. On our second day of travel I was more present. We […]

Stepping Out

                                                      Around our little garden in Carmel Valley, John has created all kinds of paths. This last year, I rediscovered […]

Seeing With New Eyes

Spring continues to bring us longer days, greener hills, wildflowers, and hope. As I step out into the world, I’m aware of having to make decisions again.  Choices. For over a year, our decision making was circumscribed.  In a way, our lives were simpler, quieter. […]

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 […]

Ah, Yes…the World

These last two weeks have had me on a vicarious travel roll. After leaving Paris in my last post, I shifted my attention to other parts of the world. First, I “travelled” to the Australian Open and was introduced to some Melbourne sights, then watched […]

Sweet Diversions

Gigetta appeared a few days ago holding a heart.  What an astute girl.  As I saw her, I smiled and let my mind and heart wander. Let’s see—Valentine’s Day, sweets, love, Paris. Ah, yes…  In my dreams or on film or in books.  What evolved […]

Ten Small Pleasures

“As the world turns” in these chaotic times, most of us are seeking health and balance the best we can. Here are ten recent activities that have helped lift my spirits: Drawing and dressing my four Gigettas shown above with polka dots. Gigetta and polka […]

A Italia!

“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.”                                     Giuseppe Verdi Andiamo!  Let’s go…and we can, if only in our imagination. SO…here’s what has unfolded these last few weeks for me along Italian lines… 🇮🇹 Yet another failed attempt at making my own edible, […]

“Vegging Out”

  Hi again and welcome back to “Bring Joy to the Table.” This summer John and I are enjoying and thankful for the comfort and pleasures of home. We are “vegging out” by harvesting our first tomatoes, eating Peter Pan squash, and looking forward to […]