Our neighbor’s Italian family was visiting from Canada (yes – I got those countries right). We had gotten to know them at W&M’s wedding, and found they were quite fun. So for a change of scenery from W&M’s home, we invited them over to our place for Tortilla Soup and Bocce Ball. The family are Bocce Ball enthusiasts and I had never played before, but was informed that all you need is a beverage (alcohol preferred) and sense of humor. We have that, so it was a date! Continue reading
Hey, neighbors! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, it’s MY most wonderful time of the year. That’s right! It’s PUMPKIN season! Fall has arrived! Each year, I look forward to pulling the fall box out of storage, and unpacking all my pumpkin décor. But the absolute best part is heading to the store and picking out my pumpkins for the front door. Check out my speckled pumpkin with the long stem. Isn’t it just the cutest? They make me so happy when I look at them.
In honor of pumpkin season, Continue reading
Adjusting my sails
As I mentioned in my August Shareable Moments, in September I turned the big 4-0. I’ve been reflecting on this, stewing really, during a rather tumultuous month at work. It made me wonder, am I on the right course…? Continue reading
“Is there more rice?”
“Is there more rice?” No matter what wonderful food accompanies steamed rice, this is precisely the question I get each and every time I serve my husband steamed white rice. Something so simple, and yet he always wants more. It’s enough to drive me crazy given the work that went into the other elements of dinner, but at least I know he’s enjoying his dinner.
For a recent Asian inspired dinner, Continue reading
Why didn’t I think of that?
Alex and I recently tried out a new restaurant in Tustin, Centro. They make really good, simple food, with fresh ingredients. Most of the menu is focused around a beautiful tile mosaic covered wood burning stove. Bonus: It’s a winery/brewery tasting room too!
They have plenty of great pizza’s on the menu, but my favorite dish was actually the bruschetta. This is what caused me to say: “Why didn’t I think of that?” Continue reading
I 🍆🍅🍑 California
I’ve been known to plan my Europe trips around the markets, and SoCal weekends are no different. We are so lucky to live in a place that has access to such wonderful, fresh, and diverse produce. Last weekend, Alex and I visited one of my favorite farmer’s markets – the Seal Beach Farmer’s market. It’s right on the harbor, so you get a nice view and a cool breeze all year round. It also has a craft fair right next to it. #Heaven!
This week’s haul included: Continue reading
Seahawks, Patriots, Katy Perry, and Edamame
We have a friend that goes to the Super Bowl every year. Which leaves her home with the pool and outdoor TV vacant for the weekend. In another “other people’s houses” moment, the residents’ dog sitter set up a viewing party for the folks who didn’t make the trek to Phoenix. I’m told it was a great game. We did get real time updates from Phoenix, sort of like our own personal Twitter feed. I’ll be honest, though… I’m just there for the commercials and food. Continue reading
There are some of our neighbors whose families live far away, and so they host a Friendsgiving. The host supplies the turkey, the attendees bring the sides. We weren’t going because we were having family over. However, as I was preparing for my own family Thanksgiving, I saw a series of cryptic texts come across my phone. No words, just pictures. Photo instructions for the most delicious cashews that you have ever had. Very similar to the series you see below. The next thing I knew, W&M were knocking on my door Continue reading
The Fish House
Last year, while teaching a class in Monterey, I yelped restaurants around my hotel, and it directed me to the very highly rated Monterey’s Fish House. I arrived and there was a line out the door waiting to get in. Each of the parties wanted a table, but being by myself, I opted for a seat at the bar and squeezed my way into this small neighborhood restaurant. This is a little cottage, turned bustling restaurant, where they pour generous glasses of wine and serve simple fresh food, much of it wood grilled. Continue reading
Share the wealth
Having been recently visited by the FP Garden Swap on Wheels, I was honored with a major zucchini haul. The last one of the bunch was about the size of my forearm. I get major anxiety if I don’t use my friends’ home grown goodies, so I needed to find a use for this giant gift from the garden ASAP. Continue reading