Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Out + About -- Farmer's Market Madness


With a Farmer's Market appearing somewhere in town on various days of the week, it's quite easy to get caught up in the ever-growing foraging fest. When summer hits, I get an even bigger surge of Farmer's Market madness. (We all suffer from a little bit of it at this point, don't we?) 

A glance at the fruits of my most recent labor...



apparently, orange is the new lime




no trip is complete without a little floral frenzy

calla lilies






organic popcorn fresh off the cob -- pops up scrumptiously


{Not pictured -- my hummus and roasted almond habits -- every-single-time.}

more farmer's marketing here...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Scenes...



Scenes from this year's Mother's Day + Father's Day:

Mother's Day was breakfast in bed served by adorable wait staff followed by an impromptu hop-in-the-car for a lunch getaway and a little vintage treasure hunting. It was a perfect day spent with the hearts, and I'm still reminiscing about it...

three minute eggs, berries, and coffee = perfect morning pamper

Later it was off to Los Alamos for lunch at the lovely Bell Street Farm...

even the wait there was charming

flavorful deliciousness
{you may have caught this photo here}

heart swell

a little vintage shop take home

Meanwhile, Father's Day went like this...

Lunch at the man's all-time fave restaurant, Brophy Bros...


The wait can be torturously long so it's a perfect chance to take in the harbor...




a tabletop mish mosh of swordfish, cioppino, and bloody marys

After lunch, it was a quick change and a few hours spent at the beach, timed just right with the California coastal June gloom having burned off...


a heart of sand drawn by a heart of gold

This year's Father's Day gift is a new one of these to replace the thoroughly beat up one from a Father's Day years ago!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Found -- A New Floral Delivery System


My daughter was having a piano recital and I wanted to bring her flowers. I happened to be at a market where I saw the sweetest bunch of freesias -- unbelievable scent and in the perfect hue for her. (Freesias are a little underrated, no?) 

I usually readjust any grocery flowers with simple brown paper or twine, but when I realized I didn't have either, a new delivery system was born. I grabbed a small burlap bag left over from my holiday fudge gifting, and into it the bouquet went. All it needed was a cinch, and the whole thing was a cinch. Think this'll be my new method for a while... 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In The Kitchen -- Summer Smoothie Time


With an impressive heatwave under our belt in California (my onboard thermostat actually hit a hundred and two last week!), I've been thrust straight into summer and smoothie mode. Nothing does hit the spot better in warm temps, and I've already got two mainstays on a loop -- one with papaya that I've been whipping up for years, and a newer green one that I can't seem to get enough of. 

They go like this...

SPINACH KALE SMOOTHIE
{based on the green smoothie served at Cafe Luna}

Ingredients: 

1 handful Spinach 
1 handful Kale
1 Banana
1 cup Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)
A few dashes of Cinnamon
1 scoop Protein Powder (or a superfoods powder)

Whirl it all in a blender, and voila -- iron, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, protein filled, fresh green glory deliciousness in a glass. 

Next up:


PAPAYA CASHEW SMOOTHIE
{one of my own concoctions}

Half of a Papaya
1 Banana {use frozen if looking for a colder smoothie}
1 handful of raw Cashews (or swap for Pecans for another kind of yum)
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
A drizzle of Flaxseed Oil
3/4 cup Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)

Blend... pour... sip... and savor this healing, anti-aging, immune building, protein delivering, subtle and frothy glass of mellowness.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Found -- An Incredible Balsamic


There is a little shop called We Olive that makes what must be the best Balsamic vinegar I've ever tasted. A few drizzles of this and Caprese salad and everything else you use Balsamic for rises to whole new levels. I've tried tip toeing back to others when I've run out but nothing seems to measure up. I'm hooked on this aged beauty.


Grab it online, or there are several store locations in California where you can go in and spend a little time sampling their olive oils, too. 

{Thanks for my first bottle, Jess!}

Friday, May 9, 2014

Controlled Chaos -- 'Whenever It Works Out' Workouts


When it comes to exercise, I am a lazy dog. Plain and simple. The only way I seem able to tolerate it is when it's well disguised, such as walking everywhere in a big city or hitting a ballet class (the real kind, no faux barre craze for this faux ballerina). Since even making it out to classes or places where exercise generally happens calls for added motivation and time, I have long opted to do my exercise at home instead. I'm aiming for a little toning and vitality, and my goal is to secure those things with as minimal effort as possible.