PEPERONCINI POT ROAST

WARNING!   To all my vegetarian friends, you’re excused now.   Carnivore commentary is ahead! So, now that that’s settled, I’m going to share with you a super delicious and super easy recipe I just got from my hairdresser!  I love my hairdresser. I drive over an hour to go to my hairdresser, Melinda.  Those […]

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TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA RECIPE

Buenos Dias. For dinner tonight I’m making one of my all-time favorite dishes. It’s my go-to dinner recipe when I want to make something quick, easy and delicious, with ingredients I always have on hand.  It’s my Tortilla Española Recipe, or Spanish Tortilla. I can just hear you saying to yourself: “That doesn’t look like a tortilla.” […]

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BIG BEAR COTTAGE RENOVATION – PART 2 – DEMOLITION TIME!

Do you remember this lovely living room?…… And this lovely entry?…… And this lovely kitchen?…… Well, we took a wrecking ball to it…… And a sledge hammer…… And a broom…… And a blower, and a rake, and a saw…… And we found really nasty stuff inside the walls because, after all, this charming, vintage cottage […]

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10 REASONS IT’S BETTER TO BE A SOCCER MOM THAN A SKI RACER MOM

Hi There! It’s winter up in these hills.  My son, Austin, just left town with his Rim of the World High School Ski Team for a race in Mammoth.  And the Winter Olympics are a few short weeks away.  So, I’ve got winter sports on my mind and that set me to thinkin’ that, as […]

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BLUE CHEESE AND ROSEMARY PINWHEELS

Happy Weekend! I’m invited to a friend’s house for dinner this weekend and I told the hostess I’d bring an hors d’oeuvre.  I don’t have a lot of time, so I’m going to make a good old standby recipe I have been whippin’ up for years: my Blue Cheese and Rosemary Pinwheels.  They are super […]

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VISITING THE U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATORY- WASHINGTON, DC

OK folks, I know it’s the dead of winter and it’s not really time to think about gardening and all, but I’m on a roll here, so please bear with me. Remember how I told you in a previous post that I got a greenhouse for Christmas? Well, now that I am the proud owner of my […]

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IRRESISTIBLE APPLE CRISP RECIPE

Hi There! After writing my last post, I got to thinking about all those lovely apples that were devoured by a bear who attacked my apple tree and left me with a mere 3 apples. I nurtured that tree for many years; in fact, it was the first tree I planted when we landscaped. It […]

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WAGING WAR ON WILDLIFE – 1 GREENHOUSE AT A TIME

Guess what I got for Christmas? I’ll give you 10 guesses. If you can guess, you are way smarter than me because, in a million years, I would have never guessed what my son, Nathan, and his wife Louisa were giving me for Christmas. Granted, it was something that I have wanted for a long […]

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