I had a small group of friends over for a holiday tea a few months ago. I thought a simple tea would be a great way to get all of us together and catch up. Everyone offered to bring something, and we ended up with a wide variety of snacks and treats. Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salsa
Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta
Flowers, flowers, flowers!! Anyone who knows me knows I love flowers! I absolutely love them. So when I read about an exhibition in San Francisco of Oscar de la Renta’s floral couture gowns, I had to go! All I saw in this little article about the exhibit was the word “floral”, and it got me hooked. Continue reading Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta
Avocado & Grapefruit Salad
Are you looking for a refreshing salad that is refreshingly simple? Try this avocado and grapefruit salad.Continue reading Avocado & Grapefruit Salad
Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.
It’s early spring and all the plants are leafing out with fresh, tender new leaves. The garden is looking green, healthy, and plump with lush juicy flower buds all ready to bloom in a matter of weeks. I’m ready for the spring flower show!
And then I see it! Leaves and buds eaten off some of my rose bushes and lily plants and other flowering plants. Continue reading Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.
Freesias and The Story of Freese
The easiest bulbs to grow, freesias are spectacular spring bulb flowers just like daffodils. These bulbs are small, but the flowers are stupendous. They come in a rainbow of colors and have the sweetest fragrance. Freesias epitomize the ultimate cottage style flower. Freesias grow freely under any conditions. They do well planted in shade, a sunny spot, and even in pots. Continue reading Freesias and The Story of Freese
Georgina’s Maltese Easter Figolli
The Bay Area is a great place to live. A true representation of what America is today – a melting pot of various cultures, languages, and religions. Where else could I have such a wonderful group of friends from such places like Ghana, Philippines, Japan, China, Ireland, Vietnam, England, Iran, Fiji, Russia, Kenya, all corners of India, Eastern Europe, and Malta. Which brings me to the topic of this post; Georgina’s Maltese Easter figolli.
Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.
Here is a salad that looks and tastes like a gourmet salad you might order at a fancy restaurant.Continue reading Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.
Flowering Fruit Trees
What is really beautiful about fruit trees and many times overlooked is their spectacular flower show in the Spring. Every fruit tree bears beautiful flowers before they become fruit.Continue reading Flowering Fruit Trees
Roasted Garlic with Crusty Baguette
Roasted garlic is a popular item around here. We can get them in restaurants around town, a lot of local recipes here have roasted garlic in their dishes, and plenty of fresh garlic can be found in grocery stores and farmer’s markets.Continue reading Roasted Garlic with Crusty Baguette
Daffodils are in bloom everywhere in the Bay Area right now. They are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Sometimes they even start blooming earlier in January – February depending on the weather.