All Natural Apricot Jam

My friend Rose recently gave us some homemade apricot jam and it was delicious!  It tasted like fresh picked apricots in a jar.  We were having it by the spoonfuls.  I asked Rose if she could save another jar for me, as the jam was so delicious that we were going to finish it pretty fast.  Rose was thrilled to know the jam tasted great because as I found out she used a new recipe.  It was a jam recipe without pectin or gelatin as a preservative.  It was an all-natural apricot jam.  This is one wholesome recipe that is meant for sharing, so I asked Rose for the recipe to pass it on. Continue reading All Natural Apricot Jam

Fruit Picking in our Gardens

If you live in the Bay Area you probably have not one but multiple fruit trees in your backyard.  After all, this area used to be covered in fruit orchards before it slowly became Silicon Valley. So you would expect that there would be an abundance of fruit trees to be found all over the Bay Area, especially here in the South Bay. Continue reading Fruit Picking in our Gardens

The Story of the Dahlia

If I had to label flowers as members of a royal family, I would have to start with my favorite flower-the rose.  Rose would be the queen of the garden.  Lilies would be the knights. Begonias, tulips, daffodils and freesias would be the princes, princesses and ladies in waiting.  Which flower would be king you ask?  That would be the dahlia.  Dahlia has to be the king of the garden.  With its huge selection of flowers in a myriad of colours, shapes, styles, and heights, dahlia is the King of the Summer Garden. Continue reading The Story of the Dahlia

Georgina’s Cottage Garden Delight

I’ve always loved Georgina’s cottage garden.  There is something about her garden that always puts a smile on my face.  It is the ultimate cottage style garden, overflowing with everything any garden will be proud of.  How one can one pack so much into that patch, and still make it all work and look amazing is beyond me.  But that is exactly what Georgina has managed to do. Continue reading Georgina’s Cottage Garden Delight

Big Sur, California. Is there any place more beautiful?

Big Sur, California. Is there any place more beautiful?  Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The land and sea here are so spectacular that words fail me.

“Much ink has been spilled extolling the raw beauty and energy of this precious piece of land in California shoehorned between the Santa Lucia Range and the Pacific Ocean, but nothing quite prepares you for your first glimpse of the craggy, unspoiled coastline.”   from   This is exactly how I felt when I first saw Big Sur – speechless.


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Guys Brunch on a Sunday Afternoon

We find guys are so hard to get gifts for.  Wine, coffee, chocolates, gourmet foods, these are what we turn to when we are struggling to figure out what to get our guy.  Do you see a pattern here?  They are all food-related presents. You know the age-old saying, “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  That holds true no matter who the man is. Continue reading Guys Brunch on a Sunday Afternoon

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