Veggie Planting on Our Hill

Our veggie patch with our raised beds are prepped and ready to be planted with new veggie seedlings.  It’s mid April already and we need to get started soon.  We have been eagerly waiting for the Master Gardener’s Plant Sale this year as we had such great success with the veggie plants we bought from them last year.

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Bouquets to Art 2016

Bouquets to Art.  What a novel idea!  Flower bouquets that mimic paintings and works of art in the permanent collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  Every year I plan on going to this talked about exhibition, but something always takes precedent, and I end up not making it.  But this year I put it on my calendar 2 months in advance so as not to miss it, and I finally made it! Continue reading Bouquets to Art 2016

Master Gardeners Spring Garden Market

Every April there is a plant sale called Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Market.  This is a plant fair for garden lovers.  Hundreds of vendors selling all sorts of plants, gardening tools, and accessories can be found at this fair.  But what they are mostly coveted for is their selection of vegetable seedlings that the Master Gardeners program sells at this fair. Continue reading Master Gardeners Spring Garden Market

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

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.

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My friend Babita brought Black Bean Salsa and chips, and it was delicious. This salsa and chips dish is a perfect snack for a summertime get together.  Especially when we can find juicy tomatoes and fresh corn at the farmer’s markets. I asked Babita for the recipe, and she said she got it from a web site called Show Me the Curry.  Here is the link to the recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  I’ve also included the recipe here. 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. I made this salad for a spring lunch I was invited to at my friend Rose’s home.  It was a casual lunch just to get a few of us together.  Rose had black bean soup and corn bread on the menu, and asked the rest of us to bring something that we felt would compliment it.  What we ended up with was a feast that was simple, healthy, and delicious and we were stuffed at the end of it!  This is a menu worth replicating. Continue reading Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

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