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Friday Fall Leaves

I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Today I would like to share these photos I took of our poplar and maple trees. I feel like this fall our trees are especially vibrant yellow in color, maybe they were this bright and gorgeous last year too, but somehow they just seem even more beautiful this year especially with the backdrop of crisp blue skies we have been having lately.  In fact, I feel the camera didn’t do justice to how stunning these trees are looking right now. Happy Friday! to you all! Continue reading Friday Fall Leaves

Mint, Cardamom Ginger Tea & A Visit from my In-laws

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you had a good weekend and are looking forward to a fabulous week ahead.  Today I would like to share another tea recipe that I recently learnt how to make from my brother’s in-laws who visited us from Dallas, Texas last week.  Darshana and Yogesh came on a fall-California road trip and headed up from LA to Northern California to visit with a friend of theirs and us. It was a quick 2-day visit during which time I took them around our beautiful hilly terrain and of course showed off my garden 😊. Continue reading Mint, Cardamom Ginger Tea & A Visit from my In-laws

Friday Flowers

Happy Friday!

Sunny skies, warm daytime temps and cool night time temperatures have made this week the quentessential fall weather here in the Bay Area.  Our North Bay wildfires are under control and we are hoping for some rain. In the garden leaves have started falling, and though it’s an up hill battle to keep the garden clean, I keep sweeping  the front stoop only to have more leaves drop right in front of me 😀🍂🍂🍂!  My flowering bushes on the other hand are still holding on tight to their leaves and blooming away, and my veggie patch is looking lush and happy. I even see pea pods on the pea seedlings I planted! Continue reading Friday Flowers

Friday Fall Leaves

I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Today I would love to share a few photos I took of fall color in my garden.  It seems almost overnight that the leaves in my garden turned color this week.  Turmeric yellow, red, orange and brown leaves abound and are piling up on the floor.  As many leaves are falling and have already fallen, my trees still have plenty of leaves still waiting to drop. All the leaves won’t drop until early January! Yup, we get three solid months of falling leaves 🍂🍂🍁🍂🍁. Continue reading Friday Fall Leaves

Foraged Flora Pumpkin Decorating with Friends

Happy Sunday! 

Hi folks, I hope you are having a good weekend! Ours has been a quiet one especially after all the power outages we had the previous weekend, we were happy to be home with electricity and happy to have a low-key couple of days.

Today I would love to share with you a fabulous fall garden project that uses foraged flora and natural garden elements. Are you looking for a creative way to decorate your pumpkins this season? Try this foraged flora pumpkin project that everyone can be a part off. All you need is glue and foraged flora and you can make the most beautiful decorated pumpkin that I promise will look like you purchased it from a high-end florist! Continue reading Foraged Flora Pumpkin Decorating with Friends

Friday Flowers. Remembering Masi

I hope you are having a good week and are looking forward to a lovely weekend.  For us, this week has been rather somber.  We found out earlier this week that my dear friend Nishma’s Mother-in-law whom we affectionately called Masi (Aunty) passed away.  She was 90 years old and passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Continue reading Friday Flowers. Remembering Masi

Friday Fruits

Gosh, we are so fortunate to be living here surrounded by beautiful nature, amazing weather, lush green farms, and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available all year round.  And in Santa Clara Valley we are even more fortunate to have the most fertile land available that it is no wonder that this area used to be called The Valley of Hearts Delight, especially given that this area was covered in fruit orchards before it became Silicon Valley.  The new Silicon Valley hasn’t gotten away from its roots though, for every home in our area seems to have some fruit tree or another. I should know!  Almost everyone I know has fruit trees in their garden. Continue reading Friday Fruits

Friday Flowers

Oh how I love mint. I don’t know why I love this humble herb so much.  Is it the fresh scent that exudes from every leaf making me feel happy instantly?  Is it that it is so easy to grow that even a novice gardener can grow it? Or is it that it grows so easily and prolifically that if allowed it could take over any garden patch covering it in swaths of green. Or is it that whenever I am working in the garden and happen to rub against a mint leaf I get a whiff of sweet fragrance making me forget the cares of the world, if only for an instant. I love mint so much that I even wrote an ode to mint.  I just love mint. Continue reading Friday Flowers