Romantic Music – Top Jazz Picks For Valentine’s Day

Miles Davis Love Songs CD cover image.

Romantic Music – Top Jazz Picks For Your Valentine’s Day Play List There is so much amazingly gorgeous, romantic music to choose from! Here’s a list of some of the pieces we’re playing around here. This music works well together … continue reading . . .

Chocolate Mousse In A Minute, For Your Valentine

Photo of Chocolate Mousse in Vintage Champagne Glasses

So there we were, my husband’s sweet tooth in danger of falling out for a lack of confections in the pantry and me desperately searching the couch cushions for a fallen Smartie, when I hit on this Emergency Chocolate Mousse … continue reading . . .

Royal Icing

Royal Icing on Gingerbread Christmas Cookies.

Tips For Frosting Cookies With Royal Icing These cookies are iced with what is called Royal Icing.  It is very simple to make and use, with a few tips and handy tricks… 1 lb. (4 Cups) of sifted powdered sugar … continue reading . . .

See’s Candies Review & Giveaway

See’s Candies Review and $25 gift certificate giveaway! Giveaway entry form is at the bottom of this page. See’s Candies has been producing quality chocolates in California for more than 90 years. Using only the finest ingredients, with no preservatives … continue reading . . .

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies cooling on racks.

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe I never really liked gingerbread cookies because they were always hard and had a bitterness to them. When a friend brought these in to our office in San Francisco, it was love at first bite. These cookies … continue reading . . .

Christmas Cookie Icing Recipe and Decorating Tips

Christmas Cookie Decorations 4 - California Lifestyle Tips from EncinoMom.com the California Lifestyle magazine.

Christmas Cookie Icing Recipe and Decorating Tips by Christopher Taylor PLAN AHEAD Give yourself plenty of time for decorating cookies! This is not something that can be done quickly. I find decorating to be extremely relaxing, and meditative. It’s the … continue reading . . .

Baked Avocado Eggs and Hollandaise Recipe

Photo of California style Avocado baked with egg and Hollandaise sauce by Lisa Keating of EncinoMom.

Try Baked Avocado Egg with Hollandaise Hearts For Valentine’s Day Here’s a simple recipe for an elegant breakfast or brunch inspired by a photo I saw recently on Pinterest. The original photo looked so amazing, I had to try it … continue reading . . .

Magical Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Photo of McCanns Oatmeal

This recipe for oatmeal transforms overnight from water and oats to a warm, filling, heart healthy breakfast your whole family will love. I embellish the recipe by substituting heavy cream for 1/4 cup of the water. The cream definitely reduces … continue reading . . .

Yes, Virginia, There Really Is A Cupid

This year, for Valentine’s Day, I’ll tuck a romantic CD like Love Songs by Miles Davis, Belgian chocolates (this is the best chocolate ever, worth the drive and the dollars), massage oil, a candle and rose petals into a basket with a … continue reading . . .

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