Super Sweet, End Of Summer Watermelon

EncinoMom - Super Sweet, End Of Summer Watermelon

Watermelon Salad Recipe Fresh from the Farmer’s Market, this super sweet watermelon keeps the taste of summer in the house even when the kids are back to school. Try cutting it in bite sized cubes (or balls) and mixing with … continue reading . . .

First Tomato Of The Season!

EncinoMom - First Tomato Of The Season sliced

Here it is; the first tomato of the season. This sun-ripened Lemon Boy was the first to the table from the vine. Right from the garden, sliced and sprinkled with a little freshly ground salt and pepper, a squeeze from … continue reading . . .

Lavender’s Green

  Longing for the Lavender fields of Provence with only an afternoon to fulfill your dream? Set the nav for Cherry Hill, California where the blooming lavender perfumes the air, the olive and pine trees shade the lane and an … continue reading . . .

My Name is Lisa, and I’m a Tomato Maniac

“Hi, Lisa.” Walk with us through Encino on this lovely Sunday morning as we trudge through the mud to Tomatomania at Tapia Brothers (Hayvenhurst & 101). We started the morning at Encino Elementary’s Pancake Palooza where we had lavish lattes … continue reading . . .

Halloween Backyard Burial Ground! Pool To Ghouls In A Day

Are you overseeding your grass? It’s that time again. Small problem: You don’t want Trick or Treaters trapsing across your delicate Terra Infirma! Here’s a Halloween tip for those muddy, barren spots in your yard (with or without the tender … continue reading . . .

Secret To True Blue Hydrangeas

Did you know the difference between pink and blue hydrangeas has to do with the level of acidity in the soil? I’ve heard that driving a rusty nail into the ground near the base of your plant works. These photos … continue reading . . .

Zucchini Recipe: What To Make When The Zucchini Genie Visits

EncinoMom - Zucchini Recipe: What To Make When The Zucchini Genie Visits

The largest zucchini on this platter is 22 inches long and 14 inches in circumference! This visit from the “Zucchini Genie” sparked a new recipe: 3 medium zucchinis, shredded into 6 beaten eggs with 1 cup of Feta cheese, freshly ground pepper … continue reading . . .

Garden Roses In The Bedroom

Fragrant roses from my garden luxuriate on my nightstand. If you look closely you’ll discover my indiscreet use of a rubber band to hold the roses together in this wide mouthed vase. Well, it really isn’t a vase. It began … continue reading . . .

Thanksgiving, Al Fresco

Photo of table set for Thanksgiving under the stars.

Thanksgiving, Al Fresco Here in Encino, we discovered a few years back that it’s warm enough to enjoy Thanksgiving under the stars. I have always loved eating outside, especially at a big, old, wooden table with enough room to gather everyone … continue reading . . .

Winter Tomatoes

  Just had to share this photo of the last of my homegrown tomato crop. Small, but so very delicious. Pictured here on my favorite vintage, stamped-aluminum serving tray with an antique vase filled with iceberg roses from my garden. … continue reading . . .

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