Date Tasting and Shake Recipe

Shields Date Garden Sign.

Date Tasting Video and Shake Recipe Below   Join us in Indio, California for a visit to Shields Gardens. This retro delight offers date tasting, products, garden visits and Shields world famous shakes. Did you know California produces 95% of … continue reading . . .

Olives & Locally Sourced Foods: Meet Chef Robert Nyerick

Photo of Chef holding fresh sage from staff photographers at EncinoMom Magazine captured at Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells, California.

Olive Talk on California Living. Meet Chef Robert Nyerick What do olives, green tomatoes and ceviche have in common? Chemistry! Olives straight off the tree, like green tomatoes and ceviche need to go through a chemical alchemy before they are … continue reading . . .

Sprouts, Growing Your Own Organic Produce From Food

Sprouts growing. Carrot tops grow in a dish in the EncinoMom.com's California kitchen.

Sprouts, Growing Your Own Organic Produce From Food There are so many foods you can grow starting with the parts you usually cut off and toss (into the compost bin ;-). When I was first married, I started a compost … continue reading . . .

Succulent Sighted On Morning Walk

Morning stroll through the neighborhood with a dear friend and my new iphone.

Succulent Sighted On An Early Morning Walk. This variegated Echeveria seen growing in the community garden with Pinks in the corner of a vegetable plot caught my eye. This succulent is about 9 inches across. Echeveria come in many, many … continue reading . . .

Fragrant Rose Photo From An Early Morning Walk

Photo of a Fragrant Pink Rose in Bloom by Lisa Keating for EncinoMom.

Fragrant Rose Photo From An Early Morning Walk Fragrant rose in full bloom captured on an early morning walk. At first glance this looks like a Camellia. Unlike rose bushes, Camellia bushes have no thorns, no fragrance and much larger … continue reading . . .

Camellia Blooming in the Japanese Garden

Camellia photographed in the Japanese Garden by Warren Keating, photographer.

Camellia Blooming in the Japanese Garden This blooming Camellia was captured on an afternoon stroll through the Japanese Garden inside of Woodley Park. … continue reading . . .

Camellias in Bloom

Photo of Pink Camellia in Bloom by Lisa Keating for EncinoMom.

Camellias in Bloom I am personally partial to fragrant blooms, but the Camellias bring so much color and so many blossoms to our winter gardens they are a true delight. With big waxy leaves, Camellias add beauty indoors when cut … continue reading . . .

Hot Fresh Mint Tea

Photo of a cup of hot mint tea by EncinoMom's Lisa Keating

This is the way they serve their hot mint tea at Aroma Cafe in Encino. Tons of fresh mint is muddled in piping hot water and delivered with a tea bag which you can use or not depending on your … continue reading . . .

A Cup of Tea In the Japanese Garden

Still frame from the Japanese Garden episode of California Living

Tea Service in the Japanese Garden in Los Angeles’ Woodley Park In this episode of California Living from http://EncinoMom.TV, we join volunteer Debra Phillips and host, Lisa Keating for a walk in the park. This seemingly remote Japanese Garden, designed … continue reading . . .

Los Encinos – UPDATE – Good News!

Photo of the foountain at Los Encinos State Historic Park, by EncinoMom's Lisa Keating.

Good news! In case you haven’t heard, an anonymous donor has graciously donated $150,000 to keep our local jewel OPEN! Woohoo! It is with tremendous gratitude that I received this news. While it is important to celebrate our communal good … continue reading . . .

Ghosts Build A Graveyard? Happy Halloween From EncinoMom

Ghosts Outdoor Halloween Decorations, short video transforms reseeded lawn to graveyard for Halloween.

Outdoor Ghosts Halloween Decorations: Ghosts Build Graveyard in Encino Outdoor ghosts Halloween decorations: ghosts build a graveyard in Encino. Well, that’s just silly, but you’ll draw inspiration from this time lapsed video where a little imagination and family time work … continue reading . . .

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 . . .

How To Choose A Fresh Zucchini

EncinoMom - How To Choose A Fresh Zucchini

  Freshness counts. I like to use the freshest produce possible when I cook. I grow many of my own vegetables and herbs. It’s great to be able to step outside of the kitchen and pick fresh veggies for lunch … continue reading . . .

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