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 . . .

Wild Mustard Traces The Trail From Mission To Mission In California

Legend has it that missionaries spread mustard seed along their path from mission to mission to mark their way –  á la Hansel and Gretel. All these years later, the Golden State bursts into bloom from stem to stern, as … 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 . . .

Spring Ahead Backyard Campout

What a fun way to celebrate setting the clocks ahead an hour! What better way to spend a short Saturday night than camping out in your own backyard? Friends joined in for scary story time around the fire and Smores … 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 . . .

Summer’s Here! Fire Up The Grill For The Fourth!

EncinoMom - Summer's Here! Fire Up The Grill For The Fourth!

The start of a wonderful meal, garden fresh fruits and veggies. I shop at the local farmer’s market for the foods I don’t grow in my own garden. Here are my fresh summer veggies, ready to roast. Luscious tomatoes, baby … 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 . . .

How To Grow Killer Tomatoes – EncinoMom Asks Laura Taylor

How To Grow Killer Tomatoes - EncinoMom Interviews Laura Taylor

Need more? Local tomato expert, Laura Taylor, of Laura Taylor At Home, offers fantastic classes and her tomato calendar will make your mouth water while keeping you on track throughout the year. Great gift for tomato loving Mothers just in time … 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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