It’s that time of year when my mind turns to the season of harvests and scarecrows begin to crop up around doorsteps and driveways in my neighborhood. Here, in this garden plot, a pair of sun ravaged umbrellas turn their … continue reading . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Ever seen one of these before? It’s a solar pool heater! I’ll let you know how it works. So far, installation was a breeze: I carried the box to the back yard and my hubby set it up. It … continue reading . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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“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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 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 . . .
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 . . .