Humor, Happiness, and Tackling Human Flaws

Never Pass Up a Good Idea

Stir Fry Night! :-)



So Sweet!


By Marcus


Simple and Sweet.

A Dinner Date With Inspiration

Purple and Green!  Go Veggies!

Purple and Green! Go Veggies!

There are a million reasons why I like this picture, but the number one reason:  Simplicity.

How often do you see these colors?  If the colors are attractive then your on the right track, sort of like a handsome face in the crowd.

Last night – starved – out of time – back to work- oh and did I mention I have an officially registered high school son who is having his first boy/girl party this Friday?  (That’s an entirely separate entry)  Well anyway in the midst of crazy, I had to do the walk of shame to the take out menu.  

Ugh!  I know I could have done it better!  So where does it all unravel for us?  

It’s in the planning.  It’s in the prep.  It’s in the profiles.  It’s in the inspiration of what your senses will pick up in the colors, smells, and textures.

Here’s to a new day and a better plan.  



Oh My Gosh…I’ve been Liebstered!

I've been Liebstered!

I’ve been Liebstered!

A Proper Thank You:

First and foremost I’d like to thank Silver Threading for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I have massive respect for anyone who decides to go back to school and finds inspiration out of it all!    There is a great story in the journey.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and Good Luck!

11 Facts about myself:

1. I love a puzzle, mystery, or challenging pattern.

2. I lived in Hawaii for 5 years.

3. I’m a night owl who has the work schedule of a morning lark…rough!

4. I am a type 1 diabetic and use an insulin pump.

5. I’m a Virgo.

6. I think the world revolves around rhythms.

7. I’ve been a coffee lover since I was a little girl.

8. My favorite movie: A Room with a View.

9. My favorite childhood movie was: The Wizard of Oz.

10. I think more can be said in a person’s eyes than with their words.

11. Fashion = Simple, clean lines, and high heels.

1. Why did you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging because I had to start writing. I needed a corner of the world that was mine. My creative space to cook, document, sort through life and write about how I see the world. It’s a great place!

2. How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a hopeless romantic who likes to daydream. I’m chatty when the mood hits me, practical as a paperclip, and always rooting for the underdog. I’m shy and a bit of a headcase when I get dealt a tough puzzle to solve, but I will solve it and I will probably do it through pattern recognition. Patterns are really easy for me to recognize and because of this I work really hard to stay away from a pattern-based life. It’s a crazy maker!

I like doing new things, trying new foods, meeting new people (and hopefully making new friendships). I like working with my hands. I’m very intuitive about what will happen next (probably my pattern-based viewpoint) but I make my final decision based on facts. I prefer face to face interactions to the telephone and I need to touch things to understand why they matter to me.

3. What is your favorite music?

Where do I start? I have been asked this question many times before and I always seem to stammer at it each time. Mainly I’m stumped by this question because I think I’m attracted to specific tones and rhythms rather than a specific music. It’s a bit bizarre, but if I hear the right tones it’s like being hooked in by a fishing line. Here are a few favorites: I love Dave Brubreck, Royksopp, Billie Holiday, the Killers (smart lyrics), Henry Mancini, Neil Diamond, and Erik Satie.

4. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?

I must have a mysterious muse that keeps me going when I’m at loss for ideas. However, I read a lot of different material and a well crafted sentence puts me straight into my head, like music – straight into my head. Then my brain starts firing questions at a rapid pace and: Voila! Mon Blog!

5. What’s your favorite beverage and why?

Can I just say a great red wine is perfect at the end of the day and a good cup of coffee from from a french press is great at anytime of the day.

6. If you could be an animal, what species would you be and why?

Why a snow leopard…of course! They are so well camouflaged, curious, and downright unpredictable.

7. What is your favorite food type (Italian, Mexican, etc.)?

My favorite type of food is French cooking. I love butter…what can I say.

8. Which do you prefer…a book or an e-reader?

I can proudly say I tried ye olde e-reader and I have to admit, I’m old school. Paper feels good in my hands and I can read it without the sensation of needles being drilled into my retinas.

9. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?

I would travel for a year.

10. Who is your favorite author and why?

Charles Dickens. Hands down. The man could split detail into a million descriptive words and then he could split it again!

11. What is your favorite post from your blog and why?

St. Lucia Bread was a really fun day in the kitchen! Success!

The Rules:

There are certain rules to accepting this award and they are:

  1. Thank the Liebster Award presenter who nominated you and link back to his or her blog.
  2. Post 11 facts about yourself,
  3. Answer the 11 questions you were asked
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
  5. Nominate small [no more than 200 followers] blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog, letting them know that they have been chosen.
  6. Display the Liebster Award Logo.
  7. No tag-backs – meaning you can’t just nominate the person who nominated you.

Good Luck to all new blogs out there!

My nominee:

Lovely photography work which displays life through lens.

My questions to my nominee:

1. How did you start in photography?

2. What are your favorite places to photograph and why?

3. When did you realize you had an eye for photography?

4. Who or what is the inspiration behind your work?

5. Who is your favorite classical artist and why?

6. What matters more: the equipment or the human eye?

7. Has technology made photography better or worse?

8. What crosses your mind right before you click the camera?

9. Where would you rather be: The beach or the mountains?

10. Are you cat or dog person?

11. Where do you see your art in 10 years?

Best Wishes to you!


The Art of Being Well-Rounded

I’ve been thinking a lot about the art of being “well-rounded”. My definition of being well-rounded pertains to the passions in which life sparks interest to me. The question I hold in my mind sounds something like this: In what areas did personal interest and education get neglected? I’ve narrowed my findings to: music, dance, poetry, art, conversation, literature, language, and culinary smarts.

It seems like a long list, but the list is built on the – I want more more aspect, rather than the – I haven’t the foggiest – aspect.

So how does one sift through their brain to find their “well-roundedness”?

Take a look at all the things in which you are still seeking as life moves forward. These lightbulbs are still shining bright for a reason and when they are bright…ask for help, make a friend, and step on the gas! 



Simon’s Cat: Hot Water

Preparing for the Winter Olympics


Preparing for the Summer Olympics

Chobani Cat

Chobani Cat

Bird Rescue 911

I’ve been a little, “Where’s Waldo?” this past week and the reason is because I’ve been knee-deep in studies. I took French this summer and it gave my mind a good old-fashioned workout. My final is tomorrow. (fingers crossed!)

Yesterday, after arriving back home from French class, I sort of had that feeling like I needed to shovel my brains back into my head. Maybe I had left them on the floor of the classroom or maybe they disintegrated into thin air, however, I was in no shape to absorb more information. So – I pulled into my driveway, got out of my car and immediately noticed this bird hovering above my house. How sweet, right? Wrong.

It was injured. It was an injured lame bird. It had found my house. (Of course…bien sur) and it was feebly flapping around my domain. As I began to quickly gather my wits and rush into EMT/bird rescue mode the bird flew off and as I watched it pathetically flap away from my home I thought to myself, well…it’s probably for the best, right? Wrong again.

The bird came back as wonky as ever, but this time I kept a keen eye on him. What could be done? How were my services needed? Upon closer inspection, I notice how off-balance his majestic wing span was and then I realized it wasn’t a bird. It was a bat! Holy Smokes! (and it’s not even Halloween!) Zut Allors!


That’s My Son – Learning to Sail!


The Soufflè Boogie Monster

Sunday night always comes too fast!  Every weekend I make enormous plans, all of which include running 2+ miles on Saturday and Sunday, and all of which do not happen on neither Saturday nor Sunday.

 Ahhh, le weekend!

Sleeping in, late morning coffees, listening to albums, shopping, watching movies, sitting with my kitties and dog in beautiful Sonoma County, listening to countless tales from my soon to be high school son and pouring over cookbooks with my husband.  

This brings me to my next point.  

I’ve come to the soufflé chapter in my new cookbook (gulp) and rather than smack all upside the head with a bunch of cheesy similes about life being like a soufflé, I will simply say…they terrify me.

…Courage woman!  Pull it together!!!

I promise I will overcome the Soufflé Boogie Monster, however I’m not sure when that will happen, but at least I bought the darn pan to bake the dang monster in!  




How Did You Get In? Lil “P”!

Little Peple

Little Peple

Mon Déjuener!


Chobani’s Afternoon


King of the Jungle


Hibiscus Blossoms


Sonoma County – Lake Ilsanjo


Look What the Cat Brought Home


Key Lime Butterfly

Key Lime Butterfly

A Betty Crocker Tornado

Every so often I get slammed with what I like to call “domestic fever”. This is when I dig into my house and after a few hours I’ve brought about a Betty Crocker tornado of fresh linens, sun tea, homemade pies, spotless floors, polished furniture, and a green manicured lawn.

Clear out – Dust off – Propagate!

In the time it takes to rehabilitate my house, I can process through my life, my husband’s life, my son’s life and after all that…my cat’s life, my other cat’s life and my dog’s life. After all that thinking I somehow feel I have also (quite possibly) solved some of humanities more pressing issues.

Hit the reset button – smile – look at all the beauty around you – and start over…because we can always start over, rework the impossible, and move forward.

Yesterday was yesterday…but today?

Today is right now!

Good Luck,


Glittereyed by Daniel Clarke

Glittereyed, 2005 by Daniel Clarke

Glittereyed, 2005 by Daniel Clarke

The Language of Summer

Summer brings out all sorts of change to the domestic environment. For example: dinner is served later than usual to combat summer heat, sparkling water shows up in the refrigerator to change up hydration, and Fridays always seem like vacation days – always. There’s a sense of inhibition and relaxation that flows from the sun and seeps deep into our skins forcing us to all speak the same language…the language of summer.

This got me thinking…

As you pass by your fellow pedestrians and shoppers on these hot summer days and cool summer nights – pay attention. If you are able to translate mankind’s summer language…fabulous and kudos on your attention to detail! :)

Good Luck,


Concert Night- Robyn & Röyksopp San Francisco, CA


Orange Creme Tarte


Blooming Kitchen


These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things


Fresh cut grass, orange zest, and Herbes de Provence. Three things we love because they bring out the feelings of home. What do these three look like?

1.  A freshly mown lawn = watching our children learn how to mow the grass.

2.  Orange Zest = Orange Creme Tarts

3.  Herbes de Provence = Sprinkled over potatoes in the oven to accompany steaks on the grill.

Throw in a little music, a glass of wine, and loved ones (maybe even a little FIFA playing in the background)…lovely!




SoCal Ingredients

SoCal Ingredients

Kitchen Prep

Kitchen Prep

Luring Hummingbirds


Luring Butterflies

Summer Backyard Flowers

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