How To Make Fresh Pasta (without a pasta machine)

So this year I’m going to try to spend an hour or two each week doing something 100% for myself. This week I tackled pasta. I have always wanted to try making fresh pasta, but it seemed like such a useless skill considering how many different kinds of pasta I can pick up at the store for $1.00.


Right Now

Right now :listening – To Gavin pound on the keyboard.  One of his new favorite toys. :thinking – about all the guests I have had visiting this past month.  It’s so fun to reconnect with old friends. :feeling – anxious about my upcoming flight to So Cal.  I haven’t flown in a long time and… Continue reading Right Now

Free Quick Edit Preset for Landscapes

In my opinion, watching someone edit a photo is the best way to learn how to edit your own pictures.  On my photography blog I would occasionally do editing tutorials and now that I’ve combined my blogs I would love to expand on that in 2014.  I ‘m also interested in doing screenshot videos as… Continue reading Free Quick Edit Preset for Landscapes


I may be in the minority these days, but I actually love making New Years resolutions.  To me they are more like goals for the year instead of a list of things I will probably fail at.  Re-evaluating my goals for the year is something I actually do seasonally.  Around the beginning of each season… Continue reading Resolutions

Life in Black and White – Jan 2014

I joined a Black and White Photography blog circle for 2014.  Crossing my fingers that I can see this one through the whole year. These are pre haircut pictures.  A day or two after this I gave him his very first haircut. If you want to see more beautiful Black and White pictures head on… Continue reading Life in Black and White – Jan 2014

The Laguna

The Laguna de Santa Rosa and the vineyards near it are one of the most beautiful places I have ever laid my eyes on.  I mean, I haven’t really been to that many places in my short life, but I have traveled extensively in California and this one tops the list.  This whole area is… Continue reading The Laguna

Winter, Changes and a December Soup

Winter has touched the landscape with its icy fingers.  This morning I woke up to a crisp 25 degrees outside.  A thick layer of frost blanketed the ground.  The apple trees and grapevines have been bare for over a week, the ice in the bird baths is 1/2 inch thick in the mornings, and piles… Continue reading Winter, Changes and a December Soup


This year I am thankful for 1.  The health and safety of myself, my family and my friends. 2. The incredible generosity of friends, loved ones and strangers. 3.  The amazing food that is available here in NorCal. 4.  This amazing recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes that saved my butt at the last minute today.… Continue reading Thankful