Oven Braised Chicken with Tomato and Olive Sauce

Happy Autumn Equinox! Mother Earth decided to bless us by sending our first real Fall day.  The temperature dropped from the upper 90s down to 72 and breezy in just a couple days.  The wind smelled wet and cold.  It blew strongest in the afternoon and the dust was so thick in places that visibility was… Continue reading Oven Braised Chicken with Tomato and Olive Sauce

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese

I woke up in the middle of the night freezing cold.  Even though I had a fuzzy warm blanket and my son snuggled up next to me, it wasn’t enough to keep me warm.  I managed to sleep the rest of the night, but first thing this morning, before I even made coffee, I lit… Continue reading Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese

Breakfast Tacos

Are you feeling those first stirrings of Fall yet?  I know I have been for a couple of weeks now.  The nights are much cooler.  My bedroom windows are still open at night, but only a crack.  The evenings are still very warm but I have pulled out the warmer blankets for the middle of… Continue reading Breakfast Tacos

Going Gluten Free – My Story

*This is going to be long, but its necessary to tell the whole thing.  I relied heavily on stories people told online to pinpoint my symptoms and eventually come up with a cure, so here is my story.  I hope it helps someone out there. I wake up at 6 am, still exhausted from the… Continue reading Going Gluten Free – My Story

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.

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

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Woah!  Has it really been 2.5 months since my last post!  Time flies when life gets busy doesn’t it?  So much has been going on since my last post.  In October we celebrated Gavin’s first birthday, my 31st birthday, Tom’s 36th birthday, and we had our 3 year wedding anniversary.  Even my blog had a… Continue reading Homemade Flour Tortillas

What’s Happening

Hello!  Summer has been speeding by here!  Its been cooler on average too which has been very nice.  Several times I thought it was Fall already, but then realized that no, it was still July.  Anyway, here is a little of what we have been up to this month. – Our landlord is replacing the… Continue reading What’s Happening

Garden Update 7/7

I forgot to tell you I would be out of town for the last two weeks.  My little sister got married!  Congratulations to Kristen and her new husband Kevin! It was ridiculously hot in southern California while we were there.  Over 100 degrees for most of the trip.  Tom tells me that it was hot… Continue reading Garden Update 7/7