It can be hard when you are writing a blog that involves recipes that are “fall inspired” when you live in California. For example, we always have a heat wave in September (like a 113* heat wave), Halloween is usually in the 80’s and it was 87* here yesterday when we are a week into November. We only really start to get “fall weather” in mid to late November, and usually the days are still in the 70’s in the day and only the 50’s at night. So while most of the rest of the country is wearing cute sweaters and scarves, I am in my usual uniform of tank top, jeans, flip flops and a thin cardigan for mornings and evenings. But the nights are starting to get cooler, and the mornings are starting to get that crisp foggy feel, and so it’s time to start breaking out the soup, stew, bisque and other homemade goodie recipes.
Sorry for the long delay in getting back at it- what was supposed to be a month long hiatus ended up turning into more of a 5 month sabbatical! I have been having one of those seasons of life that proves the “just when you think things are getting easy, life throws a curve-ball at you” rules. It is not that things have been bad- but the last few months has seen us move homes (hello packing, a million trips back and forth, unpacking & getting things settled-all while chasing a preschooler around!).
Hi Everyone! I hope that you are all enjoying the start of summer! It has been a blend of chaotic and awesome around here for the last few weeks.
We celebrated birthdays in a massive fashion this year, from a few friends having parties to my family (there was 4 of us born in 4 consecutive days; from my grandmother 90 years ago, to me, to my daughter 3 years ago to my nephew last year), and there was party after party to attend; all in all 8 celebrations over 7 days- so that was all good! But I have also started to pack-up our house for our move which happens in a little less than 2 months- so that’s not so good! Have you ever tried packing with a 3 year old around? It’s a mix of “thank you for trying to help”, “no, we are not playing with that- I am trying to pack those” and “please stop taking things out of the box/throwing random stuff in the boxes”. I gave her a box of her own and told her to go pack some stuff in her room- I ended up with a box of laundry, toys and books, but it kept her out of my hair for about 10 minutes at a time 😉
I just wanted to check in with a quick note to say that I’m taking a bit of a hiatus this month. June is turning out to be a busier month than expected. I have 6 birthday parties I’m attending (everything from my nephew turning 1, my grandmother turning 90 with a huge party, my daughters birthday party I’m throwing this weekend, as well as my own birthday a few days later and then a few others to attend!). Throw in Father’s Day, summer schedules, visiting family members & the fact that we have made the decision to move in 2 months to another house (again!), there is a lot going on all of a sudden this month! I will still do a few posts this month, but I can’t promise the Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday I was doing when things were less hectic. But don’t fear- I’m not disappearing- just making room in my schedule for a little summer craziness for the next few weeks! I hope to see you all on the (less hectic) flip side!
Hello All! I usually have a post on Tuesday that is recipe or food based- but I had a bit of a snafu this weekend that prevented me from finishing up my post. While I was working on the recipe I was going to share (& sampling the finished product), I ended up breaking a tooth- no fun! It was not the recipes fault, (it was chewing on a marshmallow that did me in of all things)! Apparently a stress fracture of the tooth is a time bomb that even a marshmallow can set off, but it stopped me in my tracks for sure! I am super thankful that it was not the entire tooth that was broken, but it was bad enough that I needed to get to the dentist first thing on Monday and get it worked on.
~ This is the 3rd post in a new series I’m calling “Use your Harvest!” & today we are discussing your Strawberry Harvest. Gardening is fun and exciting to get started- but how many of you (and me included!) have started a garden, gotten things growing and flourishing, and then run out of steam after the first few times of picking or harvesting the tasty goods? The weeks or months go by and slowly the garden keeps putting out it’s produce, but we don’t pick it, process it or do anything with it (but toss it in the compost pile after it’s gone over). Giving it away is always a great thing to do, but there are so many easy, fast ways to preserve and use the harvest that you started. This series is to help encourage you to use what you have (and share the items that you make!) so that none of the hard work of getting your garden started goes to waste~