A Tuscan Lunch

The big highlight of our week was almost too easy to pinpoint. You’ll be excited to hear that my little patio garden is doing very well now. In fact, it’s done so well that we were able to harvest the first of our cherry tomatoes. They ended up being a larger variety than we were […]

Daily Joy Despite it All

The news has been daunting for the past four months. I feel this way, and I don’t even watch the news. Nope, we both solely rely on reading the news because we find it to be such a calmer experience. And even though our continued choice has definitely helped us to keep a “take everything […]

In a Nutshell

I was talking with a friend earlier in the week about our Fourth of July weekends, and I had asked her how the rest of theirs went. Her response was refreshingly honest, literally caused me to laugh out loud, and felt comforting. “Not really. . .” she said. As in, they didn’t really enjoy their […]

Coronavirus + Fear

Fear can take many forms, and it can be triggered by just about anything. But lately, or really for the past several months, it seems that the Coronavirus has instilled some level of fear into most of our lives. Fear about job security, about health, about family. Fear about the future, about travel, about resuming […]

Little Bits of “Normal” Returning

fresh organic stone fruits from the Little Italy Mercato Saturday / It’s been a long time coming (three and half months to be exact), but it finally feels like some of the little nuances of our “normal” life are returning. And one of those little things is our weekly market run. For obvious reasons, we […]

Late July Snacks

On our hunt to switch all of our food purchases from conventional to organic, a classic round cracker was needed – something buttery, light, perfect for snacking on its own or dipped, and yes, round. And while it didn’t sit very high on our priority list of organic foods (since it’s not something that we […]

Let’s All Do Our Part

It’s been 103 days since California became the first state to go on lock-down to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (not that I’m counting or anything), and just a few short weeks now since things have started to re-open. Life has changed, that we can all agree on. And the only thing that I […]

Reflecting on Travel

the beautiful coastline of Polignano a Mare It’s officially been Summer for one week now, and believe me, I am all but reminded on the daily that we should have been returning home from a long European holiday any day this week. But instead of reluctantly packing our bags and admiring our much more golden […]

The Good Ol’ Days + Summer Essentials

Every Summer for as long as I can remember, my parents would sign us up for swim lessons at our community pool. And although I wasn’t crazy about taking the actual lessons or having to perform the final swim test, I did love being able to spend the entire day at the pool. In the […]