Chilly, yummy Sunday

After such a busy week, Mama and I were glad to have a restful Sunday at home. I baked fresh almond puffs for brunch, which we washed down with hot coffee and chai. In the afternoon, Mama and I walked around our back yard and surveyed our garden’s progress ahead of this week’s forecasted frost.…

Homemade cookie bonanza

I baked two of my favorite cookies from scratch tonight — confetti cookies (with the sprinkles) and peanut butter blossoms (with the Hershey kisses). They’re both pretty easy to make, though energy/time consuming. But it was worth it because they are delicious!!! I’m looking forward to sharing these yummy treats! Today’s #OneGoodThing was making two of…

Making limoncello, part one

I’ve been wanting to make my own limoncello since tasting this delightful liqueur many years ago in Italy. Just outside our back door, Mama and I see our neighbors’ big, beautiful lemon tree that’s heavy with fruit. While chatting over the fence recently, they kindly offered to share, and that seemed like a good reason…

Trying a new taco truck

A friend we met yesterday recommended a taco truck to us. It’s near our house, but we’ve never tried it before. Mama and I adore tacos so we were eager to explore someone else’s favorite. I picked up several steak and chicken tacos along with glasses of refreshing horchata. The tacos were tiny, but inexpensive. The people…

Brie vs. brie and excitement

During our recent trip to V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, Mama and I drooled over their massive cheese counter. We found Mama’s favorite from Italy, Gorgonzola Dolce, and we picked up a couple of lovely brie cheeses to pair with our wine. We’ve been eagerly looking forward to our cheese on crackers treat. One…

Mud baths and mineral pool

Mama and I continued our adventures in Calistoga today with mud baths and a mineral pool! We love mud baths and it’s a local specialty in this cute town. Mama and I were thrilled to return to our favorite spa today; Indian Springs Spa’s mud room is light and airy feeling despite the vats of…

And the winner is…

Mama and I are both deeply obsessed with anything chocolate mint. I think it’s because she craved mint chip ice cream when she was pregnant with me, but neither of us can get enough and we love trying new varieties. Some years ago, Mama and I conducted our own Peppermint Ice Cream Wars. This time,…