Hot, fresh birthday beignets

Today Mama and I decided to indulge in a very special birthday treat — one which we’ve decided will now be a tradition. Birthdays are now to be celebrated with hot beignets at The Parish Cafe in Healdsburg! These New Orleans treats were cooked up fresh when we ordered and they were AMAZING!!!! Beignets are similar…

Turquoise toes & frosting shots 

Today my friend Richard came to visit and we had an awesome afternoon of fun in downtown Santa Rosa! I loved catching up on life with my buddy. We worked together at The San Francisco Chronicle, and then we lived near each other for a while as well. We used to hang out frequently, but now…

Fresh artichoke hearts

Tonight we had tiny, fresh steamed artichokes for dinner! Our favorite part is the heart, so the downside of little artichokes was teeny, tiny hearts. Still good, just not enough deliciousness! Every time we have artichokes, I remember how differently they’re prepared in Italy. In Venice, we watched produce vendors hack the vegetables into discs, discarding…

Reunited — and it tastes so good!

Our absolute favorite couldn’t-live-without-it kitchen appliance broke about 3 weeks ago, and today the necessary replacement part finally arrived. We received our Instant Pot just less than a year ago as a gift from a friend, and we became hooked immediately. This pressurized multi-cooker became our go-to for healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. Incredible beef…

Breakfast smoothies are back

During the colder months, we tend to shy away from breakfast smoothies because we’re simply too cold. Now that it’s getting warmer, we decided to reinstate our morning tradition. We went with our old favorite purple smoothie, which includes a frozen banana, frozen blueberries, 1/2 avocado, fresh spinach, apple juice (no sugar added), and ice. It’s…

Fantastic lunch with friends

Today our friends Bonnie and her mom, Bobbie, came over for lunch. They brought their favorite Chinese take-out and we supplied our latest obsession of cupcakes — we were a match made in heaven! We absolutely love to hang out with these two wonderful ladies. We always laugh a lot, share great conversation, and learn…

Sweet new treat

Our friend Mina surprised us tonight with a lovely new sweet treat that we’d never tried before. It’s called jericalla, and it’s like a cross between flan and creme brulee. Mina just recently told us about how she makes this traditional dessert every year for her family during Lent. It was creamy and smooth and the…