ROSE•ilience from Margo

Today our lovely friend Margo and her sweet dog Mason came to visit and have brunch with us. It’s a long-standing tradition involving banana pancakes, turkey bacon, and several episodes of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Mama and I were thrilled to see them again. We’ve all been busy so it’s been a while…

Wonderful, reliable friend

Yesterday I had another colonoscopy to monitor what’s happening with my Crohn’s Disease. The day is mostly a horrible blur of drinking a gallon of laxatives and becoming severely dehydrated and being in loads of pain. The dehydration triggered a massive migraine and I was not a functioning human. Thankfully my good friend Kelley came…

Lovely lunch dates and more

Today I had two gorgeous, witty lunch dates — Mama and our sweet friend Bobbie. We brought take-out from her favorite local Italian place, and she made iced tea and her famous Mandelbrot. We had a wonderful time catching up with her, and she was kind enough to share some stories from her incredible life (she’s…

Nice visit from an old friend

Today was a beautifully sunny Sunday, and Mama and I were thrilled to welcome her friend Julie for a visit! We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch with fresh goodies from our garden, including a tomato and lemon cucumber salad. We also got to harvest our table-scraps celery plant, which gave our challah tuna melts a lovely bit…

Mama’s bestie visits and they’re adorable

Today we were super excited for a visit from Mama’s childhood bestie, also known as More Diane. They’ve been friends since they were three years old, and she came with us on our very special trip to Venice, Italy. Since we moved to Santa Rosa three years ago, we don’t get to see her as…

Magical mint chocolate cupcakes

We are mint chocolate addicts — and so our dear friend and chef/artist/extraordinaire Lisa tested out several batches until she came up with these incredible mint chocolate cupcakes for our big celebration this weekend. The frosting is light, creamy and super minty with a lovely shaving of chocolate on top. The cupcake pairs perfectly, airy…

Binging with my bestie 

After our big backyard celebration yesterday, today was a much-needed rest day! Lucky for me, my bestie Alyssa is visiting all the way from Los Angeles — and so we got to rest up and hang out together! We binge-watched “Friends from College” on Netflix, which seemed perfectly appropriate since we became friends our freshman…