Apple Picking with Torrie and Ryan

By Torrie Sessions Aside from a little fertilizing, a bit of basil/tomato/squash/pepper-picking, and of course- watering, we’ve stayed pretty clear of our garden over the past couple of weeks.  You may recall the “lingering [southern California] summer” we wrote about in our previous post.   Well, a few days later- our weather took a major upward turn.  In other words, HOT became HOTTER.  Lingering is an understatement.  So, we’re calling this a “transitional” month. …A month to take a step away, and get inspired.  Whether it’s flipping through Sunset magazine, strolling through our favorite garden centers, Read More →

What’s in your little’s lunch box? Melissa of Reverie-Daydream Shares

We’re launching a new series called “What’s in your lunchbox” where we’re talking honestly about what we pack in our children’s lunch boxes. Melissa McArdle of Reverie-Daydream is kicking things off with a sneak peek into the goodies she prepares for her sweet daughter, Gaia. I’ll share Emerson’s lunch routine next week (it’s not nearly as pretty), but I’m working on it. Let’s make this a judgement-free zone! The idea is to share recipes and ideas and inspire each other to pack more whole foods and unprocessed snacks for our littles.  I’m already inspired to do better. We’d love Read More →

Meatless Monday Greek Style

By Estelle Hayes This meal is so easy, so simple and so satisfying. My favorite farmer’s market falafel stand makes them like no other, but I couldn’t wait until next Friday to get my fix so, I had to try my hand at this spectacular flavor combination. Ingredients Whole wheat naan (got mine at Whole Foods) Olive oil 1 batch of za’atar in a seperate bowl (here’s my recipe) 1 tomato, diced 1 cucumber, diced 1 bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped 1/2 cup kalamata olives, roughly chopped 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional) Heat a teaspoon Read More →

Just for the pretty

Warning: party porn coming up. I designed a bridal shower for a friend and co-worker recently. The color palette was hot pink, kelly green and hints of navy. Think preppy, summer style. I loved the way it turned out. I really enjoy having a project like this to work on. Loosing sleep over things like shades of pink and special-order linens is where I excel. Anyone need any party planning help? I’ve got nothing on the calendar for fall and it’s sort of killing me.

In the Garden ~ Prepping for Fall/Winter Plantings

  By Torrie and Ryan Sessions Here in southern California, the arrival of a new season isn’t exactly as “clear-cut” as is the case in other parts of the world.  Fall saunters its way in eventually, not always [ever] as timely or prominent as I’d prefer.  Spring, on the other hand certainly compensates for its counterpart’s delay, sprinting right in with the utmost punctuality- not only on time, but early even!  Don’t get me wrong.  A lingering summer has a wealth of benefits- benefits that serve our garden well, and our appetites even greater.   How Read More →

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