Best thing this week: favas

fava seeds

I blame Melissa for my fava bean obsession. She shared some of her garden bounty two years ago and my taste buds have never fully recovered. Up until this week my favorite fava preparation was this spread. It makes a truly amazing meal that I look forward to every spring. Since planting our own crop in my girlfriend’s front yard (those are her daughter’s sweet little hands holding our gems) a couple of months ago I’ve been hearing about how tender and delicious fava greens and flowers are when slightly wilted in a pan with Read More →

Spring lately

April Nature Collage

The weather in my parts has been amazing. Spring could not come fast enough for me this year. Usually, I relish in the stormy months since inclement weather is so far and few between in Northern California. But this year, the grey skies and barren landscape was hard to take. I cannot get enough of the crazy citrus in every other front yard in my neighborhood and the resilient wildflowers blooming on my favorite hiking trail. I have spring fever is the best way and I want to be outside every possible minute of every Read More →

My Freelance Writing and other Thoughts on a Sick Day


Just a quick check in as I roll into day three of the flu. It’s rough, my friends. Second time I’ve been hit this season. I’m resting and drinking fluids like it’s my job. Only problem is it’s not and when you’re income is based on freelance/contract work there are no sick days. Safe to say I’m learning some tough lessons on taking care of oneself, while juggling deadlines that could just as easily be passed on to the next eager freelancer pitching for my project. Does it sound like I’m complaining? I’m not. Just Read More →

Women who inspire: Artist Courtney Khail

CK wedding designs Collage

Building on yesterday’s post, which seems to have resonated with so many blog friends, I’m excited to introduce you to Courtney Khail and her beautiful watercolor creations. She’s one of those treasured connections I made through blogging. We met at Alt last year and became fast friends over little more than 24 hours and several glasses of bubbly. Not only is she a salt-of-the earth kind of gal (who just happens to rock the most amazing vintage gowns you have ever seen, thanks to a very chic grandmother) she’s also a gifted artist. Courtney is Read More →

When Blogging Was Fun

Weekend in Yountville

Remember that? Those were the days when I didn’t think much posting an iPhone photo. Or, at least it wouldn’t stop me from actually posting. To be honest, I miss my old blog and I know a few of you do too. I miss sharing about my weekend and showing you the creative projects that keep me up at night. The soup fails and the cake wins. The good, the bad and the ugly. Don’t get me wrong. I love a pretty blog as much (maybe more) than the next gal. I’m a sucker for Read More →

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