I'll just say this one thing. Matt is a natural on camera! A regular Galloping Gourmet! And the turkey was sooooo delicious! Plus, I was able to relax and enjoy instead of worrying about the turkey. Thanks, Matt!
My heart is always in the garden when I go to the Getty - even though I love Van Gogh's beautiful renditions in nature, things that are growing in the ground lift my spirits just as easily. I will have to take you back during the spring - it's very different, and oh so beautiful. I like to think it looks a little like my garden -- a tiny bit wild, with lots of color, and a variety of plants in every corner. Days are busy as we ramp up to Christmas - tonight after I finish my
It was a joy It was a joy! And a needed breath of fresh air in this busy season. Robert and I were delighted when Julia and Dan invited us on a date during their Thanksgiving visit. We chose the Getty because it's pretty close to us, it has a lovely garden, and we all love museums! We had a 1:00 p.m. reservation and getting there, despite the close proximity was no small feat. We were on Level 7 of a 7 Level parking lot -- it was VERY busy. But we mostly stayed outdoors and k
Just this video tonight. I had to stay up late to edit it because I was having technical difficulties! Thanks to my son-in-law Matt who got me up and running. I'll just make one confession -- I have over 20 sets of china at my house -- not all of them are complete sets, and some are just a few dinner plates, but nonetheless, 20 sets of any kind of china may mean that I have a problem! But I promise you I use them all -- and I can tell you when I last set a table with each pi
Oh Lord. My hair is absolutely out of control in this video. I'm not even going to talk about it. Except I just did. It just goes to prove that these videos are completely unvarnished slices of reality. I do NOT have a glam squad! (Although I wish I did!) We really enjoyed our IN-N-OUT burgers today - but ordering for lots of people with various food requests can be crazy. After this experience, Robert said, that's it. Next time everybody has to order the same thing. And that
I meant to do a video about my front garden Thanksgiving decorations. And this is what happened. Honestly, my videos are completely unrehearsed, and just a slice of my life each day. So, on this day, even though I thought I was going to focus on garden decorations, I clearly had other things on my mind. And that's ok too. Gratitude is a very effective coping mechanism when life is full or messy, or uncertain. Also, Hallmark movies. Have a great weekend!
Here's the recipe. It's from Bon Apetit where recipes can sometimes be a little bit fussy or complicated. But this one is not! So easy...and super delicious! https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/classic-posole I've made it several times and always with success. It is very forgiving, and with the hacks, it's really just a dump and simmer dish -- except for the time that it takes to cook the pork. I made this for a grade school friend, Cilene, who visited us from Tennessee. When I
I wanted to make a special dessert for my grade school friend who was visiting from Tennesse. And when I opened up Jills' Family Recipes -- there it was! It was a hit the first time that I made it -- and it was hit this time as well. My guest enjoyed it, and my toughest dessert critic loved it! One tip: I made the dessert the night before, rather late. But I felt I needed to cover it over night so it wouldn't dry out. However, it wasn't completely cooled, and because it was s
My recipe collection and my cookbooks are a history of life in the 20th and 21st century. From handwritten recipe cards to internet printed recipes, things certainly have changed in the culinary world. In fact, I think that my daughters don't have recipe books at all -- they save everything on their computers. Now, while that is probably most efficient, very searchable, and with little possibility of being splotched or torn -- it's just not the same. I have the hand written
What a lovely evening with a friend from many years ago. A grade school friend! I feel lucky to have roots that go so far back, and friends to share memories with from when I was knee high to a gate post! I always enjoy entertaining - and since we rebuilt our backyard space, it's even more fun to host guests in our outside garden space. Overlooking the fall garden, a warm night, and a soft glow from our patio lights...a perfect evening. I think I'm going to do a blog on how t
My parents' time in the service informed much of their lives, the opportunities afforded them, and their perspective about what matters most. After his time in the service, my dad continued to work for the government in the Veteran's Administration. He worked in the high rise on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, and commuted from North Hollywood every day for 35 years. God bless him.The GI bill allowed he and my mother to buy our little house in North Hollywood where I grew up.
I don't think that we will have a big gathering this year, but I'm still excited to be with family, and decorate for the holiday. Plus, any excuse to use my china, any of my china, is a happily anticipated event. And I begin today! We will repurpose some of our Halloween decorations outside - I'll show you when it is done. And inside, I'll put out a few things on the mantle, the patisserie, and the credenza. I'm laughing about laminating all my kid's school projects. Even if
Angelyne is a Los Angeles icon. And Angelyne sightings are always a fun thing here in the Valley. I talk a little about her history in the video -- but in the last few years, a journalist found out who she really is. I'm sure you're not surprised that her real name is not Angelyne. Her fame came very intentionally, and suddenly, for a very crazy reason. Billboards on Sunset Blvd. But that was in 1984. Her Wikipedia page says that she is currently 70 years old. It also says th
Anticipation is almost the best part of Christmas! So, I'm dreaming of a sunny, fun Christmas with family and friends around. We are still deciding what to do about Covid protocols, and we may not have the large gathering we always have on Christmas Eve -- but no matter. It will be a delight whatever shape the celebration takes. I always say you only need 2 people for a party -- and we will definitely have that -- so we will party on! In the meantime, I'm planning how we will
I need to change the title of this blog. Since the grand babies I'm just not spending as much time in the garden as I used to. And that may not change anytime soon. I'm still very attentive to the garden, I just don't get out to work in it very often, and the only project that I currently have going is my Winter Garden - which is doing respectably. I am spending more time organizing and cleaning -- and that probably won't change much either. There's always so much going on th
It was a star studded day today! I visited Beverly Hills to get my hair cut -- and I decided to take a stroll down Rodeo Drive. I have never shopped on Rodeo Drive, except that one time when I bought a Mother of the Bride Dress at Dolce and Gabbana. (It was worth it!) Whew! It's a different world there. I was too shy to actually go into any of the stores. I rather felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when she tries to buy a dress on Rodeo Drive but is rebuffed because she
Yitkes! I feel like I'm behind the eight ball on this already! (What does that even mean?) I hope I've left myself enough time. It's so busy with the grandkidlets that by the end of the day I'm done in - and stitching a stocking just doesn't seem possible. But I'm determined to do this for my Cora! Both her mom and dad will have special embroidered stockings for their home this year - so I've got to make sure that Cora has one too! On another note, I couldn't stand it one mo
The San Fernando Valley sometimes gets a bad rap. Even thought Bing Crosby once sang about "making the San Fernando Valley my home," these days, its often the butt of jokes as a hot, smoggy, congested area of Los Angeles. None of that is true except the hot, smoggy, and congested part. But Robert and I are San Fernando Valley natives, born and raised here -- and we love the diversity, the open spaces, the history and the neighborhoods that we call home. Ventura Boulevard is a
Honestly? I wasn't happy about this from the beginning! I didn't want him to do it because I was worried that it would be risky. But I knew he would want to challenge himself - and I didn't want to deny him that. So, I agreed to go along and document the excursion! Once we got there and I saw the building, I started to cry. And I cried intermittently throughout the event until I saw him on the ground again. (I was so much fun to be with.) So, for me, it wasn't such a pleasant