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3 Sep

My family did a “buy local” challenge where the goal was to spend money only on local items for a day.

We bought several items made or grown in Malibu and Los Angeles and the balance came from Northern California.

For breakfast we had organic strawberries from the Thorne Family Farm in Malibu and organic blueberries, blackberries and raspberries from Driscoll’s in Watsonville. Yogurt from Brown Cow Farm in Antioch, bread from La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles and butter from Sierra Nevada Cheese Company in Willows.

So far so good!

Except mid-day, I realized there is no local coffee!  Hot water with honey was not quite an adequate substitute for caffeine!

Dinner was the highlight of the day.  Organic, sustainably farmed chicken from Petaluma Poultry and vegetables from One Gun Ranch in Malibu — cooked with Malibu olive oil.  And to drink — a delicious Semler cabernet sauvignon.

A great end to “local day” was sleeping outside on the deck under the stars with the fresh air on our faces.


Mother’s Day cards

25 Apr


It’s time to make Mother’s Day cards!  My daughter and her friend had a great time using a kit I found at Paper Source. They could still make them by hand but the kit gave them an extra touch of creativity.  And they both made beautiful cards that they can give to their mothers (me!), grandmothers, sisters….Image

Healthy Desserts

1 Apr

The word healthy and desserts don’t always go together but here are 2 recipes that taste good and are healthy too!

One is from The Family Dinner website and one from the Progressive Pioneer blog — both of these sites are great resources for healthy food.  And these 2 recipes are easy enough for your kids to help make them too.

In the recipe from The Family Dinner website, I used almonds instead of cashews because I love almonds in dessert.  I did add a little honey when I made it.  And next time, I would try adding dates.  I think that would be a good addition.  I used it on top of a mixture of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.  And added a few pomegranate seeds on top for some extra color!


From Progressive Pioneer, I made these lemon bars on Valentine’s Day for a brunch and they are excellent.  Not too sweet and delicious. One of my favorite desserts ever.



My next challenge is to find a healthy chocolate dessert!  Will report back soon with a couple great recipes.


The Dinner Hour

21 Mar

The dreaded thought arrives each day at 4 pm: what’s for dinner??

Recently, I was given a copy of Laurie David’s The Family Dinner cookbook.  And now that dreaded thought of “what’s for dinner?” is something to look forward to each day!

The cookbook has easy recipes but more important, it is full of games, stories and ideas for helping bring your family together during dinnertime.

Tonight I bought chicken meatloaf, my daughter, Charlotte, and I put together a “make your own” salad bar and she also made fruit and yogurt parfaits for dessert. And while Charlotte set the table, my husband played Adele on the piano as entertainment. All of this made dinner fun and no longer a chore!

Based on suggestions from the cookbook, one night we listened to classical music.  Another night I bought little presents for everyone.  Some nights we simply lit candles. Tonight we each read a favorite poem and talked about their meanings and why we liked them. My husband chose Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, my daughter read Le Loup et L’Agneau, a french fable, and I read a poem by Rimbaud.  Which all led into a pretty serious discussion about what things make us happy in life.

So while every family dinner is not perfect, we have a better appreciation of how important it is to each of us to reconnect after our busy days. Thank you to The Family Dinner!

Charlotte preparing the salad bar!

Charlotte setting the table!