Thai Eggplant Red Curry

I have a friend who owns the best Thai food restaurant in my hometown, and people are often blown away by the beautiful variety of produce (much of it she grows herself!) in her spicy creations. Some of her dishes…

Sunchokes: The Most Painful Vegetable

I’m known for grabbing unusual produce and making it for dinner. Just last week I spied a large display of Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem Artichokes. I thought to myself, “Hey, I like artichokes and these look so fresh! Let…

How to Be the Best Guest Ever

MSG 21+   I love having guests over the holidays, but I also enjoy being a guest! It’s not only fun to travel, but I enjoy being a part of the lives of my friends and family in their homes. Here…

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Roasted Garlic Green Beans with Parmesan Panko

Roasted Garlic Green Beans with Parmesan Panko

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SeasonYourHolidays #CollectiveBias As a kid, I remember sitting at my Grandmother’s house on Thanksgiving poking at mushy traditional side dishes and wondering if Pilgrims had teeth. We had […]

The Importance of Play Time for Children

The Importance of Play Time for Children

When children are young, they are continually learning through their interactions and playing. Teaching your child how to play and interact with others is essential to help them develop and grow into productive members of society, and they may get a lot more from their […]

How to Cozy Up Your Fall Season

How to Cozy Up Your Fall Season

As I live in Southern California, we won’t be getting a dusting of snow anytime soon (or ever), however, the weather has chilled and golden leaves are falling off trees. The time change has already left me a bit out of sorts, but the upside is I feel like cooking every day! I’ve been thinking of ways to really embrace the short Fall season, as Winter will be here before you know it.

Enjoy More Sunsets

I’ve noticed some incredibly fiery sunsets over the past week, and those who are up early driving around town have snapped some amazing sunrise photos as well! What is it about Fall that makes the skies so beautiful? A little research shows that there is an atmospheric reason for the bright reds and golds that look like lava!

During sunrise and sunset, light from the sun must pass through much more of our atmosphere before reaching our eyes, so it comes into contact with even more molecules in the air. Much of the blue light gets scattered away, making the reds and oranges more pronounced.

For those of us who (begrudgingly) take part in day-light savings, make sure to take a few minutes to watch those early sunsets. We may as well get a fantastic evening firework show as compensation for the sun setting before 5 pm now.

Cook With Warm Spices

My friend came over to borrow some cardamom the other day, which made me, of course, take a quick sniff. The warm spicy aroma instantly brought back happy childhood memories and made me feel cozy and warm all at the same time. Pull out those richly scented Fall spices and think of new ways to use them! Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and allspice are all great choices to use in baking and sauces. These spices also pair well with many root vegetable bakes and legumes! Get creative and have some fun fall flavors, and make your kitchen smell amazing. Word to the wise – Cardamom pods are a little hard to grind, so consider buying the powdered version. Pod seeds are great to simmer in a mesh bag into savory sauces or broths.

Dress the Part

Now is the time to get out those soft cozy sweaters, sumptuous scarves, comfy leggings, and my favorite ankle boots! I do like full-sized boots, but when it’s just crisp out, I appreciate shorter boots because they cover my ankles (no draftiness), yet I feel nimble and light like I could still walk a million miles.

I also like to get out my knits to wash them with Eucalan gentle and natural no-rinse wash. It’s quick and easy and makes all my knit scarves and wool hats smell amazing! I also dig out the leather cleanser for my boots, shoes and purses. Winter weather can be very drying, so moisturize leathers before the really cold weather gets started!

Fabrics that can take a water-repellent (like tennis shoes and backpacks) get a little freshener spray as well. Shopping for clothing and shoes online has also become another fun ‘Fall sport’! My winter sizes are often easier to shop for online (shoe size, sweater sizes), so why go out in the early dark and cold evenings to shop when I can stay inside with a cup of tea and browse online!?

Happy Fall!

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Spaghetti Squash Fritters

Spaghetti Squash Fritters

Spaghetti squash is delicious all by itself with a little olive oil and garlic salt, but fritters are another fun way to prepare it. These fritters may also be reheated and make a tasty savory fall appetizer during the winter months.

Baked Spicy Turnip Fries

Baked Spicy Turnip Fries

I found the most beautiful California grown turnips the other day at the store. I personally like turnip mash, but I decided to make my turnips family-friendly as I wanted these suckers consumed! Turnips have a unique pungent taste that pairs well strong spices. I […]

Together We Can Find It With Tile

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Pepper & Onion Pasta with Parmigiano Reggiano

Pepper & Onion Pasta with Parmigiano Reggiano

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Daylight Savings Time & Car Safety

Daylight Savings Time & Car Safety

The following is a sponsored post.  Daylight savings time ends this Sunday, November 5th at 2 a.m. and I for one can’t wait for the extra hour of sleep! While I welcome the bonus snooze time in the morning, the early darkness often throws my schedule […]