Saturday, January 21, 2017

Oxnard, California


On our recent trip to Southern California we decided that we wanted to spend a night at the beach. We love the coast and the sunsets are great on the west coast in Winston Salem North Carolina we are about 4 hours from the coast. 

On previous visits we have visited La Jolla (wonderful by the way), Laguna beach and Malibu. I enjoyed each of these but they were quite crowded, we live in a small city with very little traffic and if you have known me for a while you may know I am now a new farmer and have a small farm in Yadkin county NC, ladybird farm. So I am hooked to the beauty and quiet of the countryside. After googling maps and beaches north of Los Angeles, Oxnard caught my eye its about a 1 1/2 - 2 hours drive north and you can take the famous pacific coast highway. It only seems to have one hotel on the beach the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort. Its a nice resort with modern rooms and it sits right on the beach. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Chicken and Butternut Squash Lasagna.


Sometimes you feel like a change we all love lasagna and the winter squash is so good this time of year so I figured why not roast some and make a lasagna. I enjoyed this makes great leftovers and its a fun seasonal take on lasagna.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Colmar, France - Photo Series



On our summer trip to Europe we drove around Germany then to Strasbourg in France for a night and south to Basil Switzerland for a day to meet a friend. I often hop onto travel twitter chats and once Colmar was mentioned, I favored the tweet and decided if at all possible to visit. Unfortunately time was limited and traffic bad this day but we managed a quick 20-30 minute stroll. Colmar is a stunning little town in Northern France full of canals and ancient fairy tale buildings. One day we will go back and enjoy it properly but sometimes its Ok to quickly check out places when passing savor the few moments and make a plan to return. 

It was busy though and parking a challenge but if your in the area add this to you itinerary. I have a good feeling that the food is fabulous also. 



The town is famous for cookies, we of course got some to snack on. 


An otter in the river. I learnt years ago if you see a crowd looking over a bridge go and take a look. Once there was a crowd stopped on a rural bridge in Costa rica we looked down to see 7-10 huge crocodiles!







Hope you enjoyed the little snapshot into a beautiful part of the World, where have you taken a detour for recently?



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Peruvian Inspired Rice Bowl


On a recent trip to Washington DC we ate at CHINA CHICANO, a Jose Andres restaurant its contemporary Peruvian cuisine and showcases the influence of Japanese and Chinese cuisine in Peruvian cooking. In fact trying new cuisines and foods when traveling is such a gift, time and time again it inspires me to try and recreate a dish when returning home. I adore this about my husband he often finds restaurants books them and takes us there. This weekend alone we ate Chinese, Peruvian, Middle Eastern and Russian. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Homegrown Peanuts


 I planted a small patch of peanuts over the summer and harvested them a couple of weeks back. I got the plants at a local greenhouse. I wanted to share as it was so much fun and easy to do on a small scale, they do well in loose soil and you pretty much plant and leave them until they start to die back then pull them up! I was a little too eager and roasted them the first day and they were so so, after a message with a local farmer I learnt you really need to let them dry out first. 

But if you have space they are a fun item to add to your late summer/ fall garden, I might plant some in the school garden next year.

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