Tuesday, April 28, 2009

farmers market menu



had a group of girls from our college days staying with me this past weekend-our initial itinerary was jam packed with different activities, but once we all got talking and reminiscing it was hard to stop.  friday nite, we just stayed in and i cooked dinner from a sunset magazine cut out that i had been saving for a long time (um, yeah, just checked the date, it was from the sunset, september 2000 issue).  it was so yummy and perfect for a group of girls.  got us all energized and ready to head out for karaoke and oh yes, i sang three songs, two of which were 80s rock.  seriously, i was unstoppable.

the meal consisted of gouda and chevre, rustic breads, bruschetta toppings and then just a bunch of fresh veggies, lettuce, oils, balsamics, some grilled corn, chicken and salmon which were made to individual taste into delicious salads.  and the most fun part is you could pick up the whole meal (less the chicken and salmon) from one of the santa barbara’s farmers markets and other great little local shops, like santa barbara gift baskets and cest cheese.

Roasted Grapes and Onions

(put this directly on the bread or put a layer of the chevre on first if you are into that sort of delightful thing)

Makes: About 1 1/2 cups

1. Rinse and drain 3 cups stemmed red seedless grapes (about 1lb). In a 9x13 inch pan, mix grapes, with 1 cup sliced red onion and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

2.  Bake in a 450 degree oven, stirring once after 2o minutes, until grapes are browned and begin to collapse, 40 to 45 minutes total (35 minutes in a convection oven). Stir in 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and salt (to taste). Scrape into bowl and serve warm or at room temperature.


Sautéed Mushroom Mélange  

(never like to admit, but I really can not coerce myself into loving mushrooms, I try and try, but this smelled amazing and all the other mushroom lovers raved about it)

Makes: About 1 1/2 cups

1.  Trim and discard discolored stem ends or tough stems and any bits of debris and bruised spots from 1 pound mushrooms (chanterelle, common portabella, oyster or shitake; choose 1 or an assortment) Rinse the mushrooms well and drain; slice about 1/4 inch thick.

2.  In a 10 to 12 inch frying pan over high heat, stir mushrooms, 1/3 cup chopped shallots, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme until liquid is evaporated and mushrooms are well browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Add salt and pepper (to taste).

3. Pour sautéed mushrooms into a bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature. Shortly before serving, sprinkle mushrooms with 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


spring in the garden


every time the  sun shines a little stronger- warming up the air, i feel the need to plant something. . .in fact, i just planted some strawberries, tomatoes, rosemary and lavender. . .my dream is to one day have a yard where we can grow lots of fruits, herbs and veggies.  so since, i am a mama and the day that we celebrate mamas is coming up, i thought i would put together a fun new gift for all the mamas who like to get dirty, like me. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

favor pedestal

 favor pedestal 1  favor pedestal

pedestal 3

my sister in law makes wonderful cake pedestals from vintage plates, candleholders, dessert cups, etc and she made me a tower of them to take to a recent wedding fair to display my favor packaging. . . well, it ended up looking so very pretty that we started to think it would be a fun way to have an assortment of little somethings for people to take away from any event.  i like the idea of people getting to choose from a little piece of chocolate, lavender buds, small candle, teas wrapped as gifts . . .and you are then left with a beautiful assortment of one of a kind cake pedestals,which could be given to the party’s hosts, the mother of the bride, groom, grandma to be, or quickly stashed in your own car, so you can enjoy them all to yourself!!

so, it has been named the favor pedestal and can be made in any size, color, theme. . .available at santa barbara gift baskets, all are custom.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

book worm

bookworm above


bookworm tools 

this is just one of the best invite ideas i have ever seen. . .and i already have visions of a wonderful book worm party. . .or you could use these for a book club gathering.  jordan ferney from oh happy day came up with this amazing diy idea and i have to say i love it.  and if it makes you uncomfortable to cut into an old classic, just make sure that  you buy one from a thrift store that has tears or is missing pages or has marks or whatever. . .but i think it is just a great idea and way to share a love of reading. . .


make it here

photos by oh happy day

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hope Easter was great for you and your family! I will be back to regular posting very soon. . .taxes, weddings, legoland, easter, and way too beautiful of weather has kept me off the computer, but i am ready to buckle down, although the pool does look nice.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

the anything towel

fair trade towels

fair trade towels 2

featured today on delight.com –these are just so gorgeous. . .i love that it can be used for the bath, pool, beach or picnic, the perfect summer item. super absorbent and lightweight, which i think is great because i hate having to wrap a big bulky towel around me in the balmy summer months.  these are handmade in swaziland and designed in ethiopia by a company that promotes equitable trading practices and supports women’s economic independence.  how could you not treat yourself to one of these, i’m thinking mother’s day!!

give it here