The Crown

Have you started yet? Are we ready for the new cast? ⠀ Between seeing the Downton Abbey movie last week and refreshing my memory on The Crown (we watched the last two episodes of season 2), I am feeling all sorts of royal lately. We Americans sure worked hard to set up our own government,…

Kiss the Cook

I don’t want to miss #stacksaturday with some of our favorite cookbooks. ⠀ It seems the cookbook pile in our kitchen changes seasonally, but not purposefully. It just depends on what we’re into at the time. ⠀ I am VERY lucky to have a spouse who loves to cook (he claims it’s therapeutic for him)…

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger

I’m reposting this book, This Tender Land, because I’ve been voting for it all over the place lately. End-of-year polls on Goodreads and Book of the Month, for example. It’s been nice to revisit the characters in my mind. ⠀ This Tender Land transfixed me and swept me right into the storyline, feeling as if…

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes

I’m excited to dive into my Book of the Month selection for November. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes looks like one of those burrowed-into-the-couch, throw-blankets-on, what-time-is-it-anyway, just-one-more-chapter type of read.⠀ Here’s a brief overview:⠀ Alice Wright marries in order to leave her life in England and moves to Kentucky during the American depression…

Just a Whole Lotta Lake Tahoe

Fall in Northern California is something special. I am unapologetic about photographing every leaf around Lake Tahoe… When will I tire of standing on a hill and looking down to the bottom of the lake?? We were a little disappointed the day was so overcast. The white clouds gave a cast to the lake that…

Napa Valley

On Monday we explored the grandeur of Yosemite National Park (read here) and on Tuesday we drove north to Napa Valley. Yountville and Calistoga are favorites. Of course Hannah (rightfully so!) compared everything to the movie Parent Trap! -ha. I loved how this winery mixed fall decor with succulents. (I was taking copious notes!!) This statue…

Yosemite National Park

Our daughter, Hannah, flew into town on Sunday. We started right out on our California adventures on Monday morning. We are tired and car-weary, but it’s been an incredible two days (and more to come!) (interesting water levels on the rocks across the lake) We drove 3.5 hours to Yosemite National Park yesterday. Lots of…

Chicken, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

We are a Soup vs Stew house over here. While I like a good stew just as much as the next person, my wife, however, does not truly care for soup. So the heftier I can make it, the better for her. And this soup fills that niche perfectly. Made in my ceramic-coated, cast-iron Dutch…

I love you s’more!

from Scott Sutherland @ifyougiveamanapan Melting chocolate and fire-toasted marshmallows are a must around any campfire. Are you a lightly toasted or char that thing BLACK, kind of marshmallow roaster?? However, if a campfire isn’t nearby, this s’more bake in a cast iron skillet is sure to make you start humming 99 Bottles and practicing your knot…

Fab Forties

Since moving to the Sacramento area last year, we have been repeatedly told we need to visit the ‘Fab 40’ houses in East Sacramento. “Big old homes from the 1940’s…”, people would say. Recently, Scott and I watched the movie Lady Bird, which takes place in Sacramento. The main character, Christine (aka: Lady Bird), falls madly in…

Chicken and Broccoli Skillet Meal

from Scott Sutherland @ifyougiveamanapan The weather’s getting warmer and comfort food is calling my name. This evening I made this chicken and broccoli casserole which is always a family favorite and people pleaser. A few years ago I found a discarded set of Lodge cast-iron skillets. I imagine they were probably a wedding present and […]