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It was a warm winter here in Bakersfield, no doubt due to global warming and the ongoing drought.  We had tomatoes and fresh herbs until our first hard frost, a few days before Christmas.  As always, I waited until  mid to late January to plant my spring bulbs.  If I plant them during the autumn [...]

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Where has the time gone? And where are all those fabulous blog posts I've been composing in my head each and every day?  Am I really that busy, or am I just a restless girl who can't or won't sit still long enough to blog? The truth? I'm more than a little bit of both. Every [...]

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  Welcome to 2015!  I've been crazy busy in the garden and the kitchen, and can't wait to catch you up on all that's new.  Here are 5 things that made the past week special ... #1 - The seeds have arrived! In chilly January, few things warm my heart as much as the arrival [...]

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Welcome to my first 5 things FRIDAY post.  This is one of several places to find out what's going on in the kitchen and the garden, and where I have been or will soon be going. I will be posting in this category frequently, but not necessarily every Friday.   #1 - Earlier today, I discovered the perfect [...]

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Over the past few months -- during the worst of the summer heat, when daily highs exceeded 100 degrees, and the garden was on autopilot as long as it had water -- I've been out of town a lot, enjoying life to the fullest, with little time to write about it. Traveling feeds my soul: it [...]

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