Strawberry-Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have several bags of clothes and shoes sitting by my front door waiting to be donated, and counting.  Still a few more drawers wait to be inspected and edited.  Then I will be done with spring cleaning…and with not much more of spring left to spare.  I’ve been cleaning out cabinets all over my house […]

Strawberry-Peach Frozen Yogurt

  I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief tonight.  After a few months of one problem after another on the back-end of this blog, everything is getting back to normal and L&A even got a makeover!  Do you like it?  The home page has the image gallery layout that I’ve always really liked and the […]

Fresh Strawberry (Mini) Pies

  My usually-lonely cup of tea has company this morning.  I’m having strawberries for breakfast–they’re plump and bursting with the freshness of spring.  This is a better start to the morning than I normally have (I rarely eat breakfast) and I can almost feel an extra skip in my step.     My raspberry jam-glazed […]

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  The only trace of my nephew’s and nieces’ visit is a swimming pool still littered with pool toys, flippers, goggles and floating loungers.  The last few days were a whirlwind of activity as we tried to squeeze in as much fun as possible until their departure this past Sunday.  We were tired at the […]

Strawberry-Frangipane Tart

  As early/mid April to late June is the peak harvest time for strawberries here in northern California, the fruits–which are actually a member of the rose family–abound.  Strawberries belong to the Rosaceae family, as do apples, pears, quinces, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, blackberries and raspberries.  I’m not certain how accurate this is but the […]

Observations on Love (and Homemade Chocolate Cups)

When I volunteered at Stanford Hospital, one of my responsibilities was not only to ensure the swift transfer of information between the medical staff and the family members of surgery patients but I also did my best to make sure that the latter were as comfortable as possible in light of the unfortunate circumstances that […]