Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

  When I received my assignment for this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E. post I was thrilled–I got Lisa’s blog.  If you’ve been visiting me for some time then you’d know what a dear friend Lisa has become.  We met through another blogging community nearly five years ago and have since built a friendship beyond visiting each […]

Almond-Coconut Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Almond Coconut Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

  If you were to make me choose between cookies or cake, I’ll pick the latter…both to eat and to bake.  Maybe it’s because my cookie repertoire is very limited.  I know only a handful of recipes really well; I use them with confidence but I rarely have the urge to run to the kitchen to […]

Cherry-Almond Cake

Cherry-Almond Cake |

  I parked myself on a bistro table and enjoyed a leisurely lunch of a salad, a baguette and an iced tea.  I was so happy to be seated outside the European bakery in Santana Row on a gorgeous sunny day like today as I toggled my attention between my Kindle and the people walking […]

Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake

Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake |

  I have decided that I will not be growing tomatoes again this year.  I never got around to planning for an enclosure that would protect the tomato plants from the resident deer.  The population seems to grow each year and somehow our yard has been chosen as the place to put down roots.  If […]

Homemade Almond Butter (and a Visit to Palm Springs, CA)

Homemade Almond Butter-5

  My husband and I packed our bags for another short trip; this time our destination was Palm Springs.  Is it just me or has the city seen a revival since my last visit seven years ago?  Even on a Wednesday, Palm Canyon Drive was bustling with activity.  It was nice to see the palm […]

Chocolate Almond Torte with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Almond Torte-2

  My husband celebrated his birthday this past weekend.  In keeping with tradition, we spent it quietly–no party, no other people; we didn’t even spend the day at the beach, his usual preference.  Instead, we spent most of the day at home, enjoyed being free from obligations and allowed me time to make a little […]

Banana Nutella Bread

Banana Nutella Bread-5

  I meant to share this recipe later in the week.  There are a few more dishes that claim a higher spot on the list–tested, photographed, patiently waiting for their time on this blog.  But it seems a game of musical chairs is being played.  Round and round they go until the music stops and […]

Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds

Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds

  As a bachelor, my husband’s go-to meal was tacos.  Filled with simple ingredients like gruyere cheese, rice and/or beans, sprouts, mushrooms and avocado, it was an easy meal he prepared and prepared quite often.  Evening telephone conversations while we were dating would inevitably lead to a question about dinner (well, I did the asking) […]