merry merry to all

As 2016 comes to a close, I would have to say it has had its ups and downs but all in all its been a good year and I am grateful for that. I am looking forward to Christmas with my husband and daughter.  Then I’m flying back to CT for a few days and then on to Florida to visit with my parents and sisters. I am blessed to have both of my parents healthy and energetic and I am lucky enough to be able to visit them several times a year. Continue reading

the most scrumptious nut cake…really

Full disclosure, the correct name is Mary Ann’s fruitcake.  I’m single handedly trying to change the bad reputation that the poor Christmas fruitcake has garnered over the years…you know what I’m talking about, the brick like chunk with the scary colored jelly-like pieces of “fruit” in them. I promise this is nothing like that! Continue reading

a bright white santa barbara christmas

When I think back to the Christmas of my youth, I marvel at how my parents pulled off a miracle every Christmas Eve.  When my sisters and I awoke at a ridiculously early hour on Christmas morning, we would run into my parents room and wake them up so that we could not only open presents, but see the tree for the first time.  My dad would go in first and set up the movie camera and the bright light that went with it.  Seeing that huge tree that Santa brought the night before Christmas was sheer magic to us girls… Continue reading

just breathe

This is one of my favorite times of the year.  However, that is not the case for everyone.  The holiday season can be fraught with expectations unfulfilled, family drama, and often a bit of mayhem.  The new year can be a time of great anticipation for new experiences or it can be a time of uncomfortable uncertainty.

This year, I felt the need among the hustle and bustle to just stop and take a deep breath.  I can think of no more restorative place to do that than Big Sur.  Those of you who follow my blog or Instagram know what a special place it holds in my heart. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

We celebrated a family Thanksgiving in late October when my parents, husband and daughter could all be together in Connecticut.  I’m so grateful we could share that time together.  Here are a few glimpses into our holiday weekend… Continue reading