Saturday, July 23, 2011


Happy Saturday! This is the first Saturday in a long time that we actually have no plans. I got up at 7:30 this morning while everyone was still asleep.  I got on the computer and started browsing... waiting to be inspired.  It’s so quiet and peaceful.  Then I ran into this.

I want one.  No, I need one.  

I need one with a wicker basket in front to put my French baguette from the farmer’s market.  (I rarely get French bread from the farmer’s market but I sure will if I had a cute basket like this one.)  It has always been a vision of mine since I was a little girl.  

I’m a California girl now and this vision can finally become reality.  How cute is this?  The retro, girly me.  

Saturday, July 16, 2011


I've been slacking a little on posting.  It's just been a super busy summer.  We've done quite a bit of traveling, international and domestic.  I'll talk about that more in later posts.  

So, cheese!  Cheese has always been one of my favorite things but I just don't know a whole lot about it.  Several months ago, I met the milk maid at the local library.  We found out that we're both new to the area and quickly became very good friends.  At one of our play dates/lunches, she invited me to her cheese-making class at the McEvoy Ranch to be her assistant.  I'm so lucky!  

The first stop that day was a local dairy farm to get fresh milk.  I remember stepping out of the car and inhaled this strong and familiar dairy farm smell.  It put a smile on my face.  We picked up 30 gallons of milk and off we went to the ranch. 

We were welcomed by this beautiful rock wall and iron gate.

Then we went down a beautiful road to the ranch's country kitchen.

The cheese class.  There were about 20 of us.  We learned how to make mozzarella.

 After the class, we had to stop at the store.  It sells the ranch's olive oil and its body care product line called 80 Acres.

On the way back, I notice they have their very own wind turbine!

What a perfect day!  The only thing missing is we didn't get to tour the ranch.  Next time! 

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