Mother’s Day chocolates from Mackenzies

Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was devouring a few of our favorite cream-filled chocolates that we picked up from Mackenzies on our recent mini trip to Santa Cruz! Happy Mother’s Day everyone! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Day 132 of 365. And Day 1,228 in a row (here’s the first 366, & the…

Feeling loved and supported

Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was hugs and support from dear family friends in Santa Cruz. Spending time with our loved ones was the highlight of our mini trip! We were sad to say goodbye, but it feels good to be home. What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Day 130 of 365. And Day…

Hometown favorites

It’s been years since we’ve been back to Santa Cruz, so we stopped in at several of our favorite local shops today. Mama and I enjoyed walking around downtown and seeing our old haunts. The day’s haul included artichoke bread, creme-filled chocolates, stylish warm hats, a new book, and dog shampoo and treats. We ended…

Warm peanut butter cookies

Tonight I made peanut butter cookies from scratch, and we washed down the warm cookies with cold milk. Heavenly! I mostly followed a recipe from one of our favorite bakeries in Santa Cruz, The Buttery. The recipe was published by the L.A. Times several years ago. I tried to make the cookies a bit smaller…

A drive up memory lane

I woke up still feeling the glow of last night’s excitement! I enjoyed an early morning visit with my hosts, who are some of my favorite people. And before heading home, I had the pleasure of two incredibly delicious, homemade lattes to perk me up for the two-plus-hour drive across the Bay Area. Hugs all around, and I…

A touch of Santa Cruz

This turquoise glass dish filled with sand and shells reminds me of the beautiful beach town where I grew up. I found a couple of the shells and the square-shaped dish at a boutique I adore in downtown Santa Cruz. The bit of sand and other shells I collected at the beach. Mama created a…

A Great Airport Ride… One Way

Perhaps you’ve heard… I recently took a wonderful, special trip to Venice, Italy with my amazing Mama and our little dog Abby. We’ve been blogging about it. Anyway, we don’t live near the airport ― in fact, it’s a solid hour and a half drive without traffic. We were fortunate to have friends offer to…