Emerald Beauts are officially back!

Emerald Beaut pluots are officially back and therefore it was a great Saturday! But honestly, it was a pretty good one. Chronic pain levels were bearable so Mama and I embarked on a dizzying array of errands. Highlights included seeing our farmer friend Rosendo and discovering today was the first day our favorite fruits were…

First homegrown pluots & 2nd day of Art Challenge

It’s a good thing we started this 30-day Art Challenge for September because it’s been a rough month already. Thankfully, focusing on creativity has provided us with joyful moments for #OneGoodThing options. Today’s inspiration/prompt was garden. Mama drew these wonderful sunflowers in our backyard. We loved finding this one flower nosily peeking onto the other…

Fruit from our farmer friends

We barely made it to the farmers’ market today, literally pulling up as the farmers were packing up. Lucky for us, we had only one stop in mind, and that was to pick up summer stone fruits from our friends at Ponce Farms! It’s been ages since we’ve made it to the market, and it…

Juicy white apricots

One of our favorite fruits is back for its one-week-long season. Angelcots, also called white apricots, are a bit milder than the traditional apricot. There’s no sour skin; they’re juicy and sweet. I picked up several boxes at Trader Joe’s this week. Mama and I enjoyed a bowl of them for brunch in our backyard…

Prepping pounds of plums

Our Santa Rosa Plum tree has been showering us in fruit this week. I’ve found several recipes to play with this weekend, including a crisp with cardamon and pistachio, a semifreddo, and syrup for cold-brew tea. The most time-consuming bit for each recipe is all of the plum preparation. I spent hours chopping, pitting, and…

Backyard plum picking

Now is the one week of summer that our entire plum tree ripens at once. Usually, it’s a race to see who can get to the fruit first—the squirrels and birds or us. Having deployed several reflective owl cut-outs as deterrents, we seemed to have gained the upper hand this year. Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was…

Eating grapes in the garden

After a fruitful trip to my favorite local organic market, I returned home with the most incredible Cotton Candy grapes! They were beyond delicious—and Mama and I enjoyed them al fresco in our backyard oasis! Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was eating grapes in the garden! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Day…