Going crazy with chalk pens

Last summer, we created the “Oh Lovely” specialty cocktail to serve at a summer garden party. After extensive taste-testing with our friend Lisa, we settled on the ingredients when Mama took a sip and exclaimed, “Oh lovely!” We did an updated taste-off with our dear Vashti recently, and decided not to mess with a good thing.…

Wine across the fence

I enjoyed a fabulous visit with our gorgeous neighbor Ti this evening. We shared a bottle of wine over our back fence and had some good laughs. Though we share a long fence line, our front doors face different streets. Rather than walk the long way around the corner on the busy street, Ti stood on…

Post-birthday bestie fun

In the middle of the night, I picked up one of my best friends of nearly 20 years from the local airport. I woke up this morning to see my sweet Paisley wedged adorably between us, which was a beautiful way to start the day. Alyssa and I enjoyed brunch with Mama, before beginning our birthday…

The perfect local pairing

Mama and I adventured around the North Bay recently — with stops at Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station and V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena. Tonight we paired our favorite offerings from both and it was pure heaven! Mama and I feasted on Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam brie, perfectly complemented by the Moscato wine…

Dolce wine tasting with Mama

Mama and I ended our Calistoga adventures with a wine tasting this afternoon. We aren’t massively into wine; we visit this little part of California’s Wine Country for the mud baths and the town’s ambiance. We often skip wine tasting altogether. But there’s a winery I’ve been wanting to check out for many yeas because…

A perfect afternoon

Wine. Chocolate. Candles. And a bubble bath. The very definition of a single caregivers perfect afternoon. This was my Valentine’s gift to myself. I enjoyed the bath so much I forget about the book I was going to read during my soak. The Epsom soothed my muscles, while the oatmeal calmed my skin and the…