Southern California Cookbook wins first prize for Best Published Lifestyle Book/Cooking and Home

Purchase at AmazonSan Diego Chef’s Table wins first prize for Best Published Lifestyle Book/Cooking and Home at the San Diego Book Awards (June 2014)....more

Back from California

 We just got back from visiting our son and daughter-in-law in California. Beautiful sunny weather and a great visit.  Grown children are such a blessing. We talked and talked about lots of things, global to personal. We are very blessed....more

Wineducation: Go Californian

You may follow what is trending on twitter, buy the latest “it” shoes from Nordstroms, or covet the newest must-have gadgets, but do you devote any time to what is trending in the world of wines?   Admittedly, I am an on-again-off-again wine trend follower. I enjoy visiting Google News and typing  “wine” in the search queue to see what interesting tidbit of information pops up, but for the most part the job of mom-wife-wine drinker is a lot to handle, so the wine trends fall off my radar....more

Fly Girl in Training: Short cross country practice

 Mid-December cross country flight over Lake Berryessa in Northern California. ...more

Sneak Peek Behind The Scenes Of The Sportmen's Lodge Up Do

Hotel With Rat Pack Past Gets New Glamor & Tech For Today's Guests....more

Compassionate Eats in Orland, California

Not really known for being a hot tourist town, Orland, California is actually quite special. With hundreds of people visiting this small farm town north of Sacramento, the main attraction is Farm Sanctuary. A beautiful farm dedicated to saving farm animals from slaughterhouses and other awful environments, giving them a new lease on life. Though Chico is only 20 minutes away, I was surprised to find some compassionate eats in this sweet, historic, all-American town!...more

Healthy Eats in Chico

Known for being a college town surrounded by farmland, Chico is a great little town in California. Just north of Sacramento, Chico has a great downtown area that is packed with cute shops, nice restaurants and an awesome park. It's a fun place for a little excursion and a fab place to dine as well!...more

Healthy Food in Fresno

Located in the central valley of California, Fresno is home to the Forestiere Underground Gardens and the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Whether you're driving through or spending time on a road trip through California, Fresno has plenty of great vegan and gluten free options to keep you smiling up and down the coast!...more

Healthy and Vegan Eats in Danville, CA

Located in the heart of the San Ramon Valley, just a quick jaunt from San Francisco, is a great little town called Danville. Peaceful, scenic and full of great American west history (for those who don't know me, I’m a big history geek!) A perfect place to slip away from the city for a meal and even take in some fun shopping, parks and museums....more