Holiday Series: Gift Wrap – It’s All In The Trimmings

Don’t get me wrong – I adore a beautifully designed gift wrap paper and sometimes buy a roll just to add to my collection of uniquely crafted wraps. But lately, in light of all things to save our planet, I cannot help but appreciate the simplest of gift wrapping ideas. Which by the way, I’ve […]

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Holiday Series: Santa Cookies and the Perfect Punch

What are you doing these days to prepare for the holidays? Are you hosting a party, or simply arriving as a guest? Or perhaps a family holiday in some far away ski resort is the theme for this year’s celebration – or time alone with a loved one. I always wonder, and it seems we […]

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Food: For The Love of Cake

Cakes are the simplest of all baking you can possibly do, if you are pressed for time when asked to bring something to a holiday get-together. This recipe is literally an easy one to follow – measuring the ingredients and either whisking by hand or using a fancy mixer to blend together, pour into a […]

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Holiday Series: Best of Christmas List

Over the weekend, I played a private tour guide to friends visiting from out-of-town, driving them around past Union Square to get a glimpse of the city as I know it. Which got me thinking, I don’t mind doing this as a side job – touring folks and getting to know them on a different […]

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Travel: Best Places to Spend The Holidays 2019

I have often considered a trip to somewhere different – with the family of course, where we would all meet up to celebrate a different kind of Christmas or the New Year celebration in one of these destinations:

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Holiday Cookies – For A Little Pick Me Up

It’s been raining continuous in the bay area, with a heavy fog to boot and unusually warm weather. I don’t recall this ever happening in all the years I’ve lived in San Francisco.  So, not feeling inspired to leave the house, I decided to bake – again, this time these tasty vanilla cookies, but I […]

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It Is The Holiday Season – Right?

I think the fact, Thanksgiving was the fourth Thursday in November instead of the third as normal, I feel thrown off – meaning – that last week of November was usually a buffer to get in the Christmas holiday mode. But this year, all of a sudden it is only 16 more days to Christmas […]

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Holiday Series: In The Baking Mode

I am partly hosting a holiday-ish party next weekend and although most of the catering has been established, and deposits made, the snowflake cookies we envisioned isn’t going to happen – from a bakery. So, I volunteered to bake – for the first time – the said cookies and decorate them in time for the […]

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Food: Vegan Pumpkin Pie

When some of your guests are gluten-intolerant, and others are vegan, you bake a a vegan pumpkin pie to the bring-a-dessert Sunday afternoon get-together. Ingredients CRUST 1 ¼ cups raw cashews 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free) 2 pitted medjool dates 1/4 tsp sea salt 2 ½ tsp ground ginger 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend (if not gluten-free, sub spelt or all-purpose flour) 1/4 cup scoopable (firm) coconut oil (virgin or refined for […]

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What Are You Reading Lately?

I strive to better myself in every way possible, but on occasion feel as though I am failing. This is a blessing and a curse – because I am very hard on myself and always push the envelope in achieving much more than expected, which is a curse. And yet, I feel my best when […]

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