Category Archives: Home & Garden

6 Easy Ways to Green Your Home

living roomI was reading my friends’ posts on Facebook the other day when it dawned on me that we really are in the middle of a global shift in how we live on our home planet. I’ve been seeing little bits for some time, but now there’s a flood of information, collaboration and action on a variety of ecological subjects.… Read more

My Search for Quality Cookware

Tramontina Prima 5 quart Dutch OvenI love kitchen gear. I ordered a new 5 quart Dutch Oven and I’m excited because it’ll be here soon. I’ve been wanting to braise a brisket, and this pot is just the right size. It’ll get used a lot. Here’s what it looks like (see photo above right).… Read more

Sparkling Herbal Coolers

sparkling lemongrass lime mint coolerI had my first Sparkling Lemongrass Lime Mint Cooler at a wonderful Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, California called the Asian Rose Cafe. I was so intrigued by sparkling herbal coolers that I began collecting recipes and making them at home.… Read more

Retirement and Moving: Location Research 1

Rose covered cottageLast week’s post was about my rather unexpected decision to move to a new town in a new state last year. I’ve found that the more you know about a town before you decide to move there, the better your chances of loving it for the longterm will be.… Read more