This Weekend…

Was a busy weekend… 
Lots and lots to fit and figure…but good and yummy too.
We had falafals… dear lord, toasted cumin and coriander seeds are truly incredible…
My first espresso in months… 
 It was the perfect size to fit in this perfect tea cup… Perfect.
It was so good and the cup so lovely I had to re-live it the next day…
On to tablecloth making for my mother… (A requested gift…)
It was so nice to know what she needed…
Sunday morning we packed the car with fresh-made croissants, a stolen head of chard
 (not exactly… it was from the garden our friend is growing in our front yard and he wasn’t 
there to ask so it felt like thievery) as well as cupcakes balanced on knees, and coconut cake tucked 
safely away from feet…
Finally noon brought eggs pouched on a bed of chard, portobellos and garlic, potato pancakes, 
and the rest of these visible delectable-ties. I think this will be my new favorite brunch…

                                                       Hope everyone had a lovely weekend ~ Marica

Chocolate Maya…

Well it’s become somewhat of a tradition…
That is when my mother’s birthday rolls round we go and spend the day in Santa Barbabra…
 Just the two of us out to lunch and hiking the streets with no plan 
other than to enjoy each others company…
After a lovely meal and a long stroll down the entire length of State Street
 my mother brought us to a wee size chocolate shop
It was a chocolate obsessor’s heaven.
Charming is an understatement and inspiring would pair 
well with any other description of the place… 
The owner certainly has a mission, and that mission is chocolate… 
We ordered two hot chocolates that came in cups that you would 
image were meant for green tea or an espresso…
 There was a choice between European and South American… spicy…
Needless to say, I chose spicy…
Opposite the counter and the fresh truffles were bars and bars of chocolate…
This guy took the cake…
 Anyway, it was a lovely afternoon and a chocolate memory to beat all chocolate memories!
                                                             Cheers ~ Marica

February Flowers…

Please everyone excuse me for this somewhat indulgent post. I don’t think anyone 
will be as interested in the flowers on the table by my window as I am, but they are of a 
particularly lovely nature and I had to take some pictures to appease my obsession 
with tulips and bulbs in general…
 Typically speaking pink is not one of my more favored colors, 
but somehow pink flowers always steal my breath away…
And a good white rose here and there, or yellow or cream…
I get a little soft when it comes to flowers…
That said, as tempted as I can be by cut flowers, I’ve never had much liking for them.
The after taste of throwing out dead flowers ruins the beauty of their time in the vase…
So if anyone is thinking of sending me flowers, the ones tucked in pots that can later be 
planted out in the sunshine would be the way to go…
                                                    Cheers ~ Marica

Lately…

We’ve been learning about the continents and drawing maps of the world…
 Counting by twos… and fives and tens…
Playing CatanWhich I highly recommend!!
It’s the funnest game I’ve played in a long time…
 And watching these boys read, read read…

                                                                         Hope everyone had a good week ~ Marica

Valentine’s Day and a fresh cake filling…

Well I guess it’s Valentine’s Day….
I sort of forgot this year and hurriedly made it up to the kids by leaving
 them these bags on the counter… 
 While I was at the store picking out candy I came across these nice
oreo-like cookies…
 They made me think cake, so cake it was…
I had a container of creme fraiche in my refrigerator so I decided a 
nice creamy filling would make the cake more exciting…
 I really like how the filling came out; light, clean with a touch of berry…
Creme Fraiche Berry Filling:
In a large bowl whip until almost stiff:
1 + 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
Add and then whip until the cream makes 
small peaks when you pull out a spoon:
1/2 cup creme fraiche
Add and fold in gently:
3 tablespoons berry jam such as marionberry or blackberry.
                                                                                        (The sweet card the nine-year-old of this house left me)
                                                         Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day ~ Marica

The colors of this week..

With the calender striking mid-February….
A friend brought over pansies to plant with the kids…
 Vibrant red pansies….And fresh young strawberries…
They used old cans and wrapped up newspaper to make pots…
Today we covered empty boxes with magazine clippings…
To make them pretty…
Happy Mid-February Everyone…
                                                                   ~ Marica

Bombshell Beat…

Not too long ago my very, very, very dear friend Robin created an online boutique for her awesome, unique jewelry and hairpieces. She was in need of some photographs to fill out her site and asked if I wouldn’t mind taking a few.  She was kind of apologetic about the favor and nervous she wouldn’t show up as well on film as would be needed. Well I can’t tell you how wrong she was on both fronts. The first concern I was able to reassure her was truly the opposite of reality; I was super excited to take pictures and honored to be a part of the fun. The second concern is so funny to me now, because if you look at the following pictures I think it is clear she is utterly gorgeous to capture with the click of a camera…
The sunlight was rather temperamental and splotty so she took out her parasol 
to help filter the overly contrasting rays…
It worked remarkable better with the streaming light offset by red fabric…
At one point we added a bike to the mix, it was fun but didn’t help too much 
with featuring jewelry. It’s too bad because I really like the feeling it created… 
I mean really, how beautiful is that bike!!
And then of course it was so neat to see her jewelry…
 Most of it I had never seen before and I was amazed at what an array of pieces she had…
Bombshell Beat… If you get a chance I recommend you check out her fun stuff!
                                              Hope everyone had a good weekend!!!
        
                                                                  ~ Marica