Amazing Mushroom Dinner

A large portabella mushroom is a vegetarian’s perfect replacement for a tenderloin. It slices like a filet and the juice from the mushroom is just delicious. These mushroom caps are amazing!

This one was made with kalamata olives, parmesan cheese and sliced fresh garlic placed between the gills of the mushroom. We then spread our homemade pesto over the top. Baked about 7-8 minutes at 400 degrees, removed from the oven to sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and then under the broiler for about 90 seconds.

We’ve made these several times. So many of the recipes we’ve read, often tell you to bake or grill mushrooms five minutes on each side. We don’t do that. We bake them gill side up the whole time with toppings, without turning at all. The juice from the mushroom is held in the cap to enjoy when you serve it. The best!

We served the mushrooms over a bed of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, feta cheese and yes, a few more kalamata olives, drizzled with ‘mushroom and sage EVOO’ and just a touch of blackberry balsamic vinegar. What a beautiful meal. We enjoyed it so much that last night (a week later) we made portabellas again.

We covered these in an awesome roasted green chili salsa that I made, along with roasted red peppers and mozzarella cheese.

Again, we served them over greens and veggies, and I can’t put in to words how incredibly delicious and satisfying this meal was! A must try!

You can really have some fun with this. It’s like dressing a pizza! Enjoy!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s day has always been celebrated with a green beer and corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes with carrots. This year we did reubens. Steve made a small brisket for himself and Emily and I shared a tofurkey reuben.

So good!

Emily and I both agree the peppered tofurkey is awesome.

Steve had the real mcCoy! He was very pleased with his corned beef brisket boiled in Penzey’s corned beef seasoning.

This was his first week of Weight Watchers so he did choose to have an open faced sandwich eliminating one slice of bread. One week of healthy choices losing 3.5 pounds! Nice Job!!

The best layer on both of these sandwiches would have to be our home made sauerkraut. Delicious!

We went with canning instead of freezing.

We put all of the kraut into a very large pot and brought the temperature up to 180 degrees before filling jars. During this time we added a pinch of sugar and caraway seed.  After the jars were filled we put them into a hot bath for 15 minutes.

I must say,  this is some delicious kraut. So much so, that since the grocery stores have an abundance of cabbage during this celebration of the Irish, we picked up 12 pounds so that we can start another batch. We are  also going to give kimchi a try. Exciting!!

I hope that you all had a wonderful St. Patty’s day.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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Winding up our Christmas Holiday

This has been a wonderful holiday. Our family has gone through major transition the last five months. Hannah and Greg moved to san Diego, Emily left for Italy to study, Steve changed jobs and I quit my job. Wow! We’re all about getting it done! That was lot of change going on all at once! And that made this time together even more special .  Christmas time – but more that –  after such big changes, we were back together again. Truly a wonderful celebration! It was so much fun, but all good things must come to an end.  We made the best of our last day, but there was a cloud of melancholy. We all knew that it was time… to say goodbye.

We walked the campus grounds and came upon this rhododendron shrub that was so beautiful.

Greg, what are you thinking so deeply about?

Campus gardens and child’s play.

Orange trees in their backyard.

We enjoyed a beautiful brunch.

So good!

Frozen yogurt at Tutti-Frutti with a few special toppings.

And now it’s time to say goodbye. This is the hard part but I think it was a little easier knowing that Emily was going to stay on and hang with Greg and Hannah for a while. I like that gradual change. So happy to have been blessed with this time together.

Airport sunset.


Beautiful California sky.

Until we meet again. Thanks so much for a beautiful holiday filled with love, laughter, and wonderful memories. We have awesome kids! Love you all!

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Balboa Park

Balboa park is so beautiful. It’s definitely a must see in San Diego.

This tree is amazing!

The trunk of this tree is incredible… so beautiful!

A little history and you’ll understand the amazing beauty.

The architecture is wonderful.

I love all of the beautiful detail. Just amazing!

Check out this cactus! And my guy that I love so much.

These are some of the most beautiful rose gardens that I have ever seen.


I think I enjoyed this even more knowing that this is Christmas.

Enjoying the beauty.

Isn’t this just awesome?!

My beautiful family.

More beauty.

The Supremes!

There was a photo shoot taking place in the park and I love this picture. Snagged a keeper!

This was another beautiful day.

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Ocean beach

Ocean beach had the biggest and best waves we have ever seen. This was the first time that we had seen California surfers and there were plenty of them.

It was really fun to watch and OMG, what a workout.

This is a little cafe out on the pier where Steve ordered fries and jalapeno ‘sinkers.’ Everyone seemed to enjoy them; but they were probably the nastiest fries I ever tasted.

Beautiful family, beautiful day at Ocean beach. Can’t wait to go back, and next time Steve says he will be surfing!

You the man!

More surfing!

Perfect day.

The waves were so big that when they would crest they touched the floor of this bridge. So powerful.

That’s my love beach combing for treasures. Another beautiful day.

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Birds and Beer

We had a beautiful walk at Seaport Village.

Hannah and Greg giving a little love and attention to the birds.

These birds are taken in by a refuge. They set-up in the park so people can learn more about their organization, enjoy the birds, and hopefully donate a buck or two to help their cause.

Emily enjoying her new friend!

After playing in the park, we took a beautiful ride to Stone Brewery.


We tasted some wonderful beers. Of course some of us tasted more than others. But hey, that’s what designated drivers are for.

Greg enjoying the sunshine, beer and his favorite mother-in-love.


Roll out the barrels! Another good time.

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Christmas in San Diego

Our first Christmas away from home. Our whole family together again.

Making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning has always been one of our family traditions. Steve was up early and on his way to Hannah and Greg’s home to get the cinnamon rolls started. As always they were amazing. Nice job Steve! And by the way, Thank you <3

Emily is thrilled with her new pie cookbook and pie pan!

Hannah and Greg unwrapping their wish.

I think Hannah is happy! Now to make some wonderful treats to make Greg happy.

Those cinnamon rolls always put a smile on your face.

After sharing our gifts and enjoying our breakfast, we spent the day at the beach.

I think that I could enjoy every Christmas here.

What better ornaments for a tree at the beach than beach balls!

Merry Christmas! And that it was!

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Farmers Market

I have to say that San Diego has some of the best farmers markets. Of course, you will find every fruit and vegetable that you could hope for. The difference in the flavor of this food (not having to take a 2000 mile ride to get to my neighborhood) is amazing! I would love to be able to shop like this everyday.  And… to make it even better, there are so many venders selling prepared food that we just ate our way right on through the market. So much fun!

Indian Food

Steve enjoying a Sea Urchin. He didn’t have to share this one. It’s all his!

I think that he’s happy he tried it, but I don’t see him lining up for another one.

love these kids!

This guy was bronzed and didn’t blink an eye. You could have your picture taken with him for a small donation. Oh wait…was I suppose to give him something for taking his picture?

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San Diego Zoo


Dancer, Prancer and…

So cool!

Panda Bears!!

Loving that Bamboo.

We enjoyed watching these apes so much. I think we all could have stayed for hours.

An incredible habitat. You can just see how happy they are living here. The interaction between them, and oh the babies. So much fun!

Did you know that the Flamingos get their color from all of the shrimp that they eat?! Beautiful birds.

The color on these birds is just so beautiful and bright. What a treat!

The plants and flowers are so beautiful. I enjoyed the landscape as much as I did the animals. This zoo does an amazing job. If you ever have the chance to visit I highly suggest you don’t miss it.

This is just so awesome.

One more thing I want to mention. Before the zoo we had brunch at Missions. Excellent food that tasted as good as it looked. So creative and the flavors were amazing. Of course I have to share some photos. I love pictures of food.

This french toast could have been desert. WOW!!

As you can see we had an amazing day! So many Blessings.

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Emily’s Coming Home!

I’m celebrating Emily coming home today!  What would be more appropriate than to make a pie!! I’ve had my eye on this beauty for a while.

Apple Cranberry Pie

Looks Amazing.

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