Had to get out today and do some Christmas shopping. But first, had to stop at...
Tap n Handle; one of our beer places...to get sustenance....this open faced green chili burger was my brother's....I got a wedge salad and artichoke dip. Then we shopped. The dogs got advent calenders. You don't have these in your local gourmet pet stores? Oh yeah, we do. Little dog biscuits for each day until Christmas. Then we stopped at our favorite Italian restaurant and ordered up some minestrone soup and my favorite, a limoncello martini....Shopping is tough work.
December first tomorrow. Time is running out! Sleep well. Busy Weekend ahead.
Good Morning! No this isn't Colorado. We're bone dry here. This is California. The Sierras. By Donner Pass. Where I learned to ski when I was growing up. p.s. I've lived in Colorado for 16 years now, and haven't skied once. Skied in California. In Austria. Never Colorado. Go figure. This picture - which my brother took on his way out here last week, calls for some hot chocolate I think.
Here's another one of my city aprons hanging out with my daughter in San Francisco. For those of you who are used to seeing post card images of the Golden Gate Bridge from the other side, this is one of the locals' views - encased in fog. I grew up near this beach and played and picnicked in the sand here - usually not in the foggy, misty cold. We did have some sunny days. :) When I start missing San Francisco, it's usually for days like this.
So I'm including happy hour in my Afternoon Pick Me Ups because frankly, sometimes happy hours are my afternoon pick me ups! And in our town an easy choice is a brewery, because we have a lot of them! Does Fat Tire ring a bell with anyone? They're starting to include food at some of our little breweries, like locally made cheeses and crackers. Pretty cool.
This is where everyone walks, jogs, bikes on South Point, Miami Beach. You need to get out early before it gets too hot. If you get out really early you can see a cruise ship coming in on certain days right there on the left. And models and photographers are usually out catching the early morning light. One of my favorite things on this walk - other than the spectacular views are the cats!
Cats live along the walk way all the way to the beach. They just hang out among the rocks by the water
or on the other side in the wild grasses. There are some women who feed them every morning, and they basically hang out snoozing in the sun. And since I love cats, it makes for a fun morning walk.
This is the view going towards Miami Beach. Its beautiful at night too. See the cat? All in all a great place to get out and enjoy the beautiful views and get some morning exercise.
A little shopping and a snack. The perfect way to get through some afternoons! I would recommend shopping first, then snacking. ( In the case above I wouldn't want to try on clothes upstairs after having a famous hot fudge sundae) Just sayin
One of my favorite local places to eat breakfast in San Francisco. The food is typical diner fare and the view overlooking the ocean is worth the wait for a window seat! It's best to go early in the morning.
Happy Diwali! I love celebrating holidays. To teach my
girls about other cultures as they were growing up, I would learn about different countries' celebrations and holidays and basically put on a party. But they were educational
parties! One that has endured has been Diwali, or the festival of lights. Basically, it is a five day celebration in
India and each day is devoted to something special. As with most holidays in
India it is very religious, and offerings and prayers are made to Hindu gods
and goddesses. While we learned a good deal about the hindu religion, my focus
was on the food, decorations, and music. Which is pretty basic for all my celebrations!
Diwali is a time to load up on special Indian sweets, decorate
with lights of all kinds – fairy lights, candles, lanterns, and basically
celebrate light over darkness; good over evil. That’s something I can get into.
Of course, being a themed celebration, I needed a themed
apron to cook in. Hence my first international apron – the Indian apron. I based my design on an Indian style tunic like dress called a kameez. I just started drawing and draping and well, this is what I
ended up with. Check out my Etsy shop (coming soon) to buy one! So now, whenever I’m cooking
Indian food, or just in an international mood, I put on my Indian apron.
(model - my daughter Hannah)
Here’s a picture of my daughter as she celebrated Diwali
yesterday in Jaipur, India. She bought a new sari for the occasion. I talked to her
this morning, which was the third and main night of Diwali, and I could barely
hear her for the firecrackers going off outside! She’s realizing a dream of
actually being in India to celebrate Diwali. Yay for her. As for me I’ll stay
home and don my apron, and make some traditional Indian sweets.
Here are my suggestions for celebrating diwali :
put up white Christmas lights, and anything gold!
-Listen to some
Indian music or watch a Bollywood movie